Drake’s BARN Opening in West Sacramento

October 16, 2018

Drake’s Brewing Co. is set to unveil Drake’s BARN, a two-acre food, beverage, and entertainment destination located along the river in West Sacramento’s burgeoning Bridge District. Drake’s BARN will be a community gathering spot, hosting festivals, concerts, civic events, and more, year-round. Drake’s BARN will open for a Grand Opening Week, October 24-28.

The BARN was developed by Mark Friedman, president of Fulcrum Properties, as a new kind of gathering space for the community. The focal point is a pavilion designed by Dutch architect Jerry van Eyck of !melk, an award-winning urban design and landscape architecture firm. The curvy cedar- shingled structure was inspired by a sprouting vegetable seed. Overhangs were designed with the sun and seasons in mind, providing 6,000 square feet of shade during the warm summer months. The structure received a first place International Design Award (IDA) for architecture in 2017.

The BARN’s attractions were envisioned by John Martin, co-owner of Drake’s Brewing Co. Visitors will be able to choose from an array of beverage, culinary, and lounging experiences. Features include the PizzaSmith full-service restaurant, an outdoor bar, 400-seat beer garden, food trucks on weekends, fire pits, three music stages, a large open meadow with beach chairs and lawn games, and opening this winter, a 38-seat craft cocktail bar. The venue will continue to evolve with more amenities through 2019.John Martin collaborated with John Chang of Flynn Architecture,and designer Ben Frombgen of Bcooperative, both who worked on the highly-regarded Drake’s Dealership in Oakland.

Executive Chef Taylor A. Smith of Drake’s Dealership created the woodfire menu for PizzaSmith. It will feature 14 different New Haven style pizzas, which are thin and served with a slightly charred, but not too chewy crust. Expect Drake’s take on pepperoni pizza, with toppings that range from traditional to unconventional: Italian sausage, smoked trout, sriracha sauce, capers, goat cheese, pickled goathorn peppers, and shaved red onion. Smaller bites to share and woodfired entrees will also be available, including fresh vegetable skewers, stuffed chicken breast, filet, and flat bread. The selection will appeal to both vegetarians and meat-lovers. The BARN’s produce will be sourced from the on-site farm run by the Center for Land Based Learning.

Brewmaster John Gillooly and his talented brewing team will provide a unique selection of fresh beer pouring from 50 taps. Choices will include Drake’s favorites Denogginizer Double IPA, 1500 Pale Ale, and Best Coast IPA, alongside new releases like Brightside Extra Brut IPA, Flyway Pilsner, HAYS Elastic Limit, and War Pigeon Double IPA. In addition, a steady flow of small-batch, limited, and sour beers from Drake’s award-winning barrel-aging program will be featured in addition to guest beers from Sacramento area breweries. Drake’s bottles, cans, and growlers to-go will also be available for purchase.

Drake’s BARN is located at 985 Riverfront Street, West Sacramento. Hours of operation for grand opening week (October 24-28), are: October 24, 25, and 26 from 4:00pm – 12:00am; October 27 from 11:30am – 12:00am; October 28 from 11:30am – 9:00pm. Starting Wednesday, October 31, Drake’s BARN will begin regular hours of operation: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4:00pm – 12:00am; Saturdays from 11:30am – 12:00am; and Sundays from 11:30am – 9:00pm.

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  1. Barn Seating Area 2 looks like a spot where one could park their bod
    and watch Tower Bridge get gilded by the setting sun.
    Close enough to the river too, that an evening chill
    about midnight would then wake you up and send you home.
    Genius! Marking calendar now!

  2. This looks awesome and we cannot wait to check It out and have fun!

    Thank you to Drakes and the city of Sacramento for establishing yet another “Sacramento Destination”

    Walnut Creek

    • Mark cross the bridge to WEST Sacramento the go south of the River Cats stadium.
      Sacto and West Sacto ain’t the same.

  3. YAAAASSSSSSSSSSS! Sacramentans have been patiently waiting for you guys to open! See you opening night!

  4. Lisa Lowe says:

    We Can’t wait to enjoy the atmosphere here in T.B.D…. Sharing good times enjoying music venues and oh The Food and Beverages ! Great times and memories to be with family & friends.
    Thank you,
    Lisa & Pete Lowe
    @ The Habitat

  5. Please fill growlers!!! Can’t wait.

    • Brian Stechschulte says:

      Hi Jake,

      We will be filling growlers eventually. In the first 2-3 weeks we want to let the staff get use to service working with large crowds and get comfortable. Then we’ll introduce growler fills once they settle into their roles. It will happen. Just please be patient. Thank you!

  6. Excited to see who will be playing there. It looks like we all can have a fun time.

  7. The Beer Oracle says:

    I drive by there everyday to go to the freeway, as I work down the street on 3rd street and I don’t see where the driveway is to go into the gravel parking lot.
    I’m handicapped and I guess I can stop there and try to figure it out, I saw a piece of heavy machinery being driven there yesterday on the way home.
    Anyway, I’m looking forward to drinking the Drakes Imperial Stout on tap and running into my friend Eben Weissberg, Brian Stechschulte may know him.

  8. Cris Cerna says:

    Where do you park to go to the barn?

    • Brian Stechschulte says:

      Hi Cris,

      There’s no dedicated parking at The Barn. Only street parking is available, and then we’re encouraging everyone to use transit, bike sharing, or Uber and Lyft.