How craft beer has helped transform West Sacramento's image – Sacramento Bee

Back in 2009, when I was house-hunting, I spent some time exploring the neighborhoods of West Sacramento, where I liked the prices and proximity to work, but I hesitated for one key reason — I didn’t think there was much to do.

I worried I would always be making my way back across the river to the midtown and downtown grid for restaurants, bars, coffee shops and just plain hanging out.

Fast-forward to spring 2017 and I find myself heading across the river, all right – from Sacramento to West Sacramento to chase down all that quality beer and the laid-back good times that go with it. There’s so much going that you don’t have to leave West Sacramento to have an excellent, multifaceted craft beer experience. Listings of homes for sale will often mention how easy it is to walk or bicycle to breweries.

Yes, West Sacramento has become seriously cool, and you can thank craft beer for the image upgrade. Tiny Bike Dog Brewing made terrific beer right out of the gate and the owners gave off such a welcoming vibe that many customers began to see the brewery’s humble tasting room as that special “third place” where you can hang out with your dog and your kids and see all your friends. Jackrabbit started producing great beer, too, and its tasting room also has a devoted following.

Rubicon Brewing has its 14,600 square foot production facility and a new tasting room there, in addition to its popular midtown brewpub. Yolo Brewing, which seemed to sputter out of the gate with inconsistent beer quality, has renewed its focus, hired the well-respected Dave Weiss to oversee brewing operations and is now producing some very good beer. The coconut porter I had there last week was a beautiful thing.

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