Jack Russell Brewing's artful brewmasters craft premium ales and lagers inside their English farm–style brewery in the heart of the Apple Hill region. Savor the elegance of Jack Russell’s smooth-drinking brews from the comfort of at-home digs with a portable half-gallon growler filled with 64 ounces of the brewery's signature suds. Tipplers select their inaugural fill-up from a range of brews that, like the slowest county-fair Ferris wheel ever, rotate seasonally, saluting the hoppy bite of the Captain Boomer's IPA, fortifying insides with the hearty oatmeal stout, or choosing from a taster’s choice of cyclical options, which may include Harvest Apple ale, Huntsman lager, and more. Groupon customers can call ahead for forecasts about beers are currently on tap. Each growler arrives branded with the Jack Russell logo and cut from clear glass, allowing customers to admire each beer's color, texture, and bioluminescence.
The Cellar's two rustic, Tuscan-esque oases pour out ambrosial liquids and arrange tasteful dishes with elegant flair. Craft a platter for two or four of your choice of cheeses, nibbling at the subtly piquant manchego or swapping stories about crying at the opera with the cultured triple-cream brie. Whether by the bottle or by the glass, the bright and lively Raymond sauvignon blanc inspires energetic conversation, and the deep purple of the Crios malbec turns teeth a stately royal hue.
An anomaly among artists, a torcedor judges his worth by how many of his creations are burnt to ashes. The Nicaraguan torcedor?or cigar roller?at Art of Cigars has more than 20 years of practice watching his masterpieces go up in smoke. He hand-wraps shredded, fragrant tobacco into tight styles such as the Gunny, a torpedo cigar with a silky, mild taste, and the Tanker, whose notes of spiced rum evoke tropical scenery in the mind's eye. Owners Leslie and Eric sell these selections as a part of the Cigar Marine line, not only for their authentic preparation and quality, but also as a show of patriotic support?a portion of their profits goes to benefit the families of wounded Marines through the Semper Fi Fund.
Guests at Art of Cigars can puff on wares inside the lounge, where wine and draft beer pair with flavorful drags and light conversation. A welcoming staff caters to aficionados and non-smokers alike, stocking accessories that range from cutters and lighters to humidors. The shop's torcedor, whose rolling finesse has been featured on Good Day Sacramento, also provides demonstrations at special events such as weddings and corporate parties, teaching people how to craft their own cigars or best burn their shredded parking tickets.
A breezy patio, an illuminated bar, a dynamically-lit dance floor—Reunion Nightclub doesn't lack for ambiance. And that's before you bring the jam-packed entertainment calendar into the picture. Dueling pianos or DJs send dancers spinning around, as other revelers perch on elegant couches awaiting bottle service. Hookah service, a cigar bar, and a trail of delicious breadcrumbs lure guests out to the patio, and dinner stations positioned throughout the nightclub provide much-needed sustenance during happy hour.
Auburn Alehouse's menu features hearty burgers, and crowd-pleasing appetizers alongside award-winning brews handcrafted in small, fresh batches using a traditional 10-barrel system. After savoring a pitcher of American Pale Ale ($15.25), hops-seekers can toast beloved bards with bawdy haikus and pints of Old Town Brown, a complex potion descended from English mild ale and crystal malts ($4.25). Guests may then top off their guzzle tanks with pints of Gold Country pilsner, which took a bronze medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival before sweeping the Olympic lager-luge finals ($4.25).