Daniel Barnes is a freelance writer, film critic, beer enthusiast and member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. His work has appeared in the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, East Bay Express, Philadelphia Weekly, Sacramento Magazine, San Antonio Current and many other fine print and online publications across the country.
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These Craft Distilleries Are Bringing Housemade Whiskeys to the Capital Region
The Capital Region craft distillery scene is starting to catch up with the rest of the country.
A Blend for Success
Wineries in the Capital Region have added an array of amenities to keep oenophiles closer to home
With daytrip-worthy destinations in the Capital Region, wine enthusiasts no longer need to pay the higher prices and drive to Napa to get a world-class winery experience.
Comstock’s Talks: A Blend for Success
PODCAST: Wineries in the Capital Region have added an array of amenities to keep oenophiles closer to home.
City initiatives are underway to revitalize Vacaville’s core to attract businesses and residents
Overshadowed by the Nut Tree road stop and retail center, downtown Vacaville doesn’t always get as much attention by tourists and locals. However, it only took one visit to convince Leslie Silver that it was the perfect spot to start her new business.
Behind the Mask
Precision Medical Products CEO Jeremy Perkins on how the Rocklin-based company has pivoted to produce more personal protective equipment
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Precision Medical Products primarily focused on products for post-surgical patients. But with PPE in short supply nationwide, the company swiftly allocated all its resources toward the production and distribution of N95 and KN95 respirators.
Craft Brewers Tap Into New Ideas
Sacramento-area breweries are finding positives in curbside pickup and delivery necessitated by California’s shelter-in-place order
Thanks to a temporary relaxation of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws, most California breweries have pivoted to curbside and delivery business. But how much longer local breweries will survive — and what the long-term effects of the pandemic on the Sacramento-area beer scene will be — remain unknown.
Spreading Out the Flavor
More restaurateurs are running businesses with a variety of culinary concepts
The Sacramento food scene is often defined more by its restaurateurs than its restaurants. Some culinary titans roll out an array of unique concepts throughout their careers. However, microcelebrity status doesn’t come without challenges.
Despite the faltering economy due to the coronavirus, GSEC’s Barry Broome is bullish on the region
UCLA researchers predict that California’s economy will get hit harder by the coronavirus than most U.S. states. However, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council is already leading the local recovery effort.
Creativity in Quarantine
Artists and art gallery owners in the Capital Region are finding ways to connect to the public while in isolation
As county and state orders compelled most people to remain at home, the Sacramento art world took a huge hit. However, creativity has continued to flourish in quarantine.
How Are Sacramento Restaurants Handling the Coronavirus?
The coronavirus quarantine has devastated the Sacramento restaurant scene. We talked to several prominent local restaurateurs to see how they are handling the situation.
Fieldwork Brewing Company is dramatically increasing the size of its Midtown Sacramento taproom as part of its plans for growth
The Berkeley-based Fieldwork Brewing Company unveiled plans in January to expand in Sacramento, increasing the size of its taproom from 1,400 to 4,900 feet.
Comstock’s Talks: Loving the Lager
PODCAST: As the Sacramento craft beer scene continues to mature, will local drinkers abandon their ales and learn to love the lager?
Comstock’s Talks: Loving the Lager
PODCAST: While the general American drinking public prefers lagers over ales, craft breweries often give these cold-fermented brews the cold shoulder. Yet some area brewers believe the balance is starting to shift.
Loving the Lager
The lighter beer is making a comeback in the Capital Region
While the general American drinking public prefers lagers over ales, craft breweries often give these cold-fermented brews the cold shoulder. Yet some area brewers believe the balance is starting to shift.
A Slice of Excitement
Zack Frasher brings his award-winning craft to a new Lincoln brewery
The new Slice Beer Company in Lincoln features a big name in the local beverage scene.
10th Year on Tap
As the number of local breweries soared, so did the popularity of Sacramento Beer Week
Sacramento Beer Week, entering its 10th year, is one of the longest running regional craft beer celebrations in the country. As this year’s event prepares to kick off April 26, the statewide craft beer scene is stronger than ever. California is now home to more than 980 breweries, compared to fewer than 300 in 2012, according to statistics released by the California Craft Beer Association.
Can a California guide boost Sacramento’s chances of nabbing a Michelin star?
After several weeks of rumors, two years of lobbying from Visit Sacramento and over a decade of fruitless attempts by local chefs to capture the attention of the most influential food guide in the world, Michelin finally rolled into town in March.
Contract brewer High Water close to opening a taproom and restaurant in Lodi
Although High Water Brewing has been in operation for more than eight years, there has long been confusion about exactly what city the craft-beer business calls home.
Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou is Sacramento’s First Female Advanced Sommelier
Sacramento’s first woman to become Advanced Sommelier aims to elevate the local wine scene.
The Rise of the Pastry Stout
Local breweries respond to customer demand for dessert-like imperial stouts
Dark beers have developed a serious sweet tooth.
