A few years back I wrote about some of the breweries in Sacramento, my home town. As I’m making some updates to the blog I looked at that post and realized how much Sacramento’s brewery scene had changed and that it was time to pull together a whole new post. This isn’t because places have closed, but instead because of the exponential growth that breweries in Sacramento have experienced.
Whether you’re looking for a certain type of beer, a certain atmosphere, or some tasty food to go along with your brews there is a spot in town that will fit your need.
The overall region now has over 60 craft breweries. I haven’t been to them all but there are many that have become go-to spots whether I’m looking for a place to chill with my dog or if I’m showing visitors around town.
You’ll find breweries all over the region but there are a couple areas that are great for exploring a few of them at once.
In the Downtown and Midtown areas of you’ll find some of the most loved breweries in Sacramento. Many of these are just a short walk from each other so if you’re looking to do a brewery crawl this one of the best parts of town to do so.
This newer spot has quickly become one of my favorites. They serve a dozen or so of their beers on tap and they have ones that will please us wheat beer lovers but also appease the IPA fans. They have tons of tables both inside and outside, plus they are great for large groups. But one of the best things about Urban Roots is their food. They have the best BBQ in town and it goes great with their beers. Whether you get a whole platter or just grab a snack, you won’t want to skip the food here.
While Device has been in the region for a while now this location in the new Ice Blocks has become an instant hit. Whether you’re popping around the area or plan to spend an afternoon hanging out in the taproom it’s a great place to visit. You’ll also find some of the best food trucks and pop-ups here on the weekends.
While this location has had a brewery in it for years, Alaro is starting off well in this spot. They’re also bringing some new styles to town like their Brut “Cava” styled Allure Ale. It’s a nice departure from the often IPA and hops heavy region.
You’ll find a good-sized tasting room right on L Street that has little frills but tasty beers. If you’re a sours fan you’ll definitely want to swing by here since they have the most around town. They also have a variety of games and allow dogs in their indoor space (less common downtown).
Not only was Ruthstaller at the forefront of Sacramento’s craft beer scene, but they’ve also been growing their own hops in the region for years. They also opened a new tasting room right by Golden 1 Arena. This underground spot is perfect for an evening visit or stopping by before a game.
This Bay Area based brewery has found a sizable crowd here in Sacramento. Right on Capitol Street you can pop into their small taproom or grab the beer and enjoy their patio in the summer. Their beers run on the hoppy side.
Others to consider around Downtown. In Old Sac, you’ll find Hoppy’s new location which I haven’t visited yet. Or swing by Burgers and Brew where they have a new location where they are brewing. I love their food but haven’t had a chance to explore their beers.
My Favorites on Broadway & South of Downtown
Just South of the freeway that marks the end of Downtown you’ll find some more of my favorite breweries in Sacramento. Some of these are right on Broadway and others are a little further south, but all of them are a few minutes drive from each other.
If you’re looking for a brewery with live music this might be your best bet. They have bands multiple days of the week and you’ll also find other fun events taking place. Plus, Friday to Sunday they’ll have a food truck ready to fill you up while you sip on your beers.
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The West side of Broadway has seen increasing development of the past few years and Bike Dog’s location is one of the highlights of the area. Along with a great selection of beers, you have access to order from Selland’s a local eatery that is right next door. This spot is well worth a visit.
One of our region’s bigger producers is Track 7. I’ve even seen their Panic IPA at Spago in Los Angeles. This is one of two taprooms in town, but it’s my preferred choice. It has an old school simple feel to it and is great to bring your dog and a friend to and just chill out with some good beer.
If beer isn’t your thing, or if someone on your adventure would rather have cider, we’ve got that for you as well. Not far from Track 7 you’ll find Two Rivers Cider. They make a wide range of dry ciders that go from your traditional apple, to fruity variations like their pomegranate, to others than tasty more like a whiskey than a cider. If you go, I recommend getting one of their flights since all their ciders taste so different that you’ll want to try them all.
Some West Sacramento Spots
If you pop over the river into Yolo County you’ll find West Sacramento. Just because it’s another city doesn’t mean it’s not worth the visit. It’s been home to some great breweries for years now and has recently added another brewery that’s almost more of an attraction.
One of the newest hot spots in town is The Barn ran by Drake’s Brewing. Drake’s is another Bay Area spot that has moved its way into Sacramento. This unique spot is a large outdoor venue that includes a brewery, restaurant, food trucks, and more to come. Sit at the bar, lounge around a fire pit, or set up at one of their picnic tables. Plus, it’s a great place to let kids and dogs run around.
This has been one of my favorite breweries for a long time. Long before we started shifting out of the hoppy trend in beers they’ve been producing a wide range of beers including many for our wheat beer drinkers. They also have a lovely patio to enjoy on a sunny day.
You’ll also find additional Bike Dog and Burgers and Brew locations in West Sacramento making it a great area to explore a few breweries without needing to travel far.
Breweries Beyond Downtown
There are great breweries as you head outside of Downtown. Some of my favorites are as you drive East towards Tahoe. Two that are work stopping by if you’re in the area are Out of Bounds in Folsom and Amador Brewing Company in Plymouth.
Thye recently expanded with a new spot in Folsom. They have as many as 21 beers on top ranging from wheat to stouts to IPAs. You’ll also find a full restaurant with tasty food that you can enjoy inside watching a game or out on their patio on a nice day.
You might think of heading up to Amador for wine tasting but you’ll also want to add a brewery to the list. You’ll find a wide variety of options in their standards plus some seasonal selections you won’t want to miss. On top of that, they always have a delicious popup or food truck on location so you’ll want to plan lunch or dinner around your stop here.
There are additional spots of this way including another Device Brewing locations, plus places I’ve heard good things about but haven’t yet checked out include Sactown Brewing and New Glory Craft Brewery. Or you can pop by Track 7’s restaurant The Other Side for good eats and drinks.
Just the Start of the Breweries in Sacramento
While these are just a handful of my favorite breweries in Sacramento they will give you a solid start to getting to know the regions beer scene.
At the same time, if you’re interested in trying them all you can check out the Sacramento Beer Passport that will show you all of the region’s breweries and even offers prices for visiting different numbers of them.