H is for Hoppy Brewing Company

Hoppy Brewing Company
6300 Folsom Blvd.

Those lucky enough to live near me enjoy the added bonus of also living near the Hoppy Brewing Company. Outside of my lucky neighbors, it’s also a popular spot with those Sac State kids as their fine univeristy (from which I graduated) is just a few blocks away. 


I didn’t really ask anyone, but to the best of my knowledge Hoppy brews all their beers right there at the restaurant. I’m basing this on the fact that, from the bar,  you can see the big steel tanks and the occassional dude in rubber boots checking on them. Honestly, though, I have no idea who that dude is.

Anyhow, Hoppy makes a really good selection of beers from real friendly yellow ones to guinness-esque dark ones. Here at “Nick on the Town” it’s my job to try everything, so on my most recent visit I ordered up the sampler.


The sampler is a delicious beer rainbow of all Hoppy’s offerings lined up on a place mat which describes each one. As far as place mats go, this one is one of the most helpful. It includes their seven regular beers as well as their two seasonal special brews. So you get like nine beers…which sounds intimidating until you realize the beers come in 3oz glasses. Still, that’s a good amount of beer.

Here is a real half-assed review of each one:

Golden Nugget Cream Ale: Good.

Liquid Sunshine Blonde Ale: Also good.

Heffa’s Weizen: Equally as good as the first two.

Hoppy Face Amber Ale: Yep.

Stony Face Red Ale: Keep’m comin’.

Original Burnt Sienna Ale: This one’s a stinker in my book. Sorry, Hoppy.

Total Eclipse Black Ale: Ahhhhhh, my favorite.

Oh and as for the two seasonal selections, I think mine were an Irish Red and a Santa Claus themed one. For some reason, possibly because I just had like seven beers, I can’t really remember which was which. Actually, I blame the place mat for not having the seasonals labeled on it. I take back the nice compliment I gave the place mat earlier. Anyhow, both were fine. So out of like nine beers there was only one I didn’t like. That ain’t too bad.

I should also mention that, in addition to beer, Hoppy also has a full menu… even though I tend to focus on the items that end with “ings.”

* Homegrown Sacramento brews
* Tasty hot wings
* You can take home a free bottle of beer on Sundays when you buy an entree
* Place mats
* Sassy servers

The sampler was sweet deal at $6.25. I think I paid $3.50 for a pint during happy hour. Normally beers are $5 which seems a bit steep, but there are plenty of happy…errr Hoppy hours to take advantage of:
3pm-6pm every day
10pm-close every day
All day Monday

At least that’s my understanding.

Oh, it should also be noted that they do have a full bar, but that it’s top-shelf only so it can get a bit pricey.

College kids and neighborhood folks.

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