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Celebrate Oktoberfest with your friends at Crooked Lane Brewing Co.

Es ist Oktober! Feiern Sie den ganzen Monat mit uns. In a more familiar language – It’s October! Celebrate with us all month long. Over the past few years Crooked Lane has thrown some seriously awesome German inspired jubilees – after all, it’s a beer thing. The health and safety of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance; as you can imagine, COVID-19 has prompted some changes. Instead of a focused event for a short time, we’re celebrating the whole month of October. This will create a safe and comfortable environment for all so we can safely celebrate.

Ok, now that the obligatory preamble is over with, let’s get to the fun stuff!

First, let’s talk about beer. There will be 7 German style beers available in October. There will also be other releases, so stay tuned! Here is an example of what’s brewing:


We do traditional styles korrekt! Only German ingredients go into this delicious amber lager, with a complex malt flavor and aroma, brilliant in color, and a crisp, dry finish. Time to grab your stein, your dirdnl or lederhosen, and get your schunkeln on! Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa!


There’s nothing quite like a good Kölsch. Subtle fruit character, noble German hops, light malt backbone, and crisp finish make our Kölsch-style ale exquisitely refreshing. Veedels are districts within the city of Köln, and Veedels Bräu will transport you there for biergarten bliss.


Do you Dunkel? Thirsty Pretzels is a dark, malty, refreshingly crisp Munich Dunkel that’s been lagered to perfection. One of the original European dark lagers, Dunkel’s history stretches back to the earliest styles brewed in Bavaria. You may not know the Dunkel yet, but it’s time to thirst for one!


When you love beer like we do at Crooked Lane, you really love Pilsner. Why love such a basic beer style? Because the flavor is pure and unadulterated joy- the hops, malt and yeast characters have a chance to really shine. All I Want is a German-Style pils, built with crisp German Pilsner malt, citrus-y and spicy Callista and Saphir hops, balanced carefully with just the right amount of bitterness.

Next up – we’re giving away swag, gift cards and a hands-on brewery tour for you and a guest. Get you some!

We appreciate you and your support of Crooked Lane. To express that, we’re giving away goodies through a random drawing to all who come celebrate (in-person or virtually) with us throughout the month of October.

Here’s the skinny (how to enter to win):

  1.  Receive 1 raffle ticket for visiting Crooked Lane  
    • You can score 1 per day – simply ask your friendly beer tender!
  2. Lock in another raffle ticket per day if you post a picture and tag us on social media. 
    • Selfie, groupie, foodie, beverage, dog – no matter the photographic focus, simply show your beer tender the posted photo and wha-bam! Another raffle ticket is in the bank!
  3. Not able to visit the brewery during October? We’ve got you covered! Simply post a pic on your favorite social site and tag us. 
    • Show us your fabulous Oktoberfest feast or your dirndl/lederhosen/stein! You get the point- Yes, we ALL need to see your dachshund in their lederhosen.
  4. One more chance for entry to win the loot.
    • Go to our website and prove you were there. You can sign up for our newsletter or enter to win through a registration form – easy peasy.


  1. We will pick winners every week and make announcements each Saturday throughout October.
  2. We will do our best to contact winners. Try not to hide from us!
  3. If you win and supplies run out, we’ll make good on your winnings

We can’t wait to see you or your posts on social! Please keep in mind that if you are visiting us at the brewery, a food purchase is still required per California COVID regulations. We know it’s not ideal, and it will pass. In the meantime, thank you for complying and being courteous to our staff.

Legal disclaimers: No purchase necessary to win. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Must be 21 or older to enter. Open to all US Citizens.  See Terms and conditions for full disclosures.

Official Entry Form (Sweepstakes Complete)

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  1. Eligibility. The Crooked Lane Brewing Company OKTOBERFEST Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal residents of the United States and D.C. who are at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of entry. Employees (and their immediate families) of Crooked Lane Brewing Company (the “Sponsor”) and any of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, independent contractors, agencies, alcoholic brewing wholesalers and retailers, and any persons living in the same household as such employees are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes (cumulatively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”). Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. 
  1. Sweepstakes Period. The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on 10/1/2020 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on 12/31/2020 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). 
  1. How to Enter: Visit All entries become property of the Sponsor. 
  1. Prize and Odds of Winning. One (1) grand prize winner will be selected in a random drawing on about 11/01/2020 from all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. Winner will receive Crooked Lane Brewing Company logo wear, a Crooked Lane Brewing Company gift card and a hands-on tour of the brewery with an Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of ($100). The prize will be provided “as-is” and the difference between any stated value and actual value will not be awarded to winner. All costs not specifically mentioned herein are the sole responsibility of the winner. The random drawing, selection of the winner, and awarding of the prize will be conducted under the supervision of Sponsor whose decision is final and binding in all matters pertaining to this Sweepstakes. No prize substitution, transfer or assignment will be allowed, except that Sponsor and Prize Provider reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable, equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All costs, taxes, fees, and expenses associated with a prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Other prize restrictions may apply. 
  1. Notification and Verification of Winner. Potential winner will be notified by email, text message, or telephone. Sponsor will make one attempt to notify potential winner, who will have forty-eight (48) hours to respond. Winner’s age is subject to independent age verification, and if failed, will result in prize forfeiture. In the event of noncompliance, if the winner cannot be reached at the phone number, email address or address on that winner’s entry, or if the prize or prize notification is returned unclaimed or undeliverable for whatever reason beyond the control of Sponsor, that prize will be forfeited, and an alternate winner may be selected only if time permits and in Sponsor’s sole discretion. You are not a winner until Sponsor has verified your eligibility and compliance with these official rules. 
  1. Entry Conditions and Release. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant warrants and represents that they have complied with these official rules. By accepting a prize, the winner: (a) grants Sponsor permission to use winner’s name, image, likeness, voice, picture, audio and video recordings of, biographical information, statements, and any material based thereon or derived there from, together with any actual or fictional material, or to refrain from so doing, and address (city and state), without the ability to review, for advertising, promoting and/or publicity purposes worldwide and in any and all forms of media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without further compensation, where permitted by law; (b) agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Sweepstakes Entities, including Sponsor and Prize Provider, and their parents, affiliates, agencies, present and former officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any and all claims, demands, expenses, losses and liabilities of any nature whatsoever caused or contributed to by entering or participating in the Sweepstakes, the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto) or participation in any prize-related activities. 
  1. Limitation of Liability. The Sweepstakes Entities: (a) are not responsible or liable for any and all costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including, without limitation, death and bodily injury, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or from entrant’s acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize; (b) have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose; (c) assumes no responsibility for technical, hardware, software or other online entry malfunctions of any kind or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete or delayed electronic communications caused by the sender. If for any reasons (including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other cause beyond the control of the Sponsor, which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes), the Sweepstakes is not capable of being conducted as described in these official rules, Sponsor shall have the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes, or disqualify entries. 
  1. General Conditions. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes, to be acting in violation of these official rules, or to be acting in disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. 
  1. Disputes. Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrant agrees any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by state or federal courts situated in Jackson County, Missouri. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, or the right and obligation of entrants and Sponsor in connection with this Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of Missouri, without regard to Missouri choice of law provisions. 
  1. Privacy. Information submitted to Sponsor by any entrant is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy Crooked Lane Brewing Company will not sell your information. By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personally identifying information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. 
  1. Crooked Lane Brewing Company, Auburn, CA 95603. 


Long Beach, Calif. – September 13, 2019 – Crooked Lane Brewing Company was awarded California Brewery of the Year after taking 4 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze medals in the inaugural California Craft Brewers Cup (CCBC). The competition, a partnership with the Brewers Guilds of California and the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) recognizes the best craft beers in the state of California. The competition had a total of 1,266 entries from 194 independent craft breweries.

Crooked Lane Brewing Company was recognized in the following categories:

German/Vienna-Style Marzen | Oktoberfest | Gold Medal
Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout | Dark Bent | Gold Metal
Berliner-Style Weisse | Street Weisse | Gold Metal
German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock | Oreamnos | Gold Medal
European-Style Dark Beer | Thirsty Pretzels | Silver Medal
British Strong Ales (Old Ale) | Gnarly Goat | Bronze Metal
American Amber & Brown Ales | Hard Headed Red | Bronze Metal

“The California Craft Brewers Cup was created to showcase California craft brewers’ immense talent and innovation,” said California Craft Brewers Cup Competition Director, Mike Moore. “The awarded beers are truly of the highest caliber and showcase the talent and dedication of the breweries that made them.”

“The heart and soul you put into running a brewery starts to pay off when people appreciate your beer,” said Crooked Lane Brewing Brewmaster, Teresa Psuty. “Medaling twice at GABF meant so much to us; but THIS, winning seven medals for beers we put so much into, then achieving the honor of Brewery of the Year in California… I simply have to hold onto something heavy to keep from floating away!”

For a full list of winners and additional competition information, visit

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The Pilot Batch

What, smaller not bigger? Yes, sometimes smaller is better.

The pilot batch program at Crooked Lane Brewing Co. (CLBC) was developed around the same core quality standards as our large scale production, but with a focus on ultimate creative freedom. We are free to explore niche classic styles, as well as wildly experimental beers and ingredients. Producing just two kegs of beer at a time, the sky is the limit in determining what to brew, as well as giving our staff the creative license to take a chance on a new idea.

Our pilot system produces 1 Bbl (31 gallons) of finished beer as compared to 15 Bbl (465 gallons) on our large production system. This smaller volume remains extremely fresh during its time on tap in our tasting room. We take in customer feedback on our latest brew, and often scale up the ones we love.

On this foggy morning, we are brewing our Alt beer, Alt 49. Alt Bier is a traditional German style from the Dusseldorf region along the Rhine River. Unlike the paler Kölsch-style ale from Cologne we are better know for, Alt is brown ale with more malt character, but also has complex yeast and European Noble hop flavors. Following a cool fermentation and extended conditioning period, Alt comes together with lager-like qualities. The use of traditional German noble hops provides a slightly spicy and herbal character that pairs very well with the bready and biscuit-like malt backbone. The keys to success for this style are good balance between malt and hops and a restrained fermentation character.

We are targeting release for Alt 40 on January 4th.

Adrian Psuty
Co-founder and Head of Brewing Operations

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There’s only one thing missing from the Sacramento beer scene: women brewers

Auburn’s Crooked Lane Brewing is a lot like most of the breweries around Sacramento. Their beer comes in pint cans. They have a fruit-infused milkshake IPA. They have a cool tasting room and a patio lit by dangling strings of lights.

But there’s one thing that stands out: the brewmaster is a woman.

We checked with the area chapter of the Pink Boots Society — an organization of women interested in brewing. We asked brewery owners. Out of 84 Sacramento-area breweries, Teresa Psuty of Crooked Lane was the only one we found.

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Tastes like winning

Sacramento News & Review

At the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, Crooked Lane took home the bronze in the German-Style Kölsch category for Veedels Brau.

Crooked Lane co-owner and head brewer Teresa Psuty was also in Denver to accept her award, and she was particularly satisfied to be recognized for the brewery’s hyper-traditional take on Kölsch.

“It’s very near and dear to our hearts,” Teresa says. “We have really tried to make it the most authentic Kölsch-style beer that we can and having that beer win at GABF was such an honor …”

Teresa was first introduced to the style by her husband, Crooked Lane co-owner Adrian Psuty, whose work for a German biotech company frequently took him to Cologne, where the light, crisp, cold-conditioned beer style was born. Adrian brought his enthusiasm for the beer and its surrounding culture and aesthetics back to the states, where he began experimenting with his brewing partner Teresa.

“We started working on that Kölsch as a recipe as home brewers and went through a bunch of iterations,” she says. “When we started the brewery, that was one of the first beers we had on [tap].”

At the Crooked Lane taproom in Auburn, Veedels Brau is served in the traditional, thin and cylindrical stange glass that holds 200 milliliters. As with Mystery Airship 4.0 at New Helvetia, Crooked Lane customers devoured the newly minted beer as soon as the award was announced.

“The moment we won, we sold out all the rest of the Kölsch that we had, so I was scrambling to make another batch,” Teresa says.

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Crooked Lane Medals at GABF for 2nd Year in a Row

By Sonya Sorich – Digital Editor, Sacramento Business Journal

California breweries received the most medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past weekend, and the list of honorees includes several Sacramento-area businesses.

The event is the largest beer festival in America and attracts nearly 62,000 attendees through four sessions in three days, according to the Denver Business Journal.

Crooked Lane Brewing won a bronze medal for their German-Style Kölsch, Veedels Bräu. This beer has been recognized in several other commercial beer competitions but none as big as GABF.

Crooked Lane also took home gold for their Doppelbock, Wobblor in 2017.

Read the article to see the list of the 2018 Sacramento-area winners.

