Highlights of Recent South Bay Oktoberfest Celebrations

Outside Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Outside Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012

Plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations took place in the South Bay last month, including events at Liquid Bread Gastropub, Harry’s Hofbrau, and Steak Out.

Liquid Bread Gastropub

Liquid Bread Gastropub temporarily opened its doors to offer a sneak peek inside during the Oct. 13-14 weekend, coinciding with the Downtown Campbell Oktoberfest celebration weekend. The Liquid Bread team was on hand to greet customers, pour draft German beer, and talk about their much anticipated gastropub. A popular question that weekend was, “When will you be open?” It was the public’s first chance to check out the Liquid Bread space since the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell this past Aug. 11, when the owner had received the keys just the day before.

Liquid Bread Gastropub officially opened Oct. 23 and is on the fast track to becoming a South Bay hot spot for quality food and beer in a down-to-earth setting.

Inside Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Inside Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub partners Ryan Banderas (left) and Jordan Trigg (right), Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub partners Ryan Banderas (left) and Jordan Trigg (right), Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread beer manager Larry Hoang (left) and Ryan Banderas, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread beer manager Larry Hoang (left) and Ryan Banderas, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub Executive Chef John Burke (left) and Larry Hoang, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub Executive Chef John Burke (left) and Larry Hoang, Oct. 2012
John Burke enjoying a Hofbrau Munchen Hefeweizen, Oct. 2012
John Burke enjoying a Hofbrau Munchen Hefeweizen, Oct. 2012

Harry’s Hofbrau

There was a special Thursday Pint Night on Oct. 25 at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose as they hosted their annual Schneider Weisse event. In addition to the German beers, tall ceramic beer mugs and Bavarian-style pretzels were also offered and proved to be very popular. Of course, there was a compelling draft beer lineup as usual.

Harry’s continues its South Bay role as a major craft beer establishment.

Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose, Oct. 2012
Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration dinner at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration dinner at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose, Oct. 2012
Lost Coast Brewery Northern CA sales manager Jack Van Stone (left) and yours truly, Oct. 2012
Lost Coast Brewery Northern CA sales manager Jack Van Stone (left) and yours truly, Oct. 2012

Steak Out

In downtown Mountain View, Steak Out hosted an Oktoberfest event that had customers arrive in droves to enjoy a special Oktoberfest food and beer menu. Indoor and outdoor tables were filled throughout the day and evening, including the long tables set up in the parking lot. Of note were the comments about the solid craft beer offerings on tap at Steak Out that were overheard a number of times throughout the day.

Interestingly, according to staff, this Oktoberfest event was “the busiest by far” that Steak Out has ever been.

Oktoberfest celebration at Steak Out in Mountain View, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration at Steak Out in Mountain View, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration at Steak Out, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration at Steak Out, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest food at Steak Out, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest food at Steak Out, Oct. 2012

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