Beer Events ’17

Simply visiting your local beer spot can be an event in and of itself. But sometimes there are extra special events – beer release parties, tap takeovers, beerwalks, beer fests, beer weeks, beer dinners, etc. – taking place throughout San Jose and nearby.

And I love the fact that we’ve reached the point where it’s very challenging to keep track of all the special beer-related events going on in the South Bay. That said, many of the San Jose beer events – as well as those nearby – are listed below. Please contact me if Iā€™m missing any.

If you’re especially excited about an upcoming event, consider checking in with the venue beforehand to confirm that the event is a go.

Keep in mind that there are other local breweries and beer-centric establishments that host and feature ongoing events and specials, as well as a number of stores that sell good beer. (For a look back at the Beer Events ’16 list, click here.)

January 2017

  • Wed., Jan. 4, 6pm-8pm: “Cards Against Humanity Charity Night” at Santa Clara Valley Brewing. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Jan. 5, 6pm-11pm: “Crux Night Featuring Tough Love Barrel-Aged Stout” at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Fri., Jan. 6, 5pm-9pm: “Big Wall Imperial Stout & Oysters!” at Strike Brewing Company. FB event page.
  • Tues., Jan. 10, 5pm-10pm: “Flight Night with Eight Bridges Brewing” at The Farmers Union. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Jan. 12, 6pm-11pm: “High Water Brewing Night” at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Jan. 12, 2pm: “Track 7 Brewing’s 5-Year Anniversary Party” at IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop. FB post.
  • Fri., Jan. 13: Golden State Brewery Opens San Diego Tap Room. My Writeup.
  • Wed., Jan. 18, 4pm: Hapa’s Brewing Company Open for Business. Hapa’s website.
  • Thurs., Jan. 19, 6pm-11pm: “The Bruery” at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Jan. 19, 8pm-12am: “Strictly Vinyl with Lagunitas High Westified Vertical Tasting” at Liquid Bread Gastropub. FB event page.
  • Fri., Jan. 20: Belgian Winter Wit Tapping at Golden State Brewery. FB post.
  • Tues., Jan. 24, 6pm: “Hops & Harvest Beer Dinner Featuring Goose Island” at Bourbon Pub. FB page.
  • Wed., Jan. 25, 5pm: “2nd Taco & Beer Pairing Event” at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant. FB event page.
  • Wed., Jan. 25, 5pm: “Mother Earth Brewing Tap Takeover” at Park Station Hashery. FB post.
  • Thurs., Jan. 26, 6pm-11pm: “2016 Abyss Tapping and Takeover” at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.

February 2017

  • Thurs., Feb. 2, 6pm-11pm: “Stone Night!” at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Feb. 2: Bullpen Series Release – Stand Up Triple IPA at Strike Brewing Company. FB post.
  • Thurs., Feb. 2, 4:20pm: “Run the Jewels Pre-game” at Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe. FB event page.
  • Feb., Feb. 2, 6pm: ISO Beers Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Firestone Walker. FB post.
  • Sat., Feb. 4, 1pm-5pm: “Hopocalypse Day 2017” at Drake’s Brewing Co. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Feb. 9, 6pm: New Glory Brewing” at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Fri., Feb. 10 – Sun., Feb. 19: 9th Annual San Francisco Beer Week. Event website. My writeup. Some select events below.
  • Sat., Feb. 11, 2pm-6pm: The Beerwalk in Downtown Sunnyvale. Eventbrite page.
  • Sat., Feb. 11, 11am-4pm: 17th Double IPA Festiva at The Bistro in Hayward.
  • Tues., Feb. 14, 12pm-11:30pm: “SFBW 2017 Pucker Up! Sour Fest 8.0” at Original Gravity Public House. FB event page.
  • Sat., Feb. 18, 1pm-5pm: 8th Annual Meet the Brewers Craft Beer Festival. FB event page.
  • Sat., Feb. 18, 11am-11pm: “SFBW DIPA and TIPA” at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Fri., Feb. 24, 3pm – 12am: “Cheers to One Year…!” at Golden State Brewery. FB event page.
  • Sat., Feb. 25: 1pm-4pm & 7pm-10pm: Santa Clara Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi’s Stadium. FB event page.
  • Sat., Feb. 25, 1pm-5pm: Grand Opening Party at Hapa’s Brewing Company. FB event page.

March 2017

  • Wed., Mar. 8: Single Hop Series Release at Hermitage – Jester Single Hop IPA.
  • Thurs., Mar. 2, 6pm-11pm: Boneyard Night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Mar. 9, 6pm-11pm: Faction Brewing at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Mar. 9, 6pm-11:30pm: Firestone Walker Milk & Cookies Night at Original Gravity Public House. FB event page.
  • Sat., Mar. 11, 2pm-8pm: “First Annual Hop ‘N Vine Festival & Market” at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Event website.
  • Thurs., Mar. 16, 6pm: Fieldwork Night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Sat., Mar. 18, 12pm-9pm: 1-Year Anniversary Celebration at Taplands.
  • Tues., Mar. 21, 6pm-9:45pm: “So It Happens It’s The Bruery” at Original Gravity Public House. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Mar. 23, 6pm-11pm: Stone IPA Madness/Keep the Glass at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Sat., Mar. 25, 11am-2pm: 4-Year Anniversary BBQ Party at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant. FB event page.
  • Sun., Mar. 26, 2pm-4pm: San Jose Girls Pint Out at Freewheel Brewing. FB event page.
  • Wed., Mar. 29, 5pm-9pm: Cellarmaker Hump Day at South Winchester BBQ. FB event page.
  • Thurs., Mar. 30: New Bullpen Series #32 Release – “108” Unfiltered IPA. FB post.

April 2017

  • Sat., April 1, 12pm-11:45pm: Waldos’ Special Ale Release/Happiest Happy Hour Debut at Original Gravity Public House. FB event page.
  • Wed., April 5, 6pm-9pm: The Beerwalk in Downtown San Jose. Eventbrite page.
  • Thurs., April 6, 6pm-11:45pm: KBS & Friends at Original Gravity Public House. FB event page.
  • Fri., April 7, 6pm-9pm: Hops & Harvest Beer Dinner Featuring Anchor at Bourbon Pub. FB event page.
  • Sat., April 8, 11am-6pm: 20th IPA Festival at The Bistro in Hayward. FB event page.
  • Thurs., April 13, 9am: Total Wine & More in Mountain View Grand Opening. My writeup.
  • Thurs., April 13, 5pm-11pm: The Bruery Pint Night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose. FB event page.
  • Thurs., April 13, 5pm: Oskar Blues Brewery Tap Takeover at Market Beer Company.
  • Mon., April 17, 6:30pm: North Coast Brewing Co. Brewmaster Dinner at Stanley’s Sports Bar. Menu preview (.pdf).
  • Thurs., April 20, 4:20pm-8:30pm: Waldo 4/20 Pub Crawl with Lagunitas in Downtown Campbell. FB event page.
  • Sat., April 22, 1pm-5pm: Cider Summit SF at The Presidio. Website.
  • Sat., April 22: Reed Rye IPA Release at Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Wed., April 26, 5pm-8pm: Spring Fling Pairing Dinner Featuring Hitachino at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant. FB event page.
  • Sat., April 29, 12pm-11:45pm: Revision Brewing Company Official South Bay Launch at Original Gravity Public House. FB event page.

