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Scenes from the 6th Annual Downtown Campbell Beerwalk

It was a sold-out Beerwalk event in downtown Campbell last week, and no doubt that the theme of Stars Wars on May the fourth added to the popularity.

Wifey and I had the very good fortune of being able to make it, joining the 1,198 other revelers out and about on a picture-perfect Thursday evening.

Pics below.

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Instagram sensation – and local guy – Dan, AKA Louie Baton.

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High Water Brewing Aphotic Imperial Porter with Cacao Nibs and Calambic Series Le Petit Diablotin American Sour Ale (aged in wine barrels for 12 months with local sour cherry and pomegranate juice) .

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High Water Brewing Cucumber Kolsch and Campfire Stout (brewed with graham crackers, molasses and toasted marshmallow).

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Dale Swanson – AKA Brewtographer – snapping pics.

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The Hermitage Brewing Company crew, including Joel Wind, Miriah and Nicole Marquez.

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Hermitage Brewing Company Mosaic Single Hop IPA.

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Hermitage Brewing Company Motueka Single Hop IPA, the latest release from their Single Hop Series.

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Cheers! with Joel.

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Beer enthusiast Billy with Beerwalk co-founder Charlie Mann.

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Yours truly with Bobby Favela of Wine Warehouse.

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Campbell Brewing Company assistant brewer John Paine, head brewer Michael Paine and bar manager Jeremy Eseroma.

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Yours truly with Beerwalk co-founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie.

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El Gigante with two cute kids.

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Billy and Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Peter Estaniel.

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing Electric Tower IPA.

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Golden State Brewery’s Stephanie Hendrickson and Adrienne Lenore. Golden State always brings their latest and greatest to the Beerwalks, this time their recently released Maibock along with their Bay Area Blonde.

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Jay and Justin Ganz of San Jose’s GearTooth Alewerks.

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Beerwalk fans Shelly, Stephanie and Chris.

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Sonoma Springs Brewing Company’s Robert Raney.

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Robert treating me to a taste of Sonoma Springs Triple IPA.

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Bobby and Darth Talon, who’s arrived just as we’re leaving.

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It was another excellent Beerwalk.

The next installment is their 2nd Annual Sakewalk, taking place Thursday, June 8 in Japantown.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


Beerwalk Presents Inaugural Ciderwalk in Santana Row

Ciderwalk First Ever

The team behind the Beerwalk series – including co-founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann – are excited to present the first-ever Ciderwalk, taking place Wednesday, August 31 from 6pm to 9pm in Santana Row.

Ciderwalk will have the look and feel of a Beerwalk event. You’ll be able to stroll a local neighborhood – the Santana Row community in this case – and visit a variety of shops and restaurants while enjoying refreshing ciders – in lieu of beers – with other attendees.

Jordan recently shared with me how Ciderwalk came about:

“Since the start of Beerwalks – going on 5 years – we have always had 1 to 3 cider companies included in every walk. With the success of the Beerwalks, we are now receiving an overwhelmingly increasing amount of breweries requesting to participate, to the point we are turning away great breweries since every walk can only feature 20 to 25.

“In order to make more room for breweries we decided to no longer include cider companies in Beerwalks and instead create a walk dedicated solely to cider. Plus, we’re continuing to see the growing popularity of ciders. Thus, the Ciderwalk was born.”

Participating cider companies and tasting locations were recently announced.

Cider Companies

  • 101 Cider House
  • Angry Orchard
  • Brothers Cider
  • Golden State Cider
  • Half Pint Ciders
  • Magners Cider
  • Rabbit’s Foot Meadery
  • Redwood Coast Cider
  • Surf City Cider
  • Schilling Cider
  • South City Cider
  • Stella Cidre (cider)
  • Strongbow Cider
  • Troy Cider
  • Wildcide Hard Cider
  • Woodchuck Cider
  • Wyder’s Cider

Tasting Locations

  • Bellarmine Barber Shop
  • BoConcept San Jose
  • Consuelo Mexican Bistro
  • Diesel Santana Row
  • El Jardin Tequila Bar
  • Jest Jewels
  • Kit and Ace
  • lululemon athletica San Jose
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy San Jose
  • Makers Market
  • Marine Layer
  • Oakley O Store
  • Orvis San Jose
  • Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Splendid at Santana Row
  • Santana Row Leasing Office
  • Sunglass Hut
  • The Bay Club

Check-in takes place from 5pm to 8pm at Santana Row Park.

Early bird tickets for Ciderwalk are currently available for $30 but go up to $35 if purchased the week of the event.

Tickets are available at the Ciderwalk Evenbrite page and include a cider tasting at each location, a custom glass and a passport.

There’ll be a limited number of tickets available at the event for $38. Proceeds help benefit the Bay Brewers Guild.

About the inaugural Ciderwalk, Jordan adds, “We have received a great response from the beer and cider community and are on pace to sell out the event. If the event goes as planned, we hope to have a couple Ciderwalks in 2017!”

Santana Row Beerwalk Tickets Still Available, Plus $5 Off Discount Code on Remaining 2016 Beerwalk Events

Santana Row Beerwalk 2016

Beerwalk founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann continue their winning combination with The Beerwalk – the series of community events that spotlight South Bay neighborhoods (so far: San Jose’s Japantown, Downtown Campbell, Downtown Willow Glen, Downtown Campbell and Santana Row), small shops and businesses, good causes and, of course, tasty beer. I also appreciate how they take care to include as many local breweries as possible at their events.

And when the weather forecast for an upcoming Beerwalk calls for a picture perfect afternoon or evening, then a Beerwalk is sure to sell out in advance, leaving some folks disappointed when they’re unable to purchase tickets when showing up on the day of the event.

So if you’re interested in the upcoming Beerwalk in Santana Row on Wednesday, July 27, then I strongly recommend that you consider purchasing tickets sooner than later at www.thebeerwalk.com.

Last year’s Santana Row Beerwalk sold out. And a quick South Bay weather check shows ideal conditions for the coming week, not to mention that the upcoming Beerwalk is taking place in the middle of Silicon Valley Beer Week, which will likely add to the popularity.

Santana Row Beerwalk, Wed., July 27, 6pm-9pm

Check-in Location:
Santana Row Park (near the giant chessboard)

Check-in Time:
5pm to 8pm

10 Barrel Brewing Company
Six Rivers Brewery
Almanac Beer Co
Anchor Steam
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
Calicraft Brewing Company
Drake’s Brewing Co.
Elysian Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Golden Road Brewing
Golden State Brewery
Goose Island
Knee Deep Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Lost Coast Brewery
Mad River Brewing Company
Santa Clara Valley Brewing
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Strike Brewing Co.

Tasting Locations:
Calypso St. Barth
Consuelo Mexican Bistro
El Jardin Tequila Bar
Icebreaker Merino
Jest Jewels
Kit and Ace
lululemon athletica San Jose
Maker’s Market
Oakley Santana Row
Orvis San Jose
Roots & Rye
Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Santana Row Leasing Office
Sino – Santana Row
Straits Restaurants
The Bay Club
Thea Mediterranean

Tickets are $35 and include beer samples, passport and custom glass. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Bay Brewers Guild, whose mission is to promote the beers and breweries in the area, raise awareness about the joys of drinking craft beer and to support other local non-profit organizations.

Special SV Beer Week Offer – $5 Off Remaining 2016 Beerwalks

There are 4 remaining Beerwalk events for this year, with the first-ever Ciderwalk and Sake Walk in August and September.

  • Ciderwalk in Santana Row on Wed., Aug. 31
  • Sake Walk in Japantown, San Jose on Thurs., Sep. 15
  • Beerwalk Willow Glen on Sat., Oct. 29
  • Beerwalk Japantown, San Jose on Sat., Dec. 10

Take $5 off any – or all – of these events by using discount code “SVBEERWEEK.” The discount code will be good during the duration of SV Beer Week (now through July 30).

Spread Deli & Bottles Celebrates 3-Year Anniversary

Spread 3 Cheers to You
Graphic courtesy of Spread

With its friendly vibe and service, Spread Deli & Bottles in downtown Campbell has become a go-to spot for folks needing their sandwich fix, with 14 signature sandwiches plus the option to create your own.

