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Scott’s Seafood Presents Thanksgiving Cocktail Pairing Dinner

Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose – located on the sixth floor of the City View Plaza, 185 Park Ave. – presents their next special dinner pairing menu, taking place over two evenings at 6pm on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The dinner pairing – designed by Food and Beverage Director Sammy Reyes – features a three-course, pre-fixed menu with a cocktail pairing for each course.

Appetizer Course

Choice of 1:

  • Butternut Squash Soup (Drizzled with Sage Brown Butter and Pepita seeds)
  • Lobster Bisque Soup (Topped Lobster Meat)
  • Classic Caesar Salad (Croutons and Parmesan Cheese)
  • Butter Lettuce Salad (Maytag Blue Cheese, Cranberries, Asian Pears, Raspberry Vinaigrette)
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (Remoulade Sauce)
  • Oysters on the Half Shell (with Champagne Mignonette Sauce)

Cocktail Pairing: Spiced Red Sangria

Entree Course

Choice of 1:

  • Wild King Salmon A la Oscar (Dungeness Crab Meat, Asparagus, Béarnaise Sauce, Spinach Mashed Potatoes)
  • Grilled Chilean Sea Bass (Mizo Glaze, Sautee Spinach, Sushi Rice)
  • Roast Turkey Breast (Cornbread Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole with Applewood bacon, Gravy)
  • Smoked Maple Ham (Maitake Mushrooms Sacatoush, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Apricot Jam)
  • Prime Rib (Potatoes Au Gratin, Broccolini, Au Jus, Horseradish Sour Cream)

Cocktail Pairing: Ginger Pear Martini

Dessert Course

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake (Whipped Cream and Candied Pecans)(Ala Mode)

Cocktail Pairing: Warm Nog Rumchata


The dinner is $55 dollars per person and will be held on the beautiful rooftop patio, weather permitting.

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the dinner’s Eventbrite page.

Forager Hosts Fall Harvest Dinner Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Passing along the following special food-and-beer pairing event taking place at downtown San Jose’s Forager (420 S. First St.) on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6pm:

Fall Harvest Dinner

A fixed price menu ($65) featuring chef’s selection of seasonal offerings from local farm Spade & Plow Organics

  • Dry Bean Varietals | Quincy Pinto, Calypso, Vermont Cranberry, Etna
  • Salanova Lettuces | Red & Green Sweet Crisp, Butter, Oak Leaf, Frisee
  • Seasonal Radishes | Black Spanish, Watermelon, Purple Daikon
  • Catch of the Day | Seasonal Whitefish from Monterey Bay
  • Seasonal Squash Varietals | Red Kuri, Blue Hubbard, Honey Nut

Add-on beer pairing (+$35) featuring select offerings from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company.

  • Galaxy IPA | Single-hop IPA with notes of citrus, guava, stone fruit
  • Flower Sour | Funky blonde made with 5 types of flowers aged in French oak barrels
  • Eurynome | Dark sour with notes of cherries, figs, chocolate, coffee
  • Ale of the 2 Tun | Imperial stout with bold dark chocolate, espresso note

Visit the Fall Harvest Dinner site to purchase tickets to Forager’s inaugural food-and-beer pairing event.

Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch Fundraisers to Benefit the Veterans Supportive Services Agency

Passing along some information regarding a couple of upcoming fundraising events to benefit the non-profit Veterans Supportive Services Agency (VSSA) out of San Jose.

The fundraising events take place this week at Campbell’s Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery and downtown San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.

Rock Bottom

When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

What: Rock Bottom will tap Watchdog IPA, and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the VSSA

Where: Rock Bottom Campbell, 1875 S. Bascom Ave.

More Info.: Facebook event page

Gordon Biersch

When: Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:3pm to 7:30pm

What: Gordon Biersch taps 10 Hut IPA with 10% of proceeds going to the VSSA

Where: Gordon Biersch Downtown San Jose, 33 E. San Fernando St.

More Info.: FB event page

Headlands Brewing Company Cloudview White Ale Keg Tapping Event at Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market has partnered with Headlands Brewing Company to create a holiday beer – Cloudview White Ale.

Cloudview White Ale is a blend of a Belgian Wit style with generous West Coast hopping and provides a change of pace from the more traditional porter and stout holiday offerings.

I very much enjoyed the beer during a recent sneak peek tasting and was struck by its citrus aromas and flavors combined with the more traditional Belgian Wit flavor characteristics of orange peel and spices.

To celebrate its release, keg tapping events will be held Friday, Nov. 3 from 5pm-7pm at five locations throughout the Bay Area:

  • Whole Foods Market Santa Clara
  • Whole Foods Market Dublin
  • Whole Foods Market SoMa
  • Whole Foods Market Potrero Hill
  • Whole Foods Market Coddington Mall

RSVP for a chance to win a beer cooler, pint glass and a Whole Foods Market gift card. Prize valued at $99. Purchase of a pint of Cloudview White Ale comes with a free holiday cheese pairing.

Cloudview White Ale will be available on tap and in 4-packs exclusively at Whole Foods Market.

About Headlands

Headlands Brewing was born when two brewers and athletes decided to embark on an adventure combining their passion for great beer with their love of land and sea. If we’re not at the brewery we’re likely running a trail, swimming off the coast, or just hanging out and drinking a beer.

Scenes from the 2017 Halloween Beerwalk Edition

Ever since the very first Beerwalk in Japantown, we’ve tried our best to make each and every Beerwalk.

They’re fun, and the local weather is nearly always picture perfect. Plus we get to hang out with good folks, and we get to explore different pockets of the South Bay and shop and dine at new-to-us stores and restaurants, all while enjoying a variety of tasty beers.

And the Beerwalks just seem to be get better and better.

The latest Beerwalk in Willow Glen – the annual Halloween edition that took place yesterday – was likely our most favorite yet.

It was another sold-out affair.

Catching up with friends Peter of Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Jim and Matt.

So many folks dressed up in fantastic costumes.

Catching up with The Beerwalk’s Cindy.

So grateful for this person – I’m talking about in the photo below vs. the photo above.

My fortune from Zoltar: “Beer is in your future.”

Mark, Kevin of Ballast Point, Matt & Jim.

Kevin brought Ballast Point’s newly released Fathom IPA, launched earlier this month.

This jacket from the Bella James store simply had to come home with us.

Justin of GearTooth AleWerks – stationed at BRUNI Gallery – brought their Conveyor IPA and Cogzilla Double IPA. He shared that their next new beer will be a smoked porter.

Derek of Hapa’s Brewing Company poured their Red and the recently released Pilsner.

Robert of Sonoma Springs Brewing Company – stationed at Park Place Vintage – poured their Subliminal Gold IPA…

and their limited release Thor Helles Bock.

Our friends Terry and Amanda helped pour on behalf of Golden State Brewery.

Stationed at Whatnots & Dodads, they poured Golden State Brewery’s latest offerings – Oktoberfest and their just released 3-Way Unfiltered Triple IPA.

Catching up with The Beerwalk’s Charlie.

Rosanna holding down the fort at 20twenty cheese bar.

Nicole and Miriah of Hermitage Brewing Company with Spider-man…

pouring the latest Hermitage releases – Galaxy Single Hop IPA and Flower Sour.

The Beerwalk in full swing at the 20twenty cheese bar outdoor patio.

Alas, we had to leave early and couldn’t get to the other breweries and shops, but we were heartened by the fact that the next Beerwalk is only five weeks away, set to take place Saturday, Dec. 2 in Japantown, 2pm-5pm.

And before the upcoming Japantown Beerwalk, there’s a Sour Walk – part of the Mini Beerwalk Series – set for Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, 5pm-9pm, in downtown Campbell.

Both events are circled on my calendar.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

Scenes from Whole Foods Market ‘Taste of the Holidays’

We were very fortunate to be invited by Whole Foods Market to a festive sneak peek this past Wednesday of their holiday offerings for the upcoming season.

We sampled a variety of delicious foods, dishes and drinks from the Whole Foods Market holiday menu, including creations from William-Sonoma’s Amanda Haas, Nom Nom Paleo’s Michelle Tam, Top Chef finalist Melissa King and Whole Foods Markets’ Trent Page.

The event took place at Tank18 in San Francisco.

Taylor from Whole Foods Market and Patrick and Austin of Headlands Brewing Company.

Taylor and Headlands teamed up to create Cloudview White Ale, which made its debut at this event. It’s their take on a holiday beer and will be sold exclusively at Whole Foods Market.

We tasted a number of delicious cheeses, expertly guided by Nicholas, a certified cheese professional.

Also making its debut was the Golden Milk & Gingerbread Ice Cream, launched by Humphrey Slocombe and chef Melissa King and exclusive to Whole Foods Market as well.

We really appreciated the wonderfully warm hospitality provided throughout the evening. And it was great to have the opportunities to catch up with Greg (second from left), Melanie and Jen.

PR extraordinaire Erika.

As regular shoppers at Whole Foods Market – and having enjoyed the convenience of ordering fully-cooked turkeys and sides for past Thanksgivings – we fully appreciated seeing up close – and tasting! – the plethora of ways to help enhance the flavors of the holidays.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


2017 Halloween Beerwalk Edition

The popular Halloween edition of Beerwalk is set for Sat., Oct. 28 in Willow Glen from 2pm-5pm.

