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9th Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival at Hermitage Brewing Company

New Bohemia Brewing Company’s ‘Light My Fire’ Smoked Helles, one of my favorites from last year’s Meet the Brewers beer fest at Hermitage Brewing Company

This year’s Meet the Brewers beer fest – held once again at Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 South 7th St., San Jose) – takes place Sat., Feb. 17 from 1-5pm.

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the offerings of many local and nearby breweries (and cideries) – from the South Bay, Peninsula, Santa Cruz and Monterey regions – all in one place.

Participating Breweries

  • Almanac
  • Clandestine
  • Discretion
  • Eight Bridges
  • El Toro Brewing
  • Faultline Brewing
  • FireHouse Grill
  • Forager
  • Freewheel Brewing
  • GearTooth Werks
  • Golden State Brewing
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing
  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Highwater Brewing
  • Holy Craft Brewing
  • Loma Brewing
  • New Bohemia Brewing
  • New World Ales
  • Peter B’s Brewpub
  • Rabbit’s Foot Meadery
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Santa Cruz Ale works
  • Shadow Puppet Brewing
  • South Bay Brewco
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • South City Cider
  • Steel Bonnet Brewing
  • Strike Brewing
  • Taplands
  • Umunhum Brewing
  • Uncommon Brewers
  • WildCide Hard Cider
  • And more…


Tickets are $45 and as in previous years, there’ll be live music and a good variety of mobile eats available for purchase:

  • Garcia’s Fish Tacos
  • Grilled Cheese Bandits
  • The Rolling Dough
  • El Burrito Loco
  • Cross Hatch Eatery
  • Sarah’s Latin Taste
  • Chula Puebla
Also on hand will be local makers:
  • Sumsaara
  • Gypsy Vine Candles
  • Natalie’s Workshop
  • Frenchie Couture Co.
  • Dream Light Jewelry
  • Sircar Grooming Co.

With folks from Caliva and the San Jose Sharks, plus a table for girl scout cookie purchases.

And having taken a peek at the weather forecast, it can’t get much better than the sunny 71 degrees predicted.

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

Top South Bay Events for SF Beer Week 2018, Part 2

20 beer taps at 20twenty cheese bar in Willow Glen

Below is the rest of the roundup of select, mostly South Bay events scheduled to take place the second half of SF Beer Week 2018, from Thursday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 18.

As previously stated in Part 1 covering the first half of SF Beer Week, it’s great to see so many options, especially since we all have our own preferences.

Thurs., Feb. 15: San Diego Night at Tap Room at Whole Foods Market Santa Clara

  • What: Special treats and good, old favorites from San Diego breweries – including Modern Times, Mike Hess, Pizza Port, Coronado, Lost Abbey and more – are taking over the taps. 11am-7pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 2732 Augustine Dr., Ste. 1600, Santa Clara

Thurs., Feb. 15: The South Bay’s Favorite SF IPA at Steins Beer Garden Cupertino

  • What: San Francisco breweries – including Laughing Monk, Almanac, Fort Point, 21st Amendment and more – will be sending their favorite IPAs. Steins will be serving blind flights and asking you to vote for your favorite with the winner announced at 8pm. Brewery reps. will be on hand to answer questions. 11am-8pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 10088 N. Wolfe Rd., Ste. 130, Cupertino

Thurs., Feb. 15: Beer & Cheese Pairing at 20twenty cheese bar

  • What: Sample four unique beers paired selectively with four varieties of cheese, a tasting led by 20twenty’s very own cheesemonger. 5-9pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1389 Lincoln Ave., San Jose

Thurs., Feb. 15: Alvarado Street 10 Tap Takeover at South Winchester BBQ

  • What: Alvarado Street owner and head brewer JC Hill will be in the house as his beers take over the entire tap list, including Double Dry Hopped Mai Tai, Double Dry Hopped, Minesweeper, Contains No Juice, Delorean Dust, Triple Haole Punch, Double Cone, Hopres Ski, Motor Oil and more. 5-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1362 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose

Thurs., Feb. 15: Dustbowl Brewing Special Release – Maple Coffee Black Blizzard Russian Imperial Stout at The Halford

  • What: The exclusive, small-batch Maple Coffee Black Blizzard Russian Imperial Stout is being released outside the brewery for the first time and only at The Halford for SF Beer Week. Also on tap will be the GABF gold medal winner Public Enemy Baltic Porter, a fresh batch of Confused Therapist, Fruit Tramp Kettle Sour and Change Order IPA. 6-11pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1494 Halford Ave., Santa Clara

Fri., Feb. 16: The Flying Tomahawp Dunk at IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop

  • What: Seven Stills Distillery and Alvarado Street Brewery teamed up to make a super dry hopped, hazy, juicy, delicious beer, and they canned it. We will have cans of Tomahawp DIPA and Bayview Haze (Tomahawp with Pomegranate) as well as a keg on tap. 2-11pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1422 Dempsey Rd., Milpitas

Fri., Feb. 16: Alesmith Speedway to the 5th at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Mountain View

  • What:  We’re going deep into our hidden stash and bringing out some special kegs for you! We’ve been saving these Alesmith Speedway kegs for a day like today as well as to celebrate our 5th year in Mountain View! We’ve lined up: Hammerhead, Hawaiian, Vietnamese, & Thai. 4pm-12am. SFBW page.
  • Where: 895 Villa St., Mountain View

Fri., Feb. 16: Name That IPA at TAP’T Beer & Kitchen

  • What: Try six IPAs blind and be able to ‘Name That IPA?’ to take home a prize. Hint: all breweries are in the SF area. Also vote for your favorite of the six, and TAP’T will have it on tap for the rest of the month. 5-8pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 259 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale

Fri., Feb. 16: Oysters and Stout at Strike Brewing Company

  • What: The Oyster Man will be at Strike from 5-8pm (while supplies last). Strike will have their 2017 and 2018 versions of Big Wall Imperial Stout on draft as well as their 2017 Big Wall on Nitro. Look for a special release of the Big Wall Double Vanilla Imperial Stout variant. 5-9pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 2099 S. 10th St., San Jose

Fri., Feb. 16: Sour Ciders, Sour Beers at The Cider Junction

  • What: The Cider Junction will be featuring a variety of sour ciders and beers. Some on draft, some in bottles and available in special flights as well as by the glass, including Finnriver Cider: Berry Barrel Aged, Lambic style sour cider (only available at The Cider Junction, nowhere else in CA); 101 Cider: 2 unique releases aged in port barrels and co-fermented with grape skins; The Lost Abbey Cuvee du Tomme (2018 release), BarrelHouse Brewing 2014 Wild Dapple Fire; Hermitage Brewing SF Beer Week Pineapple Ophion; BareBottle Brewing Pomegranate Kettle Sour; Ratel Cider Apricot hopped sour cider and Red Branch Cider Sour Cider. 5-9pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 820 Willow St., Ste. 100, San Jose

