Category Archives: Breweries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~Andy



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Bruery Terreux

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

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

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



Upcoming Beerwalk to Take Place in Downtown Sunnyvale

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

Current Brewery List

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

Tasting Locations

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

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

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

Check-in Location

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

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the event’s Eventbrite page: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-beerwalk-sunnyvale-tickets-29773428125



The Bacon and Beer Classic Returns to Levi’s Stadium, Plus 15% Off Discount Code

Scene from last year's Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi's Stadium
Scene from last year’s Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi’s Stadium

Last year’s Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi’s Stadium was a highlight for many, including for wifey and me. And we’ve been eagerly awaiting the announcement of this year’s Classic.

No need to wait any longer, as this year’s Bacon and Beer Classic – presented by Cannonball Productions – is returning to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Saturday, Feb. 25 and will be held on the field.

Kate Levenstien – Cannonball Productions’ founder – is thrilled to host the Classic at Levi’s Stadium for the second time:

“Levi’s Stadium is an absolutely beautiful backdrop for the event, and I can’t wait to get on the field! From more ticket types, to new vendors and exciting VIP lounge additions, guests can expect the same festival with a fresh twist and a few surprises.”

Over 30 local restaurants will serve up original bacon-infused dishes to be enjoyed by the 100+ offerings from over 50 breweries.

A panel of judges – including yours truly – will be on site to rate the food and drink and award winners in select categories.

The first wave of breweries was recently announced, including South Bay locals:

  • Golden State Brewery
  • Red Branch Cider Company
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Umunhum Brewing
  • Wildcide Hard Cider (Aurum Cider Co.)

Additional breweries include:

  • Anchor Brewing
  • Anderson Valley
  • Ballast Point
  • Carneros Brewing
  • Coronado Brewing
  • Devil’s Canyon Brewing
  • Firestone Walker
  • High Water Brewing
  • Hop Valley Brewing
  • Knee Deep Brewing
  • Lagunitas
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Mother Earth Brew Co.
  • New Bohemia Brewing
  • Oskar Blues
  • South City Ciderworks
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • T.W. Pitchers’ Brewing
  • Uinta Brewing
  • Working Man Brewing Co.

Recently announced restaurants:

  • Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas
  • Armadillo Willy’s BBQ
  • Cal Coast Kettle Corn
  • Cross Hatch Eatery
  • D’maize Restaurant
  • Fattoria e Mare
  • Faultline
  • Habana Cuba Restaurant
  • Hey Hey Gourmet
  • Izzy’s Cheesesteaks
  • Jerky Hut
  • Kindred Cooks
  • Nom Burger
  • Nousa’s Cakes & Sweets
  • Sammy G’s Pizzeria
  • Sweetdragon Baking Company
  • Tres Truck

In addition to unlimited sampling, guests can enjoy giant Jenga, a photo booth and bungee run, as well as brand themselves with bacon and beer-inspired tattoos, compete in a bacon eating contest and more.

The first-place winner of the bacon eating contest will take home a year of Hormel Black Label bacon; the second-place winner will take home a Duff Goldman gift basket from Tylina Foods.

Tickets for Bacon and Beer Classic

Guests can attend the afternoon (1-4pm) or evening (7-10pm) session on Saturday, Feb. 25.

For the first time, a Power Hour ticket is being offered along with General Admission, Early Access, and VIP tickets. Early Access ticket holders enter half an hour early, while Power Hour and VIP ticket holders enter a full hour early.

In addition to their early entrance, VIPs can enjoy a private lounge on the 50-yard line, stadium tours, special guest appearances, beer cocktails, exclusive food tastings and more.

General Admission tickets are currently selling at $69 and VIP tickets are selling at $129.

All tickets include a commemorative tasting glass and access to the Bacon and Beer Classic mobile app for vendor information, special partner discounts, a stadium map and more.

