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Floodcraft Brewing Company ‘Inner Strength’ Hazy Double IPA Release

Floodcraft Brewing Company Inner Strength Hazy Double IPA

San Jose’s Floodcraft Brewing Company – located at the Whole Foods Market on The Alameda (777 The Alameda, to be exact) – has just released ‘Inner Strength’ Hazy Double IPA.

According to brewmaster Guy Cameron, Inner Strength was brewed with a Vermont yeast strain plus Citra, Mosaic and Azacca hops.

During my recent visit on its release day, a good crowd had formed before noon, and many looked to be enjoying the new beer.

Inner Strength Hazy Double IPA is flooded <ahem> with citrus and melon aromas and flavors well balanced by a pleasant hop bitterness. It’s a super smooth beer that belies the 8.4% ABV.

A flight of Floodcraft Brewing beers (left to right): Forward Momentum Hazy Pale, Perspective Shift New England IPA, Inner Strength Hazy Double IPA and Song for You Blonde Ale

Inner Strength Hazy Double IPA is the third ‘hazy’ offering from Floodcraft Brewing, with all three having been released within the past couple months.

‘Perspective Shift’ New England IPA, brewed with all Citra hops, comes in at 6.8% and showcases a bright citrus aroma and flavors of citrus and pine.

‘Forward Momentum’ Hazy Pale, 5.5% ABV, exhibits a citrus aroma with citrus and slight bitter hop flavors.

Additionally, ‘Song for You’ Blond Ale with Hallertau Blanc (5.6% ABV) is a bright, citrusy beer with a very pleasant, peppery bitterness.

The tap list at Floodcraft Brewing Company featuring ten of their own beers

It’s certainly a busy time for Guy and assistant brewer Ben Wright, as the current tap list featuring ten Floodcraft Brewing beers marks the highest number of Floodcraft beers on tap at one time.

Inner Strength stands out as my current favorite of the Floodcraft Brewing offerings. I’m struck by its citrus, melon juiciness and smoothness, making for one memorable Double IPA.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

Japantown Beerwalk: Christmas Edition 2017

The next Beerwalk is set to take place Sat., Dec. 2 in Japantown from 2pm-5pm.

It’s the holiday edition, and guests are welcome to participate throughout Japantown in their favorite holiday attire.

Tasting Locations

  • 7 Bamboo Lounge
  • Banana Crepe
  • Biscuits – Give a Dog a Bone
  • Carisoul
  • Cielito Lindo Restaurant
  • Classic Loot
  • East Taylor Barbershop
  • The Get Down
  • Happi House Restaurant
  • Headliners
  • Jack’s Bar & Lounge
  • JT Express
  • Kogura Company
  • Nichi Bei Bussan
  • Secondhand Hustle
  • Ukulele Jams
  • Wenzhou Fish, Noodles & More
  • Zonkey
  • and more…

Breweries

  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Hapa’s Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada
  • and more…

Tickets are $30 through this weekend and go up to $35 starting next week. Tickets include beer samples, custom glass and passport.

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

Cyber Monday Special

Now through Monday, Nov. 27, take 25% off all currently scheduled 2018 Beerwalk events with the discount code: cyber2018

  • Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 1pm: Downtown San Jose Beerwalk
  • Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 6pm: Downtown Campbell Mini-Beerwalk Series: Stouts & Sweets
  • Thurs., Mar. 22, 2018, 5pm: San Jose Sharks and San Jose Breweries Mini-Beerwalk Series: Locals Only
  • Wed., May 2, 2018, 6pm: Downtown Campbell Beerwalk
  • Sat., June 9, 2018, 2pm: Japantown Sakewalk
  • Wed., July 25, 2018, 6pm: Ciderwalk
  • Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 2pm: Downtown Willow Glen Beerwalk

To purchase tickets, visit The Beerwalk site to select the particular event(s).

‘Beers Around the World Tour’ Fall 2017 Edition

The fall edition of the The Beers Around the World Tour is set for Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6pm-9:30pm, taking place at the Rotary Summit Center in downtown San Jose above Flame’s Restaurant (88 S. Fourth St.).

Presented by San Jose State University’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management – and a joint production of the department’s Meeting Planning and Beer Appreciation classes – the beer show will be similar in format as past events.

The Beers Around the World tour will feature 54 different beers from 27 countries and regions of the U.S.

And like this past spring’s event, the upcoming beer tour will be open to the community.

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the tour’s Eventbrite page.

