Scott’s Seafood general manager Marc Buhagiar helped pour SCV Brewing’s refreshing and crisp Dry Creek Blonde, which accompanied a generous cheese and charcuterie platter.
SCV Brewing’s Alviso Mills Hefeweizen – with its aromas and flavors of cloves and bananas – paired nicely with the Scallop Crudo, thinly sliced raw sea scallop with a citrus soy sauce.
SCV Brewing’s Electric Tower IPA complemented the Steak Tartare, served with arugula and crispy shallots.
The Melon Gazpacho was unexpected and quite the unique treat.
Marc and Joann Vaega, Scott’s Seafood marketing director, helped facilitate a fun raffle.
Sitting with friends this lovely evening made the dinner extra special.
Among the many having a good time were Jake and Carl. Cheers, guys!
SCV Brewing’s New Almaden Red is a versatile food-pairing beer and matched well with the Halibut, served with a saffron risotto and mushroom ragout topped with basil pesto.
The delicious Electric Tower IPA – with its hints of citrus, tropical fruit and pine – also has a radiant appearance.
SCV Brewing’s Tom Clark shared a few words about his brewery.
The Chef’s Surprise was the sublime Wild Berry Panna Cotta with a berry compote, which was paired with SCV Brewing’s excellent Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Loma Prieta (Oatmeal Rye Imperial Stout). This course and pairing was a particular favorite among the guests that I polled.
Tom and Coleen Clark.
Some of the Scott’s Seafood crew. All provided attentive, top-notch service. Great job everyone! Cheers!
Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes (left) talking with a couple of satisfied guests.
SCV Brewing Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Loma Prieta capped off another glorious beer dinner event at Scott’s Seafood.
Save the Date – Oct. 30 Rum Cocktail Pairing Dinner
Scott’s next special pairing dinner looks to be a very interesting – and tasty – event that will feature rum cocktails.
Scott’s will present a four-course rum cocktail-and-food pairing dinner featuring Angostura rums. The dinner is set for Monday, Oct. 30.
Gott’s is partnering with Dogfish Head Brewery for tap takeovers at all four of their Bay Area locations.
The event at their Palo Alto location in Town & Country Village takes place on Wednesday, Sep. 13 from 5pm to 8pm. In addition to their popular 90 Minute IPA, the brewery will also be pouring their Flesh & Blood IPA and SeaQuench Ale (Gose).
Bonus: Gott’s will also be making special beer-battered fish & chips using the 90 Minute IPA.
New Menu Lineup for a Limited Time
Tapping into summer’s seasonal end, Gott’s culinary team has put a uniquely Californian twist on dishes like crisp fried zucchini in herb flecked batter, Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta slathered with lemony Bellwether Farms ricotta, and Coho Salmon Sandwich topped with avocado, arugula, bacon, balsamic glazed onions, and lemon aioli.
The newest indulgence is the hand-spun Land of Milk & Honey Shake made with Three Twins organic Land of Milk & Honey ice cream, hand-spun with Clover organic milk and a honey drizzle.
Available for a limited time only from Sep. 7 to Oct. 4.
About Gott’s Roadside
Gott’s Roadside was founded in 1999 in Saint Helena by brothers Joel and Duncan Gott. The menu emphasizes locally sourced ingredients with a modern approach to American roadside cuisine. Gott’s makes cheeseburgers, hot dogs and hand-spun shakes to order, using Niman Ranch beef, Fearless Franks, and Three Twins ice cream while creating twists on California classics with sushi-grade Ahi Poke tacos and seasonal salads.
Gott’s Roadside’s commitment to local sourcing also extends to the glass with a California-centric list of wines and beers. Eighteen years later, Gott’s has expanded from its original Saint Helena location to include others at Napa’s Oxbow Market, San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace, and Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village.
I’m sure there are many like me who wish they were going to the official Oktoberfest in Munich.
Fortunately, local Oktoberfest-inspired events and celebrations are set to take place throughout San Jose and nearby, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy German and German-style beer and food in a festive atmosphere. Many of the Oktoberfest celebrations are family friendly and will feature live entertainment.
Below is a roundup of this year’s local Oktoberfest events listed by date. I’ll add to it as new ones come to my attention. Prost!
Sat., Sep. 9: Gourmet Haus Staudt
What: It’s their annual outdoor Oktoberfest celebration, taking place from 12pm to 7:30pm. Six German beers on tap, lots of bratwurst and live music featuring The Internationals (starting at 2pm). $7 entry fee.
What: Folks are invited to don their Lederhosen and Dirndl as Golden State Brewery releases their new Ein Prosit Oktoberfest beer. There’ll be music, decorations, sausages courtesy of Arlington Brothers and a limited supply of 32-oz. Das Boots good for a fill of Ein Prosit for $16. Festivities take place from 5pm to 9pm.
Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sat., Sep. 23: Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
Update: Gordon Biersch announced on Sep. 15 that this event has been cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
What: The ongoing Taylor Street Night Market outdoor summer series continues to take place Thursday evenings at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company brewing and packaging facility in Japantown. To celebrate Oktoberfest, the Night Market folks – Gordon Biersch and Moveable Feast – are throwing a three-day, family friendly bash featuring German-inspired food truck dishes and beers along with live music, games for kids and SJMADE artisans.
What: The 5th Annual Oktoberfest takes place the weekend of Sep. 30 and Oct. 1 (11am to 7pm both days) and is presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. There’ll be plenty of German beer, good food and family friendly entertainment.
Where: Parking lot at Dana St. and Bryant St., Mountain View
What: Enjoy the annual Peninsula Oktoberfest at Hiller Aviation Museum, held for the first time at night from 5pm to 10pm. There’ll be live music as well as German beers and food available for purchase.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
101 Cider House
Far West Cider Company
Golden State Cider
Rider Ranch Ciderworks
Red Branch Cider & Brewing Company
Krazy Farm Cider Company
Mission Trail Cider Co
South City Ciderworks
20twenty cheese bar
Bay Area Phone Doctor
Bella James Women’s Boutique
Details Clothing Co.
Eye Luv Lucy
Gold Star Jewelers
Main Street Burgers
Mariette – Premium Chocolate
Ohana Board Shop
Park Place Vintage
Round Table Pizza
Three Sisters/Our Secret
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.
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.
“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.”
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
Scallop Crudo: Thinly sliced raw Sea Scallop served with citrus wasabi soy sauce
Beer Pairing: Alviso Hefeweizen
Steak Tartare served with arugula and crispy shallots in a citrus dressing
Beer Pairing: Electric Tower IPA
Halibut served with a saffron risotto and a mushroom ragout topped with basil pesto.
Beer Pairing: New Almaden Red
Chefs sweet surprise
Paired with: Loma Prieta Rye Stout
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The interior features an updated industrial-inspired atmosphere. More below from a recent media release:
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.
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.
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.
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.