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Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Presents Spring Fling Pairing Dinner Featuring Hitachino

Steins Hitachino Dinner

Fresh off last month’s four-year anniversary celebration, Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant (895 Villa St., Mountain View) is set to host a five-course Spring Fling Pairing Dinner featuring a number of Hitachino Nest Beer offerings from Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery.

The dinner takes place Wednesday, April 26 from 6pm-8pm, and the recently announced menu is below.

Menu

Amuse:
Poached Oyster paired with Mumm sparkling wine

Appetizer:
Japanese-Style Egg Custard paired with a sake cocktail

Salad:
Apple and Pear Salad paired with Hitachino Nest Red Rice (Pale Ale)

Main Entree of your CHOICE:

Monterey Spot Prawn paired with Hitachino Nest Saison Du Japon

– OR –

Kurobuta Pork Belly paired with Hitachino Nest Extra High XH (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)

Dessert:
Chocolate Cherry Black Forest Cake paired with Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout

Tickets are $75 (not including tax and gratuity), and reservations are required. Click here to make your reservation.

The dinner represents executive chef Colby Reade’s last big event at the Mountain View restaurant. He’ll be at the Cupertino location which is set to open in the coming months.

4th Annual Cider Summit SF Cider Lineup

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The lineup of cider producers at this year’s Cider Summit SF – taking place this Saturday, April 22 in the Presidio in SF – was released last week and now available at their event website. Listed below is the lineup, which also includes the ciders and cider cocktails to be poured.

2017 Lineup

Table 1
2 Towns Cider House – Corvallis, OR  Est. 2010
BrightCider
Bad Apple
Made Marion
Pommeau

Table 2
Ace Cider – Sebastopol, CA, Est. 1993
BlackJack 21 Vintage 2015
Pineapple Cider
Joker Cider

Table 3
Atlas Cider – Bend, OR  Est. 2013
Apricot Cider
Blackberry Cider
Dragonfruit Cider

Table 4
101 Cider House – Westlake Village, CA  Est. 2015
Cactus Red
Scrumpy
Black Dog

Table 5
Cider Riot – Portland, OR  Est. 2013
Burncider
Everybody Pogo
Never Give an Inch
FCC

Table 6
Brooks Dry Cider – San Francisco, CA  Est. 2015

Table 7
Common Cider – Auburn, CA, Est. 2013
Blood Orange Tangerine
Pineapple Guava
Blackberry Sangria

Table 8
Crooked City Cider – Oakland, CA  Est. 2015
Straight-Up Oakland Dry Session
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
Yes Please!
Sour Patch (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 9
Dragon’s Head Cider – Vashon, WA  Est. 2010
Wild Fermented Cider
Traditional Cider
Perry

Table 10
Aspall Cyder House – Suffolk, England  Est. 1728
Aspall Dry
Aspall Imperial
Aspall Peronelle’s Blush

Table 11
E.Z. Orchards – Salem, OR  Est. 2005
Hawk Haus
Poire
Roman Beauty
Semi Dry

Craigie’s Ballyhook Flyer – Wicklow, Ireland  Est. 2011

Table 12
Eden Specialty Ciders – Newport, VT  Est. 2007
Imperial 11° Rose
Orleans Herbal Aperitif
Eden Heirloom Blend

Table 13
Ethic Ciders – Petaluma, CA  Est. 2015
Gravitude
Golden Rule

Table 14
The Good Cider – San Sebastian, Spain  Est. 1918
Apple Cider

Table 15
Hemly Cider – Courtland, CA  Est. 2015
Hemly Pear Cider
Hemly Dry Pear Cider
Sloughhouse Jalapeno Pear Cider

Table 16
The Far West Cider Co. – Richmond, CA  Est. 2016
Pink Cascade
Crimson Gold Crab
Orchard Blend No. 1
You’re Guava Be Kidding Me (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 17
Lassen Traditional Cider – Chico, CA  Est. 2016
Newtown Pippin
Winesap
Farmhouse Dry

Table 18
Horse & Plow – Sebastopol, CA  Est. 2008
Farmhouse Cider
Heirloom Cider
Hops and Honey

Table 19
Hidden Star Orchards – San Leandro, CA 94577
Treeo Hard Cider
Sour Hard Cider
Pink Lady Hard Cider

