Badger on the corner

illustration by Hayley Doshay

Local craft-beer lovers have been rewarded lately not only in the form of boutique bars and bottle shops, but also in the increasingly sophisticated stock of our city’s corner stores. Case in point: Curtis Park Market, which has expanded and improved its beer selection in recent months, adding selections from Dogfish Head to Drake’s Brewing. Curtis Park Market is also the only place in Sacramento that I’ve seen Grand Teton Brewing Co.’s Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse, the summer seasonal in the Idaho-based brewery’s Cellar Reserve series. Hazy gold with a nose of citrus and wheat, Snarling Badger has a refreshing, lemony tanginess, but there is depth and body on the finish, thanks to an earthy farmhouse must. Curtis Park Market, 2703 24th Street; $9.99 for a 25.4 ounce bottle.

Beer: Double Dorado IPA
Brewer: Ballast Point Brewing Company
Where: The Davis Beer Shoppe, 211 G Street in Davis; (530) 756-5212

Beer: Bink Tripel
Brewer: Brouwerij Kerkom
Where: Pangaea Two Brews Cafe, 2743 Franklin Boulevard; (916) 454-4942

Beer: Belgo IPA
Brewer: New Belgium Brewing
Where: Samuel Horne’s Tavern, 719 Sutter Street in Folsom; (916) 293-8207