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Hoppy Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Hoppy Brewing Co.Hoppy Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
88
very good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 328
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

6300 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, California, 95819
United States
phone: (916) 451-6328

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hoppybrewing

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Photo of jdelenikos89
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

jdelenikos89, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of probabilityzero
5/5  rDev +30.9%

probabilityzero, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of colonelforbin
3.78/5  rDev -1%

Solid, but not spectacular brewpub located just off Highway 50 in Sacramento. Lots of space at Hoppy, but the ambience could be a little nicer. Pretty dark, which is OK, not sure it entirely works, but that's quibbling, I suppose.

Long bar and numerous tables for eating. Never seen it too crowded, except at the bar. A couple TVs on either end of the bar and a few throughout the restaurant as well.

Beer is right in the solid, almost consistently good category. Some are pretty tasty, others somewhat mediocre. They do vary it up a little, but not too much. I do try to taste something new every time I stop in, and usually am able to do so. They sell bombers and beer cubes (instead of growlers) to go. As I sort of mentioned, some beers are tasty, others OK, but nothing is going to blow you away.

Hoppy is right off the freeway, so I would certainly recommend it if you are driving up 50 to South Lake Tahoe. One of the better brewpubs in Sacramento, and I'm not sure if that reflects better on the brewpubs in Sacramento or Hoppy itself.

colonelforbin, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -5%

Atmosphere - As you walk up to the front door there's a seating area outside. When you get in the bar is straight ahead and the dining room is to the right. The back wall is glass that separates the restaurant from the decently large brewery. It pretty much looks like any other restaurant out there nothing really sets it apart.

Quality/Selection - During my visit they had nine house beers on tap that cover some good styles. I was happy that two of the beers were smoked beers. Their beers also ran from bad (the Blonde with Rye) to very good (Smoky Jacket).

Service - I visited during the end of the lunch rush so when we first got in it was a full place. The hostess didn't tell the waitresses that she sat us so it took sometime for one to realize we needed help. After we put our order in I was a little surprised how quickly the food came out to us.

Food - I ordered the Hawaiian Hog sandwich with fries and the sandwich was very good the fries were just ok at best. The wife ordered a burger with kettle chips she said the burger was good but the chips weren't that good.

Overall - This is a pretty decent spot to grab some beers and a meal worth checking out if your nearby.

armock, May 04, 2011
Photo of climax
4/5  rDev +4.7%

This place is off of Folsom boulevard, close to Sac state and midtown. It's a pretty good sized brewpub with quite a few tables. We went during "hoppy hour" on a Saturday afternoon, $3.50 pints.

They have roughly a dozen brews on tap year round. Most choices are typical styles and there's always a pair of seasonal specialties. The beers are good and prices are reasonable. If you want something hoppy; the amber ale is actually more of an IPA and boasts more bitterness than their pale ale which claims to have more IBU's. Nonetheless, both were tasty.

Service was good. We sat at a table, the bar was pretty busy even during slow hours. Our server was good and seemed to know his way around beer.

All we had for food was calamari, which was good. The portion, for an appetizer, was plenty. Anyone strolling through Sac should stop in.

climax, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
2.28/5  rDev -40.3%

This is a very dirty brewpub. I was appalled at the number of cockroaches I saw while there. I shouldnt have to see one, let alone start to count. The brewery is in a very questionable area of Sacramento and you'll not be surprised if your car is vandalized or stolen while youre there (as my former roommates was). I really wanted to like this place as they are pretty well locally known. Dive bars are ok, but this is the first dive brewpub Ive encountered. The beer was uneventful and average, and lukewarm, and after the roach encounters, I didnt even want to try the food. Spend your money elsewhere

ronniebruner, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

First off, I loved the façade with its bright yellow (gold) smiling sun against a deep black back ground. Stillers, anyone? There was an extensive outdoor patio with patio furniture overlooked by a wide glass façade with a door in the center. The m.d.s. was just inside the door with the restaurant area to the right. Standard tables and chairs lined the windows with a long line of upholstered booths along the right wall. The brewhouse was behind glass, all of the way aft. The bar was center, past the merchandise and had a pretty sun and river mural above it. There was more seating left with a private room with a working fireplace all of the way left. "Great food, awesome beer, cool people."

Beers: Golden Nugget Cream Ale-5.0; Liquid Sunshine-5.0; Blonde Ale; Heff-As Weizen-5.4; Stony Face Red Ale-5.6; Burnt Sienne Ale-6.9; Total Eclipse Black Ale-6.6; 2 seasonals-Hoppy Clause-7.8; Party Dropper-9.0; also Hoppy Face Amber-6.1.

Mom Test: Heck, yes! She brought me here for lunch.

woodychandler, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%

Visited Hoppy before taking our son the the zoo. There's a nice outdoor seating area in the front so we stayed outside and our son could run around and have fun without causing too much trouble. Atmosphere was nice but a bit odd...i kind of expected a low key disorganized bar-type place but it was clean and had a bit of a sports bar-meets-TGI Friday's feel. They even had crayons for our son and dinner rolls before the meal. Our waiter seemed very underwhelmed with the world, joyless, even. He described the beers by their name, followed by ABV, followed by style, which was odd. I went with their Stony Face Amber, which was fine, though a bit over-bitter for the style and not at all balanced. My wife got the hefe, which was much better and a nice summery beer. Food was tasty, if a tiny bit bland. Fries was good. This was kind of a 'meh' place for me as a drinker, but as a dad with a rambunctious 1 year old, i liked the outdoor setting so maybe we'll even head back at some point.

aforbes10, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of stoad
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%

Easy to find location a few blocks from downtown, near Sac State. Nice atmosphere with a lot of wood detailing. A couple of TVs over a good sized bar carrying sports. Fair size restaurant floor opposite the bar with a few tables around the side if you want to get away from the TV and crowd noise. I've stopped by a few times when visiting in-laws in town. Friendly crowd with a mix of college age kids to older folks. I've never had their food.

They carry about seven regular offerings along with a few special brews. Beer has been above average for brewpub product. Maybe because it is nearby a college campus that it seems the staff initially pitches the beers by ABV rather than style? They seem to have a fair grasp of the brews upon further inquiry. Typically there are 2 or 3 of which I think are worth a second visit. Their 8.9% One Love Ale, an imperial red style, is worth seeking out.

stoad, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of beerbrewerdan
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Atmosphere is a bit funky with trippy paintings mixed with typical open ceiling design. It's somewhat close to Sac U. so there's some younger crowd, but not a lot. The space is definitely welcoming inside and there is an outdoor seating area with a view of beautiful Folsom Blvd. The menu is more upscale than average, but still has some pub standards. There were plenty of choices that I was interested in, but I went with the pizza. Not bad, not great. I scored a free sticker and fridge magnet just for asking. Cool. The beers I had were the Hefe, Blunt'd Bitter (seasonal), Hoppy Face Amber, Yakima Roll Wasabi Ale (seasonal) and the Burnt Sienna Ale. For the most part they were all above average with the Bitter and the Burnt Sienna being my favorites.

I can't add new beers yet, so here are two that aren't on the list:

Blunt'd Bitter (seasonal) - Orange copper with a sticky white head that disappates on top but leaves trails on the glass. Caramel and burnt notes in the nose. Some hop flavor character that gets beaten in to submission by the bitterness. In a very nice way. Finish hints at malt but has some hop notes. Very little to no flavor hop character. Very good. 5.2%

Yakima Roll Wasabi Ale (seasonal) - Straw color with a thin white head. Some malt in the nose with a hint of wasabi (not that I would have said this had I not known, but it's there). Flavor is odd at first because there really isn't much there, but the spiciness builds with each sip. My enjoyment builds as well. I could stand it to be more spicy, but I love wasabi. The spice dries out the finish a bit which I have found to be fairly common in homebrewed spicy beers. It doesn't scream "Wasabi!" but maybe that's a good thing. 4.7%

beerbrewerdan, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

first off, the best thing about this brewery is the outdoor seating area. there are beautiful grape vines on everything. the beer selection is pretty good, about 12 beers some of them really good some a little mediocre. the atmosphere is great especially if you are an A's fan since everyone there seems to know an inordinate amount about the A's. the BLT with A was quite good. the service was ok but i am being generous since i was in the outside seating area since that can be a little tough on the server.

ultimately, i have absolutely nothing to complain about but it wasn't necessarily the best either. solid and worth a visit.

hoegaardenhero, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Brewlore
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%

Checked out this place on a whim while I was visiting Sacramento.

It's located on a somewhat odd lot, but the building itself looks pretty neat. We were seated promptly and for whatever reason, the place was dark. It was 1pm and it seemed like we were seated in a dank bar type area rather than a brewpub. That's just a minor annoyance though.

Not going to comment on the food since I didn't try any.

I did try a few of there beers. Some samples and a couple pints shared with my girlfriend. The brews were mostly decent and I only felt I didn't like one of the four I tried.

Beers tasted
- Burnt Sienna Ale
- Hoppy Face Amber Ale
- Auburn Harvest APA
- ??? (forgot)

I walked away feeling indifferent. Check it out if you're passing it by and you're thirsty.

