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Wings on Fire

Only a few decades ago, wings were considered the least desirable part of the chicken, and they were mostly used for soup or stock. But due to their ready availability and relatively low cost, hot-sauce-soaked...

Cheap Eats

In the restaurant world, the price for creating ambience tends to get passed on to the customer. The steep costs of a prime location, splendid décor and a unique dining experience all get added to...

Team Spirit

Ask local beer legend Rob Archie if he’s concerned about managing expectations for his latest project and you get an incredulous look.“I look at it as a responsibility to continue to build up and...

Raising the Bar

When Jay Peacock added a lamb burger to the menu of midtown bar The Golden Bear last summer, the newly hired executive chef initially planned to include shallots. A chef friend suggested he use...

Tapping Into Something Big

Back in the summer of 2016, when Rohit Nayyar first announced plans to expand his West Sacramento bottle shop RoCo Wine & Spirits by adding an adjacent taproom, he expected to start pouring beers within...

Top 25 Local Beers

Beer lover Daniel Barnes (who runs the website His & Hers Beer Notes with wife Darcey Self-Barnes) picks his all-time favorite local brews. Bike Dog San Dog IPA  BITTER/CITRUS/ REFRESHING  New Glory Farmhouse Ale  YEASTY/FRUIT ESTERS/WHEAT  American River Rock Hound Barleywine  SAWDUST/BOOZY/ BROWN SUGAR  Device Anguish...

Fest Like a Beer Geek

On the surface, a beer festival seems like an ideal place for craft beer rookies to get up to speed in a single afternoon. After all, even the most mediocre beer festivals generally offer...

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