ROSEVILLE, Calif. - Camouflaged in a corner of one of Roseville's commonplace, white-stucco strip malls is Final Gravity Taproom and Bottleshop. But despite its nondescript facade, the unassuming little watering hole does anything but blend in when it comes to the Sacramento bar scene.
Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Amy and Kyle Ruthnick, Final Gravity features a delightful blend of world-class beers and quality company.
As many as 21 domestic and international craft beers are available on tap, with a heavy emphasis on local brews. And for those who miraculously fail to find something that pleases their palate on draught, a virtual mini-market of bottled brews from Belgium to Berryessa await in the cooler.
"We always have something on tap to accommodate different tastes," says Amy Ruthnick of Final Gravity's dedication to pleasing casual drinkers and die-hards alike.
It's a dedication and passion she and Kyle developed living in the Portland area where craft breweries are nearly as prevalent as fir trees.
"We had the opportunity to taste so many great beers, being so close to great breweries in Oregon," she explains.
It wasn't long before the couple decided to turn their passion for craft beer into a career, and saw an emerging beer scene as sound reasoning for setting up shop in the Sacramento area seven months ago.
Events like Sacramento Beer Week validate the couple's decision to move south. The 10-day event is celebrating its fourth year, growing in size and attendance each successive year.
"Sacramento Beer Week is great!" exclaims Ruthnick. "You get to schedule all your events in a short amount of time rather than spanned out over an entire year."
To those who are unfamiliar with the celebration, Beer Week is the beer drinker's equivalent to a week-long stay at an amusement park where one toils daily with the dilemma of which exhibit to visit next. But beyond the beer drinker, Beer Week provides an amazing opportunity for local tappers and brewers to unite in hopes of not only gaining recognition for themselves, but elevating Sacramento's prominence on the national stage alongside renowned craft beer meccas.
"People are ready. Ready to see it grow to the likes of Portland and Seattle," says Ruthnick.
The regularly filled seats at Final Gravity serve to confirm Ruthnick's belief. Head into the quaint taproom any night of the week and you'll find a generous gathering of patrons socializing while sipping from the regularly refreshed lineup of ales, stouts, porters, IPAs, Belgians, sours and other popular selections.
And while the phenomenal beer selection is an obvious draw, the comforting, familial feel permeating throughout Final Gravity creates an inviting atmosphere on par with an English corner pub where friends, neighbors and complete strangers come together over a pint.
Ruthnick hopes Final Gravity's lineup for Sacramento Beer Week will draw a host of new customers to build upon their cast of regulars. But ultimately, her goal for the event is much more about building a specific reputation, than building a bigger customer base.
"We just want to be on the map as a legitimate craft beer bar, serving great local beers, and bottle beers in a knowledgeable friendly environment."
Visit Final Gravity's website for location, hours, and a complete list of Beer Week events.
Follow them on Twitter @finalgravityca or on Facebook for updates and special event notifications.