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Brewmaster Dinner at Stanley’s Sports Bar Featuring Coronado Brewing Company

Passing along info. regarding an upcoming beer-and-food pairing dinner at Stanley’s Sports Bar, located inside the Sharks Ice facility in San Jose (1500 S. 10th St.).

The four-course dinner takes place Monday, May 22 at 6:30pm and features select offerings from Coronado Brewing Company.

Beer dinners such as this one are not new at Stanley’s, and I have it on very good authority – I haven’t been to one yet – that they’re consistently done well.

A peek at the menu – prepared by Art Cardoza – offers up what looks to be quite a tasty affair.

Menu

First Course:

  • Spicy Cornbread Bites with honey butter
  • Paired with Waylaid White IPA

Second Course:

  • Caramelized Bacon with roasted pineapple
  • Paired with Stem to Stern Batch #1 Hoppy Red

Third Course:

  • Oven Baked Corn Beef Brisket with roasted carrots
  • Paired with Mermaid’s Red

Dessert Course:

  • Citrus Ginger Cake with spiced orange compote
  • Paired with Orange Avenue Wit

Tickets are $38.75 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

For reservations, contact Dan at danglikowski@sharksice.com or 408-999-6786.

Scenes from the 6th Annual Downtown Campbell Beerwalk

It was a sold-out Beerwalk event in downtown Campbell last week, and no doubt that the theme of Stars Wars on May the fourth added to the popularity.

Wifey and I had the very good fortune of being able to make it, joining the 1,198 other revelers out and about on a picture-perfect Thursday evening.

Pics below.

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Instagram sensation – and local guy – Dan, AKA Louie Baton.

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High Water Brewing Aphotic Imperial Porter with Cacao Nibs and Calambic Series Le Petit Diablotin American Sour Ale (aged in wine barrels for 12 months with local sour cherry and pomegranate juice) .

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High Water Brewing Cucumber Kolsch and Campfire Stout (brewed with graham crackers, molasses and toasted marshmallow).

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Dale Swanson – AKA Brewtographer – snapping pics.

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The Hermitage Brewing Company crew, including Joel Wind (center) and Nicole Marquez (right).

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Hermitage Brewing Company Mosaic Single Hop IPA.

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Hermitage Brewing Company Motueka Single Hop IPA, the latest release from their Single Hop Series.

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Cheers! with Joel.

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Beer enthusiast Billy with Beerwalk co-founder Charlie Mann.

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Yours truly with Bobby Favela of Wine Warehouse.

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Campbell Brewing Company assistant brewer John Paine, head brewer Michael Paine and bar manager Jeremy Eseroma.

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Yours truly with Beerwalk co-founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie.

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El Gigante with two cute kids.

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Billy and Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Peter Estaniel.

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing Electric Tower IPA.

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Golden State Brewery’s Stephanie Hendrickson and Adrienne Lenore. Golden State always brings their latest and greatest to the Beerwalks, this time their recently released Maibock along with their Bay Area Blonde.

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Jay and Justin Ganz of San Jose’s GearTooth Alewerks.

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Beerwalk fans Shelly, Stephanie and Chris.

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Sonoma Springs Brewing Company’s Robert Raney.

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Robert treating me to a taste of Sonoma Springs Triple IPA.

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Bobby and Darth Talon, who’s arrived just as we’re leaving.

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It was another excellent Beerwalk.

The next installment is their 2nd Annual Sakewalk, taking place Thursday, June 8 in Japantown.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

Scenes from Spring Fling Pairing Dinner Featuring Hitachino at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Simply put, the “Spring Fling” pairing dinner featuring Hitachino out of Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery – held last month at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant – was epic. It was festive, warm and intimate, elevated and delicious… and I could go on, but instead, let’s just skip ahead to the photos from the memorable dinner.

Hitachino Nest White Ale (Witbier). Beautiful tablescape.

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Executive chef Colby Reade introducing the first pairing of the evening.

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A Queen City-inspired cocktail featuring Kiuchi Brewery’s unique Kikusakari Asamurasaki – Red Rice Sake – served with a savory cream puff with creme fraiche, caviar and chai blossom.

Very much enjoyed the sweet and savory combination, and the mini-bursts of salt from the caviar provided an extra pop of flavor and texture.

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Bar manager Ryan Hummel detailing the delicious cocktail – whiskey, lemon juice, amaro and grapefruit liqueur.

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Second course: Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (Sparkling Wine) paired with Japanese Style Egg Custard with shiitake mushrooms, spring garlic and dashi.

In addition to the tasty flavors, the textures stood out with this pairing. The bubbly mouthfeel of the sparkling wine helped balance the creamy custard and mushrooms.

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We then got to try the Red Rice Sake from the earlier cocktail by itself. Fruit and herbal aroma and flavor notes stood out.

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Third course: Hitachino Nest Saison Du Japon paired with Apple and Asian Pear Salad with white miso vinaigrette, mizuna and daikon radish.

The lightly sweet yet tart and citrusy Saison Du Japon matched well with the fruits and vegetables from the dish, as well as with the acidity from the delicious and abundant dressing.

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Manager Lynna Nguyen checking in with guests Chris and Van.

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A surprise pour of Kiuchi No Shizuku, a unique whiskey-like spirit distilled from Hitachino Nest White Ale. Fine and clean tasting.

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Cheers with Chris and Van. It was great meeting them – couldn’t have asked for better tablemates.

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Before the fourth course, chef Reade brought out the service and culinary teams behind the pairing dinner.

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He expressed great appreciation for the teams, including among others manager Rachel Rohrenbach, chefs (and brothers) Paco and Cheke Guzman, Ryan and manager Toby Yi.

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Hitachino Nest Extra High XH (Oak-Aged Strong Ale).

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Ryan imparting knowledge about both the Hitachino Nest Red Rice and Hitachino Nest Extra High XH ales.

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Kurobuta Pork Belly with sesame wonton noodles, miso au jus, toybox mushrooms and sauce gribiche.

The malty heft from the Extra High XH was in sync with the pork belly while the carbonation and the beer’s dark fruit profile cut nicely through the protein’s richness. I enjoyed the sauce right down to the last drop.

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A bonus plate of Gulf Prawn Paella with mussels, clams, chorizo, crispy rice cake, smoked white fish, bottarga and spiced tomato sauce. Exquisite.

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Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout (Milk Sweet Stout) paired with Yakitori Chocolate Cake with macerated raspberries, sour cherry and truffle cream.

The slightly roasty bitterness from the Sweet Stout – plus its dry finish – provided a well-balanced counterpoint to the very moist and sweet chocolate cake.

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I thought all the pairings were successful and showcased in delicious fashion the versatility of beer given its wide variety of aroma, flavor and mouthfeel characteristics. The kicker is the carbonation aspect of beer (Andrea has previously written about this aspect) that helps refresh the palate with every sip; food and beer can be enjoyed and appreciated to the fullest.

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Steins next beer-and-food pairing event won’t be for a while, as a lot of energy will be devoted to the opening of Steins Cupertino. The memories from this one – good company, roaring laughter, excellent service, warm vibes and delicious pairings – will suffice in sustaining me (barely) until their next one.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

3rd Annual Pints for Pups Presented by Southbay Beer Hounds and Clay Planet

Pints for Pups 2017

The third annual Pints for Pups fundraiser – presented by the Southbay Beer Hounds and Clay Planet – is set for Saturday, May 13 from 1pm-8pm at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (344 Tully Rd., San Jose).

Part of the proceeds from all drink, food and art sales will benefit the non-profits Silicon Valley Pet Project and the Thulani Program.

Participating breweries, wineries and distillery include:

  • Strike Brewing
  • Hermitage
  • Golden State
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Taplands
  • Freewheel
  • Benoit Casper
  • Firestone Walker
  • Oskar Blues
  • Sarah’s Vineyard
  • Satori Cellars
  • Venus Spirits

Drinks are $5 each, good for a pint of beer, 7 oz. of wine or 1 cocktail. Food options include Waffles Amore, Sugar Tree and the usual goodies from the Fairgrounds.

There’ll be one-of-a-kind ceramic art for sale from 40 local artists along with a raffle and live entertainment from Bug Horn Rex and Sound Decisions.

Entry tickets are $10 – which include parking directly on the Fairgrounds – and available for purchase at the Pints for Pups Eventbrite page. Note that all proceeds from any donations made when purchasing tickets go to the two organizations.

For some pics from last year’s Pints for Pups event, click here. And click here to learn about the origins of the Southbay Beer Hounds and Pints for Pups.

About the Beneficiaries

Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers committed to saving local at-risk shelter pets through rescue, community involvement, and education. SVPP saves animals from our local municipal shelter, the San Jose Animal Care Center. So every time they pull a dog into their foster program and free up a kennel for another dog, they are actually saving 2 lives! svpetproject.org

The Thulani Program rescues abandoned and terminally ill or very old German Shepherd dogs from California and Nevada, finds permanent homes for them, and provides funds to help with their care for the rest of their lives. These are dogs that have virtually no chance of being adopted from shelters, and through Thulani they have an opportunity to spend the rest of their lives as treasured companions. thulanidogs.org

6th Annual Downtown Campbell Beerwalk: Star Wars Edition

Beerwalk Campbell 2017

The upcoming Beerwalk on Thursday, May 4 will mark the 6th annual visit to downtown Campbell and the 2nd year in a row that the event will be Star Wars themed.

When

Thursday, May 4, 6pm-9pm

Breweries

  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Anchor Brewing Company
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company
  • Breckenridge Brewery
  • Calicraft Brewing Company
  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • GearTooth AleWerks
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Goose Island
  • Heretic Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • High Water Brewing
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Saint Archer Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada Brewery
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing Company
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Tilt Brewery
  • Uncommon Brewers

Tasting Locations

  • The Art Beat
  • Bestie’s Boutique
  • Blueline Pizza
  • Brown Chicken Brown Cow
  • CaliMuscle
  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • The Celtic Shoppe
  • Freshly Worn Furniture
  • Frost Cupcake Factory
  • Khartoum
  • Liquid Bread Gastropub
  • The Olive Shop
  • Redemption
  • Rocket Fizz
  • Socialight
  • Sneak & Butterfly
  • Spread Deli & Bottles
  • Steepers
  • Sushi Confidential
  • Tessora’s
  • Therapy Stores
  • The Courtyard (Bombshell Boutique, The Cruiser Shop, Embelish Hair Lounge, Pout Beauty)

Check-In Times and Location

Check-in: 5pm-8pm

Location: Khartoum, 300 Orchard City Drive #101, Campbell, CA 95008

Tickets

Tickets are $30 throughout this weekend and go up to $35 starting next week. A limited number of tickets will be available for $38 the day of the event.

Tickets include beer samples, custom glass and a tasting passport. To purchase tickets, visit the Beerwalk’s Eventbrite page.

For my pictures from last year’s event, click here.

MAY THE 4TH BEer WITH YOU!

‘Beers Around the World Tour’ Spring 2017 Edition

SJSU Beer Around the World Spring 2017

San Jose State University’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management presents the next installment of the “Beers Around the World Tour,” taking place Thursday, April 27 from 6pm-9:30pm at The Glasshouse in downtown San Jose (2 S. Market St.).

The event is run entirely by SJSU students enrolled in select courses – including beer appreciation and event industry classes – and provides real, hands-on experience in putting together a big event project from scratch to finish.

Expect the format to be similar to that of the previous event held this past December – numerous booths set up throughout the venue representing different countries with beers and hors d’oeuvres available to taste.

According to Professor and Internship Coordinator Dr. Kate Sullivan, the upcoming trade show will be the largest one yet, and for the first time tickets can be purchased by non-SJSU folks.

For registration information and to purchase tickets, click here.

I had the good fortune of being able to attend the previous Beer Around the World event (click here for my recap post) and really look forward to this upcoming one. I’m happy to be helping support future hospitality professionals one sip at a time. :)

Go Spartans!

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

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

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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
———-End of Cider Cocktails—————

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