Brew on Broadway
There is a lot of potential in New Helvetia Brewing Company’s tasting room at the corner of Broadway and 18th Street, even with its limited hours. A long-delayed project, New Helvetia is an attempt to revive Sacramento’s old Buffalo Brewery beer brand, and extensive time has been spent remodeling a vacant tortilla factory into this brew space. The centerpiece of the tasting room is a long, wooden bar that stretches around the building, and the subdued lighting, large windows, barrel tables and old signage make for a convivial urban atmosphere. There’s a limited selection of beers: only a decent Fresh Hop IPA and a delectable Fresh Hop Steam Lager, but there are plans to expand the lineup along with the hours. 1730 Broadway, www.newhelvetiabrew.com; Thursdays through Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m.
Beer: Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute Ale (Imperial IPA)
Brewer : Lagunitas Brewing Company
Where : LowBrau, 1050 20th Street; (916) 706-2636; www.lowbrausacramento.com
Beer: Labyrinth Black Ale (imperial stout)
Brewer: Uinta Brewing Company
Where : BevMo!, 3106 Arden Way; (916) 481-8657; 3678 N. Freeway Boulevard, (916) 419-6808; www.bevmo.com
Beer: Monk's Mistress (Belgian strong dark ale)
Brewer : Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Where : Curtis Park Market, 2703 24th Street; (916) 456-6488