ECO SIGN co-owners Dave Rudolph, left, Dave Pust, center, and Scott Gaither, right, work together to decorate the Belltower with a beer mug for Belltower Brewfest on Saturday, June 28. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


Things are hopping on Main Street

By From page B1 | June 27, 2014

What: Belltower Brewfest

Who: Placerville Downtown Association

Where: Main Street in Placerville

When: Saturday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $30 in advance or $35 at the event, nondrinkers free


Cerevisaphiles, zymurgists and beer drinkers will have more than 45 breweries to sample from during the Belltower Brewfest on Saturday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m.

The annual event organized by the Placerville Downtown Association will close Main Street from Sacramento to Clay street to traffic so revelers can visit the businesses hosting a tasting site and enjoy music at several spots along Main Street.

Not just a refreshing drink for summer evenings, beer has been around for thousands of years and in early Sumeria and Egypt was considered a better alternative to drink rather than the polluted water due to the antimicrobial ethanol in beer. For today’s suds fanciers, researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called polyphenols in one 12-ounce bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma antioxidants that can help prevent heart disease. But don’t overdo, the cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants the body creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.

Take it easy while sampling some of the brews, listen to the music by Achilles Wheel Band at the Belltower, Ice House Blues Band by the Cozmic Café and Shauna Lea and the Hired Guns by Main Street Music, take a look at the Banners on Parade hanging from the light poles, do some shopping and dining, check out the new paint on the buildings and have fun.

Achilles Wheel is a high energy roots and world music/rock and roll band from Northern California, featuring award-winning songwriting played on numerous stringed instruments and more drums than you can shake a stick at. In the wake of the band’s breakout performance at the 2012 Kate Wolf Music Festival, it has been burning up stages all across California.

The fiery epicenter of Achilles Wheel’s sound is Jonny Mojo on lead guitar and vocals, surrounded by Paul Kamm and Shelby Snow on rhythm, bass and vocals, and Gary Campus and Mark McCartney on drums and vocals. The group’s debut CD “13 Hours” was recorded at the historic Nevada Theater in Nevada City in 13 hours, since the band believes so strongly in the chemistry of its live performances. If you love to dance and celebrate life, come see Achilles Wheel and make a joyful noise.

For more information on the band visit

Shauna Lea is a talented singer who was born in Sacramento and currently lives in and calls the foothills her home. A country girl with a mix of talent and class, she has performed for large audiences all over Northern California at a variety of venues including MMA fights, barrel races, rodeos and sprint car races, as well as at many Sacramento and surrounding area clubs.

She gets the audience dancing and she can also bring it down with a beautiful ballad with a great range of melodic sounds. She has great energy and is always ready for fun.

The Ice House Blues Band is made up of talented musicians from the Sierra Foothills, featuring the amazing vocals of Ranell Carpenter. This band plays scorching blues and R&B and is a popular group that plays at many local clubs and venues.


Participating breweries

Alaskan Brewing Co.
American River Brewing Company
Anchor Brewing
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Auburn AleHouse
Avery Brewing
Bear Republic
Big Sky Brewing Co.
Black Diamond Brewing Company
Blue Moon Brewing Co.
Boston Beer/Sam Adams
Bridgeport Brewing
Common Cider Company
Cool Beerwerks
Crabbie’s Ginger Beer
Crispin Cider
Drake’s Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Gold Hill Brewery
Grand Teton Brewing
Green Flash
HenHouse Brewing Company
Heretic Brewing Company
Hoppy Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lost Coast Brewery
Mendocino Brewing Company
MRAZ Brewing Company
Napa Smith Brewery
New Helvetia Brewery
North Coast Brewing Co.
Old Hangtown Beer Works
Out of Bounds Brewing
Placerville Brewing Co.
River City Brewing Company
Rubicon Brewing Company
Shiner Brewery
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Six Rivers Brewery
Sudwerk Brewing Co.
Sutter Buttes Brewing
Trumer Braueri
Widmer Brothers

Tickets are required for those who want to participate in the beer tasting — an ID is required — but designated drivers and those who want to listen to the music without sampling the beer are free, as are families with children.

Tickets are $30 each in advance or $35 at the event if there are any left. Visit, Cuppa Coffee, Powell’s Steamer Co. and Pub, River City Bank and the Wine Smith to purchase tickets. There will be no refunds. This is a major fundraiser for the Placerville Downtown Association.

The Brewfest is sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the Mountain Democrat and Powell’s Steamer Co. and Pub.

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Mimi Escabar

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