Last weekend S and I traveled all the way up to Sacramento California to attend the Capitol Beer fest with some close friends! We drove up on Saturday and decided to stay the night in Davis (where we went to school and met!). It was fun but also SO WEIRD. I haven't been back in a few years but I still have so many clear memories around that town.
On Sunday we woke up early, got some Crepes at Crepe Ville, and headed over to Sacramento for a day of music, food trucks and day drinking! We did our research ahead of time and made a game plan for which beers we HAD to try before they ran out. Our group was aiming to try new/famous on tap from: moonraker, boonsville, and ballast point.
We had the VIP tickets which let us in the event an hour early, which was SO worth it! Check out the pictures at the end of my post to see how crazy the crowds got! General and VIP also included a collectible tasting glass and beer tasting from 125+ craft brewers. Food and cigars were available for purchase and all proceeds benefitted the local non profit "Runnin' for Rhett".
Keep scrolling for images, beer/cider reviews, and some seriously silly stories.
Pilsner Urquell was my second favorite beer of the day (Balast Point's Sea Rose stole first).
It's a light crisp flavor that "you can literally drink all day"; quote from a man who had literally been drinking it all day and photobombed this picture like a pro.
Their server also had the best make up and nail color of the day IMO. She's what I call a "beer angel". 😇
Ciders and other sugary beers were extremely popular at the event! The Jalapeño and pear ciders from Hemly Ciders were group favorites.
The main reason why you should get the VIP ticket next year!!
VIP entrees get in an hour early, which means no crowd! Getting in early also meant we could run to our favorite breweries and get a couple tastes in before the kegs tapped. This year our group sprinted straight to Moon Raker.
See if you notice the crowd slowly growing in the photo backgrounds as you scroll through this post.
I'm so happy that I ran into an old friend at the event! Ashley was holding down the fort at the "Food truck cinema" booth!
Food Truck Cinema is an Outdoor movie theater complete with local bands, craft beer and wine gardens, and local food trucks. Upcoming events include Pitch Perfect (April 22nd), Toy Story (June 17), The Goonies (August 19th), Raiders of the Lost Ark (September 23rd) and much, much more! See the whole line up here.
Don't be afraid to hug/lay on the ice 😂
Best hair and tshirt award go to this unicorn!
Shirt: "Day drinking day"
My favorite brewery: Balast Point
While their Sculpin IPA is normally my go to drink, the Sea Rose did not disappoint. The light cherry flavor and crisp aftertaste make it a perfect summertime beer. I also don't normally enjoy fruit flavored beers but this one was my favorite beer all day!
A car kegerator and a Jeep themed ale?? Old Hangtown knows whats up...
Pretzel necklaces from Neck Nosh: the perfect accessory for any beer fest!
Everyone at this event was SO happy and friendly! We ran into this crew early on and shared a few laughs (and stickers) before parting ways. #staywoke
A mobile Photo Booth with an adorable pin up and the perfect dark mint paint job?
Yes. So much yes.
One of my favorite logo designs; from Anchor brewery
It was such a beautiful day out Sunday, I couldn't believe it! But the sun was a bit much occasionally... We fought off the day drinking/direct sunlight fatigue with sunscreen and plenty of "ice hugs".
A Corona tent may seem out of place at a California Brew fest, but when the sold out crowd took over the 5th street bridge it became one of the few stalls without a line. It ended up being the perfect spot to get a quick cup of beer to enjoy while you waited in line for the next brewery.
There were so many birthdays going on!! Every 15 minutes or so people in the crowd would start singing happy birthday.
And would you look at that crowd!! The Capitol beer fest sold out a day earlier than planned. However, we barely noticed the density of the crowd because the event was on a bridge! The food trucks and restrooms were strategically placed on both ends of the bridge with the brewery tents lined all the way up to the stage. The arrangement forced people to constantly be in motion, making the crowd completely tolerable.
And that's coming from a shorty...
He clearly hasn't had enough beer.
Thanks for having us Capitol Beer Fest!! We had such a blast!
Make sure you check their website periodically for tickets to go on sale for next years event!