Sudwerk Brewing Company

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Sudwerk Brewing CompanySudwerk Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2001 Second Street
Davis, California, 95616
United States

(530) 756-2739 | map

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of jraddude
4.86/5  rDev +25.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.82/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Straycorn
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of WillDavis707
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Mostly lagers on tap here. Growlers are expensive for the style they serve. But will fill all growlers. I recommend going to the Doc Store on the days that its open, not the restaurant.

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Photo of Docrock
2/5  rDev -48.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Visited on a Friday night in between school terms. Sat in outside seating that was only about 20% full. After 15 minutes and nobody served us. We went back into bar. The Bartender was friendly and inside was maybe 30% full. Took 45 minutes for food and beer was average to fair at best. Only 6 beers available. Tried 4 of them and the citrus goes was the best and it was average. The food was decent but I wouldn't recommend going there for the beer.

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Photo of Rubalaca
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

They have a dock store on the side of restaurant that has different experimental beers that are not available in Sudwerk restaurant. Nice outside are!!

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Photo of Beer_Guano
4.4/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I will admit as far as the restaurant goes, the food was better a few years ago, and although not horrible now they have taken a few of the items off the menu I enjoyed (potato pancakes) to name one.

However the gem of this place is the Dock which although attached to the restaurant is a separate entity and serves more as a local brewery. Beers in the dock are different than beers in the restaurant. The dock is in the back of the building and is a rollup door entrance. When you visit here make sure you check the dock hours! It is worth it and taps are rotated with their in house brewed goodness!

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Photo of SDRedDevil
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Beersnake1
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited this place multiple times. Great potato skins as an appetizer! Wonderful dopplebock, and some of the recent barrel-aged beers are great. The ambience is nice, and the staff is almost always nice and helpful. Quite a large inside area, and a good outdoor area for when the weather is nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

At the bar for a couple beers. The taster of five (you pick 'em) and a pint of the dry stout. The stout was good and 3/5 of the tasters were really enjoyable with the other two being average or so. The service was great. They had ten of their own on tap. The value was average. Worth a stop on I-80 to sample a few lagers that aren't done very often in the US.

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Photo of dertyd
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1

A-small nice and cozy

Q-food was bad beer was good

S-not bad but not good

S-wish they had more of there beers on tap

F- they shouldn't serve food

The beer is great but the food was not good had a crab cake and I couldn't eat it wish they had more of there beer on tap

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went here a while back and it was awesome. It had a great atmosphere with the copper kettles and german tradition which makes it that much better.. Food was great. It was delicious and reasonably priced. Service was good too. The best part was the beer. I had a Marzen and it was great. I went with my ex girlfriend and her family on the way back from their yert. I had great comradery with her step dad there. We were both greatly enjoying our beers. If you are in Davis you should definitely go to Sudwerk. I would definitely go again.

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Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was the first brewpub I ever went to and it's still a good place with nice German-style beer plus some ales and good food. I still occasionally stop here when in or going through Davis.

The atmosphere is pretty good, with a central bar around big copper kettles plus a nie outdoor eating area with different levels and a fair amount of shade - necessary in Davis which (being in the Central Valley) is very hot and sunny in the summer. However, it suffers a bit from the location. It's not in downtown or even near the UC but out on the old, semi-rural, semi-industrial part of 2nd street east of L St. This part of town has changed quite a bit since the 90s when I lived here, but it is still not exactly the most pleasant part of town. It's also right next o the freeway and in the shadow of the Pole Line Rd overpass. The only good things about this are that one can watch trains go past and, since the parking is under the overpass, it provides a lot of shade.

The beer quality and selection are good, with solid, characterful takes on German styles dominating, a refreshing change of pace in this region where most brewers focus on APAs, IPA, etc., with frequently sub-par lagers or none at all. It also produces a small range of special, rotating IPA/APA/porter-types on tap, but these aren't the focus and I haven't had any yet.
The Helles (now called "Lager" - it used to be primarily noted as "Helles") and the Maibock are particularly good and both are clearly better on tap here at the source than in the bottle.

Service is generally very good, prompt, friendly, etc.

Food is overall qwuite good, slightly on the better side of trad. brewpub fare.

Prices for food are pretty reasonable if slightly higher than other places.

Beer prices are fairly reasonable and about stanard for 12 oz and pints but once you get up to 1 liter, the price is excellent. Few places around this region offer the liter and in this volume, the beer is a lot less for the amount you get.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I liked the garlic fries, and the maibock was delicious. But the environment is just awful. Maybe I went on the wrong night, but I couldn't even think above the sounds of the TV and the karaoke machine. I will definitely be giving it another shot on a quiet Sunday afternoon (which I decided is the only good time to go to a bar/pub in a college town).

One big bummer was that there are no growlers available, and the only bombers and 6ers they sell are ones that I can already get in my local stores. I looked forward to taking some of their seasonals home with me but wasn't able to do so.

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Photo of aforbes10
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We recently moved to Davis and just visited Sudwerk ("Sood-werc") for what i assume will be the first of a number of visits during our tenure here. It was a weeknight, and early, so the place was fairly empty, but it seemed nice inside...clean, lots of glossy wood, some apparal and beer-to-go at the counter. We asked to sit outside for the benefit of our 6 month old who tends to get fussy when inside, and found that they had a nice big beer garden. Beer was all German-styles, save for a stout and an IPA. I went with the Pils and the MArzen and enjoyed both, and my wife had the hefe and loved it. Food was good, maybe a bit overpriced (though the portions are big, which doesn't impress me all that much). Waitstaff was friendly but didnt offer much in the way of information about the beers. We had a good time, and im sure ill revise this once i've had the opportunity to return a couple of times.

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Photo of Fishdawg71
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stop by here everytime I am in Davis. A nice pub with good food. I like thier wings quite a bit. It has a nice atmosphere from college students to working people. The waitstaff and bartenders are always friendly and seem to know a bit about the beer they have on tap. Aside from from the exceptional Sudwerk Lagers, they usually have a nice selection of ales of all types. It is just a nice place to relax with a good pint or two of quality session beer. I would recommend this pub to anyone.
One cool feature for any other beer geeks out there is when the open fermentors behind the glass in the pub are in use. It is a pretty need to see the fermenting beer.
Prost to Sudwerk.


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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

it is nice to see a german establishment with a full selection of lagers to choose from. i found the beers overall to be quite good with a nice selection of about 12 beers on tap brewed in house. the waitstaff are curteous and for a college town beer joint it is not too loud and crowded. the slight disappointment was the food which by greater bay area standards was relatively mediocre. they have a very nice outdoor patio which takes great advantage of the mild weather.

it is really a place worth visiting and has a cleaver name to boot.

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Photo of mghotbi
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Sudwerk is located in the college town of Davis, California - a few miles from Sacramento. UC Davis is renowned for its programs in winemaking and brewing, graduating many top vintners and brewmasters.

The Restaurant and Brewery is a distinctly German-style joint not far from the heart of town. It serves German comfort food and American fare in a wood paneled main dining room, where the brewery is also located, and on an expansive outdoor patio and beer garden.

The food is not fancy, consisting mostly of meat and potatoes basics. The warm German potato salad, however, is exceptional. Everything is fresh and tasty and the service is quite attentive. Prices are reasonable for both the food and the beer.

The brewery specializes in German lagers, with the Pilsner, Helles and Marzen being the most popular offerings. All are delicious examples of their style. The Hefeweizen is quite tangy with prominent citrus tones and a bit of tannin - a fine example but not one of my favorite styles. A Maibock, which comes in around 7% ABV is offered year round and an 8% Doppelbock is available seasonally. Both are spectacular - the highlights of the samplers (which are huuuge).

My wife is of German descent and I have grown to love German food and beer. Sudwerk is a bit out of the way for us, but whenever we travel to Tahoe or thereabouts, we make a point of stopping at Sudwerk. While their beers are available bottled in the Bay Area, nothing beats the beer at the brewery itself. A top notch joint with exceptional German lagers - highly recommended.

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Sudwerk Brewing Company in Davis, CA
Brewery rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,056 ratings