Great Beer and Great food!. After traveling all over the west coast and europe checking out brew pubs this one rates pretty high on my list. Definately the best Sacramento has to offer. Most brew pubs tend to have more of a relaxed burger type menu, not the case here. Excellent variety in dishes, the fish is some of the best I have had in a long time. Great service every time I have been there. The stout is delicious! Upper scale dining in a brewery can't beat it.
Good Happy Hour. Great happy hour! For only $2.50 you can get a glass of hard cider, and the appetizers are pretty cheap, too. Get reservations if you want a table, because it gets crowded quick.
great beers, and the food was incredible for a brew pub. Don't expect regular fried beer pup food here. Though they have it on the menu, the is plenty of other good foor to try. You can try your hand at brewing your on, but I've yet to do it.
Great chef! Great food!. The tequila shrimp entre is to die for---just the right balance of lemon and garlic. I ordered it on the recommendation of others who have tried it. The grilled ahi salad is also delicious with chopped mangos, strawberries, and blueberries. Refreshing in the summer. Warm, fresh baked pretzels served with a mustard sauce upon being seated is a nice touch. My companion ordered the clam chowder (prepared on Fridays). He was served a hearty portion of homestyle chower with plenty of clams in it. Hats off to the chef!
FYI... for future visits: we still have the very popular baked pretzels available on the appetizer menu. Salted and baked to order, served with our spicy horseradish mustard. NOTE though: they are no longer complimentary (bummer, I know). Just $2/each or 4 for $6 now. The quality is up though, and still a good value.
- Mike Costello, Owner, Brew It Up!
Just fine until you eat the food. Four of us dined before going to the Music Circus. Two of us ordered the Black Bean Spareribs, described as fall of the bone tender. Well, they had been cooked primarily by being boiled, not grilled. Black Bean sauce had been applied to one side and lightly grilled. The meat was tasteless since they had not been marinated or cooked with any seasoning. My wife and her friend also felt their food was barely adequate. Given that one eats at a restaurant primarily for the quality of the meal, this was a very disappointting restaurant. Yes it is very convenient to the Music Circus by being across the street, but it would have been better to eat somewhere else and then park in the public garage next door.
Sufficient Pre or Post Theatre Dining.
We usally come here before seeing a play and they always make every effort to keep us on schedule. It is my understanding that they are open late to accomodate the post-theatre crowd as well.
They have a great selection of alcoholic beverages and the soft pretzels and spicy mustard that come before your meal are a nice break from bread and butter. I have never found the food to be anything that makes me jump out of my chair but it is adequate and filling.
You can even make your own beer here! Sounds like fun!
Sometimes pre-theater dining is calm, sedate and soothing. No - not so at Brew It Up! Never has been, and probably never will. We work very hard to seat and serve as many of our loyal patrons as possible before every show. Going to the show - you're in a hurry, you want to get taken care of. That's what we do - and our menu is as diverse, and affordable, as any similar options downtown. We love the hustle & bustle of the theater season, but remember, the restaurant will be busy busy busy - and make those reservations early!
Mike Costello, Owner, Brew It Up!
food & brews beyond the expected.
combine a great downtown restaurant...a multi-tap bar with incredible variety of beer...and brewery fresh flavors and you have Brew It Up! I was impressed by the variety and quality of the menu - far more than the tpyical fried grub, and then the 22 beer on tap struck me - over a dozen unique beer styles represented by 22 different beers - all brewed onsite and brewery fresh. Very cool. Though I didn't bother with either...the liquor list and wine list stand tall compared to any downtown venue.
**UPDATED Jan 2007: So I've now been to Brew It Up for St. Patrick's Day, Oktoberfest and New Years Day. I've witnessed the main dining menu remain stable and improving a little with each visit and I've seen radical one-day menu revisions for the big parties - not an easy thing to execute. I'm impressed. The new menu items nail the style that is called for each day and the new brews are always on target. Way to go!
Robust beers accompany high-end down-home eats at this sleek microbrewery..
The striking windowed lobby stretches two stories high. In the dining room, outfitted in earthy tones and contemporary design, a narrow front area accommodates large parties. The smell of warm yeast seeps out from the row of vats, where customer brewers mix up their mash.
Flavors are refreshingly assertive. The intense tastes of the beers, such as a barbecue-smoky Scotch Ale, may not please all palates, but a perfumy Belgian Trippel goes down easy for microbrew newbies. Buttery clams and mussels steamed with an edge of thyme serve as a refined alternative to fried pub appetizers. Brats and Mash burst with sweet, stone-ground mustard tang and the deep, woody taste of caramelized onions. Creole-style Dungeness crab has a black-peppery bite and practically crawls from its plate, it's so fresh. Impressive desserts include colossal brownie sundaes and a lemon tart in a delicate crust.
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