Friday, February 25th was the start of Sacramento’s 2nd Annual Beer Week: a week devoted entirely to celebrating Sacramento’s beer culture with over 400 events alone, such as pub crawls, pint nights, food specials, and of course, abundant amounts of beer. The second I heard about Sacramento’s upcoming Beer Week, I knew that this was one event I couldn’t afford to miss: Sacramento has a reputation for being a city with “nothing fun to do,” so it’s kind of a big deal when my “boring” and “miserable” city hosts events that prove how awesome it really is. Besides, an epic week of beer-drinking? Um, YES. Sign me up. Please and thank you.
Since I work at a restaurant five nights a week, I wasn’t able to make it out to a lot of the evening events taking place at various other restaurants throughout The Grid. I did, however, manage to get work off this past Saturday in order to attend Sac Beer Week’s main event: the Capital Beerfest at Cal Expo, otherwise known as the “biggest beer festival Sacramento has ever seen.” For only $30, I was able to partake in three hours of beer-sampling from more than 60 different breweries. Of all the events to participate in throughout Beer Week, this one seemed the most promising.
My partner-in-crime for the day was my roommate, Brigette. I love going on adventures with Brigette because she will often think of ways to make our excursions more interesting. For instance, she suggested that we have a contest on who could spot the best beer gut. We spotted a lot of bad ones, but we decided that the winners were a husband/wife couple wearing matching Sierra Nevada t-shirts. The first runner up? An old man who was holding a beer in one hand and rubbing his beer belly over and over again with his other hand. I really wish I had pictures to share with you, but what was I supposed to say? “Hi! Can I take a picture of your beer belly for my blog?” I’m not that obnoxious.
As far as the types of beers we sampled, I hang my head in shame when I admit that it was mostly a variety of ciders: Two Rivers Huckleberry Cider, and Aces Blackberry Cider. We did manage to sample some Big Kid Beers as well, like Lagunitas IPA, Samuel Adams’ Revolutionary Rye Ale, and Eel River’s Organic IPA. I’ve always been a fan of Lagunitas IPA, so I figured I’d enjoy the IPA by Eel River. Turns out, their IPA was so intense, I couldn’t even finish it. I had been defeated by my last beer of the day. Cue more shameful head-hanging.
I wouldn’t say that I left the event completely inebriated from too much beer-drinking, but I did leave feeling heavy and tired from all of the carbs in the cider and beer I had consumed. Even though I ended up getting my ass kicked by the moderate amount of drinking I did at Beerfest, I still managed to have a fun time making fun of all the bros and bro-hoes, as well as deciphering who had the #1 beer belly out of a sea of beer bellies. Who says there’s nothing fun to do in Sacramento? I beg to differ.