San Jose Beer Events 2018

Simply visiting your local beer spot can be an event in and of itself. But sometimes there are extra special events – beer release parties, tap takeovers, beerwalks, beer fests, beer weeks, beer dinners, etc. – taking place throughout San Jose and nearby.

These events help to elevate the local beer scene. And I love the fact that we’ve reached the point where it’s very challenging to keep track of all the special beer-related events going on in the South Bay.

That said, many of the San Jose beer events – as well as those nearby – are listed below.

Please contact me if I’m missing any.

If you’re especially excited about an upcoming event, consider checking in with the venue beforehand to confirm that the event is a go.

Keep in mind that local breweries and beer-centric establishments regularly host and feature other ongoing events and specials, not to mention the growing number of stores that sell good beer.

(Archived: San Jose Beer Events 2017, San Jose Beer Events 2016.)

January 2018

  • Wed., 1/10: Big Wall Imperial Stout seasonal release (draft and 22 oz. bottles) at Strike Brewing Company (“The 2018 edition is thick and boozy, with aggressive notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and tobacco… The bombers should age gracefully if properly cellared.”)
  • Fri., 1/12: 6th New beer release – War and Peace DDH Guava Milkshake IPA – from their Nebula Series of New England Style IPAs at Hapa’s Brewing Company. Collaboration beer with New World Ales and available on tap and in cans (first time). “Nose is pure pink guava with some underlying tropical notes and the taste has minimum bitterness and maximum flavor.”

February 2018

  • Sat., 2/10: 1-Year Anniversary Celebration at Hapa’s Brewing Company

March 2018

May 2018

  • Sat., 5/12: Pints For Pups at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds