Dad's Kitchen opens new beer hall

Illustration by Hayley Doshay

Barkeeps James and Tyson were busy keeping thirsty patrons two rows deep happy. But queries about new porters and stouts? No problem. “Why don't you try both?” said James, who quickly produced a shot glass each of New Helvetia Brewing Co.'s Homeland Stout and Boulder Beer's Planet Porter for a friend and me.

It was opening night at the new beer hall at Dad’s Kitchen, the comfort-food, good-vibe, family joint on Freeport Boulevard. And just like that, after 10 years in the making, owners Julio Peix and partner Christine Collins had joined in earnest the ever-expanding Sacramento craft-beer craze.

Peix wanted to expand Dad's by Sacramento Beer Week in February, but a pleasant Tuesday evening in April worked fine. Collins explained many of Dad's 28 new taps will always support Northern California brews, including Track 7 Brewing Co.'s Apricot Pale Ale and Berryessa Brewing Co.'s House IPA. My smoky and smooth Homeland Stout and Planet Porter pints worked well with a deep bowl of spicy vegetarian chili. Next time? Maybe Grand Teton Brewing Co.'s Bitchcreek ESB, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale—or even kombucha, the fermented sweet tea. Plus, during happy hour (Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m.) pints are $4 (otherwise $5.50). 2968 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 447-3237,