Touchtone Brewing Company is Touchstone Climbing’s very own brewery! Located in Sacramento and sharing the property with Pipeworks, Touchstone Brewing Company will soon have a pub and outdoor beer garden to match. We are currently selling cans for curbside pickup. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for updates from the brewery.
Beer Pick Up Hours
(Closed on major holidays)
Tuesday – Thursday
Festbier – 5.9% ABV
A traditional German lager built with true West Coast ingredients, this is our version of a German Festbier. Made with 100% California malt from Admiral Maltings and Pacific Northwest hops from Yakima Chief, you’ll only need to go to Germany for the Frankenjura.
West Coast IPA – 6.5% ABV
This West Coast IPA is bitter, hoppy, and clean with notes of citrus and pine, and we’re happy to give you the beta on it. We threw all classic C hops into this one: Centennial and Cascade for bittering, Chinook throughout, and a heavy blast of Citra for aroma and flavor. Delicious.
Hazy IPA – 6.7% ABV
Like your coziest camp slippers at the end of a long day at the crag, you’ll love this smooth and pillowy Hazy IPA. Mellow bittering, prominent aroma, and a dry hop with Mosaic and Simcoe make this a delicious choice for hop lovers of all kinds.
American Pale Ale – 5.3% ABV
This was the first beer we brewed at Touchstone Brewing, so we named it appropriately. This Pale Ale drinks like a mellow IPA, featuring West Coast IPA hops throughout the recipe. First Ascent was an immediate staff favorite, so it will be around full time!
Black is Beautiful
Imperial Stout – 10% ABV
Black is Beautiful is an imperial stout developed by Weathered Souls Brewing of San Antonio, TX. This nationwide collaboration is part of an effort to raise awareness about the daily injustices endured by BIPOC Americans and to support real legal reform. All proceeds of this beer go to the ACLU – Sacramento County Chapter.
Amber Ale / Alt Bier – 4.8% ABV
Arete is brewed in the style of a classic Northern German Altbier with all North American malts, the bulk of them grown right here in California. A delicate balance between malty and bitter, this beer is very approachable no matter your style.
American Pale Ale – 5.6% ABV
The current brewer’s favorite, this American Pale Ale is super crushable. Galaxy & Loral hops shine bright throughout this beer, dancing the line between Pale Ale and Session IPA. Gates out, gates in…whatever helps you get this one in faster!
We’re a small batch brewery and are constantly rotating our offerings to bring you the freshness. Check out our archive to see what we’ve been up to (and what might make its way back into the rotation)!
American Lager – 4.9% ABV
When you can’t jam, you can just lay it back. Enjoy this smooth, crisp, easy drinking lager while reminiscing about past sends, or dreaming of new ones to come.
Meet the Brewmaster
After years in the corporate world, Ryan Campagna decided he’d had enough and quit his job in 2011. He donated all of his suits and went off to follow his passion for beer. Fortuitously for this avid climber and mountaineer, The Studio in San Jose opened around the same time. He joined right away and quickly became a familiar face at the gym.
Later in 2012 he started working at Strike Brewing as their Production Manager. Soon Ryan was known not just at The Studio, but throughout the Touchstone Climbing community as he visited other locations to pour Strike beer for our TCS climbing competitions; and he didn’t have to wait long for his two interests to collide.
“When I heard that Touchstone was considering a brewery at Sacramento Pipeworks, I immediately reached out,” Ryan says. “The idea of running my own brewery, next to a climbing gym, one hour away from the mountains…it was almost too good to be true.”
After introductions over beer and equal parts climbing talk and business talk, we decided to move forward with the Touchstone Brewing Company and Ryan. He moved from San Jose to Sacramento and began working on getting the brewery up and running.
“I’m excited to be working for a rad company with cool people, and to be a part of the exploding craft beer scene in Sacramento,” Ryan says. “And to mix two of my passions—beer and climbing! Not at the same time of course…”
A Restaurant in the Works: Pintworks
Touchstone Brewing Company will be an 1,800 sq. ft. brewery with a 2,600 sq. ft. tap room, along with a shaded outdoor beer garden perfect for warm Sacramento summers. The taproom itself, affectionately dubbed Pintworks, will offer beer, beverages and food.
“We’re including a pizza oven in the plans,” says Touchstone CEO Mark Melvin. “Along with non-alcoholic drinks. While we’re very excited about being the first climbing gym in the USA to brew its own beer, we also want to build a place on-site for the community to come together over food and drinks.”