Table 20
Humboldt Cider – Eureka, CA  Est. 2014
Friends w/Benefits Hopped
Cherry
Gravenstein Single Vareital
Pink Guava Hopped (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 21
Indigeny Reserve – Sonora, CA  Est 2012
2016 Organic Harvest Blend
Extra Crisp
Blackberry
Apricot (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 22
Gowan’s Estate Heirloom Cider – Philo, CA  Est. 1876
1876 Heirloom
Gravenstein
Sierra Beauty
Heritage

Table 23
Leaky Barrel Cider Co. – Sonoma, CA Est. 2017
SASH Cider
Old Baldy Cider

Table 24
Golden State Cider – Sebastopol, CA  Est. 2012
Bay Brut Cider
Gingergrass Cider
Mighty Dry

Table 25
Finnriver Farm & Cidery – Chimacum, WA  Est. 2008
Dry Hopped Cider
Habanero Cider
Black Currant Cider
Cider Summit Saison Collaboration

Table 26
Mission Trail Cider Co. – Bradley, CA  Est. 2014
Plum Jerkum
Perry
Peach Coast
Ron Tropico (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 27
Newton Court Cider – Leominster, England  Est. 2000
Gasping Goose
Panting Partridge

Table 28
Pitsnogled Cider – Folsom, CA  Est. 2015
Original Hard Cider

Table 29
Redwood Coast Cider – San Carlos, CA  Est. 2015
Bikers “Chardonnay”
Kosmic Lighthouse Ride
Strawberry Bobber
Gooseberry (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 30
Red Branch Cider – Sunnyvale, CA Est. 1995
Black Cherry Cider
Pear Cider
Mead Barrel-Aged Apple Cyser

Table 31
Santa Cruz Scrumpy – Felton, CA  Est. 2009
Purposely Pimp’N Pippin
Pomegranate
Original Hard Cider
Toast & Jam (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 32
Specific Gravity Cider – Sebastopol, CA Est. 2013
Gravenstein
Sour Farmhouse Scrumpy
Perry
Boysenberry

Table 33
Seattle Cider Co. – Seattle, WA Est. 2013
Dry
Semi Sweet
Basil Mint

Table 34
See Canyon Hard Cider – San Luis Obispo, CA, Est. 2013
Boneyard
Triple Threat
Classic Cider

Table 35
Santa Cruz Cider Co. – Santa Cruz, CA  Est. 2013
The Hopped Apple
Lot 16 (Luz Del Valle)
Gravenstein
Blueberry(Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 36
Sea Cider Farm & Cider House – Saanichton, BC  Est. 1996
Prohibition
Bramble Bubbly
Kings and Spies
Worley’s Cider – Somerset, England  Est. 2001
Red Hen
Premium Vintage
Mendip Hills

————–Cider Cocktails—————
Table 37
Incline Cider Co. – Incline Village, NV  Est. 1995
The Explorer Hopped Cider
The Scout Marionberry Cider
The Legend Lemongrass Cider
The Rendle’s Lemongrass Legend – Gin & Cider

Table 38
Jim Beam Distillery – Clermont, KY
Jim Beam Apple
Jim Beam Apple & Soda Cocktail

Table 39
Niche Import Co. – Cedar Knolls, NJ
Calvados Coquerel Fine
Calvados Coquerel VSOP
CalvadosPomme d’Eve
Schonauer Apfel Liqueur

Table 40
J. Seeds – Fairfield, CA
J. Seeds Cider Whiskey
J. Seeds Apple Press Cocktail
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Table 41
Sierra Cider Co. – Mariposa, CA  Est. 2010
Dry Summer Blend
Farm House Style
Early Harvest

Table 42
Tag + Jug Cider – San Francisco, CA  Est. 2014
Brut Cider
Cherry Champ (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 43
Tieton Cider Works – Yakima, WA 2008
Rambling Route Apple
Tieton Dry Hopped
Tieton Apricot

Table 44
Two Rivers Cider Company – Sacramento, CA Est. 1996
Apple
Blackberry
Pomegranate
Passionfruit (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 45
Wandering Aengus – Salem, OR  Est. 2005
Wandering Aengus Bloom
Wandering Aengus Bittersweet
Anthem Pear
Anthem Peach Brett (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 46
Tilted Shed Ciderworks – Windsor, CA  Est. 2011
Inclinado Sidra
2015/16 Topwork
2015 Graviva

Table 47
Schilling Hard Cider – Seattle, WA  Est. 2012
Emerald City Blackberry Pear
Lumberjack Rhubarb
Mischief Maker Pomegranate
Passport Passion Fruit
Strawberry Sour Cider (Fruit Cider Challenge)

Table 48
Sonoma Cider – Healdsburg, CA  Est. 2013
The Jax – Breakfast Cereal
The Imperial
The Pitchfork Pear
Apple Brandy

Table 49
South City Ciderworks – San Bruno, CA  Est. 2015
Dry Me a River
All The Good Hopped Names Were Taken
South City Cider
Yerba Buena Citrus Mint – 2pm tapping!

Table 50
Winesellers, Ltd. – France & Spain
Le Brun Cidre de Bretagne Brut
Le Brun Organic Cidre
Manoir de Grandouet Cidre Fermier Brut
Mayador Sidra Natural
Mayado Sidra Sparkling

Table 51
Dunkertons Cider – Herefordshire, England  Est. 1980
Dry Organic Cider
Black Fox Medium Organic Cider
Organic Perry

Table 52
Maeloc Cider – Galicia, Spain  Est. 2008
Maeloc Dry
Maeloc Blackberry
Maeloc Strawberry

Table 53
Wildcraft Cider Works – Eugene,OR  Est.  2014
Farmhouse Scrumpy
Wild Mirabelle Plum
Wild Rose

Table 54
William’s Orchards – Herefordshire, England  Est. 2000
William’s Sir Perry
William’s Excalibur Apple
William’s Dragons Breath Ginger

Table 55
Wrangletown Cider Co. – Eureka, CA  Est. 2015
Wrangletown Original
Monument Apples Orchard
Oak Barrel-Aged

Table 56
Tin City Cider Co. – Paso Robles, CA  Est. 2015
Original Dry-Hopped Cider
Goldie
Lilikoi

Table 57
WildCide Hard Cider – San Jose, CA  Est. 2015
WildCide Hard Cider
WildMule Ginger & Lime

Table 58
William Tell Cider – Lodi, CA  Est. 2014
Blueberry Zinfandel (Sweet/Tart) Cider
Bone Dry
Pinot Grigio Apple

Total Wine & More to Open New Store in Mountain View

Tech-equipped education center will host classes and events focused on wines, beer and spirits (credit: Total Wine & More)
Tech-equipped education center will host classes and events focused on wines, beer and spirits (credit: Total Wine & More)

Total Wine & More – the nation’s largest independent retailer of fine wine, spirits and beer – is expanding its Bay Area presence with the opening of a new location in Mountain View. Their newest store follows their first Bay Area store in Fremont which opened last year in February.

Total Wine & More in Mountain View – located at 1010 Rengstorff Ave. – officially opens to the public at 9am on Thursday, April 13.

There’ll be wine and beer tastings, live music and giveaways throughout the grand opening weekend, and the store will donate 10% of all wine sales to the non-profit Computer History Museum.

Edward Cooper, Total Wine & More’s vice president for public affairs and community relations, says: “Supporting the local community is an essential part of our business operations. Over the past four years, Total Wine & More has donated more than $17 million to local organizations in the markets we serve. Our partnership with the Computer History Museum reflects this commitment, and we look forward to lending our support to this iconic local destination.”

Total Wine & More is known for its large selection and competitive pricing, offering more than 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers, including hard-to-find labels and locally produced items.

Cooper notes: “Our selection is so vast that we’re able to offer something to every customer, and cater to specific needs regardless of taste, experience, or preference. We’ve proven that we can satisfy our customers, from the beer enthusiast who is interested in learning more about local brews, to the more experienced wine connoisseur seeking new vintages to try.”

He adds that other factors that contribute to the company’s success include market-leading prices, incredible customer service and knowledgeable staff.

Each Total Wine & More store employs approximately 50 team members who receive more than 100 hours of training to develop a solid understanding of the store’s many products before assisting customers. This includes building familiarity with various wine regions, production methods, varietals, brew styles and tasting profiles. In addition, the retailer organizes educational trips for employees to further expand their knowledge and expertise on products.

Cooper adds: “We take more than 70 team members to Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries each year, and more than 50 team members to Europe every other year to learn more about the great wines of France, Spain and Italy.”

