The back wall at Alley Katz is a sight to see. The dozens and dozens of taps on that shiny stainless steel wall make deciding what to put in your glass almost impossible. With almost 100 beers on tap, you’ll just have to come back over and over again to try them all. Alley Katz will be celebrating its five-year anniversary in January, and anyone who has ever been here can see why. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. offering $1 off everything. Alley Katz has 12 TVs, four pool tables and even two foosball tables to entertain you when your friends don’t.
Just up the street from CSUS is Capitol Beer and Tap Room – a one-of-a-kind mix of a great bar and a retail counter where you can pick up something to take home. You can check out the current 20 beers on tap by going to the website before your visit. When it comes to the list, there are only a few constants: there is always something on nitro, usually at least one cider, and usually at least one sour. All day Sunday and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can enjoy happy hour and get $1 off all pints of draft beer.
This place is so new, you can feel it. It has only been open since August, but is already gaining a following. University of Beer has 100 beers on tap and refers to its happy hour as “Study Hours” every weekday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can get $1 off draft beer and $1 off all bar bites. It also has “Taster Tuesday” with $2 off all flights. On the weekend, University of Beer features “puppy hour” with $1 off pints if you bring your dog (patio seating only). Also watch its Facebook page for “bartender’s choice” flights, only $6 for a set of four five-ounce pours.
Besides having some of the best pizza in the valley, Woodstock’s has some really great beer on tap. It has 20 taps and over half of them are rotated regularly. There are always some really special beers on the list – just recently it tapped a keg of Deschutes XXVI Imperial Black Butte Porter (over 10 percent alcohol). Also, always on the list is at least one killer I.P.A. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. As an added bonus, happy hour prices are also featured during NFL games. Woodstock’s has “keep the glass” pint nights on Tuesdays from 8 p.m. until midnight, with your first beer at $6 and refills as low as $1.
Everyone is crazy for the food at Dad’s, from the street tacos to the delicious gooey mac n’ cheese. But Dad’s has more to offer than amazing comfort food. There is something special about this place, it’s even been featured on The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.” Some beers on tap change regularly, and aside from the few domestic staples, you can find some really great craft beers to fill your glass. There are 14 beers on tap. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 4 to 6 p.m. on the weekends, you can get a pint of Hamm’s for $2 and a premium pint for only $4.
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