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SACRAMENTO BEE: Hold on! Wait! Have Sacramento-area breweries maxed out?

Surely, we’re coming to the end of the craft beer boom, right? I mean, there are now 60-plus breweries in the Sacramento area. This has happened so fast – everyone of legal age is old enough to remember when there were three.

There simply aren’t enough customers to keep all of these joints afloat. The beer is going to sit. Hours for tasting room staffs will get cut back. Other folks will get laid off. There will be a glut in the market for used brew tanks.

At least that’s what the cynics are saying. In fact, they’ve been whispering that to me for the past four years, at the early stages of the local craft brewery boom, when beer lovers were rejoicing that we were up to a dozen local breweries.

The canary in the coal mine was going to be the most recent start-ups, Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn and Big Sexy Brewing in south Sacramento. They’re both big, ambitious and, perhaps, getting into the beer game a bit late.

So what happened?

“The opening went really well. It was standing room only. People were just blown away by the space,” said Crooked Lane co-owner Paul Schilling. “Every night since has been a really good night. We thought we were doing something good, and the experience of the past week just validates that.”

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