Touchstone Brewing Company is Touchstone Climbing’s very own brewery! Located in Sacramento and sharing the property with Pipeworks, Touchstone Brewing Company is a brewery, taproom, and outdoor beer garden. We also sell to-go cans—the perfect addition to your next adventure. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for updates from the brewery and taproom.
Touchstone Brewing Hours
Join us Wednesday through Saturday for 14 rotating beers on tap, discounts on cans-to-go, and food!
We will be closed on major holidays.
Beer Pick-Up at Pipeworks Hours
Monday – Friday: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday + Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Have a Beer at Our Taproom Hours
Wednesday – Friday: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Both our taproom and brewery are located at 116 N 16th St Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95811, in the Pipeworks’ parking lot.
We host weekly and monthly events at the brewery. Come on over and join us for a beer during Comedy Night or create a team and drop your knowledge at Trivia Night.
As a small batch brewery, our tap list is constantly changing. But rest assured you’ll always find a wide variety of beers for everyone. Check out our beers below for examples of what you’ll find.
Espresso Porter – 7.0% ABV – 22 IBU
We teamed up with Chaos Coffee Roasters to bring you this amazing new project. Custom roasted espresso on a smooth Baltic Porter makes the Alpine Start worth the early wake up. Chocolate notes, smooth roasted and caramel malts and a nice, dark espresso finish. We don’t really recommend a beer for breakfast, but if we were to have one, this would be the perfect grab.
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.
Hazy Double IPA – 8.0% ABV
We used Galaxy & El Dorado hops throughout this smooth, pillowy, hazy double IPA. Astroman is a world class climbing route that we will likely never be strong enough to climb, so we cut corners and decided to drink it instead! Still counts as a send!
West Coast Double IPA – 8.7% ABV – 46 IBU
Do things your own way…Break the Beta…Live your life! Made with Admiral Malts from Northern California, this West Coast Double IPA is loaded with Citra and Waimea hops, walking the line of big citrus and high dankess, with a dash of fruitiness on the nose.
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.
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.
CCBA Pale Ale
5.8% ABV – 35 IBU
A celebration of California Craft Beer, this state-wide collaboration was brewed to support the California Craft Brewers Association. The CCBA supports all independent breweries in California through education, support, and government representation. This American Pale Ale is brewed with all California grown and malted barley and very select hops that shine throughout. Enjoy, and thank the CCBA for all that they do for us!
Black Pilsner – 5.2% ABV
Traditionally referred to as a black lager or schwarzbier, this clean & dry lager has notes of milk chocolate and dark roasted barley. So take a sip, relax, and reach for that distant hold.
West Coast IPA – 6.8% ABV – 40 IBU
We Just Can’t Help Falling In Love with this one! A classic West Coast IPA, Elvis Leg is bitter, citrusy, and hoppy. Loaded with Mosaic and Citra, this beer will definitely have you All Shook Up uh huh, uh huh, yaay yay.
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!
Nebulous Pale Ale (hazy pale) – 5.5% ABV – 21 IBU
A tribute to our brewmaster’s favorite trilogy, this Nebulous Pale Ale is smooth, mellow, and is a constant reminder of the theme, “Don’t Panic.” Galaxy hops shine through a hazy pale ale backbone without overpowering, to help guide you through the universe in search of 42.
It Gose Boys
Lemon Cherry Gose – 5.2% ABV
Lemon and cherries on top of a clean, sea-salted gose make this nicely balanced with tartness and a bit of sweetness. The name comes from the famous quote from Lynn Hill after the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Nose, “It goes boys.”
Hawaiian Shirt Day
Tropical Hoppy Lager – 6.0% ABV
A collaboration brew with our friends Strike Brewing Company in San Jose, this beer was a tribute to our past in corporate America. Brewed and dry-hopped with Sabro and Citra hops, this clean lager is loaded with tropical notes without being overly bitter. This is a one-time beer brewed for California Craft Beer Week. When it’s gone, it’s gone!
Hollywood Hans Blonde
Blonde Ale – 5.4% ABV
Hollywood Hans Florine has been speed climbing since before it was cool, and on much larger features than you saw in the olympics! This lightly hopped Blonde Ale features New Zealand Moutere hops, and has a nice fruity and floral finish, with minimal bitterness. We don’t expect this one to last long, so give it a go today!