Fri., Feb. 16: New Glory Tap Takeover at Nom Burger

  • What: It’s a New Glory tap takeover, including Dank Juice, Make It Rain, Dimed Out, Word Cloud DIPA, Lite Dream and Batter Up. 5-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 251 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale

Fri., Feb. 16: Check Out the 916 at Harry’s Hofbrau San Leandro

  • What: The Harry’s Hofbrau San Leandro location will be hosting a number of Sacramento area breweries, including the brand new brewery Moksa out of Rocklin. Other featured breweries include Moonraker, Mraz, Claimstake, New Glory and Track 7. Look for some of the brewers to be in attendance. 6-11pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 14900 E. 14st St., San Leandro

Fri., Feb. 16: Lunar Near Year Featuring Karoke & Hapa’s Brewing Tap Takeover at 7 Bamboo Lounge

  • What: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with karaoke and a Hapa’s Brewing Company tap takeover. 9pm-2am. SFBW page.
  • Where: 162 Jackson St., San Jose

Sat., Feb. 17: Sour Fest 10.0 at Original Gravity Public House

  • What: Their 10th bi-annual Sour Fest features over 20 sour, tart and funky beers on draft and specialty bottles as well. On tap: Almanac – Splendid Population, Avery – Raspberry Sour, Bear Republic – Tartare Rouge, Bruery – Sour in the Rye (POG), Calicraft – Barrel Project: Sour Peach, Cascade – Figaro (2015), Drake’s – Papa Roy’s Peche, E9 – Wild Tacoma Black Currant, Fieldwork – De Colores, Firestone Walker (Barrelworks) – Krieky Bones, Jolly Pumpkin / Monkish – Apocolocynopsis, Lost Abbey – Red Poppy (2017), Mikkeller – SpontanCassis, Modern Times – World Tree, Paradox Beer Co – Passion of the Fruit (Skully #51), Pure Project – Saison D’ Sabio, Soquel Fermentation Projec – Red #1, The Good Beer Co – Old Fortified, Upland – Kiwi and more. 12-11:30pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 66 S. 1st St., San Jose

Sat., Feb. 17: 9th Annual Meet the Brewers at Hermitage Brewing Company

  • What: Celebrate the best local beer from Monterey to Livermore, and all points in between. 30+ local breweries, within 150 miles of San Jose. Live music and mobile eats. 1-5pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1627 S. 7th St., San Jose

Sat., Feb. 17: Stone Brewing Night at Armadillo Willy’s BBQ Los Altos

  • What: Stone Brewing takes over along with free Stone Brewing glassware (while supplies last) and a free raffle at 7pm for an Arrogant Bastard LED, beanies, Berlin Magnum Bottles and specialty glassware. Pouring: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic, 6th Anniversary Porter, Double Bastard 2016, Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure, Merc Machine DIPA, Vengeful Spirit IPA, w00tstout 2017 and more. 5-9:30pm. SFBW page
  • Where: 1031 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos

Sat., Feb. 17: Barrel-Aged Love at TAP’T Beer & Kitchen

  • What: TAP’T will be dedicating eight taps (that’s 1/3 of them) to barrel-aged beers for one night. 8-11pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 259 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale

Sun., Feb. 18: IPA Day at Harry’s Hofbrau

  • What: IPAs, DIPAs and TIPAs. 11am-9pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose

Sun., Feb. 18: Sour Sunday at Nom Burger

  • What: Join Nom Burger for six sours on tap at once, including from Almanac, Hermitage, Calicraft and more. Try flights of three so you can try all six. 11am-9:30pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 251 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale

Clandestine Brewing Grand Re-Opening

Clandestine Brewing, San Jose’s first nano-brewery and taproom, recently announced its grand re-opening on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at their new location – 980 S. 1st St., Ste. B – from 12-10pm.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony with San Jose Council-member Raul Peralez takes place at 2pm. Look for limited release beers and a food truck on site. There will be prize giveaways throughout the day, including a grand prize of a membership into their exclusive Secret Agent growler club (prizes are only for those present).

The grand re-opening coincides with the start of this year’s SF Beer Week, where you’ll also find them at the Opening Gala on Feb. 9 and the Meet the Brewers festival on Feb. 17.

Clandestine Brewing’s return is the result of a year-long search for a new location to accommodate the unexpected demand and plans for future growth. Clandestine’s early success drove the team to realize that a site change was necessary to support the business.

The newly built taproom now hosts much more seating space, an expansive outdoor patio and the infrastructure to support the weekly rotation of over 12 beers on tap.

“We didn’t expect to outgrow our first location so quickly,” said co-founder and brewer Adrian Kalaveshi in the announcement.

“We are excited to be back with our roster of favorite brews and to introduce new selections like a New England style lactose IPA and a revolving series of American Pale Ales.”

Clandestine’s four brewer-owners – Adrian Kalaveshi, Rob Conticello, Colin Kelly and Dwight Mulcahy – have found success with distinctly different beer styles, which results in a broader range of products. Interested visitors can get insight into the science behind experimental brewing alongside a taste of such beers.

Clandestine Brewing’s current hours of operation are:

  • Thursdays: 4-9pm
  • Fridays: 4-9pm
  • Saturdays: 12-9pm

About Clandestine Brewing

Clandestine Brewing is a small batch producer of craft beers including lesser-known styles like Maibock, Gose, or Roggenbier alongside favorites like IPAs, lagers, and porters. The team is passionate about sharing the science behind beer making. Get regular factoids by following them on Twitter @clandestinebrew, and or chat with the brewers when you visit the Clandestine Brewing taproom.

Below are some pics from the first soft opening day back on Sat., Nov. 11.


Clandestine Brewing has been open the past several months on a soft opening basis and appears to have quickly become a local favorite – again.

Indeed, the secret is out, thanks to the tasty beers, great space and fun vibes.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


Top South Bay Events for SF Beer Week 2018, Part 1

Alum Rock NE DIPA from Santa Clara Valley Brewing will be back in time for SF Beer Week, available on draft and in 16-oz. cans

The 10th annual SF Beer Week is coming up quickly, with the Opening Gala kicking off the festivities on Friday, Feb. 9 in San Francisco.

A quick check of the SF Beer Week Schedule page shows over 100 events taking place in the South Bay region – which includes the Peninsula – and hundreds more throughout the rest of the Bay Area.

