Outdoor Misting Systems Transform Seasonal Traditions into Year Round Opportunities

Amidst the changing colors of tree leaves and a nod to the onset of chillier moods, the autumn season has a vibe all its own.  Fall, typically, heralds a break from summer temps offering a new set of flavorful foods and beverages to suit the weather.  As climate change continues to confuse Mother Nature, higher temperatures are lingering throughout the Greater Sacramento Region.   Unseasonably hot temps means locals can drink a cold craft brew or enjoying a bratwurst in the sunshine.  If you prefer a patio or garden setting to sip and sample tasty Fall traditions, you may want to choose a pub or restaurant featuring comfortable outdoor misting systems. 

“Oktoberfestivities” and Outdoor Misting Systems

Der Biergarten, located in Midtown Sacramento is a unique site that has been designed as a full outdoor beer garden experience. The festive atmosphere is meant for mingling with Corn Hole, Foosball and Ping Pong arranged to start the conversation.  Der Beirgarten’s setting has traditional Biergarten tables with a large bar and restroom convenience area made out of cargo containers. While the month of October, signals cheer for those who adore the German folkfest of lore, Oktoberfest, Sacramento beer lovers can enjoy authentic German beers and sausage year round. With outdoor misting systems at the ready during warmer days, patrons at Der Biergarten won’t sweat their Lederhosen to party outside.

Der Biergarten Celebrates Traditional German Brew and Fare

With 32 beers on draft, including their own brew, Der Biergarten pours German, Belgium, Craft, Stout/Porter, IPA’s and more. They also offer cocktails such Tito’s Moscow Mule that pairs well with some of their famous “Belgies”.  Belgies are an interesting mix of meats, veggies and cheeses served on a “savory” waffle accompanied by Sauerkraut, a pickle, and a choice of Cucumber or German Potato Salad. The menu, also, highlights an assortment of traditional German food including a sausage platter, customer favorite, a Kasespatzle (German Mac & Cheese) and the perfect dough to dip into your beer…the internationally recognized, Pretzel!

Koolfog Taste Team Faves:

Der Biergarten Schofferhofer Starbust

Experimental Beer 4.o% ABV

A truly unique beer. A tale of two beers. The bottom is grapefruit befeweizen and then topped with local two rivers pomegranate cider

Dog Haus Dog

Old Fashioned Fruankfurter with Sauerkraut,Mustard, Tomatoe & Onions on a German Roll

Apple  Strudel

Traditional German Strudel served warm

Garden Party Fun All Year Round!

Visitors to Der Biergarten don’t have to fret that the end of October is coming. Guests to this amazing venue can imbibe, nosh and socialize in any month. You can also book a party to share the array of mouthwatering eats and beyond basic beers.  These folks take their hops seriously!   Just check out their website for specifics but if it’s cold out they have Winter hours and if it’s hot they have Summer hours…even more time to grab a seat under the outdoor misting systems to a swig a pint or two.

 Der Biergarten is located at 2332 K Street, Midtown Sacramento; www.beergardensacramento.com

 

Exploring the Sierra Foothills: Sacramento Day Trippin’

Just a quick beat from downtown Sacramento (about an hour or so drive), Amador County is home to a wonderful blend of history and natural wonder as well as host to modern culinary sip, sup, and sightsee adventures.  The region is one of California’s Gold Country treasures with over 40 wineries set amongst a splash of charming vintage towns that were built from the area’s rock mining boom.  For a cool day trip, check out the town of Sutter Creek on your way to the Black Chasm Cavern in Volcano to discover one of California’s recognized National Natural Landmarks.

Just off Highway 49, the town of Sutter Creek beckons visitors with its historical charm. Established in 1854, Sutter Creek is a quintessential Gold Country town with buildings that line the street reflecting early 19th & 20th Century architecture. Main Street is full of boutique stores, restaurants, and tasting rooms to enjoy.  On a sunny day, take leisurely stroll down Main Street and you can’t miss the billowing mist floating from the balcony of Hotel Sutter.  Koolfog installed a high-pressure evaporative misting system so that guests on the balcony area could be comfortable while enjoying a beverage with a front row view of the happenings on Main Street. Sutter Creek does get quite warm in Spring and Summer months, so those traveling to the area can refresh under the outdoor patio misters. While there is no table service on the balcony, drinks can be ordered from the bar. Hotel Sutter bar includes a selection of wine, beer, and spirits with their house lemonade a perfect SIP to quench your thirst:

 

Lavender Lemonade

A fun and refreshing twist on a lemonade made with signature housemade lavender syrup and house lemonade, served with a sugared rim

Hotel Sutter is a Gold Rush inspired hotel that gives lovely homage to the region and features an intriguing basement style lounge space for events and live music. In addition, the hospitable gourmet restaurant cultivates locally sourced, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients to enhance its menu. The Koolfog taste team recommends you try this mouthwatering starter to SUP:

 

“Pig, Fig, & Goat  

Prosciutto, fig jam, herbed goat cheese, and candied pecans with an oversized pretzel

Just a few miles away is the famous Black Chasm Cavern located in the small town of Volcano.  As you pass the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, follow a signs through a wooded area that clears at your destination.  Visitors enter into a museum type of gift shop to await a guided tour of this remarkable cave.  An experienced naturalist leads a group into three different chambers located beneath the earth’s surface while educating and entertaining guests with stories of California’s culture and history. Curious scientists, budding gemologists, and those interested in truly unique experience will be dazzled by the mystery and beauty of these caves.

 

Entering the mouth of this phenomenon one is struck by the beauty and depth of the rock formations that date back over several million years.  Descending several flights of stairs, platforms have been constructed to study the different stalactites and stalagmites that grace the cavern. It is important to note that the tour has been designed with special care in lighting and attention to the environmentally friendly access points so as not to disturb the caves integrity. Rare rock formations called “helictites” grow throughout this cavern and while found in many different caves the proliferation and abundance of these “gravity defying” crystals has led to the declaration of Black Chasm Cavern as a National Natural Landmark.

 

 

Restaurant Misters at Relish Burger, El Dorado Hills

Tucked into the corner of Montano De El Dorado Retail Plaza, Relish Burger and Bar is a local favorite that draws a stellar crowd seeking good food, excellent craft beers, superb cocktails, and a fun atmosphere. Known as a casual hang out, Relish Burger Bar’s patio beckons as the perfect spot to bring your friends and enjoy the views with restaurant misters creating a cool and comfortable atmosphere. 

Relish Burger Bar has extensive menu items including Salads, Signature Sandwiches and Signature Burgers to satiate hungry appetites.

May We Suggest these amazing dishes:


Salad Choice:

  • Relish Wedge Trio

Tomato, basil, feta cheese with balsamic. – Bacon, blue cheese, red onion with ranch. – Avocado, hard boiled egg, crispy onions with lemon vinaigrette.

 

Signature Sandwich Choice:

  • L.T.A.

Smoked pork belly, lettuce, tomato, avocado spread, A-1 aioli. Served on grilled Parmesan sourdough.

 

Signature Burger Choice:

  • The Hills Bacon Cheeseburger

8 oz. patty, Applewood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, roasted A-1 aioli, lettuce, tomato.

 

 Koolfog “Taste Team” Favorite bite off the NIBBLE’s Menu:

  • Pickle Fries

Crispy pickle spears, serviced with avocado ranch.

Montano De El Dorado Retail Plaza is beautiful enclave situated within the Sierra Foothills. Similar to the Italian Tuscan inspired architecture that dots the region, this shopping and dining space is reminiscent of the inviting palazzo’s found across the Mediterranean countryside.  The center welcomes with an array of boutiques and restaurants designed to take advantage of California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle boasting a rich landscape that includes water fountains, lush greenery, and a wonderful perch to enjoy a sunset over the Central Valley.

relish burger el dorado hillsRelish Burger Bar’s courtyard has both high and low dining umbrella tables that surround a stunning cabana bar area.  Music softly fills the air and as diners look to the sky, market lights hang ready to twinkle in the evening hours while misters are positioned to cool customers when temperatures rise.  The evaporative misting system above this festive patio provides comfort when the party gets started. 

Relish Burger Bar is located  at 1000 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CA; relishburgerbar.com or call 916-933-311 

In the know:

  • Kids Eat Free Every Sunday
  • Tuesdays = Trivia from 7pm-9pm
  • Check their Facebook event calendar for live entertainment.