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Sacramento Beer Week

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Sacramento, California will celebrate its inaugural beer week from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28. Sacramento native and beer writer Dan Scott and a group of volunteering beer lovers have planned more than 150 events in up to 75 venues throughout the Sacramento area as well as neighboring towns Nevada City, Auburn and Roseville. Events will include beer tastings, beer pairings, dinners, educational seminars, festivals, trivia nights and more.

After witnessing the success of beer weeks in San Francisco and Philadelphia, Scott decided that it was high time for his home town to prove itself. “We figured we need to go ahead and show that [Sacramento’s] a world class beer destination just like these other cities,” Scott said.  “People have been talking about [putting on a beer week] for a couple of years now just as an idea. This year we finally got our cards in the right place and decided to go for it.”

The beer week begins Monday Feb. 22 with a book release party celebrating the Sacramento Historical Society’s new book on the history of brewing in Sacramento. Several Sacramento brewers will be present with offerings, including Lagunitas who will be unveiling Ryan’s Imperial Folly, an Imperial Brown Ale that they brewed specially for Sac Beer Week. The new brew will also be available at Lagunitas pourings throughout the week.

Scott suspects that the most popular events taking place in the week will be the various beer pairings put on by local restaurants. The California Small Brewers Association, which will host a beer and food pairing at Mulvaney’s B&L in Sacramento on Feb. 23, already sold out all of the tickets for the event. But there are several other dinners taking place throughout the week, including a Brewmaster’s Dinner headed up by Auburn Alehouse Brewmaster Brian Ford at Matteo’s Public in Nevada City on Feb. 23, and a Belgian Ale and truffle pairing taking place at Lounge on 20 on Feb. 26.

“This is not something we really do all that much in the Sacramento area,” Scott said. “I think [the beer dinners are] a really great opportunity for people to be able to equate beer with a fine beverage as opposed to something that you drink watching sports to get blitzed. That it actually is a beverage that pairs incredibly well with food.”

One event taking place in the week is an ongoing scavenger hunt put on by Sacramento Hop Heads. The hunt will send scavengers scrounging Sacramento pubs for beer related items. Points will be tallied on Feb. 28 at The Shack, where contestants can enjoy brunch and claim their prizes.

Scott and the other organizers intend to make Sacramento Beer Week an annual event, and plan on returning next year as a non-profit.  “I don’t intend to going into a career putting on beer events,” says Scott, who is finishing up a Master’s Degree in public policy, “[but] it’s been a really great experience, I’m having a lot of fun doing it.”

A full schedule of the week’s events can be found at