Consider purchasing tickets sooner than later as the number of tickets are limited.

Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch Fundraisers to Benefit the Veterans Supportive Services Agency

Passing along some information regarding a couple of upcoming fundraising events to benefit the non-profit Veterans Supportive Services Agency (VSSA) out of San Jose.

The fundraising events take place this week at Campbell’s Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery and downtown San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.

Rock Bottom

When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

What: Rock Bottom will tap Watchdog IPA, and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the VSSA

Where: Rock Bottom Campbell, 1875 S. Bascom Ave.

More Info.: Facebook event page

Gordon Biersch

When: Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:3pm to 7:30pm

What: Gordon Biersch taps 10 Hut IPA with 10% of proceeds going to the VSSA

Where: Gordon Biersch Downtown San Jose, 33 E. San Fernando St.

More Info.: FB event page

Headlands Brewing Company Cloudview White Ale Keg Tapping Event at Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market has partnered with Headlands Brewing Company to create a holiday beer – Cloudview White Ale.

Cloudview White Ale is a blend of a Belgian Wit style with generous West Coast hopping and provides a change of pace from the more traditional porter and stout holiday offerings.

I very much enjoyed the beer during a recent sneak peek tasting and was struck by its citrus aromas and flavors combined with the more traditional Belgian Wit flavor characteristics of orange peel and spices.

To celebrate its release, keg tapping events will be held Friday, Nov. 3 from 5pm-7pm at five locations throughout the Bay Area:

  • Whole Foods Market Santa Clara
  • Whole Foods Market Dublin
  • Whole Foods Market SoMa
  • Whole Foods Market Potrero Hill
  • Whole Foods Market Coddington Mall

RSVP for a chance to win a beer cooler, pint glass and a Whole Foods Market gift card. Prize valued at $99. Purchase of a pint of Cloudview White Ale comes with a free holiday cheese pairing.

Cloudview White Ale will be available on tap and in 4-packs exclusively at Whole Foods Market.

About Headlands

Headlands Brewing was born when two brewers and athletes decided to embark on an adventure combining their passion for great beer with their love of land and sea. If we’re not at the brewery we’re likely running a trail, swimming off the coast, or just hanging out and drinking a beer.

Scenes from the 2017 Halloween Beerwalk Edition

Ever since the very first Beerwalk in Japantown, we’ve tried our best to make each and every Beerwalk.

They’re fun, and the local weather is nearly always picture perfect. Plus we get to hang out with good folks, and we get to explore different pockets of the South Bay and shop and dine at new-to-us stores and restaurants, all while enjoying a variety of tasty beers.

And the Beerwalks just seem to be get better and better.

The latest Beerwalk in Willow Glen – the annual Halloween edition that took place yesterday – was likely our most favorite yet.

It was another sold-out affair.

Catching up with friends Peter of Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Jim and Matt.

So many folks dressed up in fantastic costumes.

Catching up with The Beerwalk’s Cindy.

So grateful for this person – I’m talking about in the photo below vs. the photo above.

My fortune from Zoltar: “Beer is in your future.”

Mark, Kevin of Ballast Point, Matt & Jim.

Kevin brought Ballast Point’s newly released Fathom IPA, launched earlier this month.

This jacket from the Bella James store simply had to come home with us.

Justin of GearTooth AleWerks – stationed at BRUNI Gallery – brought their Conveyor IPA and Cogzilla Double IPA. He shared that their next new beer will be a smoked porter.

Derek of Hapa’s Brewing Company poured their Red and the recently released Pilsner.

Robert of Sonoma Springs Brewing Company – stationed at Park Place Vintage – poured their Subliminal Gold IPA…

and their limited release Thor Helles Bock.

Our friends Terry and Amanda helped pour on behalf of Golden State Brewery.

Stationed at Whatnots & Dodads, they poured Golden State Brewery’s latest offerings – Oktoberfest and their just released 3-Way Unfiltered Triple IPA.

Catching up with The Beerwalk’s Charlie.

Rosanna holding down the fort at 20twenty cheese bar.

Nicole and Miriah of Hermitage Brewing Company with Spider-man…

pouring the latest Hermitage releases – Galaxy Single Hop IPA and Flower Sour.

The Beerwalk in full swing at the 20twenty cheese bar outdoor patio.

Alas, we had to leave early and couldn’t get to the other breweries and shops, but we were heartened by the fact that the next Beerwalk is only five weeks away, set to take place Saturday, Dec. 2 in Japantown, 2pm-5pm.

