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2017 Oktoberfest Celebrations in and around San Jose

Yours truly at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, July 2016

I’m sure there are many like me who wish they were going to the official Oktoberfest in Munich.

The Hofbräuhaus in Munich, July 2016

Fortunately, local Oktoberfest-inspired events and celebrations are set to take place throughout San Jose and nearby, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy German and German-style beer and food in a festive atmosphere. Many of the Oktoberfest celebrations are family friendly and will feature live entertainment.

Below is a roundup of this year’s local Oktoberfest events listed by date. I’ll add to it as new ones come to my attention. Prost!

Sat., Sep. 9: Gourmet Haus Staudt

What: It’s their annual outdoor Oktoberfest celebration, taking place from 12pm to 7:30pm. Six German beers on tap, lots of bratwurst and live music featuring The Internationals (starting at 2pm). $7 entry fee.

Where: 2615 Broadway St., Redwood City

More Info.: Facebook event page

Wed., Sep 13: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

What: Gordon Biersch in downtown San Jose celebrates Oktoberfest with the tapping of their seasonal Festbier accompanied by games and live music.

Where: 33 E. San Fernando St., San Jose

More Info.: FB event page

Fri., Sep. 15: Golden State Brewery

What: Folks are invited to don their Lederhosen and Dirndl as Golden State Brewery releases their new Ein Prosit Oktoberfest beer. There’ll be music, decorations, sausages courtesy of Arlington Brothers and a limited supply of 32-oz. Das Boots good for a fill of Ein Prosit for $16. Festivities take place from 5pm to 9pm.

Where: 1252 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

More Info: goldenstate.beer

Fri., Sep. 15 – Sat., Oct. 28: Teske’s Germania

What: German fare and beers with music from The Internationals on select Friday and Saturday evenings from Sep. 15 to Oct. 29.

Where: 255 N. 1st St., San Jose

More Info.: Teske’s Entertainment page

Sat., Sep. 16 & Sat., Sep. 23: Ludwig’s German Table

What: Join Ludwig’s for Oktoberfest on Sep. 16 and Sep. 23 from 12pm to 8pm. There’ll be live music, plenty of German beers and a Schmankerl plate. $28.

Where: 261 N. 2nd St., San Jose

More Info.: ludwigssj.com

Mon., Sep. 18 – Sat., Oct. 21: Faultline Oktoberfest

What: Faultline Brewing Company pays homage to Oktoberfest with a month-long special German-inspired menu available lunch and dinner, plus Oktoberfest specialty beers.

Where: 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

More Info.: FB event page

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sat., Sep. 23: Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Update: Gordon Biersch announced on Sep. 15 that this event has been cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

What: The ongoing Taylor Street Night Market outdoor summer series continues to take place Thursday evenings at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company brewing and packaging facility in Japantown. To celebrate Oktoberfest, the Night Market folks – Gordon Biersch and Moveable Feast – are throwing a three-day, family friendly bash featuring German-inspired food truck dishes and beers along with live music, games for kids and SJMADE artisans.

Where: 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose

More Info.: FB event page

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sat., Sep. 23: Park Station Hashery

What: Caltobrefest! Enjoy local and German beers with classic Bavarian fare done California style. Live music and DJ sets on the patio. 5pm to closing.

Where: 1701 Park Ave., San Jose

More Info.: Instagram post

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sun., Sep. 24: Redwood City Oktoberfest

What: The 4th annual Oktoberfest in downtown Redwood City takes place over four days on the Courthouse Square and encompasses a whole lot of everything one can ask for to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Where: 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

More Info.: Website

Thurs., Sep. 28: Geektoberfest

What: The Tech Museum of Innovation presents the 3rd annual Geektoberfest. Explore the biology of beer, with talks, demos and tastings. 7pm to 10:30pm. $25.

Where: 201 S. Market St., San Jose

More Info.: thetech.org/geektoberfest

Sat., Sep. 30 – Sun., Oct. 1: Mountain View Oktoberfest

What: The 5th Annual Oktoberfest takes place the weekend of Sep. 30 and Oct. 1 (11am to 7pm both days) and is presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. There’ll be plenty of German beer, good food and family friendly entertainment.

Where: Parking lot at Dana St. and Bryant St., Mountain View

More Info.: FB event page

Sat., Oct. 14: Peninsula Oktoberfest

What: Enjoy the annual Peninsula Oktoberfest at Hiller Aviation Museum, held for the first time at night from 5pm to 10pm. There’ll be live music as well as German beers and food available for purchase.

