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First Visit to Yard House

A Yard House had opened close to us earlier this year in April.

… upscale-casual American fusion restaurant already has 29 locations open throughout the country and seven more locations opening within the next year. One of those seven locations will be… right here in Santana Row! This new addition to the Santana Row family will be opening on April 17, 2011 and will occupy nearly 10,000 square feet of the ground floor in the newest building here… Yard House will have over 130 beers on tap, over 100 items on their menu…

We’d been unable to check out the Yard House due to our schedules and the restaurant’s popularity.

And then we lucked out on a particular Sunday a little over a month ago, when we decided to stop by right after a morning trip to the gym. There was no 3-hour wait for a table. In fact, we got a table right away.

Go Niners!

That day, they did not have bratwurst. But they did have beers. I went for the traditional six pack sampler.

#1. Fire rock pale ale from Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company (American pale ale/APA, 5.8% ABV).

#2. Longboard island lager from Kona (American pale lager, 4.6% ABV).

#3. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Germany (Hefeweizen, 5.4% ABV).

#4. Peroni pale lager, AKA Peroni Nastro Azzurro (Euro pale lager, 5.1% ABV).

#5. Boont Amber Ale from Boonville, CA’s Anderson Valley Brewing Company (American amber/red ale, 5.8% ABV).

#6. Back in Black IPA from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery (American black ale, 6.8% ABV).

We enjoyed all the beers, but a couple stood out in particular that day, the Hefeweissbier and the Back in Black IPA.

My order of cheeseburger and sweet potato fries. Delicious.

Seared ahi tuna salad for wifey. Lunch-sized portion, which we also liked a lot.

Switching gears a bit, on the drive home after lunch we drove by a Verizon store to see if we could catch a glimpse of any of the ISA folks, as they were doing a meet-and-greet there while in town for a concert. Unfortunately, we did not, but we did see the long line that had formed.

Thanks to YouTube, these clips give a feel for both the meet-and-greet and the ISA concert:

Pretty amazing to be able to make a living out of making YouTube videos. I’m sure it’s much more difficult than it initially seems.

Anyway, back to the main point of this post: Yard House equals awesome!

Always Grateful,

~Andy

2011 KraftBrew Beer Fest Part 2 of 2 – The Beer Post

I’ve been ramping up my interest in all things beer, so it was great to go to the first annual KraftBrew Beer Fest with a bit more beer knowledge to better appreciate what I was tasting. And having wifey to taste with made it all the better. Let’s get to the beer-focused pics.

Really appreciated the informative program.

Nice program.

It listed the available beers as well as additional, informative notes. Very useful.

Nice program info.

We opted for the “taste” size instead of the “full serving” size.

Full serving versus taste.

I knew which beer I had to try for my first beer.

And away we go.

Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing, Sonoma, California – “This Imperial IPA pours a beautiful golden yellow. Brewed with 40% more malt and over twice the amount of hops of a typical IPA. 8%”

Oh. My. Goodness. Wifey and I loved it.

Pliny the Elder.

Wifey tried out this one.

Second.

Allagash Black, Allagash Brewing, Portland, Maine – “Roasted malts give this stout its classic chocolate, toast and malty taste. 7.5%”

No need to wait until the end to try out a stout. We really, really enjoyed this one.

Allagash Black.

From here on out, I did most of the drinking since wifey was going to do the driving afterwards. But she did assist in selecting which beers to taste, and sipped each beer to offer her thoughts.

Next up: a beer with a name that titillated us.

Third.

Raging Bitch, Flying Dog Brewing, Frederick, Maryland – “An American IPA augmented with Belgian yeast. This beer has a hoppy bitterness with a real bite. 8.3%”

Though the name initially caught our attention, we’re happy to report that the taste was great.

Raging Bitch

What’s next?

Fourth.

Scrimshaw Pilsner, North Coast Brewing, Fort Bragg, California – “A fresh tasting German style pilsner brewed using Munich malt and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. A crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish.”

The notes say it all: very refreshingly crisp. Very good.

Scrimshaw Pilsner.

We went for a “massively hoppy” beer next.

Fifth.

Wipeout IPA, Port Brewing, San Marcos, California – “Massively hoppy, this beer gets its flavor from no less than five hop varieties including Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Summit. 7%”

What a fantastic beer! If this is considered a very hoppy beer, then I love very hoppy beer.

Wipeout IPA

We wanted to try a pale ale next.

Sixth.

Boont Amber Ale, Anderson Valley Brewing, Booneville, CA – “Medium bodied pale ale with rich flavor of caramel malt. 5.8%”

Very nice.

Boont Amber Ale

Next up: a California ale.

Seventh.

California Ale, Telegraph Brewing, Santa Barbara, CA – “An unfiltered medium-bodied beer with a rich amber color and white head. Telegraph’s interpretation of the ales that were brewed on the West Coast in the 19th century. 6.2%”

Very nice.

California Ale.

The alcohol level piqued our interest in the next beer.

Eighth.

Double Dog, Flying Dog Brewing, Frederick, Maryland – “Double IPA generously hopped ale with a deep red color and citrus aromas. 11.5%

Strikingly bitter. Just what we needed right then and there.

California Ale.

The toddler and I briefly met with Peter from BetterBeerBlog who was a speaker on home brewing.

Homebrewing 101.

The toddler’s attention was elsewhere, so I didn’t have the chance to soak in Peter’s knowledge. Still, I made up my mind to try my hand in home brewing soon.

Homebrewing 102.

Due to our schedules, it seemed like we were one of the first ones to leave. Wish we could have stayed longer.

But the slight feelings of dismay were quickly allayed by a final tasting of Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Elder. Again. And like the first time, we couldn’t get over how memorable this beer is.

Back Full Circle.

Speaking of memorable, this whole event was excellent. Wifey and I had a great time. And the toddler did too, as he got a kick out of depositing the tickets into the ticket boxes at the pouring stations. He was a great designated ticket depositor.

Much kudos to the organizers from the Naglee Park Garage bistro – cheers to you guys!

Cheers!

Always Grateful,

~Andy