Tag Archives: Downtown San Jose

‘Beers Around the World Tour’ Fall 2017 Edition

The fall edition of the The Beers Around the World Tour is set for Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6pm-9:30pm, taking place at the Rotary Summit Center in downtown San Jose above Flame’s Restaurant (88 S. Fourth St.).

Presented by San Jose State University’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management – and a joint production of the department’s Meeting Planning and Beer Appreciation classes – the beer show will be similar in format as past events.

The Beers Around the World tour will feature 54 different beers from 27 countries and regions of the U.S.

And like this past spring’s event, the upcoming beer tour will be open to the community.

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the tour’s Eventbrite page.

Consider purchasing tickets sooner than later as the number of tickets are limited.

Scott’s Seafood Presents Thanksgiving Cocktail Pairing Dinner

Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose – located on the sixth floor of the City View Plaza, 185 Park Ave. – presents their next special dinner pairing menu, taking place over two evenings at 6pm on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The dinner pairing – designed by Food and Beverage Director Sammy Reyes – features a three-course, pre-fixed menu with a cocktail pairing for each course.

Appetizer Course

Choice of 1:

  • Butternut Squash Soup (Drizzled with Sage Brown Butter and Pepita seeds)
  • Lobster Bisque Soup (Topped Lobster Meat)
  • Classic Caesar Salad (Croutons and Parmesan Cheese)
  • Butter Lettuce Salad (Maytag Blue Cheese, Cranberries, Asian Pears, Raspberry Vinaigrette)
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (Remoulade Sauce)
  • Oysters on the Half Shell (with Champagne Mignonette Sauce)

Cocktail Pairing: Spiced Red Sangria

Entree Course

Choice of 1:

  • Wild King Salmon A la Oscar (Dungeness Crab Meat, Asparagus, Béarnaise Sauce, Spinach Mashed Potatoes)
  • Grilled Chilean Sea Bass (Mizo Glaze, Sautee Spinach, Sushi Rice)
  • Roast Turkey Breast (Cornbread Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole with Applewood bacon, Gravy)
  • Smoked Maple Ham (Maitake Mushrooms Sacatoush, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Apricot Jam)
  • Prime Rib (Potatoes Au Gratin, Broccolini, Au Jus, Horseradish Sour Cream)

Cocktail Pairing: Ginger Pear Martini

Dessert Course

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake (Whipped Cream and Candied Pecans)(Ala Mode)

Cocktail Pairing: Warm Nog Rumchata

Tickets

The dinner is $55 dollars per person and will be held on the beautiful rooftop patio, weather permitting.

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the dinner’s Eventbrite page.

Forager Hosts Fall Harvest Dinner Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Passing along the following special food-and-beer pairing event taking place at downtown San Jose’s Forager (420 S. First St.) on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6pm:

Fall Harvest Dinner

A fixed price menu ($65) featuring chef’s selection of seasonal offerings from local farm Spade & Plow Organics

  • Dry Bean Varietals | Quincy Pinto, Calypso, Vermont Cranberry, Etna
  • Salanova Lettuces | Red & Green Sweet Crisp, Butter, Oak Leaf, Frisee
  • Seasonal Radishes | Black Spanish, Watermelon, Purple Daikon
  • Catch of the Day | Seasonal Whitefish from Monterey Bay
  • Seasonal Squash Varietals | Red Kuri, Blue Hubbard, Honey Nut

Add-on beer pairing (+$35) featuring select offerings from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company.

  • Galaxy IPA | Single-hop IPA with notes of citrus, guava, stone fruit
  • Flower Sour | Funky blonde made with 5 types of flowers aged in French oak barrels
  • Eurynome | Dark sour with notes of cherries, figs, chocolate, coffee
  • Ale of the 2 Tun | Imperial stout with bold dark chocolate, espresso note

Visit the Fall Harvest Dinner site to purchase tickets to Forager’s inaugural food-and-beer pairing event.

Scenes from Scott’s Seafood ‘Best of Summer’ Beer Dinner Featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose held their latest beer pairing dinner earlier this summer – a special beer-and-food pairing event.

The late July weather – plus the gorgeous views form the sixth-floor, rooftop patio – provided a picture-perfect backdrop.

