Fieldwork Brewing Co. to open Midtown taproom

Get ready for more craft beer, Midtowners. Fieldwork Brewing Co. is coming to the Handle District.

It’ll be the Berkeley bewery’s first additional taproom, taking over the skinny, 1,436 square foot space between the Press Bistro and Zocalo at 1805 Capitol Avenue. Co-founder Barry Braden said they’re shooting for a summer opening.

Fieldwork has been open for just shy of one year, but it’s already one of the most respected craft breweries in the Bay Area, churning out a wide range of nuanced IPAs, experimental sours and barrel-aged beers. Co-founder Alex Tweet used to brew at Modern Times Beer and Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego—not only that, he created the extraordinarily popular Grapefruit Sculpin IPA.

Why come to Sacramento? Braden said lots of Sacramentans regularly visit Fieldwork in Berkeley. They’d rave about the Sacramento beer scene and, essentially, convinced Fieldwork’s team to start looking at real estate.

“We thought if we were gonna put a stake in the ground somewhere else, Sacramento would be a good spot,” he said.

Braden said he couldn’t release too many details yet, but the taproom will offer a rotating selection of Fieldwork beers on draft, plus growlers and crowlers to go. (A crowler is basically what happens when a growler meets an aluminum can.) Expect the aesthetic to stay true to the Berkeley brewery’s industrial vibe. As for how much beer? That’s still unknown, but potentially, a lot.

“We have 18 beers on tap in Berkeley,” Braden said. “I think it’s fair to say 20-25 beers is possible.”

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