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On May 22nd, 2015, our owner Sean Derfield, who owns Der Biergarten in Midtown Sacramento and The River City Saloon in Old Sacramento, was in an accident involving the Sacramento Light Rail train. He recalls nothing from that day as well as not recalling much from his 3 weeks in the ICU and his 10 days in the rehabilitation center.

With the 1 year anniversary of his accident approaching, he wanted to thank the firefighters that cut him out of his truck and give back to the doctors and nurses that saved his life and took such great care of him during his 4 weeks in their care. After searching for a good cause he chose The Department of Surgery at UC Davis Health System.

He has decided that the year anniversary will be a time of reflection that life is not all about work. It’s about living and enjoying. So on May 26th, 2016, 100% of sales at Der Biergarten will be donated to the UC Davis- Department of Surgery. So come enjoy and live a little with all sales that day going to the charity.


Der Biergarten gives back

Accident Pictures

Sacramento Bee article on accident

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Life Support Day 2

truck acident

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Update on Bionics

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    On The Road To Recovery.

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Get well Sean banner signed by all my great friends that was in my room till I was able to walk again without a walker.

My Rock

Still on a feeding tube but looking better at a good friends wedding

Getting Better Every Day!

Getting Better Every Day!

Derrfield Press Release On Giving Back


More Media on the accident.

Story by the Sacramento Bee’s BY ROBERT D. DÁVILA

Story by the Sacramento Bee’s BLAIR ANTHONY ROBERTSON,

Story by online Sacramento Cowtown Eats- Dining News: Owner of Der Biergarten, River Saloon Recovering after Truck vs. Light Rail Accident


The UC Davis Department Of Surgery Fund.

Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery at UC Davis Health System is one of the most extensive and experienced surgical practices in California. Your gift supports research-based, multidisciplinary surgical approaches, outstanding patient care and a training program that ensures superb care for future generations.

As a leading referral center for many of the region’s most challenging adult and pediatric cases, our patients and referring physicians have access to the broadest possible range of experts and treatments in inland Northern California.

Great News!  We raised over $5,000 and 100% went to the UC Davis- Department of Surgery


Der Biergarten Gives Bask

Der Biergarten Gives Bask

The Accident