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Pumpkin Beer Fest at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Jack's Bar & Lounge presents Pumpkin Beer Fest on Oct. 11
Jack’s Bar & Lounge presents Pumpkin Beer Fest on Oct. 11 (Photo courtesy of Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Jack’s Bar & Lounge in San Jose’s Japantown is certainly putting their outdoor patio to good use. On Sun., Oct. 11 from 1pm-5pm, Jack’s hosts Pumpkin Beer Fest. Attendees can enjoy unlimited pours in a custom “Jack”-o-lantern glass.

Below is the beer lineup:

  • Ballast Point Pumpkin Down
  • Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
  • New Belgium Pumpkick
  • Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl
  • Uinta Organic Punk’n
  • Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Harvest Ale
  • Redstone Pumpkin Mead
  • Leinenkugel’s Harvest Patch Shandy

Tickets are $25 and available for purchase online.

Save the Date

On Sat., Nov. 14 from 1-4pm, Jack’s presents Firkin Fest featuring 10 breweries with special batches of cask beer (to be announced). Look for $10 BBQ plates from Chef John of Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell.

Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance and $30 the day of the event.

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San Jose Events during SF Beer Week 2014

Photo from the previous Beerwalk in Willow Glen (2013). The upcoming Beerwalk in Japantown kickstarts the many SF Beer Week events taking place in San Jose.
Photo from the previous Beerwalk in Willow Glen (2013). The upcoming Beerwalk in Japantown kickstarts the many SF Beer Week events taking place in San Jose.

SF Beer Week is nearly upon us, and there are many, many events taking place throughout the greater Bay Area. Below are the 30 or so events, including the event descriptions (or parts thereof), that are taking place in San Jose.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8

The Beerwalk in Japantown San Jose, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • $30 in advance at www.thebeerwalk.com or $35 at the door.
  • The Beerwalk is hitting the streets of Japantown San Jose again for SF Beer Week!
  • Tucked away minutes from Downtown San Jose, sits the charming Japantown business district.
  • Stroll the streets and discover all the unique boutique shops, art studios, and great restaurants you cannot find anywhere else in San Jose.
  • All while sipping on great beers and enjoying the social enthusiasm of shopkeepers and beer lovers alike…
  • Ticket includes beer samples, custom glass, and passport.
  • Plus first 60 to check in the day of the event receive a complimentary tour at the Gordon Biersch Bottling Plant.

Wine Affairs: Double Blind Double IPA Tasting, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Join us for our FOURTH Annual Double Blind Double IPA Tasting! 8 fresh and hoppy Double or Imperial West-Coast-Style IPAs on draft.
  • Why Double Blind? We want to make it less of a guessing game and more about the flavors, aromas, and over-all finished product of each beer. Once the results are revealed you may be shocked at your favorites!
  • Why Double IPA? With so many delicious styles of IPA we decided to even the playing field by featuring only Double or Imperial West-Coast-Style IPAs.
  • Tasting available from 4pm-8pm and results will be revealed as soon as scores are calculated after 8:30pm.

Original Gravity Public House: An Evening with The Bruery, 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Orange County’s The Bruery is one of our favorite producers of extremely diverse and complex craft beer.
  • Come explore some of the most exquisite brews around as we let The Bruery take over 10 of our taps.
  • From sour to strong, sweet to spiced you will definitely find something to ponder and appreciate this evening.
  • Pouring: Breyian Batch 1000, White Oak (2013), Six Geese-A-Layin, Oude Tart, Oude Tart w/ Cherries, Rueuze, Tout Mais Le Coller, Melange 3, Tart of Darkness (2013), Humulus Lager

SUNDAY, FEB. 9

Original Gravity Public House: Walker Wild Ride, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Known simply as the Lion, David Walker is Co-Founder of the infamous Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, CA.
  • David brings the British elegance and Old World authenticity to their wonderful California inspired beers.
  • Come join us for a lunch and Q&A session with Mr. Walker and Jeffers, head of their Barrelworks program.
  • We will be tapping Velvet Merkin (2013), Lil’ Opal as well as other stand outs and surprises from their extremely diverse portfolio on draft. We will also be releasing a very limited quantity of XVI Anniversary and 2012 Double Double Barrel Ale in bottles for on site consumption that day as well.
  • Come join us for the only stop in the South Bay for Walker’s Wild Ride!
  • Pouring: Lil Opal, Velvet Merkin (2013), Velvet Merlin, Double Jack, DBA, Pivo

Wine Affairs: Dogfish Head: Fresh Hops & Fresh Beats, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

  • ***Vintage: A Vinyl Swap***
  • Presented by Fat Headphones & On The Corner records. Come dig for records: everything from Funk, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, Latin, and Afro-Funk!
  • Featuring Dogfish Head musically inspired brews! Tapping kegs of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew Imperial Stout and Robert Johnson’s Hellhound and much more!
  • DJ Jeff Jagged and DJ Fat Headphones will be spinning worldwide rare grooves and all that is strange, funky, and soulful.

[Update 2/7/14: Unfortunately, it was announced earlier today that the following San Jose Co-op Brewpub event has been canceled.]

