36 Hours in Sacramento

With its thriving cultural scene, striking architecture and lush vegetation, this often overlooked California city — the photogenic backdrop of the movie “Lady Bird” — has much to offer the weekend visitor.
As written in the New York Times.

As a travel destination, California’s capital gets no respect. Despite sitting at the confluence of two impressive rivers, with sprawling shade trees that make much of the city feel like a leafy urban park, Sacramento has a misplaced reputation as a lowly, unattractive place. But the state’s oldest incorporated city — founded in 1849, the year before California joined the union — remains a lush oasis of bougainvillea and palms, prolific fruit trees and mighty oaks.

It also has a thriving cultural scene and architectural character all its own. Along with neighborhoods of midcentury modern homes, Craftsman Bungalows and ornate Victorians, there’s the birthplace of Tower Records (the Art Deco Tower Theatre and its kitschy, colorful Tower Cafe are both still operating) and the Crocker Art Museum’s bright white, modernist expansion, the 125,000-square-foot Teel Family Pavilion, which tripled the museum’s size in 2010. Unlike California’s glittering, glamorous coastal cities, Sacramento’s location in the Central Valley gives it an earnest, small-town affect and a welcome lack of pretension.

Friday
1) 3 p.m. LAY OF THE LAND
With few hills and wide, tree-shaded streets, Sacramento is an unusually bikeable city. The JUMP dockless e-bike share program ($1 for the first 15 minutes, 7 cents a minute after that) began just last month, but may become the best bet for getting around “the Grid” (as Sacramento’s core is known), Davis and West Sacramento.

The Crocker is the city’s must-see institution, but make your first stop the smaller California Museum ($9), which is based at the State Archives and is home to the California Hall of Fame, which, besides celebrating famous Californians, offers an overview of the state’s history from the Spanish missions era to Japanese internment during World War II, indigenous peoples to Hollywood’s Red Scare. Afterward, take a walk through the 40-acre, Victorian-style Capitol Park, where there is a trout pond, a cactus garden and a collection of native plants representing every county in this heterogenous state.

2) 4:30 p.m. CALIFORNIA CRAFTED
Cruise down to the R Street Corridor, a former railroad yard and industrial area, now home to intriguing shops and designers. For hyper-curated outdoor clothing and gear with a city-streets-meets-Redwood forests sensibility — think fleece sweatshirts in vibrant colors — head to the All Good flagship store, which also organizes hiking, surfing and bouldering trips in California and beyond.

Down the street, the Warehouse Artist Lofts Public Market has a small but enticing food court with excellent poke — the Hawaiian-style raw fish salad that’s sweeping California — at Fish Face Poke Bar and an exciting collection of shops: midcentury wares and records at Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage, where you can find everything from 45s to atomic age lamps; and fabulously retro vintage clothing at Old Gold. For admirers of bespoke clothing, Benjamins crafts shoes — like a $375 boot made of leather from the Chicago tannery Horween, which takes 16 to 20 weeks to deliver — on site.

3) 5:30 p.m. BEER-THIRTY
Sacramento is flush with beer. Try New Helvetia, named for the city’s original moniker. The brewery has a neighborhood feel, complete with backyard picnic tables, a devoted running club and a resident mascot dog named Moose (there’s a session I.P.A. named in his honor). Bike Dog in industrial West Sacramento is popular with bicyclists, dogs and serious beer geeks.

For a funky outdoor beer garden with communal tables imported from Germany and a shipping container kitchen, Der Biergarten, has 32 taps of mostly German beer and a menu that includes classics like currywurst ($8.06) and schnitzel ($12.67). There’s even Sac Brew Bike, a mobile pub that tours beer bars and resembles a pedal-powered trolley that can seat up to 15 people. Tours start at $27 a seat.

4) 6:30 p.m. HAMBURGER HAPPINESS
Contrary to restaurant lore and signage, Broderick Roadhouse was not established in 1893. It actually started as a food truck in 2012 and, on the strength of its hamburger game, quickly grew into a small and beloved local chain. The original West Sacramento location retains the charm of a Western relic. If you come earlier for the 3 to 6 p.m. happy hour, the towering Old School burger and tap beer special ($10) is a steal.

5) 8 p.m. SHOWTIME
Catch a show at The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts (tickets, $9 to $46), the new performing arts complex by the 30-year-old B Street Theatre. The two-theater venue includes both the 250-seat main stage and the 365-seat Sutter Theatre for Children, which will host “family series” shows at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays. For serious post-theater cocktails, red velvet curtains, pressed tin ceilings, a horseshoe-shaped wooden bar and live music — blues, jazz, big band and country — on weekend nights (starting at 9 p.m.), Shady Lady Saloon may be Sacramento’s sexiest cocktail bar.

Saturday
6) 10 a.m. For the Road
Grab coffee at Temple Coffee Roasters, a highfalutin caffeine palace that opened its grandest location — which includes a floor hand-laid with 500,000 pennies — in 2016 in an 1880s building in the trendy Midtown neighborhood. Coffee snobs will find Kyoto slow-drip and a custom tap system for Nitrogen-infused coffees and teas. Then get a picnic lunch for the road at Roxie’s Deli & BBQ, an East Sacramento corner store with a retro feel and sandwiches that will feed two adults for less than $10. A local favorite is the messy Meatball Mafia sandwich ($9.65) with smashed meatballs, provolone and Parmesan cheeses, topped with tomatoes, onions and jalapeños.

7) 12 p.m. GET OUTTA TOWN
The paved, 32-mile Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail starts in Old Sacramento’s Discovery Park and travels along the American River, a tubing hot spot during the scorching summer months. Stop at the Nimbus Hatchery, which raises steelhead trout and Chinook salmon, and has a nature trail. If you’re up for an ambitious ride (or a short drive), continue all the way to the town of Folsom — of Johnny Cash prison song fame — which is loaded with Gold Country character.

8) 5 p.m. TACOS AL FRESCO
For a quick, quintessentially California snack, head to Chando’s, a small local chain of taco stands where you can grab three flavorful street-food-style tacos — like “The Ensenada,” with fried fish and cabbage, birria (spicy stewed goat) and vegetarian options like spinach or potato — and a fountain drink for just $7.49. Take your meal to the recently renovated pond at nearby McKinley Park, where 1,200 rose bushes in bloom from March through May. The garden was featured in Greta Gerwig’s 2017 film “Lady Bird”— a love letter to her hometown — which has inspired walking and running tours of the film’s locations.

9) 7 p.m. STADIUM CITY
Many cities have beloved sports teams, but few treat sports events — even minor league baseball games — as much like a night life activity as Sacramento, where eating a Merlino’s freeze while watching a River Cats game at West Sacramento’s Raley Field is a favorite way to spend an evening. In 2016, the country got its first solar-powered sports stadium when the Golden 1 Center opened in Sacramento, transforming the city’s downtown with an indoor-outdoor design that includes five towering, fully-retractable glass doors. The $500 million-plus arena hosts the Kings N.B.A. team, as well as big-name musical acts like Paul McCartney, Ariana Grande and John Mayer.
10) 10 p.m. PLAYING WITH FIRE
In the Southside Park neighborhood, Binchoyaki is a sassy little izakaya, where perky 1960s-era oldies play and the open kitchen makes the compact dining room feel like a party. Specializing in Japanese-style charcoal grilled skewers, the restaurant serves salty, umami-packed bites of pork jowl, chicken gizzard, beef tongue, bacon-wrapped enoki mushrooms and more (starting at $1.50). A testament to the restaurant’s mom-and-pop, handmade impulse, the bar is lined with planter trays sprouting mung beans and pickling jars of beet-colored daikon and shochu liquor infused with umi (plum). From 10 p.m. to midnight, there’s a $1 oyster happy hour on weekend nights.

Sunday
11) 8 a.m. THE THREE Bs
Bacon & Butter, in the Tahoe Park neighborhood, is worth both the trek and the inevitable brunch lines. The seasonal menu changes frequently, but might include, as it has in the recent past, a FGT benny (fried green tomato and ham hock with baby arugula, poached eggs, corn and béarnaise sauce, $15) and chili verde hash with tomatillo-stewed pork butt, black beans, pasilla chile, eggs, baby squash and corn ($17). After breakfast, head to Asha Urban Baths, an Old World-style, coed, swimming suit-required bathhouse with a soaking pool, sauna, steam room, sauna and cold plunge. Drop-in admission is $25.