Local participating breweries include:

  • Alpha Acid Brewing Company
  • Blue Oak Brewing Company
  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • Clandestine Brewing
  • Das Brew
  • Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company
  • El Toro Brewing Compant
  • Freewheel Brewing Company
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
  • Hapa’s Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • Highway 1 Brewing
  • Hop Dogma Brewing Company
  • Loma Brewing Company
  • Palo Alto Brewing Company
  • Sacrilege Brewing + Kitchen
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Company
  • Uproar Brewing Company

Local establishments and organizations hosting events include:

  • 7 Bamboo Lounge
  • 20twenty cheese bar
  • Ale Arsenal
  • Armadillo Willy’s BBQ Foster City
  • Armadillo Willy’s BBQ Los Altos
  • Armadillo Willy’s BBQ San Jose
  • Armadillo Willy’s BBQ Sunnyvale
  • Beach Hut Deli (San Felipe Rd., San Jose)
  • Beerwalk
  • Fibbar Magees
  • Gourmet Haus Staudt
  • Grape & Grain
  • Harry’s Hofbrau Redwood City
  • Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose
  • IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop
  • Jack’s Bar & Lounge
  • Jane’s Beer Store
  • Nom Burger
  • Original Gravity Public House
  • San Jose Walks & Talks
  • SmokeEaters Santa Clara
  • South Winchester BBQ
  • Spread Deli & Bottles
  • Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Mountain View
  • Taplands
  • TAP’T Beer & Kitchen
  • The Cider Junction
  • The Halford
  • The Refuge Menlo Park
  • The Refuge San Carlos
  • The Rose and Crown
  • Timber & Salt

Below is a roundup of some standout, South Bay-centric events scheduled to take place the first half of Beer Week through Wed., Feb. 14. I’ll post Part 2 with the rest of the roundup in a few days.

It’s great to see so many options, especially since we all have our own preferences. Don’t forget that there will be even more events sure to be added in the coming days.

Sat., Feb. 10: Wake & Break(fast) at Taplands

  • What: Taplands will be offering special foods to pair with a growing lineup of hearty breakfast and coffee beers in a variety of styles. It’s their most popular event of the year. 10am-1pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1171 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara

Sat., Feb. 10: 17th Double IPA Festival at The Bistro

  • What: The original kickoff to SF Beer Week, over 60 Double and 30 Triple IPAs on tap. A professional competition with awards ceremony at 3 pm. Live music on 2 stages, cheese tastings, grilled sausages and frickles. A bunch of South Bay folks head up 880 for this event. 11-4pm. $55. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1001 B St., Hayward

Sat., Feb. 10: Alum Rock Double IPA Can Release at Santa Clara Valley Brewing

  • What: Alum Rock NE DIPA will be back on draft and in 16-oz. cans. This limited beer is juicy and hazy, and features tropical fruit notes complemented by citrus-like hop flavors and aroma. Food from Emergency BBQ Company will be available for purchase, including ribs, tri-tip, mac-n-cheese and slow-smoked pulled pork. 12-8pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose

Sat., Feb. 10: Clandestine Brewing Grand Opening

  • What: Featured events include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the City of San Jose, limited-release beers, food truck and prize give-aways throughout the day, including a grand prize of a membership into their exclusive Secret Agent growler club. Prizes are only for those present. Hours extended from 12-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 980 S. 1st St., San Jose

Sat., Feb. 10: South Winchester BBQ Hosts Triple Threat: Cellarmaker, Green Cheek & Highland Park

  • What: Come talk beer with the founders/brewers of all three breweries while enjoying one of several culinary collaborations, including Vastness of Space BBQ Sauce, Chicken Chorizo IPA Sausage, and Mac & (Beer) Cheese. Cellarmaker beers: New Beer Smell – Pale Ale, Dobis + – IPA, Coffee and Cigarettes – Smoked Porter and Bourbon Vanilla Latte Vastness of Space. Other brewery beers TBD. 12pm-5pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1362 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose

Sat., Feb. 10: Downtown San Jose Beerwalk

  • What: Explore the unique shops, studios and restaurants in downtown San Jose while sipping on great beers and enjoying the social enthusiasm of shopkeepers and beer lovers alike. 1-4pm. $35-40. The Beerwalk website.
  • Where: Check-in at Local Color, 27 S. 1st St.

Sat., Feb. 10: Beer and Cookies at Strike Brewing Company

  • What: Join Strike Brewing for an afternoon tasting of four Strike beers, each paired with a Girl Scout cookie. There will be a special release of two of their Big Wall Imperial Stout variants and their newest release Willie Haze, a NE style IPA. 2-6pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 2099 S. 10th St., San Jose

Sat., Feb. 10: 2 Towns Cider Tap Takeover and Release at The Cider Junction

  • What: 2 Towns Cider is taking over 8: New cider release Pacific Pineapple, special and rare barrel-aged Nice & Naughty, special Traditions Series cider Riverwood, two seasonal ciders Hop & Stalk and Serious Scrump, limited release cider Man Goh and two flagship ciders. Flights and single pour specials. 5-9pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 820 Willow St., Ste. 100, San Jose

Sat., Feb. 10: A Bay of Our Own Release – SF Beer Week 2018 Collaboration, Monterey Bay at The Halford

  • What: The Halford hosts a special beer release: A Bay Of Our Own (Salted Caramel Stout), one of the official SF Beer Week 2018 collaboration beers bringing together a dozen breweries from the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz areas, including New Bohemia Brewing, East Cliff Brewing, Uncommon Brewers, Brewery Twenty Five, Alvarado Street Brewery, Corralitos Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Shanty Shack Brewing, Humble Sea Brewing, Steel Bonnet Brewing Company, Seabright Brewery and Discretion Brewing. Look for a small-bites food menu for the event. 7pm-12am. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1494 Halford Ave., Santa Clara

Sat., Feb. 10: Blind Barrel-Aged Beer Takeover at Harry’s Hofbrau Redwood City

  • What: Two days of a unique event to blindly taste some of the best barrel-aged beers in the country. Flights will be available. Consumers can vote for their favorites. Beers to be revealed Sunday evening at 7pm as well as the top vote getters. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City

Sun., Feb. 11: Barrel Aged Sundae at SmokeEaters Santa Clara

  • What: No mimosas today. Just some full-bodied stouts that have been aging for quite some time. Order any of the following beers for a scoop of vanilla ice cream: Dogfish Head World Wide Stout ’16, Dogfish Head Vanilla World Wide Stout ’17, Oskar Blues Java Ten Fidy ’15, Founders CBS ’17 & KBS ’17 and more. SFBW page.
  • Where: 3175 Mission College Blvd.

