Six craft breweries in the Barrel District make it a fun place for a pub crawl. As the local brewing scene grows, so do your options. There’s something for every kind of beer (and kombucha) drinker in 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.
A member of the Barrel District, Shorebirds Brewing Company is the only hard kombucha brewery in Rancho Cordova. And since its opening nearly half a year ago, it’s gained notoriety in the city for its flavorful libations, coastal vibes and crafty events. “Our blueberry mojito hard kombucha is my go-to, but they are all so incredibly good it’s hard to choose,” said owner Randall Echevarria. “Chasing Daylight is another popular go-to. It’s a tropical fruit bomb of pineapple and orange and a tea blend of hibiscus, roses and rose hips with lemon and grapefruit peels, and activated charcoal that gives the drink a dark appearance.”
Burning Barrel Brewing
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!
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.