The sold-out dinner featured beers from San Jose’s Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

Scott’s Seafood general manager Marc Buhagiar helped pour SCV Brewing’s refreshing and crisp Dry Creek Blonde, which accompanied a generous cheese and charcuterie platter.

SCV Brewing’s Alviso Mills Hefeweizen – with its aromas and flavors of cloves and bananas – paired nicely with the Scallop Crudo, thinly sliced raw sea scallop with a citrus soy sauce.

SCV Brewing’s Electric Tower IPA complemented the Steak Tartare, served with arugula and crispy shallots.

The Melon Gazpacho was unexpected and quite the unique treat.

Marc and Joann Vaega, Scott’s Seafood marketing director, helped facilitate a fun raffle.

Sitting with friends this lovely evening made the dinner extra special.

Among the many having a good time were Jake and Carl. Cheers, guys!

SCV Brewing’s New Almaden Red is a versatile food-pairing beer and matched well with the Halibut, served with a saffron risotto and mushroom ragout topped with basil pesto.

The delicious Electric Tower IPA – with its hints of citrus, tropical fruit and pine – also has a radiant appearance.

SCV Brewing’s Tom Clark shared a few words about his brewery.

The Chef’s Surprise was the sublime Wild Berry Panna Cotta with a berry compote, which was paired with SCV Brewing’s excellent Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Loma Prieta (Oatmeal Rye Imperial Stout). This course and pairing was a particular favorite among the guests that I polled.

Tom and Coleen Clark.

Some of the Scott’s Seafood crew. All provided attentive, top-notch service. Great job everyone! Cheers!

Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes (left) talking with a couple of satisfied guests.

SCV Brewing Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Loma Prieta capped off another glorious beer dinner event at Scott’s Seafood.

Save the Date – Oct. 30 Rum Cocktail Pairing Dinner

Scott’s next special pairing dinner looks to be a very interesting – and tasty – event that will feature rum cocktails.

Scott’s will present a four-course rum cocktail-and-food pairing dinner featuring Angostura rums. The dinner is set for Monday, Oct. 30.



Original Gravity Public House Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

Original Gravity Public House

[Updated 7/20/17 to include the anniversary tap list.]

Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose is set to celebrate its five-year anniversary on Saturday, July 22 starting at 12pm to closing.

As in past years, a stellar tap list will help mark the milestone.*

  • Alesmith – Decadence (2014) (Wheat Wine)
  • Allagash – Golden Brett (Dry Hopped Golden Ale w/ Brett)
  • Altamont – Maui 3x (Triple IPA w/ Mosaic & Citra)
  • Altamont – BA Something New (Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout)
  • Alvarado Street – Chiffon Fog (Double IPA w/ Vic Secret, Mosaic, El Dorado, Denali & Eureka)
  • Alvarado Street – Nitro Best Part of Waking Up (Stout w/ Coffee)
  • Alvarado Street / Original Gravity – Tumeke Pils (Pilsner w/ Simcoe, Motueka, Pacific Gem & El Dorado)
  • Bruery – White Chocolate (2017) (Bourbon BBL aged Barley Wine w/ Cacao Nibs & Vanilla)
  • Cascade – Sang Du Chêne (2015) (Oak aged American Wild Ale)
  • Coronado – BA German Chocolate Cake (Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout w/ Toasted Coconut)
  • Coronado – Pompous Moose (Witbier w/ Ruby Red Grapefruit, Orange Peel & Coriander)
  • Deschutes – The Abyss (2013) (Barrel aged Imperial Stout)
  • Drake’s – 1500 (Dry Hopped American Pale Ale)
  • Elkhorn Slough – Jewel (Barrel aged Saison)
  • Faction – S.A.P.A. (American Pale Ale w/ South African Hops)
  • Faction – Summer IPA (IPA w/ Nelson, Galaxy & Citra)
  • Fieldwork / Original Gravity – More Betterness (IPA w/ Citra, Mosaic & Calypso)
  • Fieldwork – Galaxy Sauce (Double IPA w/ Galaxy)
  • Firestone Walker – Pivo Pils (Hoppy Pilsner)
  • Firestone Walker – XIX Anniversary (Barrel aged Strong Ale Blend)
  • Lost Abbey – Genesis of Shame (Foeder aged Sour Blonde Ale w/ Peaches)
  • The Good Beer Co – George (French Oak BBL aged Wild Ale w/ Peaches)
  • Lost Abbey – Track 8 (2015) (Barrel Aged Quad w/ Cinnamon & Chilis)
  • Mission Trail – Fairy Land (Port Barrel aged Cider Pluot Blend)
  • Modern Times – Double Dry Hopped Orderville (IPA w/ Mosaic, Ekuanot & Nugget)
  • North Coast – Barrel aged Old Rasputin XIX (Bourbon BBL aged Russian Imperial Stout)
  • Perennial – Abraxas (2016) (Imperial Stout w/ Chilis, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla & Cinnamon)
  • Russian River – Yup, that Beer. No not the one released in February
  • SARA – Tomorrow, Today (IPA w/ Simcoe, Citra & Mosaic)
  • SARA / Peter Hoey – Hoeybier (Odonato Wine Barrel aged Saison w/ Brett)
  • SCVB / Original Gravity – Fountain Alley (American Pale Ale w/ Wakatu, Centennial & Mosaic)
  • SCVB – Barrel aged Loma Prieta (Rye) (Rye Barrel aged Imperial Stout)
  • Temescal – Take the Time (Keg Conditioned Saison)
  • Temescal – Extra Credit (IPA w/ Citra & Dr. Rudi)
  • Track 7 – One Legged Zebra (Nitro) (White Stout w/ Vanilla, Cinnamon & Lactose)

