So you’ve probably never been to our little down just outside of Sacramento, but I bet you’ve heard of it. At least I’m willing to guess you’ve heard of our prison. Johnny Cash famously sang Folsom Prison Blues live. Not much else important ever went down here. However, last Saturday was the 2nd annual Folsom Rhythm and Brews festival. A bunch of craft breweries from Northern California and some local bands got together and put on a pretty great event. So my buddy Jeff asked if I wanted to go, and so sure I decided to tag along!!
The first thing you should know about me is I have very poor taste in beer. I don’t really like a lot of beers. Mostly lagers. Here in Northern California, It is usually always too hot for dark beers. Even mostly reds and IPA’s. The darker the beer, the less I am interested. I rarely even drink Sierra Nevada. Which is brewed only a few hours away in Chico. However, when winter rolls around, I do love their Celebration Ale. I am usually only good for a 12 pack a year. Then I’m good till next fall. The most hungover I’ve ever been was on Celebration. I went to Seattle to visit my friend Matt, and he was drinking it. So I figured, when in Rome. We weren’t really all that drunk, but I swear I was hungover for like 2 days. Maybe we were more drunk than I thought. I usually am more drunk than I think.
The other problem is I take medication for migraines. It has killed some tastebuds and I can no longer taste beer or soda. I can however taste the heavier, hoppier beers. So do I drink beer that I can taste but don’t really enjoy, or drink beer that I like, but cannot taste? My wife would say just stop drinking. Come on.
Anyway, Jeff drinks IPA’s, and other beers that I don’t like. And I knew that these craft brews were going to be everything I usually wouldn’t drink. I feel like breweries now just shove as many hops into a beer as they can and call it a day. There are other ways to make a beer. Not every beer has to be the hoppiest on Earth. But that’s another story for another day.
The first beer we hit was Hop City Brewing. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Great! Hop City? I’m sure they love hops! But it was the first place we saw, and I had plenty of tickets for the day, and I didn’t want to just pass on something because I was sure I wouldn’t like it. Plus, it was only like half a glass. I can chug half a glass of a beer I don’t like.
The good news was, it was way better than I thought it would be! I can certainly recommend this beer. It was hoppy but not nearly as much as I thought it was going to be. If we hadn’t found a beer later that was one we both thought was the winner of the day, this may have taken the cake for me.
So next we found our way to Jackrabbit Brewing. This one was not at as good. Neither of us liked it at all. It was pretty fruity. We don’t enjoy fruity beer. We literally almost dumped it. But we didn’t want to waste it. We had to hurry and find another beer after it was gone to get the taste out of our mouths. If you like fruity beer, you’ll like it. If you don’t, stay away.
Fun story about Jackrabbit. A little later on, we ran into some of Jeff’s friends who had just arrived at the event. They were asking about what was good, and what to avoid. I went on a rant about why we hated this one. I am not a quiet person. My wife believes I do not know how to whisper. Anyway, we were standing not five feet from the Jackrabbit stand. They heard every word. They did not enjoy that. Oh well. I stand by what I said.
21st Amendment Brewery was giving out this Hell or High Watermelon beer. It was light on watermelon taste, but that could have been the dead taste buds. This was pretty crisp and clean though. If you’re ever in San Francisco, stop by. I dig them.
Now I’m going to fly through the rest. Mostly because I don’t remember much about them. They were fine to us, but nothing that distinguished them from the rest.
So we each had one of these. I honestly have no idea which was which. They were fine though.
There was a brewery that we each tried one of the beers and shared. After we tasted each of the beers, we were convinced the beers were coming out of the same tap. The glasses on top were clearly different beers, but the taste was so similar, we couldn’t distinguish them from each other. That was Out of Bounds Brewing. We liked them though.
But the big winner for us, was this beer, Trumer Pils. We ended up staying there most of the afternoon and spending the rest of our tickets there. In fact, I liked it so much, I stopped on the way to my dad’s house on father’s day and picked up a six pack. I am going to go to Total Wine and see if they sell a keg of it for my kegerator at home. I really liked it.