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8th Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival at Hermitage Brewing Company

Photo from last year's Meet the Brewers beer fest
Photo from last year’s Meet the Brewers beer fest

This year’s Meet the Brewers beer fest is just around the corner, taking place Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1pm-5pm at Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 South 7th St.).

Now in its 8th year, the beer fest is well run, attracts the greatest number of local breweries to the South Bay and continues to elevate the status of the local beer scene.

I’ve said it before – I believe the Meet the Brewers is the crown jewel of local beer events.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed comparing notes with other attendees and keeping track of which breweries, brewers and beers generated the loudest buzz.

The current list of scheduled breweries indicates that this year’s event will be the biggest one yet:

  • Almanac Beer Co.
  • Bison Brewing
  • Brewery Twenty Five
  • Calicraft
  • Camino Brewing
  • Corralitos Brewing
  • Devil’s Canyon
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Eight Bridges
  • Elkhorn Slough Brewing
  • Faultline
  • FireHouse Grill & Brewery
  • Freewheel Brewing
  • GearTooth Alewerks
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Highwater Brewing
  • Hop Dogma Brewing Company
  • Loma Brewing Company
  • New Bohemia Brewing Company
  • Palo Alto Brewing
  • Peter B’s Brewpub
  • Rabbit’s Foot/ Red Branch
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Seabright Brewery
  • South City Ciderworks
  • Steel Bonnet Brewing
  • Strike Brewing
  • Tied House
  • Two Coast Brewing Company
  • Umunhum Brewing
  • Uncommon Brewers
  • WildCide Hard Cider

Tickets are $45 and available at the Meet the Brewer’s Eventbrite page.

There’ll be good eats available for purchase courtesy of El Burrito Loco , Brother’s Baby BBQ, Sarah’s Latin Taste, SweetDragon Baking Company and Mission Hill Creamery.

About a dozen SJ Made vendors will be on hand to sell their handmade crafts.

For additional info. – and to purchase tickets – check out the event page.

On a last note, credit to the successful growth of Meet the Brewers goes to Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez, former director of marketing for Hermitage Brewing and Tied House. She recently shared that her family is moving out of the area. She has done much for the local beer scene, and her departure is a big loss for the community. I – along with many others – will miss her (and her lovely family) greatly. Cheers, Carolyn!


San Jose Beer Events during SF Beer Week 2017

Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

Though the weekend festivities kickstarting beer week have come to a close, there are still plenty of San Jose-based SF Beer Week events remaining in the coming week and through next weekend.

Monday, Feb. 13

  • 4pm-10pm, Sierra Nevada Flight Night at The Farmers Union, 151 W. Santa Clara St. – Enjoy a flight of four 5-oz. pours of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s more unique beers. A special beer week menu will accompany the flight featuring beer-centric appetizers from executive chef Alex Jimenez.
  • 4pm-10pm, Santa Clara Valley Brewing Takeover at Taplands, 1171 Homestead Rd., #110, Santa Clara – It’s a tap takeover featuring San Jose’s SCV Brewing at Santa Clara’s Taplands. Look for flights of Loma Prieta Oatmeal Rye Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Loma Prieta and Rye Barrel Aged Loma Prieta, along with other SCV Brewing favorites.
  • 5pm-10m, Good Tidings We Bring, to You of Good Beer (Co.) at Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe, 37 S. 1st St. – The Good Beer Company specializes in mixed culture and Belgian-influenced farmhouse ales. Their unique releases, often one-off variations on these favorite styles, will take center stage.
  • 5pm-9pm, Karl Strauss Night at Armadillo Willy’s BBQ, 878 Blossom Hill Rd. – The beer list features Aurora Hoppyalis, Barrel-Aged Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, Pintail Pale Ale, Queen of Tarts, Red Trolley Ale and Tower 10 IPA with free glassware while supplies last.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

  • 12pm-11:30pm, Pucker Up! Sour Fest 8.0 at Original Gravity Public House, 66 S. 1st St. – The 8th biannual Sour Fest features over 20+ sour beers on draft and some very special bottle releases. Check their website for the latest beer lineup.
  • 4:30pm-9:30pm, Local Love ft. SJ Breweries at Nom Burger, 251 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale – This event at Sunnyvale’s Nom burger features San Jose-based breweries Camino Brewing, GearTooth Alewerks, Santa Clara Valley Brewing and Strike Brewing with Almanac Brewing and Golden State Brewery.
  • 5pm-9pm, Beer Lover’s Delight ft. Alvarado at South Winchester BBQ, 1362 S. Winchester Blvd. – Alvarado Street Brewery tap takeover features Triple Cone, When Dove’s Cryo (Cellarmaker Collab.), Run The Juice, Motor Oil, Trios Cabrones (Amplified Collab), Kettle Cooler and Chinook XPA.
  • 6pm-9pm, Taco Tuesday Cornhole Tournament at Jack’s Bar & Lounge, 167 E. Taylor St. – Hosted by Firestone Walker, you’ll need to register your team of two for $15, which includes two Firestone Walker canned beers and two tacos. There’ll be a taco stand and other drink specials, plus giveaways and prizes.
  • 6pm-10pm, Valentine’s Day Sweets with Beer + Wine Pairings at Mission Creek Brewing at Whole Foods,777 The Alameda – Enjoy sweets like cheesecakes, cookies and chocolates paired with your favorite beer and wine.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

  • 5pm-10pm, Wine Wednesday: Beer with Wine Influences at 20twenty cheese bar, 1389 Lincoln Ave. – Taking over their taps will be beers with a wine aspect, whether it is some juice from grapes or beer aged in wine barrels. Flight and draft specials all night.
  • 5pm-8pm, Meet the Fort Point Family at Pizza Antica, 334 Santana Row – Along with other Fort Point offerings, look for the exclusive New Frontier kolsch-style beer – uniquely flavored with satsuma citrus and douglas fir – to pair with two dishes chef Bradley Ceynowa has created especially for SF Beer Week: pork belly arancini with tomato conserva and lucanica sausage, served with warm potato salad, savoy cabbage, and whole-grain mustard. Head brewer Mike Schnebeck will be on hand as well.
  • 6pm-11pm, Modern Times Takeover at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, 390 Saratoga Ave. – Look for Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park with Vanilla, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monsters’ Park, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Devil’s Teeth, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Devil’s Teeth with ?, Nitro Black House with Coconut and Cocoa Nibs, Triton Project, new hazy DIPA and more.

Thursday, Feb. 16

  • 11am-10pm, Movie Day & Night at the Tap Room at Mission Creek Brewing at Whole Foods, 777 The Alameda – Enjoy films and different varieties of popcorn that complement different beers.
  • 3pm-9pm, Annual Firestone Walker Night of Barrels at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, 390 Saratoga Ave. – On tap: XX Anniversary, XIX Anniversary, Krieky Bones, 2017 Bravo, 2016 Parabola, 2016 Stickee Monkee, 2016 Helldorado and 2016 Velvet Merkin.
  • 5pm-10pm, East Bay Breweries at Smoke Eaters Almaden, 5018 Almaden Expwy – Featuring Fieldwork, Faction and Altamont, the tap list is set to include Scarcity, Juice Above the Clouds, Salty Rita, Hop Arsenal, Hella Revised, Hop Soup and Faction Pale.
  • 6pm-11pm, Meet the Brewer – Altamont Beer Works at Original Gravity Public House, 66 S. 1st St. – Check their website for the latest lineup. Brewer Steve Sartori will be on hand as well.
  • 6pm-10pm, High West Loves Beer and Beer Loves High West at Fibbar Magees, 156 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale – High West has supplied multiple breweries with used whiskey barrels to create some phenomenal barrel aged beers. Fibbars will serve Lagunitas 2015 and 2016 High Westified Imperial Coffee Stout aged in Rye Barrels, two of Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Loma Prieta Imperial Oatmeal Stouts (one aged in Rye, one in Bourbon) and Drake’s Barrel Aged Drakonic aged in Bourbon Barrels. They will also have High West’s American Prairie Bourbon, Double Rye, Rendezvous Rye and Campfire Whiskey.
  • 7pm-12am, Karoke & Coedo Brewery Tap Takeover at 7 Bamboo Lounge, 162 Jackson St. – Featuring offerings from Japan’s Coedo Brewery, there’ll be plenty of sake and japanese whiskey along with free karaoke.

Friday, Feb. 17

  • 1pm-7pm, Ice Cream Social at 20twenty cheesebar, 1389 Lincoln Ave. – The event features stout, porter and Belgian ale floats alongside cider, Not Your Father’s root beer, ginger ale and vanilla cream ale floats.
  • 4pm-9pm, Night of the Barrels 2017 at The Taproom at Whole Foods, 1146 Blossom Hill Rd. – It’s nothing but barrel aged beers, both tart and sour, and thick and boozy. Special flights will also be available just on this night.
  • 6pm-11pm, Bourbon County Tapping + Takeover at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, 390 Saratoga Ave. – Look for the only keg of Coffee Bourbon County in San Jose, as well as Bourbon County Barleywine and a two-year vertical of Bourbon County Stout. There’ll be additional offerings as well, including Lolita, Madame Rose and Juliet.

Saturday, Feb. 18

  • 11am-11pm, Annual Double and Triple IPA Day at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, 390 Saratoga Ave. – All 31 taps will feature Double or Triple IPAs. Check their Facebook page for updates on whether they will have a certain Triple IPA from Santa Rosa.
  • 11am-4pm, Sierra Nevada Burger Bash at Armadillo Willy’s BBQ, 878 Blossom Hill Rd. – Look for half-price burgers and free glassware while supplies last. On tap will be 2017 Beer Camp Golden IPA, Audition Double IPA, Black IPA, German IPA, Peach IPA and Sidecar Orange Pale Ale. Ryan from Sierra Nevada will be hanging out with additional giveaways.
  • 11am-11pm, Hops for Hope at Smoke Eaters, 5018 Almaden Expwy – 15% of the total sales for the day will be donated to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. The current tap list includes Pliny the Younger (Russian River – limited tickets sold day of event, first-come, first-served), Pliny the Elder (Russian River), No Stems No Seeds IIIPA (Knee Deep), Doom Bloom IIIPA (Barebottle), All Hops on Deck (Moonraker), Alpha Tide (Moonraker), Scarcity IIIPA (Altamont), Green Label Hopocalypse (Drake’s), Hop Nookie IIIPA (Kern River), RPM (Boneyard), Diablo Rojo (Boneyard), Pineapple Express (Barebottle) and Citraholic (Beachwood BBQ).
  • 1pm-5pm, 8th Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival at Hermitage Brewing Company, 1627 S. 7th St. – There’ll be live music and mobile eats along with the featured 30+ local breweries at this year’s Meet the Brewers beer fest. Tickets are $45.
  • 6pm-11:30pm, Get with the Modern Times at Original Gravity Public House, 66 S. 1st St. – Check their website for the tap lineup.

Sunday, Feb. 19

  • Bloody Beers & Bloody Marys with Ballast Point Spirits & 10-Tap Takeover at Jack’s Bar & Lounge, 167 E. Taylor St. – It’s a tap takeover featuring Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, including Bloody Beers (BP Longfin Lager & BP Bloody Mary Mix), Bloody Marys (BP Fugu Vodka and BP Bloody Mary Mix), Beermosas (Longfin Lager or Sculpin and OJ), plus other BP spirits and additional draft beers. Free BBQ as well.

Week-Long Specials

  • Tues., 2/14 to Sat., 2/18: Lock, Stock & Thirty Smoking Barrels – A Barrel Aged Beer Event at O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, 25 N. San Pedro St. – On tap will be 30 barrel-aged beers. Check out their website for the current list.

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%)


  • 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%)


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


  • 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 or (650) 386-1367.

Where to Catch Bruery Terreux’s Jeremy Grinkey during SF Beer Week

Jeremy Grinkey (credit: Bruery Terreux)
Jeremy Grinkey (credit: Bruery Terreux)

Wanted to pass along the following item, especially for local fans of Anaheim’s Bruery Terreux, located just three miles from The Bruery itself.

Their head cellarman, Jeremy Grinkey, will be making the trek from Anaheim to the Bay Area in the coming week.

It’ll be a homecoming of sorts for Jeremy, as he previously worked as the assistant winemaker for Jason-Stephens Winery in Gilroy. Jeremy joined Bruery Terreux at the beginning of 2015.

Bruery Terreux has previously stated that they likely have more similarities to a winery than a brewery, and there’s a great “Working Like a Winery” blog series on their website that showcases the comparisons between beer and wine production. It’s a quick read and an informational one at that:

Working Like a Winery: Fruit Fermentation (Nov. 8, 2016)

Working Like a Winery: Comparing 6 Processes (May 11, 2016)

Working Like a Winery: Process-Driven Terroir (March 30, 2016)

Working Like a Winery: Nature’s Role (Feb. 25, 2016)

Working Like a Winery: Terroir (Jan. 28, 2016)

Working Like a Winery: Introduction (Dec. 16, 2015)

Jeremy is scheduled to attend and participate in the following events throughout SF Beer Week, including a visit to Original Gravity Public House on Feb. 14:

  • 2/11 – The Reunion with The Bruery, Societe Brewing & The Rare Barrel at The Rare Barrel, Berkeley
  • 2/12 – Tap Takeover at Harry’s Hofbrau, San Leandro
  • 2/13 – Grand Sour Tasting at Fat Angel Food & Libation, SF
  • 2/14 – Sour Fest at Original Gravity Public House
  • 2/15 – Wild & Sour Takeover at Old Bus Tavern, SF
  • 2/16 – Almanac & Friends Sour Fest, SF

About Bruery Terreux

Bruery Terreux is a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, CA specializing in farmhouse-style wild and sour ales. Bruery Terreux is rustic, traditional, familial, yet innovative and independent in spirit. Founded on an exciting revitalization of age-old traditions blended with current culture and newly forging practices, Bruery Terreux tells the story of wildly traditional bière.

Bruery Terreux, which loosely translates from French to “Earthy Bruery” was developed by Patrick Rue of The Bruery as a space to focus on and experiment with wild beers. While The Bruery had been creating such beers since their foundation in 2008, this new opportunity provides a dedicated space, equipment, and most importantly, staff to concentrate upon and go further within the process than ever before.

Bruery Terreux is founded on the excitement that Patrick and our team felt while creating wild ales under The Bruery’s moniker and we continue to strive for that same passion in every aspect of our business today. We never stop challenging ourselves to develop distinctive & imaginative beers, constantly pursuing improvement in all that we do. We brew dozens of original beers each year with our list of ingredients and inspirations growing perpetually. We are inspired by the old world and many of our techniques remain similar to those farmhouse brewers of Belgium or France, but our innovations for quality and creativity never cease.

Upcoming Beerwalk to Take Place in Downtown Sunnyvale

Beerwalk Sunnyvale 2017
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The next Beerwalk is set to take place in downtown Sunnyvale on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 2pm to 6pm, marking the first time that Sunnyvale plays host to the popular Beerwalk series.