Hermitage Brewing Company (location) and San Jose Co-op Brewpub (host): Brewing Startups in Silicon Valey: Incubation, Entrepreneurship and the Cooperative Movement, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Are you… a homebrewer interested in starting your own brewery, … a beer geek that has thought about opening their own taproom, … interested in participating in a democratically run business? Come hear about the newest generation of local brewers to join the local craft beer scene.
  • The San Jose Cooperative Brewery & Pub, Inc., as a guest of and partnering with Hermitage Brewing Company, invites you to beer tasting and panel discussion of brewery entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley.
  • Panelists include representatives from Hermitage Brewing Company, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Clandestine Brewing, Lincoln Court Brewing, and the San Jose Cooperative Brewery and Pub. The event will end with a brief discussion of San Jose Cooperative Brewery and Pub’s efforts to open California’s first cooperatively owned brewery (membership shares available on site).
  • Your $25 ”tuition” includes drink tickets good for two beers or a paddle of four six oz. tastings, a brewery tour, live music, one complimentary taco, and food available for purchase from the No Way Jose food truck.
  • Attendees who become a member who join the co-op on site will be entered into a raffle for a selection of awesome beer swag!

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Getting Vertical with Deschutes, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Tapping some special kegs for this event with Deschutes.
  • Starting with a vertical of Abyss 2013, Abyss 2012, Black Butte XXV, Black Butte XXIV, class of ’88 Goose Island collab, and much more!

MONDAY, FEB. 10

Wine Affairs: Chimay Red White & Blue, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.

  • Showcase Chimay’s Red, White, and Blue with Trappist Cheese brewed/made by Trappist Monks in Belgium.
  • Back in 1862, those monks developed the production of Belgian beers and Trappist cheese in order to provide for their needs and those of their foundations, as well as to support employment in their region. Today monastic tradition of natural brewing still is part of those monks’ life and Chimay beers are sold only for financial support of the monastery, community needs and good causes.
  • Showcase three Chimay Trappist Cheeses each washed with different Chimay beers (the RED, WHITE, and BLUE).
  • Join us to have a taste of those fantastic Chimay Ales and Cheese! $18pp

Good Karma Vegan Café: Sante Adairius and Prairie Artisan Bet the Farm!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • We’re honored the folks from Prairie will be around this year to team up with what we believe to be the BEST brewery in the Bay Area, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales!
  • Rumors of West Ashley, Cask 200, BA Cellarman, BOMB!
  • Variations and more are likely to bless the palates of beer lovers who make the journey to downtown San Jose for an unforgettable evening of incredibly authentic farmhouse ales- a light tapas menu will support the tap list, incorporating the artistry of many of the brews.

Original Gravity Public House: Port/The Lost Abbey Night with Tomme Arthur and David Johnson

  • Come meet Tomme Arthur the award winning Co-Founder & Director of Brewery Operations and David Johnson Director of Distribution for The Lost Abbey!
  • We will be pouring some exceptional beers for this event including the infamous Cuvee de Tomme! Here is the lineup, we are excited to see you there!
  • Pouring from Lost Abbey: Deliverance, Cuvee de Tomme, Red Barn, Devotion, Judgment Day, Serpents Stout
  • Pouring from Port Brewing: Mongo, Wipe Out, Board Meeting, Midnight Expression

The Table: Brewmaster Dinner: Los Gatos Meets Santa Clara, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

  • $65 (excluding tax & gratuity)
  • Join The Table at 6:30pm on Monday, February 10th when the Los Gatos Brewing Company’s Kent Wheat and Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Steve Donohue host an exclusive dinner for 50 guests featuring 4 courses of unique micro brews paired with a seasonal, farm-to-table menu as local as these two breweries. Reservations are required: www.thetablesj.com/the-menu/. Limited Seating.
  • First course: Los Gatos Brewing Company ‘coquettish blond’ kolsch, potato terrine, pickled spring onions
  • Second course: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company ‘electric tower’ ipa, mustard green dumplings, mandarin butter
  • Third course: Los Gatos Brewing Company seasonal firkin, braised veal belly, stinging nettle velouté
  • Fourth course: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company ‘peralta’ porter, chocolate pot du crème, coffee bean saltine

TUESDAY, FEB. 11

Wine Affairs: 21st Amendment Presidential Debate, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • What’s more American than Chicken & Waffles and a good ol’ fashioned Presidential Debate?!
  • In honor of President Washington born 2/22/1732 and President Lincoln born 2/12/1809 we are featuring 21st Amendment’s Sneak Attack Saison and Brew Free or Die! IPA.
  • And for those who can’t stand politics, we’ll have Bitter American Pale Ale. Come vote for your fave prez by drinking beer!
  • PLUS the Waffle Roost food truck will be parked outside from 5pm-9pm.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: Gordon Biersch Pale Ale Tapping Party, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Come celebrate the tapping of the Brewers Select Pale Ale.
  • First ever pale ale done at GBSJ there will be live music, donations for local charity, raffle prizes, and meet the brewers.