* List Subject to Change at Any Time

Additionally, Original Gravity has partnered with Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Alvarado Street Brewery and Fieldwork Brewing Co. to create three collaboration beers to be released on tap on Saturday.

Look for a very limited number of the Fieldwork collaboration to be available in cans.

There’ll be pop-up food specials, music in the patio and commemorative shirts for sale.

Earlier this month, owner Dan Phan shared the following message on Facebook:

“Wow, can’t believe it’s going to be FIVE YEARS! Seems like yesterday I decided to change course and open a business. I’m so thankful for all the people who have been involved with Original Gravity over the years, especially my business partner Johnny Wang. I’ve made lifelong friendships and met so many amazing people throughout the years.

Dan Phan and Johnny Wang, April 9, 2012

“A big shout out to the guys who run the show at Original Gravity. Thank you Rob Monroe and Anthony Jwanouskos for your extraordinary leadership throughout the years. Original Gravity wouldn’t be what it is without our amazing staff.

“If you’re free July 22nd, come party with us and see what we’ve been up to. We got to brew three awesome beers with three amazing breweries! Come down to the bar that day and have a beer with me.”

Collaboration beer (Fountain Alley Pale Ale) brew day at Santa Clara Valley, June 2017, Credit: Original Gravity
Collaboration beer (the second batch of Tumeke Pils) brew day at Alvarado Street Brewery, June 2017, Credit: Original Gravity
Collaboration beer (More Betterness) brew day at Fieldwork Brewing Co., July 2017, Credit: Original Gravity



Scott’s Seafood Presents ‘Best of Summer’ Beer Dinner Featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Photo from last fall's beer dinner at Scott's Seafood
Photo from last fall’s beer dinner at Scott’s Seafood

The special beer dinners at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) have proven time after time to be can’t-miss events. We’re talking consistently excellent food-and-beer pairings, stellar service , warm vibes and the gorgeous outdoor rooftop venue.

Following up their previous beer dinner last fall, Scott’s Seafood recently announced their next one – set for Monday, July 24 from 6pm-9pm – featuring San Jose’s own Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

The upcoming “Best of Summer” beer dinner will be a truly local, San Jose affair; Santa Clara Valley Brewing is located less than two miles south of the restaurant.

And a quick peek at the weather forecast portends a lovely summer evening.

The Five-Course Menu

Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes and the culinary team have created the following five-course dinner menu:

1st course/opening reception:

  • Charcuterie and Cheese Platter
  • Beer Pairing: Dry Creek Blonde

2nd Course:

  • Scallop Crudo: Thinly sliced raw Sea Scallop served with citrus wasabi soy sauce
  • Beer Pairing: Alviso Hefeweizen

3rd Course:

  • Steak Tartare served with arugula and crispy shallots in a citrus dressing
  • Beer Pairing: Electric Tower IPA

4th Course:

  • Halibut served with a saffron risotto and a mushroom ragout topped with basil pesto.
  • Beer Pairing: New Almaden Red

5th Course:

  • Chefs sweet surprise
  • Paired with: Loma Prieta Rye Stout

Dinner Tickets

Tickets for the beer dinner are $60 dollars per person and available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbright page.

Consider getting tickets sooner than later as previous beer dinners have sold out.

As is the case with any good beer dinner, brewery representatives will be on hand to introduce the beer pairings and to answer any questions about Santa Clara Valley Brewing and their offerings.

 

About Scott’s Seafood

Scott’s Seafood San Jose is a Bay Area tradition in the heart of Downtown San Jose since 1986, offering a diverse dining destination in both cuisine and setting. Experience a friendly and relaxed environment to enjoy an intimate meal or a group gathering. With their modern lounge, stunning patio views, unique menu, and true hospitality, their American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood, pasta, chicken dishes, and USDA prime, aged steaks. Scott’s Seafood offers parking validation for its guests.



Lagunitas Founder Tony Magee to Perform at Downtown San Jose’s Cafe Stritch

Just a quick post to announce the performance of the band Alice Drinks the Kool Aid in downtown San Jose at Cafe Stritch (374 S. 1st St.) later today, Wed., June 21 from 6pm-7pm.

Lagunitas Brewing Company founder Tony Magee helped form the band –  a “Blues Based Chicago Indie Rock band” – several years ago as a creative outlet with two other lifelong musician friends.

And having just listened to several songs available on their website, the band is very good in my humble opinion, reflecting the accomplished, musical experiences of each member.

There’ll be Lagunitas IPA and Aunt Sally Sour Ale on tap – plus cans of 12th of Never Pale Ale – but the focus will be on the music, with – preferably – a good beer in hand.



Scenes from the ‘Beers Around the World Tour’ Spring 2017 Edition

The latest ‘Beers Around the World’ tour took place earlier this spring at The Glasshouse in downtown San Jose.

It’s a twice-a-year, beer-tasting event put on by the students of San Jose State University’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management.

The events provide hands-on, real-world experience in coordinating a big event from start to finish.

On hand once again to help judge the event was the crew from Hermitage Brewing Company – Joel, Ryan, Greg and Bill.

Poland’s Zywiec Lager and Porter.

Belgium’s Lindemans Framboise.

Germany’s Hofbräu München Hefe Weizen.

France’s St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition.

Russia’s Baltika #6 Porter and Baltika #2 Lager.

Beer Appreciation instructor Dr. Kate Sullivan between Hermitage Brewing’s Joel Wind and Greg Filippi.

Austen of Market Beer Company making the rounds.

Representing Southern California – Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin Extra Hopped IPA.

Washington’s Seattle Cider Dry.

France’s Kronenbourg 1664.

Colorado’s New Belgium Whizbang Hoppy Blonde Ale.

Hawaii’s Maui Brewing Co. Bikini Blonde Lager.

Michigan’s New Holland Dragon’s Milk.

Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange Pale Ale.

Oregon’s Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA.

The first editions of these events were limited to the SJSU community – students, faculty and staff. The events have since grown and have recently opened up to include the public.

And that’s a very good thing. :)

Look for the next ‘Beers Around the World’ event to take place in late November/early December.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

Scenes from Soon-to-Open Uproar Brewing Company

Uproar Brewing

Look for an announcement soon on the exact opening date for the much-anticipated Uproar Brewing Company in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district, located at 439 S. 1st St.

I got a sneak peek a couple weeks ago of Uproar Brewing’s first official beer. Grant Kjos, taproom manager and one of Uproar’s founding members, poured me a glass of Uproar Saison. The Saison was tasty, refreshing, clean and easy drinking.

Uproar 2017-03-19 01

Uproar 2017-03-19 02

And earlier this week, I returned to Uproar for a preview of what was in store for the opening.