Sun., Feb. 11: Breakside Brewery at Taplands

  • What: Taplands serves as the launch site for Breakside Brewery in the South Bay. Brewers will be on hand from 2-4pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1171 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara

Sun., Feb. 11: Historic Breweries, Bars & Brothel Tour in Downtown San Jose

  • What: Take a walk back in time, when San Jose lived up to its reputation as a drinking town. An alcohol-themed walking tour will cover San Jose’s drinking past and introduce what’s brewing in the present. This interactive stroll will visit former brewery locations, introduce famous brews and infamous drinkers. The tour has sold out in the past so sign up early to avoid the wait list. You MUST register in advance to receive the exact starting point for the tour. 2-4pm. $15. Evenbrite page.
  • Where: TBD – see above.

Sun., Feb. 11: Yeast Class – Lecture & Tasting at Santa Clara Valley Brewing

  • What: John LaPolla, NYC craft beer pioneer and owner of Brooklyn’s Bitter & Esters Homebrew and Brew On Premises, will be explaining everything you’ve always wanted to know about yeast. Did you know that most of the flavor of beer comes from the strain of yeast used in fermentation? In this class we will delve into the wonderful world of brewers yeast, including a history and usage of yeast and how it affects the flavor of your beer. Tastings and discussions to take place after the talk. 2-5pm. $70. Eventbrite page.
  • Where: 101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose

Mon., Feb. 12: Drake’s Hopocalypse Event at Wicked Chicken

  • What: 6 kegs from Drake’s to be tapped, including Black Label Hopocalypse, Green Label Hopocalypse, Cherryland Sour, Rye Robustito Barrel Aged Porter and Papa Roy’s Peche. 2-11pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 2565 The Alameda, Santa Clara

Mon., Feb. 12: From Our Cellar with Love at Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe

  • What: Join Good Karma as they dig into their cellar for beers from The Bruery/Terreux, including Sour in the Rye w/Passionfruit, Orange & Guava, 2016 Wanderer, Vindictive II, Zesty Mounds, 2015 Oude Tart, 2015 Tart of Darkness, Bouffon (collab w/ Jester King), White Chocolate and more. Look for specialty paired pizza as well. 3-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 37 S. 1st St., San Jose

Mon., Feb. 12: Half Moon Bay Brewing Takeover at Taplands

  • What: Taplands will be featuring single, double, and triple IPAs – all made in collaboration with other Bay Area breweries – along with a few special releases from Half Moon Bay Brewing. 5-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1171 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara

Mon., Feb. 12: An Evening with Our Pals Temescal Brewing at Original Gravity Public House

  • What: Fresh offerings from Oakland’s Temescal Brewing, plus Original Gravity will be the first to pour – even before he brewery – a very special pre-release SFBW beer on draft. Current beer lineup for the event: Lite Idea – Blonde Ale w/ Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria & Motueka, Neon Gold (Hoppy Blonde Ale w/ Mosaic & Ekuanot), Settle In (Robust Porter), Around Town (IPA w/ Zeus, Chinook, Crystal & Comet), Wonder Why (IPA w/ Citra, Simcoe & Laurel) and Big News Imperial IPA w/ Mosaic & Motueka. 6-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 66 S. 1st St., San Jose

Mon., Feb. 12: Hops Class – Lecture & Tasting at Santa Clara Valley Brewing

  • What: NYC craft beer pioneer John LaPolla will be explaining everything you’ve always wanted to know about hops. Hops are wonderfully diverse and are used for multiple purposes. Each variety imparts a uniquely different scent and flavor – from spicy, citrusy, pine-like, earthy to floral. Learn how hops are used for flavoring, bittering, and preserving beer and leave with a deeper appreciation for the world of hops. Afterwards we will taste four beer samples and discuss the hops role in the flavor profile of each beer. 7-10pm. $70. Eventbrite page.
  • Where: 101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose

Tues, Feb. 13: Nuclear Meltdown on Dempsey at IBU Taproom & Bottle Shop

  • What: IBU hosts an event featuring El Segundo Brewing Company and their hop-forward offerings. On tap: Power Plant TIPA, Nuclear Power Plant TIPA, Blurred Lines Hybrid IPA and Cerveza Fresca IPA (Hazy w/ Guava). 3-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1422 Dempsey Rd., Milpitas

Tues., Feb. 13: Beers around the Bay at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Mountain View

  • What: Steins Mountain View will be showcasing offerings from local Bay Area breweries, including Fieldwork, Fort Point, Barebottle and Altamont.
  • Where: 895 Villa St.

Tues., Feb. 13: Drakeslands at Taplands

  • What: Taplands will transform into Drakeslands and will be pouring both familiar and specialty beers from San Leandro’s Drake’s Brewing Company, including a limited amount of a special collaboration between Taplands and Drake’s. 5-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1171 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara

Tues., Feb. 13: Beer Can Cornhole Tournament at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

  • What: Have fun while competing in teams for giveaways and prizes. 6-9pm. $10. Eventbright page.
  • Where: 167 E. Taylor St., San Jose

Tues., Feb. 13: Trivia Tuesday – Beer Edition at 20twenty cheese bar

  • What: Test your beer knowledge and compete for prizes galore. 7-9pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 1389 Lincoln Ave., San Jose

Wed., Feb. 14: IPA Day at The Rose & Crown

  • What: The Rose & Crown will be showcasing the art and the styles of the IPA, including singles, ryes, doubles, and even triples. This is also the day they tap a very special brew, for which a line forms early (usually 8am). 11:30-7:30pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Wed., Feb. 14: I <3 MWS at Clandestine Brewing

  • What: Make Clandestine Brewing your date on Valentine’s Day. They will be featuring at least 10 different versions of Milky Way Stout: Coffee MWS, Peanut Butter MWS and Barrel Aged MWS, to name a few. 4-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 980 S. 1st St., San Jose

Wed., Feb. 14: Barebottle Homebrew Competition at Floodcraft Brewing Company at Whole Foods Market on The Alameda

  • What: Have a say in picking the winner between two contenders in Barebottle’s “Magic in a Bottle” contest. Every customer that orders the two-beer flight will get to vote for their favorite beer. 5-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 777 The Alameda, San Jose

Wed., Feb. 14: Beer, Chocolate and Love – My Favorite Things at Fibbar Magees

  • What: Per Fibbar Magges: “Come join us in the Abyss where our hearts are black and our beer is blacker. There will be nothing sweet about this vertical flight of Abyss Imperial Stouts except the dessert we pair with it.” On tap will be Deschutes Abyss 2014, Deschutes Abyss 2015, Deschutes Abyss 2016, Deschutes Sav Pinot and other delicious tasty treats from Deschutes. Vertical flight of Abyss comes with a tasty chocolate cake until supplies last. 6-10pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 156 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale

Wed., Feb. 14: Stouts & Sweets – Mini-Beerwalk in Downtown Campbell

  • What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day by tasting 4 different stouts paired with 4 different sweets from local shops while visiting 4 different watering holes, including the first public look at Boiler Maker (formerly Liquid Bread Gastropub). 6-9pm. The Beerwalk website.
  • Where: 193 E. Campbell Ave.