Where: 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos

More Info.: hiller.org/event/oktoberfest

Sat., Oct. 21 to Sun., Oct. 22: Campbell Oktoberfest

What: Downtown Campbell hosts an entire weekend of live music, tasty food, arts and crafts, a kids zone and – of course – beer. Sponsored by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.

Where: E. Campbell Ave., Campbell

More Info.: FB event page

Local Brewery Events: July 21 to July 30, 2017

A bunch of events are coming up featuring local breweries, which is great to see. Most are officially part of Silicon Valley Beer Week. The upcoming stretch looks to be the largest concentration of special local brewery events ever. Very exciting times!

Fri., July 21: Locals Only Beer Garden

WHAT: Forager Tasting Room & Eatery will host a ‘Locals Only Beer Garden’ as part of the Taste of San Jose event for Silicon Valley Beer Week. 5-10pm.

WHERE: Forager, 420 South First St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Sat., July 22: NorCal Passion IPA Release

WHAT: Golden State Brewery has teamed up with Six Rivers Brewery for the second year in a row to create this tasty collaboration beer. 12-8pm.

WHERE: Golden State Brewery, 1252 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Golden State Brewery

Beer flight at Golden State Brewery

Sun., July 23: Sour is the New Bitter

WHAT: Greg Filippi, head brewer and cellarmaster of Hermitage Brewing Company, will lead a talk about sour beers at Forager Tasting Room & Eatery. Sour beer tasting included. 5-7pm.

WHERE: Forager, 420 South First St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Greg Filippi discussing the excellent foeder-aged Ophion and Eurynome alongside Cherry Almonds Sour at Hermitage Brewing Company

Mon., July 24: Best of Summer Beer Dinner

WHAT: Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose presents a five-course beer dinner featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Scott’s Seafood, 185 Park Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page. My writeup.

Mon., July 24: San Jose – Local Only Tap Takeover

WHAT: 20twenty cheese bar hosts a special event featuring all San Jose breweries, including Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing Company, Bellpenny Brewing Company, Uproar Brewing Company, Strike Brewing Company, New World Ales, GearTooth AleWerks, Hapa’s Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and Camino Brewing Company, as well as nearby Golden State Brewery and Red Branch Cider Company. Brewers and brewery reps. will be in attendance. 5-9pm.

WHERE: 20twenty cheese bar, 1389 Lincoln Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: 20twenty cheese bar

Mon., July 24: Dinner in the Brewery

WHAT: Uproar Brewing Company hosts a four-course dinner – ‘The Beer, The Brine & The Brash’ – inside the brewery featuring brined ingredients from pickles to meats and beers selected by head brewer Jim. 7-9pm.

WHERE: Uproar, 439 South 1st St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Enjoying a glass at Uproar Brewing Company

Mon., July 24: Fountain Alley Pale Ale Release at Santa Clara Valley Brewing

WHAT: Santa Clara Valley Brewing will be releasing this collaboration beer in honor of Original Gravity Public House’s five-year anniversary. 3pm-9pm.

WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Brewing, 101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Meet the Brewer: GearTooth

WHAT: Nom Burger in Sunnyvale will host their first-ever Meet the Brewer event and will feature San Jose-based GearTooth AleWerks. 5-9:30pm.

WHERE: Nom Burger, 251 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale

MORE INFO.: Nom Burger

Enjoying the tasty GearTooth AleWerks Cogfather Imperial Stout and Cogzilla Double IPA

Tues., July 25: Hermitage Tap Takeover at Willow Street Pizza

WHAT: Just as the title says. 5-8pm.

WHERE: Willow Street Pizza, 1072 Willow St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Beer & Bites

WHAT: Cin Cin Wine Bar in Los Gatos hosts a small plate pairing with offerings from Strike Brewing Company. Lead brewer Ryan Bridge will be in attendance. Reservations required. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Cin Cin Wine Bar, 368 Village Lane, Los Gatos

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Enjoying another one of Ryan Bridge’s creative and tasty Bullpen Series beers

Tues., July 25: Pints and Peckers

WHAT: Four different brined and grilled hot wings with different sauces will be featured. 4-9pm.

WHERE: Uproar, 439 South 1st St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Golden State Brewery Movie Night Presents ‘Beerfest’ with a ‘Das Boot’

WHAT: 30-oz. plastic ‘Das Boot’ with first fill included and a bag of popcorn included in the viewing for $20. Limited to the first 100 guests. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Golden State Brewery, 1252 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Beer Week Northeastern-style DIPA Release

WHAT: To celebrate beer week, Santa Clara Valley Brewing will release a new beer – a Northeastern-style Double IPA.

WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Brewing, 101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Imperial Oatmeal Stout at Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company

Wed., July 26: Beer & Cheese with 20twenty cheese bar

WHAT: Just as the title says. 6-8:30pm.

WHERE: Golden State Brewery, 1242 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Hermitage Tap Takeover at Rootstock Wine Bar Los Gatos

WHAT: As the title says. 5pm-7pm.

WHERE: Rootstock, 217 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos

MORE INFO.: Rootstock

Wed., July 26: Hermitage Tap Takeover

WHAT: The Refuge in Menlo Park will host a tap takeover courtesy of Hermitage Brewing Company. 5-9pm.

WHERE: The Refuge, 1143 Crane St., Menlo Park

MORE INFO.: The Refuge

Wed., July 26: Meet the Brewer of Faultline Brewing Company

WHAT: Enjoy a flight presented by brewmaster Peter, tour of the brewery and a beer-inspired dessert sampler. 5:30-7:30pm.

WHERE: Faultline, 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Beer sampling at Faultline Brewing Company

Wed., July 26: Pints and Peckers

WHAT: Four different brined and grilled hot wings with different sauces will be featured. 4-9pm.

WHERE: Uproar, 439 South 1st St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Golden State Brewery Tap Takeover

WHAT: Golden State Brewery reps. will be on hand at Kyoto Palace Japanese Steakhouse to talk about their beers. Flights available. 4pm-11pm.

WHERE: Kyoto Palace, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 5000, Campbell

MORE INFO.: Kyoto Palace

Wed., July 26: Local Battle – Hermitage Brewing Company vs. Santa Clara Valley Brewing

WHAT: Bibo’s NY Pizza hosts a local brewery battle to see which keg kicks first.

WHERE: Bibo’s, 1431 Bird Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Bibo’s

Thurs., July 27: Locals Only Featuring Floodcraft Brewing Company

WHAT: Whole Foods Market in Santa Clara will host an all-day tap takeover featuring only local breweries, including Floodcraft, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing Company, Camino Brewing Company and more. 11am-10pm.

WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 2732 Augustine Dr., #1600, Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Pints of Curry for 3 Triple IPA at Floodcraft Brewing Company

Thurs., July 27: Hermitage Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Rootstock Wine Bar Cupertino

WHAT: As the title says. 5pm-7pm.

WHERE: Rootstock, 19389 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

MORE INFO.: Rootstock

Thurs., July 27: Taylor Street Night + Market

WHAT: Having started back on May 18, the weekly Thursday night market presented by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and Moveable Feast features Gordon Biersch beers, Wildcide ciders, street food, music, artists and makers at the Gordon Biersch brewery facility in Japantown, San Jose. 5-9pm.

WHERE: Gordon Biersch, 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Fri., July 28: Rock Bottom Brewery Tours

WHAT: Brewery tours at the Campbell location every half hour. Cost is $5 to benefit their foundation and includes beer samples. 11am-8pm.

WHERE: Rock Bottom, 1875 S. Bascom, #700, Campbell

MORE INFO.: Rock Bottom

Enjoying a flight at Rock Bottom Brewery Campbell

Sat., July 29: SV Local

WHAT: Taplands in Santa Clara will celebrate local beer and feature offerings from Golden State Brewery, Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike, Camino Brewing, GearTooth AleWerks and others, with plans to continue into the following week. 11am-10pm.

WHERE: Taplands, 1171 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Event page

Sat., July 29: [HIP] HOPS

WHAT: Forager Tasting Room & Eatery hosts a talk – led by Mark Denari of New World Ales – about all things hops, including the local history of San Jose’s hop growing tradition. Tasting included. 5-7pm.

WHERE: Forager, 420 South First St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Evenbrite page

Sat., July 29: Golden State Brewery Collaboration Release Party

WHAT: Hapa’s Brewing has partnered with Golden State Brewery on a collaboration beer in honor of beer week. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Hapa’s Brewing, 460 Lincoln Ave., Suite 90, San Jose

MORE INFO.: Hapa’s Brewing

Beer flights at Hapa’s Brewing Company

Sun., July 30: New World Ales – Meet the Brewer, Fresh Keg & Keep the Glass

WHAT: Mark Denari, brewer and owner of New World Ales, will be visiting Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life and bringing along his latest offerings and glassware. 4-8pm.

WHERE: Henry’s Hi-Life, 301 W. John St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Sun., July 30: Inside the Brewer’s Studio

WHAT: Seth Hendrickson of Golden State Brewery and Matt Hartenstein of Taplands will participate in the inaugural ‘Inside the Brewer’s Studio’ series event to feature dynamic, local beer enthusiasts. 7-9pm.

WHERE: City Lights, 529 South 2nd St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Event page

Scenes from ‘For Pete’s Sake’ Brewfest at CEFCU Stadium, Nov. 2016

Many in the local brewing community came together this past November to support a good person and a good cause – Peter Cogan and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

‘For Pete’s Sake’ Brewfest – which took place at San Jose State University’s CEFCU Stadium – produced plenty of good times as well.

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Peter Cogan.

Peter Cogan

Mark Fazzio of Hermitage Brewing Company.

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Steve Altimari of High Water Brewing and Drew Ehrlich of Strike Brewing Co.

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Strike Brewing Co.’s Tyler Rusten and a pour of Strike’s tasty Winter Camp (Winter Warmer Olde Ale). Tyler later shared that he had accepted a brewer position at Fearless Brewing Company in Oregon. Best wishes, Tyler!

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Coleen Clark.

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Michael Barker of Sactown Union Brewery and Peter Licht of Hermitage Brewing Company share a laugh.

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El Toro Brewing Company’s Geno Acevedo.

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Almanac Beer Co.’s Brian Sneed, Fernando Tovar and Fernando’s wife Sandra.

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Hermitage Brewing Company’s Mark Fazzio, Nicole Marquez and Joel Wind.

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Enjoying a pour of Luponic Distortion No. 004 from Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Mark and Corey.

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FireHouse Grill & Brewery’s Larry Hoang.

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Beer enthusiasts Anita Arguello and Mike Condie.

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Coleen Clark and Hermitage Brewing’s Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez. Carolyn later shared that the end of the year would be her last day as marketing director of Hermitage Brewing Company and Tied House. With her family moving to Sacramento, her departure (which I’ve mentioned previously) is a big blow to the local beer scene (for instance, Carolyn coordinated this event). We’ll miss you, Carolyn!

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Jon Siddoway and Siobhan Faul of Red Branch Cider Company and Rabbit’s Foot Meadery.

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Rabbit’s Foot Meadery’s exquisite sipper Sweet Mead.

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Peter Cogan with his mum.

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Palo Alto Brewing Company’s Sikandar Syed and Kasim Syed with Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Steve Donohue.

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Golden State Brewery’s Cinnabrown (Nut Brown Ale).

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High Water Brewing’s Steve and Barri Altimari and Mike Peasley.

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Palo Alto Brewing’s Kasim Syed and Tied House’s Ron Manabe.

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Palo Alto Brewing’s Sikandar Syed.

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Local stalwarts Jake McCluskey and Jim Helvie.

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Selfie with Jim.

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Codi Salazar, JD Stager, Peter Licht and Hermitage Brewing’s Greg Filippi. Codi also later shared that she was leaving Santa Clara Valley Brewing and moving to the Central Coast. Best wishes, Codi!

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Selfie with Steve.

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Beer fan Tim Haggerty.

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Campbell Brewing Company’s John Paine and Dan Doherty.

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Peter and Dan.

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My last tastes of the evening – Almanac Beer Co. Grand Cru Red: 2016 Vintage (Imperial Sour Red Ale) and Grand Cru White: 2016 Vintage (Imperial Sour Blonde Ale).

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Performance by the Spartan Marching Band.

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Great to hear that you’re doing better, Peter.



Golden State Brewery 1-Year Anniversary Celebration, Plus Q & A with Owner Seth Hendrickson

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It’s been a busy year for Santa Clara’s Golden State Brewery.

Their brewery and taproom space – located in the old Memorex building at 1252 Memorex Drive – has become a popular attraction for the many locals who are drawn to the creative, well-crafted, tasty beers and the friendly vibe and service.

Golden State Brewery made big news last month with the opening of the GSB Tap Room at Voltaire Beach House in San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood. The Tap Room features 12 Golden State Brewery beers on tap and a number of bottled offerings.

One-Year Anniversary Party

To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Golden State Brewery is throwing a party this Friday, Feb. 24 from 3pm to midnight.

$30 gets you a souvenir pint glass with unlimited pours during the event. $5 individual beer tickets will also be sold.

