Interact with interactive greater Sacramento craft beer map

Sacramento’s growing into a serious craft-beer region. There are nearly three dozen craft breweries in the greater Sacramento region — from Yolo County to Chico to Tahoe. New ones are opening almost monthly.  Consider this map a beta release. Been to any of these breweries? Drunk any of these breweries’ beers? Are you the brewer? Please share your comments, experiences and information about the breweries, brewpubs, tasting rooms. taprooms, beer bars and beer stores on this map. Click on the map below to explore the greater Sacramento craft-beer scene.  MORE INTERACTIVE GUIDES Sacramento is a bikeable feast Relatives visiting? Check into these suite kitchens Blue-ribbon fare beyond the State Fair A grid full of grapes: Sacramento’s urban wine trail  

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Andrew McMahon and The Reel inspire Sacramento

Two bands brought encouraging and positive vibes to Ace of Spades on Friday. The alternative rock band, The Reel, opened the night with their inspiring sound and lyrics, and was a great, positive opener for the headliner, Andrew McMahon. Formerly part of the bands, Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, singer and songwriter McMahon shared his talents with the crowd. With over seven albums worth of material, he performed a wide range of material from all of his past albums and solo projects. Taking the stage with a pink button-down, smoothed back blonde hair and a bottle of Sierra Nevada on top of his piano, McMahon was set to give an unforgettable performance. Interactive with the crowd throughout the show, the audience was ecstatic with McMahon, cheering and applauding at the beginning and end of each song. McMahon chatted with the audience a bit before heading into a Jack’s Mannequin song, "What Gets you off?" "You feeling sexy out there people?" shouted McMahon to the audience. "This song is for the fine and sexy people." McMahon was talkative and personable with the audience throughout his entire performance. He was able to convey his true passion and love for not only creating music, but performing it as well. He had a sense of confidence and coolness as he spoke with the audience and introduced song titles. "This […]

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Changing the way we think about disabilities

On September 22, INALLIANCE will change the way we think about people with developmental disabilities. Later this month, hundreds of Californians will gather on the El Dorado Trail for the 4th Annual Gold Rush Fun Run to raise awareness of people with disabilities, and increase understanding of the vital programs INALLIANCE provides to the greater Sacramento area. INALLIANCE is a nonprofit organization that supports the independence, health and safety of people with developmental disabilities through community based programs. “We chose to host a fun run, because it brings together people from all walks of life in an inclusive activity,” says Executive Director of INALLIANCE Diana DeRodeff, “The best way to change stereotypes about people with developmental disabilities is to show how truly capable they are.” Disability is peculiar word. We hear about it all the time, but what does it really mean? Is it a limitation, a condition, a disadvantage, a handicap? When a person has a disability they are immediately separated into a group outside of the norm. Because they are unable to do something, or because they must do that something differently, they get stamped with the word “disability” and suddenly they are seen in a different light. This separation increases dramatically, when a person has a developmental disability, because society doesn’t understand what it means. For years, the stereotypes about developmental disabilities […]

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Search continues for Linnea Lomax after two months

More than two months after her disappearance, friends and family of 19-year old UC Davis student Linnea Lomax are still searching for clues to find her. Lomax disappeared from an outpatient clinic on Howe Avenue in Sacramento June 26, leaving her wallet, cell phone and much-needed medication – but no clues as to where she was headed or why she vanished. Nearly 90 people gathered Sunday in Placerville to show support and raise community awareness of the search, according to a press release from search organizers. The crowd wore yellow to symbolize their longing for Lomax’s return and passed out missing posters and yellow ribbons to residents of the teen’s home town, the release said. Lomax was last seen wearing green skinny jeans, a black sweatshirt with the word “Sweden” written across it in red letters, and flip-flops, according to the press release, and she suffers from a recent onset mental illness. Search warrants served on her social media and bank accounts have failed to turn up any leads. A $10,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information that directly leads to the safe return of Linnea Lomax to her family or to the custody of law enforcement. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 621-6600 or the family tip line at […]

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Runnin’ Wild through the Sierra Foothills

Runners, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are invited to run wild on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the 4th Annual Gold Rush Fun Run on the El Dorado Trail in beautiful El Dorado County. Area nonprofit INALLIANCE is once again hosting the event that sends participants on a tour through the Sierra Nevada Foothills in 10 mile, 10K, 5K and 1 mile races along what used to be the Michigan California Lumber Company railway corridor, but now boasts lush vegetation and scenic vistas. Following the races, guests will enjoy a Finish Line Celebration featuring snacks, wine and hard cider sampling, music, raffle prizes, and awards ceremony. Races will be chip timed, and medals will be awarded to the best overall male and female finishers in each race, as well as by age divisions. The Gold Rush Fun Run is the annual benefit for INALLIANCE, a nonprofit organization that supports the independence, health and safety of people with developmental disabilities through community programs. Proceeds from the 2012 event will go to direct services that prepare people with disabilities to live, work and thrive in their communities. Last year, over 300 participants competed in the event, raising nearly $8,000 for vital services. This year organizers hope to double that amount. The Gold Rush Fun Run offers participants a unique opportunity to view the beautiful Gold […]

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Historic City Cemetery tour to celebrate Black History

