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River City Brewing Company

Not Rated.
River City Brewing CompanyRiver City Brewing Company

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 37
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

545 Downtown Plaza
Sacramento, California, 95814
United States
phone: (916) 447-2739

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Reviews by Troyone:
Photo of Troyone
4.43/5  rDev +26.2%

Located in a Downtown Mall this is a convenient place to get a good brew. There is a patio out front in the mall and different areas inside for dining. This is now a sister Brewpub of Faultline in Sunnyvale which has given this place a similar look.

All stainless steel tap nozzles and the kitchen was in the open with a real grill and fire oven. A type of granite or marble bar top with aluminum siding, wood tables and chairs. The brewing room is glassed off and the restroom was clean.

Service is friendly and knowledgable.

All the beers were possible notables and a similar selection to the options at the Faultline, one cask engine, and did not see any guest beers. Definite notables were the Woodhead, Vienna, and Scottish Ale (tap and cask).

Food was good and tastey.


Troyone, Jun 20, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of cmgage
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

cmgage, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of armock
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%

Atmosphere - Located in an outdoor mall courtyard they have a good sized patio section in front. As you you walk in the bar is to your left with the dining area to the right. Along the right side is the brew house and some fermenters. They have a remodeled warehouse fell to the place.

Service - On my visit I sat at the bar and the bartender was kind and quick with things. The only down side was he didn't really know anything about the beers other than what was in the menu.

Quality/Selection - On my visit they had about ten beers on tap and a beer on cask. The beers that I tried ranged from bad to very good so its kind of a dice roll here.

Food - During my lunch visit I ordered the fish and chips and I must say that it was some of the best fried fish that I've had in quite some time.

Overall if your in that part of town its a good place to eat and grab a beer.

armock, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

This is a good brewpub in the K Street/Downtown plaza mall. It is conveniently located near Old Sacramento and in one of the open-air plazas in the mall. I note that although this is a shopping mall, due to the location, open-air layout and design, it is actually a very nice mall. It has some outdoor seating in the plaza. Inside is a nice pseudo-industrial decor.

Quality of beer is generally good, solid but not outstanding or unique.

Service is very good, friendly and effective.

Selection is good, with a nice range and number available at any time plus a rotating cask choice.

Food, what we have had, is good. I definitely recommend this place in the area, for a good solid brewpub that should not disappoint even if it is nothing special. I also place it below Rubicon (in Midtown) for local places but definitely good.

Offa, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
3/5  rDev -14.5%

A brewpub located in an outdoor mall in downtown Sacramento. Even with the fact that it is in a mall, it manages to have a decent atmosphere. The outside seating is nice. They have about 7 of their own beers on tap, no guest taps. The beers are not your average brew pub selections, they are a bit adventurous. I had the IPA which was decent and the porter on cask which was very average. Served way too cold. The food was too rich and too greasy. We ordered several dishes and none off them were very good.

willjschmidt, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of jerelwhall
2.13/5  rDev -39.3%

I visited RCBC on a trip to CA a couple of days ago. Wow, what a waste of time. This is one of those few companies that seems to brew on-premise for the sole purpose of making their restaurant somehow more attractive. The beers were bland and lacked distinction. Basic style characteristics seemed to be ignored or misunderstood. One so-called 'porter' on hand-pull tasted and looked more like a mild than anything else - it certainly wasn't a porter.

To be honest, my perception of the beer could've been slightly tainted by the fact that we sat at the bar for a full four minutes, thirty-two seconds before anyone acknowledged us. The two bartenders and a server seemed more interested in walking all around us and shouting at their friends than in taking our order. When they did they didn't bother putting a tab together, so when we left, we had to wait while they figured out what we had ordered.

Overall: weak, insipid, poor quality beers - exceptionally lazy, disinterested staff - an embarrassment to the brewing community, an utter disappointment.

jerelwhall, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%

This place was located inside the massive Downtown Plaza shopping complex, but they still managed to have some patio furniture out front along with a huge facade. Whoever submitted the photo really captured nicely what I am trying to describe. Entering, the long, black marble-topped bar was off to the immediate left with the brewhouse visible behind glass about 3/4 of the way down the back bar, headed aft. A line of tables and chairs were to the right of the bar, along the partition that separated off the restaurant area. The m.d.s. was to the right of the doorway with four (4) SVs off to the extreme right, along with the lavatories and a stairwell leading up to a second floor dining area. The restaurant area was just a sea of standard tables and chairs. The kitchen ran most of the back wall, especially off to the right. Past the kitchen, on the left, was a private meeting/dining area behind a heavy curtain.

Beers: Eight (8) on draft - Belgian White (4.0); "K" Street Kolsch (4.2); Cap City Pale Ale (4.65); HefeWeizen (5.25); Vienna (5.5); IPA (6.9); Wooden Head Ale - a 10th Anniversary amber aged on oak (7.0); and Black River Stout (4.8). They also offered West Coast Brown on cask during my visit.

On the blackboard was written "Coming Soon: A name of our IPA". Ha! At least they were honest about it.

It was a passable place and the beers were okay, but I probably would not make this a destination or even my first stop in Sacto.

woodychandler, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.44/5  rDev -2%

i am not so into this brewing company being in the middle of a mall. although, i suppose that in some suburban sprawl areas everything is in some ways in the middle of a mall. but anyways, i liked that they had a large outdoor seating area and since the weather tends to be consistently good in sacramento i can see it getting a lot of use. the service was fine although i think because the place is pretty big there can sometimes be some server confusion. they had about 8 beers on tap which were ok but wouldn't blow your mind. that pretty much describes this place-ok but wouldn't blow your mind.

hoegaardenhero, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of bosco7
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%

I am not a fan of the location and atmosphere of this place. Being in the middle of a mall kind of detracts from the experience (don't bring your girlfriend/wife unless you want to go shopping after). The interior of the brewpub is nice in a sterile yuppy bar kind of way. I felt better when I used the restroom and it was absolutely disgusting.

Beer is decent. I had the sampler which included there year round beers (a Kolsch, Pale Ale, Hefeweisen, Vienna Lager, Wooden Head, and an Irish Stout). The Wooden Head and the Stout were the standouts by far, the rest were pretty pedestrian. The Wooden Head is a hopped-up red ale that is aged on oak. I also had an ESB (they call it a RSB) on cask that was very good and the most drinkable beer that I tryed.

The food is very pricey for what you get. I went to Stone's Beer Gardens earlier this year and paid similar prices for a lot better food. This was a big turn off for me. Vegetarian options...forget it. They will happily pick off the meat in your pasta and charge you 20 dollars for it. The food was okay though just overpriced. I had the salmon (which was scorched) and the lady had the pasta.

Overall it was okay. I rather go to Rubicon and get great beer, standard pub-fare, and a relaxed atmosphere that lacks pretense for half the price.

bosco7, May 20, 2007
Photo of leechungsr
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%

From outside, the restaurant looks like some bourgeois business meetingplace. I always thought that their sign is kinda lame looking, although I have no suggestions to improve on it. Not bad inside; clean and fairly modern. The crowd there is pretty quiet, I prefer drinking in a happier/carefree atomsphere. Service is always fast and friendly. Food is excellent; I haven't had anything I dislike. I really enjoy their asiago chicken for dinner. If I lived downtown, I would probably go here at least once a week. I recommend the Hefeweizen; my favorite.

leechungsr, Mar 25, 2007
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River City Brewing Company in Sacramento, CA
84 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.