And before the upcoming Japantown Beerwalk, there’s a Sour Walk – part of the Mini Beerwalk Series – set for Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, 5pm-9pm, in downtown Campbell.

Both events are circled on my calendar.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

2017 Halloween Beerwalk Edition

The popular Halloween edition of Beerwalk is set for Sat., Oct. 28 in Willow Glen from 2pm-5pm.

For the sixth straight year, folks will be dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoying beer tastings – including offerings from a half-dozen San Jose breweries – at a variety of local shops throughout downtown Willow Glen.

Based on past Beerwalks – not to mention the latest weather updates predicting a gorgeous afternoon – no doubt plenty of fun and good times will be had by many as usual.

Participating Breweries

  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • Anchor Brewing Co.
  • 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Hapa’s Brewing
  • Ballast Point
  • Goose Island
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Elysian
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Geartooth Alewerks

Tasting Locations

  • 20twenty cheese bar
  • Atelier Salon & Barber Shop
  • Bay Area Phone Doctor
  • Bella James
  • Castlerock Realty
  • Eye Luv Lucy Optometry
  • Details Clothing Co.
  • Gold Star Jewelers
  • Goosetown Lounge
  • Haute Tan Airbrush Tanning
  • Island Inspired
  • Main Street Burgers
  • Mariette Chocolates
  • Ohana Board Shop
  • Park Place Vintage
  • Round Table Pizza
  • The Source Willow Glen
  • Whatnots & Dodads
  • Willow Glen Diamond Company
  • Bruni Gallery

Early bird tickets are still available through the weekend and go up to $35 starting on Monday. Tickets include tastings, souvenir glass and passport.

Check-in starts at 1:30pm (until 4:30pm) at Goosetown Lounge (1072 Lincoln Ave.).

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the Halloween Beerwalk Eventbrite page.

August 2017 Beer Share 2 of 2

So a week after the previous beer share meet-up, a group of us were back at it at Taplands, heeding the call put forth – once again – by local beer enthusiast Michael Su.

Jillian of Taplands enthusiastically served up Half Moon Bay’s Hop Dogma Brewing Co. Silly Gimmick Northeast Style Double IPA.

Virginia’s The Veil Brewing Co. Never Scared Pink Guava Gose Ale.

Vermont’s The Alchemist Heady Topper Double IPA.

The early group, including Dale, Michael, Ray, Barry, wifey and Matt.

Ohio’s North High Brewing collaboration with Pennsylvania’s Weyerbacher Brewing – HighWeyer Double IPA.

Michigan’s Old National Brewing Company Boxer New England IPA.

Oregon’s Rogue Ales XS Old Crustacean Barleywine (bottled in 2002).

The Veil Brewing Co. Hornswoggled Chocolate Milk Stout.

Alaskan Brewing Company Barley Wine Ale (2009).

Ohio’s Hoof Hearted Brewing Konkey Dong Double IPA.

Anaheim’s Bottle Logic Brewing Down Down New England Style IPA.

When I asked Michael what motivated him to share all these wonderful beers, he stated:

“Wish I could give some poetic answer, but alas there is none. I like trading for beer. Sometimes, the rush from closing a trade is more satisfying than the beer itself, <lol>. And then I end up with all this beer I can’t possibly drink myself. Plus, it’s way more fun sharing beer with others than just chugging solo.”

I’m sure there are many like me who are very appreciative of Michael’s generosity. Thank you, Michael!

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

August 2017 Beer Share 1 of 2

In the midst of an unusually hectic summer, I was very fortunate to be able to attend a couple beer sharing meet-ups late last month.

They took place at Taplands and spearheaded by local beer enthusiast Michael Su, who brought many stellar cans to share with us fellow South Bay Beerhounds.

First up: pre-gaming with Taplands’ own 40 Whacks Northeast Style IPA with Blood Orange.

Sophia and Dale generously shared special beers as well.

Group photo, courtesy of Jill of Taplands: Brian, yours truly, Sophia, Michael, Dale, Amanda, Terry.

Here we go…

Sacramento’s Track Seven Brewing Company Mo’Suka Northeast-Inspired Double IPA.

Monterey’s Alvarado Street Brewery Cool Runoffs Double IPA.

Iowa’s Toppling Goliath Brewing Company King Sue Double IPA.

Brewed by Oregon’s Hair of the Dog Brewing Company at Belgium’s Brouwerij de Molen – Binkie Claws = Doggie Claws Ale Barleywine (bottle dated 8-5-15).

Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter.

Oakland’s Temescal Brewing Your Favorite Jerks IPA.

Sacramento’s New Glory Craft Brewery Astro Haze Galaxy IPA.

Massachusetts’ Tree House Brewing Company Lights On American Pale Ale.

Massachusetts’ Trillium Brewing Company Double Dry Hopped Congress Street IPA.

San Francisco’s Cellarmaker Brewing Company collaboration with Torrance’s Monkish Brewing Co. – Keeping the Family Together Double IPA.

New Glory Flippin’ Good Pancake Brown Ale.

Alvarado Street Chiffon Fog IPA.

Ohio’s Hoof Hearted Brewing collaboration with Maryland’s RaR Brewing – Party At: Steve Guttenberg’s House Double IPA.

Auburn’s Moonraker Brewing Company Yojo IPA.

Wisconsin’s New Glares Brewing Co. Enigma Sour Brown Ale.

Oregon’s Great Notion Brewing Juice Jr. IPA.

Tree House Julius IPA.

Tree House Single Shot Coffee Milk Stout.

Virginia’s The Veil Brewing Co. collaboration with New York’s Other Half Brewing Company – All Wheat Everything Double IPA.

Berkeley’s Fieldwork Brewing Company Shoot the Moon American Stout.

Pennsylvania’s Tired Hands Brewing Company Refreshing Double IPA.

Trillium collaboration with Other Half: Two Hundred Thousand Trillion Double IPA.

Moonraker collaboration with Alvarado St. – Electric Lettuce Double IPA.

Another group photo, including Amanda, Terry, Matt, Michael, Tiyo, Brian and Dale. Cheers!

New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb Wisconsin Wild Fruit Ale.

Washington’s Reuben’s Brews Anniversary Style Juice IPA.

Lance (chief beerhound), Tiyo, Dale, Amanda, Terry.

Alvarado Street DeLorean Dust Double IPA.

Matt of Taplands with Michael and Terry.

Hoof Hearted Who’d Like to Hold my Clipboard? Double IPA with Pink Guava, Vanilla & Lactose Added.

Trillium Small Bird Series: Skimpy Sparrow American Pale Ale.

New Jersey’s Magnify Brewing Dr. Citra IPA.

The beer share was simply epic, and I ended up staying much, much longer than originally planned.

Extremely generous folks brought wonderful beers to share. Thanks to all for such special beers and for your splendid company and the festive vibes.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

PS: The next post is another beer share recap that took place a week later.

Scenes from the Grand Re-Opening of Floodcraft Brewing Company

San Jose’s Whole Foods Market at 777 The Alameda celebrated the new naming of their brewery and taproom – Floodcraft Brewing Company – earlier this summer with a weekend’s worth of festivities.

Kickstarting the festivities was the grand re-opening kickoff party, which I had the good fortune of attending.

Brewmaster Guy Cameron was busy interacting with the first of many guests that evening.

The friendly bar staff.

On tap were four of Floodcraft Brewing’s own beers:

  • Curry for 3 Triple IPA
  • Solely Simcoe American Pale Ale
  • Nelmo American Pale Ale
  • Mindfulness American Amber Ale

Charcuterie, cheese and fruit platters galore. Plus cupcakes.

My bud Stef enjoying his flight of Floodcraft’s inaugural offerings.

All four Floodcraft beers were tasty, but I especially enjoyed Curry for 3 Triple IPA, a very well-balanced orange juice bomb with notes of tangerine, marmalade and papaya with a smoothness that belied its 10.5% ABV.

It was great – as always – catching up with Guy.

The Whole Foods team and guests expressed their appreciation for Guy’s leadership as well as for his consistently excellent creations.

Whole Foods also celebrated the occasion with their signature ‘breaking bread’ ceremony, which included pretzels that spelled out “FLOODCRAFT.”

Words of appreciation were given – again – to the Floodcraft Brewing Company brewing team, consisting of Guy and assistant brewer Ben Wright (right).

Ben and Guy.

I was grateful to have more than my fair share of the limited Curry for 3 Triple IPA.

In fact, it didn’t take long after the first initial sips to realize that Curry for 3 is one of my all-time favorites of any style.

What a memorable event – delicious food and beer, happy vibes and good times with good folks.

And look for Floodcraft offerings to start appearing at the other South Bay Whole Foods locations with taprooms.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy