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Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 5
Beer Avg: 3.3
Taps: 9 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
7811 Madison Ave.
phone: (916) 966-6274
// CLOSED //
Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I'm a bit surprised there aren't a few more reviews of this place. It's been around for something like 10 years now and is a decent enough place.
The brewpub is located in a strip mall at the corner of Sunrise and Madison. It's in a bit of an odd location, and unless you are aware of the back parking lot, you'll find that parking can be difficult if you try to park in the strip mall parking lot out front.
I'm not really sure what to say about the atmosphere and decor of the Oasis. Coming in from the back, you enter a large dining room area that is a bit sparse and sterile. There's sort of a warm tan/gold color scheme going on, and there is plenty of "egyptian" style decor all around. Along the walls near the ceiling are any manner of old, "historic" sayings about brewing and beer consumption from (purportedly) the early days of brewing in Egypt (where brewing apparently first got it's start). If one continues past the dining room there is a good size tap room that sits around 30 or 40 patrons. There are several TV's here, and during Kings' games the tap room can get pretty crowded. The beers here are all solid and some are exceptional. This is the sister pub of the Sacramento Brewing company pub, and you can find many of the same beers at both locations. However, there is some variation, with the IPA here called Pharoh's Liquid Gold. It's a decent IPA and I generally prefer it to the standard IPA put out by Sacramento Brewings. The hefeweizen is outstanding here, with fresh versions among the very best I've had anywhere. The Russian Imperial Stout is also very good, as is the Extra Pale Ale. Seasonal beers can also be quite outstanding, and over the years I've enjoyed a pumpking pale ale, an excellent, well hopped pilsner, and a very fine barleywine. The Red Horse ale is also decent, though a bit too malty for my palate.
Service is very much up and down here. There have been times it's OK, but then there have been other times when I've had to wait a while for beer, food and the check. It's probably the weakest link at this otherwise very good brewpub.
As noted above, they have a very solid selection of beer, with usually between 8 and 10 beers on tap at any one time. Food here is also pretty good, though the owners attempt to turn this into a fine dining establishment has met with at best middling success. Still, the chop salads here are excellent and their fries are some of the best I've had anywhere (love the bluefries).
Prices are reasonable I think, with happy hour prices on a 12 ounce glass during various times and on various days (all day Sunday if memory serves). The place also has a decent (if a bit pricey) wine by the glass selection for those who are not fond of beer.
This is a very solid place IMO.
11-20-2007 19:42:47 |
More by johnmichaelsen
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
We stopped in to their "Oasis" location the day after Christmas around 5 PM. Pretty light crowd as you might imagine. Interesting Egyptian decor motif, kind of felt like a Fry's for beer drinkers. The entrance has big fake palm trees and looks like the entrance to King Tut's tomb. Inside there are wall paintings of pharaohs and egyptian cats and dogs, hieroglyphics, and other thematic stuff.
They have five regular beer offerings -
Hefe (5.3%), IPA (6.5%), Red Horse Ale (6.2%), Sac-Squatch Scotch (7%), Russian Imperial Stout (8.1%) - They were out of IPA when I was there. I have had it in the bottle and was looking forward to trying it on draft. They were out at their other location also. I had the Red Horse which is reminiscent of a Sierra Pale with a little bit more maltiness. Also had their Old Pappy California Wheat Wine (Jim Beam bourbon barrel aged), at about 13%, which was stunning and good enough to bring home a growler full. Great bourbon nose. Big caramel flavors with the bourbon & oak flavors glowing through to the end and a pleasant finish. Someone should try it and add it to the database (or I should get off my a$$ and do some beer ratings)
I don't know that it's worth a special trip unless you're already in the area (or they still have that wheat wine on draft). However, it's the closest brewpub to my in-laws, so I'll be stopping by again anyway.
01-02-2009 04:56:47 |
More by stoad
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Not sure how this place rates higher than Rubicon, but the beauty of taste is everyone has their own. I worked my way up through the flavor profiles, but didn't try them all. I wanted to finish on the Double Shot Coffee Porter, but they were out. I would have snuck the Scotch Ale in there had I known the porter was not available. The physical bar, where I sat and ordered a decent plate of fish and chips, was kind of grimy. It could have used a good scrubbing.
I always appreciate somewhat knowledgeable wait-staff, but the waitress I had was definitely not that. When we had a short discussion of my drinking establishment experiences she referred to this place as a microbrewery. She also kept calling the "Double Shot Porter" the "Double Scotch Porter." Huh?
The beers I had: Hefeweizen, River Otter Ale, Russian Imperial Stout
I also had this one, but it's not on the list (and I can't add):
Independence Double IPA - I had this beer served just before I finished the IPA. It came in a tulip-style glass that was 10.5 ounces. Virtually indistinguishable, except for the alcohol, from the IPA. This beer has slightly more grapefruit flavor. It is good, but doesn't seem like "double" the IPA. There was a slight bubblegum note in the nose. Very nice lacy head. Could definitely drink a lot of it because it was darned tasty. Not as dry as the others.
08-15-2008 05:01:49 |
More by beerbrewerdan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I went to this place on a Sunday morning for Brunch that was suppose to start at 10am, an employee there said they started at 930am. Set up with ancient Egyptian paraphenalia all around the building and with different settings for dining including a deck through a side door outside.
All stainless steel tap nozzles and did not see the kitchen. The bar appeared to be some type of rock similar to granite or marble, stools were a thin metal with wood seats on top, there were wood tables, wood booths, and wood chairs. Restroom was clean. They have a mug club here too just like the other Sac Brew, did not see where they stored the mugs.
Service was fine in the Brunch room a little too disconected around the bar.
The brews were similar if not the same as the other Sac Brew, no cask, and no guest brews. Must be my taste buds but the possible notables here were the Hefeweizen (only one that was the same p. n. as the other Sac Brew), Celtic Amber, and a seasonal Chrystal Wheat. One free drink (or beer 10oz) with the Sunday Brunch and then the Beers were a dollar for a 10oz.
The Brunch Buffet was good a little pricey 13.95 however one free drink and were a dollar each there after.
06-21-2005 15:44:03 |
More by Troyone
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