Continuing from the previous post, the third part of the SubZERO Festival this year was pretty much the main reason we attended – the Better Brew Tasting Garden presented by Lagunitas Brewing and hosted by the Better Beer Blog. I was a full-on participant. :)
Taking a pic with Peter, the person behind the Better Beer Blog; hence the organizer of the Better Brew Tasting Beerfest.
Gordon Biersch, San Jose.
Uncommon Brewers, Santa Cruz.
FireHouse Brewery & Grill, Sunnyvale.
Ale Industries, Concord.
Campbell Brewing Company, Campbell.
Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma.
The scene shortly after the start time.
Time for some tasting.
Scottish Ale (4.5% ABV) from Campbell Brewing Company, Campbell.
Hefeweizen (5.2% ABV) from Firehouse Brewery & Grill, Sunnyvale.
New World Wheat (5.4% ABV) from Tied House Brewery & Café/Hermitage Brewing, Mountain View/San Jose.
Hall & Oatmeal Stout (7.0% ABV) from Firehouse Brewery & Grill, Sunnyvale.
Baltic Porter (7.8% ABV) from Uncommon Brewers, Santa Cruz.
Siamese Twin Ale (8.5% ABV) from Uncommon Brewers, Santa Cruz.
India Pale Ale (6.2% ABV) from Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma.
Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (9.75% ABV) from Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma.
What can I say? I enjoyed all the beers I tasted. And it was a treat to try many new ones.
Undoubtedly, the Better Brew Tasting Beer Festival was a success. THANKS, PETER!
What a bonus to have met up with friends.
We hung out. Talked. Laughed. Ate. Drank. Walked around.
This year’s festival was the first to incorporate gourmet food trucks as well as a beer festival. What a perfect combination! Plus, the community and fellowship elevated the experience to a whole, new level.
San Jose and the South Bay. Home to some great local craft beer. Great gourmet food trucks. A vibrant arts and culture scene. A wonderful community. Yet, I get a sense that we’re on the ground floor and that better and greater things are yet to come in these regards.
~Andy (made and raised in San Jose)