Scenes from a Recent Visit to Uproar Brewing Company, Buildout Progressing Steadily

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[Update 6/1/16: Co-founder Steve Vandewater has confirmed with me that local brewmaster Jim Turturici is the new head brewer for Uproar Brewing Company.]

I first visited Uproar Brewing Company – located in downtown San Jose’s SoFA District at 439 S. 1st St. (previously occupied by the ZERO1 Garage) – late last summer. The building was empty then, but Mike and Michele Willaford (Brewmaster and Lead Brewer, respectively) and partner Steve Vandewater showed me around and shared the plans that they had for the space.

Fast forward to earlier this month: I had the chance to check out the progress of the buildout and to get a sneak peek – and taste – of some beers.

It was great to see the progress and to catch up again with Mike, Michele, Steve and Steve’s wife Christina; we had seen them at the Meet the Brewers festival a couple months prior. We also met Dietrich Wahlstrand, his wife Emily and their toddler, and contractor Mike. All genuinely fine, down-to-earth folks.

Mike and Michele have been busy crafting batches of beer at home. Four beers – so far – have received hearty approvals from the team:

  • Blonde Ale, 4.5% ABV, 15 IBUs
  • Galactic Pegasus IPA, 8.1% ABV, 87 IBUs
  • Honey Oat Pale, 5.8% ABV, 38 IBUs
  • Everblack Oatmeal Stout, 6.0% ABV, 35 IBUs

Simply put, these beers were tasty, well balanced and left me wanting several glasses more of each.

According to Brewmaster Mike, the brewhouse is set to arrive in May, and guests can expect about a dozen of their beers on tap – possibly more – when Uproar opens later this year.

On to more pics below:

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Standing where the kitchen area will be.

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Artwork by Christina Vandewater.

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The bar area.
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There’ll be up to 16 beers on tap at Uproar.

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Wraps by Dietrich Wahlstrand.

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Where the brewery will be.
Where the brewery will be.

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Uproar Brewing Galactic Pegasus IPA
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Andrea and I enjoying Galactic Pegasus IPA.
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Uproar Brewmaster Mike Willaford and Lead Brewer Michele Willaford connecting a keg.
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Uproar Brewing Everblack Oatmeal Stout

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Michele, Mike, Emily and Steve.
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Mike and Christina.
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Michelle, Steve, Mike, Dietrich and Christina.

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Uproar Brewing Honey Oat Pale.
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Uproar Brewing Blonde Ale.

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The opening of Uproar Brewing Company cannot come soon enough.

Can’t wait!

Prost! Gunbae! Cheers!

~Andy