Dear, Where’s the Best Beer?

On this St. Patty’s day, it seems a logical time to roll out a few choices when you really, really want to get your beer on.  While none of these places are your traditional choices for a pint of Guinness and corned beef and cabbage, they’re rather perfect choices for brewed goodness the other 364 days a year.

Manderes– From the Gulf of Mexico to the Sprout of Brussels, Manderes has scoured the Earth for the best beers on the planet.  With the motto of “no crap on tap,” the small, two-year-old beer bar and restaurant in Folsom has excelled at marrying unique brews and delicious food. And with twenty beers on tap and almost 100 in the bottle, there’s something for just about every taste. Hungry? Try the short ribs, shellacked with a generous Russian imperial stout glaze, and pair it with a pint of Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye.

Burgers and Brew– The menu might be a bit limited, and the tap might not be all that impressive, but the arm-long list of beers in the bottle (mostly Belgian) is enough to keep the ardent hop-head coming back regularly. Don’t stray too far from the titular menu items of beer and burger however, or you’re likely to be disappointed.

The Shack– With an impressively eclectic tap that ranges from PBR to Belgian ales, and a bottle list that spans the globe featuring some of the best beers anywhere, The Shack has positioned itself as an incredible hangout for the brew connoisseur.  The new menu features bistro favorites like moules fritte and game hen for criminally low prices. It’s a win-win situation.

Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse– Originally “Original Pete’s,” this J Street institution has been in a rebranding mode lately. One of the newest aspects of Pete’s is the somewhat narrowly focused but incredibly unique selection of beers on tap. Alongside four taps from world-class brewer Firestone-Walker are five more Firestone beers brewed especially for Pete’s. Throw in an always solid Pete’s pizza and you’ve got a recipe for success.

Sacramento Brewing Company– With the shutdown of SBC’s Oasis on Madison Avenue, all focus has shifted to the longstanding Town & Country location. Alongside almost a dozen house brewed beers, Sacramento Brewing Company is offering up to twenty guest taps from some of the country’s best breweries. And we’re not talking widely available bar beers here. Specialty and seasonal brews from Sierra Nevada, Bear Republic, and Anchor Steam are just a few of the incredible beers you can sample everyday. And on special event days, brewer’s specials and cask-conditioned ales on hand pump (the best way to enjoy a draft beer if you ask me) are yours for the drinking. But act quickly; some of these specialty beers have known to run out in less than 24 hours.

402 East Bidwell St
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 986-9655

The Shack
5201 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 457-5997

Sacramento Brewing Company
2713 El Paseo Lane
Sbc Town & Country Village
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 485-4677

Burgers and Brew
403 3rd St
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 750-3600
and coming soon, 14th and R in Sacramento.

Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
2001 J St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-6770

6 thoughts on “Dear, Where’s the Best Beer?”

  1. I don’t know about the best beer, but for a great St. Patty’s day, hit Brownies Lounge in a strip mall on S. Land Park Drive. It’s St. Patty’s day everyday there! Fabulous corned beef and a 70’s atmosphere.


  2. has an excellent selection of Czech beer, with some other treats thrown in.

    The Graduate (in Davis) has been ramping up their beer choices in the past few years. 50 taps, featuring stand-outs such as Dogfish Head, Stone, Bear Republic, Deschutes, Russian River, Avery and more!

    The Shack will be adding weekend brunch soon!

    Burgers & Brew plans to add a location at the Crystal Icehouse, whenever than happens.


  3. I realize that I didn’t come right out and say this, but I was looking at this list as more of a “best beer selection” list than a “who makes the best beer locally” list. Hence, Rubicon’s absence. That, and I really am not a fan of Rubicon, just to be contrarian.


  4. Fair enough… It’s your blog, after all 🙂

    I’m interested in what doesn’t appeal to you about Rubicon, though -care to elaborate?


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