The Old City Cemetery Committee, in conjunction with the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum in Sacramento, will offer a free tour of the Historic City Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Feb. 18 to honor Sacramento’s black pioneers. “We’ll be featuring a dozen or so fascinating people from Sacramento’s history who were African-American or who affected their experience,” said Dr. Bob LaPerriere, founding member of the Old City Cemetery Committee. Several guest docents from the Sojourner Truth Museum will be positioned along the tour to speak about Sacramento’s black pioneers. Eric Bradner, volunteer docent with the Old City Cemetery Committee, will lead the tour. Among the stories he will feature are those of five people Bradner said he discovered this year as a result of his research. All five were members of the Colored Convention, an anti-slavery organization that sought to give black people the right to testify in a court of law. Each docent will present  information and history about "Negro trail blazers" who now rest at the cemetery,  Bradner said. Black barbers played a key role in the abolition movement, he said, and their graves are part of this tour. It was one occupation black men were allowed to do at the time, and one that was often performed by East Coast-educated doctors and lawyers who were unable to find work in their chosen […]

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Man on the street: Thanksgiving edition

The short, brisk days and the warm, fall colors in the trees remind us that the holidays are fast approaching. With Thanksgiving upon us, The Sacramento Press went to the streets to ask, “What should Sacramento be thankful for?” “All of the trees,” said Debbie Isley, 59, a retired real estate agent from Placerville. “And the water.” Isley, originally from Southern California, said she appreciates how green the area is, especially after living in the desert for many years. For those native to the area, the answers change a bit. Carolyn Gamble, a retired state employee from Carmichael, has lived in the Sacramento area her entire life. “Sacramento supports everything here,” said Gamble, 65. “It’s a very supportive town." For Lisa Larimore, a teacher from Davis, it’s all about the food. “Sacramento should be thankful for all of the really good restaurants,” said Larimore, 48. She listed Elephant Bar and The Cheesecake Factory among her favorites. Randy Boyle, 59, is originally from Oklahoma, but moved here many years ago for work. Although he has lived in Hawaii, the Midwest and all over California, he said this part of the world is his favorite. “The great weather and the proximity to all things outdoors,” said Boyle, a manager at UPS from Vacaville. “There are not many places where you can water ski and snow ski on […]

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Sactown Rundown – August 18-24

I’ve missed you too, Sactown! All of the letters and emails encouraging and pleading for the return of the Rundown have all been very comforting – as has my own laughter at the sheer ridiculousness of that statement. Ego-tripping aside, it’s good to be back with the "redheaded cello" version of the Rundown (wait for it…). This is definitely the time of year when we start to lament the pending end of summer and the compression of the local concert calendar. We ain’t there yet… Toad the Wet Sprocket –Parents weren’t sure if the band name was inappropriate or just plain weird when their kids started going nuts over songs like “All I Want” in the early ‘90s. Twenty years later, they still might not be convinced (and neither are we), but you have to tip your cap to bands like them that shimmied through the plateau of ‘90s alternative pop, commandeered by R.E.M. and supported by the Sister Hazels and Edwin McCains, and still had the drive to reunite in the late ‘00s and get things going again. Singer/songwriter Glen Phillips has long been the backing force of the group, and his buddy-buddy relationships with the like of roots performers Nickel Creek and Grant-Lee Philips (no relation) will tell you that the mosaic of his talent goes far beyond the limitations of the “Nirvana’s […]

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Tollywood movie shoots in Sac

An Indian film company spent some time in Sacramento recently shooting scenes for a love story, with Capitol Mall standing in for the streets of San Francisco and Placerville standing in for Brazil. Wide Angle Creations is a production company based in South India, whose film industry, Tollywood, is the counterpart to North India's Bollywood. The company came to Sacramento to work on the film "180," which features Siddharth and Priya Anand. Siddharth, who goes only by his first name, is also in Disney's first Southern Indian movie "Once Upon a Warrior." In "180," he stars as a successful San Francisco-area doctor who falls in love, marries and encounters trials and tribulations in life. Like many Indian movies, "180" is a musical romance. Some of the singing may have happened in Sacramento, but Kris Hemenway, a line producer for the movie, couldn't go into too much detail. "They have done little pieces of song just about everywhere they've gone," Hemenway said Tuesday. Scenes have been shot in India and Malaysia. But the film takes place mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area. The name Tollywood is said to predate Bollywood and was reportedly coined in 1932 by an American engineer who introduced talkies to India. “Tollywood” was his name for the budding film industry located in Tollygunge, a suburb of Calcutta or Kolkata in West […]

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Sister and brother filmmakers work to make second film in Placerville – Utilize new fundraising site for grassroots artists

Honored at film festivals nationwide, the independently produced and locally filmed “Elsa Letterseed,” has far exceeded its modest beginnings. Gathering up no-longer-needed clothes, books and other items collecting dust in closets, Northern California sister and brother duo Sarah C. Kreutz and Paul A. Kreutz funded their first film project’s tiny budget on garage sales. Over the course of two years, the funds needed were raised while filming took place in Placerville over three-day weekends. “Garage sales are probably not the most conventional way to fund a film, but we were eager to get the project off the ground, and the timing was right. We had to get creative to raise money,” Sarah Kreutz said. Six years later, the Kreutzes are gearing up to make their second film – a ghost story called “Gardner & Wells.” Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s philosophy “You can get an audience worried terribly without any violence,” Sarah Kreutz said she wants to make a “classic gothic ghost story.” “I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that I want to see a ‘frightening’ movie, but I don’t want to see blood and gore,” Sarah Kreutz said. As with the first film, the Kreutzes have chosen Placerville, a town with many of its own ghost stories, to be the filming site. Sarah Kreutz said independent filmmaking in the […]

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