I went on a 5-stop Northern California brewery tour.
Stop 1: Berryessa (technically in Winters, Calif.)
Stop 2: Big Stump Brew Co.

The third of my recent five-stop Sacramento area brewery tour was Bike Dog Brewing Co. I didn’t realize it until I walked in but I have definitely seen some of their labels before in stores. This place (even though it was a bit away from Downtown all the way in West Sacramento) was on my list of definites that I wanted to visit because they had a milk stout on tap! Milk stouts are my absolute favorite! I’m sad to report that I was a bit disappointed with Bike Dog’s milk stout though, it seemed a bit light; but their Klunker Red Ale and Riverside Ride Sour were pretty decent!


The tasting flight

I went on a 5-stop Northern California brewery tour.
Stop 1: Berryessa (technically in Winters, Calif.)

The second stop was Big Stump Brew Co. located in Downtown Sacramento. One of the real perks about Big Stump is that it’s open to you bringing in your own food since they don’t serve any. I feel like this always enhances the experience of both the food you happen to be consuming and the beer you happen to be drinking (which of course if Big Stump beer since that’s where you are).

At Big Stump, you get to create your own flight, essentially, with as many of the beers they have on tap that you want. Of course, I wanted to try to Russian Imperial Stout, since stouts are my favorite, but the Coconut Russian Imperial Stout also sounded super interesting. It’s a good thing I got the change to try both. In the end, I think even though the coconut one was very interesting, the original Russian Imperial Stout and the Blood Orange Wit were my favorite on this second stop!


Brewery Menu


The tasting flight

The real reason I went to Sacramento over Memorial Day weekend was for a self-group-guided beer tour because Sacramento (as unassuming as it may seem) has become quite the place for breweries that seem to be popping up. On the way up to Sacramento, it was recommended that I stop in a brewery near Davis, technically in Winters, known for perhaps not much more than its very own Berryessa Brewing Co. While a bit off the beaten path, this place was hoppin’. There were so many people here even though we literally showed up about 20 minutes before closing time. There was even a live band playing and lots of company all around. Of course, my favorite was their stout, but their famous Separation Anxiety Session IPA wasn’t half bad either! What a great first stop on this northern California beer tour!


Beer in transport!


Welcome!


Create your own flight


More options than the flight will allow

It’s random to think that Sacramento would have amazing Hawaiian food, but Coconut’s Fish Cafe has a location in Sacramento and this was hands down the best food I had in all of Sacramento! While I’m sure all the ingredients in my fish tacos and poke bowl were very fresh and all that stuff, it was really the flavors in all their sauces that blew me away! Like the mayo sauce in their coleslaw, that was the most delicious coleslaw I had ever eaten; and the mango salsa covering my fish tacos that were clearly not meant to be eaten with hands that made each bite so amazing I literally just went to Hawaii a few months ago and did not have food this amazing there. Apparently I only have to go to Sacramento to get amazing Hawaiian food!


Welcome!


Poke Bowl with delicious wasabi sauce


Fish Tacos