What happens when board game nerds and craft beer drinkers unite

The Sacramento craft beer scene is moving beyond grain to glass. Now, drinkers can go from glass … to game.

Craft Beer the Board Game, the brainchild of two Sacramento natives, combines a love of craft beer with a love of board games. The two- to four-player game is structured around recipes for different types of craft beer. Players roll a die to collect ingredients like hops and hard water to complete their recipes. The competition comes in when players “crop block” each other to prevent their friends from getting all the ingredients they need.

“We have a bunch of board games that we liked to play together, and those were always combined with craft beer. So one day we were sitting around and thinking, hey, what if we brought the two together? And just posed the question: What does that board game look like?” Collin Poseley explained.

Poseley and his childhood friend Eric “Eggie” Foust, a designer, are currently trying to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter to mass-produce the game, which would retail for $40.

“We want this board game to be played in every brewery, every tap room, and think it would be a great addition to your establishment,” Foust said.

It’s a good time to be marketing a board game for craft beer drinkers. The California Craft Brewers Association says there are nearly 750 breweries operating in California right now. There are 68 in the greater Sacramento region alone, with 15 more in the planning stages. And board games are also on the rise: the NPD Group, which tracks sales data, says games and puzzles are the fastest growing toy category in 2016, up 16 percent from January to September.

As of Nov. 11, Craft Beer the Board Game had raised $3,460 from 38 backers, with 19 days left to go in its online fundraise.

 

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