Wed., Feb. 14: Fall Brewing & Fieldwork – California Love at Original Gravity Public House

  • What: Per Fieldwork’s special request, Fall Brewing from North Park in San Diego will also be joining in on the fun as Original Gravity will have 5 beers on draft from each brewery and some sweet treats to pair with their beer. 6-11:30pm. SFBW page.
  • Where: 66 S. 1st St., San Jose

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Reopens Taproom, Celebrates ‘Grand Opening’

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers officially celebrates their return with a grand opening event on Saturday, Jan. 27, 1-5pm at its San Francisco brewery and taproom (1195 Evans Ave.).

Speakeasy recently reopened the doors to their remodeled Hunters Point taproom and resurrected its bottle production for retail distribution throughout California and select markets across the country.

The grand opening celebration will take place outdoors and inside the taproom and will feature 17 draft beers along with food by Native Sons BBQ and music by The Dirty Downtown Jazz Syndicate. The event is free with a cash bar for beer and food.

Speakeasy will release their hoppiest beer ever brewed at the grand opening, the taproom-only exclusive Blind Tiger Triple IPA, an aromatic blend of hops and resinous citrus fruit flavors at over 100 IBUs. With an addition of over 10 pounds of hops per barrel – including Huell Melon, El Dorado, Columbus, and Centennial hops – and clocking in at 10.6% ABV, Blind Tiger aims to deliver ample flavors of freshly cut melon, citrus peel, and ripe passionfruit.

Below are some photos from a media preview event held last month at the Speakeasy brewery and taproom:

Pop Gun Pilsner and Pop Gun Pilsner Oak-Aged and Unfiltered

Session Dark Lager and Bootlegger’s Cut Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
Speakeasy taproom manager Nick Martinez provided expert beer tasting guidance.
Payback Coffee Porter (Philz Coffee) and Holdout Stout

Old Godfather Barleywine and Scarface Imperial Stout
Delicious bites from Memphis Minnie’s BBQ Joint
Syndicate No. 3 Bourbon Barrel Aged Vintage Ale

Speakeasy’s Ces Butner and Steve Shapiro of Beer by Bart

Speakeasy’s Clay Jordan

Clay getting set to lead a brewery tour

Prohibition Ale straight from the tank

The event was a memorable one – very tasty beers at a very cool spot. It was great getting to know some of the folks behind Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, and we look forward to visiting again soon.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


ps: Much more information below from a recent press release:

Hunters Point, Calif.Thursday, December 14, 2017 — The birthplace of craft brewing, San Francisco welcomes back one of its iconic brands Speakeasy Ales & Lagers following a nine-month hiatus during a change of ownership to Hunters Point Brewery LLC. Preserving the two-decade history and tradition of one of San Francisco’s stalwart production breweries, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers reopens its remodeled Hunters Point taproom with an expanded 17-line draft system, new copper-top tables and ambient lighting on December 15. Speakeasy features their acclaimed flagship beers such as Prohibition Ale and Big Daddy IPA alongside an array of exclusive taproom-only experimental small batch beers. Brand new crowlers as well as growlers will now be available at the Speakeasy taproom located at 1195 Evans Avenue in San Francisco, Calif.. Speakeasy officially celebrates its return with a Grand Opening event at the brewery on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

With a three-decade long career in the craft beer industry, prominent Bay Area business entrepreneur Ces Butner (CEO, Hunters Point Brewery LLC) bought Speakeasy Ales & Lagers to uphold one of San Francisco’s most renowned independent breweries. Butner’s expertise as a former award-winning beer distributor offers a healthy competitive edge in a growing national market with 6,000 craft breweries. The purchase of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers by a local African-American businessperson is a success story for craft beer in a day and age when big beer acquisitions of small craft businesses are all too common.

“As a company, we do more than just sell quality craft beer,” says Ces Butner. “We’re part of the community that we owe a lot to with all of their incredible past support for Speakeasy. It’s now time that we can once again embrace the craft community and let them know we are jumping in with both feet to strengthen our ties with craft beer drinkers across California and nationwide. We further want to help our colleagues at other craft breweries in any way we can. We have a 60,000 barrel facility and we’re looking forward to inviting brands in need of a brewing facility to collaborate with us in 2018.”

Only a handful of production breweries exist in San Francisco and Butner sets forth an innovative platform for Hunters Point Brewery LLC. While Speakeasy’s flagship beers and new seasonal releases maintain the majority of the 60,000 barrels capacity, Butner will open up the brewery to additional regional brands in need of a local facility looking to enhance their production numbers. Hunters Point Brewery LLC serves as a community partner working with Bay Area brewers to bolster the Northern California craft scene as a whole.

Located on the southeastern corner of San Francisco, Hunters Point is in the midst of a major comeback with the adoration of southern neighborhoods such as the adjacent Dogpatch at an all-time peak. Artisanal distillers, breweries, bakeries, restaurants, and redevelopment projects are blossoming within the southeastern region. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers churns out exceptional craft beers and is currently operated by many Speakeasy employees who’ve stayed the course during the brewery’s receivership to new ownership with Ces Butner now at the helm. The Speakeasy taproom offers a unique experience for beer aficionados to step inside their 1920’s underground watering hole to enjoy 17 draft beers always available on tap.

Speakeasy’s Clay Jordan (Director of Brewing Operations) is among the standout employees who persisted through the change of ownership. Collectively with his brewing team, they conceived and brewed a new beer in true Speakeasy fashion, Holdout Stout. Jordan comments, “During the recent uncertain times with the company, we developed a beer from scratch — completely off the record. We used ingredients we had on hand to specifically design a beer to be able to age well through an unpredictable future. We knew that if we came through on the other side of the receivership, we’d want a beer to celebrate with. Like the eight company holdouts that the beer is named after, it is a hearty, strong stout that’s built to last with a very roasty aroma and flavor, creamy mouthfeel, and smooth finish.”

