Grateful Hubby started in Nov. 2009 as a food blog. These days I enjoy spreading the word about the burgeoning San Jose and South Bay beer scene primarily here on my Grateful Hubby site (since Feb. 2011 and revamped in April 2016 to what you – mostly – see now) and occasionally for The San Jose Blog (since May 2013). I’ve also written about the local beer scene for Examiner.com (Nov. 2011-June 2016) and Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper and its online site SanJose.com (July 2012-July 2015).

Born and raised in San Jose, I’m a college counselor and instructor, family guy and health nut. You can find me as “gratefulhubby” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and in real life often with my wife Andrea, our kids (aged 8 and 25) and our friends.

Please explore the various tabs (e.g., Beer Writing, News & Events, Breweries, etc.) and contact me with any updates. Let me know if there’s a local beer story I should know about; I’ll gladly help spread the word.

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Listed below are some select posts focused on a bit of South Bay beer history and my ongoing Q & A series featuring many of the stalwarts of the local beer community.

Growth of South Bay Beer

April 1, 2015: Growth of San Jose and South Bay Beer Scene is No Joke

July 24, 2014: The Downtown San Jose Beer Scene

July 18, 2012: A Brief History of Craft Beer in the South Bay

July 18, 2012: July 2012 – Taking Inventory of the San Jose Area Craft Beer Establishments

Dec. 22, 2011: Taking Inventory of the San Jose and South Bay Craft Beer Establishments

Interviews and Q & As

Nov. 9, 2016: ‘For Pete’s Sake” Brewfest at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, Plus Q & A with Peter Cogan

Sep. 29, 2016: Q & A with Ravi Takhar of Stuft Pizza Milpitas, Plus the Latest on the Soon-to-Open IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop

Sep. 19, 2016: Q & A with Taplands Founder Matt Hartenstein

Aug. 14, 2016: Q & A with Strike Brewing Company Brewer Ryan Bridge, Plus Bullpen Series Origins and 2-Year Anniversary Celebration

April 13, 2016: 2nd Annual Pints for Pups, Q & A with Beer Hounds Lance Boyle and Deb Anderson

March 16, 2016: Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Three-Year Anniversary Celebration, Plus Q & A with Owner Ted Kim

Feb. 10, 2016: Golden State Brewery Grand Opening in Santa Clara, Plus Q & A with Owners Seth Hendrickson and Brian Gomez

Dec. 1, 2015: Good Karma Hosts Russian River Brewing Beer Dinner, Plus Q & A with Owner Ryan Summers

Sep. 9, 2015: Wicked Chicken in Santa Clara Celebrates Four-Year Anniversary, Plus Q & A with Owner Matt McClean

Aug. 4, 2015: Introducing Uproar Brewing Company, Plus Q & A with Uproar Brewmaster Mike Willaford

July 15, 2015: Original Gravity Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary, Plus Q & A with General Manager Rob Monroe

June 23, 2015: Beer Snobiety Celebrates One-Year Anniversary, Plus Q & A with Co-Founder Joe Nguyen

March 23, 2015: Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Celebrates 2nd Anniversary, Plus Q & A with Owner Ted Kim

March 22, 2015: Special Beer Release: Single Bourbon Barrel Aged 2 Tun from Hermitage Brewing, Plus Interview with Head Brewer Greg Filippi

Dec. 5, 2014: Mission Creek Brewing Company in San Jose Set to Open Dec. 9, Plus Interview with Brewmaster Guy Cameron

Oct. 28, 2014: Whole Foods Brewery on The Alameda Selects Brewmaster, Plus Q & A with Beer Manager Wesley Miller

May 22, 2014: Strike Brewing Company to Open Brewery and Tap Room, Plus Q & A with Owners Jenny Lewis and Drew Ehrlich

Feb. 27, 2014: ISObeers: New Beer Tasting Room in Downtown San Jose, Plus Q & A with Owner Dee

Oct. 17, 2013: Catching up with Strike Brewing Company, Big News on the Brewery Front, Plus Q & A with Owners Jenny Lewis and Drew Ehrlich

May 27, 2013: Mountain View’s Tied House Celebrates 25th Year, Plus Q & A with Owner Lou Jemison

May 14, 2013: Gordon Biersch 25th Anniversary, Plus Interview with Co-Founder Dan Gordon

April 29, 2013: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Brews Inaugural Beer, Plus Q & A with CEO Tom Clark

Jan. 18, 2013: Hard Hat Tour of Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in Downtown Mountain View, Plus Interview with Owner Ted Kim and Executive Chef Colby Reade

Nov. 26, 2012: Silicon Valley Sudzers: The South Bay’s Premier Homebrew Club, Plus Q & A with Club President Derek Wolfgram

Nov. 7, 2012: Co-op Brewpub in San Jose in Initial Planning Stages, Plus Q & A with Driving Force Peter Smith

July 11, 2012: Premier South Bay Bottle Shop Bobby’s Liquors, Soon-to-Open ISO: Beers, Plus Q & A with Dee Singh

June 28, 2012: Ten Questions with South Bay Brewmaster Steve Donohue

June 12, 2012: SmokeEaters: Hot Wings, Hellfire Challenge, and Now Craft Beer; Plus Q & A with General Manager Mike Burke

June 4, 2012: Kelly’s Liquors: San Jose’s Go-To Craft Beer Bottle Shop, Plus Q & A with Manager Jake McCluskey

May 31, 2012: 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden Craft Beer Festival, Plus Q & A with BetterBeerBlog’s Peter Estaniel

May 17, 2012: Ten Questions with Brewmaster Peter Licht of Hermitage Brewing Company

April 7, 2012: Original Gravity Public House to Open in Downtown San Jose Early Summer, Plus Q & A with Co-Owner Dan Phan

Feb. 8, 2012: South Bay Brewmasters Dinner at California Cafe Palo Alto, Plus Q & A with Executive Chef Mark Pettyjohn

Feb. 1, 2012: 3rd Annual Meet the Brewers Festival in San Jose, Plus Q & A with BetterBeerBlog’s Peter Estaniel, Part 2 of 2

Feb. 1, 2012: 3rd Annual Meet the Brewers Festival in San Jose, Plus Q & A with Director of Marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez, Part 1 of 2

Jan. 26, 2012: Jack’s Bar & Lounge and Dishcrawl Host Inaugural SJ Beerwalk in Japantown, Plus Q & A with Jack’s Co-Owner Jordan Trigg

Jan. 21, 2012: Naglee Park Garage at it Again with the Winter KraftBrew Beer Fest 2012, Plus Q & A with Co-Owner Luis Silva

Jan. 12, 2012: Enjoy SF Beer Week in San Jose at Harry’s Hofbrau, Plus Interview with General Manager Kevin Olcese

Jan. 5, 2012: Strike Brewing Company: New South Bay Brewery, Upcoming Launch Party and Q & A with Owners Jenny Lewis and Drew Ehrlich