Barley wine lives here
Sacramento Brewing Company: 15 to 30 barrels of Babylon Barley Wine, including 61 gallons that have been aged in a used wine barrel, are due on Christmas Day. The supply should last through January. Watch for the Sacramento Brewing Company’s Barley Wine Festival, beginning in late December. Town and Country Village, 2713 El Paseo Lane; (916) 485-HOPS. Also at Sacramento Brewing Company’s Oasis, 7811 Madison Avenue in Citrus Heights; (916) 966-6274; www.sacbrew.com.
Rubicon Brewing Company: At press time, the Rubicon had its 2005 Winter Wheat Wine and a 2004 Blonde Bombshell Barley Wine on tap, but both are going fast. 2004 Capitol Avenue, (916) 448-7032, www.rubiconbrewing.com.
Yager’s: This Folsom brew pub keeps Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale on tap from late fall through the winter. 727 Trader Lane in Old Folsom, (916) 985-4677, www.yagers.com.
River City Brewing Company: River City currently is brewing a blonde barley wine for release in January. 545 Downtown Plaza, Suite 1115; (916) 447-BREW; www.rivercitybrewing.net.
Beermann’s Beerwerks: Beerman’s own Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine is available each winter. Try it on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Beermann’s tasting room. 8284 Industrial Avenue in Roseville, (916) 781-BEER, www.beermans.com.
Beverages & More: BevMo offers a wide selection of imported, domestic and local barley wines. Availability is seasonal. Visit www.bevmo.com for locations in the Sacramento area.
The Brewmeister: Brewing your own barley wine is another option. Call (916) 985-7299 for more information. 303 Riley Street, www.folsombrewmeister.com.