Category Archives: Beer News and Events

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.

3rd Annual Pints for Pups Presented by Southbay Beer Hounds and Clay Planet

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The third annual Pints for Pups fundraiser – presented by the Southbay Beer Hounds and Clay Planet – is set for Saturday, May 13 from 1pm-8pm at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (344 Tully Rd., San Jose).

Part of the proceeds from all drink, food and art sales will benefit the non-profits Silicon Valley Pet Project and the Thulani Program.

Participating breweries, wineries and distillery include:

  • Strike Brewing
  • Hermitage
  • Golden State
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Taplands
  • Freewheel
  • Benoit Casper
  • Firestone Walker
  • Oskar Blues
  • Sarah’s Vineyard
  • Satori Cellars
  • Venus Spirits

Drinks are $5 each, good for a pint of beer, 7 oz. of wine or 1 cocktail. Food options include Waffles Amore, Sugar Tree and the usual goodies from the Fairgrounds.

There’ll be one-of-a-kind ceramic art for sale from 40 local artists along with a raffle and live entertainment from Bug Horn Rex and Sound Decisions.

Entry tickets are $10 – which include parking directly on the Fairgrounds – and available for purchase at the Pints for Pups Eventbrite page. Note that all proceeds from any donations made when purchasing tickets go to the two organizations.

For some pics from last year’s Pints for Pups event, click here. And click here to learn about the origins of the Southbay Beer Hounds and Pints for Pups.

About the Beneficiaries

Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers committed to saving local at-risk shelter pets through rescue, community involvement, and education. SVPP saves animals from our local municipal shelter, the San Jose Animal Care Center. So every time they pull a dog into their foster program and free up a kennel for another dog, they are actually saving 2 lives!

The Thulani Program rescues abandoned and terminally ill or very old German Shepherd dogs from California and Nevada, finds permanent homes for them, and provides funds to help with their care for the rest of their lives. These are dogs that have virtually no chance of being adopted from shelters, and through Thulani they have an opportunity to spend the rest of their lives as treasured companions.

6th Annual Downtown Campbell Beerwalk: Star Wars Edition

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The upcoming Beerwalk on Thursday, May 4 will mark the 6th annual visit to downtown Campbell and the 2nd year in a row that the event will be Star Wars themed.


Thursday, May 4, 6pm-9pm


  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Anchor Brewing Company
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company
  • Breckenridge Brewery
  • Calicraft Brewing Company
  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • GearTooth AleWerks
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Goose Island
  • Heretic Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • High Water Brewing
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Saint Archer Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada Brewery
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing Company
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Tilt Brewery
  • Uncommon Brewers

Tasting Locations

  • The Art Beat
  • Bestie’s Boutique
  • Blueline Pizza
  • Brown Chicken Brown Cow
  • CaliMuscle
  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • The Celtic Shoppe
  • Freshly Worn Furniture
  • Frost Cupcake Factory
  • Khartoum
  • Liquid Bread Gastropub
  • The Olive Shop
  • Redemption
  • Rocket Fizz
  • Socialight
  • Sneak & Butterfly
  • Spread Deli & Bottles
  • Steepers
  • Sushi Confidential
  • Tessora’s
  • Therapy Stores
  • The Courtyard (Bombshell Boutique, The Cruiser Shop, Embelish Hair Lounge, Pout Beauty)

Check-In Times and Location

Check-in: 5pm-8pm

Location: Khartoum, 300 Orchard City Drive #101, Campbell, CA 95008


Tickets are $30 throughout this weekend and go up to $35 starting next week. A limited number of tickets will be available for $38 the day of the event.

Tickets include beer samples, custom glass and a tasting passport. To purchase tickets, visit the Beerwalk’s Eventbrite page.

For my pictures from last year’s event, click here.


‘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!


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.

The Beerwalk Visits Downtown San Jose for the First Time

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The next installment of The Beerwalk is right around the corner, taking place on Wednesday, April 5, 6pm-9pm in downtown San Jose.

It’ll be the first visit to the area for the popular Beerwalk series.

The current list of participating breweries includes:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company
  • Almanac Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company
  • Calicraft Brewing Company
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Firestone Brewing Co.
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Goose Island
  • Heretic Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Saint Archer Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Uncommon Brewers

The current tasting locations include:

  • 55 South
  • AFK
  • Blush Ice Bar
  • Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub
  • Five Points
  • O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub
  • Sushi Confidential

Look for more tasting locations to be announced soon.

Tickets are $35 the week of the event but remain at $30 throughout this week. Tickets include beer tastings, a custom tasting glass and a passport.

Check-in takes place from 5pm-8pm at Local Color at 27 S. 1st St.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the Beerwalk’s Eventbrite page.

For a look at some pictures from the previous Beerwalk held last month in downtown Sunnyvale, 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!


Taplands in Santa Clara Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary, Plus Q & A with Founder Matt Hartenstein

Taplands Johnny Mac Rye Red Ale
Matt Hartenstein pouring Taplands Johnny Mac Rye Red Ale, Credit: Taplands

Bona fide craft beer hub Taplands is celebrating its one-year anniversary Saturday, March 18 with live music, raffles, BBQ and beer specials from 12pm-9pm (Taplands will open at 11am).

Five of Taplands’ own beers will also be on tap.

My previous Q & A with founder Matt Hartenstein focused on his background and how Taplands came to be. This time around, Matt – who’s as great a guy as they come – graciously took the time to share his thoughts about reaching the one-year mark.

Congrats on the 1-year mark! How does it feel to reach this milestone?

It feels great! It’s funny – for the first few months we felt like, “It’s ONLY been a month, or two months…” Now it’s, “Wow, it’s been a year already!”

What’s been the biggest eye opener?

Definitely the community support. It has been humbling to continually be appreciated and thanked by our customers for being in this location. We have been very lucky.

What’s been the greatest accomplishment (highlights, surprises) this past year?

Again, I think it would be the support. We set out to make a “neighborhood” spot. Being part of a community was very important to our plan. To have it in such abundance so quickly has been awesome.

Also, to be recognized within the craft beer community as well. We are often offered special release beers from breweries because they know our customers appreciate it.

Being invited to judge at the Bacon & Beer Classic was also flattering and confirmed to me that we are accepted by the beer community as well.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming year at Taplands?

We are planning to add a Mug Club this year and add more special events like takeovers and Firkin events. And we hope to mix up the food menu a bit more this year, too.

What house beers will you have on tap at the upcoming anniversary celebration?

We are very excited to be offering five Taplands beers at the anniversary event! We will have our:

  • Johnny Mac Wry Red
  • Sid’s Serrano Ale
  • Grape Ape IPA
  • 1086 Kolsch
  • Brothers from Other Mothers – our Imperial Porter Collaboration with our friends at Golden State Brewery

We are also planning some special beers from our favorite and local breweries, as well as beer specials, BBQ, oyster bar, live music, and giveaways. We are planning a blow out!

Anything else to add?

Just a BIG THANK YOU! to the beer community for supporting us. Keep coming, and we’ll keep adapting to make you happy!

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Credit: Taplands

Below are some pics from several month ago.

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Matt entertaining his guests
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Matt joined by friends Kirill Egorov and Seth Hendrickson of Golden State Brewery
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Taplands’ Jillian Stone joined by friend Irene Murphy of Fibbar Magees

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1st Annual Hop ‘N Vine Festival & Market at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

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The first annual Hop ‘N Vine Festival & Market is set for Saturday, March 11 from 2pm-8pm at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose (344 Tully Rd.).

It’s taking place indoors in Pavilion Hall and will feature a number of local breweries and wineries that all produce their beer and wine in Santa Clara County.

Participating breweries:

  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • El Toro Brewing Co.
  • Golden State Brewing
  • Hapa’s Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • New World Ales
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Company
  • Umunhum Brewing

Participating wineries:

  • Aver Family Vineyards
  • Comartin Cellars
  • Coterie Cellars
  • Fortino Winery
  • Guglielmo Winery
  • Jason Stephens Winery
  • J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines
  • La Vie Dansante Wines
  • Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
  • Medeiros Family Wines
  • Miramar Vineyards
  • Naumann Vineyards
  • Picchetti Vineyards
  • Sarah’s Vineyard
  • Roudon-Smith Winery
  • Solis Winery
  • Sunlit Oaks Winery

The event also features the Hop ‘N Vine Market – where you can purchase bottles of your favorites – and the Hop ‘N Vine University – a chance to learn about the county’s agriculture and history as it pertains to beer and wine making. Presenters include Mark Denari of New World Ales, Umunhum Brewing Company and others.

Tickets are $55 and available for purchase at the Hop ‘N Vine Evenbrite page. Tickets to include:

  • Complimentary parking
  • 15 tastes
  • Commemorative glass
  • Light bites
  • Entertainment and game area (including virtual reality tours of Rome and Machu Picchu)
  • Educational lectures (including a gallery of current and historical photos of wine and beer production in Santa Clara County)
  • $15 to apply toward market purchases (three $5 certificates – to use all three you must purchase three items)

For additional info. – and to purchase tickets – visit the event website.

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: