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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.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Burgers & Brew

Burgers & Brew is a restaurant and beer and wine bar located in both Davis and Sacramento. They also have a location in the Sacramento Airport. This review is of the Sacramento spot on R street between 15th and 14th streets. The Burgers & Brew owners also have the Crepeville restaurants.
 B&B at R street recently expanded into an adjoining space that was once a yogurt shop by the same owners. The new space was originally meant to be a bottle shop. Customers would be able to take home bottles of the beers featured in the restaurant. However, B&B ran into a local City Ordinance.
Their story is what prompted us here at the blog to start the Campaign to End Sacramento's Abusrd Ban on Your Favorite Bottled Beers.

I'm not a food critic, but there burgers are good. I don't think I've had a bad one yet.

B&B is located in a building that looks like it was an old warehouse decades ago. The facade is red brick. The inside, definitely feels like a converted warehouse, similar to the Fox & Goose which is along the same corridor. It's a nice, open, humble decor.

Before the expansion, B&B would get really packed and it was hard to find a space. With the expansion the place is still packed, but there are some empty tables. However, even with the empty tables there was a wait - for both the table and service. I'm going to chalk it up to growing pains, as before the expansion the service was fairly prompt.

Temperature is one issue I've often found with B&B. It's usually a little too warm and a few times uncomfortably hot during peak business hours. They have fans and AC ducts, but I'm not sure how hard they run them. Even during off hours when the place is less crowded the temperature is a little too high. 

There are also three choices for seating - inside tables, inside bar tops with stools, and outdoor patio.

When it's busy, the restaurant features sit down service and waiters. During off hours you order your food at the bar.
B&B has 28 taps of craft beer, although some are Brewcepticons - Blue Moon, Hoegaarden, and Stell Artois are macro brews. The drafts are a mix of quality international beers and domestic craft.

They also have several dozen bottles of international and domestic craft beers. They also rotate out beers and there are usually a few new ones that what is reflected on the menu.

I like B&B and the simple theme - good burgers and good beer. They definitely deliver on both. B&B is a spot to start the night, have lunch or enjoy an extended snack in the afternoon. I never find myself having more than 2 beers, as it's still more of a restaurant than a bar. Their business model iseems more geared to high table turnover rather than, higher purchases per table.

B&B is a unique experience in the Sacramento area, there are not many restaurants that feature this wide of a selection of beers along side good, simple food.

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