The view upon entering the restaurant and brewery.

Uproar 2017-03-29 01

The kitchen is to the right.

Uproar 2017-03-29 02

The bar.

Uproar 2017-03-29 03

Beer list.

Uproar 2017-03-29 04

Steve Vandewater, who is the co-partner of Uproar Brewing along with his wife Christina, stands next to the six barrels that were recently filled with Uproar Saison.

Uproar 2017-03-29 05

Jim Turturici, Uproar’s brewmaster, strikes a pose.

Uproar 2017-03-29 06

Uproar Saison was brewed by Jim at Uncommon Brewers in Santa Cruz. Uproar awaits final approvals to be able to start brewing on their own equipment.

Uproar Saison on a beautiful copper countertop with a view to the brewery.

Uproar 2017-03-29 07

Wifey, the kid and Steve.

Uproar 2017-03-29 08

Jim was busy showing folks around the brewery, including Dan Satterthwaite of New Bohemia Brewing Company.

Uproar 2017-03-29 09

The view of the restaurant and bar from the brewery side.

Uproar 2017-03-29 10

The menu.

Uproar 2017-03-29 11

Uproar 2017-03-29 12

Uproar 2017-03-29 13

Uproar 2017-03-29 14

Stuffed Figs & Demi-Glace: Figs, walnuts, thyme, goat cheese, wrapped in pan-seared prosciutto and demi-glace drizzle.

Uproar 2017-03-29 16

Lamb Lollipops: Brazilian-inspired rack of lamb sous vide and grilled to temp, red wine and blackberry reduction mint jam, goat cheese wonton crust, micro greens and basil.

Uproar 2017-03-29 15

Barbeque Pork Belly Sliders and Fries: BBQ broiled pork belly, creamy garlic slaw made with sliced fennel, frisee, carrot, shallot and alfalfa sprouts.

Uproar 2017-03-29 17

Classic Sliders and Fries: 3-oz. Angus beef patty, American cheese, butter, lettuce, tomato, house pickles, red onion and house tomato chutney.

Uproar 2017-03-29 18

The kitchen staff.

Uproar 2017-03-29 19

The kitchen is headed by James Thornton, who previously worked at Paper Plane.

Uproar 2017-03-29 20

Great service throughout the evening.

Uproar 2017-03-29 21

Beer tasting: Elkhorn Slough Hoppy Jewel American Wild Ale, Uproar Saison, Alvarado St. The Revolution Will Not Be Clarified Double IPA and Uproar Porter, which was brewed at Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

Uproar 2017-03-29 22

Uproar 2017-03-29 23

Catching up with Derek Stanfill of Oskar Blues Brewery.

Uproar 2017-03-29 24

Christina and Steve Vandewater.

Uproar 2017-03-29 26

Uproar 2017-03-29 25

The space is big and great, and to put it simply, the beers were tasty, the food was delicious, the service was excellent and the vibe was warm, lively and friendly. We can’t wait for Uproar to open.

If the preview is any indication, I predict that there’ll be many other satisfied guests when Uproar Brewing Company opens.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy



The Beerwalk Visits Downtown San Jose for the First Time

Beerwalk Downtown SJ

The next installment of The Beerwalk is right around the corner, taking place on Wednesday, April 5, 6pm-9pm in downtown San Jose.

It’ll be the first visit to the area for the popular Beerwalk series.

The current list of participating breweries includes:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company
  • Almanac Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company
  • Calicraft Brewing Company
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Firestone Brewing Co.
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Goose Island
  • Heretic Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Saint Archer Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Uncommon Brewers

The current tasting locations include:

  • 55 South
  • AFK
  • Blush Ice Bar
  • Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub
  • Five Points
  • O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub
  • Sushi Confidential

Look for more tasting locations to be announced soon.

Tickets are $35 the week of the event but remain at $30 throughout this week. Tickets include beer tastings, a custom tasting glass and a passport.

Check-in takes place from 5pm-8pm at Local Color at 27 S. 1st St.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the Beerwalk’s Eventbrite page.

For a look at some pictures from the previous Beerwalk held last month in downtown Sunnyvale, click here.