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Dining News: Who the Hell are Beers in Sac & What Are They Doing?


If you've been to an event with craft beer lately, you've probably seen the Beers in Sac team pour beers, organizing the event, etc.

My curiosity was piqued last summer during Gather Oak Park, where people wearing Beers in Sac shirts were pouring the beer. They were just at the Fairytale Town event I had gone to several weeks earlier.

I knew they started as a Web site listing the various beers on tap in Sacramento and later added a smartphone app, but it was clear they were much more than that.

So I decided to ask. Here's an e-mail Q and A I did earlier this month with Ted Rozalski, who partnered with Scott Scoville to found Beers in Sac:

Q: How did Beers in Sac start?

A: The original concept was to host a live search engine for all beers currently on tap in the Sacramento region. After a few months of keeping the search engine updated, we decided our time was better spent by covering the happenings in the region as a whole by promoting events and developing content. We still feel, with the right technology and capital, someone will figure out how to properly keep an up-to-date search engine for beers on tap.

Q: From your original vision, what has it expanded to?

A: We originally proposed to have a website that helped users find their favorite beer in the various bars, restaurants, and breweries, but quickly found that there was so much more that had yet to be covered. We slowly started to promote and market for bars, restaurants, breweries, events, etc. Beers In Sac is online-focused, and social media driven, promoting via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We have delved into content creation, with contributing writers and photographers at Beers In Sac, covering reviews of beers, places, and news. Last year, we teamed up to co-produce a short film documentary on the resurgence of hop farming in the area.

Moreover, as the scene has grown, we realized that there was no central location for the industry to post beer jobs, or for job seekers to get jobs in the industry, thus we created the first ever Beer Industry Job Board, which we are proud to have indirectly played a small part in job creation in the region.

We've also grown our Email Newsletter, which has been a great way to get all the beer discounts, deals, and savings directly to those that want it the most.

Most importantly, as we continued expanding Beers In Sac, we found that the mobile experience needed improvement, so we created the free Beers In Sac app, available on iOS and Android, which allows thousands of users throughout the region to navigate the ever-growing craft beer scene.

Recently, we have started to develop smartphone applications for other industry businesses, for example, we built and managed the CA Craft Beer Summit App for the CA Craft Brewer's Association. And the Summit was amazing, definitely a must see event for next year!

Q: Who are the founders and how is the group organized?

A: Ted Rozalski and I are the original founders of the company, however over the past year, we have grown to include many staff, contributing to the growth and vision of Beers In Sac. This also includes Cicerone and BJCP Certified staff, which has not only contributed to the growth of our company, but ourselves knowledge of beer as well. The company is structured to continue to evolve as the market changes, and our primary goal is to continue to find ways to support the craft beer scene in the region, while informing the public via multiple platforms what's going on in the beer community.

Q: I see people wearing Beers in Sac shirts pouring beer at community events like Gather Oak Park and local fundraisers. How did you guys get involved in events like that?

A: As the Sacramento beer scene evolved, so did craft beer-centric events in the region. We've participated in various beer weeks, Sacramento and Stockton Beer Weeks, which helped give us a platform. We have been receiving requests by various event organizers to manage and curate beer areas. As things progressed, we were able to tap into our user base to find out what beers they wanted to see at events, and thus began to create beer areas that really identified with beer aficionados, as well as the person that was just getting into craft beer.

Gather Oak Park has given us a platform to curate beer areas for other large scale events, and currently, we are running the tasting garden at the Midtown Farmer's Market, which is bi-monthy, featuring a different brewery every month. Other events that we've run is the annual Cafe Au Ale which is a Coffee Beer Competition during Sacramento Coffee Week, the Fantasy Food Truck Showdown which is a Summer-long event series featuring a competition between the best of the gourmet food truck scene, Craft Beer Industry Night at the Sacramento Rivercats which was a unique opportunity for industry folk to gather and socialize together, and countless others.

We're really excited to be bringing the first ever Beer Fest to Elk Grove on May 27th, 2016 benefiting the Runnin' For Rhett Foundation (children's exercise program), and will also be helping organize another Beer Fest in Land Park in June, and Yolo Micro Brewfest at the end of next Summer. Almost every event we participate in, is centered around a Non-Profit, so it's been an incredible opportunity to partner with some great organizations doing amazing things in Sacramento. For example, we helped organize a Beer Fest at Fairytale Town over the Summer called Tales and Ales, and have first hand seen the impacts of the money raised from that event. It's amazing to bring your kids to this children's theme park that has been around for decades, and see improvements being made to ensure that it remains open for the next generation.

Q: Is Beers in Sac your day job? If not, do you guys make any money at this?

A: We are generating revenue via advertising, event management, and promotions/marketing, and are beginning to develop smartphone applications for other industry businesses.

We have outside employment that helps supplement what we do, but this is essentially full-time for us. We also have 1 full-time employee, and 1 part-time employee.

Thanks to Scott and Ted for indulging my curiosity.

Beers in Sac is partnering with Track 7 and the Sacramento Kings for Long Live The Kings, a special Sac Beer Week event on Friday, Feb. 26.

Head to Track 7 Natomas from 4 to 7 p.m. before the Clippers vs. Kings game for a special commemorative Kings/Beer Week engraved stainless steel credit card polished bottle opener, with proof of purchase. Visit Beers in Sac for more information.

* Photo via their Facebook page.

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Dining News: Now Open - Rum Rok Tiki Bar at 15th & H

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Rum Rok Tiki Bar, by Sacramento night club king Bob Simpson, opened over the weekend.

The new bar is scheduled to be open Wednesday through Saturdays until 2 a.m. Most days, Rum Rok opens at 8 p.m., with an early opening on Fridays at 5 p.m.

