Pre-Beer Week Events

Two cool events this weekend will help you warm up for Sacramento Beer Week. On Saturday, meet the dead brewers of times gone past. On Sunday, meet brewers of today and watch lots of beer get made. (Please forgive the press release cut and paste. I’m busy.)

On Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 10 am, the Old City Cemetery Committee will conduct a tour of brewer’s buried at the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. This tour will serve as a “lead in” to Sacramento Beer Week and the Sacramento County Historical Society’s publication of Sacramento’s Breweries. The tour highlight will be pioneers who were associated with the Buffalo Brewery, but many other brewers will also be featured including Louis Keseberg, survivor of the Donner Party.

The tour commences at the Cemetery’s main gate at Broadway and 10th Street. Visitors may park across the street from the 10th Street Gate and meet at the cemetery entrance. Held under the auspices of the City of Sacramento Division of History & Science, the Old City Cemetery Committee, Inc. presents this tour as a public service. The tour is free, though donations for the restoration of the cemetery are greatly needed and appreciated.

For further information, call (916) 538-1849.

On Sunday, the Folsom Brewmeister hosts a day of brewing demonstrations.

Starting at 10 am, watch the Brewmeister’s resident BJCP Grand Master Kevin Pratt brew 10 gallons of California Common lager on their all-grain, homebrew system. The Gold Country Brewer’s Association will also join in with their B.O.A.T. (Brewery On A Trailer, a 45 gallon mobile brewery), brewing several other styles of beer.

This demo is free and will be highly informal and interactive for anyone curious about brewing. The brewing process will take about 5 hours, feel free to come and go as the day progresses. There will also be fresh wort for sale for those who want to try their hand at home fermentation.

SBW representatives will also be selling tickets to Sacramento Beer Week’s Inaugural Gala at the Colonial Theater on Monday.

Refreshments and BBQ will be available, and the Brewmeister is steps away from Folsom’s historic Sutter Street with pubs including Samuel Horne’s Tavern, The Cellar, Wine Styles, and Yager’s 727. Come meet some of the people central to Sacramento Beer Week’s success and gear up for SBW’s inaugural celebration.

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