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FOLSOM, Calif. - About 2,000 people are expected to drink Historic Folsom dry Friday night when the inaugural Tap Folsom craft beer festival takes place.

Twenty five craft breweries will be pouring samples during the four-hour event. Nationally renowned brewers, such as Ballast Point, Dogfish Head, Anchor, New Belgium, Ommegang, Avery and Bear Republic will be joined by local favorites Mraz Brewing Company, Knee Deep Brewing Company and Lockdown Brewing Company.

Several live bands will be playing throughout the night and a variety of food options will be available from mobile vendors and food trucks, in addition to Sutter Street's resident eateries.

Friday night's festival is another step forward in the ongoing renaissance of the area. Dusty antique malls and empty storefronts that marred Sutter St. over the years are giving way to packed restaurants, furniture boutiques, clothing stores and salons. The hope is that events like Tap Folsom will introduce, or reintroduce, locals to a burgeoning retail and social environment nestled up against the American River.

"We'd like to make this a hub for the area," Michael Kennett of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce explained. "We're hoping to highlight Sutter St. as a destination for a great night out."

Specifically, Kennett said the goal of Tap Folsom is to introduce locals to an array of outstanding craft beer and the numerous establishments in Folsom's historic district pouring many of those brews.

Samuel Horne's Tavern, Hampton's, The Fat Rabbit, The Cellar and Lockdown Brewing Company are a few locales in the immediate area known to offer a beer list tailored to imbibers looking for something a little more unique, or a little closer to home. Samuel Horne's in particular has been a driving force behind craft beer's growth in the Sacramento area since opening. In addition to boasting a wall full of taps to satisfy drinkers of all beer styles, Sam Horne's has made a concerted effort to support local breweries. "Meet the Brewer" nights featuring local creators of craft brews, local tap takeovers and a happy hour offering discounts on locally brewed beer have all helped to bolster the area's knowledge and appreciation for Sacramento's breweries.

Kennett said the Chamber hopes Tap Folsom can repay that support of local business by introducing some outsiders to Samuel Horne's and all the retailers lining the streets of Folsom's historic district.

Tap Folsom starts at 6 p.m. Friday night and runs through 10 p.m. with several after parties being held at local bars and taverns.

Visit the Tap Folsom website for more details.

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