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SACRAMENTO, CA - The fourth annual Sacramento Beer Week opens this weekend with many more local choices that were unavailable just a year ago.

"Sacramento is a craft beer boomtown," said Dan Scott, the event's founder.

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Several local craft breweries have opened in recent months and Scott says at least eight more plan to come online later this year.

"It's part of thisslow food and local food movement that we have in Sacramento and throughout California," Scott said.

Ryan Graham of Sacramento's Track 7 brewery, which opened at the end of 2011, gives credit toearly craft breweries like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium for paving the way.

"This is kind of a second golden age for craft beer and we'll see ultimately how the industry is able to absorb us all," Graham said.

The New Helvetia Brewing Company celebrated its grand opening last weekend, and founder David Gull believes all the other craft breweries will only help his business by introducing more people tolocal beers.

"Not only is there room for everybody. There's room for more," Gull said.

by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net

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