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Roundup of Top South Bay Beer Events for SF Beer Week 2015, Part 1

Japantown beerwalkers in 2012
Japantown beerwalkers in 2012

SF Beer Week kicks off this Fri., Feb. 6 with the Opening Gala at SF’s Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion, where over 80 Bay Area breweries will be pouring their finest offerings. As a testament to the Opening Gala’s popularity, tickets sold out in just twelve days back in December. Participating South Bay breweries include:

  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • El Toro Brewing Company (Morgan Hill)
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Hermitage Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Palo Alto Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Strike Brewing Company (San Jose)

SF Beer Week runs through Sun., Feb. 15 and features hundreds of beer-related events, over 700 at last count. As in years past, there is a plethora of beer-related events taking place in the South Bay.

The following is a list of some of the standout, predominantly South Bay-centric events scheduled throughout this opening weekend. These are the events that I would love to attend if I could clone myself.

Note: Some of the events will require tickets to be purchased ahead of time. Visit the SF Beer Week website for the complete schedule of events.


Fibbar Magees, 156 South Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale: Lagunitas Extravaganza, 11am-11:30pm. A tap takeover features 15 Lagunitas offerings, including a vintage Imperial Stout (2013) and the release of their annual special SFBW Fusion beer (Fusion 27).

Market Beer Company, 100 N. Almaden Ave., San Jose: Walker’s Wild Ride, 11:30am-1:30pm. Market Beer Company, located inside the San Pedro Square Market, is the first Bay Area stop for Firestone Walker co-proprietor David Walker and barrelmeister Jeffers Richardson. They are bringing their collection of specialty Barrelworks sour beers.

Rose & Crown, 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto: Sour Sunday in PA (Part 1), 11:30am-11:30pm. Get pucker faced with Rose & Crown yet again at their annual sour beer event, with offerings from Russian River, Bear Republic, Palo Alto Brewing, The Bruery, plus more on tap and in bottles.

Beerwalk: Japantown, Jackson St., San Jose: Japantown Beerwalk, 2-6pm. The award-winning Beerwalk series returns triumphantly to Japantown, the site of the first ever Beerwalk three years ago, and will feature offerings from a number of local breweries, including Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike, Gordon Biersch, Faultline, FireHouse and more. The first 60 to check in the day of the event will receive a complimentary tour of the nearby Gordon Biersch bottling and production facility. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance at Jack’s Bar & Lounge or online.

Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose: 6th Annual Double Blind Double IPA, 2-8pm. Always a fun event, come out and blind taste 8 Double IPAs and help determine the best in show. Admission is $15 per person.

Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, 935 Washington St., San Carlos: Mavericks Brewing Tunnel Vision IPA Release, 2-5pm. Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company hosts the 2nd Annual West Coast Craft Can Invitational (16 confirmed breweries) which will showcase some of the Bay Area’s finest canned beers. A special beer launch features Half Moon Bay’s Mavericks Brewing and their newest canned beer Tunnel Vision IPA in 16-oz. cans. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.

Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose: Annual Stone Tap Takeover with Secret Ruination Firkin! 5-11:30pm. A special tap list of Stone beers will include a cask of Ruination conditioned with secret ingredients for which you will have to come out to find out.


Mission Creek Brewing Company, 777 The Alameda, San Jose: Bangers and Beer: An Ode to the Perfect Pair, 12-4pm. Mission Creek Brewing, California’s first Whole Foods store with in-store brewery, looks to honor the perfect pairing that is sausage and beer by pouring their own Mission Creek beers, along with other local beers, to be paired with items from an exclusive menu highlighting their made-in-house sausages.

Oak & Rye, 303 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos: Pizza & Beer Pairing, 12-3pm. The popular and well-regarded restaurant Oak & Rye will be making special pies (all you can eat) to pair with offerings from Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues and Ballast Point. Tickets are $30 and gets you unlimited food and 8-oz. pours of up to 9 beers. Tickets can be purchased online.

Bierhaus, 383 Castro St., Mountain View: Meet the Brewers: Clandestine Brewing, 1-5pm. Meet the founders of Clandestine Brewing and enjoy an afternoon of their beers. Plus there will be raffle prizes.

San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose: Lagunitas Beer Parade, 1-4:30pm. Enjoy offerings from Lagunitas inside the Market or out in the patio as you roll through the Market Bar (1-2pm), Garage Bar (2-3pm) and Market Beer Company (3-4:20pm) for special releases that are typically available only at the brewery. There will be live music and giveaways.

The Brew Hub inside Whole Foods Market Cupertino, 2099 Stevens Creek Blvd.: Sierra Nevada Off-Flavor Tasting Panel, 1:30-6pm. Expand your skills towards understanding beer flavors and aromatics by participating in this sensory training event. Registration is $35 and includes beer for the flavor tasting and two Sierra Nevada beers: barrel-aged Torpedo and barrel-aged Narwhal (6 oz.). Tickets can be purchased online.

Santa Teresa Golf Club, 260 Bernal Road, San Jose: Meet Strike Brewing – A Talk and Tasting, 3-5pm. Come learn more about Strike Brewing Company, including how they built their business and what the future holds. A $5 tasting fee includes 4-oz. samples of 5 of their beers. There will be $4 pints and bottles of their beers as well.


Several establishments are celebrating SF Beer Week with week-long specials. Highlights include:

Mixx, 420 Castro St., Mountain View: Mixxing with Firestone: 4 Course Pairing Menu. Chef Joel Whitaker will prepare four courses to pair with four of Firestone Walker beers, including Pale 31 baby crab cake with Pale 31, butter lettuce wedge with mustard vinaigrette with Double Barrel Ale, salmon with Thai curry with Union Jack IPA and a scoop of housemade Wookie Jack sorbet with spiced cake bite with Wookie Jack. $40.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd.: Beer and Dessert Pairing. Each dessert bite created by chef Gaston Alfaro has been paired with one of brewmaster James Costa’s seasonal beers (4-oz.), including Mavericks gingersnap mascarpone tart paired with Brown Ale, mini bleu cheese cheesecake with candied bacon and a maple bourbon reduction paired with Double Bore IPA, spiced poached pears paired with PaPa Juice Barleywine and beeramisu paired with Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout. $20.

Psycho Donuts, 2006 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell: A Psycho Donut Walks into a Firestone… Firestone Walker, Hella Hot Hot Sauce and Psycho Donuts are teaming up to create an 805 Apricot Blonde Ghost, Union Jack Glazed and Chocolate Merkin.

As you can see, there are options galore. What SF Beer Week events do you plan to attend this weekend?

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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.



Third Annual South Bay Brewmasters Dinner at California Café in Palo Alto

Photo of essential beer ingredients from the 2012 South Bay Brewmasters Dinner at California Cafe Palo Alto
Photo of essential beer ingredients from the 2012 South Bay Brewmasters Dinner at California Cafe Palo Alto

California Café in Palo Alto kickstarts their Brewmasters Dinner series for 2013 with the upcoming Third Annual South Bay Brewmasters Dinner this Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. This dinner will be a more inclusive affair featuring beers from the South Bay’s Strike and Hermitage brewing companies, Belmont’s Devil’s Canyon, Concord’s Black Diamond, and Pittsburg’s Heretic Brewing.

The five-course menu features two brews per course, and part of the fun will be figuring out which particular brew pairs more successfully with a particular course, an idea shared two years ago by BetterBeerBlog’s Peter Estaniel based on a previous experience of his.

Last year’s South Bay Brewmasters Dinner was arguably the best beer-and-food pairing event to exclusively feature South Bay breweries in the Bay Area in terms of overall quality and popularity. What makes the South Bay Brewmasters Dinners so special is the pairing of each course with two different beers plus the participation of multiple breweries and brewmasters in one evening.

Executive chef Todd Yamanaka has created the following menu:


  • Kielbasa wrap, sauerkraut, whole grain mustard panna cotta
  • Devil’s Canyon Silicon Blonde vs. Heretic Worry


  • Bacon, chives, herbed pate choux
  • Hermitage Maltopia vs. Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla


  • Bacon wrapped scallop, amaranth, endive, blood orange gastrique
  • Strike Brown vs. Hermitage Hoptopia


  • Braised brisket of beef, baked beans, jalapeno cheddar muffins
  • Black Diamond Dubbel Down vs. Strike Imperial Red


  • Vanilla gelato
  • Heretic Shallow Grave vs. Black Diamond Peak XV

The cost of this dinner is $55 per person exclusive of taxes and gratuities. To make reservations, call 650-325-2233 or send an email to paloalto@californiacafe.com.

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Scenes from the 2013 Meet the Brewers Festival at Hermitage Brewing Company

Here are some pics from the 4th annual Meet the Brewers festival that took place this past Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company.





Sunnyvale’s Faultline Brewing Company Doppel Bock and Brown Ale.




Sunnyvale’s Rabbit’s Food Meadery owner Mike Faul (in the black tee) and his Red Branch Hard Raspberry Cider and Hard Black Cherry.


San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company brewmaster Peter Licht.


Los Gatos Brewing Company brewmaster Kent Wheat and assistant Kyle Wheat.


