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New Bohemia Brewing Company Bottle Release – Cherry Bomb Imperial Cherry Stout Brewed with Honey

New Bohemia Brewing Company (NuBo, for short) celebrated its two-year anniversary earlier this year in March and will soon celebrate another milestone with the release of their first ever bottled offering.

NuBo’s first bottle release features Cherry Bomb 2017, an imperial cherry stout brewed with honey.

The release party is set for Thursday, June 22 at 4pm at their Santa Cruz brewery and tasting room (1030 41st Ave.). Cherry Bomb will be available on tap and in bottles to go. There’ll be a food pairing menu plus live music.

Cherry Bomb 2017 – coming in at 9.2% ABV – also marks the first beer from a new series NuBo is calling “The Bee Project.”

From NuBo: “The Bee Project is a brewer’s approach to supporting local sugar sources and raising global awareness of the benefits of bees, honey and our natural world.”

And regarding the beer itself, NuBo has provided the following description:

A bold and richly roasted imperial stout. Brewed with local sage honey and three kinds of cherries (Brooks, Chelan and Coral) freshly picked by our brewers. The deep caramel flavors are complemented by a tart cherry aroma and a strong, dry finish. Lots of dried fruit and plenty of alcohol to balance it out. 52 IBUs, 9.2% ABV.

According to co-founder and brewmaster Dan Satterthwaite, there are only 900 bottles available for purchase, and they’ll only be available at the brewery.



Great America Introduces Red, White & Brews Celebration

Great America will be hosting a Red, White & Brews celebration over two weekends, May 27-29 and June 3-4. More info. from the news release below:

California’s Great America will add to its incredible lineup of live entertainment and festivals with Red, White & Brews, a hometown celebration of Americana food and fun taking place May 27-29 and June 3-4. Red, White & Brews will bring the Hometown Square area of the park to life with locally sourced food experiences, more than 25 regional craft brews, Northern California wines, Bay Area bands, outdoor games and kids’ entertainment.

Tasting cards will be available for just $25 per person (6 selections per card) to sample savory items that include jumbo smoked chicken drumsticks, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, skewered bacon wrapped chicken hearts, corn ears roasted in chili powder and lime juice, and tombstone sliders with shaved brisket. There will also be a delicious dessert choice between an innovative apple pie, bacon and cheddar parfait or a traditional strawberry shortcake with the tasting card.

Craft beer and wine tasting cards, $25 per person for six, six-ounce samples, will feature renowned and niche microbreweries from throughout Northern California, including Gordon Biersch, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Stone, Mendocino, Hanger 24, Lagunitas, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers and many others. Wine pouring options will include William Hill, Flora Springs, J. Lohr, White Oak, Concannon and more.

Unique food items for sale individually in the Hometown Square area are: a brisket mac and cheese conewich with crispy brisket tips, crispy onions and BBQ sauce; red, white & blue funnel cakes topped with strawberries, vanilla ice cream and blueberries; tantalizing bourbon peaches and cream with cinnamon cream and candied walnuts; cinnamon dessert nachos, which are fried tortillas paired with vanilla ice cream and chocolate and caramel syrup.

For an additional fee, the San Jose Beer Bike will tour guests through the park each day, providing up to 10 friends the opportunity to view Great America while sipping and cycling (with a designated cyclist at the wheel). Hometown Square entertainment will feature oversized board and carnival games, free balloons for kids, giant Adirondack chairs for lounging and photo opportunities, and more.

“Red, White & Brews will create a vibrant, dynamic atmosphere inside the park and showcase the region’s incredible food and drink possibilities,” said California’s Great America Vice President & General Manager Raul Rehnborg. “Red, White & Brews joins Taste of Orleans and Fiesta Hispana as wonderful reasons to visit the park multiple times each year.

An outdoor stage will be constructed in front of the Great America Theater where four local bands will perform rock, country and bluegrass music throughout the day. Adding to the live entertainment, dueling pianos will be positioned in the gazebo, intensifying the outdoor atmosphere.

The entire festival will take place under the thrills of Patriot, the park’s new floorless roller coaster experience featuring a nine-story drop where riders’ feet dangle inches above the track.

Red, White & Brews is free with park admission.

Cedar Fair

California’s Great America is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Great America, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, two water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.

