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Soak up the suds this summer at 11 new Sacramento breweries and taprooms

07/27/18

Soak up the suds this summer at 11 new Sacramento breweries and taprooms

Call it the Great Beer Boom of 2018. With 60-plus regional breweries already on tap, one might imagine the suds scene is topping off these days. Not by a long shot. To wit, we present nearly a dozen newly opened and soon-to-debut beer-focused spots where local lager lovers, doppelbock devotees and ale aficionados can grab a cold one.  Alaro Craft Brewery This brewhouse opened in the former Rubicon Brewing Company space in midtown on June 30. With a moniker that recalls the Spanish heritage of co-owners Annette and Ray Ballestero's surname, Alaro features a rotating lineup of seven beers from head brewer Chris Keeton, some of which boast names with a Spanish flair, like the La Luna oat stout with notes of...

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The 5th annual Sactown Wings festival gets saucy

06/26/18

The 5th annual Sactown Wings festival gets saucy

Prepare for things to get saucy on July 29 when Sactown Wings festival returns to Southside Park for the fifth consecutive year, serving at least 40,000 chicken wings from 15 different local restaurants. “When people say, ‘Oh, where should I go and get wings?’ the initial reaction is one of those big chains that have ‘wings’ in their names,” says event organizer Laura Ball. “But really, there are restaurants all over Sacramento and almost every single one of them has chicken wings on their menu.” This year, restaurants like Blue Cue, Broderick Roadhouse, Logan’s Roadhouse and more will showcase up to six different finger-licking flavors to coat their chicken wings, ranging from the classic barbecue and Buffalo to past...

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Cheese whizzes abound at the 2018 Sactown Nachos Festival

06/25/18

Cheese whizzes abound at the 2018 Sactown Nachos Festival

The Sactown Nachos Festival is back this summer after its inaugural event last August proved to be love at first bite for cheese lovers. On the heels of producing a successful debut, which attracted nearly 3,200 nacho aficionados, festival founder Brent Sands is preparing to welcome a larger crowd of foodies to Caesar Chavez Plaza on Aug. 25 by hosting almost 20 purveyors on-site creating special, off-the-menu tortilla chip dishes. For example, Gameday Grill will serve grilled tri-tip nachos topped with applewood-smoked bacon, jalapeño, sour cream and green onions, while Azteca Street Tacos will whip up a version with a carne asada-style topping. Herbivores can head toward Vegan Van 916 for a creative concoction from owner Ian Carty, who will top off the crispy...

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R Street to host block party celebrating Sacramento’s growing food scene

06/14/18

R Street to host block party celebrating Sacramento’s growing food scene

On Saturday, June 23, foodies and food purveyors will gather in front of the Warehouse Artist Lofts for the Our Street Night Market block party to celebrate the city’s burgeoning culinary scene. “I’ve been enamored with night markets for a while. I saw and went to the one in Taipei, and I thought to myself, “Why not here?” says Shawn Kahan, co-owner of Yellow Brick Group, which is producing the event. Local eateries like Tequila Museo Mayahuel, La Cosecha, LowBrau, Binchoyaki Izakaya Dining and Skool will set up 10-by-10-foot booths along R Street between 11th and 12th to cook up dishes on the spot. Partygoers will also get to indulge in desserts from newcomers like Cheesecakes by Cayla Jordan and Milk Money, as well as get a sneak...

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The hotly anticipated restaurant Beast & Bounty to open soon at the Ice Blocks

06/14/18

The hotly anticipated restaurant Beast & Bounty to open soon at the Ice Blocks

July 31 update: Beast & Bounty will soft-open today at 5 p.m. The days and hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Lunch service is slated to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and the restaurant will start offering brunch and breakfast soon thereafter. **************** Beast & Bounty, owned by restaurateur Michael Hargis and chef Brock Macdonald, the pair behind midtown hot spots LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar, will open on July 31, highlighting both meats (the beasts) and vegetables (the bounty) equally. Macdonald, who has previously worked at Spataro, Tuli Bistro and OneSpeed Pizza, has spent the past few years honing his charcuterie skills at the meat-forward Block Butcher Bar and Germanic-leaning (read: sausage heavy) LowBrau. But creating...

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