Category Archives: Out-and-About

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…


  • 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).

Scenes from Great America’s Red, White & Brews Celebration

We had such a good time visiting Great America during one of their Red, White & Brews Celebration weekends held earlier this summer.

Happy to see the local breweries represented among the mix of California breweries.

A nice wine list as well.

The special food-tasting menu.

The latest Luponic Distortion offering from Firestone Walker.

Bacon wrapped chicken hearts.

Tilt Brewing Company IPA.

Tombstone slider.

Santa Clara Valley Brewing New Almaden Red.

Spicy roasted corn on the cob. Jumbo smoked chicken drums.

Pulled pork bun.

Drake’s Denogginizer Imperial IPA.

We had a blast checking out the rest of the amusement park. I had completely forgotten how fun Great America is.

By the end of our visit, it was an easy decision to go ahead and get season tickets for the family. Can’t wait to go back!

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


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.

Summer 2016: Food and Beer in Germany Part 3 of 3

The final set of pics from Germany (Part 3 of 3).


Cheers from Würzburg.

Cousins looking for Pokémon at the Residenz garden in Würzburg.

I continue to marvel at wifey’s beautiful and historic hometown and once again thank wifey’s parents, her aunt and her sister and family for their hospitality.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


Summer 2016: Food and Beer in Germany Part 1 of 3

We made it back to Germany, and it was just as good – if not better – than our previous visit.

Below are some of our pics, including many of the beer-centric ones:

Lovely Würzburg.

The Residenz in Würzburg.

Visiting our lovely aunt Greta in northern Germany.

Berliner Weiße in Berlin.

Cool to see the emerging craft beer focus in Germany.

Wifey and Greta.

Our wonderful brother-in-law Christopher took us to Max Mundus, Würzburg’s first – and only – dedicated craft beer shop.

He bought a basket full of beers for beer tasting.


Part 2 here.

SJ Eats – A Moveable Feast at the Fourth Annual SubZERO Festival

What is San Jose’s SubZERO Festival? I’ll let their website help explain:

Focused on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our region, SubZERO is a diy, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street meets geek. Come downtown on June 3rd to San Jose’s SoFA District from 6pm ’til midnight for an inspired evening of arts & culture. In addition to the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk you’ll find outdoor stages of entertainment plus artists, performers & musicians celebrating the indie creative spirit!

We enjoyed the SubZERO Festival much more than we thought we would. The main reason is that we ended up staying a lot longer than originally planned.

There were basically three parts to this festival.

The first part was all about art. Alas, we didn’t spend nearly enough time appreciating this first part.

As wifey and I were focused on getting to the food truck gathering and beer festival, it was the toddler who noticed, and insisted that we take a much closer look at, these animals that were hanging around. And then a random dude walked by and informed us that most of these animals were, in fact, extinct. Very cool and poignant artwork courtesy of the San Jose Yarnbombers.

Oddly Even performing.

Great art on the outside of a building wall.

The toddler spotted this in the sky directly over us – a dragon spitting out smoke and flames.

Troy Joseph Curtis performing with other talented musicians.

Jhameel. Learned about him about a week ago thanks to the SubZERO website. Really like his music. You can go download his album right now for free. But please make a donation. Again, I don’t know him personally, but I like that he went to Cal (Go Bears!). Didn’t think we’d be staying late enough to watch him perform, so catching a couple of his songs with the toddler was awesome.

Now, the second part featuring food trucks, SJ Eats – A Moveable Feast, was a big reason why we attended SubZERO.

Bill’s Beer Steamed Hot Dogs.

The Wow – silogs.

Treatbot – karaoke ice cream.

Tikka Bytes – Indian.

MoBowl – rice bowls.

An the Go – garlic noodles.

An the Go’s An Family’s Garlic Noodles.

Cabana Dave’s – world cuisine.

Cabana Dave’s baby back ribs.

Cabana Dave’s sweet potato fries.

The toddler and me.

Time for ice cream.

Treatbot’s Ryan, the organizer of SJ Eats, with the toddler. I embarrassed myself even more than last time while talking with him.

Strawberry for the toddler. And mango for the toddler’s friend. I had a taste of the strawberry, and it was amazing.

Hard to believe that there wasn’t a food truck element at last year’s SubZERO. But then again, gourmet food trucks have only recently, it seems, come into their own in San Jose. THANK YOU, RYAN, for your vision and leadership with that!

The next post has my take on the third part of SubZERO – the Better Brew Tasting Beer Festival.

Always Grateful,