12) 12:30 p.m. ALL ABOARD FOR ART
Head to Amtrak’s Sacramento Valley Station, a 1926 Renaissance Revival train station that just received a major face-lift, and hop the Capitol Corridor train 15 minutes west to the college town of Davis. From the 1913 Mission Revival Davis Station, it’s a 20-minute walk to the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, which opened in 2016 at the University of California, Davis. The museum’s porous, light-filled Grand Canopy design is itself a work of art. A recent exposition included John Cage’s first participatory composition, “33 1/3,” which debuted at U.C. Davis in 1969.

LODGING
Kimpton opened its first Sacramento property, The Sawyer Hotel (500 J Street; 916-545-7100; sawyerhotel.com) last year. Each of the 250 guest rooms (starting at $159) are pet-friendly and equipped with a yoga mat, while the third-floor pool has cabanas and views of the Golden 1 Center.

HI Sacramento Hostel (925 H Street; 916-668-6631; hiusa.org) is an exceptional option for budget travelers. Housed in an 1885 Victorian mansion, just blocks from downtown’s César Chávez Plaza, where there are concerts in the park during the summer, a bed in a shared dorm costs just $32, while private rooms start at $56, breakfast included.

Frozen Beer in Sacramento and at Der Biergarten

There is a considerable measure of love for cold beer by lovers of beer and beer drinkers during the summer. Although there are few who does not really care, but who cares? If you are reading this blog, then you probably enjoy a cold beer especially when the weather is on the warm side.
This time Der Biergarten is pleased to announce the availability of frozen beer in our beer garden located in Sacramento. Cool isn’t it? But wouldn’t you prefer to know more about what frozen beer entails? This blog brings to you a fuller detail why you should love frozen beer more.
However, if you seem to be knowing about frozen beer just on this premise, it is a big opportunity to join the frozen beer family.
What is Frozen Beer?

Frozen beer is a market definition for pale lager beer brands that have passed through series of freezing procedures. In all cases frozen beer is served with a foam cover. The foam on the beer is served on top at 23° F (-5° C), and it absolutely acts as a core to maintain the beer’s chill for an estimated thirty minutes.
The most interesting thing about frozen beer brand is the fact that they possess more alcohol content than most regular pints of beer brands. And generally, frozen beer brands have a low price tag in comparison to other beer brands and relative to the alcohol content.
The Frozen Beer Concept.

The concept of frozen which sometimes could be sold as “polar pints” originated from a Japanese beer war. Going by the records, a Japanese brewer known as Asahi was the first to conceptualize the idea of frozen beer back then in 2010, as at the time he did that his main focus was to attract young drinkers. To achieve his goal, his company invented a machine similar to the frozen yogurt machine that turns chilled beer into a boozy whip to keep young drinkers glued. Even the foam cover on frozen beer is a concept drawn from the soft-served ice cream.
In real essence, the concept maintained the regular beer’s body but replaced the head with the foam cover.
As soon as the concept gained public acceptance, it was brought to the districts of Tokyo where frozen beer eventually became the drinker’s favorite.
Kirin who happened to be a Japanese beer-maker caught the trend to create a dark and light shades of the frozen beer. And ever since then frozen beer has been the order of the day in over 7,500 restaurants in Japan. With these other top brewers in Seoul, Paris, and Los Angeles joined the train of Frozen beer technology.

So, if you are in Sacramento, there is a lot more to explore. Get yourself down to Der Biergarten to enjoy the experience that comes with frozen beer. We are of a surety you will love it. Trust us.

Alaskan Brewing served at Der Biergarten in Midtown Sacramento

he Alaskan brewing company is the oldest operating brewery in Alaska, with their amber beer being their most popular brand. They produce two other brands as well, pale ale and Alaskan frontier amber. If you enjoy fresh amber beer, Alaskan brewing is what you want.Der Biergarten has 32 drafts in its 100% outdoor Beer Garden and often there are 2 from Alaskan Brewing.

