Made In Sac

Posted on March 12, 2013

Buy local? No problem! These products—all made by innovative Sacramentans—do us proud.

Ruhstaller Beer
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Local producers, designers and artisans bring their wares to the Sacramento market and beyond.


Whether you can eat it or drink it, wear it, hear it, sit on it or ride it, items made right here in River City show local entrepreneurial spirit and give us yet another reason to rally behind the “buy local” movement. Here, we introduce you to a sampling of homegrown products—some distributed far and wide, some only available down the street.


When you sip a Ruhstaller, you not only are enjoying a great beer, you’re reviving a piece of Sacramento history. Swiss immigrant Capt. Frank Ruhstaller came to Sacramento in 1865 and became the city’s unofficial King of Beer when he co-founded Buffalo Brewery, which became the largest brewery west of the Mississippi. In 1942, Buffalo went bust. Now, J-E Paino and his brewer buddy Peter Hoey have brought the Ruhstaller brand back to life with the help of hop and barley farmers throughout Northern California. Ruhstaller can be purchased at Compton’s Market, Davis Food Co-op, Ikedas, Newcastle Produce, Nugget Markets, Taylors Market, Whole Foods Market and Corti Brothers, as well as at many local dining establishments. ruhstallerbeer.com



When you’re running, the right music can make all the difference. That’s exactly what Sally Edwards—Fleet Feet founder, 16-time Ironman triathlon finisher and past winner of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run—had in mind when she created the UpBeat Workouts App. This smartphone app automatically matches your running pace to the rhythm of songs in your stored music library. Change your pace, and the app will find a new song to suit your speed. The UpBeat Workouts App can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. upbeatworkouts.com



With 25 years of custom bicycle framebuilding experience, Steve Rex has helped world and national road and track cycling champions ride to victory. His bikes are known for their fit, design and craftsmanship, and his focus on his customers’ individual needs brings to fruition frames that can stand up to any terrain or type of rider. (916) 446-5706; rexcycles.com



After years of hearing their patients complain about generic hospital gowns, sisters and registered nurses Selena Srabian and Anna Ryan recognized an opportunity to improve the experience: They designed a stylish alternative that—guess what?— covers your backside. Annie & Isabel hospital gowns, named for Srabian and Ryan’s great-grandmother and grandmother, are an especially big hit with moms-to-be. annieandisabel.com



Truly precious jewelry should be artistically inspired and infused with emotion, right? Wifeand- husband team Pamela Tuohy and Edward Novinsky bring that and more to their handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry line, 2ETN, which has garnered attention from the likes of L.A. designer Louis Verdad and a number of upscale shops around the country. All of 2ETN’s materials are ethically sourced and often are repurposed from vintage pieces, and placed in the center of each brooch, ring, necklace, choker or cuff is a hand-drawn or -painted image. 2etn.com



Folks across the country can enjoy fresh-baked scones, cookies and more thanks to Erik Finnerty and Anthony Van Rees, childhood friends who founded FatCat Scones in 2002. The men combined their baking and business expertise to develop a wholesale bakery. FatCat uses ingredients sourced within a 100-mile radius of Sacramento. Locals can purchase 12-scone bags in the freezer aisles of Whole Foods Market, Nugget Markets, Taylors Market, Corti Brothers and Ikedas. Try scones in Mandarin Orange Cranberry, Apple Cinnamon, Wild Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Spice, Savory Onion and Jalapeño Green Chili. fatcatscones.com



Ryan Douglas Hammonds, who studied fashion design, has been pursuing his passion of custom tailoring since 2003. His company makes men’s suits, blazers, shirts, coats, tuxedos, neckwear and shoes for distinguished clients in government, law, finance and business. Essentially a tailor on wheels, Hammonds brings shop to customer throughout Northern California. He consults with his clients to determine fit, style, cut and coloring; choose fabric; and work out a budget. His team of tailors then makes each item by hand, manufacturing and delivering the results within weeks. (916) 524-9274; rdouglas.net



After living on Top Ramen throughout college, UC Davis grad Chris Johnson invented a way to ditch the stovetop and cook ramen in the microwave. Johnson came up with the Rapid Ramen Cooker, a square-shaped microwavable bowl that can cook a meal in four minutes and reduces the sodium content by requiring half the water and seasoning. Purchase a Rapid Ramen Cooker at Walmart in Natomas or at the UC Davis Bookstore. rapidramen.com


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