Single Serving Slayer – Sacramento

I don't need 6 beers - just 1. Ok, maybe 2.
I don’t need 6 beers – just 1. Ok, maybe 2.

In my “under the bus” column this week (this is not a regular column but it should be), I will be placing the City of Sacramento.


Thanks to the efforts of some justifiably ticked off brewers, it has come to the brewing world’s attention that good ole Sac-Town has a standing prohibition against the sale of beer in anything less than a 6 pack. Yes, that means that you will not see a 22oz Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, or even a 16oz bottle of Pliny the Elder.


Um, what the heck, Sacto. According to the good word from the folks at Western Pacific Brewing (Oroville, CA), the city instituted this law back in the early 1990s to curtail the wonderful practice of cracking a 40oz of Schlitz Blue Bull and hanging out in your favorite parking lot (ah, memories). Unfortunately, the law inadvertently really puts a hurting on local brewers who would love to jump on the 22oz bottle craze.


So does this prohibition make sense? No way. Can you still buy a 750ml bottle of red wine for $6.00? Ya dang right. ¬†Do the people in Sacto really have to keep buying a sixer just to try a new release? Let’s hope not.


There is an active movement led by a council person to try and create an exception to this law. I am all for it. God knows we don’t need to deprive the new generation of SacTowners the ability to practice the great art of “Edward 40-hands.”


Get this law changed. Help your local brewers.

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Freetail Brewing, For The Win

Now that is a mark.
Now that is a mark.


Back in December, I spent a week down in San Antonio on official business. But official business does not prevent me from enjoying local craft beer. Days are for working, nights are for fun (or most of the time, working).

One evening I ventured out to Freetail Brewing to enjoy what I was told was the best beer in the area. No jokes there. They pour a nice pint. In fact, Freetail pours about a dozen different beers that pair nicely with an incredible pie from their wood oven. Needless to say, it was a good experience.

But I left that place without knowing that their brewer, Scott Metzger, was a fearless proponent of my undying mantra against using legal force to resolve TM debates in the brewing industry. Scott apparently received a letter from hired legal counsel for Steelhead Brewing Co, demanding that Freetail cease use of the name “Hopasaurus Rex.” The response – is a beaut.

I may be extremely late to the party on this story (it has been out for a few years) but it won’t stop me from letting it free. Scott’s insists that a phone call from the Steelhead owner would have ¬†nipped this in the bud – as it will almost every TM dispute between brewers. If you learn anything from this, remember how bad the PR might be for the brewery that sends a letter like this one.


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