A little about The Alaskan Brewery that offers several different styles of brew.

1. Amber – This is the company’s flagship beer, based on a turn of the century recipe that was used to quench the thirst of the miners during the Gold Rush era. It provides a smooth, malty, rich taste that goes well with meals – or friends. This is often at Der Biergarten and goes great with a Belgie Sandwich.

2. Pale – Pale is fresh, crips, and inviting. Alaskan pale is great with and of Der Biergartens sausages but especially good with our Brats. The floral aroma of the hops is from dry hopping the tanks during the entire fermentation process.

3. Stout – The oatmeal style beer of stout doesn’t have the harshness of other stouts. Great with chocolate or our Strudel. Stout is also ideal to enjoy while walking in the snow or the cold nights in Midtown Sacramento.

4. ESB – If you like hops, the infusion of hops in this delight will amaze your nose while the refreshing cascade hops will provide a wonderful crispness to both the flavor and the finish. We have this a few times a year at Midtown’s Beer Garden, however it goes quick.

5. Smoked porter – This is the hard to get one for us and it’s very exclusive, Alaskan smoked porter has a world class reputation for its excellence. Brewed in the fall, this beer is ideal for storing and if you see it in a bar, get it quick.

6. Winter ale – This tender brew of spruce trees has been used for brewing in Alaska since the late 1700s, but only served at Sacramento’s first beer garden a few times a year.

Alaskan Beers are just a few of the beers Sacramento’s First Cargo Container Beer Garden sells. It specializes in German beers and lite german fare and is 100% outdoors. It closes for rain but is open a lot due to Sacramentos great climate and seasons.

A short history of beer

A Short History of Beer

Beer has been around along time and as a beverage probably dates back on the early Neolithic era, some 11,000 years ago. The process of brewing beer was, most likely, discovered by many cultures independent of each other. The earliest chemical evidence of beer was found in the Zagros Mountains in western Iran.

Brewing beer has come along way and distributing it are referenced in some of the earliest human writings. Remember your high school history and the “Code of Hammurabi”? If not, that’s okay. Anyway, this Babylonian code of laws was written almost 4,000 years ago and it contains rules regarding the production and distribution of beer. Or how about this; in Mesopotamia they had a beer goddess, Ninkasi, and one of the prayers recited to her was a recipe for beer! In fact, several years ago, Anchor Brewing Company made a limited edition and branded it Ninkasi. We sold this at Der Biergarten in Sacramento. The recipe was based on a reconstruction of the original ancient one and included twice baked bread, malt, honey and dates. Interestingly, it did not include hops so it ended up being much sweeter than modern beers. This just proves that those golden suds have a much more interesting history than you knew! It was a great tasting beer and sold out quickly.

Beers are classified into many brands but two main types: Pale Lagers which are the most popular around the world, and Ales which are distinct to the region where they are brewed. These two main types are further defined into other varieties like stout, brown ale and pale ale. Beer is usually produced with about 4%-6% alcohol but can contain as little as less than one percent or, rarely, over 20%! We have had some at Der Biergarten as much as 15%.

Beer was introduced to Europe around 5,000 years ago and was most certainly not the same sort of beer we know today. In those days beer brewing used fruits, honey, various types of plants, spices and even some narcotic herbs. Of course Germans did the best with it.

Notice that hops are not on the list. The first mention of hops in the brewing of beer comes 1,200 years ago by an Abbot (by the 7th century beer was being brewed and sold by monasteries).And now some say there is a hop shortage.

It took the Industrial Revolution to bring beer brewing into what we would recognize today. It was during this time that both hydrometers and thermometers were invented. These gave the brewers much more control over the process and the ability to predict the results. This ability to standardize results led to brewing in much larger quantities and shipment over much wider areas. Thanks god beer is easier today.

Now, the brewing industry spans the globe. Where there are several huge international companies that dominate the market, there are literally thousands of small brewers also producing beer. Here is another fun fact: in 2006 more than 35 BILLION gallons of beer were sold for about $294.5 billion dollars. That is a lot of beer to drink. Thank god Der Biergarten never runs out of beer.

