The 4th Annual Sacramento Beer Week will be held from
February 22 until March 3. Throughout the Sacramento Valley, breweries, pubs, restaurants and
other beer-loving businesses will celebrate Sacramento craft beer culture and Northern California's legacy
as the birthplace of the modern craft beer movement.
Last year, more than 100 businesses hosted beer tastings, tap takeovers from visiting breweries, beer
dinners, food pairings and more. SBW is anchored by the Capital Beerfest on March 2nd at Cal Expo,
where thousands of beer fans will sample from almost 100 breweries to benefit the Runnin' for Rhett
Foundation. New features this year will include a cocktail competition from the Sacramento Bartenders
Guild and several exclusive collaborative beers from local breweries. A new beer magazine, Hops to Table,
has been introduced to chronicle Sacramento's craft beer scene.
Sacramento Beer Week organizers have also introduced a local campaign to promote responsible drinking.
"Drink Safely Sacramento will use social marketing strategies to reduce the harm from drinking alcohol,"
says Dan Scott, founder and executive director of Sacramento Beer Week. "We aim to make Sacramento
safer, improve people's lives and maybe even save a few."
Sacramento has ten beer producers within city limits, another fifteen less than an hour away and eight new
regional breweries scheduled to open in 2013. “Sacramento Beer Week and the caliber of locally-produced
craft beers are yet another example that help to illustrate the reality of Sacramento’s designation as the
Farm-to-Fork Capital of America,” said Steve Hammond, president and CEO of the Sacramento
Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The region’s heritage of quality craft beer production is second to none
and, as showcased during Sacramento Beer Week, provides an additional element to the culinary reputation
that continues to grow both inside and outside of the Sacramento region.”
Glynn Phillips, owner of Rubicon Brewing and President of the Northern California Brewers Guild, was an
early supporter of the event. "Sacramento Beer Week has helped to elevate the presence and importance of
craft beer in our region. Rubicon has been here for 25 years and I am still surprised at how many people
learn of our beer through Sacramento Beer Week." Scott credits the collaborative nature of the craft beer
industry. "The success of Sacramento Beer Week comes from the hard work of our craft beer community.
We should all be proud that Sacramento is now a major destination for craft beer lovers from around the
world. Sacramento is a boomtown for craft beer and fans are happily drinking it down."