Current Brewery List

  • 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Almanac Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Anchor Brewing Co.
  • Ballast Point
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Faultline Brewing Co
  • Firehouse Grill & Brewery
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Goose Island Brewing
  • Heretic Brewing
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing Company
  • Strike Brewing Co.

Tasting Locations

  • Aloft Sunnyvale
  • Beach Hut Deli
  • Bean Scene Cafe
  • Coffee & More
  • Fibbar Magees
  • Firehouse Grill & Brewery
  • Flywheel Sports
  • Il Postale
  • Isabella Boutique
  • Leigh’s Favorite Books
  • Lily Mac’s
  • Loft House Apartments
  • Metro City Restaurant & Bar
  • Murphy’s Law
  • Nom Burger
  • Prolific Oven
  • Solstice Apartment Homes
  • Status 5
  • Vino Vino

Tickets are $35 – but can be purchased at early bird prices through this weekend – and include beer samples, custom glass and passport.

Plus, the first 50 to check-in the day of the event receive a complimentary tour at Firehouse Brewery.

Check-in Location

  • 12pm to 5pm – Between Nom Burger and Prolific Oven: 251-259 W. Washington Ave.

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the event’s Eventbrite page:

South Bay Breweries Confirmed for SF Beer Week 2017 ‘Opening Gala’

Credit: SF Beer Week
Credit: SF Beer Week

This year’s SF Beer Week Opening Gala is right around the corner, set for Friday, Feb. 10 at SF’s Pier 48.

The Opening Gala kicks off SF Beer Week and features many breweries from throughout Northern California. It’s a very well-run, well-regarded beer festival. Breweries consistently bring their finest offerings.

The San Francisco Brewers Guild recently announced the lineup of the more than 125 participating breweries. Among them are breweries from the South Bay that’ll be pouring at the Gala for the first time, including:

  • Camino Brewing Company
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Loma Brewing Company

Additional South Bay (and nearby) breweries include:

  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • El Toro Brewing Company
  • Freewheel Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • Palo Alto Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Tied House Brewery & Cafe

Tickets to the Opening Gala (General Admission: $80; VIP: $120) are available for purchase at

The list of confirmed breweries are below:

South Bay

Alpha Acid Brewing Co., Alvarado Street Brewing & Grill, Armstrong Brewing Co., Blue Oak Brewing Company, LLC, Camino Brewing Co., Campbell Brewing Co., DasBrew, Inc., Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co., Discretion Brewing, El Toro Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Freewheel Brewing Co., Golden State Brewery, Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., Hermitage Brewing Co., Hop Dogma Brewing Co., Loma Brewing Co., New Bohemia Brewing Co., Palo Alto Brewing Co., Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Strike Brewing Co., Tied House Brewery & Cafe and Uncommon Brewers.

San Francisco

21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Barebottle Brew Co., Barrel Head Brewhouse, Bartlett Hall Brewing, Beach Chalet Brewing & Restaurant, Black Hammer Brewing Co., Black Sands Brewery, Cellarmaker Brewing Co., Ferment. Drink. Repeat, Fort Point Beer Co., Harmonic Brewing, Headlands Brewing Co., Holy Craft Brewery, Laughing Monk Brewing Co., Local Brewing Co., Magnolia Brewing Co., Old Bus Tavern, Pine Street Brewery, San Francisco Brewing Co., Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Southern Pacific Brewing Co., Southpaw BBQ, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Standard Deviant Brewing LLC, Sufferfest Beer Co., Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co., ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room and Woods Beer Co.

