One hundred thirty beer-themed events are taking place as part of Sacramento Beer Week.
Wes Tite celebrated the festival's opening with a pint of black lager at Extreme Pizza in Sacramento, "I haven't met anybody that doesn't like beer. I've just met people who haven't found a beer they like."
The lager has pleasantly surprised him, which is kind of the point of the week - for people to try new beers and new tastes until they discover something new that they enjoy.
Fred Munday poured me a sampler of beers from Ol" Republic brewery out of Nevada City. I tried a lager called a California Common and then the English IPA, "It's about 5.8% alcohol. IT's a lot lower in alcohol than most west coast IPA's, which are big bold and robust," Fred said.
The IPA had a little bit more of an aftertaste, but was a little smoother than the California. Fred says it's all about the hops, "The English IPA's come out of tradition of what are called bitter beers and so you tend to end up, the bitterness comes off of the hops."
Fred's from England originally. He knows a lot about beer.
At Samuel Horn's Tavern in Folsom they'll be celebrating sour beer tonight. Rick Sellers is Samuel Horn's beer tender and beer director for Beer Week, "It's a week to really focus on our local brewers, the distributors, the retailers who really make every week a good time to enjoy a beer in Sacramento."
Sellers says there are 18 brewers within a 50-mile radius of Sacramento and five more scheduled to open for business by the end of the year.