Beer Fest Hosted by San Jose Earthquakes

Check out the news release below about an upcoming beer fest hosted by the San Jose Earthquakes on Sat., May 27 at 4:30pm:

The San Jose Earthquakes will host a Beer Fest, presented by Lagunitas, featuring 14 breweries, including 11 local to California, at Avaya Stadium on May 27 as part of the game day activities for the match against the LA Galaxy. Fans can enter the stadium at 4:30 p.m. and enjoy a variety of beers in a beer garden located in the 7UP Epicenter. The Quakes will take on their LA Galaxy rivals at 6:45 p.m. PT, broadcast on Univision. Prior to the match, the Mexico vs. Croatia friendly will show on the video board.

Beers from the following breweries will be available for tasting in the beer garden: Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Bear Republic Brewing Company, Camino Brewing Co., Corona, Discretion Brewing, Faction Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Heineken, Hermitage Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Modelo, Seabright Brewing, Sonoma Springs Brewing Company and Tied-House Cafe & Brewery.

Ticket packages for the Beer Fest are available online for $45 and include a ticket to the match, access to the Beer Fest, four 4oz beer tastings and a commemorative taster glass. Fans should enter the promo code BEER to purchase the package. Earthquakes Season Ticket Holders can purchase access to the Beer Fest for $15 through their fan relations specialists and will also receive four 4oz tastings and the commemorative taster glass. Additional tastings will be sold on game day for $5.

A portion of all ticket sales will go to the Quakes Foundation and Special Olympics of Northern California. Following the match, the Quakes Special Olympics Unified Team will face the Galaxy’s unified squad on the Avaya Stadium field (more info).

Scenes from the 6th Annual Downtown Campbell Beerwalk

It was a sold-out Beerwalk event in downtown Campbell last week, and no doubt that the theme of Stars Wars on May the fourth added to the popularity.

Wifey and I had the very good fortune of being able to make it, joining the 1,198 other revelers out and about on a picture-perfect Thursday evening.

Pics below.

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Instagram sensation – and local guy – Dan, AKA Louie Baton.

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High Water Brewing Aphotic Imperial Porter with Cacao Nibs and Calambic Series Le Petit Diablotin American Sour Ale (aged in wine barrels for 12 months with local sour cherry and pomegranate juice) .

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High Water Brewing Cucumber Kolsch and Campfire Stout (brewed with graham crackers, molasses and toasted marshmallow).

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Dale Swanson – AKA Brewtographer – snapping pics.

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The Hermitage Brewing Company crew, including Joel Wind (center) and Nicole Marquez (right).

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Hermitage Brewing Company Mosaic Single Hop IPA.

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Hermitage Brewing Company Motueka Single Hop IPA, the latest release from their Single Hop Series.

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Cheers! with Joel.

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Beer enthusiast Billy with Beerwalk co-founder Charlie Mann.

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Yours truly with Bobby Favela of Wine Warehouse.

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Campbell Brewing Company assistant brewer John Paine, head brewer Michael Paine and bar manager Jeremy Eseroma.

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Yours truly with Beerwalk co-founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie.

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El Gigante with two cute kids.

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Billy and Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Peter Estaniel.

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing Electric Tower IPA.

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Golden State Brewery’s Stephanie Hendrickson and Adrienne Lenore. Golden State always brings their latest and greatest to the Beerwalks, this time their recently released Maibock along with their Bay Area Blonde.

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Jay and Justin Ganz of San Jose’s GearTooth Alewerks.

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Beerwalk fans Shelly, Stephanie and Chris.

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Sonoma Springs Brewing Company’s Robert Raney.

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Robert treating me to a taste of Sonoma Springs Triple IPA.

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Bobby and Darth Talon, who’s arrived just as we’re leaving.

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It was another excellent Beerwalk.

The next installment is their 2nd Annual Sakewalk, taking place Thursday, June 8 in Japantown.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

6th Annual Downtown Campbell Beerwalk: Star Wars Edition

Beerwalk Campbell 2017

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.

When

Thursday, May 4, 6pm-9pm

Breweries

  • 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

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.

MAY THE 4TH BEer WITH YOU!

Scenes from Soon-to-Open Uproar Brewing Company

Uproar Brewing

Look for an announcement soon on the exact opening date for the much-anticipated Uproar Brewing Company in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district, located at 439 S. 1st St.

I got a sneak peek a couple weeks ago of Uproar Brewing’s first official beer. Grant Kjos, taproom manager and one of Uproar’s founding members, poured me a glass of Uproar Saison. The Saison was tasty, refreshing, clean and easy drinking.

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And earlier this week, I returned to Uproar for a preview of what was in store for the opening.

The view upon entering the restaurant and brewery.

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The kitchen is to the right.

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The bar.

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Beer list.

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Steve Vandewater, who is the co-partner of Uproar Brewing along with his wife Christina, stands next to the six barrels that were recently filled with Uproar Saison.

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Jim Turturici, Uproar’s brewmaster, strikes a pose.

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Uproar Saison was brewed by Jim at Uncommon Brewers in Santa Cruz. Uproar awaits final approvals to be able to start brewing on their own equipment.

Uproar Saison on a beautiful copper countertop with a view to the brewery.

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Wifey, the kid and Steve.

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Jim was busy showing folks around the brewery, including Dan Satterthwaite of New Bohemia Brewing Company.

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The view of the restaurant and bar from the brewery side.

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The menu.

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Stuffed Figs & Demi-Glace: Figs, walnuts, thyme, goat cheese, wrapped in pan-seared prosciutto and demi-glace drizzle.

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Lamb Lollipops: Brazilian-inspired rack of lamb sous vide and grilled to temp, red wine and blackberry reduction mint jam, goat cheese wonton crust, micro greens and basil.

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Barbeque Pork Belly Sliders and Fries: BBQ broiled pork belly, creamy garlic slaw made with sliced fennel, frisee, carrot, shallot and alfalfa sprouts.

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Classic Sliders and Fries: 3-oz. Angus beef patty, American cheese, butter, lettuce, tomato, house pickles, red onion and house tomato chutney.

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The kitchen staff.

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The kitchen is headed by James Thornton, who previously worked at Paper Plane.

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Great service throughout the evening.

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Beer tasting: Elkhorn Slough Hoppy Jewel American Wild Ale, Uproar Saison, Alvarado St. The Revolution Will Not Be Clarified Double IPA and Uproar Porter, which was brewed at Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

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Catching up with Derek Stanfill of Oskar Blues Brewery.

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Christina and Steve Vandewater.

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The space is big and great, and to put it simply, the beers were tasty, the food was delicious, the service was excellent and the vibe was warm, lively and friendly. We can’t wait for Uproar to open.

If the preview is any indication, I predict that there’ll be many other satisfied guests when Uproar Brewing Company opens.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy



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.



San Jose Breweries Announce New, Limited Release Offerings

Below is a quick roundup of the latest beer releases from several San Jose breweries, including Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing and Strike Brewing Co.

Santa Clara Valley Brewing

In part from a recent Facebook update: Cheers to our Assistant Brewer Adam Nanni for another sensational brew in our Beta Test series. Come on down to have a pint of Centennial SMASH – Beta Test #2.

Pilsner malt and Centennial hops make up this light-bodied session IPA that is bursting with intense citrus aroma, hints of melon and mild bitterness.

Enjoy SMASH in an SCVB pint glass (yours to keep) for $8, otherwise $6. This beer is very limited so don’t wait too long or you will miss out on something special.

SCV Brewing Centennial SMASH

Hermitage Brewing Company

The latest release from Hermitage Brewing Company’s Single Hop Series is Jester Single Hop IPA, now pouring in their Tap Room.

Coming from England, the Jester hop has characteristics of juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit notes.

The Jester Single Hop IPA promises to be a juicy, tropical offering.

Hermitage Jester Single Hop IPA

Strike Brewing Company

Strike Brewing Company will tap their latest Bullpen Series beer – Stone Finger Tart Saison – this Friday at their taproom.

Stone Finger Tart Saison has been aging in a wine barrel for the last 9 months and represents Strike’s first wine barrel-aged sour.

Per brewer Ryan Bridge, the various microbes have done wonders, producing a beer that’s “nicely tart with an awesome funk to it.”