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2 Year Anniversary

Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

Crooked Lane’s turning TWO, and you’re invited to celebrate with us! With SEVEN commemorative beer releases, fresh swag, and live music each and every night, you’ll have plenty to savor. We’ve laid all the right vibes to make this a special weekend, so come join your Crooked Lane friends for weekend festivities heretofore unmatched in time and space. We’ll only turn TWO once, after all.

The Beers

  • The Divine Sphere: Our barrel-aged blend of Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon and Whiskey barrels for six months, Divine Sphere is rich and complex with dark chocolate, cherry, toffee and caramel notes overlaid with delicious bourbon and oak character.
  • Diablo’s Delight: Were releasing two versions of Diablo’s Delight… one with Raspberries and the other with cherries – both were fermented with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillis and Pediococcus in a freshly dumped Merlot barrel for 8 months, and what resulted was pretty magical. The raspberry recently won a silver in the California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition. We’ll also have a beautiful painted glass to enjoy this tasty barrel-aged sour in!
  • Carmen Mandarina Milkshake IPA: When sweet, tangy mandarin combines with creamy malt, milk sugar, and vanilla, the results are surprising and delightful, even flamboyant… Carmen Mandarina will get your taste buds to the dance floor!
  • Swamp Angel Hazy West Coast IPA: IPA evolution has become a revolution. Swamp Angel takes what you love about West Coast and New England-Inspired IPA’s and creates a third, beautiful flavor profile. She is juicy, but also dank; she rocks citrus flavors but delivers a hop punch. Taste buds take flight!
  • Oktoberfest Vienna Lager: Rich with German malts, our Oktoberfest Vienna Lager represents the style faithfully with toasted malt flavors and aromas, brilliant amber color, and a crisp dry finish.
  • SR16 DIPA in a short-run commemorative can: Originally brewed to share with fishing buddies on an epic chase for Steelhead on the Salmon River, SR16 inspires with a sense of adventure in IPA satisfaction. A double that drinks like a single, you won’t believe the burst of Citra and Amarillo hops reside in an 8.5% Double IPA. One taste and you’re hooked. Consider yourself warned.
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Hop Rhapsody

There are times in life when something is placed in front of you that is far too precious to ignore or simply pass-off as anything less than extraordinary. Meet Hop Rhapsody. Get yours at Crooked Lane.

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SACRAMENTO BEE: Urban Roots, Crooked Lane win gold at the U.S. Open Beer Championship

Sacramento-area brewers cleaned up at the U.S. Open Beer Championship on Sunday, with nine breweries winning medals in 14 styles and four claiming their division’s top prize.

California breweries as a whole combined to win 37 medals in the competition’s 110 categories. Beers were judged by experts from the U.S., Canada and England, and there were 6,300 total submissions from as far away as South Korea.

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SACRAMENTO BEE: Everything from craft to ‘Old School’ is on tap here

If there is one remaining impediment preventing casual and corporate beer drinkers from fully embracing craft beer, it would be the relentless trendiness.

“Old school” beer fans don’t necessarily like the nonstop turnover of tap lists, the over reliance on beer nerd-baiting styles or the way that fruit goes in everything now.

They have a point: go to any craft brewery in the area, and you’ll be lucky to find a style that isn’t some sort of IPA, pale ale, pastry stout or sour beer. However, peruse the tap list at the Crooked Lane brewery and taproom in Auburn (one of the best-looking tasting rooms in the region), and you always see traditional styles like hefeweizens and Helles lagers.

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THE SESSION Podcast with Brewmaster, Teresa Psuty

Joining the long list of homebrewers-who-listened-to-The-Brewing-Network-and-turned-pro, Teresa Psuty from Crooked Lane Brewing Company came into the studio today to talk about all things Crooked Lane. Teresa cam from a biotech background, and after attending brewing school – as well as learning from some of the best brewers in the state – she decided to open her own place up in Auburn, CA. Crooked Lane runs the spectrum of beers they produce: from Helles to Doppelbock, NEIPA to plain ol’ IPA, Teresa works hard to make sure she does the beer justice.

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COMSTOCK’S: Queens of Craft Brew

A 2014 study of the craft beer world by Stanford researchers showed that women filled only 21 percent of the top leadership roles in the industry. That figure is depressingly low, but the level of female executive representation in craft beer still greatly outpaces industries like finance, health care and information technology.

To get the view from the top, Comstock’s spoke with a few women brewery owners in the Capital Region about their diverse backgrounds, their paths to leadership and their thoughts on getting more women into craft beer.

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