Monday, August 18, 2008

Sacramento Trip 8-14 to 8-17

Hi all,

I am sitting here on the train ride home from Sacramento so I thought I would write a little about my trip this weekend. A few months ago I wrote about my trip to Sacramento a conference and that I was able to hit 3 brewpubs in the area well this time I was able to hit 4 more Breweries/Brewpub. The 4 I hit were Beermann’s Beerwerks, Gold Hill Brewery and Winery, Auburn Alehouse Brewery and Restaurant, and River City Brewing and Restaurant. I will admit there wasn’t a beer that felt was out of this world but there were a few really nice beers and/or really interesting.

1. Beermann’s Beerworks Ginger Beer - This one was really interesting. It had a nice head when poored (even in a plastic cup). The nose as you would expect had a nice ginger and hoppy scent. The color was a golden yellow. Now on to what everyone cares about the taste. The beer had a very pronounced ginger flavor which kind of over powered the beer yet it was good. The best description I can give is it was like a mix of a light lager and a ginger ale. This might be a good hangover remedy.

2. Gold Hill Stout – I don’t have many notes on this one. The stout poured a dark brown and had a nose of coffee and chocolate. The reason why I liked it is it went down smooth and didn’t have as much of a burnt coffee taste that in my opinion most stouts have. The stout is my least favorite style of beer so when I like one I am guessing other who like stouts will too. Another really cool thing about this brewery is that they are also a winery. I have never been to a brewery and winery before. This place had a really nice tasting room for both beer and wine and the staff and owner were really nice and social able. So if you are in the Pacerville area swing by grab a beer or glass of wine and have a picnic overlooking the rolling hills of the area.

3. River City Vienna Lager – I really enjoyed this beer and I always find it a plus when a brewpub is in the middle of a mall/shopping center. Most breweries and brewpubs that I have visited are slightly off the main areas of town by having it in a highly accessed area more people will be able to see and try good flavorful craft/micro brews. I must admit I don’t know much about Vienna lagers but I was expecting it to be a light yellow color and it came out a light red color. It was more an amber lager then I was expecting. There was a nice head on the beer and it had a great aroma. There was a good hop note and a slight scent of darker roasted malt. The taste was really crisp and refreshing and whatever malt was used gave it a more complex flavor then the lagers I am used to. I say try this one of you are in downtown Sacramento.

4. Auburn Alehouse Cologne Kolsch – This was probably my favorite of the weekend. I am always on the lookout for light flavorful ale. The beer poured with a nice mid lasting head. It had a nice nose with a hint of citrus and flowery/grassiness. The color was a very light yellow. The taste was nice and light and crisp. It was a very refreshing brew and I actually would love to have had more but it was off to more brewpubs. I would say this would be a perfect session beer.

This was a good trip. I got to try some good beers and see some friends I only get to see a few times a year. Then for the most important part of the trip I made my wife happy by not making her come home for 2 days and have to travel back.

Since I am still learning and reading about how to describe and rate beers please feel free to give me some suggestions or good place to get info on rating beer.

Later!!!

GISBREWMASTER

Matt C.

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