About Total Wine & More

Founded and co-owned by brothers David and Robert Trone, Total Wine & More is the nation’s largest independently owned retailer of fine wine, beer and spirits. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, the company has grown from the first, small store in Delaware to a company that now has over 150 superstores in 20 states. The company’s unmatched selection of products, combined with low everyday prices and expertly trained wine associates, brings a unique shopping experience to the customer. Total Wine & More has the distinction of being a four-time National Retailer of the Year – recognized by Beverage Dynamics in 2008, Market Watch in 2006 and Wine Enthusiast in 2004 and 2014. Total Wine & More is the only retailer in the country to have twice been named Wine Enthusiast’s retailer of the year. Since opening its first store in 1991, Total Wine & More has been committed to being the premier wine retailer in every community that it serves. More information on Total Wine & More including its community outreach efforts, product offerings, stores locations and hours of operations are available at www.totalwine.com.

Scenes from Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant 4-Year Anniversary Celebration

We had the good fortune of making it to the recent four-year anniversary BBQ celebration held late last month at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View.

Pics below.

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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015 and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen.

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Executive chef Colby Reade provided a sneak peek of a sake made by Kiuchi Brewery that’ll be one of paired offerings at the upcoming Spring Fling Pairing Dinner Featuring Hitachino on Wednesday, April 26.

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Chef Reade has been devoting a big part of his days lately focusing on the buildout of the Steins Cupertino restaurant, which is scheduled to open later this summer.

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Sous chefs – and brothers – Cheke and Paco Guzman. They’re set to lead the kitchen at Steins Mountain View as Chef Reade heads up the kitchen at Steins Cupertino.

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San Jose’s Lincoln Court Brewery pouring samples of their Red Lavender – a unique, refreshing beer.

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Lincoln Court Brewery founders – and Bay Area natives – Lisa and Vince.

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Very nice catching up with manager Lynna Nguyen.

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The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday – imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels.

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Bruery Terreux Frucht: Boysenberry – Berlin-style tart wheat beer aged in oak foeder with boysenberries added.

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Always a pleasure hanging out with Bobby Favela of Wine Warehouse.

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It was another wonderful visit to Steins – tasty eats and drinks, excellent service, great folks and fun times.

Congrats to Steins on their four-year anniversary!

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

Bourbon Pub Presents Hops & Harvest Beer Dinner Featuring Anchor Brewing

Bourbon Pub Anchor Dinner April 2017

The next Hops & Harvest beer dinner at Bourbon Pub – located at Levi’s Stadium (4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way) – takes place Friday, April 7 at 6pm. The dinner features a four-course menu with pairings from SF’s Anchor Brewing Company.

Below is the recently-released details on the menu and pairing:

Meet & Greet with Anchor Brewing:

  • Los Gigantes Mexican Style Lager

1st Course:

  • Diver Scallop Tostada with easter radish, fesno chili & coconut-lime dressing.
  • Paired with Anchor’s Mango Wheat

2nd Course:

  • Gulf Shrimp Stuffed Poblano with jasmine rice, marcona almonds & queso fresco.
  • Paired with Liberty IPA.

3rd Course:

  • Slow-Roasted Duck Leg with fresh corn torilla, pickled carrots & coffee mole.
  • Paired with Anchor Porter.

4th Course:

  • Warm Apple Strudel with cheddar cheese & buttermilk ice cream.
  • Paired with Old Foghorn Barleywine.

Longtime Anchor brewer Kevin West is scheduled be on hand to introduce each pairing.

Tickets are $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity. To reserve your seat, call 408-579-4460, email nicole.anthony@49ers-smc.com or purchase via the ticket link.

For my recap post from a previous Hops & Harvest beer dinner, click here.

Scenes from Soon-to-Open Uproar Brewing Company

Uproar Brewing

Look for an announcement soon on the exact opening date for the much-anticipated Uproar Brewing Company in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district, located at 439 S. 1st St.

I got a sneak peek a couple weeks ago of Uproar Brewing’s first official beer. Grant Kjos, taproom manager and one of Uproar’s founding members, poured me a glass of Uproar Saison. The Saison was tasty, refreshing, clean and easy drinking.

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And earlier this week, I returned to Uproar for a preview of what was in store for the opening.

The view upon entering the restaurant and brewery.

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The kitchen is to the right.

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The bar.

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Beer list.

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Steve Vandewater, who is the co-partner of Uproar Brewing along with his wife Christina, stands next to the six barrels that were recently filled with Uproar Saison.