Los Gatos Brewing Company Dunkelweizen and Coquettish Blonde.


Sunnyvale’s FireHouse Grill & Brewery.


FireHouse Porter and IPA.


San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewery Company brewer Lars (standing directly behind Czech Style Pilsner barrel).


San Leandro’s High Water Brewing Company brewmaster Steve Altimari (center) and Morgan Hill’s El Toro Brewing Company brewmaster Geno Acevedo (right).



El Toro Brewing Company Poppy Jasper and Negro.


The South Bay’s Strike Brewing Company CEO Jenny Lewis and brewmaster Drew Ehrlich.


Strike Brewing Company Blonde and Stout.


Campbell’s Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant brewmaster Russell Clements (right).



Rock Bottom Brewery Raccoon Revival and Brown Bear.


Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company of Belmont.


We were able to get to the beer fest at around the starting time. Here’s what the crowds looked like less than an hour in, which was more crowded than last year’s crowd at about the same time.


The Bay Brewers Guild president Dan Satterthwaite, brewer at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and founder of hopefully soon-to-open Cedar Street Brewing Company.




Bulgogi burrito with Rock Bottom Raccoon Revival.



Hermitage Brewing Company Special Bitter with Mandarina Bavaria and Simcoe – both on cask.


Hermitage Brewing Company lead brewer Greg Filippi (right).


Drake’s Brewing Company of San Leandro and brewer and production manager John Gillooly.


Santa Cruz’s Uncommon Brewers founder and brewermaster Alec Stefansky (right).


Uncommon Brewers Golden State Ale.


Santa Cruz’s Seabright Brewery assistant brewer Matt.


Seabright Brewery Saison Dumas and Sacrilicious.


High Water Brewing Campfire Stout.


High Water Brewing’s Steve Altimari, Drake Brewing Company’s John Martin, and Hermitage Brewing’s Peter Licht.



Monterey’s Peter B’s Brewpub Chardonnay Stout.


The folks from San Jose’s Jack’s Bar & Lounge arriving – Charlie Mann (left) and Jordan Trigg (right).


Alas, time for us to leave.



Yes, as the pictures suggest, a great time seemed to be had by all. This was the third year in a row that I attended the Meet the Brewers festival. I still remember our first one in 2011 – wifey, the toddler, and I had originally attended because we were really into food trucks at the time, but wifey and I quickly appreciated the various offerings from the local breweries, and we’ve been doing our best to buy local beers ever since then.

Regarding this year’s event, what an extra special treat for me to take the young adult (formerly known as the older kid) – I even think he’s slowly beginning to like IPAs. :)

Always Grateful,


Highlights of the South Bay Breweries Tasting Event at Wine Affairs

Wine Affairs in San Jose
Wine Affairs in San Jose

Wine Affairs in San Jose hosted daily events during last month’s SF Beer Week.

Inside Wine Affairs
Inside Wine Affairs
Signage of SF Beer Week events at Wine Affairs in San Jose
Signage of SF Beer Week events at Wine Affairs in San Jose

On Monday evening, Feb. 13, 2012, Wine Affairs hosted a South Bay Breweries Tasting event that featured FireHouse Grill & Brewery of Sunnyvale, Tied House/Hermitage Brewing of Mountain View/SanJose, Strike Brewing of San Jose, and Devil’s Canyon Brewing of Belmont.

South Bay Breweries Tasting event at Wine Affairs
South Bay Breweries Tasting event at Wine Affairs

FireHouse poured their Hops on Rye (American IPA, 7.5%) and One Tun Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout, 9.8% ABV).

Tied House/Hermitage Brewing poured their Hoptopia (Double IPA, 8% ABV), Flemish Style Sour Ale (7% ABV), Nelson Sauvin Hops (7% ABV), and Hermitage Ale of the 2 Tun (Imperial Stout, 8% ABV).

Strike Brewing poured their Wit and Brown.

And Devil’s Canyon poured their Full Boar Scotch Ale (Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, 7.4% ABV), Bourbon Barrel Aged Full Boar Scotch Ale, California Sunshine Rye IPA (India Pale Ale, 7.1% ABV).

Brewery representatives included Brewmaster Steve Donohue and Assistant Brewer Jason Gutierrez from FireHouse, Director of Marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez from Tied House/Hermitage Brewing, Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich and CEO Jenny Lewis from Strike Brewing, and Draught Specialist, South Bay Sales Rudy Kuhn from Devil’s Canyon.

Not only were the brewery representatives knowledgeable about beer and happy to discuss their respective beers in more detail, they were also friendly and down-to-earth. The camaraderie among them was also notable.