Offering good beer has been a priority since day one at Spread. The 20 beers on tap reflect a wide variety of beer styles, so there’s bound to be a fresh offering to satisfy both beer enthusiasts and those new to craft beer. Over 200 bottles beers are available as well.

Spread Deli & Bottles Proprietors

Spread was started three years ago by owners Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann, both of whom possess extensive hospitality experience. Jordan and Charlie – South Bay natives and all-around good guys – have also done much to elevate the profile of the local beer scene.

Beerwalk co-founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann at last year's Mountain View Beerwalk
Jordan Trigg (left) and Charlie Mann working a previous Beerwalk. They founded the popular Beerwalk series back in Feb. 2012.

In part from Spread’s website, Jordan entered the restaurant and bar industry right out of high school and gained a broad range of experience from barista to server to banquet coordinator to bartender. With a bachelors in business economics and finance from the UC Santa Cruz, he opened his first place, Jack’s Bar & Lounge, in San Jose’s Japantown in 2006. Looking ahead, Jordan started the restaurant group Dipsomania, Inc., which has since created a unique array of venues focused on community and unmatched social and dining experiences.

Charlie has been in the restaurant and bar industry since the age of thirteen. He started managing restaurants at the age of seventeen and has since run various establishments. Charlie has a well-rounded and knowledgeable background in the hospitality industry, having held positions from dishwasher to district manager. He is also the co-founder of Beerwalk and marketing consultant for Liquid Bread Gastropub and Jack’s Bar & Lounge, where he is currently the operating manager handling all aspects of the business.

3-Year Anniversary Celebration

Jordan and Charlie – and the staff at Spread – invite all to come out on Thursday, June 30 as they celebrate their 3-year anniversary with a raffle drawing starting at 6pm. Guests will receive 1 raffle ticket for each and every sandwich and beer purchased throughout the day. Note that Spread will open at 11am with happy hour at 5pm.

Raffle drawings will start at 6pm and feature numerous prizes, including beer, gift cards and other swag. Drawings for raffle prizes will take place every 30 minutes until 8pm.

Memorial Day Weekend: Take $5 Off All Remaining 2016 Beerwalks

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The first Bay Area Beerwalk took place in early 2012 in San Jose’s Japantown, which I was fortunate to have been able to attend. Since that inaugural Beerwalk, The Beerwalk series – the brainchild of local gents Charlie Mann and Jordan Trigg – has continued to grow in popularity while maintaining the focus on local South Bay communities and businesses, and local breweries.

The most recent Beerwalk took place earlier this month in downtown Campbell and was a sold-out event, which meant there was a number of disappointed folks who hoped to purchase tickets on the day of the event. There were simply too many who had already purchased tickets in advance.

If you plan to attend one of the remaining Beerwalks this year, you can take $5 off tickets during this Memorial Day Weekend with the promotional code “memorial.” Here’s the remaining 2016 Beerwalk calendar:

  • Wed., July 27, 6pm-9pm: The Beerwalk at Santana Row
  • Wed., Aug. 31, 6pm-9m: Ciderwalk at Santana Row (Inaugural Ciderwalk Event)
  • Thurs., Sep. 15, 6pm-9pm: Sake Walk at San Jose’s Japantown (Inaugural Sake Walk Event)
  • Sat., Oct. 29, 2pm-6pm: The Beerwalk in Willow Glen (Halloween Edition)
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2pm-6pm: The Beerwalk in San Jose’s Japantown (Christmas Edition)

Of special note is the launch of The Beerwalk series’ first ever Ciderwalk and Sake Walk events, as well as The Beerwalk’s Christmas edition in Japantown.

For more details and to purchase tickets (remember the promotional code “memorial”), visit www.thebeerwalk.com.

3rd Annual Mountain View Beerwalk

Beerwalk co-founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann at last year's Mountain View Beerwalk
Beerwalk co-founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann at last year’s Mountain View Beerwalk

The next installment of the Beerwalk takes place in downtown Mountain View on Sat., March 12 from 2pm-6pm.

