Highlights of the Second San Jose Beerwalk in Japantown

Second San Jose Beerwalk in Japantown hosted by Jack's Bar & Lounge
Second San Jose Beerwalk in Japantown hosted by Jack’s Bar & Lounge

The second San Jose (SJ) Beerwalk with its IPA theme took place Saturday, April 28, 2012, and it was a resounding success based on initial feedback. Contributing success factors were the organization, more South Bay brewery involvement, and the wonderful San Jose springtime weather.

Beerwalkers were also noticeably exploring and engaging the various Japantown businesses, about 18 or so, that served as pouring locations. It is safe to say that this second SJ Beerwalk was even better than the first very popular, sold-out SJ Beerwalk held this past February.

For craft beer fans, there was plenty to be happy about, while the participation of more South Bay breweries was a welcome development. Among the local South Bay breweries and their beers were the following:

Rock Bottom Campbell Brewer Larry Hoang
Rock Bottom Campbell Brewer Larry Hoang
Rock Bottom Campbell IPA
Rock Bottom Campbell IPA
  • Campbell Brewing was stationed at Cielito Lindo and poured draft IPA among the draft selections. Campbell Brewing Brewmaster Jim Turturici was there to lend a hand.
Campbell Brewing pouring station
Campbell Brewing pouring station
Campbell Brewing Brewmaster Jim Turturici
Campbell Brewing Brewmaster Jim Turturici
Campbell Brewing IPA
Campbell Brewing IPA
  • Strike Brewing‘s CEO Jenny Lewis and Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich offered their current lineup of beer, including draft Wit and Brown, pouring at San Jose Autoworks.
Strike Brewing Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich and CEO Jenny Lewis
Strike Brewing Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich and CEO Jenny Lewis
Tied House & Hermitage Brewing
Tied House & Hermitage Brewing
Menage a Singe IPA and Coastal Fog IPA
Menage a Singe IPA and Coastal Fog IPA
Citra Hops IPA and Hoptopia DIPA
Citra Hops IPA and Hoptopia DIPA
A taste of the Hermitage Brewing Citra Hops IPA
A taste of the Hermitage Brewing Citra Hops IPA
Faultline Brewing Company
Faultline Brewing Company
Faultline IPA
Faultline IPA
Los Gatos Brewing Company
Los Gatos Brewing Company
Los Gatos Brewing Hefeweizen
Los Gatos Brewing Hefeweizen
Los Gatos Brewing Oktoberfest
Los Gatos Brewing Oktoberfest
Upcoming Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest
Upcoming Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest
FireHouse Brewery Hops on Rye IPA and One Tun Imperial Stout
FireHouse Brewery Hops on Rye IPA and One Tun Imperial Stout
FireHouse Hops on Rye IPA and One Tun Imperial Stout
FireHouse Hops on Rye IPA and One Tun Imperial Stout
Gordon Biersch beers
Gordon Biersch beers

Some of the other participating breweries included:

  • Devil’s Canyon and their IPA and Scotch Ale
  • Santa Cruz Ale Works and their IPA and Hefe
Mike Barker of Santa Cruz Ale Works and draft Hefeweizen Ale and IPA
Mike Barker of Santa Cruz Ale Works and draft Hefeweizen Ale and IPA
Santa Cruz Ale Works IPA
Santa Cruz Ale Works IPA
  • Firestone Walker and their Wookey Jack and Union Jack
  • Sierra Nevada and 3 different IPAs – Ruthless Rye, Torpedo, and Hoptimum
  • Anchor Brewing and their Liberty Ale
  • Stone Brewing and their Cali-Belgique IPA and Sublimely Self Righteous Ale
  • Lagunitas and their IPA
  • Anderson Valley and their Hop Ottin’ IPA and Summer Solstice

Those interested in the next SJ Beerwalk will have to wait several months as the third SJ Beerwalk will take place in late July or early August. For the latest SJ Beerwalk updates, like the SJ Beerwalk Facebook page.

Some more pictures from the second SJ Beerwalk below.

Taking a break at the SJ Beerwalk
Taking a break at the SJ Beerwalk
Yours truly with two favorite South Bay beers
Yours truly with two favorite South Bay beers
Lost Coast Brewery's Jack Van Stone enjoying the Beerwalk
Lost Coast Brewery’s Jack Van Stone enjoying the Beerwalk
Waiting in line for Gordon Biersch beers
Waiting in line for Gordon Biersch beers
Beerwalkers
Beerwalkers
A comfortable security presence throughout the SJ Beerwalk
A comfortable security presence throughout the SJ Beerwalk
Outdoor patio at Jack's Bar & Lounge
Outdoor patio at Jack’s Bar & Lounge
Rock Bottom Campbell Brewmaster Russell Clements (left) and Jack's Bar & Lounge Owner Jordan Trigg (right)
Rock Bottom Campbell Brewmaster Russell Clements (left) and Jack’s Bar & Lounge Owner Jordan Trigg (right)
Jack's Bar & Lounge
Jack’s Bar & Lounge
Enjoying the outdoor area of Jack's Bar & Lounge
Enjoying the outdoor area of Jack’s Bar & Lounge

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