Rum Rok's cocktail menu reads like a standard tiki bar's menu, featuring Mai Tais for $8 and Mojitos for $7. Most cocktails cost between $7 and $11.

They also feature classic cocktails such as an Old Fashion and French 75, both for $7. Click here to see the entire cocktail menu.

Good Day Sac reporter Cambi Brown Instagrammed a photo of the interior during a visit during their preview weekend.


Rum Rok Tiki Bar is located at 805 15th St., and can be found online at

* Corrected cross street in the title.

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Dining News: RIP East Sac's La Bombe Ice Cream


La Bombe, formerly located at 3020 H Street, closed on Jan. 1.

The ice cream shop, which opened about 18 months ago, was selected by the Sac Bee as one of the top 10 frozen treats around Sacramento in July 2012. Upon closing, it left these signs on the door.

La Bombe Ice Cream & More wishes to thank you, our valued patrons! We regret to inform you that La Bombe shall be closed for business effective January 1, 2014.

For Information regarding the purchase or sublease of the business or to contact us for other reasons, please do so at: 916-448-2334.

I placed a call to that number on Monday evening, but there was no answer.

La Bombe was owned by the ex-wife of the owner of midtown's Aioli.

A shop whose description closely matched La Bombe is listed on the Restaurant Exchange Web site for $50,000.

I hope something new and interesting fills that void soon.

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Dining News: RIP Greek Village Inn

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Greek Village Inn, a restaurant near Tokyo Fro's, Bandera and Capitol Beer & Tap Room on Fair Oaks Blvd. and Howe Ave, closed over the weekend.

Here's what they said a note on their Web site said:

Dear Loyal Customers

We are sending you this to inform you, that after Saturday, November 2, 2013 The Greek Village Inn will be closing its doors.

We have proudly served the Sacramento community for over 15 years, but due to the economic conditions these last four years, and as well the managements expansion of Safeway, have forced us to reevaluate our business and ultimately close down our operation. This decision did not come easily or without careful consideration to those affected.

Since 1998, we have dedicated ourselves to providing our customers with the most Authentic Greek Cuisine in the Greater Sacramento area.  We were able to explore our passion, and as a result, we were fortunate enough to receive numerous awards throughout the years. But none of this could have been possible without you—Our Valued Customer!  A heartfelt thank you!

Please come by and see us one more time so we can thank you in person for your past business and support. Our last reservations are Saturday, November 2, 2013.


The Greek Village Inn Family

I don't make it out to that part of town often, so I don't have any personal experience with that restaurant. But I'm always saddened for the staff and the owners whenever a restaurant closes.

H/T Ally Gaffan at A Girl & Her Fork for the tip.

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Dining News: Dad's Kitchen Tap Room Opens


After approximately four months of work, Dad's Kitchen has expanded by adding a tap room to its popular Land Park Restaurant.

Originally scheduled for opening before Sac Beer Week at the end of February, the tap room at Dad's Kitchen features 30 taps - 26 for regular beer, two for wine and two more for nitrogen brews.


The venue seats about a dozen people around the bar, with another 15 or so spots on a standing bar along the wall. The bar also features a couple large TVs so patrons can watch sports while enjoying their beer of choice.

For more information about their expansion, read a December 2012 article in Sac Press.

Dad's Kitchen is located at 2968 Freeport Blvd, next to Freeport Bakery.

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Dining News: Rick's Dessert Diner Moves to Larger Midtown Space

Rick's Dessert Diner, a midtown mainstay for nearly three decades, is moving from its longtime home on K St. near 23rd, to a new space just a couple block away at J & 24th Streets, reports Bob Shallit in the Sac Bee.

The move was necessary because growing demand had outstripped capacity at the 1,900-square-foot original location, said Ahmed Eita, who started out working at Rick's as a manager and then bought the business in 1991.

"It breaks my heart to leave after all these years," Eita said. But he said doubling his space will allow him to increase sales of all of his confections, including wedding cakes, and meet a demand he's had to ignore.

"I have to turn down customers, and that makes me feel bad," said Eita, who is 54 and a native of Egypt.

Eita said he plans to transplant Rick's classic design scheme - booths, jukebox, checkerboard floors and murals of 1950s entertainment icons - to the new place. "But it will be nicer and bigger," he said.

The building exterior also will get a face-lift to give it an updated, but retro, look, said Ken Turton, the Sacramento broker who found the new site for Eita and also represented the building's owner, O Street Partners.

Rick's current landlord promises to find a dessert restaurant to replace Rick's, but only time will tell if he's successful.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

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Dining News: Magpie Cafe's Chef Sweeps Sac Bacon Fest Awards

You know an event is big when a scalper greets arriving guests looking to buy and sell extra tickets.

That's what happened at the Second Annual Sac Bacon Fest Chef's Competition event on Sunday. As part of the closing festivities, local chefs from Magpie Cafe, Bacon & Butter, Grange Restaurant, Hook & Ladder, Mulvaney's B&L, Formoli's Bistro and others competed to determine whose pork cuisine reigned supreme. Sac Bee's Chris Macias has the results.

But once all digesting was done and votes were tabulated, one local eatery swept the competition. That would be Magpie Cafe which won a bacon-flavored triple crown: the audience award and both "critics picks" in which each chef was judged both on a strip of bacon and bacon-infused dish. Kelly Hogge, pictured above in a photo from Ryan Donahue, wowed the panel and audience alike with miso cured bacon paired with kimchee and kumquat and a wonderful pastrami bacon. Congrats to chef Kelly and all others for a fine showing.

Read the entire recap in the Sac Bee.

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