Drink Beer to Send a Kid to Summer Camp

Yep, you read that correctly. Drink beer, and you’ll help send a kid to summer camp. It just doesn’t get any cooler than this!

This Thursday, April 19 from 5 to 8p.m. Pyramid Alehouse will provide unlimited tastings of its new beer releases, light snacks, and live music for just $25. Proceeds will benefit UCP of Sacramento and Northern California’s Autism Center for Excellence, and send 15 children with autism to summer camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola.

Seriously! Let me repeat myself. You drink beer. Kids go to summer camp.

“Summer camp is a rite of passage, and we want to make sure all kids have the chance to enjoy this experience, regardless of having a developmental disability,” says Doug Bergman, president and CEO, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California.

Well, Doug, you had me at “beer.”

Buy a ticket. Help these kids out! (Must purchase tickets in advance.)

Jumble Sale, Beer, & Pizza! Oh My!

Not your ordinary shopping experience. Pictured are some of the old school duds for sale at the Verge Jumble Sale!

Calling all garage sale junkies, thrift store fanatics, and lovers of fun: come out to the Jumble Sale & Preview Party at Verge Center for the Arts tomorrow (Thursday) night! For a mere $15, from 6pm to 10pm, enjoy first-dibs shopping on throw back goods, beer, and Luigi’s pizza. You can also visit with artists in their studios and dance to live DJ Scott Soriano.

The whole shopping scene just keeps getting better and better in Sac! All this fun benefits a great nonprofit, Verge. (I volunteer there–I’ve seen their greatness first-hand.)

Can’t make the party, but still want to shop? The sale continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check the website for details.

LL Cool B!

Ladies love cool beer! If you are one of these ladies, our friends at Brew It Up! are forming a club just for you. Currently named Sacramento Women Who Love Beer (but looking for a catchier name), they are planning several ladies only events, including brewery tours, brewing parties and lessons, philanthropy and good old fashioned drinking fun.

Their first event will be a basic tasting to get your toes wet if you are new to beer appreciation. For $10, you’ll get to try four beers paired with four appetizers. Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 7 from 6-8pm and come meet the girls!

Destination: Bend, Oregon

I took the family up to Bend, Oregon for our annual all-American family vacation funfest. We seem to have an affinity or the Beaver State, having been to Ashland 2 years ago. What can we say? The call of the beautiful trees, lack of sales tax, and not having to get out of your car to pump gas is too powerful.

Bend is a splendid city, with a river running through it much like our own fair town, but making much more public use of it than we are ever likely to see. Though it is cliche to say it, the town does have a friendly, laid-back attitude that makes for a great vacation spot. Especially if you are into drinking awesome beer.

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New look, features for SacMix.com

Local happy hour website SacMix.com launched an updated look today with some new features. This week marked the official launch for the site, which aims to be the “Craigslist of Food and Drink” for the Sacramento region.

In addition to tweaking the design, SacMix.com founder Tim White has added hundreds of new listings in outlying areas from Davis to Rocklin, and added additional sorting on the food and drink specials. Other updates will be coming soon, including improved navigation and more specific content on the locations and deals. It’s a great site for quick listings of all the hot spots, and it’s now extremely useful for those off the grid. Cheers!

Stickie interviewed for SN&R

Our own Stickie was interviewed for this week’s News & Review. Stickie and fellow beer lovers Chadd “The Chadd” McNicholas and Kassandra “The Kassandra” Sutherland talk about Sacramento Beer Week, which takes place next week starting Monday night at The Colonial Theater in the beautiful Tahoe/Oak Park area.

A Salute to Sacramento Beer History
$10, 21+ of course
Colonial Theater
3522 Stockton Boulevard

Local Love

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Sacramento-style with these uniquely delicious ideas:

Chocolate Decadence: The most direct path to your sweetie’s heart is through the stomach. Sacramento has no shortage of phenomenal bakers to treat your honey right. Place your order today to ensure your treats are ready in time!

  • Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates offers sinfully elegant options including their V-day specialty Palet D’Or Entrement Cake for $32 featuring “Maracaibo Venezuelan Chocolate Mousse, layered with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Dacquois, and Crunchy Chocolate Shortbread.” They also offer melt-your-heart chocolates starting at 6 pieces for $12. If you’re going to buy chocolates, you won’t find any better than these!
  • Freeport Bakery exceeds all expectations for perfectionist pastries. Their Valentine’s options will make you weak in the knees. They’ve got Continue reading “Local Love”

Sudwerk introduces Signature series

Cheers to 20 great years of Sudwerk
As part of their 20th anniversary of brewing award winning lagers, Sudwerk is introducing the S-series of limited release beers. Their first release will be a Dunkel Weiss Bock, which is also their first high octane beer topping out at 8% abv. Sudwerk is describing it as smooth and well-balanced, with the yeast and wheat character of a Hefeweizen, the malty richness of a Dunkel, and the strength of a Bock. Since Sudwerk is one of the best damn producers of German-style beer this side of Munich, I am eagerly waiting to try this out. Release is extremely limited, so don’t dilly dally on this if you want to try it. This beer will be like hossenfeffer; hare today and gone tomorrow.

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Bonn Lair’s Sweet Sixteen

The Bonn Lair is getting all prettied up for her sixteenth birthday party this Saturday and hopes that her friends will come celebrate with her. Since 1994, countless Sacramentans have enjoyed fine pints, funny English food and funny English sport with her (Americans say sports, the British say sport.) and she will be remembering these fun times with a different beer rolled back to 1994 prices every hour. As Miss Manners directs the birthday girl to send her guests home with a keepsake of the occasion, tickets for chances at fabulous prizes will be given with each beer starting at 6pm.

Bonn Lair
16th Anniversary
Saturday, January 30th
3651 J Street