A one-year-old brewery finally has a taproom: New Glory Craft Brewery, formerly known as Old Glory Craft Brewery.
New Glory opened its doors for a soft opening today at 4 p.m., and a line of enthusiasts formed immediately. Owner/brewer Julien Lux and the gang were overwhelmed by the turnout—construction was still making noise for the first few minutes until Lux shoved them out the door, taster glasses were still in their packaging and so forth. But the crowd was patient, and the brew ultimatley flowed.
It’s an intimate taproom, with an atmosphere that feels both warm, from the wood panels and lighting, and industrial, for obvious reasons. (New Glory is in the Power Inn area of Southeastern Sacramento.)
Lux aims to have a rotation of 8 to 10 beers on tap. Today, he was pouring a farmhouse, red ale, IPA, California common, oatmeal stout, porter and a couple specials — a honey spring bourbon ale, aged in Wild Turkey barrels for six months, at 9 percent alcohol, and an India pale lager, brewed exclusively with Summit hops, at 6 percent. Lux also plans to have growlers in the mix soon, as well as 22-oz bottles.
Most pints went for $4-$6, a tasting flight of four beers ran $7 and a single taster costs $2. As an aside, this petite visitor who had to drive home greatly appreciated the single taster pours—a true rarity in Sacramento.
Fans may recall that New Glory was supposed to open its taproom in October. Inspections proved to be rather frustrating, Lux said, but the brewery finally passed them all on Tuesday. The official grand opening will take place Feb. 28 during Sacramento Beer Week, along with a slew of events at the taproom and around town.
New Glory Craft Brewery is located at 8251 Alpine Ave, open 4-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.