Beerwalk Returns to San Jose’s Japantown to Commemorate 1-Year Anniversary

Photo from the first local Beerwalk in San Jose
Photo from the first local Beerwalk in San Jose

The next Beerwalk is soon upon us and will take place on Sat., Feb. 9, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is also an official event for SF Beer Week 2013.

It was a year ago that the first Beerwalk took place in San Jose’s Japantown. With subsequent Beerwalks taking place every three months or so, the most recent ones took place in Campbell in August and Willow Glen in November. And so it is that after one full year, Beerwalk returns to the Japantown neighborhood.

Attendees will taste mostly California beers while checking out local stores and restaurants that they might have never set foot in otherwise.

This time around, Beerwalk founders Charlie Mann and Jordan Trigg – both of Jack’s Bar & Lounge – have added a cool twist: The first 100 people to check in at registration, which starts at 12 p.m, will score the opportunity to tour the nearby Gordon Biersch brewery and bottling facility.

Local South Bay brewing companies pouring at the Beerwalk include Hermitage, Campbell, Strike, and Gordon Biersch.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 at Jack’s Bar & Lounge or online at In the case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased day of for $38. A ticket includes beer samples, a custom glass, and a passport. Proceeds benefit the Japantown Business Association.

For more information, visit the Beerwalk website or like their Facebook page. Oftentimes, the beers being poured will be announced via Twitter.

The following is the lineup of participating brewing companies:

Ballast Point
21st Amendment
Devil’s Canyon
Gordon Biersch
North Coast
Blue Moon
New Belgium
Firestone Walker

The following are the tasting locations:

Jack’s Bar & Lounge
Japantown Dental Group
Kaizen Salon
Pavona Apartments
Empire Seven Studios
The Classic Rock
The Esplanade
Ultimate Tan
Sole on Ice
Art Object Gallery
Island Moves
Sak N Sak
Chloe’s Closet
San Jose Autoworks
Nichi Bei Bussan

The Beerwalk’s mission is to provide a social outlet for the community and neighborhoods, while highlighting small businesses and raising funds for the non-profit business associations throughout the great city of San Jose and beyond.  Every few months, come walk through a different small-business district and visit local stores and restaurants while tasting over 20 beers from local and import breweries.

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