Sacramento Beer Week: shoutouts to Folsom Brewmeister, Ed Carroll, Rick Sellers
It’s Sacramento Beer Week. Check out the roster of events at the Sac Beer Week site. Lots of great stuff and something for everybody. On Sunday I attended the brewing demo at the Folsom Brewmeister. The Gold Country Brewers Association (a local brewers club) brought in a mobile brewing station and brewed up 45 gallons of Wort. This was a full-grain brew; we also got to see one of the GCBA members do a five-gallon extract brew. Both demos were interesting and fun, lots of great questions and answers, not to mention the odor of brewing was incredible.
On Monday (yesterday) I went to the Inaugural Gala at the Colonial Theater. Lots of good beer and cheer, plus Ed Carroll gave a great short presentation on the history of local breweries, and Rick Sellers (of Odonata) talked about modern brewing history. Turns out that in the last 20 years there has been an explosion of craft brewers (anecdotal evidence abounds — lots of brewpubs opening up, retail beer shelves have devoted an increasing share to small producers). Also interesting that Northern California played a strong role in the emergence of craft brewers. Thanks Rick and Ed for two great presentations.
Also want to say the crowd at the Colonial was enthusiastic. If you know what I mean.
Cheers! Thanks for stopping by.