May 2017

  • Thurs., May 4, 6pm-9pm: The Beerwalk in Downtown Campbell – May the Fourth Beer with You. Eventbrite page.
  • Fri., May 5: Motueka Single Hop IPA Release at Hermitage Brewing Company.
  • Sat., May 6: Bullpen Series – Stand Up Triple IPA Returns at Strike Brewing.
  • Sat., May 13, 2pm-8pm: Pints for Pups 2017 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. FB event page.
  • Sat., May 13, 1pm-5pm: Livemore Craft Beer Festival 2017. FB event page.
  • Wed., May 17: Two Foeder Beer Releases at Hermitage Brewing Company.
  • Wed., May 17: Release of Winning Saison (Collaboration with Arne Johnson of Marin Brewing Company) at Strike Brewing Company – First Collaboration Series Release
  • Thurs., May 18, 5pm-9pm: Taylor Street Night + Market at Gordon Biersch Brewing & Bottling facility. FB event page.
  • Sat., May 20, 1pm-5pm: Drake’s 5th Annual Session Fest at Jack London Square, Oakland. FB event page.
  • Mon., May 22: Bullpen Series #33 on Tap at Strike Brewing Company – Weird Uncle Chuck Belgian Blond Ale with Kumquats, 7.1% ABV, 21 IBU.
  • Mon., May 22, 6:30pm: Brewmaster Dinner at Stanley’s Sports Bar Featuring Coronado Brewing.
  • Fri., May 26: Inaugural Run of Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s New Beer Engine Featuring Dairy Hill Milk Stout with Cocoa Nibs.
  • Sat., May 27, 11am-5pm: 6th Annual SJ Taco Festival of Innovation at History Park. Website.
  • Sat., May 27, 4:30pm: Quakes Beer Fest at Avaya Stadium. Website.
  • Sat., May 27 to Mon., May 29: Red, White and Brews at California’s Great America. Website.
  • Sun., May 28, 11am-5pm: Baconland Festival 2017: bites.bacon.beer at History Park. Website.

June 2017

  • Sat., June 3, 1pm-5pm: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp on Tour: San Francisco at Pier 48. Eventbrite page.
  • Sat., June 3: Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. Website.
  • Sat., June 3 to Sun., June 4: Red, White and Brews at California’s Great America. Website.
  • Fri., June 9: Bullpen Series #34 on Tap at Strike Brewing Company – Texas Leaguer Dark Strong Belgian Ale.
  • Fri., June 9: Summer Saison at Santa Clara Valley Brewing – Limited Release Offering from Assistant Brewer Adam Nanni.
  • Thurs., June 8, 6pm-9pm: The Sakewalk in Japantown, San Jose. Eventbrite page.
  • Sun., June 11, 11am-10pm: Ludwig’s 1st Birthday Summer Market and Grill Fest.
  • Wed., June 21: Release of Hop Closet Double IPA (Collaboration with James Costa of Half Moon Bay Brewing) at Strike Brewing Company.
  • Sun., June 25: Bullpen Series Release at Strike Brewing Company: Poughkeepsie Punch NE Style IPA (Only one keg’s worth).
  • Fri., June 30: Bullpen Series #35 at Strike Brewing Company: Night Train 26 Pale Ale.
  • Fri., June 30: Cherry Almonds Sour Release at Hermitage Brewing Company.

July 2017

  • Fri., July 7: One-Year Anniversary of GearTooth AleWerks Officially in Business after Kegging their First Beer – Conveyor IPA.
  • Fri., July 21, 4pm: The Ultimate Ballast Point Tap Takeover at San Pedro Square Market Bar and Market Beer Company.
  • Fri., July 21 – Fri., July 28: Silicon Valley Beer Week.
  • Sat., July 22, 12pm: 5-Year Anniversary Extravaganza at Original Gravity Public House. My Writeup.
  • Sat., July 22: Cannery Kolsch Release at Hapa’s Brewing Company.
  • Mon., July 24, 6pm: ‘Best of Summer’ Beer Dinner Featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing. Evenbrite page.

August 2017

September 2017

  • Sat., Sep. 16: Ludwig’s Oktoberfest 2017.
  • Sat., Sep. 23: Ludwig’s Oktoberfest 2017.

October 2017

  • Sat., Oct. 28, 2pm: The Beerwalk in Downtown Willow Glen. Eventbrite page.

November 2017

December 2017