 

 

ABC Channel 10 stops by midtown Sacramento’s beer garden to beat the heat

ABC Channel 10 stops by Der Biergarten to give ways on how to beat the heat!
Need to keep cool in the Sacramento Heat? Sacramento’s original beer garden, Der Biergarten in Midtown Sacramento is the place to do just that. With retractable shades, misters and frozen beer it is the place to stay cool in the summer heat.Great German beer and food as well as it is 100% dog friendly.

Keeping you cool at Sacramento’s original beer garden

Our misters will keep you cool at Sacramento’s original beer garden. Along with shades and frozen beer this 100% outdoor beer garden was the first to give people a place to socialize and enjoy the sun by day and the stars by night.

Sacramento’s Beer Garden is a great place for socializing

Sacramento’s Beer Garden known as Der Biergarten is a unique place, one of a kind, a great place to hang out and socialize. Here is what you will find at this great spot.

Sacramento's Beer Garden

Sacramento’s Beer Garden

Great German beer and foods
Der Biergarten is uniquely German; you can get some of the best German beers as well as light German fare. The spot offers a German menu with 32 beers on draft, and German traditional cuisine all while you relax in one of Midtown Sacramento’s best beer destinations. This is the place that you will find the most German beers in Northern California.

It is 100% outdoors
This is a place where you’ll have a chance to socialize over some great beer and food, enjoying the sunlight by day and counting the stars at night. It’s a spot that has a natural environment, a cool place where you can down your drinks as you chat with your friends. Enjoy the fresh air, watch the sunset and count the stars as you sip your favorite German drink. It’s a true definition of outdoor dining and entertainment.

A cool spot
When you want to have a good chat with your friends, this is the joint of choice; it has no television, music or dance floor. It’s a place where you can have a good time without having to shout at the top of your lungs in competition with blaring music. You won’t be interrupted by television ads or programs; it will be all beer, food and wonderful socialization. You’ll have a wonderful time sitting with friends, playing a game and socializing; the atmosphere is so good, you’re sure to love it.

Der Biergarten is not just human-friendly; you are allowed to bring your dog. There are no restrictions; you can enjoy your German beer while in the company of your pet friend. You don’t have to leave your lovely pet in the house unattended or in the car; this is a cool place to hang out with friends and lovely pets too.

Another first at the Der Biergarten, it was the first cargo container structure built to be used as a business in Sacramento, CA.

If you’re looking for real fun and excitement while you play games, the best German beer and food as well as a wonderful and cool atmosphere, Der Biergarten fits the bill!

What is a good beer or brew for cold weather?

Question: What is a good brew for cold weather?
It is the middle of wintertime. What is a brew lover to do? Personally, I do not pay that much attention to the climate when I am picking out brew, at least not consciously. I possibly pick different beers one a red-hot pleasant era than I would on a freezing, rainy day but I do not do so with a mean. Even so, I know that there are some beers than give themselves more easily to cold weather than others.
Answer: Go dark. My first thoughts are of dark beers: porters or doppelbock’s, the really dark ones. Their spice tends to be big and chewy and requires that you slow down and savor them. After all, when a freezing breath is hammering around outside, who wants to be gulping down cold ones? No, when you are sitting at the fireplace with a covering around your shoulders and drinking a great dark beer. Slow down with and sip contemplatively while you stare and the flames and consider your own mortality.
Besides being sipping beers, the large-scale, darks forms tend to preference good whether the outside temperature is freezing or warm. You can get a glass of the sudsy concoction and have it in a snifter in your hand and warm up and it is just as delicious as it was when you grabbed it out of the refrigerator. Lighter beers, extremely Pilsner and wan lagers, are approximately unpalatable when they get up to room temperature so they are best shunned when you are trying to stay warm. Go local if you can as it’s usually fresher. After all you sitting at home and staring at the flame regardless, maybe you met someone nice at the brewery to drink with you. If not at home with the fire and if the roads are not too bad, why not sound over to your regional brewpub? It “doesn’t really” matter what they are serving, the comradely of a very warm table on a freezing era is enough to thaw the iciest of moods. Go boozy, The extreme brew fluctuation has brought a whole emcee of high-alcohol beers to our brew collect shelves. Besides being delectable sippers, these beers carry that added benefit of the warming detect of booze. There is nothing cozier than spending an hour or so sipping a rich, flavorful extreme brew and searching its spices as it warms and changes character in your hand. So maybe you simply don’t want a brew. It’s cold and brew is a freezing drinking and good-for-nothing I say can reassure you to think otherwise. Fine, but remember, the warm climate is just two or three months away so why not take advantage of the cold weather down time to put back some homebrew? The red-hot steam from the brew pot and the smell of malted and hops will surely defrost your frozen beer-lovin’ person.