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Jim Turturici, Uproar’s brewmaster, strikes a pose.

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Uproar Saison was brewed by Jim at Uncommon Brewers in Santa Cruz. Uproar awaits final approvals to be able to start brewing on their own equipment.

Uproar Saison on a beautiful copper countertop with a view to the brewery.

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Wifey, the kid and Steve.

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Jim was busy showing folks around the brewery, including Dan Satterthwaite of New Bohemia Brewing Company.

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The view of the restaurant and bar from the brewery side.

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The menu.

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Stuffed Figs & Demi-Glace: Figs, walnuts, thyme, goat cheese, wrapped in pan-seared prosciutto and demi-glace drizzle.

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Lamb Lollipops: Brazilian-inspired rack of lamb sous vide and grilled to temp, red wine and blackberry reduction mint jam, goat cheese wonton crust, micro greens and basil.

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Barbeque Pork Belly Sliders and Fries: BBQ broiled pork belly, creamy garlic slaw made with sliced fennel, frisee, carrot, shallot and alfalfa sprouts.

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Classic Sliders and Fries: 3-oz. Angus beef patty, American cheese, butter, lettuce, tomato, house pickles, red onion and house tomato chutney.

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The kitchen staff.

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The kitchen is headed by James Thornton, who previously worked at Paper Plane.

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Great service throughout the evening.

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Beer tasting: Elkhorn Slough Hoppy Jewel American Wild Ale, Uproar Saison, Alvarado St. The Revolution Will Not Be Clarified Double IPA and Uproar Porter, which was brewed at Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

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Catching up with Derek Stanfill of Oskar Blues Brewery.

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Christina and Steve Vandewater.

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The space is big and great, and to put it simply, the beers were tasty, the food was delicious, the service was excellent and the vibe was warm, lively and friendly. We can’t wait for Uproar to open.

If the preview is any indication, I predict that there’ll be many other satisfied guests when Uproar Brewing Company opens.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy



Where to Find Waldos’ Special Ale in the South Bay

waldoposter_2017It’s that time of the year when those of us into ultra dank and hoppy IPAs go looking for Waldos’ Special Ale. Brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company, Waldos will be featured at a number of upcoming events, including a bunch on Thursday, 4/20. FYI, this year’s batch comes in at 11.5% ABV.

Saturday, April 1

Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose looks to be the first of the local beer spots to feature Waldos on Saturday, April 1 at 12pm. They’ll have other Lagunitas offerings on tap, including PILS, Dark Swan Wild Ale, Davey Murray’s Best Scotch Ale and High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout (2016).

Thursday, April 6

IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop in Milpitas is hosting “The Waldos Get Westified” on Thursday, April 6 at 3pm. The event features 2017 Waldos’ Special Ale, 2016 High Westified Coffee Stout Batch 2, 2016 High Westified Coffee Stout Batch 3, 2016 Willet Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout and Lagunitas IPA.

Thursday, April 20

I just received word that there’ll be a “very disorganized pub crawl in downtown San Jose starting at high noon” with stops at Market Beer Company, ISO: Beers, Original Gravity Public House and finishing at Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe at 4:20pm. Look for Waldos and other Lagunitas goodies at these stops.

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose will tap Waldos at 4:20pm alongside other Lagunitas offerings.

Finally, a Waldos’ Pub Crawl in downtown Campbell kicks off at Spread Deli & Bottles at 4:20pm with Waldo’s Special Ale on draft at every stop, along with other Lagunitas beers and beer cocktails:

  • 4:20pm – Spread Deli & Bottles
  • 5:30pm – Liquid Bread Gastropub
  • 6:30pm – The Vesper
  • 7:30pm – Khartoum

Don’t forget that you can also pick up Waldos’ Special Ale in bottles in the coming weeks at many of the local shops that carry craft beer.



The Beerwalk Visits Downtown San Jose for the First Time

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The next installment of The Beerwalk is right around the corner, taking place on Wednesday, April 5, 6pm-9pm in downtown San Jose.

It’ll be the first visit to the area for the popular Beerwalk series.

The current list of participating breweries includes:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company
  • Almanac Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company
  • Calicraft Brewing Company
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Firestone Brewing Co.
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Goose Island
  • Heretic Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Saint Archer Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Uncommon Brewers

The current tasting locations include:

  • 55 South
  • AFK
  • Blush Ice Bar
  • Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub
  • Five Points
  • O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub
  • Sushi Confidential

Look for more tasting locations to be announced soon.

Tickets are $35 the week of the event but remain at $30 throughout this week. Tickets include beer tastings, a custom tasting glass and a passport.

Check-in takes place from 5pm-8pm at Local Color at 27 S. 1st St.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the Beerwalk’s Eventbrite page.

For a look at some pictures from the previous Beerwalk held last month in downtown Sunnyvale, click here.



Scott’s Seafood San Jose Wine Pairing Dinner Featuring Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Scotts Seafood Spring Wine Dinner

Passing along the details of the upcoming five-course Spring Wine Dinner at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) featuring Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

It’s set for Monday, March 27 from 6pm-9pm on Scott’s picturesque sixth floor rooftop patio of the City View Plaza.

We’ve been big fans of Scott’s Seafood San Jose and have especially enjoyed their epic beer dinners. Enjoying good beer will always remain a passion, but we certainly enjoy good wine. And I know we’re not alone in our enjoyment and appreciation of both.

Dinner and Wine Pairing Menu

The special wine pairing menu crafted by Food and Beverage Director Sammy Reyes:

  • Opening Reception: “The Cantankerous Ceviche” Tropical Halibut Ceviche
  • Wine Pairing: Sofia Blanc De Blancs Cocktail
  • Course One: “The Crabby Deviled Egg” Curry spiced deviled eggs topped with crab meat
  • Wine Pairing: Sofia Blanc De Blancs
  • Course Two: “The Solo Crab Cake” Crab Cake with an Asian Persimmon Coleslaw
  • Wine Pairing: The White Doe (A Virginia Dare wine)
  • Course Three: “The Earth and Sea” Lamb Chops topped with chimmichurri sauce and scallops surrounded in an English sweet pea puree.
  • Wine Pairing: Directors Pinot Noir
  • Course Four: “The Picante Soufflé” Spicy Chocolate Soufflé with Pistachio Ice Cream.
  • Wine Pairing: Coppola Diamond Claret

Tickets are $75 and available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbrite page.

Guests will learn more about the winemaking history of Francis Ford Coppola Winery and will enjoy an offering from their sister winery Virginia Dare.

As for the next beer pairing dinner at Scott’s Seafood? They’re eyeing the end of July during Silicon Valley Beer Week as a possibility.



Cider Summit SF Returns to the Presidio for 4th Annual Bay Area Event

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Photo from last year’s Cider Summit SF in the Presidio

The region’s largest cider festival – Cider Summit SF – is returning to the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio on Saturday, April 22 from 1pm-5pm for its fourth annual Bay Area event.

The festival will feature nearly 200 ciders – plus cider cocktails and apple spirits – from local, regional and international cider companies, and opportunities to meet with many of the cidermakers.

Representing the South Bay will once again be Sunnyvale’s Red Branch Cider Company, whose sister company Rabbit’s Foot Meadery, incidentally, made for another impressive showing at the recent Mazer Cup International 2017, winning gold for their Hel (Aged Barrel Saison) and bronze for Biere de Miel (Honey Kolsch) – congrats to owner and brewmaster Mike Faul and his team!

New this year at Cider Summit SF is a collaboration cider between Cider Summit festivals and Washington’s Finnriver Farm & Cidery, resulting in a limited edition Saison/Farmhouse style cider. It’s made from a select blend of Washington-certified organic apples fermented with a Saison ale yeast at high temperatures to bring out the tropical and spice notes of the yeast.

Food will be available for purchase from Slow Hand BBQ and Whole Foods Market Truck. Whole Foods will also host a cider and food-pairing pavilion featuring Sebastopol’s Golden State Cider and local food purveyors.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP tickets if purchased in advance before April 1. Beginning April 1, tickets go up by $5 ($40 and $50, respectively).

General admissions tickets get you a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets. VIP tickets get you early access to the event from 12pm-1pm, a souvenir tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available onsite for $2 each.

Designated driver tickets will be available for $5, and accompanied minors will be admitted at no charge. A percentage of tickets sales from the event will support charities including The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, Berkeley Humane and the California Association of Cidermakers.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the Cider Summit SF website.

Check out some of my pictures from two of the previous Cider Summit SF festivals to get a sense of why the event is one of our favorites.