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Inside the Loomis Basin Brewing Company

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Loomis Basin Brewing Company

  • 3-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and  3-8 p.m.Friday-Saturday
  • 277 Swetzer Road, Loomis
  • loomisbasinbrewing.com
  • 916-259-2739

Tucked away off Swetzer Road is one of Placer County’s prized breweries: the Loomis Basin Brewing Company, which has been serving people since 2010.
The brewery, owned by father-and-son team Jim and Kenny Gowan, offer six year-around beers, plus 11 seasonals.

Standing out

The staff at the Loomis Basin Brewing Company aim to adhere to the Loomis motto: “A small town is like a big family.”

“We try to treat all of our patrons like regulars and friends, making everyone feel welcome,” said Clancy McCrory, brewery tasting room manager and event coordinator of the Loomis Basin Brewing Company.
McCrory has worked at the brewery for over four years as the taproom manager and events coordinator. She oversees bands, food trucks, private parties, and events like the Oktoberfest and upcoming Placer County Rocks in May.

“Jim and Kenny make amazing beer,” McCrory said. “We try to have a good balanced mix of IPAs, lighter styles; a couple of darker beers, a little bit more malty for people not interested in a Buxom Blonde (pilsner).”
Each of the different beers comes with a unique name and label, designed to look like a vintage fruit crate label.

Popular on tap

Alohawk

“Alohawk is definitely what we’re most known for,” McCrory said “We have it as a private label for Beach Hut Deli so you only find it on tap here or at their locations.”

The beer is also available bottled, which is distributed throughout Placer County and the rest of the state.

“It’s super popular. It’s very smooth. It’s light tasting, but it’s actually 8 percent so it’s got a kick to it,” McCrory said regarding the alcoholic volume content of the popular brew.

Vindicator IPA

Vindicator IPA is “one of our flagship IPAs,” McCrory said. “It’s really well balanced; pretty easy drinking.”

It’s described on the brewery’s website as having a “big hop aroma fills the nose with tangerine, grapefruit and a hint of pine.” IPA is an acronym for India pale ale, which is generally a lighter, more bitter style of beer. The word “India” in IPA harks back to the brewing history when the United Kingdom ruled over India.

Golden Eagle Mandarin Wheat

The Loomis Basin Brewing’s Golden Eagle Mandarin Wheat is an American-style wheat beer infused with one of Placer County’s most popular crops.

“We use whole local mandarins through Sunset Ridge Farms,” McCrory said. “They pulverize it and then we add that into the beer.”

Allgood IPA

Growing in popularity is their Allgood IPA, which is another IPA sporting a colorful label that looks like it came straight from the late 1980s or early 1990s.

“It’s a hazy, New England IPA,” McCrory said. “It’s made with oats so it’s got a much smoother body to it, but it’s got some nice, intense, tropical flavors to it as well.”

Pouring out for Placer County Rocks

As part of the Sacramento Beer Week celebration this May, the Loomis Basin Brewing Company is hosting Placer County Rocks at the Quarry in Rocklin.

“We’re hosting it as a showcase for Placer County Breweries,” McCrory said. “We’re pouring pints from all the different breweries in Placer County. We’re having local music as well.”

Performing at the event are Island of Black and White, One Love Nation, Kurrency King, ZuhG, and Hans Anderson. For more information on the event, visit PlacerCountyRocks.Eventbrite.com.

Placer County Rocks at the Quarry

  • Where: Platinum Living Amphitheater at Quarry Park, 4000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin
  • When: May 11 from 4 to 1- p.m.
  • Cost: $25 for general admission,
  • $7 per pint, $15 designated driver.
  • 21 and over only. Attendees are advised to bring cash only for purchases.
  • Info: PlacerCountyRocks.Eventbrite.com

More May events

The Loomis Basin Brewery also plans to extend its summer hours in May, plus restart its popular trivia nights and live music.

Trivia Nights are every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The best trivia team name wins a round of beer, and the highest scoring team wins a prize.

The brewery’s Friday Summer Band Series returns May 4, with new bands each week starting at 5:30 p.m. June 1. The musical styles range from classic rock, blues, funk and reggae.

Details on events are available at loomisbasinbrewing.com/calendar.

Brewing business

Aside from trivia and music, the brewery is also a place to network and make business connections. One example is the Loomis Young Professionals which meet at the second Thursday of the month at the brewery at 5:30 p.m. The Loomis Young Professionals is part of the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce.

Bites with the beer

The Loomis Basin Brewing Company operates a gastropub on 3640 Taylor Road. However, the brewery brings plenty to eat to Swetzer Road via food trucks Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 4 p.m. Some of the local food trucks available are:

  • Maria’s Mexican Tacos
  • Fully Dressed New Orleans
  • Po’ Boy sandwiches
  • Doggiestyle HotDogs
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Rollin Dough Pizza
  • Arlington Brothers sausages and hot dogs
  • Hot Mamas American fusion cuisine

The food trucks rotate throughout the month, but a schedule of who’s serving is available on the brewery’s website.