Sacramento Beer Week ended Sunday, and while the only bad part of should have been waiting a full year until the next one, the bad news of another brewery closing was reported the next day. Pyramid Alehouse closed for good Sunday night. This affected 80 employees, and came as a surprise to many. While downtown Sacramento is certainly a challenge in the K Street area, Pyramid has shown itself to be a pretty busy establishment. Opening almost 10 years ago, they made beer on premises for the first few years, then leaving their brew system idle except to brew about once a year. The beer was made at the Berkeley facility, then shipped to Sacramento. Pyramid ended up Beer Week with over 20 beers on tap, including three Stouts and three IPAs, but the economy was claimed as the issue regarding the closing. The other Pyramid locations will remain open (four of them), and the company seems to be doing well, especially with their claim of brewing 30 different beers in 2013.
Competitive issues were also claimed as a factor, but this points to revitalizing of the K Street area as being more successful regarding restaurants and places for good beer. This still has a long ways to go, but there are still plenty of breweries in Sacramento County, especially with River City Brewing and Rubicon Brewing so close by. Don't neglect your local breweries.