Description and review of Burgers and Brewhouse, a restaurant and brewery located on J Street in Midtown Sacramento.
Burgers and Brewhouse
Burgers and Brewhouse opened on J Street in Midtown Sacramento in June 2018. It is the home of the Sacrament (not a typo) Brewing Company which brews the beers served at the various Burgers and Brews restaurants. Owned by two brothers, you can find Burger and Brews in Davis, Chico, West Sacramento, and on R Street in Sacramento.
The J Street Burgers and Brewhouse is an open and airy tri-level restaurant and brewery. The three levels consist of a downstairs-basement level, the main restaurant with bar and dining area on the street level, and an open-air bar and dining patio on the roof.
The basement and street level floors feature exposed brick and reclaimed wood. An impressive design feature is the large rooftop skylight overlooking the lower floor stairwell.
Adding to the “brewery” ambiance are the huge beer brewing vats – the lower half of which are visible on the basement level, while the upper half are visible in the main bar/dining level.
Over 25 members of The Renaissance Society “A Cooks Tour of Sacramento” class recently met at Burgers and Brewhouse for a fun late afternoon-early evening beer tasting. Members of the class also took advantage of the Happy Hour pricing to order a late lunch or early dinner. It was a large group – but Alvaro our server did a great job, as did other Burger and Brewhouse staff who poured the beers we were tasting and provided clean glasses for each pour.
Our group ordered a wide variety of items from the menu (burgers, pizza, salads, etc.), and everyone seemed to be pleased with their meal. I ordered the cheeseburger (cheddar cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato) ($7.95 at Happy Hour) and upgraded to sweet potato fries. The cheeseburger and sweet potato fries were what I would describe as “ok” i.e. nothing extraordinary but certainly adequate. I was hungry, and both hit the spot! And, for under $10 for the meal, I would describe it as “a deal”.
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Four long tables had been pushed together on the basement level for the class.
Tony, one of the Sacrament Brewing Company brew-masters, provided the attendees with a description of the brewing process. He also described each of the five beers as the class sampled them, and answered numerous questions.
The beers sampled were:
- Doggy Pils – Described as “A traditional German Pilsner with an heirloom malt variety called Barke with citrus blossom notes from dry hopping with Saphir Hops”. ABV: 5.4%
- Das Wiener – Described as “Specially made for the Octoberfest season using a base malt with a carefully measured amount of Vienna, Munich, Biscuit, Chocolate, and Dark Crystal malts. The hop balance is provided by Warrior and Saaz hops in the boil, while the complexity is boosted by unique fruit characters synthesized by yeast from the historic Augustiner Brewery in Munich”. ABV: 5.5%
- Sac-Religious – Described as “Light and bright, this new era Pale Ale showcases aromatics of peach and passion fruit from double dry-hopping of Azzacca and Mosaic hops”. ABV: 5.9%
- Sac-A-Delic – Described as “The juice is loose! For the latest in our Juicy series, we carefully layered pale barley, Barke Pilsen malt, flaked oats, and terrified wheat. Then we applied a high temp mash to accentuate a soft mouthfeel. Comet hops in the whirlpool contribute deep flavors of wild forest fruit, while a complex aromatic of pear and citrus springs from the glass thanks to massive dry hopping of Jarrylo and Citra CryoHops”. ABV: 5%
- Rapture – Described as “Our flagship beer, Rapture boasts huge flavors of chocolate, toffee, and caramel and carries a finish that’s lighter than you might expect”. ABV: 5%
I had no idea that we were sampling five beers! I drank the generous pours of beer #1 and #2 and after that only took a sip or two of beers #3 – #5. Of the five beers sampled my personal favorite was #2 – the Das Wiener. Each of the five beers had a distinct taste that the more experienced beer drinkers in our group described as “hoppy”. As a novice beer drinker I prefer my beer to be what I would describe as “smooth”.
It was an educational and fun late afternoon/early evening, and I look forward to returning to Burgers and Brewhouse to check out their weekend brunch on the rooftop patio!
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Burgers and Brewhouse Snapshot:
- 1616 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
- (916) 492-2850
- Hours: Monday – Thursday (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.); Friday & Saturday (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.); Sunday (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.)
- Happy Hour: Monday – Friday (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) (except holidays)
- Outdoor street level and rooftop patios
- Parking: Street parking or adjacent parking lot $5 after 4:00 p.m.