Brewlore, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of supercolter
4/5  rDev +4.7%

I paid 6.75 for a sampler that includes 9 total brews including 7 statndards and 2 seasonals, which I thought was a bargain. I asked the server if they gave tours to which he replied no- but then took me back to meet the brewer, which impressed me greatly.
Food was quite good as well. I had a chicken and cheese pasta and my wife had stirfry to which we both ate to our heart's content. Everyone there was very friendly and when the sampler came out I was given a description of each brew. A very nice touch.

supercolter, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of leechungsr
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

You can always check the webcam from the Hoppy website to see what's going on; pretty cool. Anyways, this is a great place to wind down and relax after a long day at work. The atmosphere is perfect; I wouldn't have it any other way. Every experience I've had at the Hoppy has been very positive; you can make as much noise and have as much fun as you want. It's very informal, but is also very clean.
I would recommend getting the sampler so you can taste their whole range of beers, including the seasonal beers. The food isn't great (for the $; at least they have a large selection of food??), but the nice happy atmosphere and good beer makes the Hoppy a good place for dinner.

leechungsr, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of benito
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

I remembered having a good chat with one of the guys from Hoppy at last year's GABF, so I figured I would swing by the brewpub before heading east across the Sierras and see what the place was like.

Amidst Sacramento's sprawl, Hoppy has a traditional, large pub interior. There are glass windows that look onto the brewing facilities, a mix of bar seating and family-friendly tables, a small patio, and even a 'comfy chair' area near one of the big screen TVs.

Interestingly, Hoppy organizes its beer (9 on tap, 7 full-time with two seasonals) not by style but by color. Their beer menu is divided into light, amber, and dark, with three offerings on each. I had a pint of the very tasty Hoppy Face Amber Ale and the severely disappointing Golden Nugget Cream Ale. Not having tried the other brews, I could only speculate as to their quality, but I do know from the two that I tried that this place is capable of hitting home runs and striking out.

My three sausage dinner was huge, something that I personally dislike in restaurants, but beyond my plate the menu was fairly straightforward pub grub.

Overall, I think I'll keep stopping by the Hoppy table at the GABF, but I'll keep my Hoppy experiences to just that. The brewpub isn't really worth that much time.

benito, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of indysamra
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%

This really is a great place to grab a bite, and a few drinks with friends. Definetly a few pro's and con's however.

The beer is good, I went with there own Hefeweizen, and it has that spiced flavor that most micro brewries offer. However, it came at a price. I paid $16 a pitcher. Unfortunatly, not worth the price, but I was too drunk to stop ordering more.

The food is great, and they have a really fancy menu, for the local area.

You get to make as much noise as you want, and the staff are still pretty friends. They have a small outdoor patio, which is nice summer afternoons.

This place is very pricey, definetly worth taking a date, however, if she can drink, you might have a little trouble picking up the bar tab.

Avoid this place if your just looking to get trashed, and pick-up girls.

Sac State campus is only a mile away, pay 2 bucks for the parking, head down to the university union, and go to round table. A small selection of beer including: Hefeweizen, Fat tire, Sierra Nevada Pale ale, amberbrock and then your usual bud, bud light, all of which are on tap. They've also added a few bottls such as guiness, and it really is a great place to pick up girls ;o)

Cheers, and bottoms up
Indy :o)

indysamra, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Troyone
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Located in what appeared to be a business park type of area this place was easy to find. Different dining areas inside incuding what appeared to be a patio out front and the bar area was dark and seemed stuffy.

All stainless steel tap nozzles and did not see the kitchen. Counter top tables, wood bar, chairs, and bar cabinet. Separate Brewing room and the restroom was clean. Mugs, some I think were 20 oz, hung from the ceiling most were slightly right side up (gravity) and the bigger ones were almost sideways.

Service was alright and prompt.

Most of their eight beers had a similar taste, no cask, and did not notice any guest beers. Possible notables were the Hefeweizen and the seasonal Red Ale (or Amber, which ever one was the seasonal).

Food is alright.

reasonable

Troyone, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of NVbeer
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%

Hoppy Brewing was the first stop during my recent brew hopping adventure. The dining area was clean and well kept. The pub provided a nice relaxing atmosphese which allowed for a great session of beer tasting. The best brew on tap was a hopped up IPA, which I must admit I am biased towards. Their Stout had a weak mouthfeel, which I had not expected from a stout. The Blond Ale was drinkable, but not anything special. Hoppy is definatly worth a stop if your in the area.

NVbeer, Sep 10, 2003
Hoppy Brewing Co. in Sacramento, CA
88 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.