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Rubicon Brewing Company
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 450
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2004 Capitol Avenue
phone: (916) 448-7032
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Second stop on my way up to Redding, it was a pain to get to this place with the street construction that was going on at the time, I went for one reason and that was to try the Hop Sauce and it was delicious, other than that this place did not do for me, the employees were pretty rude and in a hurry at all times despite the fact that I was one of maybe six people in the entire place, the atmosphere was really plain with not much of an ambiance, their beers are pretty good but nothing to go crazy for, thankfully there was a nice guy at the bar who helped me with my further beer travels, then I was on my way after finishing my small glass after about twenty minutes, did not see any food or even look at a menu, other beers on tap at the time were a pilsner, amber, their IPA, and a Sierra Nevada guest tap, prices were in the four to five dollar range, they need more beer offerings, probably will not go back to this place unless I am in Sacramento and happen to stumble across, not recommended
08-23-2008 16:15:41 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I really feel like this place exemplifies the above average brewpub. The beers are very good and the food is nothing more than you would expect. Tonight's potato soup was quite good and I am not a big fan of potato soup. The fresh green onions helped.
I really like this place more than Sac Brewing for two main reasons: the beer is better and it's easy to tell a lot of the patrons live within walking distance. To me this really improves the atmosphere, which about people and culture more than brass and ferns. If you get a chance ask to see the hop gardens out back. Beautiful!
It's a relatively small space, with some outside seating. Yes, it is "first come first served" on the tables. If you see one open, grab one. This can be a pain in the tail for someone like me who gets annoyed at the competition and hovering that takes place in situations like these. So, after experiencing that the first time I went earlier the next two times. This most recent time I took the light rail and walked the few blocks (through the beautiful midtown area). Got there at about 5pm on a Wednesday and besides the guys who probably go there every day it was pretty much just me. Got a chance to talk to the master brewer for a little bit, which was nice. Around 6:30 it started to get busier but never got to the crazy levels I have seen it. If you don't like it packed don't come here at 6:30+ on busy days.
I had: Czech Pilsner, IPA, Irish Stout, Hop Sauce IPA (10 oz).
Stout (not listed and I can't add yet) - Ordered not long after getting the IPA (well, the *second* IPA). Good thing too as straight from the tap it is quite cold. Nitro tap pour with a guinness-style settling. Has a strong tan/brown head that lasts and lasts. Color is black-brown with a very deep amber color when viewed at a tilt (though not tilted much). Nose is light roast. The flavor is creamy and roasty with caramel notes appropriate for the style. Even after sitting for 10 mins it was even better when warmed another 10. A session Irish dry at its finest. 4.5%
08-21-2008 02:40:09 |
More by beerbrewerdan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
i really liked this place. the atmosphere was so laid back. on the outdoor patio (great weather, beautiful tree-lined street) there was a group of four bikers (spandex not leather) in their biking shoes having a pint after a long ride. brilliant and totally california. the food was decent although perhaps a little on the mediocre side for the bay area. service was great and the beers that i had were amazing. i still think the one flaw is that they only have a few beers, like 5, on tap. over all great experience.
07-03-2008 07:02:56 |
More by hoegaardenhero
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
After I tried the IPA on tap at stone a couple months before I decided I had to visit this place. That IPA is probably my favorite IPA. We tried a sampler of everything they had wich included a cask version of the brown. In the end I was slightly disapointed that nothing was as good as the IPA but its still worth trying. The bartender was helpful and nice. We ordered a plate of chili fries and someone got a burger. After a set of samples, 4 pints, fries, and a burger the tab was pretty low. The place is quite open despite how small it is. Very clean friendly environment and good food. I'd like to go back in the winter and try the wheatwine.
04-17-2008 19:44:28 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We were visiting the Sacramento area for the holidays, so I "accidentally" found myself at a local brewery. The place is set in the downtown Sacramento area, which is slowly becoming a rebuilt, cool area. The place is pretty small. A bar, about a dozen tables, and visible brewery jammed in the back. Really jammed. The bartender, Brenda was very nice and knowledgeable about beer. I guess she used to apprentice in the brewery. I tried most of their brews with the intention of getting a growler for the road trip. I especially enjoyed their IPA, MKF (Monkey Knife Fight- a pale ale), and their Porter. Brenda was nice enough to let us sample multiple beers to help us decide which to order for now, and to-go. We tried their wings which as mentioned by others, tasty & spicy. I ended up ordering a Cube of beer, a Rubicube, of MKF. Was it for the name, or for the beer? Maybe a little of both. Interesting idea, a plastic cube dispenser housed within a cardboard box- 1 Gallon total. When I return to the Sacramento area, and I will, I will probably try and visit some other spots (Hoppy Brewing, Sac Brew Co), but I would like to come back and re-visit the Rube.
