Enjoy Beer Week responsibly

Celebrate craft-brewing, but please don’t overdo it.

CN&R’s fourth annual Chico Beer Week begins today with Brewfork, a beer-tasting and food-truck rally at the beautiful Patrick Ranch. It’s the launch party for 10 days of beer-centric events and offerings at local establishments, from restaurants and pubs to bottle shops and cafés.

There’s a lot to celebrate here in our backyard. That not only includes the granddaddy of American craft brews, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., co-presenter of Chico Beer Week, but also our region’s breweries in the making. Read all about them in our special Beer Issue.

Additionally, in these pages, you’ll find a calendar of special events and creations at a wide array of businesses around town, from beer/food pairings at eateries such a B Street Public House and Two Twenty Restaurant, to beer-infused sweet treats at Tin Roof Bakery (Beeramisu cupcakes!), to the many tap takeovers at local craft-beer bars, to the second weekend of Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest celebration.

So, rejoice, fellow craft-beer devotees. There is plenty to discover from our local purveyors and the breweries that are heading into town to celebrate with us.

We want everyone to enjoy this year’s impressive festivities and to do so while drinking responsibly. In that vein, for Brewfork, there will be free shuttles to and from the event starting at the Our Hands sculpture outside of City Hall. So, please, take care when imbibing. Do not drink and drive. Chico Beer Week is about the exploration and celebration of an industry with a keen sense for quality and attention to detail. It isn’t about binge drinking.