Statewide throughout California and select markets nationwide including New York City will see Speakeasy’s acclaimed beers on retail shelves and on draft, including Prohibition Ale, Big Daddy IPA, Double Daddy Imperial IPA, Baby Daddy Session IPA, Pop Gun Pilsner, Metropolis Lager, and Payback Porter. At the Speakeasy Taproom, consumers will have access to a rotating lineup of experimental beers such as new releases Holdout Stout, Speakeasy Dark Lager, Speakeasy Saison, Bourbon Session Stout, Big Daddy’s Humidor, Oak Aged Pop Gun Pilsner, and Coffee Payback Porter. The brewery’s limited-edition bottle series will continue to be available for purchase in the taproom (Limited Series, Infamous Series, Syndicate Series, Perfect Crime Series).

About Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers has been defiantly brewing small batch beers in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood since 1997. The brewery started with a single iconic beer, still made today, Prohibition Ale. The hoppy amber beer embodies the spirit of bootleggers and gangsters who persevered when America’s taps ran dry. Speakeasy quickly gained a loyal following with its bold, complex beers, and striking 1920s imagery. Speakeasy’s kingpin Big Daddy IPA is the brewery’s highest seller among its wide array of celebrated beers, from session ales to bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. In 2013, the Speakeasy Taproom opened serving thousands of local craft beer lovers with fresh draft beer to be enjoyed onsite or to-go in growlers and crowlers.

Speakeasy’s original 15 barrel brewing system was replaced in 2015 during a major expansion, which included a 60 barrel brewhouse, centrifuge, malt handling system, canning line, and an additional 1,200 barrels of fermentation capacity.

Hunters Point Brewery LLC, a company founded by former owner of Horizon Beverage Company, Ces Butner, acquired the Speakeasy beer brands and brewing equipment in 2017. Under new ownership, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers will grow by leaps and bounds. The brewery’s trademark eyes, ubiquitous and cryptic, beckon you to join our mob, no password required.

South Bay Breweries Confirmed for Opening Gala at 10th Annual SF Beer Week

SF Beer Week 2018 – presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild – takes place in less than a month, from Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 18.

Visitors to the SF Beer Week website can browse the Schedule and search by day and time, event type and region, including San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay, South Bay – 40 events are scheduled so far for the South Bay, which includes the peninsula – and Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz.

Folks can then register an account on the site, select their preferred events and decide to create and share their itinerary.

Expect many, many more events to be added between now and the start of Beer Week.

SF Beer Week Opening Gala

SF Beer Week kicks off each year with the well-regarded Opening Gala. This year’s Gala is set for Friday, Feb. 9, 6pm-10:30pm on the SF waterfront at Pier 35.

SF Beer Week announced yesterday that over 120 breweries have confirmed their attendance.

Among the San Jose breweries pouring for the first time at the Gala are Clandestine Brewing and Hapa’s Brewing Company.

South Bay Breweries

  • Alpha Acid Brewing Co.
  • Armstrong Brewing Co.
  • Blue Oak Brewing Co.
  • Campbell Brewing Co.
  • Clandestine Brewing
  • Das Brew
  • El Toro Brewing Co
  • Freewheel Brewing Co.
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.
  • Hapa’s Brewing Co.
  • Hermitage Brewing Co.
  • Highway 1 Brewing
  • Hop Dogma Brewing Co.
  • Loma Brewing Co.
  • Pedro Point Brewing
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen
  • Strike Brewing Co.

San Francisco Breweries

  • 21st Amendment Brewery
  • Almanac Beer Co.
  • Barebottle Brewing
  • Barrel Head Brewhouse
  • Bartlett Hall
  • Beach Chalet Restaurant & Brewery
  • Black Hammer Brewing
  • 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
  • Southpaw BBQ & Brewery
  • Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
  • Standard Deviant Brewing
  • Sufferfest Beer Co.
  • Sunset Reservoir Brewing Co.
  • ThirstyBear Organic Brewery
  • Triple Voodoo Brewery
  • Woods Beer Co.

East Bay Breweries

  • Alameda Island Brewing Co.
  • Ale Industries
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Armistice Brewing Co.
  • Benoit-Casper Brewing Co.
  • Buffalo Bill’s Brewery
  • Calicraft Brewing Co
  • Cleophus Quealy Beer Co
  • Danville Brewing Co.
  • Del Cielo Brewing Co.
  • Drake’s Brewing
  • East Brother Beer Co.
  • Eight Bridges Brewing, Inc.
  • Elevation 66 Brewing Co.
  • Epidemic Ales
  • Ghost Town Brewing
  • Gilman Brewing
  • High Water Brewing
  • Lucky Devil Brewing
  • Novel Brewing Co.
  • Oakland United Beerworks
  • Ocean View Brew Works
  • Old Kan Beer & Co.
  • Original Pattern Brewing Co.
  • The Rare Barrel
  • Shadow Puppet Brewing Co.
  • Temescal Brewing
  • Trumer Brewery
  • Working Man Brewing Co.

Monterey Bay Breweries

  • Alvarado Street Brewery
  • Brewery Twenty Five
  • Corralitos Brewing Co.
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co.
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Humble Sea Brewing Co.
  • New Bohemia Brewing Co
  • Peter B’s Brewpub
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
  • Seabright Brewery
  • Uncommon Brewers

North Bay Breweries

  • 101 north brewing co
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
  • Barrel Brothers Brewing Co.
  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.
  • Cloverdale Ale Brewing Co.
  • Cooperage Brewing Co.
  • Dempsey’s Restaurant & Brewery
  • Eel River Brewing Co.
  • Fogbelt Brewing Co.
  • Grav South Brew Co
  • HenHouse Brewing Co.
  • Heretic Brewing Co.
  • Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Mad Fritz Brewing Co
  • Marin Brewing Co.
  • Moylan’s Brewing Co.
  • Napa Smith Brewery
  • North Coast Brewing Co.
  • Plow Brewing Co.
  • Russian River Brewing Co.
  • Seismic Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing Co.
  • St. Florian’s Brewery
  • Stumptown Brewery
  • Third Street Aleworks
  • Trade Brewing
  • The Woodfour Brewing Co.

Look for these breweries to bring their best offerings. Food will be available for purchase.

For additional information about the Opening Gala – and to purchase tickets ($80 General Admission, $120 VIP) – visit the Gala’s Eventbrite page.

About SF Beer Week

SF Beer Week is one of the longest-running regional craft beer events of its kind. Starting with 140 events in 2009, last year’s SF Beer Week consisted of over 900 events in venues from Monterey to Sonoma.

