SACRAMENTO — With many beer festivals on the horizon in the Bay Area, one all-encompassing of the California brewing scene should not go unnoticed under your radar.
On September 11 and 12, the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) — a non-profit association that represents the interests of California breweries — will throw the first-ever California Craft Beer Summit and Brewers Showcase events at the Sacramento Convention Center.
The two-day long summit will provide educational workshops and seminars on topics such as beer and food pairings, homebrewing, aging beers and Q&A’s with prominent industry professionals (such as Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada).
The culminating event is the Brewers Showcase on September 12 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Capitol Mall, where over 150 California breweries will pour their finest.
“We didn’t want to create the typical beer festival,” said Scott Marks, manager of the CCBA. Marks said the CCBA is asking brewers to bring their best showcase of their individual breweries, which in turn will give attendees the best selection of California craft beer.
Breweries will be arranged geographically by region, making it easy for attendees to taste the different beer cultures throughout California.