Beer Notes: Movies and Brews, ol’ Republic, FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Sierra Theaters is partnering with four Grass Valley breweries and tap houses to enhance a night on the town. From now until the end of May, patrons of Del Oro Theatre, Sierra Cinemas and Sutton Cinemas can receive $1 off a beer at four local pubs when they present their movie ticket stub.

This offer is good on the same day at Thirsty Barrel Taphouse & Grille, Pete’s Pizza, Grass Valley Brewing Co., and 1849 Brewing Co.

The second annual Nevada City Classic Brewfest is on Saturday, June 1, from 6-9 p.m. — the same weekend as the 59th annual Nevada City Cycling Classic. The Brewfest takes place in the Three Forks Bakery & Brewery parking lot on Lower Commercial Street in Nevada City.

Taste the finest craft beers from our regional breweries, including Three Forks Bakery & Brewery, ol’ Republic Brewery, Grass Valley Brewing Co., Auburn Alehouse, Crooked Lane Brewing, Knee Deep Brewing and Mammoth Brewing.

Low- and non-alcoholic beer is making a big splash in the craft brewing world. Ol’ Republic has released its own version called Americana.

“Americana is a bright, clean and refreshing lager that will tip the scales at a mere 3.5 percent ABV,” according to co-owner Jim Harte. “It is made with domestic Pilsner malt along with use of corn and rice. We feel the balance of flavor and alcohol will make this beer very popular with a much larger demographic than we traditionally see.”

Meanwhile, Nevada City-based ol’ Republic is closing down its production and warehousing in Rancho Cordova and expanding a fleet of delivery vehicles for more nimble regional distribution.

Some of the best breweries in California are close to stations along Amtrak’s Capital Corridor route. Examples include Auburn Alehouse in Auburn, Ruhstaller in Sacramento, and Three Mile Brewing Co. in Davis, among others. “We will be your designated driver,” according to Amtrak.

Truckee-based FiftyFifty Brewing Co. plans to open its first-ever Nevada location at the Reno Public Market next year. FiftyFifty’s planned 9,000-square-foot brewery will be the anchor tenant in the 25,000-sq.-ft. food hall at Reno Public Market. It will include a taproom, brewery, events, roof deck and room for brewing expansion.

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