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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2004 Capitol Avenue
phone: (916) 448-7032
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went to the brewpub for dinner one night with a couple other BA's. Place was pretty crowed, and there was bar/standing room only. Seating for food is "seat yourself" with a fair amount of tables strew about the establishment. After we were finally able to nab a table (after hovering near people who were paying their check) the service was pretty good. Our table was cleaned and menus/drinks/food came without delay. The food was pretty standard brewpub fair: appetizers, salads, sandwiches and burgers, but they also had a fair amount of larger entrees. The beer is mediocre at best. They had about 5 or 7 beers available on tap, plus one available only in a 22oz bottle. Their IPA was extremely underwhelming, and their pilsner was downright bad. My friends pale ale tasted alright but the amber didn't. That being said, the food is fair, the prices are reasonable, and the service is good. I wouldn't want to go here again when it's crowded as I feel like we got lucking arriving around the same time someone was leaving, but I definitely wouldn't NOT go back. Just don't expect stellar beer.
02-02-2011 23:45:19 |
More by scottfrie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Some good beers, but disappointing as an overall experience.
Rubicon's a nice enough place to visit for a pint and sandwhich. Pub-style food is not bad, and fairly reasonable.
But it's sort of disappointing from a beer geek perspective. To begin with, they don't offer a sampler deal: if you want to try several beers, you have to buy a "half pint" (actually looked more like 10 oz or so) for $3-4 each. I don't think I've ever gone to another brewery that didn't offer some sort of taster's platter.
The day we visited, they didn't have much of a selection, anyway. We had really hoped to try one of their cask ales, but they were out. They were also out of their "featured beer," SN Celebration. They had a measly five beers on tap: APA, IPA, a red, a stout, and a BPA. (There are probably at least two dozen establishments in Sac that offer 20+ tap beers.)
Having had their IPA many times, we sampled the other four, and very much enjoyed the stout and BPA, each of which is highly recommended. The others were good, if nothing to write home about.
The service was mediocre. I asked the waiter if the stout was treated with nitrogen and he had no idea what I was talking about. I later noticed that, yes, according to info printed right in the menu, it was. Now, I don't expect every person waiting tables in a brewpub to be super knowledgeable, but wait staff should at least know what's in the menu.
I don't mean to be so harsh. But these guys could be doing a lot more. As it is, it's not someplace I'd go out of my way to visit.
01-24-2011 19:08:51 |
More by MLucky
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of the increasingly few local brew houses left in the Sacramento area. We have been many times, especially in the summer months to take advantage of the outdoor seating. As much as hate to bash on any craft beer establishments, I have to honestly say that The Rubican is not going to blow any established connoisseur away. Of their "always available" beers, i really only enjoy the Winter Wheat Wine. Basically a lighter colored barley Wine, it's very approchable and smooth. Food is typical, but better than average. the staff is always friendly and timely.
12-29-2010 21:36:17 |
More by beerjudge1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A friend and I visited Rubicon Brewing Company a week ago. We really enjoyed the beer and the food was also good. I had the Rubicon IPA, which I would rate as a B, and also a visiting beer, the Wet Hopped Moyander from Moyan's Brewing (also an IPA), which I would rate even higher-B+. My friend had Rubicon's Monkey Knife Fight Ale, which he absolutely loved. He certainly enjoyed his sausage plate and my mushroom pasta was quite good. I had wondered what the service would be like based on some other postings, but we had very good service. Our waitress (Misty) was friendly, had good advice about the beers, and provided great service. Both my friend and I will return the next time we are looking for brews and food in Sacramento.
10-17-2010 19:04:25 |
More by ArmstrongDG
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice joint, cozy inside. Good beer selection. Enjoyed an amber ale and an IPA, both were very tasty. Wish I could've stayed longer, got quite comfortable enjoying the beer and visiting the locals.
As for service, the bartender was friendly, but the girls serving tables were downright terrible. Did I visit on an off night? I was ignored for several minutes and finally flagged one of them down. She was very short and treated me like I was a bother. :( Wound up not ordering food. Shame too, since the menu looked pretty good.
So if you feel like having a good brew and not interested in waiting around for food service, then this joint may be for you.
05-25-2010 05:03:43 |
More by Siggy125
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a very enjoyable place in a nice location in Midtown Sacramento, just a few blocks from the capitol and from many other happening places to eat, hang out, etc.
The beer quality overall is quite good and solid, tasty and well-made if not overly adventuresome. The beer range is good but not overly extensive. There are rotating guest beers from other micro-brewers, and there are periodic cask beers.
Service is friendly and efficient.
The food is good, very tasty. It's a pretty standard range of brewpub cuisine, but done well and with some very nice, thoughtful elements such as "make your own grilled cheese," starting with a basic, very good grilled cheese sandwich with good cheese, to which one can ad any number of extras. Sald dressings and other things are good and there is a good children's menu.