The current beer lineup – a mix of year-long and seasonal offerings – includes the following:

  • Bay Area Blonde
  • Golden Gate Red Ale
  • Eureka! IPA
  • Cold Brew Coffee Stout
  • Heritage Honey Ale
  • Poppy Pale Ale
  • “Pearsuit” of Happiness Pilsner
  • Cinnabrown (Nut Brown Ale)
  • Pumpkin Pie Milk Stout (Nitro)
  • I-5PA (Northeastern Style “Juicy” IPA)
  • Belgian Witbier

Food will be available for purchase courtesy of Smoked Out BBQ, Sarah’s Latin Taste and Mama Bear’s Oven Baked Treats. There’ll be live music by Math Class (6:30pm-9:30pm) as well as raffle prizes. The good folks of Beer Snobiety will also be on hand.

Q & A with Owner and Head Brewer Seth Hendrickson

I recently caught up with the affable Seth Hendrickson, owner and head brewer of Golden State Brewery.

Congrats on the one-year mark! How does it feel to reach this milestone?

It’s great. It feels like a whole lot longer honestly. The taproom has been open for a year, but work on it and the brewery started before that. There’s still so many people who don’t know about us yet. It’s exciting. I love what I do.

What’s been the biggest eye opener?

Just how cool the beer community is. Everyone involved is so passionate, so personally involved. Everybody just wants to sit down and have a beer together. No one thinks that they’re higher than anyone else, no matter how big or successful they are.

What’s been your greatest accomplishment this past year?

When the taproom opened, we started off with 4 to 5 beers. We’re up to 12 to 13 beers. We have all our brewery equipment now, fully functioning. We’ll reach full capacity in six months. We now understand our style, of mixing in batches of seasonal beers throughout the year, like our Strawberry Smash, “Pearsuit” of Happiness Pilsner and I-5PA.

What can we look forward to in the coming year for Golden State Brewery?

We’re going to start construction on a restaurant and brewery in downtown Gilroy (7560 Monterey St.), to be called Golden State Brew and Grill.

We have the building and are now in the engineering phase. We hope to break ground in March.

We’ll get the brewery going first with plans for a nice restaurant where families can stay for several hours and enjoy themselves, watching sports or hanging out inside or outside.

We’ll be the first place with a patio on Monterey Road in Gilroy history.

Anything else to add?

Thank you to everyone for your support, especially to our regulars who come in weekly and monthly wanting to try the newest beers. It’s amazing to see hundreds show up whenever we release a new beer. Without them, we wouldn’t be around and be able to pursue these new ventures.

Golden State Brewery Opens San Diego Tap Room

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Image courtesy of Golden State Brewery

Friday the 13th has turned out to be quite the day for Santa Clara’s Golden State Brewery.

Last week, the brewery shared some big news via social media – they would be opening a tap room in San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood. And earlier this evening, they offered up the following notice:

“Golden State Brewery is officially flowing in San Diego! Come celebrate the opening weekend with us at Voltaire Beach House, 4934 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach.”

From the Voltaire Beach House website:

“With the opening of Voltaire Beach House we’re excited to announce the opening of our ‘Tap Room’ where we’ll exclusively be pouring Golden State Brewing from Santa Clara, California. The Tap Room offers (12) Golden State craft beers on tap in addition to a selection of San Diego’s finest including ciders and sours, a selection of fine wine and fresh squeezed crafted cocktails with a limited Voltaire Beach House dining menu with favorites like the Golden State beer battered ‘Fish & Chips’!

“Golden State Brewery and their farm-to-draft offerings are made using only premium quality organic produce and botanicals from the Golden State. The result is a beautiful crafted beer that taste uniquely California – authentic, fresh and adventurous…perfect for the coastal community of Ocean Beach!”

When Golden State Brewery’s Seth Hendrickson first told me about this development in November, it sounded like such a unique opportunity, and I was very excited for him and the Golden State Brewery team. He was well aware that his beers would be joining the thriving San Diego beer scene and couldn’t wait to be a part of the community.

Voltaire Beach House is headed up by San Diego restaurateur David Schiffman who tapped consulting chef Abe Botello to design the restaurant menu. More info. about the restaurant below (from their website):

“Enjoy New Americans eats in the coastal escape paradise otherwise known as Voltaire Beach House. Consulting Chef Abe Botello designed the Voltaire Beach House menu to offer California-inspired eats for all San Diegans to enjoy – with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options dotting the menu. Options range from your classic options, like burgers, sandwiches and salads, to more unique offerings, such as fried oysters & shrimp, avocado toast and more.”

