Choose your own adventure: Brew up a road trip

Now is the time for a semi-local brew road trip. Pick a couple of friends, find a designated driver, promise him or her a growler of choice beer to go, fresh from the brewery tap for the end of the trip, and visit one, two or all of the mouthwatering breweries just west of Sacramento. Road trip!

Starting from home, you might want to first hit up your favorite growler stop, though this all depends on where you plan to spend the night. Don't let it get warm! Track 7, Hoppy and Berryessa all have growlers. Toss a cooler stocked with ice in your trunk for growlers and 22-ouncers that you pick up along the way.

Did you remember to find a designated driver? Be sure to do so and not just your best friend's pregnant wife, because that's just not fair. Suck it up and take turns. Just imagine the intelligent conversation you could have sober with brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo at Russian River Brewing Company.

Head west on Interstate 80 towards Davis. Here's where you make your first decision. You could take State Route 113 north all the way to Main Street in Woodland if you'd like to check out Black Dragon Brewery either for the taproom or for homebrewing supplies.

Your other option is to get off in Davis and take Russell Boulevard, aka Lincoln Highway, west towards Winters. Stay glued to Russell (it becomes Grant Avenue in Winters, so no worries if it changes on you), and just after you get through town you'll run into Berryessa Brewing Company. It's almost impossible to get lost; there's just not that much else around.

Your next stop depends on the car you're driving at least, it does for me.
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