Strike Brewing Stone Finger Tart Saison



Introducing Firestone Walker’s Leo v. Ursus Chronology, Kicking Off with Fortem Unfiltered Imperial IPA

Firestone Walker Leo v Ursus Fortem

These are certainly hyper creative and experimental times at Firestone Walker. Their most recent beer – Fortem Unfiltered Imperial IPA – is the first beer to come out of the newly launched Leo v. Ursus Chronology program, which will feature the release of a new one-off beer every quarter. More nitty-gritty info. below per a recent press release.

Leo v. Ursus

The name Leo v. Ursus is a nod to the brewery’s distinctive culture of purposeful conflict, as embodied by founders Adam Firestone (The Bear) and David Walker (The Lion).

While diverse in style, each beer in the Leo v. Ursus Chronology will exhibit unifying threads – they will be bold, intense and often hoppy but strive for a sense of balance. Many will also address wish lists expressed by loyal fans.

The Leo v. Ursus Chronology was made possible thanks to the recent launch of the Propagator, Firestone Walker’s pilot brewhouse in Venice, a state-of-the-art miniature brewery. It’s designed to brew small batches, nimble enough to explore new ideas which can be fine-tuned and scaled at the main brewery in Paso Robles.

“Until the Propagator came along, our ability to experiment and go crazy with tiny batches was limited…” says brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Leo v. Ursus opens the door to increased creativity with new and exciting raw materials – namely, a host of new hop cultivars that do not fit into our established recipes. We will also explore dark malts, experimental hops and alternative grains in this program.”

The launch of the Leo v. Ursus series is clearly a big deal for Matt. “This is a new chapter for us. We will go to our graves wishing we had made the perfect beer—but we will give it our best shot with Leo v. Ursus.”

Fortem

Fortem (Latin for “The Strong”) is a contemporary imperial IPA (8.2% ABV) that draws upon a range of influences while exhibiting DNA from Firestone Walker’s own forays into the IPA style, including Double Jack and Luponic Distortion. It’ll be available in draft and 16-ounce can (four-pack) formats.

Fortem aims for power through a balance of aromas, mouthfeel and bitterness. It blends newer hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest and Hallertau, Germany, along with pale malt, wheat malt and flaked oats for a full body and a rounded texture.

Look for a mix of aromas, including mango, blueberry, raspberry, lime zest and lychee. After time in the glass, it opens up to reveal stone fruit blossoms and mandarin oranges, finishing with just enough bitterness to encourage your next sip. Fortem has been left unfiltered for a hazy appearance and full hop impact.

Fortem on Tap in the South Bay

  • With the first keg of Fortem in San Jose, Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe will tap the inaugural Leo v. Ursus release Friday, March 3 at 5pm.
  • On Thursday, March 9 at 6pm, Original Gravity Public House will tap Fortem during their Firestone Walker Milk & Cookies Night event featuring Nitro Velvet Merlin Milk Stout and other FW offerings.
  • Armadillo Willy’s BBQ in Los Altos has scheduled to tap Fortem on Thursday, March 16 at 5pm.




South Bay Craft Beer Benefit for San Jose Flood Victims

South Bay Craft Beer Benefit

A number of San Jose breweries will participate this Saturday, March 4, in a benefit to help the recent flood victims of San Jose.

Below are their respective Facebook updates.

Strike Brewing Company

Join us as we raise money to help our South Bay neighbors affected by the recent flooding. 10% percent of all taproom sales and all of the proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the San Jose Flood Relief Fund.

Come enjoy:

  • Cochi BBQ
  • Silent Auction
  • KFOX live broadcast from the brewery

Hapa’s Brewing Company

Join us (and/or other participating San Jose breweries) this Saturday for a special benefit to raise money for the victims of San Jose’s recent flooding. We’ll be donating a portion of beer sales to flood relief funds. 333 Truck will be serving food and we’ll have a basketball shoot contest!

Santa Clara Valley Brewing

We are proud to be participating in Saturday’s fundraiser for the victims of San Jose’s recent flooding. Portions of the entire day’s sales will be donated to the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund, plus we’ll have great food on site and hourly giveaways of SCVB swag!

Hermitage Brewing Company

It’s San Jose Flood Relief this Saturday!

Join us at Hermitage, Strike Brewing Co., Santa Clara Valley Brewing and Hapa’s Brewing Company this Saturday for great local craft beer and good times. We’ll be donating a portion of beer sales to the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund! #dotherightthing #sanjosecraftbeer #drinklocal