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Sac’s Rubicon Brewery to expand production with West Sac plant

Glynn Phillips, majority owner of Rubicon Brewing Company (right), enjoys a pint at his current Sacramento facility. (Photo courtesy of Lee Marketing/Rubicon Brewery)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

West Sacto facility will help Rubicon produce more ‘Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale’ & other popular brews

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Sacramento’s Rubicon Brewing Company plans to expand its beer production by opening a West Sacramento plant late this year..

And the new brewery might – maybe, perhaps – open a tasting room, reports Glynn Phillips, majority owner of Rubicon. The new brewery will occupy about 16,000 square feet at 885 Stillwater Road in West Sacramento, near IKEA.

  “Our focus and most important market is the Sacramento area,” Phillips told the News-Ledger. “We feel like we’re unable to supply the Sacramento area with enough beer to truly do it justice. We want to make sure Rubicon truly takes its spot as Sacramento’s oldest and most-produced local beer.”

At the company’s sole brewery and pub near 20th and Capitol, “there are people every day making beer, and we’re making it for Sacramento first.”

Rubicon’s products can be found on tap and in bottles at a number of regional restaurants and stores – including Raley’s, Bel Air, Whole Food, Taylor’s Market and Beverages & More, Phillips said.

“When you say ‘Rubicon,’ you’re talking about a brewery that has 25 years of history in the region. We’re the oldest continuously operating brewery in the Sacramento area, and probably one of the top five or ten oldest breweries on the West Coast.”

Others in that club, said Phillips, are names like Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Triple Rock and Mendocino Brewing Company.

What’s Rubicon’s flagship beer?

“Our IPA (India Pale Ale) has been our flagship ale since the late ‘80s,” said Phillips. “Most recently, our pale ale – called ‘Monkey Knife Fight’ – has taken over the area by storm.”

Rubicon products, lined up at the company’s bar at 20th and Capitol in Sacramento. (Photo courtesy of LEE MARKETING/Rubicon Brewing Co.)

The brewpub in midtown Sacramento is now maxing out at about 2,400-2,500 barrels of beer per year, said Phillips (one “barrel” is 31 gallons). But the company feels it isn’t meeting demand from local stores and restaurants, let alone markets outside the region. Rubicon has sometimes used Sudwerk in Davis to “contract brew” some of its recipes to help meet local demand (“They help ease the pain,” said Phillips.).

The new plant will approximately triple Rubicon’s capacity:

“We’re aiming for 4-5,000 barrels (from West Sacramento) in 2013,” said Phillips.

Phillips, 47, got into beer as a restaurant manager for Great Basin Brewing Company in Sparks.
“That’s where I really found my love for craft beer,” he said.

He later worked as general manager at Marin Brewing Company, and has been owner of Rubicon for seven years. He reports that the craft brewing companies in the region are supportive of each other.

  “We feel like we’re all in this together,” said Phillips. “Our friends at the Auburn Alehouse, Sudwerk, River City Brewing, and American River Brewhouse – we all talk together. There’s a competitive streak, but we do ask ‘what grain is working for you right now?’ or we say, ‘hey, I tried your beer over at this place, and what I noticed was this –.’”

Rubicon’s Sacramento brewpub has a bar, indoor seating and a patio area, and a full menu.

The West Sac facility will, at least initially, focus just on stuff like mashing and fermenting. But there might be a time when it opens up for public tasting and for sales of six-packs and such.

Having a tasting room “really depends on the City of West Sacramento,” said Phillips. “It would be just a tasting room. There are some really nice laws that exempt me from some regulations if it’s just a tasting room. But it’s such a mountain-climb just to open a new brewery, we’ll just climb that mountain first.”

One local city councilman has lobbied him to create a West Sac brewpub – but that’s not on the horizon right now, said Phillips.

He said that he was “always” pretty set on expanding into West Sacramento, but that his company spent several years checking on water quality before taking the plunge.

“We got water samples over the last three years,” he said.

Rubicon’s brewmaster of 22 years, Scott Cramlet, told the News-Ledger that Rubicon presently uses Sacramento’s city water, adding a few minerals for some beer styles. West Sacramento’s water – also drawn from the Sacramento River– is pretty similar, said Cramlet.

The West Sac water samples passed muster, added Phillips.

The new plant is slated to start mixing grain, hops, water and yeast beginning in November, with a staff of about 40.

“We hope to open and hire shortly thereafter,” said Phillips. “We have focused on this for a very long time.”

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Suspect in copper thefts arrested

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

Thieves have been ripping copper wiring and pipes from cell phone towers, businesses, and even power lines in the region, turning the copper in for its cash value.

  But on Thursday, West Sacramento police say they believe they caught one of the thieves.

Shortly after receiving a report of copper pipe theft from a local business, officers stopped 61-year old Robert Joyce of West Sacrament for a traffic enforcement issue.

“They noted that he was in possession of copper pipe and power tools,” said a press statement from Sergeant Nathan Steele of the W.S.P.D. “A subsequent investigation determined that the suspect was in possession of stolen property from two recent commercial burglaries where copper piping and other items were stolen. The loss and damage to the businesses was estimated at over $20,000.”

Joyce was arrested.

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De Anda graduates from Army basic

Pfc Robert De Anda: a recent graduate of Army basic training, whose father is currently deployed to Afghanistan

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

PFC Robert (Bobby) De Anda completed nine weeks of U.S. Army Basic Training, graduating on March 29, at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  He also completed five weeks of Advanced Individual Training, graduating on May 10 at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

PFC De Anda will begin Airborne School at Ft. Benning  on June 4, before reporting to his yet-to-be-determined location to begin his duties as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember.

He is a 2010 graduate of River City High School.

  His family includes parents Richard & Gina De Anda, sister Stephanie De Anda, brother Christopher De Anda, grandparents Ben & Carol Baker (proprietor of Carol’s Restaurant), and grandparents Raul & Margaret De Anda, all of West Sacramento, CA.

His father, SFC Richard De Anda, is currently deployed to Afghanistan.

  ONLINE UPDATE, JUNE 8: Pfc Robert De Anda has received his orders. After completing airborne school, he will be assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

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Free concert today in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra invites you to either of their upcoming free concerts of “festive and patriotic” music.

The performances are free.

Join them on Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m. at the city hall galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, or on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd. (in Sacramento near Fruitridge).

The orchestra is also looking for new musicians, including those who can play bassoon, harp, percussion, and strings.

If you’re over 16 and would like to play, call (916) 991-5262.

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West Sac library: prizes for kids, teens

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

Pizza coupon for youngsters, tablet computer raffle for teen book reviewers during library’s summer reading program

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library is rolling out its ever-popular summer reading program starting June 1.  The program runs through mid-August and will include free reading clubs for all ages, exciting events and great prizes.  All programs are free.

  “A summer reading program is a critically important tool to keep children learning and reading during the summer,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  Research indicates students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t.  Studies have also shown school-aged children lose up to one month of learning over the summer break.  “Our programs provide quality summer learning opportunities,” said Wong.  “Sign up at your local Yolo County Library branch.”

Beginning June 1, everyone who visits any Yolo County Library branch may sign up for summer reading and pick up a schedule of summer events for children, families, teens or adults.  The lineup includes Olympic Dreams, The Bat Lady, sing around the campfire with Mr. Daddy Longlegs, magician Jon Lopez, Dream Interpretation and much, much more.  Events vary from branch to branch, so stop by your branch or visit www.yolocountylibrary.org for more information.

  “Dream Big…Read!” is for children ages 0-12.  Sign up, visit the library during the summer and check in at the Information Desk to chat about what you have been reading to get a prize.  Each child who completes the program receives a free book and Round Table Pizza coupon, while supplies last.

“Own the Night” is the teen program (ages 13-18).  Sign up and fill out a short survey to be entered into the system-wide raffle for a chance to win an Android Touch Screen Tablet, MP3 player or a Target gift certificate.  In addition, there are library activities at each branch to earn additional raffle tickets.  The more books you read and review and earn raffle tickets for, the more chances to win.

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Shakespeare in the park: free thru June 17

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” comedy is playing through June 17 at Linden Park (corner of Linden Road and Summerfield Drive).

  Free entry; donations are welcome. Bring your lawn chair and blanket and come boo a villain and cheer a hero.

Showtimes are 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 17. Brought to you by the West Sacramento Theater Company. Advance tickets for the troop’s next production, “Four Pennies,” are available through www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

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Honorary diploma for those who left to serve

Catherina Nou, representing Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, with diploma recipient Connie Colbert of West Sacramento; Irene Martinez (receiving on behalf of her husband); Jesus Ramirez, (receiving on behalf of his father); and Dr. Jorge Ayala, Superintendent, Yolo County Office of Education. (Courtesy of YCOE)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

From the Yolo County Office of Education

The Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) celebrated “Operation Recognition” on Thursday, May 24, at the Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center. The program gave honorary high school diplomas to veterans unable to earn their diplomas because they left school to serve in the armed forces.

During the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Many veterans were not able to finish high school and receive a high school diploma.

California Education Code authorizes a local educational agency to provide for retroactive granting of a high school diploma to a former student who is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.

The Yolo County Office of Education was gave honorary high school diplomas to war veterans Connie Colbert of West Sacramento, Guillermo “Bill” Martinez of Woodland and and Jose Ramirez of Guinda.

  Family, friends and community members were present on Thursday as Dr. Jorge Ayala, county superintendent,  presented the honorary high school diplomas to Connie Colbert, Navy Seaman from WWII; the late Guillermo Martinez, a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran; and to the late Jose Ramirez, U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran.  Accepting on behalf of the late Mr. Martinez  his wife Irene and accepting on behalf of Mr. Ramirez was his son, Jesus.

The ceremony opened with the pledge of allegiance by Woodland’s Boy Scout Troop 133.  The three veterans also received proclamations from Senator Lois Wolk, Fifth District, and Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, Eight District, commending them for their service and aspiration to receive high school diplomas.

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