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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Dad's Kitchen

\Dad's Kitchen is at 2968 Freeport Blvd in Sacramento right next to the Freeport Bakery and a block away from a good proprietor of craft beers, Taylor's Market. They offer great breakfasts, lunches and dinners some of which have been featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Yes, this place is famous for its food. But, a great place to drink also has great food to eat.

From the outside, Dad's doesn't look like much. It sits in a small strip-mall "lite" complex, with a small parking lot and an outside decor that easily deserves the descriptor, homemade. The only thing that gives it away as a good place, is the arrary of neon beer signs in the window - Sudwerk, Rubicon, Anchor Steam, etc.

The entry area is small and contains the two bathrooms, two pinball machines and a counter. The counter is sometimes used during peak business hours to take down names, otherwise there should be a sign to head to the back. On the weekends there can be long waits. It's not until you head into the back that you understand why I like this place. 

The inside is simply decorated - the walls adorned with pics of sons and dads. The tables are wooden and nondescript, although a shiny orange padded bench of seats pops out from one wall. The light level feels like your dining room and a medium sized flat screen silently airs the current sports game. 

The back wall is all windows and a double door that leads out onto your back patio. It has a down-home feeling, with black iron patio furniture, umbrellas and plenty of vegetation, including a small garden. 

All the staff I've met are all really nice, down to earth, although their beer knowledge ranges from little to a lot. Which gets to to why I like drinking here.

Dad's doesn't have a huge selection, only 6 taps, but those 6 taps rotate often with some high quality and local brews. When I was there they had Voodoo's Stout, New Belgium's 1554, Two Rivers Cider, Alaskan Amber Ale, Past Blue Ribbon and Concord's own Ale Industries Orange Kush.

I had the Alaskan Amber, which is actually a German style Altbier. It's amber in color. It was poured with very little head (it's suppose to have a good amount, which says something about the server's pouring ability). It had decent lacings despite the lack of head. The aroma is sweet, with toasted caramel malts. Notes of earthy hops.

The taste is sweet and toasty malts with lots of caramel and bready flavor. Has a light earthy hop presence and citrus in the background. It's light to medium body with a medium level of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp. It's a decent Altbier, and at some point I would Try It. I've had better especially in Europe, however Lagunitas has one called Lucky 13 which is pretty good.

Dad's is not the best place to visit when its really hot. They have fans inside and shade in the back, but not much can help. In the winter its cozy and n the spring and fall, its really good. Sitting on the patio drinking the latest beer on tap, talking with good friends and enjoying the hearty menu, is the experience Dad's has to offer. If you're into that, then Dad's is a Must Have It.

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