Participating South Bay breweries include:

  • Golden State Brewery
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Company
  • Tied House

Other breweries include:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company
  • Six Rivers Brewery
  • Almanac Beer Co
  • Anchor Brewing Company
  • Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
  • Calicraft Brewing Company
  • Drake’s Brewing Co.
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Goose Island Brewery
  • Knee Deep Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • New Bohemia Brewing
  • North Coast Brewing Company
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Tasting locations include the following downtown Mountain View businesses:

  • Ava’s Downtown Market & Deli
  • Bierhaus
  • Blue Line Pizza Mtn View
  • BookBuyers Used Books & Media
  • Books Inc. in Mountain View
  • Boutique 4
  • Buffalo | Beers, Burgers, Baos
  • Dana Street Roasting
  • Global Beads, Inc.
  • JulieQ’s Hair Salon
  • Mervyn’s Lounge & Restaurant
  • Midtown Cafe
  • Molly MaGees
  • Shell Shock Restaurant
  • Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant
  • Studio 364
  • Therapy Stores
  • Therapy Home Mountain View
  • Tied House Microbrewery
  • Xanh Restaurant

The Beerwalks have successfully provided an outlet for folks to come out and explore neighborhoods and local businesses while enjoying samples of a variety of beer styles. The Beerwalks also continue to highlight the members of the local brewing community as well as contribute proceeds to various local organizations.

Tickets to the Mountain View Beerwalk are $35 if purchased in advance. Any remaining tickets can be purchased the day of for $38. Check-in begins at 1pm at Tied House Microbrewery. Proceeds will benefit the Mountain View Central Business Association and the Bay Brewers Guild.

For more details of this upcoming Beerwalk and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

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Tickets to Upcoming Beerwalks Currently Selling at Discounted Prices

Beerwalk in Downtown Burlingame

Tickets to the first four Beerwalks of 2015 are currently available online for $30. You can receive a $5 discount on tickets purchased now until Christmas by using discount code “beermas” (without the quotation marks) after visiting thebeerwalk.com and making your Beerwalk selection, which include:

  • Japantown San Jose, Sat., Feb. 7, 2-6pm
  • Downtown Burlingame, Wed., Feb. 11, 6-9pm
  • Downtown Mountain View, Sat., March 14, 2-6pm
  • Downtown Campbell, Wed., April 22, 6-9pm

Look for tickets to be available soon for:

  • Santana Row, Wed., July 29, 6-9pm
  • Willow Glen, Sat., Oct. 24, 2-9pm

About Beerwalks

Founded by long-time friends and business partners Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann, Beerwalks provide opportunities for “beerwalkers” to stroll through a city’s business district, visiting local shops and businesses while sampling craft beers at each location. Beerwalks routinely feature mostly Bay Area breweries, including many from the South Bay and the Bay Brewers Guild. Previous participants have included, in part:

  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • Faultline Brewing Company
  • FireHouse Grill & Brewery
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • Los Gatos Brewing Company
  • Rabbit’s Foot Meadery / Red Branch Cider Company
  • Rock Bottom Brewery Campbell
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company
  • Strike Brewing Company
  • Tied House Cafe & Brewery
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Drake’s Brewing Company
  • Almanac Beer Company
  • 21 Amendment Brewery
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Santa Cruz Ale Works
  • Uncommon Brewers
  • Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
  • Stone Brewing Company
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

The first Beerwalk took place in Feb. 2012 in Japantown San Jose. Since then, the Beerwalks have continued to expand and grow in popularity. Case in point, the Burlingame Beerwalk on Feb. 11 marks the first Beerwalk to take place outside the immediate South Bay region.

According to an update this past spring, 10 Beerwalks had taken place with a total of over 7,000 attendees, over 500 volunteers, over 200 different beers and, perhaps most importantly, over $30,000 raised for local non-profit organizations. Experiencing early success, Metro Silicon Valley newspaper singled out the Beerwalks as the “Best Community Showcase” in the 2013 “The Best of Silicon Valley” issue.