Scenes from Bourbon Pub’s Beer Pairing Dinner Featuring Golden State Brewery

I was very fortunate to have attended a special beer pairing dinner last week hosted by Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub at Levi’s Stadium featuring Golden State Brewery. The dinner was truly a local event, as both the restaurant and Golden State Brewery are located in Santa Clara.

The beer dinner was the third such dinner in Bourbon Pub’s ongoing Hops & Harvest beer dinner series. The dinners – which take place every two months – feature a brewery and a carefully crafted, multi-course menu.

Each course is created to complement a particular beer from the featured brewery, taking into account the paired beer’s aroma and flavor profiles.

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The dinner was held in the spacious lower-level Tailgate area next to Bourbon Pub. There were close to 60 guests in attendance for the beer dinner.

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After an opening welcome,  Bourbon Steak & Pub manager Giancarlo DiTullio shared – among other items – that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the 49ers.

As a Bay Area sports fan, I appreciated the tie-in. I’ve been following the Niners ever since the ’80s, back when my dad, brother and I would watch them play on TV. I think I’m close to getting over the Billy “White Shoes” Johnson play from the ’83 season, but I digress…

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Giancarlo introduced Golden State Brewery representative Ryan Blake, pastry chef Amy Lee and executive chef Steve Gotham. Chef Steve recently joined Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Pub in June, following 6 years as the chef de cuisine at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Ryan took his turn to welcome the guests and invited all of us to come out and visit the brewery, mentioning among other things Golden State Brewery’s close proximity to Levi’s Stadium and that the brewery is located at a former Memorex building. Ryan did a good job with engaging the guests when he introduced each beer and during multiple table visits throughout the dinner.

Before long, the first course had arrived.

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First Course

  • Golden Watermelon, Blistered Shishito Peppers, Yuzu Vinaigrette
  • Pairing: Bay Area Blonde

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The crisp and sweet watermelon provided the right amount of counterbalance for the spicy shishito peppers. The Bay Area Blonde – with its light melon notes – paired very well with the spicy yet refreshing dish.

The successful first course was an auspicious start to the dinner, and our table told chef Steve just that as he was making the rounds.

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Second Course

  • Tenbrink Farms Tomato Salad, Red Curry, Thai Basil
  • Pairing: Heritage Honey Ale

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The tomatoes were farm fresh and bursting with flavor, matching well with the slightly spicy, lemongrass curry and Thai basil. The Heritage Honey Ale offered a harmonious pairing with the tomato salad.

Third Course

  • Crispy Shrimp Lettuce Cup, Sweet and Spicy Sauce, Lime
  • Pairing: Poppy Pale Ale

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The battered shrimp, sauce, lime and lettuce tasted fresh and paired perfectly with the light floral, well-balanced Poppy Pale Ale.

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Giancarlo took a moment to preview the raffle prizes for the evening, which included an authenticated game-worn football pants that belonged to Justin Smith. I hope whoever won appreciated this prize given how great and valuable a player #94 was.

Fourth Course

  • Braised Pork Belly, Green Papaya Salad
  • Pairing: Golden Gate Red Ale

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The crunchy, fresh green papaya salad helped cut through the richness of the huge portion of braised pork belly. The peppery notes from the Golden Gate Red Ale nicely complemented the combination of the fresh papaya salad and the pork belly.

Though some at our table noted the hard crusts of their pork belly, mine was crisped to delicate perfection, reminding me of the pieces of delectable skin from the Schweinehaxe enjoyed in Germany earlier this summer.

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Fifth Course

  • Ancho Chile Crusted Flank Steak, Guacamole, Crispy Tortilla
  • Pairing: Cold Brew Coffee Stout

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This course elicited plenty of oohs and ahs from folks around me. The Cold Brew Coffee Stout paired wonderfully with the creamy, slightly citrusy guacamole, coffee grounds and buttery steak.

For some, the Stout was an unexpected pairing for the main course, but the subtle coffee bitterness in the Stout handily balanced the heartiness of the steak and the richness of the guacamole.

Sixth Course

  • Citrus Tart, Crème Fraiche Sherbert, Grapefruit Foam
  • Pairing: Eureka! IPA

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The dessert course was also a winner, though some were surprised by the pairing of an IPA with dessert. Those who expressed surprise soon realized how well the grapefruit aroma and the hoppy, citrus flavors of the Eureka! IPA matched the citrus tart and grapefruit foam.

I had a great time meeting a number of folks at our table, including beer enthusiasts and those new to the world of beer and its versatility, especially when paired with stellar food.

The pairings were creative and well executed. The service was excellent, and the vibe was festive. And I’m so grateful to have enjoyed all this with Andrea.

Bourbon Pub’s next beer dinner is set to take place Thursday, October 13, and will feature San Jose’s Strike Brewing Company.

Below are additional pictures from the evening.

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Upcoming Hops & Harvest Beer Dinner at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub to Feature Golden State Brewery

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The next Hops & Harvest beer-and-food pairing dinner at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub – located in Levi’s Stadium, Ground Level (4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara) – is set for Friday, August 19 at 6pm.

The beer dinner will truly be a local affair as each of the six courses will be paired with a beer from Golden State Brewery, which opened their taproom and brewery in Santa Clara back in February.

New executive chef Steven Gotham has crafted a menu to showcase the versatility of beer when paired with good food. Below is a peek at the menu:

Six-Course Menu

First Course
Golden Watermelon with Blistered Shishito Peppers and Yuzu Vinaigrette
Pairing: Bay Area Blonde

Second Course
Tenbrink Farms Tomato Salad with Red Curry and Thai Basil
Pairing: Heritage Honey Ale

Third Course
Crispy Shrimp Lettuce Cups
Pairing: Poppy Pale Ale

Fourth Course
Braised Pork Belly with Green Papaya Salad
Pairing: Golden Gate Red Ale

Fifth Course
Ancho Chile Crusted Flank Steak, Guacamole, and Crispy Tortilla
Pairing: Cold Brew Coffee Stout

Sixth Course
Citrus Tart, Yogurt Sorbet, Grapefruit Foam
Pairing: Eureka! IPA

Tickets for the beer dinner are $65 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by calling 408-579-4460 or emailing nanthony@bourbonsteak.com.

Having started earlier this year, this is the third dinner in the Hops & Harvest series at Bourbon Pub. The previous beer dinner featured Coronado Brewing Company.

Scenes from Soon-to-Open Golden State Brewery

Golden State Brewery will have their grand opening in a couple days, and as I indicated in my previous writeup, I had the chance to stop by the taproom and brewery earlier in the week.

Below are some pics from my visit:

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Brent Ostrander, Seth Hendrickson, Brian Gomez and Kirill Egorov.

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Golden State Brewery Poppy Pale Ale.

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Brian and Seth.

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Golden State Brewery Cold Brew Coffee Stout.

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Golden State Brewery Eureka! IPA.

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Ryan Blake joining the group.

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Golden State Brewery Grand Opening in Santa Clara, Plus Q & A with Owners Seth Hendrickson and Brian Gomez

Golden State Brewery owners Brian Gomez (l) and Seth Hendrickson (r) a week before their brewery grand opening
Golden State Brewery owners Brian Gomez (l) and Seth Hendrickson (r) a week before their brewery grand opening

Santa Clara has been without a brewery for over 90 years – since Prohibition – but that will no longer be the case as Golden State Brewery celebrates the grand opening of its taproom and brewery (1252 Memorex Drive) on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 12pm-8pm.

Three food trucks – Smoked Out BBQ, Gold Rush Eatery (4pm-close) and Treatbot (cookie ice cream sandwiches) – will be on hand, as well as music and, of course, beer – Heritage Honey Ale, Poppy Pale Ale, Eureka! IPA and Cold Brew Coffee Stout. Look for the release and reveal of Golden State Brewery’s fifth beer at the grand opening.

Guests will have the option of purchasing a grand opening special: For $30, guests will receive a wristband, a glass with the Golden State Brewery logo and unlimited pours throughout the event. For those forgoing the $30 special, separate beer tickets will be available for purchase.

As expected, there was a lot of hustle and bustle during a recent visit to the new taproom and brewery. With less than a week until the grand opening celebration, owners and founders Seth Hendrickson and Brian Gomez were gracious with their time as they answered some questions about themselves and the brewery. I sincerely thank them for inviting me and taking time out of their hectic schedules to show me around and to answer my questions.

Who are the folks behind Golden State Brewery?

SH: Golden State Brewery is just the two of us. My background is in restaurants. I’ve been a GM in restaurants for 12 years. I got into homebrewing about a decade ago and decided to put the two together. And here we are today. Brian and I met about a year ago.

BG: Right. We just hit it off and joined the venture.

What are your ties, if any, to the South Bay?

SH: I went to Cupertino High. I’m from Chicago originally but moved out here to the San Jose area when I was seven. I’ve been out here ever since.

