“Can I have a cold one?”
Originally, not associated with the fanciest of conversations. But with the rise of the craft beer breweries, maybe it’s time to rethink. We recently had the opportunity to enjoy a stroll through the California Craft Beer Summit on September 11 at the Sacramento Convention Center. So worth it.
The original claims posted by the organizers were:
“Learn how to…
- Start a brewery
- Age beers at home
- Host your own tasting and pair the right food with the right beer
Wander around an exciting Expo Hall to…
- Share a pint with your favorite brewer
- Learn what goes into your beer from local hop farmers
- Watch (and taste) award winning chefs pair culinary art with your favorite beers
- Experience the culture and community of California’s craft beer industry.”
As we walked through the aisles of beer brewery ambassadors, I will tell you that we received an education (which by the way is also available through the UC Davis extension!). We were magnetically attracted to the encouraging signs of growth and change for this industry as displayed throughout the hall. We had a lengthy discussion with city planners, sharing the adaptive zoningdone to open craft brewing facilities. We were captivated by the advancements in the production advancements, and the technology created to expand beer production. I was also amused by the craft of craft beer, the novelty of how beverage glass and its labeling has become an artform.
But let us not forget the true star of the show, the beer. Included with our ticket was the taster which gave us the opportunity to taste the many styles of beer, and to learn the art of producing each unique brew. From Dr. Bill to the Cherry Sour, it was a pleasure to talk directly to the movers and shakers of the diverse craft beer industry.
A must do on my yearly calendar, see you next year, or perhaps at the nearest tasting room.