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New Helvetia Brewing Co., which Cowtown Eats first reported on its soft opening, will likely have its official grand opening during Sac Beer Week in late Feb. 2013, reports Karen Wilkinson in Sac Press.

While the brewery doesn't serve food (yet), customers are welcome to bring their own, or have it delivered to the business. Eventually he hopes to partner with some local food trucks, and maybe even somewhere down the road, add a restaurant as a complement to the brewery and tasting room.

Parking is not ideal right by the brewery, so customers can park at the Chase bank lot on 16th Street and Broadway.

There are only two beers to choose from at the moment: an IPA and a lager. More will be coming.

Read the entire story in Sac Press.

I hope to make it down on Friday for a taste of the IPA. If you have the time, I urge you to support the local business and help them get off the ground.

New Helvetia Brewing Co. is located at 18th & Broadway.

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