If you live anywhere around Sacramento and have some time to kill over the holidays, might we suggest checking out Folsom’s newest beer joint, Samuel Horne’s Tavern? Opened just over a month, this place has everything you’d hope for in a local pub – great beer at a great price, complemented by a simple and affordable menu. The place is small, has just a handful of tables and very few seats at the bar – along with a standing bar in the center to place your drink while carrying on with friends.

The place has sixteen taps, all featuring some of the finest hand-crafted beer in America with names like Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, Victory and more. What’s more is the diversity of taps. Unlike some places with an obvious bent toward the uber-hoppy concoctions of America, Samuel Horne’s has a superb balance of lagers, rich malty ales and powerfully structured IPAs – it has a beer for any palate.

On our first trip in my wife and I ordered two plates, each costing under $10, and a couple of well-poured pints at $4.50 a piece. What we didn’t have to pay for was a beer-centric conversation with Dylan, Owner of Samuel Horne’s, or the blue cheese and bacon that topped our fries. The J.T. Burger was spectacular, completed with a house-made bourbon dressing and cooked to perfection. Additionally, the “blue plate special” of the night was some extra-spicy sausages, sliced into bite sizes and tossed with thin pasta in a rich cream sauce – this plate had some serious heat! Both dishes were well worth the price, filling and flavorful.

The booth seating was comfy, the decor and lighting was cozy, and the beers were as clean and flavorful as you’d ever hope to find (not a shock given Dylan’s many years as one of the region’s top beer distributors). The doors are open seven days a week and it’s located right in the heart of historic Folsom. From what we observed on our inaugural trip it is safe to say we’ll be back very soon.

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