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The Corner Store

Corner liquor stores are everywhere in Sacramento. But it can be a challenge finding one that stocks food and drink more refined than Funyuns and Four Loko. Whether you’re looking to satisfy a late-night...

Beer Is His Life

At 41, Erik Schmid has been brewing beer for more than half his life. He’s one of those enviable few whose livelihood also is his passion. Schmid owns The Brewmeister, a retailer of home-brewing...

To Market, to Market

It’s springtime, which means all of the best activities the Sacramento region has to offer are happening outdoors—including shopping. Not only are farmers markets doing brisk business in and around the city nearly every...

Bottle Fever

Ever wonder who are the Very Important People shelling out hundreds of dollars in an evening for bottle service at the city’s upscale lounges and nightclubs? We did, so we asked Brian Bassett, marketing...

On Wine: Do-It-Yourself Wine

The do-it-yourself ethos has hit winemaking in a big way, thanks to custom-crush wineries like Crushpad in Napa, where amateur winemakers can try their hand at transforming humble grapes into something more memorable. Closer...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Trade Secrets of an Artisan Barkeep

The idea of an apprenticeship has always appealed to me. I’ve got nothing against book learning. It’s just that there’s something romantic about learning a trade directly from someone who’s mastered it. It was...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Trade Secrets of an Artisan Barkeep

The idea of an apprenticeship has always appealed to me. I’ve got nothing against book learning. It’s just that there’s something romantic about learning a trade directly from someone who’s mastered it. It was...

What They’re Drinking in Granite Bay

Several months after Marcus Graziano opened his doors at Capitol Cellars, a combination wine shop and wine bar in Granite Bay’s Quarry Ponds shopping center, we wondered: What are folks in the tony suburb...

The King of Beers

A certified cicerone is the beer version of a wine sommelier: an expert in beer styles and beer-food pairings. That such a job exists is evidence that beer has come a long way.     Kevin...

You've Been Served

In bars and restaurants across the Sacramento region, a liquid revolution is taking place.Made-from-scratch drinks. Hand-muddling. Housemade syrups, tonics, mixers and infusions. Fresh, local ingredients. Boutique distilleries. A farm-to-table ethic. Classic recipes. Novel flavor...

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