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Free Pretzel All Month, 25 Cent Liter Mug (with Beer Order) on Thursday at Midtown Biergarten


The Oktoberfest beer keeps flowing and Thursday you can Keep The 1 liter Glass when ordering a Oktoberfest beer for just...

Posted by Midtown BierGarten on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Midtown BierGarten's Oktoberfest celebration is in full swing.

Tonight, you'll be able to keep the 1 liter mug that you ordered your Oktoberfest beer in for just 25 cents extra.

In addition, you can get a free pretzel all month with beer purchase. Click here for more info. 

Midtown Biergarten is located at 2332 K Street, and can be found online at

Dining News: Now Open Downtown - Triple Double Sports Bar


Triple Double Sports Bar, which replaces the Zokku at 4th & J, opened earlier this week, reports Sactown Mag's Tori Masucci Cummins.

Nathan Hilderbrand—a native of New Orleans who has held stints in acclaimed restaurants there, including Commander's Palace and The Ruby Slipper Café —will serve as Triple Double’s executive chef, taking over for former co-owner Trevor Elliott who, along with his wife Kristina, has left the team...

The restaurant includes an oyster bar framed by pendant lights and colorful abstract murals by local artist James Goodchap that depict famous sports figures like Joe Montana, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali and Oscar Robertson (the basketball great holds the record for the most triple-doubles in NBA history).

Read the entire story in Sac Mag.

Sac News & Review's Janelle Bitker has more on the menu:

Small plates, salads and sandwiches hover around $9; the most expensive entree—pulled pork-stuffed hush puppies with braised greens, slaw and cracklins—costs $22. Southern influences dot the menu: pork cheeks come braised over grits; fried brussel sprouts over Pimento cheese; Caprese salad with fried green tomatoes; and a shrimp po’boy with creole remoulade. Dessert options include deep fried Oreos stuffed with foie gras. The chef and ownership team have roots in New Orleans, but don’t expect to see any gumbo or crawfish etouffee—yet, anyway.

Read the entire story in Sac News & Review.

The new restaurant's facade is a more modest version of what the owners said they would have when I talked to them in April. Back then, they said the street-facing side would have CPI Paneling, which will allow Triple Double to display messages on via a LED grid, and the interior ambiance will be "a little industrial with a southern influence.

That original vision is still visible on the Web site


When I drove by the restaurant this week, it looked like the exterior had been painted, but no extensive renovation had been done.

Still, the outside appearance of a restaurant is way down on the list of things that will make or break this restaurant. The owners seemed like very nice people, and I hope they succeed.

Triple Double is located at 419 J Street, and can be found online at

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Sean Derfield, owner of two Sacramento bars, gradually healing after light-rail collision - Beyond that, Derfield knows what the future looks like. Once he began to heal and his mind cleared, he took stock of his life and decided to make serious changes. In addition to the saloon and bustling beer bar, Derfield owns the shooting arcade River City Shooting Gallery. Erika Derfield, a first-grade teacher at Cosumnes River Elementary in Sloughhouse, does the books for the three businesses. “In the hospital, I told her that working 85 hours a week is over. Owning three businesses, you’re constantly going 24/7. But that’s why I have employees and I never used them to the fullest extent,” Sean said. “I need to delegate more and enjoy life, take more vacations and stop saving the money for that rainy day.” Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Brews brothers? New beer operation to team with coffee roaster - Another company is looking to enter Sacramento’s fast-growing brewpub business with plans for a 3,000-square-foot taproom and brewing operation behind the Old Soul coffee shop in midtown. In an application with the city, backers of Big Stump Brewing Co. said they hope to operate a 10-barrel brewing operation at 1716 L St. in vacant space owned by the coffee company. Big Stump would sell its craft beers to customers at the brewpub and also market its products to area bars and restaurants, according to the application. Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

Triumphant brunch: Fried chicken & cheddar biscuit, Roxy Restaurant and Bar - I have gone to Roxy for brunch three times in the last few weeks. I admit it—I'm smitten. Brunch is usually a restaurant horror show of surly servers, tipsy patrons and greasy food slathered in broken hollandaise. Not so at Roxy. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.

A sweet spin: Horchatte, Nido by Magpie - For a refreshing, nuanced spin on an iced latte, order the horchatte ($4 for a small). The base is Nido's housemade horchata—the Mexican rice milk-based beverage—which is slightly sweet and toasty from a bounty of cinnamon. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.

Bistro 103 - Located in historic Auburn, this New American restaurant that opened in February has just added a new weekend brunch menu with farm-to-fork dishes like decadent bananas Foster pancakes topped with flambéed sliced bananas, cinnamon sugar, walnuts and butter; or the savory braised beef cheeks eggs Benedict. In Sactown Magazine. (Third item.)

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Dining News: Owner of Der Biergarten, River Saloon Recovering after Truck vs. Light Rail Accident

Sean Derfield, the owner of Old Sacramento's River City Saloon and midtown's Der Biergarten is recovering after the pick up truck he was driving collided with a light rail on Friday, May 22, Cowtown Eats has confirmed.

The accident was widely reported at the time, but the driver in the incident wasn't named in any of the media reports I saw. Here's a quick summary, via Robert D. Davila in the Sac Bee on May 22:

The collision happened at about 11:10 a.m. when a Nissan Titan pickup traveling eastbound on J Street hit a southbound Green Line train on Seventh Street, Sacramento Regional Transit spokeswoman Alane Masui said. The force of the impact knocked the single-car train off its tracks, disrupting service and forcing RT to bus passengers on its Green Line and Gold Line routes around the crash scene, she said....

Masui said the driver was in critical but stable condition Friday afternoon. Information from witnesses and video “confirm that the driver ran a red light,” the RT spokeswoman said.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

Here's an update from a Facebook Post from Sean's brother Frank Derfield on Saturday, May 23:

Thought I would give you an update. Sean responded to us on Friday, but he is on heavy heavy sedation and still is. They hope to bring him out of it on Monday. He went into surgery today and everything went well from what I heard.. The biggest injury was his broken left leg, which has been put back in place this afternoon, His femural arteries are ok.. one was pinched by the broken femural bone, but with that put back in place , everything seems to be flowing back to normal.... all injuries were on his left side , five broken ribs and slight break on his top vertabrae in his back.. but he has responded to us when we tried to talk to him on Friday night.. he did realize what had happened and when the nurse said "Sean if you can hear us give us a thumbs up".. Which he did with both hands.. Erika hopes he will be coming home by the end of next week... he has some recovery ahead of him though... He will be okay.. Erika, I and the rest of the family are Happy that he is alive and will continue to be with all of us for a lot longer.

Read the entire Facebook post.

Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family during this difficult time. I hope he has a quick and complete recovery.

I'm working to get a more recent update on his condition, and will update this post as it becomes available.

** Update - 11:15 p.m.: Stopped by River City Saloon after posting and got a couple more details from the staff. Sean is indeed recovering, although the staff haven't had a chance to communicate with him directly. He'll eventually be ok. For now, if you want to leave well wishes, his Facebook page is probably the best way to do it.

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Bakery moves from Downtown Plaza to Land Park - The popular Downtown Plaza bakery will be moving to Land Park this summer. Owners Larry and Sandy Taing—who have been baking almost a dozen batches of their signature hand-sized cinnamon rolls every day at the mall for the past 28 years—will vacate their current location on June 30 (to make room for the new arena) and plan to reopen in August at the 76 gas station at 1400 Sutterville Road. In Sactown Mag.

​Looks like El Dorado Hills is getting a new restaurant - It appears dining options at the El Dorado Hills Town Center are expanding with the arrival of a new Indian restaurant. A business directory on the center's website lists Bawarchi Indian Cuisine as "coming soon." It would fill a restaurant space next to Cafe C, according to the directory. Cafe C is located beside the now-defunct Americano Grill. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

Beer and wine could be coming to Roseville Starbucks - It appears at least one Sacramento-area Starbucks location is a step closer to selling alcohol. The store at 4000 Foothills Blvd. in Roseville displays a public notice of its application to sell beer and wine. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

No more artisanal toast: Chicken-fried steak, Lucky Cafe - Lucky Cafe offers some of the best anti-artsy breakfast around, especially when we're talking about its chicken-fried steak ($12.96, after tax). Anthony Siino in Sac News & Review.

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Dining News: Midtown BierGarten Celebrates 1st Anniversary on Thursday


Sacramento's first outdoor German-style beer garden celebrates its first anniversary on Thursday with $1 pretzels and $1 beers (after you purchase your first beer at regular price).

Midtown BeerGarten is owned by Sean Deerfield, who also owns Old Sac's River City Saloon.

Prior to their opening, the outdoor beer garden's innovative design using shipping containers to house the kitchen and bathrooms caused many delays at the city's planning dept. Instead of speeding up the process, it actually slowed it down.

Since then, Federalist Public House has also successfully opened an outdoor beer garden using shipping containers as the base materials for its building. It opened in late 2014.

Midtown BeerGarten can be found at 20th & K, and can be found online at

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El Dorado Epicurean showcases local restaurants - For those looking to celebrate California Restaurant Month beyond downtown Sacramento, El Dorado County is hosting its own set of festivities. For the fifth year, the El Dorado County Visitors Authority will host The El Dorado Epicurean, billed as "a progressive dinner for culinary adventurers." The event will be held Jan. 25. Sonya Sorich in Sac Biz Journal.

VIDEO: Website Rates Sacramento As Top City In World For Coffee Lovers - Yes, you're reading that headline right. Sacramento beat out cities across the world as the best place for coffee lovers. On CBS 13.

Love letter topped with love, extra cheese - We believe in you, Shakey’s, even if calls to your headquarters turned into a game of unresolved phone tag. And you clearly remain connected to us. Your website proudly boasts “Est. 1954” and waxes about the Sacramento roots in the “our story” section. So, in parting, we hope you’ve been well all these years, and wonder if maybe, just maybe, we’ll meet again at 57th and J streets. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

VIDEO: Local Restaurants Feeling The Heat From Rising Egg Prices - Whether you order it sunny side up, scrambled or over easy, at Four Sisters Café eggs are essential. On CBS 13.

Introducing the burgerrito - Burgers are good. Burritos are great. But how about a mashup of the two? Well, now Sacramento has a chance to answer that thanks to the new burgerrito, announced via a Facebook post yesterday by Sacramento restaurant Flaming Grill Cafe. Janelle Bitker Jonathan Mendick in Sac News & Review.

New brewery on tap for downtown Davis - Since 2011, the Sacramento region has added more than two dozen new breweries. But in Davis, 25-year-old Sudwerk Brewing Co. stands alone. Until now. Three Mile Brewing Company is coming downtown, and could be pouring by year’s end. Wendy Wietzel in the Davis Enterprise.

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Dining News: RIP Vanilla Bean at 19th & S

Vanilla Bean, the frozen yogurt and cupcake store in the Safeway shopping center at 19th & S, closed in mid-September, according to Yelp comments.

Cowtown Eats friend James (whose family owns the great Ocean Fish & Chips in Elk Grove - Seriously, you should go there) sent me a picture of the note they left on the door. It reads:

Dear Vanilla Bean Customers,

Thank you for 3 great years. We learned tons and will always be grateful for our time in SAcramento.

We are going to continue our cupcakes and decorating classes in the East Bay.

If we find someone who wants to continue our cupcakes in Sacramento, we'll send out a notice to our Website, so you'll know where to order.

If you have already placed an order with us or booked a wedding or special event, DON'T WORRY, we are still committed to providing you with our amazing cupcakes.

Thank you!

Chef Carlos and Patricia

They've posted a similar message on their Web site.

When I stopped by the place about 10 days ago, the sign had already been removed, and the furniture in the place was in the process of being taken out.

I wish the owners good luck, and it's not clear that a lack of business caused this specific business to close, but in general, it's not surprising to see a store that at one time or another sold frozen yogurt and cupcakes -- two food fads whose time had come -- would close.

I am excited to see what comes next. I think a dessert place like a Beard Papa, Vampire Penguin or Sweet & Shavery would do really well in that spot.

* Photo from their Facebook Page.

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Prost! Check out Sactoberfest, the take on the German beer festival - Once inside, drinking 'festers will be able to purchase authentic German Octoberfest beers from Munich such as Spaten, Hofbrau, Erdinger and Franzikaner, as well as almost a dozen other German beers. In addition, several local breweries also will be selling their own craft brews. Half-liters will cost $8, and steins (or liters) will run $12. Friday’s happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. will offer $5 pints. Andrea Thompson in Sac Biz Journal.

Sactoberfest 2014 celebrates beer and food with local flair - Clakeley says members of the USL PRO champion Sacramento Republic FC soccer squad will be on hand Friday to tap the event’s ceremonial first keg, and he also cites Sactoberfest’s modern version of a “karneval” (amusement playgrounds traditionally at Oktoberfest), including a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel and giant slides—all aimed at showcasing Sacramento’s unique scenery in a festive way. Alex Hernandez in Sactown Mag.

Sactoberfest - Coming hot off the heels of the previous weekend's TBD Fest, West Sacramento's riverfront is transforming again for another three-day party on Oct. 10, 11 and 12. This time, it's the second annual Sactoberfest, which has grown from a one-day event to a whole weekend in just one year. Diana Bizjak in Sac Mag.

VIDEO: Sactoberfest Comes to West Sacramento - Get your beer stein ready! Eric Rucker and Bethany Crouch find out what’s on tap for Sactoberfest in West Sacramento this weekend. On FOX 40.

Beer Run: Should midtown’s Der Biergarten pitch a tent – or a fit? - So far in 2014, Der Biergarten has closed for just nine days. But as we all know, we’ve been in the throes of a serious drought. But Derfield is preparing for the possibility of an El Niño situation for the coming winter, meaning there could be much more than the typical 35 days of annual rainfall (although the chances of that are looking less likely)...So Derfield, who also owns the River City Saloon in Old Sacramento, looked into a couple of tent options. One, a 40-by-40-foot option, would cover the entire seating area and would cost $3,000 a month to rent, essentially doubling Der Biergarten’s rent. The other, two 20-foot pop-up tents, Derfield would purchase for $2,000 each. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Old Soul to Expand Oak Park Location

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Old Soul Co. will introduce a "new business concept" adjacent to their Old Soul at 40 Acres location, it announced on Facebook earlier this week.

Per its post:

"8 years in" to the day, seems like a good day to announce that the Old Soul "family" is expanding! Soon, we will start construction in Oak Park on an extension of our 40acres location complete with 2 killer outdoor patios, a bigger kitchen, and a new business concept.. Stay tuned for more details over the next month!

Old Soul Co. currently has four locations:

  • Weatherstone (812 21st Street)
  • The Alley (1716 L St - Rear Alley)
  • Fourty Acres (3434 Broadway)
  • Sacramento Airport Terminal B

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Where farm-to-fork is falling short - Despite the good intentions of farm-to-table, Barber writes that the movement “celebrates a kind cherry-picking of ingredients that are often ecologically demanding and expensive to grow. ... It makes good agriculture difficult to sustain.” Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.

High Steaks restaurant at Thunder Valley debuts patio - High Steaks, the steakhouse at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, on Tuesday opened its extensive new outdoor patio. It has seating for more than 85 people, which is larger than a lot of restaurants. It also has reception space for 100. The patio is decorated with plant walls, trellises, landscaping and features like fire walls and fountains. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.

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Dining News: Der Biergarten is 'A Great Spot to Grab a Beer'


Midtown's Der Biergarten, has a small menu, but that doesn't keep it from being a great place to down a pint, says Sac News & Review's Jonathan Mendick.

I visited three times: a Saturday night, a Saturday afternoon and a Tuesday evening. Each time, the place was packed with a diverse crowd of talkative beer-drinking patrons having a good time.

On my first visit, I ordered a Derfinater Dog, a gussied-up hot dog which the menu bills as a “Frankfurter stuffed with Cheddar Cheese, wrapped in bacon, fried and served on a roll with our house made garlic sauce, mayo, cream cheese and BBQ Sauce.”

This may sound like something Guy Fieri would serve, but despite its seemingly excessive number of toppings, everything served a tasteful purpose. The mayo and garlic sauce helped moisten a somewhat dry roll. Likewise, the molten cheddar helped keep the frankfurter moist. The bacon added saltiness, which balanced the sweetness of cream cheese and barbecue sauce.

Read the entire review in Sac News & Review.

Because it opened in the winter, I've only had the chance to go once, and I loved the vibe of the place which had a passing resemblance to a trip to Oktoberfest in Germany last year. I haven't had the time to go back, but now that it's patio season in Sacramento, I can't wait to go back.

Der Biergarten is located at 24th & K streets, and can be found online at

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Davis-brewery Sudwerk thirsty to redefine itself and its craft lagers - It’s a scene that’s surely repeated at craft breweries throughout the nation – fans of good beer coming to the source to connect with the brewers, enjoy a pint or two with friends and spend time in a convivial setting. But for a time, it seemed Sudwerk, a regional pioneer in small-batch brewing, was going to miss out on this new era of craft-beer consciousness. While its beers were well-respected and made with precision, the brand itself seemed dated, if not overlooked. It had quality, but it was no longer cool. What’s more, it didn’t have an India pale ale, the hottest style category in the industry. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Poor Red’s owners get jail time, ordered to pay restitution - The husband-and-wife owners of Poor Red’s, a popular barbecue-and-bar fixture in the small community of El Dorado, have been sentenced to jail time in connection with multiple felony counts of state tax evasion and insurance fraud. Mark Glover in the Sac Bee.

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