Davis Beer Week gets underway Monday and the 2014 release figures to be even tastier than its 2013 edition. From tap takeovers to train rides,event coordinators have concocted a full-bodied lineup of events to satisfy everyone from the hardcore geek to the casual imbiber this year.
As it would be extremely difficult, not to mention detrimental to one's health, to participate in every event throughout the week, here's five events that stand out as highlights:
Watch 250,000 of Davis' resident mosquito exterminators fly into the sunset with a craft beer in hand. $25 buys participants beer, live music, food and detailed information on the Mexican free-tailed bat from expert Corky Quirk. This may be one of the most unique beer week events in America.
One of the area's pioneering craft breweries takes participants on a pub crawl of eight purveyors of fine ales and lagers in Davis. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Bernardo with stops at Sophia's, de Vere's, University of Beer, City Hall Tavern, Woodstock's and Our House before wrapping up at Froggy's at 9:30 p.m.
Any time a beer drinker has the opportunity to sample the wares of a brewery that helped launch California into craft beer prominence, they should do so. San Diego's Stone Brewing Company was the gateway beer for many craft-brew diehards due to their diverse, bold and downright unconstrained approach to making beer. From hopped up IPAs to insanely smoked porters to beers brewed with chipotle peppers, a tasting set of Stone beers is a thrilling roller coaster ride for the taste buds.
On Wednesday, the Davis Beer Shoppe presents an outstanding event for anyone who loves or wants to learn about cask-conditioned ales. The event will showcase 10 cask-conditioned creations brewed or imagined by 10 different Sudwerk employees. Some, if not most of these ales could be one-time-only releases from Sudwerk, so be sure to get them while you can.
If you're of the mindset that an IPA is just a beer with a bunch of hops tossed in, this is a must-partake event. Instructor Laura Doyle Cost leads a one-hour class on the varying styles of IPAs, from the hop monstrous to the citrusy sessionable. Class starts at 6 p.m. at the Davis Co-Op. Don't be late!
What's a beer week without a brew fest to cap it off? The Davis Bike and Brew Fest highlights two things for which Davis is well-regarded; bikes and beer. More than 60 breweries and 10 wineries will be on hand, along with an assortment of local food vendors and food trucks. For those interested in upping the ante, a special, air-conditioned VIP "specialty or rare" beer tasting room awaits. Three bands will be performing live throughout the event to keep the rhythm flowing in time with the beer.
Ride the rails with your beer brethren aboard the Sacramento Beer Train. This three-hour journey provides passengers with scenic views, live music, samples from four local breweries and a souvenir tasting glass. Food is also available for the hungry traveler at an additional cost.
Visit the Davis Beer Week website for more events and additional details.