A beer-coffee with a Stockton angle

Old Soul, a Sacramento artisianal coffee company, is announcing the release of “The Kenyan,” a “craft coffee-infused ale.” The coffee beans come from “the famed farmers of the Rung’eto Co-op in the town of Embu” and processing stations ”on the slopes of Mount Kenya.”

The ale comes from Ruhstaller of Sacramento. There’s the Stockton angle.

Capt. Frank Ruhstaller (1846-1907), was the beer king of Sacramento until Prohibition killed the brewery. One of his sons became a Stockton pediatrician. Of his grandsons, Tod Ruhstaller is the Director and Historical Curator of the Haggin Museum; Larry Ruhstaller is a SJ County Supervisor; Ned Ruhstaller is a ER room nurse and estate salesman.

A Sacramentan named Jan-Erik Paino revived Ruhstaller beer without knowing there were any surviving Ruhstallers. When he realized he was trading on their name, he smoothed things over (this partly involved filling the Ruhstallers’ refrigerators with beer) and went on to help revive Sacramento’s berwing tradition.

Whether “the Kenyan” is another great product you can decide. A Release party is planned for 7pm-10pm Thursday, February 20th at Old Soul at The Weatherstone, 812 21st St., Sacramento.

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