Sacramento is the capital of California and the State’s sixth largest city (35th largest in the U.S.). Sacramento was cited by Time magazine as America’s most ethnically and racially integrated city in 2002. It is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California’s expansive Central Valley. It was adorned with trees and sidewalks making it a very walkable city, and included a pleasantly dry summer climate. The temperature was in the mid-80’s when I arrived on Thursday, June 13th…reminding me of the Mediterranean region of Europe. I had biked 65 miles from El Vallejo, CA to Sacramento. Can I get a cold beer?
At the Rubicon Brewing Company where we met up with Glynn, the owner, who told us about the history of Rubicon, gave us a tour of the inside of the brewery, and shared some samples of his craft beers and tasty food (I had the burger with bacon and bleu cheese—whoa!).
A few of the tanks used for Rubicon’s brewing process (located behind the restaurant).
A massive Rubicon Barrel, inside the Brewery.
Immediately after visiting Rubicon, Matt and I literally went up the street a few miles to our second, and final stop…Hoppy Brewing Company. We were greeted by the ever friendly Scott Patterson, the Manager of Marketing, Charity, and Events. Before I had even gotten off my bike, Scott had a beer waiting (what a guy!). Scott took us through the brewery behind the restaurant (as you are beginning to gather, that’s where most of them are), then into the restaurant where we sampled a few of their top-selling craft brews. I loved the Liquid Sunshine Blonde Ale (crisp and refreshing) as well as the Hoppy Face Amber Ale (full-flavored and delicious!). Scott even shared some chicken wings with us. They just go with a good craft brew!
A pic of Hoppy Brewing Company, taken moments after Matt and I arrived.