(Last Updated 2/4/2022) Description and review of Federalist Public House & Beer Garden, a casual pizza and craft beer open-air restaurant and bar.
Federalist Public House & Beer Garden opened in 2014 in what had been the back yard of the Maldonado Midtown Sacramento family home. The open-air restaurant is housed in several large navy-blue shipping containers.
The pizzas at Federalist Public House & Beer Garden are cooked in an almond wood-fired brick oven. The menu also includes a limited selection of “small bites” and several seasonal salads.
In addition to a variety of California craft beers, beverages include cider, wine and sangria. Beverages are served in varied sizes of canning jars – a rustic touch.
You will find approximately a dozen craft beers on tap on any given day. All beers served are from California, many of which are produced in Northern California. You can check out what is on tap that day on their website.
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Six of us met shortly after 5:00 p.m. to enjoy a beverage and a bite to eat on a recent Friday. One friend and I arrived right around the same time and joined the short line at the counter to order and pay for our meal.
Both of us ordered from the Small Bite menu. Having had a late lunch, my friend ordered the Polenta (sautéed tomatoes and mushrooms, cashew crème, arugula pesto, creamy marinara, fresh basil) (V) ($12). I ordered the Pizzetta (fig jam, arugula pesto, pickled veggies) ($15). Both of us ordered the small red sangria.
While it had been raining the day before, the sky was clear and the weather mild, so we chose an outside picnic table that would accommodate our group. It did not take long before all six of us were seated.
The employees at the Federalist Public House & Beer Garden were both friendly and helpful. For example, a passing employee stopped by to advise us to place all of our order numbers together at the end of the table to facilitate service.
The other four members of the group had ordered pizza. There is a wide variety of pizzas on the menu and each ordered a different one ($18 to $30).
My Pizzetta was the first item to be delivered to the table, and it was not long before each of us had been served our meal.
I am not sure exactly what I expected, but I was a bit surprised by my Pizzetta. Served on a board were slices of a pizza (minus toppings), a handful of Greek olives, marinated artichoke hearts, slices of pickled red pepper and two containers containing fig jam and arugula pesto.
As it turns out, I enjoyed each element of the Pizzetta while visiting with my dining companions and sipping my sangria.
The Polenta and each of the various pizzas were said to be very good.
In short, it was a very enjoyable way to spend an early evening before the expected heavy rain storm arrives in the next day or so.
To Sum Up
To sum up, Federalist Public House & Beer Garden is a great place to meet up with friends to enjoy a casual lunch or dinner in a friendly atmosphere.
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Federalist Public House & Beer Garden Snapshot (as of 10/23/2021):
- 2009 Matsui Alley, Sacramento, CA 95811 (between 20th & 21st Streets and Capitol Avenue and N Streets)
- (916) 400-3859
- Days/Hours: Monday & Tuesday (Closed); Wednesday – Thursday) (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Friday – Saturday (4:00 p.m. to Midnight); Sunday (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
- Happy Hour: Wednesday – Friday (select pizzas – 2 for $30 until 6:00 p.m.)
- Reservations taken for 6 or more
- Vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free friendly
- Street Parking
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