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Sage Smith (far right) pours for a customer shortly after Bike Dog Brewery opened for its second day on Saturday.  That’s the back of Mayor Cabaldon’s head at front right  (News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

Sage Smith (far right) pours for a customer shortly after Bike Dog Brewery opened for its second day on Saturday.
That’s the back of Mayor Cabaldon’s head at front right
(News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 –

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s new mini-brewpub opened on Friday (Oct. 11)  just hours after flying past the final bureaucratic hurdles. Visitors seemed to enjoy the place’s vibe, which might be described as “having a beer in the garage of some friends who love to brew.”

On Saturday, the crowd quickly swelled to several dozen people shortly after opening at 2 p.m. Guests included Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who pedaled in after participating in a bicycle ride fundraiser, and mayor pro tem Chris Ledesma, who was not wearing lycra.

The little brewery resides in an industrial suite with a roll-up door, at 2534 Industrial Boulevard, Suite 110.

Co-owner A.J. Tendick said Friday’s opening was frantic but pretty smooth.

“Given that we were able to get our certificate of occupancy from the City at about 4 p.m. (they were incredibly helpful in making that happen), we were thrilled by the response we got both Friday and Saturday,” he said by email. The crowd highlighted the urgency to install the additional seating that we have planned.”

Saturday, Tendick and fellow co-owner Sage Smith were pouring from two taps: an India Pale Ale style and a wheat beer. How much beer did they sell?

“In terms of 12-ounce beers (our pints are European imperial pints that measure 20 ounces), we sold about 700 beers over Friday and Saturday.”

The brewpub was started by a bunch of work friends who hold day jobs. Hours “for the foreseeable future” will be Fridays 5-9:30 and Saturdays 2-9:30, said Tendick.

Interested in more? The News-Ledger wrote about the creation of this brewery and a second planned local minipub here.

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Copyright News-Ledger 2013

Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke