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Local Brewery Events: July 21 to July 30, 2017

A bunch of events are coming up featuring local breweries, which is great to see. Most are officially part of Silicon Valley Beer Week. The upcoming stretch looks to be the largest concentration of special local brewery events ever. Very exciting times!

Fri., July 21: Locals Only Beer Garden

WHAT: Forager Tasting Room & Eatery will host a ‘Locals Only Beer Garden’ as part of the Taste of San Jose event for Silicon Valley Beer Week. 5-10pm.

WHERE: Forager, 420 South First St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Sat., July 22: NorCal Passion IPA Release

WHAT: Golden State Brewery has teamed up with Six Rivers Brewery for the second year in a row to create this tasty collaboration beer. 12-8pm.

WHERE: Golden State Brewery, 1252 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Golden State Brewery

Beer flight at Golden State Brewery

Sun., July 23: Sour is the New Bitter

WHAT: Greg Filippi, head brewer and cellarmaster of Hermitage Brewing Company, will lead a talk about sour beers at Forager Tasting Room & Eatery. Sour beer tasting included. 5-7pm.

WHERE: Forager, 420 South First St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Greg Filippi discussing the excellent foeder-aged Ophion and Eurynome alongside Cherry Almonds Sour at Hermitage Brewing Company

Mon., July 24: Best of Summer Beer Dinner

WHAT: Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose presents a five-course beer dinner featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Scott’s Seafood, 185 Park Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page. My writeup.

Mon., July 24: San Jose – Local Only Tap Takeover

WHAT: 20twenty cheese bar hosts a special event featuring all San Jose breweries, including Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing Company, Bellpenny Brewing Company, Uproar Brewing Company, Strike Brewing Company, New World Ales, GearTooth AleWerks, Hapa’s Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and Camino Brewing Company, as well as nearby Golden State Brewery and Red Branch Cider Company. Brewers and brewery reps. will be in attendance. 5-9pm.

WHERE: 20twenty cheese bar, 1389 Lincoln Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: 20twenty cheese bar

Mon., July 24: Dinner in the Brewery

WHAT: Uproar Brewing Company hosts a four-course dinner – ‘The Beer, The Brine & The Brash’ – inside the brewery featuring brined ingredients from pickles to meats and beers selected by head brewer Jim. 7-9pm.

WHERE: Uproar, 439 South 1st St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Enjoying a glass at Uproar Brewing Company

Mon., July 24: Fountain Alley Pale Ale Release at Santa Clara Valley Brewing

WHAT: Santa Clara Valley Brewing will be releasing this collaboration beer in honor of Original Gravity Public House’s five-year anniversary. 3pm-9pm.

WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Brewing, 101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Meet the Brewer: GearTooth

WHAT: Nom Burger in Sunnyvale will host their first-ever Meet the Brewer event and will feature San Jose-based GearTooth AleWerks. 5-9:30pm.

WHERE: Nom Burger, 251 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale

MORE INFO.: Nom Burger

Enjoying the tasty GearTooth AleWerks Cogfather Imperial Stout and Cogzilla Double IPA

Tues., July 25: Hermitage Tap Takeover at Willow Street Pizza

WHAT: Just as the title says. 5-8pm.

WHERE: Willow Street Pizza, 1072 Willow St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Beer & Bites

WHAT: Cin Cin Wine Bar in Los Gatos hosts a small plate pairing with offerings from Strike Brewing Company. Lead brewer Ryan Bridge will be in attendance. Reservations required. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Cin Cin Wine Bar, 368 Village Lane, Los Gatos

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Enjoying another one of Ryan Bridge’s creative and tasty Bullpen Series beers

Tues., July 25: Pints and Peckers

WHAT: Four different brined and grilled hot wings with different sauces will be featured. 4-9pm.

WHERE: Uproar, 439 South 1st St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Golden State Brewery Movie Night Presents ‘Beerfest’ with a ‘Das Boot’

WHAT: 30-oz. plastic ‘Das Boot’ with first fill included and a bag of popcorn included in the viewing for $20. Limited to the first 100 guests. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Golden State Brewery, 1252 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Beer Week Northeastern-style DIPA Release

WHAT: To celebrate beer week, Santa Clara Valley Brewing will release a new beer – a Northeastern-style Double IPA.

WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Brewing, 101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Imperial Oatmeal Stout at Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company

Wed., July 26: Beer & Cheese with 20twenty cheese bar

WHAT: Just as the title says. 6-8:30pm.

WHERE: Golden State Brewery, 1242 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Hermitage Tap Takeover at Rootstock Wine Bar Los Gatos

WHAT: As the title says. 5pm-7pm.

WHERE: Rootstock, 217 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos

MORE INFO.: Rootstock

Wed., July 26: Hermitage Tap Takeover

WHAT: The Refuge in Menlo Park will host a tap takeover courtesy of Hermitage Brewing Company. 5-9pm.

WHERE: The Refuge, 1143 Crane St., Menlo Park

MORE INFO.: The Refuge

Wed., July 26: Meet the Brewer of Faultline Brewing Company

WHAT: Enjoy a flight presented by brewmaster Peter, tour of the brewery and a beer-inspired dessert sampler. 5:30-7:30pm.

WHERE: Faultline, 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Beer sampling at Faultline Brewing Company

Wed., July 26: Pints and Peckers

WHAT: Four different brined and grilled hot wings with different sauces will be featured. 4-9pm.

WHERE: Uproar, 439 South 1st St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Golden State Brewery Tap Takeover

WHAT: Golden State Brewery reps. will be on hand at Kyoto Palace Japanese Steakhouse to talk about their beers. Flights available. 4pm-11pm.

WHERE: Kyoto Palace, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 5000, Campbell

MORE INFO.: Kyoto Palace

Thurs., July 27: Locals Only Featuring Floodcraft Brewing Company

WHAT: Whole Foods Market in Santa Clara will host an all-day tap takeover featuring only local breweries, including Floodcraft, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing Company, Camino Brewing Company and more. 11am-10pm.

WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 2732 Augustine Dr., #1600, Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Pints of Curry for 3 Triple IPA at Floodcraft Brewing Company

Thurs., July 27: Hermitage Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Rootstock Wine Bar Cupertino

WHAT: As the title says. 5pm-7pm.

WHERE: Rootstock, 19389 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

MORE INFO.: Rootstock

Thurs., July 27: Taylor Street Night + Market

WHAT: Having started back on May 18, the weekly Thursday night market presented by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and Moveable Feast features Gordon Biersch beers, Wildcide ciders, street food, music, artists and makers at the Gordon Biersch brewery facility in Japantown, San Jose. 5-9pm.

WHERE: Gordon Biersch, 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Fri., July 28: Rock Bottom Brewery Tours

WHAT: Brewery tours at the Campbell location every half hour. Cost is $5 to benefit their foundation and includes beer samples. 11am-8pm.

WHERE: Rock Bottom, 1875 S. Bascom, #700, Campbell

MORE INFO.: Rock Bottom

Enjoying a flight at Rock Bottom Brewery Campbell

Sat., July 29: SV Local

WHAT: Taplands in Santa Clara will celebrate local beer and feature offerings from Golden State Brewery, Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike, Camino Brewing, GearTooth AleWerks and others, with plans to continue into the following week. 11am-10pm.

WHERE: Taplands, 1171 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Event page

Sat., July 29: [HIP] HOPS

WHAT: Forager Tasting Room & Eatery hosts a talk – led by Mark Denari of New World Ales – about all things hops, including the local history of San Jose’s hop growing tradition. Tasting included. 5-7pm.

WHERE: Forager, 420 South First St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Evenbrite page

Sat., July 29: Golden State Brewery Collaboration Release Party

WHAT: Hapa’s Brewing has partnered with Golden State Brewery on a collaboration beer in honor of beer week. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Hapa’s Brewing, 460 Lincoln Ave., Suite 90, San Jose

MORE INFO.: Hapa’s Brewing

Beer flights at Hapa’s Brewing Company

Sun., July 30: New World Ales – Meet the Brewer, Fresh Keg & Keep the Glass

WHAT: Mark Denari, brewer and owner of New World Ales, will be visiting Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life and bringing along his latest offerings and glassware.

WHERE: Henry’s Hi-Life, 301 W. John St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Sun., July 30: Inside the Brewer’s Studio

WHAT: Seth Hendrickson of Golden State Brewery and Matt Hartenstein of Taplands will participate in the inaugural ‘Inside the Brewer’s Studio’ series event to feature dynamic, local beer enthusiasts. 7-9pm.

WHERE: City Lights, 529 South 2nd St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Event page



2nd Annual Ciderwalk in Downtown Willow Glen

This year’s Ciderwalk – a follow-up to last year’s inaugural event – is set for Saturday, July 29 from 2pm to 6pm in downtown Willow Glen.

A quick peek at the weather forecast calls for a bright, sunny day, a perfect backdrop for sampling ciders while visiting the local businesses in the area.

A partial list of the participating cider companies and tasting locations was recently announced:

Cider Companies

  • 101 Cider House
  • Angry Orchard
  • Far West Cider Company
  • Golden State Cider
  • Rider Ranch Ciderworks
  • Red Branch Cider & Brewing Company
  • Stella Cidre
  • Troy Cider
  • Krazy Farm Cider Company
  • Mission Trail Cider Co
  • South City Ciderworks
  • Strongbow Cider
  • Wildcide
  • And more…

Tasting Locations

  • 20twenty cheese bar
  • Bay Area Phone Doctor
  • Bella James Women’s Boutique
  • Bruni Gallery
  • Details Clothing Co.
  • Eye Luv Lucy
  • Goosetown Lounge
  • Gold Star Jewelers
  • Main Street Burgers
  • Mariette – Premium Chocolate
  • Ohana Board Shop
  • Park Place Vintage
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Three Sisters/Our Secret
  • Vin Santo
  • And more…

Early bird tickets for Ciderwalk are available through this week for $30 and go up to $35 next week. Tickets include a custom glass, passport and cider tasting at each location. A limited number of tickets will be available for $38 at the event.

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the Ciderwalk Evenbrite page.

And check out my previous post from last year to learn about the origins of Ciderwalk.



Original Gravity Public House Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

Original Gravity Public House

[Updated 7/20/17]

Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose is set to celebrate its five-year anniversary on Saturday, July 22 starting at 12pm to closing.

As in past years, a stellar tap list will help mark the milestone.*

  • Alesmith – Decadence (2014) (Wheat Wine)
  • Allagash – Golden Brett (Dry Hopped Golden Ale w/ Brett)
  • Altamont – Maui 3x (Triple IPA w/ Mosaic & Citra)
  • Altamont – BA Something New (Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout)
  • Alvarado Street – Chiffon Fog (Double IPA w/ Vic Secret, Mosaic, El Dorado, Denali & Eureka)
  • Alvarado Street – Nitro Best Part of Waking Up (Stout w/ Coffee)
  • Alvarado Street / Original Gravity – Tumeke Pils (Pilsner w/ Simcoe, Motueka, Pacific Gem & El Dorado)
  • Bruery – White Chocolate (2017) (Bourbon BBL aged Barley Wine w/ Cacao Nibs & Vanilla)
  • Cascade – Sang Du Chêne (2015) (Oak aged American Wild Ale)
  • Coronado – BA German Chocolate Cake (Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout w/ Toasted Coconut)
  • Coronado – Pompous Moose (Witbier w/ Ruby Red Grapefruit, Orange Peel & Coriander)
  • Deschutes – The Abyss (2013) (Barrel aged Imperial Stout)
  • Drake’s – 1500 (Dry Hopped American Pale Ale)
  • Elkhorn Slough – Jewel (Barrel aged Saison)
  • Faction – S.A.P.A. (American Pale Ale w/ South African Hops)
  • Faction – Summer IPA (IPA w/ Nelson, Galaxy & Citra)
  • Fieldwork / Original Gravity – More Betterness (IPA w/ Citra, Mosaic & Calypso)
  • Fieldwork – Galaxy Sauce (Double IPA w/ Galaxy)
  • Firestone Walker – Pivo Pils (Hoppy Pilsner)
  • Firestone Walker – XIX Anniversary (Barrel aged Strong Ale Blend)
  • Lost Abbey – Genesis of Shame (Foeder aged Sour Blonde Ale w/ Peaches)
  • The Good Beer Co – George (French Oak BBL aged Wild Ale w/ Peaches)
  • Lost Abbey – Track 8 (2015) (Barrel Aged Quad w/ Cinnamon & Chilis)
  • Mission Trail – Fairy Land (Port Barrel aged Cider Pluot Blend)
  • Modern Times – Double Dry Hopped Orderville (IPA w/ Mosaic, Ekuanot & Nugget)
  • North Coast – Barrel aged Old Rasputin XIX (Bourbon BBL aged Russian Imperial Stout)
  • Perennial – Abraxas (2016) (Imperial Stout w/ Chilis, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla & Cinnamon)
  • Russian River – Yup, that Beer. No not the one released in February
  • SARA – Tomorrow, Today (IPA w/ Simcoe, Citra & Mosaic)
  • SARA / Peter Hoey – Hoeybier (Odonato Wine Barrel aged Saison w/ Brett)
  • SCVB / Original Gravity – Fountain Alley (American Pale Ale w/ Wakatu, Centennial & Mosaic)
  • SCVB – Barrel aged Loma Prieta (Rye) (Rye Barrel aged Imperial Stout)
  • Temescal – Take the Time (Keg Conditioned Saison)
  • Temescal – Extra Credit (IPA w/ Citra & Dr. Rudi)
  • Track 7 – One Legged Zebra (Nitro) (White Stout w/ Vanilla, Cinnamon & Lactose)

* List Subject to Change at Any Time

Additionally, Original Gravity has partnered with Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Alvarado Street Brewery and Fieldwork Brewing Co. to create three collaboration beers to be released on tap on Saturday.

Look for a very limited number of the Fieldwork collaboration to be available in cans.

There’ll be pop-up food specials, music in the patio and commemorative shirts for sale.

Earlier this month, owner Dan Phan shared the following message on Facebook:

“Wow, can’t believe it’s going to be FIVE YEARS! Seems like yesterday I decided to change course and open a business. I’m so thankful for all the people who have been involved with Original Gravity over the years, especially my business partner Johnny Wang. I’ve made lifelong friendships and met so many amazing people throughout the years.

Dan Phan and Johnny Wang, April 9, 2012

“A big shout out to the guys who run the show at Original Gravity. Thank you Rob Monroe and Anthony Jwanouskos for your extraordinary leadership throughout the years. Original Gravity wouldn’t be what it is without our amazing staff.

“If you’re free July 22nd, come party with us and see what we’ve been up to. We got to brew three awesome beers with three amazing breweries! Come down to the bar that day and have a beer with me.”

Collaboration beer (Fountain Alley Pale Ale) brew day at Santa Clara Valley, Credit: Original Gravity
Collaboration beer (the second batch of Tumeke Pils) brew day at Alvarado Street Brewery, Credit: Original Gravity
Collaboration beer (More Betterness) brew day at Fieldwork Brewing Co., Credit: Original Gravity



Scott’s Seafood Presents ‘Best of Summer’ Beer Dinner Featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Photo from last fall's beer dinner at Scott's Seafood
Photo from last fall’s beer dinner at Scott’s Seafood

The special beer dinners at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) have proven time after time to be can’t-miss events. We’re talking consistently excellent food-and-beer pairings, stellar service , warm vibes and the gorgeous outdoor rooftop venue.

Following up their previous beer dinner last fall, Scott’s Seafood recently announced their next one – set for Monday, July 24 from 6pm-9pm – featuring San Jose’s own Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

The upcoming “Best of Summer” beer dinner will be a truly local, San Jose affair; Santa Clara Valley Brewing is located less than two miles south of the restaurant.

And a quick peek at the weather forecast portends a lovely summer evening.

The Five-Course Menu

Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes and the culinary team have created the following five-course dinner menu:

1st course/opening reception:

  • Charcuterie and Cheese Platter
  • Beer Pairing: Dry Creek Blonde

2nd Course:

  • Scallop Crudo: Thinly sliced raw Sea Scallop served with citrus wasabi soy sauce
  • Beer Pairing: Alviso Hefeweizen

3rd Course:

  • Steak Tartare served with arugula and crispy shallots in a citrus dressing
  • Beer Pairing: Electric Tower IPA

4th Course:

  • Halibut served with a saffron risotto and a mushroom ragout topped with basil pesto.
  • Beer Pairing: New Almaden Red

5th Course:

  • Chefs sweet surprise
  • Paired with: Loma Prieta Rye Stout

Dinner Tickets

Tickets for the beer dinner are $60 dollars per person and available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbright page.

Consider getting tickets sooner than later as previous beer dinners have sold out.

As is the case with any good beer dinner, brewery representatives will be on hand to introduce the beer pairings and to answer any questions about Santa Clara Valley Brewing and their offerings.

 

About Scott’s Seafood

Scott’s Seafood San Jose is a Bay Area tradition in the heart of Downtown San Jose since 1986, offering a diverse dining destination in both cuisine and setting. Experience a friendly and relaxed environment to enjoy an intimate meal or a group gathering. With their modern lounge, stunning patio views, unique menu, and true hospitality, their American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood, pasta, chicken dishes, and USDA prime, aged steaks. Scott’s Seafood offers parking validation for its guests.



5th Annual Silicon Valley Beer Week

The fifth annual Silicon Valley Beer Week is right around the corner, beginning Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 30.

Kickoff Event: Taste of San Jose

This year’s official kickoff event “Taste of San Jose” takes place on opening Friday at  Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, which opened earlier this year in downtown San Jose (420 S. 1st St.).

There’ll be live music, drink and food specials, a VIP lounge option and a Locals Only Beer Garden featuring specialty offerings from San Jose breweries.

Visit the Taste of San Jose Eventbrite page for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Closing Event: Summer KraftBrew Beer Festival

The Summer KraftBrew Beer Festival 2017 will take place Sun., July 30, 1pm-6pm at San Jose’s Mexican Heritage Plaza (1700 Alum Rock Ave.).

The beer fest – returning after a two-year hiatus – will feature good food, music and local artisan vendors.

To purchase tickets for beer week’s official culminating event, visit the Eventbrite page for the Summer KraftBrew Beerfest.

Close to 90 Events (So Far)

Apart from these two marquee beer week events, at last count there were close to 90 events posted on the beer week website with multiple events scheduled for each day from Friday to Sunday. There’ll certainly be more events showing up in the days to come.

Visit the  Events page to check out all the beer-related events and specials taking place throughout the region during this year’s beer week.



Scenes from Berkeley’s Pacific Standard Taproom, June 2017

We visited my alma mater UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) on a gorgeous Saturday morning last month.

We try to get out to Berkeley as often as we can – checking out various places in and around the city – but it had been an unusually long time since our previous visit.

It’s been amazing seeing the development taking place around the campus in recent years.

A particular highlight during our visit was checking out Pacific Standard Taproom, located just a couple of blocks from the campus at 2055 Center St.

Pacific Standard is the first outpost for Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and opened last October.

We arrived right at the open and were welcomed in with a friendly smile.

On tap were beers from Half Moon Bay Brewing as well as from other local breweries.

Pacific Standard also offers ciders, wines and a selection of small bites featuring fresh and local ingredients. Weekly specials include discounts on growler fills on Mondays.

We opted for the four-ounce tasters, including (from left to right) The Good Beer Blackberry Oro, Half Moon Bay Brewing Apricot and Passionfruit Belgian Blonde, Two Rivers Ciders Mango Cider, Half Moon Bay Brewing Honey Ale, Faction Smoked-N-Oaked and Faction Anomaly Milk Stout (Nitro).

Foodwise, we ordered House-Pickled Seasonal Veggies.

Charcuterie Board.

Grilled Cheese with Chips and Salsa.

We ordered additional tasters of Barebottle Galaxy Dust and High Water Campfire Stout (Nitro).

To pair with House-Baked Pretzel Knots with Cheese Sauce and Mustard.

As we enjoyed our beer and food, it quickly became clear how special Pacific Standard is, thanks mainly to the excellent and knowledgeable service, a great beer selection (including bottled offerings), tasty bites and the charming space.

Wifey and our younger kid both raved about the food, and we made sure to offer up our compliments to Jana, who’s been with Pacific Standard since its opening.

Cheers to Jana and Sophia (who had just recently joined Pacific Standard)! They helped make our visit extra enjoyable.

Whenever we visit Berkeley, a stop at Pacific Standard will be a must.

Switching gears a bit, we recently enjoyed a couple limited-release offerings from Half Moon Bay Brewing.

Red Sails in the Sunset Flemish-Style Red Ale with Cherries marks the third release from Half Moon Bay Brewing’s Ocho Barril Series of Sours.

It’s a Flanders Red-inspired beer aged in pinot noir barrels for a total of 18 months, with the last 4 months aged on tart cherries from Michigan.

Coming in at 7.3% ABV, it’s a bright, tart and delicious beer with subtle oak flavor and enjoyable complexity.

A limited number of bottles of Red Sails in the Sunset are available at Pacific Standard.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Papa Juice Old Ale is a small batch release aged six months in Redemption Rye Whiskey barrels.

The flavors are punctuated by notes of dates, maple, molasses, whiskey and oak.

Papa Juice is an exquisite, smooth sipper that belies its 13.1% ABV content.

With special releases like these two excellent offerings, brewmaster James Costa and his team continue their output of standout beers.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy



Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Opens Second Location in Cupertino

Photo credit: Steins

After a series of soft openings, along with some last-minute construction updates, Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant officially opens today in Cupertino (10088 N. Wolfe Rd., Ste. 130).

Located just down the road from the new Apple campus, the Cupertino site marks the second location for Steins restaurant.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of today’s grand opening is set to take place at 3:30pm with complimentary appetizers and beer tasters to be served afterwards.

Photo credit: Steins

Owner Ted Kim and executive chef Colby Reade have retained the original Mountain View location’s beer-focused beverage program (30 draft beers; 20 year round staples and 10 rotating seasonal brews) and made-from-scratch food menu.

Photo credit: Steins

The interior features an updated industrial-inspired atmosphere. More below from a recent media release:

The Space

Steins again enlisted Marc Dimalanta of D-Scheme Studios to head the architectural design of the new space. The restaurant interior boasts a 6400 ft² dining room accented with bright copper, reclaimed wood panels and filament bulbs glowing on metal-worked light fixtures for an industrial interpretation of the classic European beer hall. The space’s earth-toned metal highlights are juxtaposed with a lush living wall designed by Habitat Horticulture to bring a touch of the traditional outdoor biergarten inside.

Paired with an accompanying 1568 ft² al fresco patio, the entire restaurant space is reservable and can also accommodate smaller private events as sectioned parties.

Photo credit: Steins

The Beer

Akin to its Mountain View location, Steins Cupertino employs an innovative direct-draw beer  draft system designed for dispensing each pour under optimal conditions for near-perfect flavor and consistency. Guests can expect a great international beer list with a focus on local craft brewers. Steins offers 30 draft beers; 20 year round staples and 10 rotating seasonal brews.

In addition to the myriad craft and import beers on draft, Steins Cupertino offers  a robust wine program as well as a full-bar and seasonal craft cocktails.

Upholding a high standard of beer service, all front-of-house staff must successfully complete Steins’ stringent beer training program. Additionally, all bar staff must successfully complete and pass the Cicerone Certified Beer Server program.

Photo credit: Steins

The Food

Executive Chef Colby M Reade (Hawthorne Lane) parallels the quality characteristic of Steins’ ambitious beer selection with an all-scratch kitchen featuring New American comfort food. The opening menu at Steins Cupertino includes favorites like the Steins Burger made from a house-ground blend of dry-aged short rib, brisket and sirloin, the Fresh Baked Pretzel with caraway beer mustard and the Sonoma Lamb Trio’s brown butter green beans and salsa vert.

The kitchen will open with lunch, happy hour, and dinner with brunch to follow shortly.

Photo credit: Steins

About Steins

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant is the vision of Bay Area native Ted Kim. Kim has more than 20 years of small business experience, including his tremendous success with Northern California’s Paris Baguette stores.

The Steins concept is a modern American take on the classic German biergarten, infusing rustic elements of nature with brilliant contemporary architecture. Each location offers the perfect escape for guests to drink and be merry.

With locations in Mountain View and Cupertino, Steins is open everyday from 11am – 11pm and until 11:30pm on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.steinsbeergarden.com and visit the restaurants on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Lagunitas Founder Tony Magee to Perform at Downtown San Jose’s Cafe Stritch

Just a quick post to announce the performance of the band Alice Drinks the Kool Aid in downtown San Jose at Cafe Stritch (374 S. 1st St.) later today, Wed., June 21 from 6pm-7pm.

Lagunitas Brewing Company founder Tony Magee helped form the band –  a “Blues Based Chicago Indie Rock band” – several years ago as a creative outlet with two other lifelong musician friends.

And having just listened to several songs available on their website, the band is very good in my humble opinion, reflecting the accomplished, musical experiences of each member.

There’ll be Lagunitas IPA and Aunt Sally Sour Ale on tap – plus cans of 12th of Never Pale Ale – but the focus will be on the music, with – preferably – a good beer in hand.



New Bohemia Brewing Company Bottle Release – Cherry Bomb Imperial Cherry Stout Brewed with Honey

New Bohemia Brewing Company (NuBo, for short) celebrated its two-year anniversary earlier this year in March and will soon celebrate another milestone with the release of their first ever bottled offering.

NuBo’s first bottle release features Cherry Bomb 2017, an imperial cherry stout brewed with honey.

The release party is set for Thursday, June 22 at 4pm at their Santa Cruz brewery and tasting room (1030 41st Ave.). Cherry Bomb will be available on tap and in bottles to go. There’ll be a food pairing menu plus live music.

Cherry Bomb 2017 – coming in at 9.2% ABV – also marks the first beer from a new series NuBo is calling “The Bee Project.”

From NuBo: “The Bee Project is a brewer’s approach to supporting local sugar sources and raising global awareness of the benefits of bees, honey and our natural world.”

And regarding the beer itself, NuBo has provided the following description:

A bold and richly roasted imperial stout. Brewed with local sage honey and three kinds of cherries (Brooks, Chelan and Coral) freshly picked by our brewers. The deep caramel flavors are complemented by a tart cherry aroma and a strong, dry finish. Lots of dried fruit and plenty of alcohol to balance it out. 52 IBUs, 9.2% ABV.

According to co-founder and brewmaster Dan Satterthwaite, there are only 900 bottles available for purchase, and they’ll only be available at the brewery.



Uproar Brewing Company to Open June 14

The wait is over. Uproar Brewing Company (439 S. First St.) has finally announced their opening date via their Facebook page earlier this morning:

“Words we’ve been waiting to say for too long… We’re opening June 14. Drop by and say hello.”

It certainly has been a long wait, and after a series of delays and changes, Uproar’s low-key update is sure to excite many, including local beer fans as well as folks eager to see the continued growth of downtown San Jose and the SoFA district in particular.

I had the good fortune to attend a preview dinner earlier this spring, and the event indeed portended a positive outlook for the brewery and restaurant and the surrounding area.

In becoming the newest member of the South Bay brewing community, Uproar will look to enhance the local beer scene by offering more options for beer fans with an emphasis on good beer and good food.

Very happy for the Uproar team and look forward to visiting soon.

Update: Below is the opening menu shared by Uproar a handful of hours after their initial opening date announcement: