Category Archives: Beer and Food

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.


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 or 408-999-6786.

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!


‘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!


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.


Poached Oyster paired with Mumm sparkling wine

Japanese-Style Egg Custard paired with a sake cocktail

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)

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.

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!


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 or purchase via the ticket link.

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

Scenes from the 2017 Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi’s Stadium

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This year’s Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi’s Stadium welcomed over 3,000 attendees over two sessions on a Saturday afternoon and evening exactly one month ago.

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It was the first time that the event was held on the field, which added an extra special touch to the festivities.

Once again, I was extremely honored to be included on the judging panel where we awarded winners in a number of categories.

Complete Winners List

Here’s the list of categories and winners:

Best Overall Bacon Dish: Fattoria e Mare’s Fried Bacon Jalapeno Aioli Calzones
People’s Choice: The Boneyard’s Pulled Pork Deviled Eggs with Smoked Bacon and Izzy’s Bacon Cheesesteak Shots

Best Sweet Dish: Kindred Cooks’ Spicy Bacon Caramels and Sunny Side Up’s Maple Glazed Bacon Pancakes
Best Savory Dish: Loma Brewing’s Whiskey Glazed Bacon on Salted Potato Chip with Bacon Beer Cheese and The Halford’s Bacon Cheddar Hushpuppies with Bacon Beer Cheese

Best IPA: Speakeasy’s Blood Orange Double Daddy Imperial IPA
Best Dark Beer: Coronado Brewing’s Imperial Blue Ridge Coffee Stout
Best Belgian or Wheat Beer: Mother Earth’s Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale
Best Red or Amber Ale: Anderson Valley’s Boont Amber Ale
Best Light Beer or Lager: Speakeasy’s Metropolis Lager
Best Cider or Fruit Beer: TW Pitchers’ Radler

More pics from the afternoon session are below, starting with Cross Hatch Eatery’s Cold Yam Noodles with Pork Belly.

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The Boneyard’s Pulled Pork Deviled Eggs with Smoked Bacon.

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Loma Brewing Company pouring Warren Peace Kölsch (4.9% ABV) and AC Sleightor Doppelbock (7.2% ABV).

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Loma Brewing Company head brewer Warren Billups on the right.

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Loma Brewing Company chef Aubrey Arndt in the middle.

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Loma Brewing’s Whiskey Glazed Bacon on Salted Potato Chip with Bacon Beer Cheese.

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The crew from Spread Deli & Bottles, including Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann – both in the middle.

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BLT Sliders from Spread Deli & Bottles.

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Beer Snobiety’s Glen and TJ on the left and right.

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South City Ciderworks’ Greg and Alex.

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Roots and Rye’s Braised Pork Belly with Bacon Jam.

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Jim and Ariella pouring Golden State Brewery I-5PA (6.6% ABV) and “Pearsuit” of Happiness Pilsner (5.1% ABV).

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Mini Pinto Bean Tamales with Jalapeno and Bacon by Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas.

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T.W. Pitchers’ Brewing pouring Snake Bite (Lager and Apple Cider Shandy, 5.1% ABV) and Radler (Lager and Grapefruit Shandy with Blood Orange, 5.1% ABV).

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Ryan Brown and Stuart of Sierra Nevada enjoying a bite between pours of Otra Vez (Gose-Style Ale Brewed with Cactus and Grapefruit) and Sidecar (Orange Pale Ale).

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Michael McKee of Anchor pouring Anchor’s Mango Wheat and Blackberry Daze IPA.

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What a treat! – A pour from a 1.5 liter magnum bottle of the one-time, limited-edition Anchor 2016 Brandy Barrel-Aged Stout.

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Siobhan and Jon of Red Branch Cider Company pouring Black Cherry (Semi-Sweet cider) and Beauregarde Extract (Blueberry Cider).

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Sonoma Spring’s Robert Raney pouring Women Are Smarter Wildflower Ale (Saison Style) and HazyCaliFrajilisticHoppyAladocious Northeastern-Style IPA.

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Gordon Brown of Coronado.

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Devil’s Canyon pouring Triple IPA (Nelson Sauvin, Citra and Mosaic Hops, 11% ABV) and Coconut Porter (Coconut Milk and Toasted Coconut, 6.5% ABV).

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Pam and Kevin Leonard representing Ballast Point.

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Oskar Blues’ Derek Stanfill on the right.

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Knee Deep pouring Breaking Bud IPA and No Seeds No Stems Triple IPA.

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Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion IPA No. 4.

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Berryessa’s Adam pouring La Fuerza Mexican Lager and Mini Separation Anxiety Mosaic Session IPA.

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We also got the chance to look inside the BNY Mellon Club West, a great space located at the 50-yard line, field level.

Beers pouring inside:

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Ale, Deschutes Sageflight IPA, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout and Beerito Mexican Lager, Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music to, Ballast Point Red Velvet Golden Oatmeal Stout with Beets & Chocolate and Founders Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale.

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Beer guru Randy Griggs.

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Wifey enjoying a short break.

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Fattoria e Mare’s Fried Bacon Jalapeno Aioli Calzones.

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Wine Warehouse’s Bobby Favela and Ballast Point’s Kevin.

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Beer legends – and fellow Bacon and Beer Classic judges – Pete Slosberg and Dan Gordon with Cannonball Productions’ Olivia French.

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Speakeasy Blood Orange Double Daddy Double IPA (with blood orange juice & puree, 8.5% ABV) and Metropolis Lager (West Coast Lager with Mosaic and Saphir Hops, 5.3% ABV).

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Speakeasy’s Christopher and Shuk.

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It was another excellent Bacon and Beer Classic, with countless happy folks getting their fill of bacony goodness, tasty beer and good fun.

Definitely looking forward to next year’s.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


Dine & Give: Family Flood Relief Day

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O’Flaherty’s irish Pub, one of the participating restaurants

A number of beercentric establishments are participating in a flood relief fundraising effort Sunday, March 5 from 12pm-9pm, including Britannia Arms (South San Jose on Almaden Expy.), Britannia Arms (The Brit, downtown San Jose), The Farmers Union, Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life, Ludwig’s German Table, O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, San Pedro Square Market Bar and Garage Bar and Market Beer Company.

From the Facebook event page hosted by the non-profit San Jose Downtown Association:

“When the community needs, these restaurants respond. Like many last month, restaurateurs and the Sharks Foundation watched helplessly as Coyote Creek flood waters inundated the San Jose homes of neighbors and friends.

“Now, they’ve joined together to help. Visit any of these restaurants between noon and 9 p.m. Sunday, March 5 and 25 percent of the bill will go to flood recovery. Eat well. Give well.”

Below is the full list of participating locations:

  • Blush Ice Bar
  • Britannia Arms South San Jose (Almaden)
  • Britannia Arms Downtown San Jose (The Brit)
  • Da Kine Island Grill
  • El Guapo’s Campbell
  • Fairmont San Jose’s Lobby Lounge
  • Fountain Restaurant in the Fairmont.
  • The Farmers Union
  • Habana Cuba Restaurant
  • Henry’s World Famous Hi-LIfe
  • Hom Korean Kitchen
  • Konjoe Burger Bar
  • Konjoe Tei
  • Ludwig’s German Table
  • Mezcal Restaurant
  • O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub
  • Olla Cocina
  • Origins Juicery
  • Pizza Bocca Lupo San Pedro Square Market
  • San Pedro Square Market Bar
  • San Pedro Square Market Beer Company
  • San Pedro Square Garage Bar
  • Toasted, Craft Sandwiches – SoFA Market
  • Treatbot
  • Vino Vino
  • Veros Coffee in the SoFA Market

The Sharks Foundation is sponsoring Family Flood Relief Day.

This event supports The Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund, which helps the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Sacred Heart Community Service and The Salvation Army, Silicon Valley provide flood relief.

Learn more about the fund, giving or volunteering to help victims here:

State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria to Open in Downtown Los Altos, Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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Credit: State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria

Los Altos will be adding a public house and pizzeria later this summer in the downtown area at 101 Plaza North.

Led by brothers – and peninsula natives – Andrew and Lars Smith, State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria is inspired by the “golden state” and will focus on California beer and local food.

A recently launched Kickstarter page reveals plans to feature 25-30 California craft beers, ciders and California wine, with a menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and food made from scratch. The fare will consist of appetizers, salads, pizzas, wings, brewer’s pies, sandwiches and desserts.

Look for board games, pinball, arcade games and large TVs for entertainment, along with a casual and family friendly vibe.

If the Kickstarter campaign proves successful – there’s less than a week left in their effort – then the funds will go primarily towards the installation of a 30-tap draft beer system and a walk-in refrigerator for draft beer featuring a direct draw system.

Before this venture, Andrew and Lars helped open Palo Alto Tap Room. More about them and the State of Mind team from their Kickstarter page:

“State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria has been a long time dream of ours (Andrew and Lars Smith) along with our father Jim. After years of planning and searching for the right location, State of Mind Public House is close to becoming a reality… We have a combined experience in the restaurant business of close to 25 years. Andrew’s passions are service and bartending and Lars is very passionate about both food and beer. Our father Jim is a newly retired high school teacher who has passed on his lifelong passion for craft beer to us. We are extremely excited to also have Cristina Smith and Amy Betz as part of our management team. Cristina (Lars’ wife) has worked in the restaurant industry on and off for 8 years and loves keeping all of us organized and on track. Amy Betz has also been in the restaurant business for years…”

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Credit: State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria

State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria looks to be a very welcome addition to Los Altos. They’ve been providing the latest updates on Instagram and Facebook.

Looking forward to their opening!

Brewery and Restaurant Lineup for Bacon and Beer Classic 2017 at Levi’s Stadium

Scene from last year's Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi's Stadium
Scene from last year’s Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi’s Stadium

The final lineup of participating breweries and restaurants – and their bacon-related dishes – is set for the upcoming Bacon and Beer Classic taking place Saturday, Feb. 25.

Participating Breweries & Cideries

  • 10 Barrel
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Anderson Valley
  • Ballast Point
  • Berryessa
  • Carneros Brewing
  • Coronado Brewing
  • Devil’s Canyon Brewing
  • Elysian
  • Firestone Walker
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Guinness
  • High Water Brewing
  • Hop Valley Brewing
  • Knee Deep Brewing
  • Kona Brewing
  • Lagunitas
  • Loma Brewing
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Mendocino
  • Mother Earth Brew Co.
  • New Bohemia Brewing
  • Oskar Blues
  • Red Branch Cider Company
  • Saint Archer
  • San Francisco Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada
  • South City Ciderworks
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • T.W. Pitchers’ Brewing
  • Uinta Brewing
  • Umunhum Brewing
  • Wildcide Hard Cider (Aurum Cider Co.)
  • Working Man Brewing Co.

Participating Restaurants and Bacon-Related Dishes

  • 7 Stars Bar & Grill: Bacon & Linguica Balls w/ Spicy Ketchup
  • Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas: Mini Tamales w/ Pinto Beans, Jalapeño and Bacon
  • Armadillo Willys BBQ: Fully Loaded Grits topped with Pulled Pork and Bacon
  • Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Pub: Bacon Banh Mi
  • Cal Coast Kettle Corn: Savory Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Kettle Corn
  • Cross Hatch Eatery: Cold Yam Noodles w/ Pork Belly
  • Fattoria e Mare: Fried Bacon Jalapeño Aioli Calzones
  • Faultline: Bacon Rice Krispies
  • Habana Cuba Restaurant: Cuban Rice w/ Bacon
  • Hey Hey Gourmet: Bacon Tomato Dip
  • Izzy’s Cheesesteaks: Bacon Cheesesteak Shots
  • Jerky Hut: Bacon Jerky
  • Kindred Cooks: Spicy Bacon Caramels
  • Loma Brewing Company: Whiskey Glazed Bacon on Bacon Chip w/ Bacon Beer Cheese
  • Nom Burger: Jalapeño Bacon Sliders
  • Psycho Donuts: Dead Elvis Donut Holes
  • Roots and Rye: Braised Pork Belly w/ Bacon Jam
  • Sammy G’s Pizzeria: Classic Breakfast Pizza
  • Snake & Butterfly: Bacon Caramel & Bacon Toffee
  • Spread Deli & Bottles: BLT Sliders
  • Sunny Side Up: Maple Glazed Bacon Pancakes
  • Sweetdragon Baking Company: Bacon Brittle Cookie
  • The Boneyard: Pulled Pork Deviled Eggs w/ Smoked Bacon
  • The Halford: Bacon & Cheddar Hushpuppies w/ House-made Bacon & Beer Cheese
  • Tres Truck: Street Style Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs
  • Wok in the Stadium: Gluten Free Kick Ass Spicy Bacon Noodles

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