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Business Journal: Beer Board Game, Covered California, Sacramento Mixed Use Project

Courtesy Craft Beer Games

Two Sacramento entrepreneurs hope to raise $20,000 in a Kickstarter campaign for an official craft beer board game.

Courtesy Craft Beer Games

There's a new twist to the Sacramento region's craft brewery boom: A beer board game.

Two Sacramento entrepreneurs have begun a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 to produce Craft Beer the Board Game. The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says it's a resource collecting game.

"Players try to collect various ingredients for a batch of beer," explains Sorich. "The game is not currently for sale, outside of the Kickstarter campaign. But its creators hope to eventually make mass-produced copies with the Kickstarter money that they raise and sell the games through local breweries."

She says the connection between beer pubs and games isn't surprising. Local pubs regularly host trivia nights.

A craft brewery from Southern California wants to open a site in midtown Sacramento in a spot that used to be a laundromat. Sorich says Golden Road Brewing has filed plans for the project with the city.

"This would include demolishing the closed City Suds laundromat, which is on L Street in midtown," says Sorich. "Ultimately we would see a new two-story building at the site. It's interesting that this new midtown location would include a brewpub and restaurant built at least partially from shipping containers."

Last year, Golden Road was sold to Anheuser-Busch InBev. Sorich says while some Sacramento craft beer fans are critical of out-of-town breweries moving here, other people say - 'the more options the better.'

Tuesday's election results are raising questions about whether California can keep parts of the Affordable Care Act going if President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress pull the plug on Obamacare. More than five million Californians have obtained health insurance through Covered California or expanded Medi-Cal, the government healthcare program for the poor. 

"Officials say that if the plug is pulled on Obamacare," says Sorich, "basically every sector of the healthcare industry will be impacted, from consumers to providers."

More than $12 million is being spent on updating a mixed-use building in downtown Sacramento. It's near the Golden 1 Center at 4th and J streets.

The project will lead to more than 70,000 square-feet of available office space and 7,000 square-feet of available retail space. Sorich says potential tenants may like the building's location, which is near the Federal Courthouse and a new Kaiser Permanente medical office under construction.

"It could attract law firms and maybe health care companies too," says Sorich. "On the retail side, this will be also interesting to watch. Currently a Subway sandwich shop is the only retail occupant. Overall the renovation should be complete by May."

The structure was originally built as the seven-story Travelers Hotel. That lasted until about the 1950s. It was once converted into apartments and most recently it's been used as office space. The building is owned by a family from the Bay Area.

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Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the voice of Capital Public Radio News as anchor of Morning Edition and Insight. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music. Steve also produced stories for CapRadio.org.   Read Full Bio