BG: I was born and raised in Mountain View, so I’ve been here my whole life. I went to Mountain View High School and the local elementary and middle school just blocks from where I grew up.

When did you develop your interest in craft beer?

SH: I started in the craft beer scene about ten years ago, and I started brewing every Sunday with a good friend of mine in his garage – he’d been homebrewing for 20 years. And every week we’d buy a new piece of equipment, try new styles, and I fell in love with it. I knew I wanted to merge my experience in restaurants with beer production.

BG: I’ve been drinking IPAs, Pale Ales and now I just drink what we have.

What is the mission for Golden State Brewery?

SH: We’re striving to be California’s official beer brand. There are certain parts of California where beer is huge – San Diego, San Francisco – where you think of certain breweries. We’re focusing on being California’s official beer. Everything is California based. For instance, the labels for our beers – the Heritage Honey Ale, the Poppy Pale Ale, the Eureka! IPA – the bear’s on there, the stars are on there, everything is California-centric.

How did you come up with your name and logo?

SH: We thought about the name and wondered if anyone had the name. We looked it up, and it was available. Our artist Dan Stuckey helped create the logo with us, all the stickers, the different tap handles, all the bottle labels. He’s been a huge part of all of this. Our official logo has the star, the grains, the hops, the bear, the barrel and Golden State Brewery, Santa Clara, CA.

Speaking of Santa Clara, why select Santa Clara?

SH: Santa Clara is huge and upcoming. We’re in Santa Clara County. Levi’s Stadium is right here. The Quakes stadium is right here. We are the first brewery in Santa Clara since 1925, since Prohibition kicked out the only brewery in Santa Clara. It’s a huge opportunity to say it’s time to come to the city. We’re probably the only city in the area that doesn’t have a downtown, but I’m confident that’s going to change soon. There are breweries in San Jose, a couple in Sunnyvale, so we figured let’s start building up in a place where there’s no brewery yet. And I think that there’s really a hunger for one around here.

Please share your thoughts on the local beer scene.

SH: The whole Santa Clara County beer scene is really growing. San Francisco has got a ton of breweries, and everybody goes up there for those. But now they’re starting to do beer trips down here, like in Santa Cruz and at Hermitage Brewing, Santa Clara Valley Brewing and Strike – they’re all close to one another. There’s so much room to grow still down here, and there are so many people looking for great craft beer here. I know some good friends who will be opening up beer bars in the local area, and our brewery can really add to the beer scene.

Please share some details of your taproom and brewery.

SH: We’re a 7,000 square-foot taproom and brewery. The taproom expands to our game room which has two dart boards and a pool table. We have a whole side patio where everybody can enjoy eating from food trucks outside. The occupancy is 64 inside, not including our side patio.

We’ll be open Tuesdays through Sundays: Tuesdays through Fridays from 4pm-9pm; Saturdays from 12pm-8pm; and Sundays from 10am-5pm. We’re excited about getting the place open, getting some food trucks out here and having a good time.

We’ll eventually have 12 taps. We’re opening with five, and we’ll have our sixth one out in March and we’ll gradually go up from there.

Brewhouse specs.?

SH: It’s a 20-barrel brewhouse all created by Alpha Brewing Operations in Lincoln, Nebraska. We have a boiler in the corner that’s all steam – 1.2 million BTU output – 30-barrel hot liquor tank, 20-barrel cold liquor tank, 20-barrel bright tank, four 20-barrel fermenters, mill, grain case and the brewhouse. We do own a 100-barrel fermenter at Hermitage; they’ll be doing the majority of our bottling. We’ll do the kegging here. We’re trying to make sure that we have enough beer for all of California. Between the two facilities, our goal is to produce roughly 3,500 barrels in the next year.

Congrats on the grand opening. How does it feel to finally reach this point?

BG: It’s incredible. It’s surreal. We started with nothing, and it’s evolved to what you see behind you and in front of us. When we walked through those doors for the first time, it was a shell. You’re looking at hundreds and hundreds of hours of painstaking, hard work. And now we’re here. It’s goosebump quality.

SH: I haven’t even had time to think about it. We’re so busy putting the final touches on everything. A bunch of final inspections are happening this week, so my mind’s really focused on that. But to see the vision come from a little seedling to what it is now is really cool.

I encourage people who both like beer and don’t know about beer to come out and give us a shot. All of our beers are meant to be extremely drinkable. None of them is going to be over-the-top where you can’t have more than one – that’s our goal. Enjoy yourself, and we hope to see everybody.

[This post was shared on Examiner.com.]