Forum at the 2015 Art of Beer Invitational!

Art of Beer Pic

Patrick, Isaac and Forum’s Sultan of Suds, Phil Pluckebaum are behind the mics at the 2015 Art of Beer.

Held at McClellan Business Park, and benefiting Ales for Autism, this year’s event featured over 40 craft beers. Listen in as the Forum crew taps into the genius behind some of the best, including David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Jeanna and Ryan Graham of Track 7 Brewing Co., and Peter York of Roseville’s new Monk’s Cellar.

Dan Scott, founder of Sacramento’s Beer Week stops by to let us in on this year’s weeklong (or more) extravaganza, and Rob Archie of Pangaea Bier Cafe brings us up to speed on what is new at one of Northern California’s best beer purveyors and pub.

If that weren’t enough, get a load of Carina Lampkin, Executive Chef and Partner at downtown’s Blackbird Kitchen & Gallery. While known for her creative food and beer pairings, who know this daughter of Brooklyn could make Anthony Bourdaine blush?

Of course, Isaac and Phil sacrifice for the good of the show to sample ample amounts of beer themselves and provide . . . valuable insights, while Patrick holds it together with aplomb and dignity (well, almost).

Forum Tastes Craft Beers to Get Ready for The Art of Beer 2015

Mmmmm . . . Beer!

For their first show back from hiatus, Patrick and Isaac welcome regular guest Jennifer Irwin back into the studio to talk about the upcoming 4th Annual Art of Beer Invitational, A Celebration of Craft Beer and Fine Art.  Joining Jennifer is Sacramento’s own Craft Beer Guru, Mike Brennan.

What would a Forum show dedicated to craft beer be without beer tasting?  On this episode of Forum, listen in as Mike shares with your imbibing hosts a dozen (or so) great California (many local) brews and learn more about the region’s growing craft beer industry.

And of course, through beer goggles, we learn more about this year’s Art of Beer.  Many listeners will remember that Forum –The Sacramento Region’s Digital Town Square has recorded live from the previous two Art of Beer Invitational events, and this year will be no different.

Forum is Live from Art of Beer Invitational 2014


Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square Live from the California Aerospace Museum and Art of Beer 2014

The previous episode of Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square provided an in-studio warm up for our annual live show from The Art of Beer.  Every year, this episode, a fan favorite, provides listeners with insights from local and regional brewers, and others from within the Sacramento brewing – and beer drinking – scene.  This year we are again joined by our in-house Balthazar of Beer, Phil Pluckebaum, and the results are no different!

Listen in as we sit down with makers of Ninkasi Brewing Company, and Firestone Walker Brewing Company, as well as Sacramento’s own New Helvetia Brewing Company, and the soon-to-open Oak Park Brewing Company.

And did someone say home brewing?  Many of us know, and are proud of, Sacramento’s own Annie Johnson who took home the top prize in the 2013 National Homebrew Competition.  Now, local home brewing guru Mike Brennan lets us in on news from the 2014 National Homebrew Competition, where Sacramento will be one of only twelve cities to host opening rounds, putting our fair city once again on the brewing map at the national level.

Also on tap is Rob Archie, the man behind Pangaea Two Brews Cafe, to let us in on what is in store for one of the best known brew dispensaries in the region.

Sacramento is quickly becoming a Mecca for Beer.  And nobody knows this better than guest Dan Scott, as he prepares for Sacramento Beer Week 2014. . . listen now to get some insight into why, and do a little tasting the Forum crew along the way.



The 2014 Art of Beer is Here and Forum Has It!

Art of BeerMany listeners will remember that Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square had the pleasure of recording from the 2nd Annual Art of Beer Invitational last year. In fact, it was one of our most popular episodes.  So we are pleased to say that all of the anticipation can soon come to an end as we once again welcome Jennifer Irwin in to the studio to talk about the upcoming 3rd Annual event.

The actual event will be held Friday, January 24th at the California Aerospace Museum at McClellan Business Park (for more information, including how to purchase tickets, click here).  But it’s too big for one show!  So we bring you this precursor to the event, giving your hosts an opportunity to go into greater detail as to what the event is all about. . .

Beer, food and art, you say?

No.  Well. . . ok, sure there will be a lot of great craft beers, great food, and exciting artwork, but the event is also a fundraiser with proceeds going to Ales for Autism, an organization that organizes beer-centric events that raise money for autism research and support programs and awareness for Autism.  So, it is also a great cause.

On this show, Jennifer stops by with a cooler full of great artisanal beers to sample, and Patrick and Isaac are always willing to lend a hand and introduce our listeners to new beers (the sacrifices we make!). Cold beer and hot mics?  What could possibly go wrong???

Zombies?  Or, the crowd trying to get into The Art of Beer?

Zombies? Or, the crowd trying to get into The Art of Beer?

And, oh yeah, don’t forget that Jennifer is also our resident zombie expert, so you never know how the conversation will turn.

Listen in on the fun, and come by the Art of Beer on January 24th.  You can even get a discount if you use the promotional “Forum” when purchasing tickets!

If you do go – and you should go – be sure to stop by and say hello to your favorite podcasters (no, Marc Maron and Adam Carolla won’t be there).

Forum Visits the California Museum with Brenna Hamilton

Ray Eames Chair

A famous chair design by Sacramento native Ray Eames

For this episode of Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square, we are live from one of Sacramento’s best kept secrets, spreading the word about The California Museum. Opened original in 1998 to show items warehoused in the State Archives, The California Museum is a downtown treasure.  Unfortunately, a lot more people drive by it on 10th Street every day than go through the front door.

John Huerta Painting

Frida in Desert by John Huerta

Joined by Communications and Marketing Director Brenna Hamilton, we learn about permanent exhibits, The California Hall of Fame and Uprooted!  Japanese Americans During World War II. 

Brenna also gives us a local history lesson through the life of Sacramento native and internationally acclaimed designer Ray Eames, whose exhibit is currently a feature at the museum.

Listen in, and stop by the Museum (parking is free on Saturday).  If you are like the crew at Forum, you will enjoy it, and you just might learn a thing or two.  PLUS, if you do so before January 6th you will enjoy Art of Dia de los Muertos, featuring the work of artists Rob-O, John Huerta, and David Lozeau.

Forum Talks food with The Sutter Club’s “Chef Jack”

The Sutter Club's California Room

The Sutter Club’s California Room

The Sutter Club was founded in January of 1889, and is the second oldest private club in California.  It originally opened in the “old pink building” – the California State Bank at Fourth and J Streets, but moved to its present location at 9th & Capitol Mall in 1930.

And as much as the Sutter Club’s History and architecture have left an indelible mark on Sacramento, that’s not what we are talking about on this episode of Forum – Sacramento’s Town Square.  For this episode, we visit the California Museum for a book signing and lecture with Maryellen Burns and Keith Burns authors of Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes.  Being that we are in the heart of the State Capital, we talk with Chef Jack Kalustian, Executive Chef of the Sutter Club, about what it is like being at the helm of Sacramento’s most politically connected kitchen.

Lost Restaurants of Sacramento & Their Recipes to be Live at the California Museum with Story Station and Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square

Lost RestaurantsThis Saturday, September 28, 2013, between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM discover some of Sacramento’s lost heritage in a FREE event featuring Sacramento historians and authors Maryellen and Keith Burns who will talk about the role of Posey’s Cottage in local and state history as the home of the California Derby Club.

Additional event activities include:
  • Cooking demonstration by Chef Jack Kalustian of the Sutter Club and a taste of his updated version of the Hangtown Fry, Ronald Reagan’s favorite Posey’s dish;
  • Lost Restaurants of Sacramento” book signing;
  • Food memory recordings by attendees via Story Station, an oral history project will be hosted by Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square; 
  • Menu design craft project for kids ages 5 & up;
  • Free admission for 2 to exhibits including Posey’s Cottage, Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design, Day of the Dead: Art of Día de Los Muertos & much more;
  • There will be free parking in the surface street lot on the corner of 10th & O Streets

Come out and celebrate a crossroad in Sacramento’s history – where food and politics meet!

Forum Sits Down with Sacramento Funny Man Brian Crall of The Comedy Spot

A Pensive Brian Crall wondering, "what am I doing on Forum?"

A Pensive Brian Crall wondering, “what am I doing on Forum?”

Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square is back in the studio with Sacramento comic and the man behind The Comedy Spot and the Sacramento Comedy Festival, Brian Crall.

Brian tells the gang about the fun work The Comedy Spot, Sacramento’s answer to Second City, is doing to teach up-and-coming comedians and put Sacramento on the national comedy map.  Are we really 9th on the list of funniest cities in America?  We think we should be much higher!

We also talk a lot about the Third Annual Sacramento Comedy Festival going on right now (September 13 – 21: For tickets and more information click here).  This year’s festival features a Stand-Up Competition, Improv, Sketch Comedy, and (our favorite) Comedy Podcasts.  If the festival, and The Comedy Spot, are half as much fun as doing this show was, they’re a can’t miss!

Downtown Guide and Historian Shawn Peter on Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square

Shawn PeterForum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square launched one year ago and is still going strong.

On this episode, Patrick and Isaac visit with Shawn Peter, Downtown (Tour) Guide and local historian.  We talk about the Downtown Sacramento Partnership Guide program, Sacramento’s guided tours – including an upcoming Haunted Tour, and the River City’s cross roads with the Civil War.

Also on hand is a discussion about the recent ban on entertainers on Old Sacramento’s streets.  Is it really the best move, or is there a better course that will help create a more vibrant Old Town?

Finally, in What’s News Isaac Gonzalez. . . Are Sacramento’s carriage horses being abused?. . . Is there really an app that tells us exactly when we take out our recycling?. . . There’s some offally good food being served. . . and, BEER to benefit the Center for Sacramento History!

William Burg Talks Sacramento’s Activism History On Forum

burgbookWilliam Burg, local historian extraordinaire, sat down with Forum to discuss the crux of his latest book, “Sacramento Renaissance: Art, Music, and Activism in California’s Capital City. Try as I might, I just can’t do the book better justice than its Amazon description:

Touted as progress, postwar redevelopment spawned a new age in Sacramento, California. As city planners designated areas of urban blight and directed bulldozers to make way for commercial districts and pedestrian malls, the churches, jazz clubs and family homes of the West End and Japantown were upended and residents scattered. Displaced families and businesses reestablished themselves and redefined their communities around new cultural centers. Historian William Burg weaves oral histories with previously unpublished photographs to chronicle the resurgence of Sacramento’s art, music and activism in the wake of redevelopment. Celebrate the individuals and organizations that defined an era: the beatniks and Black Panthers of Oak Park, Southside Park’s “League of Nations,” George Raya of Lavender Heights and the Royal Chicano Air Force in Alkali Flat.

Listen now to learn more about Sacramento’s modern history than you possibly can anywhere else in under 40 minutes!