As the craft beer community continues to grow and take shape in the South Bay, appreciation for the local breweries will grow as well. Local brewery events like this one at Wine Affairs will undoubtedly draw many more beer enthusiasts.

For now, those who attended this event were fortunate to try good beers and have ample opportunities to talk about them directly with very knowledgeable and friendly folks.

Draught Specialist Rudy Kuhn of Devil's Canyon pouring a California Sunshine Rye IPA to a happy attendee
Draught Specialist Rudy Kuhn of Devil’s Canyon pouring a California Sunshine Rye IPA to a happy attendee
CEO Jenny Lewis of Strike Brewing
CEO Jenny Lewis of Strike Brewing
CEO Jenny Lewis and Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich of Strike Brewing
CEO Jenny Lewis and Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich of Strike Brewing
Brewmaster Steve Donohue of Firehouse, Director of Marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez of Tied House/Hermitage, and Assistant Brewer Jason Gutierrez of Firehouse
Brewmaster Steve Donohue of Firehouse, Director of Marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez of Tied House/Hermitage, and Assistant Brewer Jason Gutierrez of Firehouse

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Beers at Santana Row

Earlier this summer, my brother treated the toddler and I to a meal at the Village California Bistro and Wine Bar in Santana Row. I took the opportunity to do a beer tasting along with my meal.


I went for the Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA, New Belgium Somersault, and Napa Smith Lost Dog Red Ale beer flight.

I hadn’t quite yet acquired the full appreciation for IPAs (let alone Double IPAs) when I tried this beer flight, so the Double Jack was my least favorite due to the bitter taste when compared to the other beers.

These days, I greatly enjoy the Double Jack, which reflects how much my taste in beer has evolved since the beginning of this year.

The meal itself was quite good.


Roasted 38 North chicken breast – rock shrimp & andouille sauce creole, white corn polenta, Coke Farms braised greens.

Pan roasted California sea bass with fava beans, chanterelle mushrooms and Borba Farms baby squash.

Earlier in the fall, I had the chance to check the Yard House, with their wide selection of beers. I wrote a separate post about our thoroughly enjoyable outing.

Early last month, I tried the beer and burger pairing special at The Counter in Santana Row.


The draft selections, few and mostly straightforward, paired nicely with their respective mini-burgers. A nice addition to their selection is the Full Boar Scotch Ale from Belmont’s Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company.

Lastly, earlier this month, we visited Pizza Antica, where I helped myself to a Trumer Pils, a German pilsener beer brewed in Berkeley’s Trumer Brauerei. This beer was crisp and refreshing. And the food was excellent.


Warm Brussels sprouts salad with bacon, hard cooked egg, caramelized onion, and croutons.

Heirloom potatoes, caramelized onion, and white truffle oil.

Kid’s cheese pizza.

We enjoy hanging out at Santana Row, and it’s nice to know that there’s some good beer to be had there.

Cheers! Prost! Gun bae!


Beer Affairs at Wine Affairs

Last month, wifey and I got to go on 3 separate date nights. We had quite the dry spell for a while there, but the timing seems good these days for us to continue enjoying some date nights every now and then. This post recaps the first of those date nights.

I’ve been wanting to go to Wine Affairs for some time now, ever since I got clued in to this wine and craft beer bar from the BetterBeerBlog earlier this year. And when they announced on Facebook last month that they had Pliny the Elder back on tap, wifey was on board, as we both had fallen for it at first drink at the KraftBrew Beer Fest back in April.

On to the pictures!



Our view inside.

Now, wifey and I greatly enjoy wine and sparkling wine – they are our first loves. But craft beer is our current passion, and we’ve previously tasted only 3 of the beers (Double Jack IPA, Undercover Shutdown, and Pliny the Elder) off of their draft beers list. We were eager to try some of the other ones.

And so the person assisting us (she was the best!) selected 8 beers for us to try.

The first four:

Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla, Belmont, CA.

Newcastle Summer Ale, White Plains, NY.

Das Brew Hefeweizen.

Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat, San Diego, CA.

And the second four:

Bruery Trade Winds Tripel, Placentia, CA.

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, San Diego, CA.

Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale, Cooperstown, NY.

Russian River Brewing Pliny the Elder, Santa Rosa, CA.

All eight mighty fine beers in a row for us to taste.

And then there were four.


And then there were none.

Oh, and their menu offered up a great selection of food and wine.

In fact, the Marinated Manchego Cheese and Roasted Peppers with Baguette Bread went quite well with our beer tasting.

Time flew by, and we had to get back to where we had to get back to. But only after having an awesome time at Wine Affairs. We’ll certainly be back!

Always Grateful,