Or go to a festival, Believe it or not but breweries and organizers are containing brew fairs in this ridiculous climate. Having attended a couple , great beers happen at these festival. I can report that they are really enjoyable. Sure, it is cold as heck but good brew is spurting and there is usually some kind of heat source for everyone to gather around. There’s no better way to get close with your fellow brew lovers.
Cheers…

Munich Madness: Oktoberfest and Beer Halls

About 6,000 longing revelers will crowd into one brew tent during Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration. A Biergarten is not a kindergarten — expect your brew glass to viewed a liter( about a quart) of Munich’s finest brew.
For conventional Bavarian amusing , nothing makes a good old-hat brew dormitory. Munich is Germany’s beer capital, and its brew residences come with flows of brew, inexpensive meat, loud amusing, and oompah music.

The partying goes turned up a notch every fall, when the city celebrates Oktoberfest. The festival happens simply over 2 week, starting on the third Saturday in September and usually discontinuing on the first Sunday in October( but never before Oct. 3 — the day Germany celebrates its reunification ).

Oktoberfest kickings situations off with an opening procession of more than 6,000 participates. Every light, it replenishes eight vast brew tents with about 6,000 defendants each. A million gallons of brew eventually, they cook the last ox.

The Theresienwiese fairground( south of the primary learn terminal ), known as the “Wies’n,” spews in a ferment of moves, dancing, and strangers strolling arm-in-arm down rows of outing bars, while the brew sanctity precipitate tons of liquor, pretzels, and wurst in a bubble cauldron of amusing. The triple-loop roller coaster must be the wildest on macrocosm( best before the beer-drinking ). During the fair, the city segments even better than normal. It’s a good time to sightsee, even if beer-hall rowdiness isn’t your cup of tea.

If you’re not examining while the party’s on, don’t worry: You can still dance to noisy airstrips, munch vast pretzels, and show off your stein-hoisting cleverness any time of year at Munich’s classic brew residences. While it can be extremely touristy, everybody’s having lots of fun.

There are plenty of other intoxicating Munich beer residences. Spatenhaus is the opera-goers’ brew dormitory, dishing more stylish meat in a conventional were set out in the square facing the opu and palace. The stylish Andechser am Dom, at the rear of the twin-domed Frauenkirche, accomplishes Andechs beer and massive meat to intelligent regulars. Nurnberger Bratwurst Glockl am Dom, simply across from Andechser am Dom, is favourite with sightseers. Dine outside within the meaning of the trees or in the dark, archaic, cozy interior — patrolled by wenches and spiked with antlers.

For the brew revolutionary, there’s the humble Beer and Oktoberfest Museum in the city center, which offers a low-tech and underwhelming take over beer’s history and the causes of the city’s Oktoberfest celebration.

Wandering through the legions of joyous beer-drinkers in the brew residences, it resulted to me that, unlike with wine-colored, more silver doesn’t get you a better beer. Beer is truly a people’s gulp, and you’ll get the more good here in Munich. Experts have their favorite liquids — and to get it, they don’t liquidate more…they simply” return to the” brew hall that serves it.

A beer hall is a classic Munich gemutlich scene. Gemutlich is the perfect word for Bavaria’s special coziness and inclination for savoring the moment. It’s particularly strong during Oktoberfest, but you can feel it anytime by spending an night in a foaming brew dormitory, clinking containers with new friends, immersed in a boisterous and ejecting Bavarian atmosphere.