Brews clues

illustration by Mark stivers

Are you aware of the local craft-beer scene? If not, you’ve probably just been sleeping or perhaps even passed out in a drunken stupor. Anyway, get a clue and pick up the The Northern California Craft Beer Guide, and it will fully catch you up to speed in less than 300 pages. With text by beer expert Ken Weaver, photography by Anneliese Schmidt and a foreword by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Ken Grossman, the book reads sort of like a Lonely Planet guide for beer lovers. Using maps, summaries and ratings, you’ll learn about many of Northern California’s best pubs, breweries and beer shops—including an entire section on some of Sacramento’s finest. There are also tips on where to find good pub grub, recipes that go well with beer, a beer glossary and an events calendar. For more information, visit