About the San Francisco Brewers Guild

Founded in 2004, the San Francisco Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization for the region’s independent craft breweries. “Our mission is to preserve the Greater Bay Area’s brewing heritage; advocate on behalf of our members; partner with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries; educate the greater public; and unite those who make local beer with those who love it.”

Strike Brewing Company and Sam Adams Collaboration Beer Release – Four Bagger Hoppy Lager

Strike Brewing Company has released their latest collaboration effort this week – Four Bagger Hoppy Lager (6% ABV, 40 IBU) – brewed alongside Megan Parisi, head brewer of the innovative Samuel Adams Nano Brewery.

Strike head brewer Ryan Bridge pouring a glass of Four Bagger Hoppy Lager

From Strike Brewing head brewer Ryan Bridge: 

“We used German lager yeast and pale, wheat, oats, and light crystal malts. After a slow fermentation and cold conditioning process, we dry hopped it like an IPA using El Dorado, Citra, Simcoe, and Loral – some of my favorites. This is truly one of the best beers that we’ve made during my time at Strike, and I can’t wait to see the response in the taproom…”

I was fortunate to make it the taproom on its release day this past Tuesday.

The beer is super smooth and juicy with wonderful aromas and flavors of tropical, citrus fruits. I certainly agreed with the folks at the table next to me who described the Four Bagger Hoppy Lager to be one ‘crushable’ beer.

It’s a very limited offering and currently available on tap and in four-pack, 16-oz. cans.

Four Bagger Hoppy Lager brew day with the Strike Brewing team: left to right, bottom row – Alayna, Drew Ehrlich, Ben Spencer, Ryan & Matt; Jenny Lewis (top left) & Sam Adams’ Megan Parisi (top right). Credit: Strike

Collaboration Series

Strike’s Collaboration Series is the brainchild of veteran brewer and consultant Ben Spencer, who joined Strike earlier this spring as director of brewing operations and brewmaster. Incidentally, this week’s release of Four Bagger Hoppy Lager also marks Ben’s last week at Strike, as he’ll be returning to his native state of Virginia.

The first release in the series was a collaboration with Marin Brewing Company brewmaster Arne Johnson (Winning Saison). Ensuing collaborations saw Strike team up with Half Moon Bay Brewing Company brewmaster James Costa (Hop Closet Double IPA), Social Kitchen & Brewery brewmaster Kim Sturdavant (Pop-Up Pilsner) and Magnolia Brewing Co. (Strong Arm English Strong Ale).

As Strike co-founder/brewmaster Drew Ehrlich puts it, “The Collaboration Series has been a great way to trade brewing tips and see first-hand how these brewers go about making their signature beers.”

Look for the series to continue in the near future with upcoming collaborations to feature fellow South Bay breweries.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


Half Moon Bay Brewing Hosts 4th Annual Coastside Brewfest, Plus Fall Beers and Events

Credit: Half Moon Bay Brewing

Coastside Brewfest

The fourth annual Coastside Brewfest – presented by the Mavericks Community Foundation – is set for this Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1pm to 5pm at the waterfront parking lot of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (390 Capistrano Rd.).

This year’s list of nearly two dozen participating breweries – plus a cidery – includes:

  • Alpha Acid
  • Altamont
  • Alvarado Street
  • Barebottle
  • Bartlett Hall
  • Golden State Cider
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Discretion
  • Drakes
  • E.J Phair
  • Faction
  • Fieldwork
  • Fort Point
  • Hop Dogma Brewing Co.
  • Marin Brewing Company
  • Morgan Territory
  • New Bohemia
  • Novel
  • Pine Street
  • Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen
  • Santa Clara Valley
  • Sudwerk
  • Temescal
  • Track 7

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will be open for dining throughout the event. Additionally, local food will be offered including Seville Tapas, Spicoli Pizza and barbecue by American Legion Post 474.

Tickets to Coastal Brewfest are $30 in advance and available for purchase at the brewfest’s Eventbrite page. Tickets are $35 at the door, and designated driver tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit the Mavericks Community Foundation seeking to promote the San Mateo County coastside and Coastside Hope.

Fall Brews

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has re-released three signature beers:

Take it to the Limit Barleywine, an American-Style Barleywine displays a deep amber color, with Crystal and Munich malts presenting strong fruity esters in the aroma while American hops identify this as an American take on a classic. The high alcohol is evident, adding to the complexity of this smooth barleywine, and combines with a two-month aging process in stainless steel to result in a smooth dark beer. 14% ABV & 84 IBUs.

Pumpkin Harvest Ale, a full-bodied Amber Ale is made with locally grown sugar pie pumpkins that are roasted with a secret blend of spices added to the brew kettle, resulting in a subtle pumpkin pie spice flavor balanced by a biscuity maltiness. 6.3% ABV & 23 IBUs.

Papa Juice Old Ale, a small batch, limited release old ale, aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels. The deep ruby red color lets you know you’re in for a smooth ride, while the American hops add a well-distinguished dryness to the finish. The sweetness of the beer has been transformed by the oak in the barrel, resulting in an easy drinking old ale. 13.1% ABV.

Crowler Launch

Guests at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will be able to take beer to-go and enjoy the quality-saving powers of the can with a 32 oz. crowler. For the unfamiliar, a crowler is the can’s take on a growler, allowing breweries and taprooms to fill and seal aluminum cans on-demand. The containers combine the flexibility and portability of growlers with the quality-preserving properties of a can.

Pumpkin Menu

On the menu through October is a special pumpkin menu created by chef Fred Godinez, featuring butternut squash soup, brussels sprouts salad with pumpkin vinaigrette and desserts including pumpkin ice cream.

Halloween Party

The annual Halloween Party takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 with live music from 7pm to 10pm featuring The Bonedrivers. The annual costume contest begins at 8pm, where guests of all ages are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories, including most original costume, best group costume, trendiest costume, scariest and cutest.

Pumpkin Harvest Dinner

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s annual Harvest Dinner is back by popular demand and will take place Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6pm at the Mavericks Event Center. The dinner – prepared by chef Godinez – celebrates the farms and breweries on the San Mateo County coast and will feature local Pescadero farmer Simms Organics and brewmaster James Costa’s hand-crafted Pumpkin Harvest Ale.

5th Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest

My favorite local Oktoberfest celebration is set to take place this weekend – the fifth annual Mountain View Oktoberfest presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held on Saturday (Sep. 30) and Sunday (Oct. 1) from 11am to 7pm each day in the open-air parking lot located directly behind Steins at Bryant and Dana Streets, one block west of Castro St. The weather looks to be picture perfect.

Mountain View Oktoberfest will feature traditional German food, German beers and live entertainment, including music by Big Lou’s Accordion, The SF German Band and Alpiners USA. Check the MV Oktoberfest website for the entertainment schedule.