The place and atmosphere are nice. In addition to the friendly workers, it has a smallish and fairly simple, but pleasant and attractive interior with big windows looking out onto the front. It has a really nice outdoor seating area right along the street. It is situated in a nice, characterful, very lively part of Midtown, the old mixed residential-commercial part of town just east of downtown, under huge, old, shadey trees. Nearby are numerous attractive old Victorians and other buildings, plus plenty of clubs and eateries, art places, stores, etc., with a constant stream of people going to all these places. This all adds nicely to the atmosphere.
07-29-2009 22:59:16 |
More by Offa
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Ate lunch here while vacationing in CA. I didn't know what to expect, but was impressed by their beers: a very, very tasty Pilsner (quality imported? malts, quenching hop finish), a solid Pale ale (sturdy body, really clean character), a delicious, very West Coast IPA (tons of citrussy hops). The gem, though was their seasonal 'Winter Wheat-wine': big syrupy nose, lingering sweetness, coating mouthfeel, long warming finish with just the right amount of hops throughout. Samples were $1.50 per 2 oz pour - pretty reasonable.
The food was rather standard pub grub: I had a bratwurst sandwich with a decent beer mustard and fries. Not outstanding but enjoyable for sure.
The only problem was the service. Our server, completely unable to hide her sour manner, insisted on rolling her eyes at every request, inquiry, or comment we had. Since we had never been there, we obviously had several questions regarding the selection and would've like to have had a more informative experience. She knew not a bit about the beers, very little about the brewery, and apparently nothing about how the food was prepared. Guess we were just unlucky in getting the worst server in Sacramento.
Overall: stellar, fun beer brewed creatively and with obvious passion - super lame service (but probably just circumstantial) - simple, affordable fare - definitely will revisit!
03-03-2009 14:09:26 |
More by jerelwhall
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Great looking old brick building and cozy insides. It is in a residential area, but don't be fooled, It gets very busy at lunch as it's 2 blocks from 2500 state employees, and it has been pretty busy other times I have been there (e.g. Sunday 6-8 pm). The parking can be difficult, especially on weekdays.
That said, food is about average for pub fare - not as much beer influence featured in it as I would hope. Proximity to San Francisco would bring expectations that they might push the food level a bit, but not so much. For example the Reuben could have been on artisan instead of "store bought" bread and the onion rings had a rather bland batter.
The beer is great however. They offer a pretty regular (from my few visits) cask ale option, a dry hopped version of their IPA was available on my last visit. Had a few pints of that. Their standard brew offerings - Rosebud, IPA, Monkey Knife Fight - are all well crafted and consistent in quality. I was there for the beer and it did not disappoint. My favorite stop in Sacramento.
01-02-2009 03:52:34 |
More by stoad
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was in SAC-town on business and after seeing the 2 brewpubs near my hotel in the tourist area I was not impressed. I checked beeradvocate and found this gem. I took a long walk past the state capitol and found Rubicon.
It would seem that this area has a more uptown feel. Upon sitting at the bar I was greeted and asked if I wanted to try a sample of the 2 ciders I was pondering. I was impressed that they had ciders (however, they were not brewed by Rubicon). I also found the following:
1. Customers that were talking about politics and the upcoming Big Lebowski fest. I interjected a few times and was greeted warmly by the regulars at the bar.
2. The growlers were in plastic "cubes" which I had never seen before.
3. The happy hour crowd really packed the place after 4.
4. The hop juice was good, but a bit over priced.
5. The servers were nice, but I need to re-state what other reviews have said about being less then attentive.
Overall a brewpub that does not fit the corporate brewpubs that you see around SAC-town. Good vibe with good drinks...I would visit this place again!
08-29-2008 19:01:25 |
More by ndolover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A fenced-in, outdoor patio area sat to the left as we approached and entering, we had to make a dog-leg left with the tables and chairs just beyond. On the right was the stainless steel bar with corrugated aluminum as its front. I always dig the industrial look. Another stainless bar with bricks, fronted by stools, separated the bar area from the restaurant area. The kitchen was all of the way aft, on the right. SVs and the brewhouse were visible behind glass to the left. It was a relatively small place with a lot going on. Undoubtedly my favorite stop in SAC.
Beers: Czech Pilsner (4.8); IPA (6.5); Amber Ale (5.0); Stout (4.8); Monkey Knife Fight; ESB; and Bravo IPA.
Guest Taps: Racer 5; Sierra Nevada Celebration; and Two Rivers Cider.
08-24-2008 17:46:31 |
More by woodychandler
Rubicon Brewing Company in Sacramento, CA
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