For the sixth straight year, folks will be dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoying beer tastings – including offerings from a half-dozen San Jose breweries – at a variety of local shops throughout downtown Willow Glen.

Based on past Beerwalks – not to mention the latest weather updates predicting a gorgeous afternoon – no doubt plenty of fun and good times will be had by many as usual.

Participating Breweries

  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • Anchor Brewing Co.
  • 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Hapa’s Brewing
  • Ballast Point
  • Goose Island
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Elysian
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Geartooth Alewerks

Tasting Locations

  • 20twenty cheese bar
  • Atelier Salon & Barber Shop
  • Bay Area Phone Doctor
  • Bella James
  • Castlerock Realty
  • Eye Luv Lucy Optometry
  • Details Clothing Co.
  • Gold Star Jewelers
  • Goosetown Lounge
  • Haute Tan Airbrush Tanning
  • Island Inspired
  • Main Street Burgers
  • Mariette Chocolates
  • Ohana Board Shop
  • Park Place Vintage
  • Round Table Pizza
  • The Source Willow Glen
  • Whatnots & Dodads
  • Willow Glen Diamond Company
  • Bruni Gallery

Early bird tickets are still available through the weekend and go up to $35 starting on Monday. Tickets include tastings, souvenir glass and passport.

Check-in starts at 1:30pm (until 4:30pm) at Goosetown Lounge (1072 Lincoln Ave.).

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the Halloween Beerwalk Eventbrite page.

The Cider Junction Grand Opening Celebration

The Cider Junction bistro & bottle shop – located in Willow Glen at 820 Willow St., Suite 100 – will celebrate their grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11am to 4pm.

The first 100 patrons will receive commemorative glassware. San Jose City Councilmember Dev Davis will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The celebration will also serve as a fundraiser for the North Bay fire victims. All proceeds from a special cider flight from Sonoma and Mendocino County cideries – including sales of Alluvium Pilsner and Megathrust IPA from Santa Rosa’s Seismic Brewing Co. plus raffle tickets – will be going to the cause.

We were able to check out Cider Junction a couple of weeks back when they first opened their doors.

Cider Junction has 26 ciders on tap.

It was great to see on the menu the latest offering from Sunnyvale’s Red Branch Cider Company – the deliciously sweet, hibiscus-infused Flor De Jamaica.

Cider Junction also has 6 beers on tap – all California breweries.

Included on tap was one of my all-time favorites: Ophion Golden Strong Farmhouse Sour from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company.

The mixed cheese and charcuterie board. Yummy!

A super enjoyable cider flight.

Cider Junction owners Claudia Derp and Tracy Smith.

We first met Claudia and Tracy earlier this summer at the Willow Glen Beerwalk in July. We were originally struck by their wonderful energy – along with those of all their supportive friends and family.

It was great for us to see that Claudia and Tracy have been able to infuse the same wonderful vibes into Cider Junction.

We loved visiting Cider Junction – such a great space with tasty plates, attentive service and a diverse selection of ciders and beer.

With an expanding menu and 2/3 of their taps in constant rotation, we’ll be visiting often for sure.

Their hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 4pm-10pm
  • Friday: 4pm-11pm
  • Saturday: 11am-midnight
  • Sunday: 11am-8pm

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


Half Moon Bay Brewing Hosts 4th Annual Coastside Brewfest, Plus Fall Beers and Events

Credit: Half Moon Bay Brewing

Coastside Brewfest

The fourth annual Coastside Brewfest – presented by the Mavericks Community Foundation – is set for this Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1pm to 5pm at the waterfront parking lot of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (390 Capistrano Rd.).

This year’s list of nearly two dozen participating breweries – plus a cidery – includes:

  • Alpha Acid
  • Altamont
  • Alvarado Street
  • Barebottle
  • Bartlett Hall
  • Golden State Cider
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Discretion
  • Drakes
  • E.J Phair
  • Faction
  • Fieldwork
  • Fort Point
  • Hop Dogma Brewing Co.
  • Marin Brewing Company
  • Morgan Territory
  • New Bohemia
  • Novel
  • Pine Street
  • Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen
  • Santa Clara Valley
  • Sudwerk
  • Temescal
  • Track 7

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will be open for dining throughout the event. Additionally, local food will be offered including Seville Tapas, Spicoli Pizza and barbecue by American Legion Post 474.

Tickets to Coastal Brewfest are $30 in advance and available for purchase at the brewfest’s Eventbrite page. Tickets are $35 at the door, and designated driver tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit the Mavericks Community Foundation seeking to promote the San Mateo County coastside and Coastside Hope.

Fall Brews

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has re-released three signature beers:

Take it to the Limit Barleywine, an American-Style Barleywine displays a deep amber color, with Crystal and Munich malts presenting strong fruity esters in the aroma while American hops identify this as an American take on a classic. The high alcohol is evident, adding to the complexity of this smooth barleywine, and combines with a two-month aging process in stainless steel to result in a smooth dark beer. 14% ABV & 84 IBUs.

Pumpkin Harvest Ale, a full-bodied Amber Ale is made with locally grown sugar pie pumpkins that are roasted with a secret blend of spices added to the brew kettle, resulting in a subtle pumpkin pie spice flavor balanced by a biscuity maltiness. 6.3% ABV & 23 IBUs.

Papa Juice Old Ale, a small batch, limited release old ale, aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels. The deep ruby red color lets you know you’re in for a smooth ride, while the American hops add a well-distinguished dryness to the finish. The sweetness of the beer has been transformed by the oak in the barrel, resulting in an easy drinking old ale. 13.1% ABV.

Crowler Launch

Guests at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will be able to take beer to-go and enjoy the quality-saving powers of the can with a 32 oz. crowler. For the unfamiliar, a crowler is the can’s take on a growler, allowing breweries and taprooms to fill and seal aluminum cans on-demand. The containers combine the flexibility and portability of growlers with the quality-preserving properties of a can.

Pumpkin Menu

On the menu through October is a special pumpkin menu created by chef Fred Godinez, featuring butternut squash soup, brussels sprouts salad with pumpkin vinaigrette and desserts including pumpkin ice cream.

Halloween Party

The annual Halloween Party takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 with live music from 7pm to 10pm featuring The Bonedrivers. The annual costume contest begins at 8pm, where guests of all ages are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories, including most original costume, best group costume, trendiest costume, scariest and cutest.

Pumpkin Harvest Dinner

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s annual Harvest Dinner is back by popular demand and will take place Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6pm at the Mavericks Event Center. The dinner – prepared by chef Godinez – celebrates the farms and breweries on the San Mateo County coast and will feature local Pescadero farmer Simms Organics and brewmaster James Costa’s hand-crafted Pumpkin Harvest Ale.

Strike Brewing Company Brewery and Taproom Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

Cheers to 3 Years! Strike Brewing Company is celebrating the third anniversary of their 10th Street brewery and taproom location (2099 10th St., #30) this Saturday, Oct. 7 from 1pm to 9pm.

There’ll be good eats with Gold Rush Eatery (1-4pm) and Cochi BBQ (4-8pm), a silent auction from Sports Gallery, special release beers and more.

Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative pint glass and three pours.

Limited, One-Off Beers

Look for the following special release beers at the celebration:

  • Triple Play Triple IPA
  • Kettle Sour with Mango
  • Imperial Stout with Chocolate & Orange
  • Stone Finger Tart Saison
  • Cask Aged Two Seam IPA with Grapefruit

Descriptions below:

  • Triple Play Triple IPA, 11.8% ABV, 80 IBU – In celebration of our Third Aniversary at our 10th Street location, we decided it was only appropriate to brew a behemoth of a triple IPA. Massive whirlpool additions and a double dry hop with Simcoe, Azacca, Loral, and Mosaic hops dominate the aroma and flavor with notes of pineapple, mango, and melon.
  • Kettle Sour with Mango, 5.1% ABV, 10 IBU – Our latest kettle sour, fermented with a strain of lactic acid producing bacteria that creates a wonderful fruity tartness. After primary fermentation, we conditioned it on fresh mango puree to up the juciness to an extreme. Light, crisp, and wonderfully tart with bright mango flavor at the forefront.
  • Imperial Stout with Chocolate and Orange, 7.9% ABV, 35 IBU – An American style imperial stout that is bold yet smooth, boasting a chewy body and huge roasted malt character. The addition of cacao and fresh orange zest before packaging works in harmony with the sweet, full-bodied base, creating a winning combination of flavors for your palate.
  • Stone Finger Tart Saison, 4.7% ABV, 20 IBU – Stone Finger is back! Aged in red wine barrels for over a year now, this Belgian style saison was soured by an awesome blend of brettanomyces and lactobacillus. Complex funk and acidity mingle in this bright, refreshing tart Saison.
  • Cask: Two Seam IPA with Grapefruit , 6.5% ABV, 68 IBU – We’re also tapping a cask of Two Seam IPA infused with fresh grapefruit zest! Try a new take on one of your favorites.