East Bay

Alameda Island Brewing Co., Ale Industries, Altamont Beer Works, Auburn Alehouse, Benoit-Casper Brewing Co., Berryessa Brewing Co., Bison Brewing Co., Black Diamond Brewery, Calicraft Brewing Co., Cleophus Quealy Beer Co., Diving Dog Brewhouse, Drake’s Brewing Co., E.J. Phair Brewing Co., East Brother Brewing Co., Eight Bridges Brewing, Elevation 66 Brewing Co., Epidemic Ales, Farm Creek Brewing Company, Federation Brewing, Ghost Town Brewing, Heretic Brewing Co., High Water Brewing, Hoppy Brewing Co., Knee Deep Brewing Co., Lucky Devil Brewing, Mare Island Brewing Co., New Helvetia Brewing Co., Novel Brewing Co., Ol’ Republic Brewery, Pacific Coast Brewing Co., Rubicon Brewing Co., Ruhstaller Brewing & Taproom, Schubros Brewery, Sudwerk Brewing, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co., Temescal Brewing Co., The Rare Barrel, Track 7 Brewing Co., Triple Rock Brewing Co., Trumer Brauerei and Working Man Brewing Co.

North Bay

101 North Brewing Co., Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Bear Republic Brewing Co., Cooperage Brewing Co., Eel River Brewing Co., Fogbelt Brewing Co., HenHouse Brewing Co., Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Mad Fritz Beer, Mad River Brewing Co., Moonlight Brewing Co., Moylan’s Brewing Co., Napa Smith Brewery, North Coast Brewing Co., Old Redwood Brewing Co., Petaluma Hills Brewing Co., Plow Brewing Co., Russian River Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sonoma Springs Brewing Co., St. Florian’s Brewery, Stumptown Brewery, Third Street Aleworks and Woodfour Brewing Co.

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Presents 2nd Taco & Beer Pairing Event, Plus Upcoming Save-the-Dates

Steins Taco Beer Pairing Event
Photo courtesy of Steins

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View (895 Villa St.) will be hosting their 2nd Taco & Beer  Pairing event Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5pm.

Manager Lynna Nguyen shares, “We had such a great turnout the first time, we thought why not ring in the New Year with another taco & beer pairing event… This time we will be doing seafood.”

Made with house-made tortillas, the event features three prix-fixe pairings of tacos and beers (including beer cocktails) selected by bar manager Ryan Hummel:

  • Shrimp Ceviche Tostada paired with Steins’ Michalada
  • Veracruz Seabass Taco paired with Paloma Cocktail
  • Fried Rockcod with Chipotle Salsa paired with Moody Tongue Applewood Gold (smoked pilsner)

There’ll be a salsa bar as well:  Guacamole (mild), Roasted Tomato (medium), Tomatillo (hot).

Simply visit the restaurant and let the host know that you are looking to join the taco event.

SF Beer Week Events at Steins

SF Beer Week is coming up quickly, and Steins has a couple of events scheduled:

  • Tues., Feb. 14: Fort Point Beer Company “My Bitter Valentine” – Featuring an IPA with Satsuma mandarin and fir tips, Steins will be offering up a salty pork dish to pair with the beer for Valentine’s Day. Other Fort Point beers will be on tap as well.
  • Thurs., Feb. 16: Look for a collaboration beer dinner with Elkhorn Slough Brewery Co.

Steins’ 3rd Annual Home Brew Competition and 4th Anniversary Party

For their 3rd annual home brew competition, Steins is inviting homebrewers to craft any beer style within the 2015 BJCP guidelines with the caveat that the beer will be called  “Nägar The Destroyer,” named after one of their employees.

The drop-off period for home brews is March 11 – 16, and the winner will be announced at the 4th anniversary party to be held on Sat., March 25. Check out the Facebook event page for additional info. regarding the home brew competition.

Golden State Brewery Opens San Diego Tap Room

GSB Ocean Beach
Image courtesy of Golden State Brewery

Friday the 13th has turned out to be quite the day for Santa Clara’s Golden State Brewery.

Last week, the brewery shared some big news via social media – they would be opening a tap room in San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood. And earlier this evening, they offered up the following notice:

“Golden State Brewery is officially flowing in San Diego! Come celebrate the opening weekend with us at Voltaire Beach House, 4934 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach.”

From the Voltaire Beach House website:

“With the opening of Voltaire Beach House we’re excited to announce the opening of our ‘Tap Room’ where we’ll exclusively be pouring Golden State Brewing from Santa Clara, California. The Tap Room offers (12) Golden State craft beers on tap in addition to a selection of San Diego’s finest including ciders and sours, a selection of fine wine and fresh squeezed crafted cocktails with a limited Voltaire Beach House dining menu with favorites like the Golden State beer battered ‘Fish & Chips’!

“Golden State Brewery and their farm-to-draft offerings are made using only premium quality organic produce and botanicals from the Golden State. The result is a beautiful crafted beer that taste uniquely California – authentic, fresh and adventurous…perfect for the coastal community of Ocean Beach!”

When Golden State Brewery’s Seth Hendrickson first told me about this development in November, it sounded like such a unique opportunity, and I was very excited for him and the Golden State Brewery team. He was well aware that his beers would be joining the thriving San Diego beer scene and couldn’t wait to be a part of the community.

Voltaire Beach House is headed up by San Diego restaurateur David Schiffman who tapped consulting chef Abe Botello to design the restaurant menu. More info. about the restaurant below (from their website):

“Enjoy New Americans eats in the coastal escape paradise otherwise known as Voltaire Beach House. Consulting Chef Abe Botello designed the Voltaire Beach House menu to offer California-inspired eats for all San Diegans to enjoy – with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options dotting the menu. Options range from your classic options, like burgers, sandwiches and salads, to more unique offerings, such as fried oysters & shrimp, avocado toast and more.”

SF Beer Week 2017, Feb. 10-19, to Feature Hundreds of South Bay Beer Events, Opening Gala Tickets Selling Quickly

Photo from San Francisco Beer Week Opening Gala, Jan. 2016

This year’s San Francisco Beer Week (SFBW) – presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild and Whole Foods Market – takes place Fri., Feb. 10 through Sun., Feb. 19, and eager beer fans have already begun perusing the SFBW website to plan their tentative beer week schedules.

Per the usual, the SFBW Schedule page is organized into four regions – San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay and South Bay – and a quick count of just the South Bay region indicates over 50 scheduled events so far.

Visitors can create an account on the SFBW website, browse the Schedule and then create an itinerary. Note that hundreds of events will be added between now and the start of beer week.

South Bay Region

A quick check of the Schedule’s South Bay region shows a number of local establishments – including those along the peninsula – that have already signed on to host beer-related events, including San Jose spots like Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe, Original Gravity Public House, Wine Affairs, Mission Creek Brewing at the Whole Foods Market on The Alameda, Jack’s Bar & Lounge, 20twenty cheese bar and 7 Bamboo Lounge, along with Spread Deli & Bottles in Campbell, Brew Hub at the Whole Foods Market in Cupertino, Tap Room at the Whole Foods Market in Santa Clara, Armadillo Willy’s BBQ (multiple locations), Chromatic Coffee in Santa Clara and Ale Arsenal in San Carlos.

Expect many more South Bay restaurants and breweries to sign up to host SFBW events in the coming weeks.

Also, expect many of the South Bay breweries to be pouring their best offerings at the very popular and well-regarded SF Beer Week Opening Gala.

SF Beer Week Opening Gala

The Opening Gala officially kicks off SF Beer Week each year and is a highlight for many. The Gala is a beer festival that features the latest releases, rare selections and classics from many of Northern California’s brewing community.

This year’s Opening Gala takes place in SF at Pier 48 on Friday, Feb. 10 from 6pm-10:30pm. The brewery lineup is yet to be announced, but expect over 120 breweries from throughout the Bay Area to participate.

Opening Gala tickets – which went on sale last month – have sold out quickly in recent years, so consider purchasing tickets sooner than later

General Admissions tickets are $80. VIP tickets – good for early entry at 5pm and an SF Beer Week t-shirt – are $120.

Visit the Opening Gala Eventbrite page for additional information.

About San Francisco Brewers Guild

The San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004 as a non-profit 501(c)(6) during a renaissance in American craft brewing. Our mission is to restore and preserve San Francisco’s brewing heritage and unite those who make local beer with those who love it. The Guild achieves this by educating the public about craft beer, organizing and hosting events such as SF Beer Week, Brews on the Bay and Meet the Brewers, advocating for the craft beer industry in city government, donating services and product to local charities, and partnering with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries.

Scenes from the ‘Beers Around the World’ Trade Show Presented by San Jose State University

The Department of Hospitality Management at San Jose State University (SJSU) presented an excellent beer event last week – the “Beers Around the World” Trade Show – replete with educational beer tastings, tasty food pairings, live entertainment and dancing.


The semi-annual event, now in its third year, took place a few blocks from campus at The GlassHouse on Market St. It’s put on just for SJSU faculty, staff, administrators and a limited number of their guests.



The trade show is coordinated by the students of two Hospitality Management classes – Beer Appreciation and Meeting, Convention and Event Industry. The trade show provides students the real world opportunity to put into practice many of the learning objectives from both classes, including being able to explain to guests about different beer styles and beer’s versatility when paired with food, as well as coordinate all aspects of hosting a big, sponsored beer event.



Group photo: Dr. Kate Sullivan (Professor and Internship Coordinator), Kerry Feinstein, Dr. Andy Feinstein (Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs), Dr. Tsu Hong Yen (Department Chair).


NorCal booth.


Almanac Saison De Brettaville.


Students in teams set up booths throughout the venue representing 15 different brewing regions. Each booth had at least two different beers to sample and corresponding food pairings to taste.

Group photo: Greg Filippi (Hermitage Brewing Company Cellarmaster and Head Brewer), Joel Wind (Hermitage Brewing Company Tasting Room Manager), Dr. Stef Frazier (Professor, Linguistics and Language Development).



Awards were given in five categories – Best Booth, Most Creative, Best Pairing, Best Beer, Best Overall – as determined by a judging panel of local beer professionals. There was also a people’s choice awards for the same five categories.

Ticket options included $20 for 12 3-oz. tastings, $10 for 5 3-oz. tastings and $5 for general ticket admission (no tastings). Additional food and beverages were available for purchase.

Alaska booth food pairing items.



SoCal booth: Ballast Point Barmy Apricot Ale and ceviche.


Mexico booth: Manos De Calaca Guladon Bock and pork taco.


Group photo: Dr. Dennis Papazian, Dr. Mary Papazian (SJSU President), Dr. Stef Frazier.


Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout.





Hawaii booth: students and Dr. Kate.


Belgium booth.


Ireland booth.


Sweet, milk chocolaty treat (amazing!) with Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale.


Denmark booth.


Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout.


Australia booth: student and Dr. Stef Frazier.


Some of the SJSU students who helped organize the event.



The judges.


List of Judges’ Award Winners

Best Booth: Hawaii (1st), Belgium (2nd)

Most Creative: Australia (1st), Mexico (2nd)

Best Pairing: NorCal (1st), England (2nd)

Best Beer: Denmark (1st), Colorado (2nd)

Best Overall: Belgium (1st), Ireland (2nd)

List of People’s Choice Award Winners

Best Booth: Hawaii (1st)

Most Creative: Iceland (1st)

Best Pairing: Alaska (1st)

Best Beer: Iceland (1st)

Best Overall: Iceland (1st)

Group photo: The students from the Iceland booth.


A second tasting of the Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout to end a fantastic evening.


Again, the event was excellent – well organized, great venue, tasty beers and food, warm vibe, friendly and knowledgeable service, and I could go on…

Having earned two degrees from SJSU, having worked at the campus for five years and most importantly, having met my wife at SJSU, it was great to circle back and attend this SJSU-connected event.

Definitely looking forward to the next one!