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.
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.
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.
This year’s list of nearly two dozen participating breweries – plus a cidery – includes:
Golden State Cider
Hop Dogma Brewing Co.
Marin Brewing Company
Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen
Santa Clara Valley
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Look for the following special release beers at the celebration:
Triple Play Triple IPA
Kettle Sour with Mango
Imperial Stout with Chocolate & Orange
Stone Finger Tart Saison
Cask Aged Two Seam IPA with Grapefruit
Triple Play Triple IPA, 11.8% ABV, 80 IBU – In celebration of our Third Aniversary at our 10th Street location, we decided it was only appropriate to brew a behemoth of a triple IPA. Massive whirlpool additions and a double dry hop with Simcoe, Azacca, Loral, and Mosaic hops dominate the aroma and flavor with notes of pineapple, mango, and melon.
Kettle Sour with Mango, 5.1% ABV, 10 IBU – Our latest kettle sour, fermented with a strain of lactic acid producing bacteria that creates a wonderful fruity tartness. After primary fermentation, we conditioned it on fresh mango puree to up the juciness to an extreme. Light, crisp, and wonderfully tart with bright mango flavor at the forefront.
Imperial Stout with Chocolate and Orange, 7.9% ABV, 35 IBU – An American style imperial stout that is bold yet smooth, boasting a chewy body and huge roasted malt character. The addition of cacao and fresh orange zest before packaging works in harmony with the sweet, full-bodied base, creating a winning combination of flavors for your palate.
Stone Finger Tart Saison, 4.7% ABV, 20 IBU – Stone Finger is back! Aged in red wine barrels for over a year now, this Belgian style saison was soured by an awesome blend of brettanomyces and lactobacillus. Complex funk and acidity mingle in this bright, refreshing tart Saison.
Cask: Two Seam IPA with Grapefruit , 6.5% ABV, 68 IBU – We’re also tapping a cask of Two Seam IPA infused with fresh grapefruit zest! Try a new take on one of your favorites.
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.
A bunch of events are coming up featuring local breweries, which is great to see. Most are officially part of Silicon Valley Beer Week. The upcoming stretch looks to be the largest concentration of special local brewery events ever. Very exciting times!
Fri., July 21: Locals Only Beer Garden
WHAT: Forager Tasting Room & Eatery will host a ‘Locals Only Beer Garden’ as part of the Taste of San Jose event for Silicon Valley Beer Week. 5-10pm.
WHAT: 20twenty cheese bar hosts a special event featuring all San Jose breweries, including Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing Company, Bellpenny Brewing Company, Uproar Brewing Company, Strike Brewing Company, New World Ales, GearTooth AleWerks, Hapa’s Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and Camino Brewing Company, as well as nearby Golden State Brewery and Red Branch Cider Company. Brewers and brewery reps. will be in attendance. 5-9pm.
WHERE: 20twenty cheese bar, 1389 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
WHAT: Uproar Brewing Company hosts a four-course dinner – ‘The Beer, The Brine & The Brash’ – inside the brewery featuring brined ingredients from pickles to meats and beers selected by head brewer Jim. 7-9pm.
Thurs., July 27: Locals Only Featuring Floodcraft Brewing Company
WHAT: Whole Foods Market in Santa Clara will host an all-day tap takeover featuring only local breweries, including Floodcraft, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing Company, Camino Brewing Company and more. 11am-10pm.
WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 2732 Augustine Dr., #1600, Santa Clara
WHAT: Having started back on May 18, the weekly Thursday night market presented by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and Moveable Feast features Gordon Biersch beers, Wildcide ciders, street food, music, artists and makers at the Gordon Biersch brewery facility in Japantown, San Jose. 5-9pm.
WHERE: Gordon Biersch, 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose
WHAT: Taplands in Santa Clara will celebrate local beer and feature offerings from Golden State Brewery, Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike, Camino Brewing, GearTooth AleWerks and others, with plans to continue into the following week. 11am-10pm.
WHAT: Forager Tasting Room & Eatery hosts a talk – led by Mark Denari of New World Ales – about all things hops, including the local history of San Jose’s hop growing tradition. Tasting included. 5-7pm.
WHAT: Seth Hendrickson of Golden State Brewery and Matt Hartenstein of Taplands will participate in the inaugural ‘Inside the Brewer’s Studio’ series event to feature dynamic, local beer enthusiasts. 7-9pm.
The special beer dinners at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) have proven time after time to be can’t-miss events. We’re talking consistently excellent food-and-beer pairings, stellar service , warm vibes and the gorgeous outdoor rooftop venue.
Following up their previous beer dinner last fall, Scott’s Seafood recently announced their next one – set for Monday, July 24 from 6pm-9pm – featuring San Jose’s own Santa Clara Valley Brewing.
The upcoming “Best of Summer” beer dinner will be a truly local, San Jose affair; Santa Clara Valley Brewing is located less than two miles south of the restaurant.
And a quick peek at the weather forecast portends a lovely summer evening.
The Five-Course Menu
Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes and the culinary team have created the following five-course dinner menu:
1st course/opening reception:
Charcuterie and Cheese Platter
Beer Pairing: Dry Creek Blonde
Scallop Crudo: Thinly sliced raw Sea Scallop served with citrus wasabi soy sauce
Beer Pairing: Alviso Hefeweizen
Steak Tartare served with arugula and crispy shallots in a citrus dressing
Beer Pairing: Electric Tower IPA
Halibut served with a saffron risotto and a mushroom ragout topped with basil pesto.
Beer Pairing: New Almaden Red
Chefs sweet surprise
Paired with: Loma Prieta Rye Stout
Tickets for the beer dinner are $60 dollars per person and available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbright page.
Consider getting tickets sooner than later as previous beer dinners have sold out.
As is the case with any good beer dinner, brewery representatives will be on hand to introduce the beer pairings and to answer any questions about Santa Clara Valley Brewing and their offerings.
About Scott’s Seafood
Scott’s Seafood San Jose is a Bay Area tradition in the heart of Downtown San Jose since 1986, offering a diverse dining destination in both cuisine and setting. Experience a friendly and relaxed environment to enjoy an intimate meal or a group gathering. With their modern lounge, stunning patio views, unique menu, and true hospitality, their American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood, pasta, chicken dishes, and USDA prime, aged steaks. Scott’s Seafood offers parking validation for its guests.
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 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.
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.
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).