Highlights of the 3rd Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival in San Jose

2012 Meet the Brewers Beer Festival in San Jose
2012 Meet the Brewers Beer Festival in San Jose

The 3rd annual South Bay Meet the Brewers beer festival took place last month during SF Beer Week at Hermitage Brewing Company in San Jose. The festival featured local craft beer from 19 breweries. Among the mostly South Bay breweries were the following:

Banner of participating sponsors, brewing companies, and food trucks
Banner of participating sponsors, brewing companies, and food trucks

Under the organizational leadership of Tied House/Hermitage Brewing marketing director Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez, co-hosting with Peter Estaniel from BetterBeerBlog.com, this brewfest was a huge success, not only evidenced by the fact that it was sold out but also by the great time that was had by those in attendance, including brewers, craft beer enthusiasts, and beer novices.

Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Director of Marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez
Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Director of Marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez
Peter Estaniel (right) of BetterBeerBlog.com
Peter Estaniel (right) of BetterBeerBlog.com

Many brewers participated in pouring their beers and talking with the guests about their creations. They answered questions and shared some interesting background stories about the beers that they were pouring. Undoubtedly, being able to directly interact with the brewers made the event very special.

Firehouse Grill & Brewery Brewmaster Steve Donohue
Firehouse Grill & Brewery Brewmaster Steve Donohue
Los Gatos Brewing Brewmaster Kent Wheat
Los Gatos Brewing Brewmaster Kent Wheat
Strike Brewing CEO Jenny Lewis and Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich
Strike Brewing CEO Jenny Lewis and Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich
El Toro Brewing Brewmaster Geno Acevedo
El Toro Brewing Brewmaster Geno Acevedo
Campbell's Rock Bottom Brewer Larry Hoang
Campbell’s Rock Bottom Brewer Larry Hoang

The brewing community is a collegial one, and such was the case at this festival, with brewers given a chance to catch up with one another as well as try each other’s latest batches.

For craft beer enthusiasts, this beer festival afforded the opportunity to enjoy a number of different, quality beers, including to name a few: Firehouse Hops on Rye IPA (cask) and One Tun Imperial Stout, Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Hop X and Hoptopia, Faultine Weizen Bock wheat ale, Strike Brewing Blonde, Wit, and Brown, El Toro Brewing IPA, and Los Gatos Brewing Mama Cask Elliot ESB (cask). Having the presence of non-South Bay breweries provided the opportunity to experience beers such as Drake’s Hopocalypse DIPA, Peter B’s Blonde Ale dry hopped with whole cone summit hops (cask), and Uncommon Brewers Siamese Twin Ale.

And for craft beer novices, this event provided a great avenue in which to sample a wide variety of beers and learn of which beer styles and breweries were particularly compelling and worth keeping mental notes.

Attendees were able to enjoy delicious food from half a dozen food trucks, which were parked right outside the brewing facility. Since the weather was nice, many enjoyed spending some time outside in between sampling beer. Another welcome sight was the number of families who attended this excellent event.

Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Brewmaster Peter Licht (2nd from left) and Brewer Greg Filippi (3rd from left)
Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Brewmaster Peter Licht (2nd from left) and Brewer Greg Filippi (3rd from left)
Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Greg Filippi
Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Greg Filippi
Campbell's Rock Bottom Brewery Brewers Larry Hoang and Russell
Campbell’s Rock Bottom Brewery Brewers Larry Hoang and Russell
Devil's Canyon Brewing Draught Specialist Rudy Kuhn
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Draught Specialist Rudy Kuhn
Firehouse Brewery Assistant Brewer Jason Gutierrez
Firehouse Brewery Assistant Brewer Jason Gutierrez
Tied House Brewmaster Ron Manabe (middle)
Tied House Brewmaster Ron Manabe (middle)
Campbell Brewing Brewmaster Jim Turturici (2nd from right)
Campbell Brewing Brewmaster Jim Turturici (2nd from right)
Hijinks at the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Hijinks at the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez and California Cafe Executive Chef Mark Pettyjohn
Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez and California Cafe Executive Chef Mark Pettyjohn
Excellent turnout for the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Excellent turnout for the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
A great day for the sold out San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
A great day for the sold out San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Gourmet food provided by Moveable Feast food trucks at the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Gourmet food provided by Moveable Feast food trucks at the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
San Jose Meet the Brewers Beer Festival sold out
San Jose Meet the Brewers Beer Festival sold out

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