Hazy IPA – 6.9% ABV
Named after one of our brewer’s favorite routes in Yosemite Valley, this tropical freshness should not be missed! Brewed with Nelson and Ekuanot hops, this jammy, hazy IPA might even leave you with notes of grape jam and passionfruit.
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.
Love the Leap
West Coast IPA – 6.8% ABV – 51 IBU
Dank, Pine, Citrus. This west coast IPA was brewed in collaboration with CRAGS to celebrate our favorite climbing area, Lovers Leap. Lovers Leap was torn up by the Caldor Fire last year and we are working together toward its restoration.
Mayor of Indian Rock
Imperial Stout – 9.8% ABV – 70 IBU
Known as the Mayor of Indian Rock for his knowledge of every element and willingness to share beta, we brewed a dedication beer for our friend, Dave Altman. Dave was a part of the Touchstone Climbing family for more than 2 decades. This Imperial Stout stands strong, with roasted notes of chocolate and coffee, finishing very smooth and silky.
Dry Hopped Pilsner – 4.2% ABV
Rest Days in Yosemite Valley always include a trip to The Meadow. This super crispy, easy drinking pilsner is dry hopped with Zuper Zaazer from Hop Head Farms, leaving you with gentle notes of Lemongrass at each sip. Go relax in The Meadow…with The Meadow.
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.
Dry Hopped Blond Ale – ? ABV
A classic blond ale with the heightened aroma and flavor of dry hops.
Low Alcohol Pale Ale – 0.75% ABV
We were asked about non-alcoholic beers, so we decided to give one a go! A little bit above the 0.5% ABV threshold, Off Belay is still very low in alcohol at under 1%. We dry hopped it with Citra to keep it fresh and a little bit hoppy.
American Pale Ale – 4.9% ABV
Brewed to celebrate our newest gym, Pacific Pipe in West Oakland! This mellow pale ale is loaded with amazing hop characteristics from Amarillo and El Dorado hops! This will be a very limited release here, so pick it up now!
American Lager – 4.5% ABV
Clean, crisp, and light bodied, this lager is a very nice alternative to the bitter and hoppy IPAs and Pale Ales that are so popular. This beer was brewed entirely with California grown and malted barley, keeping it as local as possible. Perfect for a post-send beer!
Dry-hopped Blonde Ale – 5.0% ABV – 21 IBU
A Prost for the Post, our newest gym in Pasadena. Tropical and smooth, this mellow blonde ale boasts a generous dry hop of Ekuanot giving it a mix of floral and fruity on the nose and taste buds.
Black Lager – 5.4% ABV
Check out this new collaboration we did with Oak Park Brewing. Traditionally referred to as a black lager or schwartzbier, this clean & dry lager has some notes of chocolate and dark roasted barley. Chalk up and give the Project a try!
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!
Helles Lager – 5.0% ABV – 17 IBU
This refreshing and light lager was brewed for your day off! A slight tropical note from New Zealand hops, gentle bittering, and a deliciously medium bodied german lager backbone, make this the perfect beer for any time!
West Coast IPA – 6.8% ABV
Pine, Citrus, Dank, Delicious. Rising Together was brewed to celebrate our local breweries. Proceeds from this beer went to the Sacramento Area Brewers Guild, an organization dedicated to helping our local breweries and beer community.
Dry Hopped Pale Ale – ? ABV
All the aroma and flavor you’ve come to expect from a pale ale, with less of the bitter notes.
Hazy IPA – 6.8% ABV
This floral, pillowy, smooth Hazy IPA is packed with Sabro and Cashmere hops. Heavy notes of coconut and fresh flowers make this beer something special! Proceeds from this one go to the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. This will not last, pick some up today!
West Coast IPA – 6.5% ABV
Brewed on International Women’s Day, in collaboration with The Pink Boots Society, this West Coast IPA is exploding with hops! Woman Up was brewed with a special hop blend and almost exclusively California malts, put together by the Pink Boots Society and Yakima Chief. Ladies from Touchstone and neighboring breweries came together to brew this deliciousness. Almost exclusively California grown malts, and all proceeds going to the Sacramento Chapter of the Pink Boots Society make this beer dedicated to being and serving local.
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. 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, other beverages (including non-alcoholic), and food.
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.