Minor in beer snobbery
Sacramento State University students, where’s your excuse for swilling warm PBR? That’s right, you don’t have one, because less than a mile from campus is Hot City Pizza. This hole-in-the-wall has a great fridge full of remarkable bottles—the vinous Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien sour, a couple Mikkellers, plus more affordable IPAs and the like. There are also killer drafts, such as offerings by Ontario, Ore.’s Beer Valley Brewing Company, or the Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, a tart Flanders red. And, of course, the hoppy stuff, including locals Berryessa Brewing Co. and Knee Deep Brewing Company. Plus, Hot City sells bottles to go; get a minor degree in beer snobbery. Hot City Pizza, 5642 J Street; (916) 731-8888; www.eastsacpizza.com.
Beer: Allagash Curieux (Belgian barrel-aged)
Brewer: Allagash Brewing Company
Where: Nugget Markets, various locations; www.nuggetmarket.com
Beer: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Brewer: Boulevard Brewing Co.
Where: Pangaea Two Brews Cafe, 2743 Franklin Boulevard; (916) 454-4942; www.pangaeatwobrews.com
Beer: Estate Homegrown Ale
Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Where: Tres Hermanas, 2416 K Street; (916) 443-6919; www.treshermanasonk.com