Six craft breweries in the Barrel District make it a fun place for a pub crawl.
The selection of craft breweries in the Barrel District runs deep: As the local beer scene grows, so do your options. There’s something for every kind of beer drinker in the Barrel District. So, it’s easy to plan a pub crawl and never leave Rancho Cordova.
Fort Rock Brewing
Fort Rock Brewing is a great place to start your tour of the Barrel District. Started by two sisters, their friend from high school, and their three respective spouses, Fork Rock is the kind of place that makes everyone feel part of the family. To satisfy the cravings of any hop heads out there, their beer line-up is particularly notable for their several different IPAs on tap. If you love catching up on the latest beer trend, Fork Rock has a fantastic hazy East Coast-style IPA called the Hazy Hop Goblin. Give it a try and see what all the hazy hop hype is all about.
From there, make your way to Claimstake Brewing, a place for libations with a name that tips its hat to the wild-west heritage of Northern California. This establishment specializes in small batches, meaning that you never know what you are going to get when you walk in, but you can be assured it will be tasty. Its loyal following loves the stout and IPA, but since its tap list changes weekly, you often don’t know what you will have to choose from until you show up, which is half the fun.
Thin Line Brewing
The folks behind Thin Line Brewing, the next brewery on the tour, believe that a life well-lived is life with a cold beer in hand. They only operate two kegs at a time and are what is known as a nano-brewery. Don’t let the tiny size of this brewery fool you. These brewers know how to pack their beers with flavor and finesse. Seasonal brews, like the Light-Duty Berliner Sour and the 40 on the Beach Pineapple Saison stand out from the crowd. The brewery also supports emergency responders. That involvement with the local community goes a long way in endearing them to its favorite customers. Bonus! Well-behaved dogs are welcome on leashes inside the brewery.
According to its founders, Burning Barrel is “driven to push the boundaries of what beer is today and set the standard for what is to come.” So, expect to find fresh twists on classic styles and some creative combinations, like its Vanilla Kisses, a porter infused with Madagascar vanilla that features a chocolate aroma. It has a large tasting room and often provides food from local vendors to order as well.
LogOff Brewing is focused on two things: making great beer and bringing the community together. However, we'd argue they also created a great fan club for their mother's mac and cheese. Owners Jim and Matt want you to log off of your devices (post to Instagram later) and enjoy great craft beer and wonderful mac' n cheese- or local food truck. Don't forget to purchase your 'Moms of LogOff' t-shirt!
Movement Brewing Company
A concept dating back a decade from conversations with friends around a fire, Movement Brewing Company, one of the more recent additions to the Barrel District, has earned its spot as a fan favorite. From their Mural Room to their wildly popular Dude Monster hazy IPA, Movement Brewing Company is a great finale to your tour of the Barrel District Breweries.
With so much to choose from, it's no surprise that the Barrel District is a rising star in the world of craft libations. See for yourself the creative offerings that make this section of Rancho Cordova a must-see destination. Check out all of the breweries and distilleries in Rancho Cordova.
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