THE DOWNLOAD: Gunrock Beer, Alumni Wine

The can design for Gunrock American Lager.
This design will cover the Gunrock American Lager cans.

The university's officially licensed beer has a new look and a new name: Gunrock American Lager.

The light-bodied beer, brewed by Sudwerk Brewing Co. of Davis, was released in small batches last fall. The recipe has since been tweaked and "dialed in," Sudwerk co-owner and operations manager Trent Yackzan said.

Now it's ready for a wider release, and will be available in 12-ounce cans next week. The brewery will hold a release party — the first opportunity to buy six-packs of the new beer — at 5 p.m. on Aug. 28, at 2001 Second St.

The event will feature a taco truck, outdoor games like cornhole and other activities.

"It'll be a gathering of people celebrating, hanging out and enjoying Gunrock," Yackzan said.

Sudwerk's Dock Store will continue to sell the cans, and by mid-September, the beer will also be available in Raley's, Bel Air and Nugget Markets in Yolo County, as well as the Davis Food Co-op. It will also be sold at this season's UC Davis football and basketball games.

Merchandise like hats, T-shirts and pint glasses will be available later.

A portion of the proceeds from Gunrock American Lager benefit UC Davis Athletics.

Cases of the beer can be reserved in advance of the Aug. 28 event by emailing

Wines celebrate tradition

Alumni wine labels
These two wines, featuring historic UC Davis photographs, make up the 2018 Cal Aggie Alumni Association alumni wine collection.

This year's Cal Aggie Alumni Association wine collection celebrates two longtime UC Davis events: Picnic Day and Pajamarino. The wines, produced by alumni-founded wineries Bucher Wines and brick & mortar wines, can be purchased online. They are:

  • Picnic Day, a 2014 pinot noir made by Bucher Wines of Santa Rosa. Price: $40 for alumni association members, $44 for nonmembers.
  • Pajamarino, a 2015 chardonnay made by brick & mortar of Oakville. Price: $36 for members, $39 for nonmembers.

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