Category Archives: Beer and Food

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.

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.

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: www.siliconvalleycf.org/sjflood



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

15% Off Discount Code

Use discount code CHEERS for 15% off current ticket prices. Direct link to tickets: http://www.baconandbeerclassic.com/santa-clara-bacon-and-beer-classic-2017-tickets/



SF Beer Week Events at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Sneak peek from Steins' upcoming beer dinner featuring Elkhorn Slough Brewing (credit: Steins)
Sneak peek from Steins’ upcoming beer dinner featuring Elkhorn Slough Brewing (credit: Steins)

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant will be hosting three beer events during the coming week, and Steins manager Lynna Nguyen invites one and all to come out and enjoy good food, service, atmosphere and – of course – tasty beer.

Cascade Brewing Tap Takeover, Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5pm

The beer list featuring Oregon’s Cascade Brewing:

  • Cranberry, ABV: 7%. This NW style sour wheat ale was barrel aged for up to 12 months with cranberries, orange peel and cinnamon. Soft aromas of cranberries and light floral notes start this beer off. Tart, dry notes of sweet cranberries with hints of wild strawberries on the palate give way to a pronounced dryness and a lingering finish of cranberries and spice.
  • Strawberry, ABV: 7.1%. This NW style sour ale is a blend of wheat and blond ales aged oak wine barrels with strawberries and vanilla beans for up to twelve months. Bright and crisp, the 2015 Strawberry captures the essence of fresh strawberries with subtle notes of oak, vanilla, and fruit preserves.
  • Pumpkin, ABV: 11.4%. This NW style sour old ale is no trick, it’s all treat. We smashed and triple roasted 50 lbs of pumpkin down to 6 lbs, then aged the beer for 11 months on the roasted pumpkin in rum barrels. The aromas of spiced rum, mingled with the soft notes of roasted pumpkin, are notice up front. Spice, roasted pumpkin and rum is followed by a soft warming from within.
  • Blueberry, ABV: 7.33%. This NW style sour ale blends wheat & blond ales that were oak aged in barrels for 6 mths, then additionally aged 4 mths on fresh blueberries. Huge herbal notes of dense blueberries in the nose give way to hints of oak & a dusty floral note. Rich earthy notes of dark fruit on the palate lead to a tart finish that dries out to a base note of blueberry skins.
  • Noyaux, ABV: 8.94%. This NW style sour ale features blonds and triples aged on oak for 18 to 24 months, then additionally aged for 12 months on raspberries and apricot noyaux.
  • Sang Royal, ABV: 10.12%. This NW style sour ale was made with various red ales that were aged in oak with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, then blended with red ales that were aged in Port and Pinot Noir barrels.

Along with individual pours, flights will be available.

‘My Bitter Valentine’ Featuring Fort Point Beer Company, Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 5pm

Steins will be offering up a special ‘Crispy Sweet, Salty Pork’ appetizer along with the following offerings from SF’s Fort Point Beer Company:

  • SFBW Collaboration Beer (Kölsch style, ABV 5.3%). This year’s annual collaboration beer – New Frontier – was brewed at Fort Point Beer Company. Japanese satsuma provides notes of zesty citrus, while Pacific Northwest Douglas Fir lends a light pine aroma to the finish. It’s a balance of old-world tradition and modern technique.
  • Standard American Pale Ale, ABV 5.5%. A moderate, refreshing ale with noticeable hop aroma balanced by supporting malt flavors.
  • Animal Tropical Modern IPA, ABV 7%. This is a big, wild and aromatic IPA. Amarillo and Meridian hops give the beer a sticky orange mid-palate that’s balanced with a classic IPA bitterness from an early addition of Centennial. All of this wild hop action sits on top of a fairly simple malt bill. We use a blend of winter-grown Pearl and Pilsner malts to create a light and delicately sweet foundation.
  • Moonphase Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quadruple Ale, ABV: 13.0%. A unique reflection of old-world Belgian Quadrupel ales, Moon Phase shines brightly full of bourbon and charred oak. Notes of gingersnap, toasted almond and toffee elevate Moon Phase’s smooth alcohol warmth and fade into a gentle, sustained finish. A delicate blend of smoky Buffalo Trace and Smooth Ambler Rye bourbon flavors, Moon Phase’s complexity rises with every sip.

Look for flights of the four beers to be available as well.

4-Course Beer Dinner Featuring Elkhorn Slough Brewing, Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6pm

The following four-course, beer-pairing menu features offerings from Watsonville’s Elkhorn Slough Brewing. Brewmaster Michael Enos specializes in small batch specialty beers – with a focus on barrel-aged wild ales – crafted from locally sourced ingredients.

Amuse (a bite-sized appetizer served to prepare your palate for the meal):

  • Chef Selection Amuse
  • Paired with Starlight (mixed-culture wild rye ale with brett, ABV 6.8%)

Appetizer:

  • Winter Squash Soup
  • Paired with Goose Blind (juicy central coast IPA, ABV 6.9%)

Entree / Choice of:

  • Hand Cut Rib Eye, root vegetable puree, roasted cipollini onions, fresh herbs
  • Paired with Love and Marriage (imperial IPA, ABV 9.3%)

-OR-

  • Pan Seared Diver Scallops, roasted trumpet mushrooms, risotto with parmigiano reggiano
  • Paired with Love and Marriage (imperial IPA, ABV 9.3%)

Dessert:

  • Chocolate Dream Trio
  • Paired with Muddy Water Porter (robust porter, ABV 6.8%)

Tickets are $65 per person (plus tax and tip), and reservations are requested. Dinner times  are available every 15 minutes from 6pm to 8:30pm.

Click here to make your reservations. For any questions, contact event manager Rachel at rachel@steinsbeergarden.com or (650) 386-1367.



The Bacon and Beer Classic Returns to Levi’s Stadium, Plus 15% Off Discount Code

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

Last year’s Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi’s Stadium was a highlight for many, including for wifey and me. And we’ve been eagerly awaiting the announcement of this year’s Classic.

No need to wait any longer, as this year’s Bacon and Beer Classic – presented by Cannonball Productions – is returning to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday, Feb. 25 and will be held on the field.

Kate Levenstien – Cannonball Productions’ founder – is thrilled to host the Classic at Levi’s Stadium for the second time:

“Levi’s Stadium is an absolutely beautiful backdrop for the event, and I can’t wait to get on the field! From more ticket types, to new vendors and exciting VIP lounge additions, guests can expect the same festival with a fresh twist and a few surprises.”

Over 30 local restaurants will serve up original bacon-infused dishes to be enjoyed by the 100+ offerings from over 50 breweries.

A panel of judges – including yours truly – will be on site to rate the food and drink and award winners in select categories.

The first wave of breweries was recently announced, including South Bay locals:

  • Golden State Brewery
  • Red Branch Cider Company
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Umunhum Brewing
  • Wildcide Hard Cider (Aurum Cider Co.)

Additional breweries include:

  • Anchor Brewing
  • Anderson Valley
  • Ballast Point
  • Carneros Brewing
  • Coronado Brewing
  • Devil’s Canyon Brewing
  • Firestone Walker
  • High Water Brewing
  • Hop Valley Brewing
  • Knee Deep Brewing
  • Lagunitas
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Mother Earth Brew Co.
  • New Bohemia Brewing
  • Oskar Blues
  • South City Ciderworks
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • T.W. Pitchers’ Brewing
  • Uinta Brewing
  • Working Man Brewing Co.

Recently announced restaurants:

  • Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas
  • Armadillo Willy’s BBQ
  • Cal Coast Kettle Corn
  • Cross Hatch Eatery
  • D’maize Restaurant
  • Fattoria e Mare
  • Faultline
  • Habana Cuba Restaurant
  • Hey Hey Gourmet
  • Izzy’s Cheesesteaks
  • Jerky Hut
  • Kindred Cooks
  • Nom Burger
  • Nousa’s Cakes & Sweets
  • Sammy G’s Pizzeria
  • Sweetdragon Baking Company
  • Tres Truck

In addition to unlimited sampling, guests can enjoy giant Jenga, a photo booth and bungee run, as well as brand themselves with bacon and beer-inspired tattoos, compete in a bacon eating contest and more.

The first-place winner of the bacon eating contest will take home a year of Hormel Black Label bacon; the second-place winner will take home a Duff Goldman gift basket from Tylina Foods.

Tickets for Bacon and Beer Classic

Guests can attend the afternoon (1-4pm) or evening (7-10pm) session on Saturday, Feb. 25.

For the first time, a Power Hour ticket is being offered along with General Admission, Early Access, and VIP tickets. Early Access ticket holders enter half an hour early, while Power Hour and VIP ticket holders enter a full hour early.

In addition to their early entrance, VIPs can enjoy a private lounge on the 50-yard line, stadium tours, special guest appearances, beer cocktails, exclusive food tastings and more.

General Admission tickets are currently selling at $69 and VIP tickets are selling at $129.

All tickets include a commemorative tasting glass and access to the Bacon and Beer Classic mobile app for vendor information, special partner discounts, a stadium map and more.

15% Off Discount Code

Use discount code CHEERS for 15% off current ticket prices. Direct link to tickets: http://www.baconandbeerclassic.com/santa-clara-bacon-and-beer-classic-2017-tickets/

Check out my photos from previous local Bacon and Beer Classics:

About Bacon and Beer Classic

Hosted in sports stadiums across the country, the Bacon and Beer Classic will travel to over seven destinations in 2017, including NYC’s Citi Field, Seattle’s Safeco Field, and Denver’s Mile High Stadium. Cannonball Productions works hard to make this national festival feel unique to each city.

Along with a variety of charitable organizations, Cannonball Productions is partnering with a local food recovery program to save and donate leftover food.

For more information about the festival, visit: www.baconandbeerclassic.com

Direct link to tickets: www.baconandbeerclassic.com/santa-clara-bacon-and-beer-classic-2017-tickets/

Facebook: facebook.com/bandbclassic
Twitter: @bandbclassic
Instagram: @bandbclassic
Hashtag: #bandbclassic



Scenes from Scott’s Seafood Fall Beer Dinner Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose held another successful beer dinner last week. It was their best one yet in my opinion, a sentiment shared by several others who had also attended previous beer dinners there.

Many aspects were stellar – the organization and service, the outdoor space, the views from the sixth floor, the company, the weather, the informative previews of each course by the restaurant and brewery reps and the food-and-beer pairings themselves.

The sold-out dinner – 55 attendees – showcased a seafood-centric menu and a variety of beer styles courtesy of the featured brewery Hermitage Brewing Company. The beer styles included IPA, Scotch Ale, Sour, Session IPA and Saison.

Below are some pictures and notes from the memorable evening.

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Hermitage Brewing Company Citra Single Hop IPA.

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Hermitage Brewing Company brand manager Nicole Marquez, Scott’s Seafood marketing director Joann Vaega, Hermitage Brewing Company head brewer and cellarmaster Greg Filippi.

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Some of the sold-out crowd, including friends Mike and Lisa Pitsker (front and center).

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Welcome and introductions from Nicole, Joann and Scott’s Seafood Food and Beverage Director Sammy Reyes.

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Opening Reception: Oysters on the half shell with blood orange champagne foam, paired with Hermitage Brewing Citra Single Hop IPA.

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The citrus notes – plus hints of caramel – from the beer nicely complemented the foam while the hoppiness cut through the fresh, buttery oysters.

Scott’s Seafood managing partner Dave Buhagiar topping off glasses with more Citra IPA.

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Greg and Victoria Hatch enjoying the dinner.

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Scott’s Seafood public relations manager Trinidad Pena and Joann.

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Greg and Victoria.

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Course One: Classic Greek salad tossed in a lemon vinaigrette dressing, paired with Hermitage Brewing Maltopia Scotch Ale.

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The malty notes of toasted grain and caramel coming from Maltopia complemented the fresh salad and dressing.

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Next up: Hermitage Brewing Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.

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Course Two: Blackened Red Snapper Tacos with strawberry slaw and housemade potato chips, paired with Hermitage Brewing Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.

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The tart and sour notes – along with hints of of strawberry and wood from the barrel aging – from Strawberry Rhubarb Sour provided varying contrasts to the spicy red snapper, strawberry and cantaloupe slaw and the chips.

Greg sharing a bit of his vast knowledge of sour beers and their production while introducing Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.

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Hermitage Brewing 408 Session IPA from the tap.

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Course Three: Mahi Mahi with a tropical relish, new potatoes, spinach and champagne sauce, paired with Hermitage Brewing 408 Session IPA.

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The hoppy, tropical fruit notes – guava, in particular – of 408 Session IPA matched the mango and kiwi relish, while the flavors plus the body of the beer held up well to the meaty Mahi Mahi.

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Friends Noreen and Jim Helvie.

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Course Four: Poached “Myles Perry” Pear with French Vanilla ice cream, paired with Hermitage Brewing Myles Perry Saison.

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There was only a mild sweetness from the Saison, enabling the beer to stand up well to the dessert course.

Newfound friends – siblings Z and Susan were awesome tablemates.

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The last pic of the night: Wifey Andrea, Victoria, Greg, Nicole and Jim.

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Scott’s Seafood San Jose Presents Fall Beer Dinner Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Previous beer dinners at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) have been successful endeavors filled with excellent food, beer and service, all the more elevated <ahem> by the picturesque backdrop provided by the spacious, outdoor rooftop patio located on the sixth floor of the City View Plaza.

I’ve been eagerly waiting for any news about their next beer dinner. Thanks to a recent announcement, the wait is over.

Scott’s Seafood presents their fall beer dinner Monday, Nov. 7 starting at 6pm, featuring offerings from nearby Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 S. 7th St.).

The dinner will be a truly local, San Jose affair. The featured beers from Hermitage Brewing will have been crafted at the brewery just 2 1/2 miles south of Scott’s Seafood.

Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes and the culinary team have created a special, five-course dinner menu – including oysters on the half shell, grilled blackened red snapper tacos and Mahi Mahi – to complement the variety of Hermitage Brewing’s offerings, including IPA, Scotch Ale, Sour and Pear Saison.

The Menu

  • Opening Reception: Oysters on the half shell, served with blood orange champagne foam.
    • Beer Pairing: Citra Single Hop IPA
  • First Course: Classic Greek Salad, Cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red onions, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette dressing.
    • Beer Pairing: Maltopia Scotch Ale
  • Second Course: Grilled Blackened Red Snapper tacos with Strawberry Slaw and Housemade potato chips
    • Beer Pairing: Strawberry Rhubarb Sour
  • Third Course: Mahi Mahi with a tropical relish with new potatoes, warm spinach salad, and a champagne sauce.
    • Beer Pairing: 408 Session IPA
  • Dessert: Poached “Myles Perry” Pear, Served with French Vanilla ice cream and blackberries.
    • Beer Pairing: Myles Perry Saison

Dinner Tickets

Tickets for the dinner are $45 dollars per person available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbright page. Consider getting tickets sooner than later as previous beer dinners sold out.

As is the case with any good beer dinner, brewery representatives – including head brewer and cellarmaster Greg Filippi and territory manager Nicole Marquez – will be on hand to answer any questions about Hermitage Brewing and their beers.

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.