15% Off Discount Code

Use discount code CHEERS for 15% off current ticket prices. Direct link to tickets: http://www.baconandbeerclassic.com/santa-clara-bacon-and-beer-classic-2017-tickets/

Check out my photos from previous local Bacon and Beer Classics:

About Bacon and Beer Classic

Hosted in sports stadiums across the country, the Bacon and Beer Classic will travel to over seven destinations in 2017, including NYC’s Citi Field, Seattle’s Safeco Field, and Denver’s Mile High Stadium. Cannonball Productions works hard to make this national festival feel unique to each city.

Along with a variety of charitable organizations, Cannonball Productions is partnering with a local food recovery program to save and donate leftover food.

For more information about the festival, visit: www.baconandbeerclassic.com

Direct link to tickets: www.baconandbeerclassic.com/santa-clara-bacon-and-beer-classic-2017-tickets/

Facebook: facebook.com/bandbclassic
Twitter: @bandbclassic
Instagram: @bandbclassic
Hashtag: #bandbclassic



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

Credit: SF Beer Week
Credit: SF Beer Week

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

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

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

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

Additional South Bay (and nearby) breweries include:

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

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

The list of confirmed breweries are below:

South Bay

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

San Francisco

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

East Bay

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

North Bay

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



Golden State Brewery Opens San Diego Tap Room

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Image courtesy of Golden State Brewery

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

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

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

From the Voltaire Beach House website:

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

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

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

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

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



Tickets to 8th Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival Currently Available at Special Early Bird Prices

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Just a quick note that tickets to the 8th annual “Meet the Brewers” beer festival are currently available at the early bird price of $40 until Jan. 1 and go up to $45 afterwards.

The popular event takes place Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1pm-5pm at Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 S. 7th St., San Jose).

There’ll be 30+ breweries, all within 150 miles of San Jose, plus live music and mobile eats.

I’ve had the good fortune of attending most of the previous Meet the Brewers beer fests and have greatly enjoyed each of them thanks to the good beers, good food, excellent organization and great people and vibe.

I’ll post again with additional info., including the names of the participating breweries, as such information becomes available.



Winter Release Party at Hermitage Brewing Company, Plus Scenes from Blood Orange American Sour Barrel Tasting

Hermitage Brewing Company will release three new beers Wednesday, Dec. 7 at its Winter Release Party, starting at 4pm at their Tap Room (1627 S. 7th St.). El Burrito Loco will be on hand to serve up Mexican eats.

The Winter Release Party will feature the following three beers (with notes from the brewery):

  • Blood Orange American Sour: “The blood orange is the darling of the citrus world with its trademark sweet and tart citrus flavors and a richer, berry-like sweetness. The beer pours a deep ruby red color in the glass and explodes with an amazing aroma of 35,000 fresh cut oranges.”
  • That 70s Beer (a collaboration beer between Hermitage Brewing and Palo Alto Brewing brewed with Comet, Cascade and Cluster Hops): “That 70s IPA is our homage to a much simpler time, like, 45 years ago. We used only malts and hops (Bullion, Comet, Cluster and Cascade hops) that were readily available in the 1970s, and combined them with a modern brewing approach.”
  • Half Tun Milk Stout Nitro: “To make the Half Tun, we collected the second runnings off a recent batch of Two Tun, a technique knows as “Parti Gyle” brewing. The result is smooth, sweet, and easy drinking, with notes of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Served on Nitro, it’s like chocolate milk for adults.”

Cellarmaster Greg Filippi is particularly enthused about his latest sour beer offering and can’t wait for it to be tapped and shared:

“We blended beautiful blood oranges into a tart and refreshing blonde ale and aged it in our cellar for 18 months, creating a juicy sour with lots of citrus and a hint of sweet raspberry.”

I had the good fortune of sampling the contents of the barrels used to make the Blood Orange when Greg took me on an impromptu barrel tasting a little while back. So I’m extra excited to taste the final blended creation.

Below are some pictures from the barrel tasting, which took place in late October.

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First, a bonus tasting of the base beers from the two 100-BBL foeders that Hermitage acquired earlier this year (excellent starts to both foeder-aged beers, of which I’ll write more about in a future post).

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Greg drawing samples from the aforementioned barrels that were used to make Blood Orange American Sour.

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I had originally stopped by Hermitage to simply enjoy their latest Single Hop IPA, but I fortuitously bumped into Greg and his lovely family. After catching up, Greg asked if I had some time to taste the progress of his latest projects. And what ensued was a tasty, educational and memorable tasting experience. Thank you, Greg, for being so gracious with your time!



Santa Clara Valley Brewing Hosts San Jose Founding Party, Plus Upcoming Loma Prieta Imperial Stout Release

San Jose is turning 239 years old on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and the fine folks at Santa Clara Valley Brewing (101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose) are celebrating with a San Jose Founding Party.

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Currently closed on Tuesdays, Santa Clara Valley Brewing will make an exception for this event and open their doors on Nov. 29 starting at 3pm. From their event page:

“239 years ago the beautiful city of San Jose was founded, and we are going to celebrate that birthday in the traditional way – with beer! With the help of History San Jose, we are going to bring you a unique night at the brewery.

“We are going to have an historical demonstration on brewing and leather working, a brief lecture on the history of beer in the city, historical artifacts, and photos to check out. Also Beer! Don’t miss out on this night at Santa Clara Valley Brewing!”

During a recent visit to the brewery, I got word that Santa Clara Valley Brewing will be releasing their first-ever imperial stout – Loma Prieta Imperial Stout – next month. Look below for additional release information as well as some photos from recent visits.

Co-founder and CEO Tom Clark.

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Co-founder and brewmaster Steve Donohue.

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Sales manager Peter Estaniel.

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The brewery.

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Assistant brewer Adam Nanni filling kegs with Alviso Mills Hefeweizen.

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New taproom manager Gavin Goodman.

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About to sample soon-to-be-released Loma Prieta Imperial Stout.

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Loma Prieta Imperial Stout

Loma Prieta Imperial Stout – coming in at 10.2% ABV – is set to be released in mid-December.

Look for special flights of the beer and its variants to be available then – straight-up Loma Prieta, Loma Prieta on nitro, barrel-aged Loma Prieta in bourbon barrels and barrel-aged Loma Prieta in rye barrels.

Additional photos from a prior visit below:

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Steve voguing to the music and with taproom employee Christian.

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Dairy Hill Milk Stout on nitro.

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Peter and COO Coleen Clark.

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Peter, Peter’s wife Sammy and fellow beer enthusiast Steve.

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Scenes from ‘San Jose Broofest: A Nightmare on Alma Street’ at San Jose’s Municipal Stadium, Oct. 2016

This weekend’s San Jose Broofest at Municipal Stadium was filled with good beer and good fun. Many folks went all out and dressed up in amazing Halloween costumes, which amped up the festive vibe.

Pics below:

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Working Man Brewing Company.

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Faultline Brewing Company.

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Wine Warehouse’s Bobby Brassi.

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Beer fans Trinidad, Reina and Francisco.

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Anchor Steam’s Crystal Gable.

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South City Ciderworks.

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Ballast Point’s Kevin Leonard with his signature smile.

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Founders Brewing Company.

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Hop Valley Brewing Company.

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21st Amendment Brewery.

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Boulevard Brewing Company.

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High Water Brewing West Meets East.

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High Water Brewing Stella Blue.

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High Water Brewing Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie.

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High Water Brewing Campfire Stout.

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High Water Brewing’s Mike Peasley.

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Lost Coast Brewery.

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Aurum Cider Company Wildcide Hard Cider.

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T.W. Pitchers Brewing Company Radler.

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Peter Estaniel.

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Drake’s Brewing Company.

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Dogfish Head Brewery.

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Thumbs up from Peter.

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Oskar Blues Brewery’s Derek Stanfill.

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Selfie with Peter.

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Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy