Gov. Jerry Brown announced the signing of SB 530 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) on Sunday evening, which will legalize drinking on brew buses like Off the Chain and Sac Brew Bike starting Jan. 1, as long as the city permits it.
Here's specifically what the new law allows, per a recent state Senate analysis:
Provides that if a city allows alcohol to be consumed on board, the operator shall also provide an on-board adult safety monitor and both the driver and safety monitor must have completed the Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs program implemented by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The bill faced little opposition in the legislature and was passed unanimously in both houses, with nine members either absent or abstaining.
After the bill was signed, Gov. Brown took a ride on an Off the Chain brew bike.
Not everybody is enamored with the Brew Bikes' popularity. In early Sept, FOX 40 reported that a graffiti artist has been painting the words "Idiot Mobile" around midtown with a picture of a brew bike.
Despite the relatively isolated opposition (though I suspect many of us may have been annoyed momentarily when stuck behind a brew bus on the streets), there's no sign that the brew bikes are going anywhere.
Over the weekend, Sac Brew Bus opened its first brick and mortar location, Sac Brew Bar.
So should the city of Sacramento allow it, what's the first beer that'll be served on a brew bus? Off the Chain says it'll start serving West Sac's Bike Dog Brewing Company.
Will recent mergers and acquisitions help or hurt booming craft beer? - In recent weeks, the craft beer industry has been in a serious reshuffling, not because it is struggling but because it is doing so very well...While it’s too soon to reach any firm conclusions about what the future looks like, I asked several people in the business for their take on what this means. Featuring A.J. Tendick of Bike Dog Brewing, Quinn Gardner of Sactown Union Brewery and Troy Paski of Hoppy Brewing. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Passmore helps make sturgeon a Sacramento star - At his 86-acre Passmore Ranch, the 43-year-old Passmore now ranks among Sacramento’s most famous fish farmers. Passmore farms primarily California native fish such as white sturgeon in large tanks, filtering and reusing the same water many times. Nutrient-rich waste water irrigates vegetables grown on his ranch. He supplied 160 pounds of sturgeon for Sunday’s sold-out Farm-to-Fork Gala Celebration on the Tower Bridge. Chefs Oliver Ridgeway and Ravin Patel turned it into “sturgeon pastrami” with crunchy sturgeon skin chicharrones. Debbie Arrington in the Sac Bee.
Food 101 - Local education - I'm honored to be asked to be a part of Food 101, a fun series of events put on by Lucca Restaurant and their sister business, Lucky Dog Ranch. Over the next few weeks they will be holding a series of "classes" with different topics and speakers. Check out the schedule below. What's great is that the events all include food! Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.
Lola Ling’s Restaurant: A new island adventure - Lola Ling’s is located in South Sac off of Mack Road and is a sari-sari restaurant, meaning it functions like a cafe: order &#;agrave; la carte, or get a few items in a combo (two meats and a side: $7.50; two veg dishes and a side: $5.50)...All the food suffers after marathon sleeps under heat lamps so there’s no avoiding that at times the quality can be certainly sorry. Still, the food is flavorful, affordable and satisfies well enough. Garrett McCord in Sac News & Review.
Totally tea - Most exciting, though, is that ShareTea is coming to 207 Third Street in Davis sometime this fall. ShareTea was established in Taiwan in 1992 and has some wildly popular locations in the Bay Area. There are lines, always. Connoisseurs speak highly of the creamas—teas topped with salty cream—and ability to customize the level of sweetness. Janelle Bitker in Sac News & Review.