Besides “when are you going to open?,” the next most frequent question we are asked is “what does Track 7 mean?” Primarily, we wanted to honor the railroad history of Sacramento with our name. After all, the brewery is a block from the old Western Pacific mainline and south of the former locomotive shops. In thinking through potential rail-related names, we started researching railroad slang, and through our research, we came across some other pretty cool names. But in the end, we liked Track 7 the best.
From one, un-verified source we came across, rail-workers used the phrase Track 7 to reference the track where the least important cars or freight were stored. Thas was because Track 7 was typically the farthest track from the mainline. Over time, the use of Track 7 also took on a more slightly negative connotation and began being used to describe how the “man” put one over on the worker. The reference would go something like, “the boss put me out on Track 7 today when he cut my shift.” Not taking ourselves too seriously, we thought the name to be fitting. After all as far as the beer industry goes, we aren’t very important. Not yet at least.
Beyond the primary reason we selected the name, there were several coincidences that helped convince us that Track 7 was the right name. First, the train that Ryan rides from San Bernardino to Los Angeles boards on Track 7 at LA Union Station. Second, there are seven freight tracks that still remain north of the Sutterville overpass in the general vicinity of our location. Finally, 3747 W. Pacific Ave is our location. Those 7s in the address just seemed like a sign.
We can’t verify that the slang was actually used. Although it was on the internet, so it must be true, right? Nevertheless, we liked name so we picked it. And we hope you like the name, the beer and the beer camaraderie we hope to foster at the Tap Room.