Land of Libations
Rancho Cordova’s Barrel District is on track for growth
A promotional effort created by the City and supported by the
Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, the Barrel District is an
attempt to unite these craft beverage manufacturers and brand
Rancho Cordova as a distinct destination for beer and
Move out of the way beer, here comes the whiskey
National research shows that while big beer’s market share continues to plummet and craft beer has plateaued, the spirits industry is on the rise — a trend bolstered by women and millennials.
In an industry churning out fresh faces, New Helvetia is revamping and rebranding for a new era
Even for a brewery based on embracing history, six years old is a little young to be over the hill.
The Long Pint of the Law
McGeorge professor develops unique course on the legalities around craft beer
In 1971, UC Davis became the first university in the country to add a fermentation science major to its undergraduate course catalog. However, even though — nearly five decades later — California is nearing 1,000 craft breweries, and despite the legal and regulatory morass that awaits every new brewery owner, Dan Croxall believes that earlier this year, he conducted the first-ever craft beer law class at an American law school.
On the Hunt
Roseville Meat Company is one of a dwindling number of local butcher shops that still provides custom processing for hunters
The battered metal lockers inside the gargantuan walk-in freezer at Roseville Meat Company have been around for 72 years — since this popular butcher shop first opened up.
Welcome Sacramento’s First Cider Bar
Dad’s Kitchen owner enters growing market for hard cider
The Dad’s Kitchen owner signed a lease on a 1,000-square-foot property on 24th and K streets in Midtown Sacramento in August 2017. Julio Peix planned to convert the former dental office into Cider House — the city’s first cider bar — for an early 2018 debut, but construction delays stretched on for over a year.
The Industrial Evolution
With The Other Side, Track 7 becomes first craft brewery in the area to open three separate outlets
Things change fast in the craft beer world. The industry trends from five years ago are already outdated, which is evident with the new East Sacramento eatery The Other Side by Track 7 Brewing Company. The classic industrial vibe of the first two Track 7 locations has been replaced by bright, warm colors and a sprawling layout.
Despite the dual-permitting nightmare, these local establishments offer their own beer and wine
Over 70 breweries are currently operating in the greater Sacramento area, but only four of them — Solid Ground in Diamond Springs, Gold Hill in Placerville, Dueling Dogs in Lincoln and the Dancing Fox — are also licensed to make and sell wine, cider, mead or other types of alcoholic beverages.
Inside the World Butchers’ Challenge
Originally conceived as a Pan Pacific pissing match, the World Butchers’ Challenge has since exploded into a truly global competition. It began in 2011 when Beef + Lamb New Zealand CEO Rod Slater bet an Australian colleague a bottle of whiskey that his country boasted the better butchers.
Guts and Glory
Demand for locally and responsibly sourced food has helped revive the butcher shop
Traditional butcher shops are making a comeback in the Capital Region.
Sac City Brews Breathes Life into Tallac Village
There are several reasons why Sac City Brews Neighborhood Tap House at the Tallac Village Shopping Center in Tahoe Park has quickly become one of the most laid-back beer bars in the Sacramento area.
When Spoilers are Savers
Audiences get a vote as part of B Street Theatre’s New Comedies Festival
As a Core Member of the National New Play Network, the B Street Theatre has produced over 100 new works in the last 30 years. However, out-of-the-box ideas like the New Comedies Festival underline the need for theaters to continue evolving to meet shifting customer demands.
Asian Brothers Brewing Honors Owner’s History
Asian Brothers Brewing tells the story of its beer
New beers are prime currency in the world of craft beer. Walk into any of the 60-plus independent craft breweries in the Sacramento region and you’ll probably encounter an enormous tap list filled with 10-20 beers in a diverse range of styles. Come back a month later and you’ll probably find that at least half of those taps have changed to different beers.
The Beer Bulge
Breweries expand with new locations — and food service components
There is probably no stronger indication of the strength and maturity of the Sacramento beer scene than the fact that so many breweries, both local and out-of-town, have opened or plan to open second or third locations in the area.
Queens of Craft Brew
Comstock’s speaks with three women brewery owners in the Capital Region
Comstock’s spoke with a few women brewery owners in the Capital Region about their diverse backgrounds, their paths to leadership and their thoughts on getting more women into craft beer.
Placer County establishments are taking brewing back to its roots with what could be the start of a rural craft-beer destination
Placer County will soon be home to it’s third farmhouse brewery, marrying farm-to-fork ideals with the craft beer craze. Do these breweries offer the area trappings to make it a tourist destination?
Brewed to the Core
Breweries and beer bars are migrating to the grid after years on the outskirts
As Sacramento’s craft beer scene exploded, breweries opened on the outskirts, but now breweries and beer bars are migrating to the grid.
Vines and Bines in the Pines
Placer County boasts both a growing wine and beer scene
Why is Auburn beer blowing up? Besides the amenable climate, perhaps the appeal lies in the area’s clean and balanced water that originates as the Sierra snowpack.