“Things are going full speed ahead here,” Trigg recently told me. “We had great success with the four Beerwalks last year; we had a few more we wanted to do, but they were pushed back to 2015. We are hoping to have six to eight this coming year. We have had numerous downtown business districts reach out to us over the past year. We would love to accommodate everyone, but we’ve had to stick with our already established districts and add only a few new ones.

Trigg adds, “Now with official non-profit status, our goal for 2015 is to double the amount of money raised for local non-profits. It is definitely a labor of love, but we believe the Bay Area is an extremely diverse and amazing place. Each downtown district we visit offers something different and unique. The Beerwalk is a great way to introduce the Bay Area downtowns and their small businesses to their local community, all while introducing them to local and national craft beers. It is really about creating stronger communities through beer and for good causes.”

Discount Code

Receive $5 off tickets at thebeerwalk.com by entering discount code: beermas.

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Spread Deli & Bottles Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

Downtown Campbell’s Spread Deli & Bottles opened last July to the delight of many South Bay food and beer fans thanks, in particular, to Spread’s tasty signature sandwiches and side dishes, the casual vibe and the beer selection from 10 taps and over 200 bottles.

To commemorate the one-year anniversary, Spread is hosting an anniversary party on July 2 from 5pm to 10pm. There will be special sandwiches, happy hour prices on all draft beers and wines and 40 percent off all bottles of beer and wine.

“The support from the community and customers is amazing,” says co-owner Charlie Mann, who opened Spread with Jordan Trigg. “We can’t believe it has been a year already. It seems like we opened yesterday.”

The brewery lineup includes Lagunitas, Drake’s, CaliCraft, Hermitage, 21st Amendment, Anchor, Deschutes and Stone, and starting at 6pm, raffle drawings will take place every half hour with chances to win brewery swag, gift cards, and a brewery tour.

Despite an already loyal local following, Mann and Trigg are continuing to expand offerings at Spread.

“We still have to build out our full bar counter, and look for more taps in the near future,” Mann says.

After a successful Saturday beer tasting event with Ballast Point Brewing event last month, Spread is continuing with more tasting events every Saturday from 3pm to 6pm. Tastings include four or five beers beers, and the tasting fee is waived with the purchase of a brewery’s six pack.

Happy hour remains a good deal: Mondays through Saturdays from 3pm to close featuring select draft beers for $3.99 and draft wines for $4.99.

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Upcoming Beerwalk Takes Place in Downtown Campbell, Plus Pics from Last Year’s Event

Downtown Campbell Beerwalk 2013
Downtown Campbell Beerwalk 2013

According to a recent Facebook update, there have been 10 Beerwalks so far, representing over 7,000 attendees, over 500 volunteers, over 200 different beers, and perhaps most importantly, over $30,000 raised for local non-profit organizations.

For those still unaware, Beerwalks take place every few months throughout various South Bay communities (so far: Japantown, Willow Glen, downtown Campbell, and Santana Row) and provide opportunities for “beerwalkers” to visit local shops and businesses while sampling good beer.

The Beerwalks have proven to be a quadruple win strategy involving South Bay communities, local shops and businesses, beer fans, and local non-profits. The successes are what led the Metro Silicon Valley newspaper to single out the Beerwalks as the “Best Community Showcase” in last year’s “The Best of Silicon Valley” issue.

The next Beerwalk is upon us, as the third annual Downtown Campbell Beerwalk takes place on Wednesday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The following is the current list of participating breweries:

  • Drakes
  • Firestone Walker
  • Lagunitas
  • Hangar 24
  • Anchor
  • Speakeasy
  • Anderson Valley
  • Strike
  • Hermitage
  • Santa Clara Valley
  • Campbell
  • Rock Bottom, Campbell
  • 21st Amendment
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Almanac
  • FireHouse
  • Calicraft
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Karl Strauss
  • Stone
  • St. Florian
  • Santa Cruz Ale Works
  • Faultline
  • Lost Coast
  • Headlands Brewing Company
  • Six Rivers
  • Deschutes
  • Oskar Blues

The following is the list of tasting locations:

  • Frost Cupcake Factory
  • Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop
  • Snake & Butterfly
  • Khartoum Lounge
  • Liquid Bread Gastropub
  • Tessora’s Barra di Vino
  • Steepers
  • Blue Line Pizza
  • Brown Chicken Brown Cow
  • Ciano’s Modern Latin Flavors
  • Mo’s
  • Sonoma Chicken Coop
  • Spread Deli & Bottles
  • The Socialight
  • Cali Muscle Sports Nutrition & Apparel
  • Embellish Hair & Lash Lounge
  • Pro Martial Arts
  • Bela La Vie Boutique & Gallery
  • The Cruiser Shop
  • Bombshell Boutique
  • In Style Shoes
  • The European Cobblery
  • Urban Girl
  • The Olive Bar
  • The Jewel Box
  • Toys Toys Toys
  • MarKey Capital
  • Bozzuto & Associates Insurance Services
  • Celtic Shoppe
  • Sushi Confidential

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 online at www.thebeerwalk.com. Last year’s Beerwalk in downtown Campbell sold out, and with the weather expected to be pleasant this upcoming Wednesday, the Beerwalk will again be a popular draw. In case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased day of for $35 at check-in locations.

For additional information, including check-in time and locations, visit the Beerwalk website.

More pics from last year’s Downtown Campbell Beerwalk 2013:

Beerwalk co-founder Charlie Mann
Beerwalk co-founder Charlie Mann
Beerwalk co-founder Jordan Trigg, Hermitage Brewing's Larry Hoang, and Campbell Brewing's Jim Turturici
Beerwalk co-founder Jordan Trigg, Hermitage Brewing’s Larry Hoang, and Campbell Brewing’s Jim Turturici
Great turnout at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013
Great turnout at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013

Great crowd at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013

Campbell Beerwalk 2013

Beerwalkers at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013
Beerwalkers at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013
Lost Coast Brewery's Jack Van Stone and Beerwalk volunteers
Lost Coast Brewery’s Jack Van Stone and Beerwalk volunteers
Hermitage Brewing Company's Peter Estaniel and Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez
Hermitage Brewing Company’s Peter Estaniel and Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez
Yours truly and Santa Clara Valley Brewing's Steve Donohue
Yours truly and Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Steve Donohue
Good eats at one of the Beerwalk tasting locations, Spread Deli & Bottles
Good eats at one of the Beerwalk tasting locations, Spread Deli & Bottles
Ending the Beerwalk with a nice view of the Campbell water tower
Ending the Beerwalk with a nice view of the Campbell water tower

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Scenes from the One-Year Anniversary Beerwalk in Japantown San Jose

The latest Beerwalk took place Sat., Feb. 9, 2013 in San Jose’s Japantown and marked the one-year anniversary of the first Beerwalk, which was also held in Japantown.

The Beerwalk was a successful one, reflecting the experience and the ongoing efforts of its principle organizers – the folks at Jack’s Bar & Lounge.

Here are some pics from the Beerwalk.

Checking in at Jack’s Bar & Lounge.

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Glassware and program.

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And we’re off.

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Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company (Belmont) and their California Sunshine Rye IPA and Full Boar Scotch Ale.

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Spotted Campbell’s Liquid Bread Gastropub beer manager Larry Hoang and friends.

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San Ramon’s Schubros Brewery and their Diablo Dark, a complex layered stout, and Nico American Wheat, an American wheat beer with rye.

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Ran into the always affable Charlie Mann of Jack’s Bar & Lounge. He’s also co-founder of these South Bay beerwalks.

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Firestone Walker’s regional sales manager Antoine Riffis pouring some Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA.

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The young adult and me.

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Uncommon Brewers of Santa Cruz and their Siamese Twin Belgian-style Double and Baltic Porter.

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South Bay’s Strike Brewing Company co-founders Jenny Lewis and Drew Ehrlich and their IPA and Stout.

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Past beerwalks I’ve been to have been fun and smoothly run, and this one was no different. In fact, I think it was the most smoothly run beerwalk yet – a testament to the efforts of the organizers, who I know continually work on fine-tuning these events.

The especially cool thing about this Beerwalk for me was that the whole family attended – the young adult, younger kid, wifey, and me.