There’ll also be an expansive Oktoberfest tent, traditional Oktoberfest wood tables and benches for communal sitting, pretzel eating and stein holding contests, traditional songs and dance, as well as bouncy houses and face painting for kids.

Steins owner Ted Kim shares: “We’re happy to be celebrating our fifth year hosting the Mountain View Oktoberfest! Since its inception, the festival has grown to become a city staple and one of the most anticipated events of the year.

“This year at the Mountain View Oktoberfest guests will be able to choose from seven different beer offerings: six authentic styles from German beer houses and a special local brew combining sweet Munich malts and west coast hops.

“Additionally, there will be plenty of eats as Teske’s Germania and others serve up delicious German cuisine.

“Come out and join us for another fun-filled Oktoberfest! All ages welcome!”

Food & Beer

A variety of food will be available for purchase from four different vendors, including traditional German dishes from German restaurant Teske’s Germania.

German (and German-style) beers include:

  • Doppelbock Dunkel – Andechs
  • Pilsner – Paulaner
  • Helles Lager – Weltenburger
  • Oktoberfest – Hofbräuhaus
  • Grapefruit Radler – Steigl
  • Hefeweizen – Weihenstephaner
  • Hoptoberfest – South Bay 

Prices and Ticket Information

  • $11 for 0.5-liter commemorative stein; requires 1 drink ticket to fill
  • $16 for 1-liter commemorative stein; requires 2 drink tickets to fill
  • $25 for 1-liter boot (limited quantities); requires 2 drink tickets to fill

Drink tickets: $9 for 1 drink ticket and $35 for 4 tickets.

Food: $6-$15 (depending on the dish).


A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit SOAR – Student Outreach Award Resource – a partner charity with the Chamber of Commerce. SOAR is known throughout the community for its financial help and scholarship awards for high school and community college students looking to advance their education.

2017 Oktoberfest Celebrations in and around San Jose

Yours truly at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, July 2016

I’m sure there are many like me who wish they were going to the official Oktoberfest in Munich.

The Hofbräuhaus in Munich, July 2016

Fortunately, local Oktoberfest-inspired events and celebrations are set to take place throughout San Jose and nearby, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy German and German-style beer and food in a festive atmosphere. Many of the Oktoberfest celebrations are family friendly and will feature live entertainment.

Below is a roundup of this year’s local Oktoberfest events listed by date. I’ll add to it as new ones come to my attention. Prost!

Sat., Sep. 9: Gourmet Haus Staudt

What: It’s their annual outdoor Oktoberfest celebration, taking place from 12pm to 7:30pm. Six German beers on tap, lots of bratwurst and live music featuring The Internationals (starting at 2pm). $7 entry fee.

Where: 2615 Broadway St., Redwood City

More Info.: Facebook event page

Wed., Sep 13: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

What: Gordon Biersch in downtown San Jose celebrates Oktoberfest with the tapping of their seasonal Festbier accompanied by games and live music.

Where: 33 E. San Fernando St., San Jose

More Info.: FB event page

Fri., Sep. 15: Golden State Brewery

What: Folks are invited to don their Lederhosen and Dirndl as Golden State Brewery releases their new Ein Prosit Oktoberfest beer. There’ll be music, decorations, sausages courtesy of Arlington Brothers and a limited supply of 32-oz. Das Boots good for a fill of Ein Prosit for $16. Festivities take place from 5pm to 9pm.

Where: 1252 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

More Info:

Fri., Sep. 15 – Sat., Oct. 28: Teske’s Germania

What: German fare and beers with music from The Internationals on select Friday and Saturday evenings from Sep. 15 to Oct. 29.

Where: 255 N. 1st St., San Jose

More Info.: Teske’s Entertainment page

Sat., Sep. 16 & Sat., Sep. 23: Ludwig’s German Table

What: Join Ludwig’s for Oktoberfest on Sep. 16 and Sep. 23 from 12pm to 8pm. There’ll be live music, plenty of German beers and a Schmankerl plate. $28.

Where: 261 N. 2nd St., San Jose

More Info.:

Mon., Sep. 18 – Sat., Oct. 21: Faultline Oktoberfest

What: Faultline Brewing Company pays homage to Oktoberfest with a month-long special German-inspired menu available lunch and dinner, plus Oktoberfest specialty beers.

Where: 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

More Info.: FB event page

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sat., Sep. 23: Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Update: Gordon Biersch announced on Sep. 15 that this event has been cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

What: The ongoing Taylor Street Night Market outdoor summer series continues to take place Thursday evenings at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company brewing and packaging facility in Japantown. To celebrate Oktoberfest, the Night Market folks – Gordon Biersch and Moveable Feast – are throwing a three-day, family friendly bash featuring German-inspired food truck dishes and beers along with live music, games for kids and SJMADE artisans.

Where: 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose

More Info.: FB event page

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sat., Sep. 23: Park Station Hashery

What: Caltobrefest! Enjoy local and German beers with classic Bavarian fare done California style. Live music and DJ sets on the patio. 5pm to closing.

Where: 1701 Park Ave., San Jose

More Info.: Instagram post

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sun., Sep. 24: Redwood City Oktoberfest

What: The 4th annual Oktoberfest in downtown Redwood City takes place over four days on the Courthouse Square and encompasses a whole lot of everything one can ask for to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Where: 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

More Info.: Website

Thurs., Sep. 28: Geektoberfest

What: The Tech Museum of Innovation presents the 3rd annual Geektoberfest. Explore the biology of beer, with talks, demos and tastings. 7pm to 10:30pm. $25.

Where: 201 S. Market St., San Jose

More Info.:

Sat., Sep. 30 – Sun., Oct. 1: Mountain View Oktoberfest

What: The 5th Annual Oktoberfest takes place the weekend of Sep. 30 and Oct. 1 (11am to 7pm both days) and is presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. There’ll be plenty of German beer, good food and family friendly entertainment.

Where: Parking lot at Dana St. and Bryant St., Mountain View

More Info.: FB event page

Sat., Oct. 14: Peninsula Oktoberfest

What: Enjoy the annual Peninsula Oktoberfest at Hiller Aviation Museum, held for the first time at night from 5pm to 10pm. There’ll be live music as well as German beers and food available for purchase.

Where: 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos

More Info.:

Sat., Oct. 21 to Sun., Oct. 22: Campbell Oktoberfest

What: Downtown Campbell hosts an entire weekend of live music, tasty food, arts and crafts, a kids zone and – of course – beer. Sponsored by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.

Where: E. Campbell Ave., Campbell

More Info.: FB event page