01-31-2008 20:34:48 |
More by m1ked
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Stopped in for lunch and a beer after a business meeting.
Atmosphere was quiet. It was pretty early, they had just opened, and there were only a couple of other people inside.
Service was pretty good. Not overly friendly or helpful, but it was good enough.
Selection was I think 6 or 7 beers. I only had one, and it was pretty good. They also had just ran out of 2006 Sierra Nevada Celebration. According to the board, they had saved one keg for July.
My food was pretty good. I had a sandwich and soup. Nothing special, just pub grub. But not bad...
My whole lunch was just over $10. Prices were very fair.
Overall this place just screamed "above average". Nothing really stood out in a great way, or a bad way.
07-23-2007 23:50:19 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I can not understand how there are better ratings for some of the brew pubs in Sac than this place? Am I in the twilight zone or something? Rubicon hands down is the best brew bup in Sacramento. With the soild brews Scott puts out and the fact he has a guest keg makes this the perfect place for a favorite and or a suprise. Also as others have said if you go with nonbeer drinkers the cider(s) does the trick.
As for the service the bartenders seem to be on top of things everytime I'm in there. If you do go on the Tuesday yes they take a bit of time, but it's because you can not move in the place there are so many people. When you get your 1st pint tip them heavy (which you should $2 pints,) it's the holy grail to getting your face recognized as in any bar setting. When it comes to the wait staff a smile goes a long way. There is no wait to be seated so if you see something open grab it! If your going to sit on the patio grab a table then go in and let the wait staff know your there. They have tables inside and out so you may sit down sometimes just as there going back in and the wait seems a bit long if you don't let them know your there.The patio is a good size and with the tree cover it's great even in the heat of the summer around here.
If you make a trip to Sacramento and have the chance only to hit one place this is it. If you plan on pub crawling make this your last stop take notes along the way and then decide.
05-02-2007 19:03:55 |
More by beermebaby89113
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Last visited on St. Patrick's day 2007. It was packed.
Rubicon has a very nice laid back atmosphere for gathering with friends or just stopping by for a pint after work.
The quality of their beer is very good probably the best in Sacramento as far as interesting unique brews. Sure they have the standard Pale Ale, but also offer beers such as their very tasty Winter Wheat Wine. The beer I find myself ordering the most is their IPA which in my opinion is their best.
The selection is good for the small size of the brewpub offering about 5 regulars and a handful of seasonal brews. They also have ciders from Two River Cidery on tap which are very nice and made from locally grown apples (and a hit with my beer hating girlfriend).
The food is okay. It's pub food, and I can only order two things on the menu because I am a vegetarian (veggie burger and sandwich). I go for the beer.
Very affordable especially on Tuesdays (2 bucks a pint!).
This is a must visit especially if you live in Sacramento and find yourself longing for a quality locally brewed beer.
03-28-2007 03:15:30 |
More by bosco7
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
A small brewpub tucked back in a pretty setting in the city, lots of trees and parking in the area. Quality of the beers: I've never been let down by the IPA, which seems to be their flagship and the one they put the most TLC into; as for the other beers, well, they range in quality from week to week. Service has been pretty slow and rude every time I've been here. It's hard to get the bartender's attention when it's busy (sometimes a 20 minute chore) and even when you do, it'll be while till he/she pours it. Servers are friendly, but slow and unattentive, and the harder you try to get their attention, the more they ignore you. Food is pretty crappy anyway, mostly just fried bar food, so I'd recommend eating elsewhere and coming in for some IPA's. Practically no vegetarian options. Good deals when you buy pitchers. Well worth the stop for the beer.
Interesting beers to go: the "Rubi-Cube" is a one-gallon container in a box that you can buy and get refills fresh from the taps ($16 1st time, refills are $13). Never saw that before.
09-18-2006 17:04:44 |
More by rayjay
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The drive from San Francisco to central Colorado is plagued by long stretches where craft beer remains a thing of the future (are you listening Nevada and Utah?), so a stop in Sacramento seemed in order before I headed past Tahoe and into a dry, beer wasteland.
Just east of the capitol building, Rubicon is an unassuming neighborhood brewpub. It's interior is done in typical pub-style with a few televisions hanging around and views onto the brewing facilities. They had a nice outdoor patio as well.
They only had seven brews on tap during my visit, but the fact that one of them was a (very good) wheat wine made my day. Had I had more time to spend in Sacramento, I would have tried a few more of their brews. In addition to their own offerings, they had two taps of cider (apple and pomegranite) from nearby Two Rivers cidery--a nice touch and shout out to another local fermenter.
Save the wheat wine, there was nothing exceptional about this place, but nothing off-putting either. I certainly recommend it to anyone who's passing through the area; as I would certainly peak in again if I were nearby. Next time, though, I'll sit on the patio.
06-17-2006 02:12:30 |
More by benito
Rubicon Brewing Company in Sacramento, CA
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