Looking Back at Sac

On June 30, 2008, in Brew Pubs, Craft Beer, Family and Friends, Food, Travel, by Mark Ranes

We had a really nice trip to Sacramento.  After we tried to check into the hotel, we headed over to Rubicon Brewing Company for lunch and ales.  I was worried about parking, but we were able to park on the street about a half-block away.  The place was pretty busy, with no tables available outside, and only a few inside.  Hop Sauce at RubiconI started off with a Hop Sauce, an imperial IPA.  It comes in a 10 oz goblet, and they’ll only serve you two.  They claim that it has ten different hops in it and is a smooth, easy drinking IIPA.  It was very good.  After one Hop Sauce, I had one of the their stellar IPAs – their flagship ale, with my Cajun cheeseburger.  Finally, I had a cask stout, that was also very good.  This was my first trip to Rubicon, and I was very impressed.  Rubicon BarThe bar is pretty nice and the service was OK (but they were busy).  Stephen and I will be going back to Rubicon in August when we go see Dave Matthews at Raley Field.

We went back to the hotel, checked in and than headed over to Old Sacramento, to have a beer on the Delta King.  The Delta King is a permanently moored river paddle wheel boat that has been converted into a floating hotel and restaurant/bar.  Brenda and I stayed overnight on the Delta King about four years ago.  It was very nice and the restaurant was wonderful.  Their bar had nothing on draft, so I had a Newcastle brown ale and we watched the boats go by on the Sacramento River (man – there are really a lot of stupid twenty-somethings with boats…)

Next it was back to River City Brewing for an ale on the patio.  Brenda\'s wit and my WoodenheadThey were out of their Kolsch, so Brenda had a wit and I had a Woodenhead.  I tasted their cask ale again, but found it to be watery and flavorless.  We watched the world go by at the head of the mall and I made dinner reservations for 7:45.  We went back to the hotel and chilled until dinner time.

We shared a Brewmaster’s pizza and a Caesar salad for dinner.  The food was very good – so good to forgot to take a picture:)  We had originally planned on seeing a move, but decided to head back to the hotel after dinner, since there were no movies playing that we really wanted to see.Mark and his Woodenhead

We slept in the next morning, and headed over to Johnny Rockets for lunch, before heading out of town.  All in all, it was a very relaxing trip.

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