Good Karma Vegan Café: Get High-Westified & SF Fusion 20 Release Party!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • The Bay Area’s biggest Lagunitas Tap Takeover for SF Beer Week!
  • Showcasing the release of SF Fusion 20 (we can’t wait to try it, we helped make it!) as well as High-West Bourbon Barrel Aged Cap-Stout, 2013 So-Co Sour Stout, 2012 Brown Shugga, 2013 Hairy Eyeball, Fresh Fresh Fresh Maximus, Sucks, and IPA!!!
  • Steal the glass and make merry!!!

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12

Original Gravity Public House: Ballast Point 25 Tap Takeover, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Ballast Point is doing the honors of taking over all 25 of our taps for SF Beer Week 2014! This is the first time we have let anyone have all of us and we couldn’t be happier to host them.
  • Variations on Sculpin and the infamous Barrel Aged Victory at Sea are here as well as staples and other rarities from their amazing liquid catalog!
  • Raffles for glassware and brewery swag, food specials and a meet and greet with the ever so charming guys from the brewery Sam Loeffler and Matt Wilson!
  • Pouring: Sculpin, Habanero Sculpin, Sculpin w/ Grapefruit, Sculpin (Nitro)
  • Pouring: Victory at Sea, Victory at Sea (Barrel Aged)
  • Pouring: Sextant (Nitro)
  • Pouring: Big Eye, Big Eye w/ Ginger
  • Pouring: Calico, Calico w/ Guajillo
  • Pouring: 3 Sheets (2012), Sea Monster (2012)
  • Pouring: Wahoo, Black Marlin, Fathom, Longfin Lager, Pescadero Pils, Reef Rye, Tongue Buckler, Pale Ale, Dorado, Piper Down, Black Steamboat, Even Keel

Wine Affairs: Vintage! Vintage! Vintage!, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Can beer age just like the wines? Find out yourself with Fuller Vintage Ale from 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 Tasting notes from Fuller:
  • 2010 – An initial fruit aroma with notes of Pears and Orange giving through to some more floral notes is followed by a clean, full, almost liquored initial palate. The finish is dark orange, satisfying and alcohol warming.
  • 2011- Early tasting of the beer as recently bottled has been most encouraging; an opening fruit aroma of Maraschino cherries is underlaid with some Mandarin Orange notes. These are carried through to the initial palate before being enhanced with a fruit malt and alcohol warming after palate. Already this beer could be drunk but we expect it will continue to develop into another Classic Fuller’s Vintage.
  • 2012-The early initial tasting notes for this rich brew are already revealing what we hope will be another truly Vintage beer. An initial aroma of ripe autumnal fruits with slight notes of Rosehips leads on to a smooth almost lush middle palate with just a hint of spice. There is a pleasant hop bitterness which is then finished with a satisfying alcohol warming on the after palate.

Good Karma Vegan Café: Almanac Farm to Barrel – South Bay Home Turf Tap Takeover!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • We are proud to showcase San Jose’s best brewery and barrel program, from sweet to sour!
  • Almanac will be sharing their extensive Farm to Barrel projects from early numbered sours, to fresh releases through 10 taps!
  • Fruited sours, spiced barley wines, and aged stout come together under one roof to blow minds!

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Knee Deep Showcase, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Meet Jeremy and the crew from multi GABF award winning Knee Deep Brewery in Auburn CA.
  • We will be showcasing the entire lineup of great hoppy beers, some darks, and maybe some new favorites.

Kukar’s House of Pizza: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Tap Takeover and Secret Barrel, 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Join us for a night of beer and pizza with home-grown head brewer Steve Donohue from Santa Clara Valley Brewing.
  • Only blocks from the Peralta Adobe and the original site of San Jose’s famous electric tower…
  • We’ll have Electric Tower IPA, Peralta Porter, Little Orchard Saison, and New Almaden Imperial Red, with a [special] appearance by Steve’s new Oyster Stout and a super-secret one-off 8-gallon Woodinville Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Peralta Porter spiked with who-knows-what.

Grapevine: Beer, Wine, Cheese, Fruit and Chocolate Pairing, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Join us for a golorious evening of beer, wine, cheese, fruit and chocolate from Mariette – Premium Chocolates.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13

SmokeEaters: Double IPA Tap Takeover, 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Smoke Eaters will be featuring some of the best Nor Cal and So Cal Double IPAs. Tapping with “Keep the Glass,” Hopocalypse, Pliny the Elder, Palate Wrecker, Denogginizer, Ruination, Double Jack.

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Roots of XVII Anniversary with Matt Brynildson, 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Beer nerds rejoice!!! Firestone Walker is bringing back its wildly successful “roots of” Festival at Harry’s Hofbrau.
  • We will be deconstructing Firestone Walker’s Anniversary beer, with all the components on draft. That’s right Stickee Monkey, Parabola, Helldorado, and several other rare beers will be on draft.
  • This year in addition to the mind numbing line up of beers from Firestone Walker, the Wizard himself Brew Master Matt Brynildson (AKA Merlin) will be in attendance.
  • Matt will be holding a seminar during the event where he will be going over Firestone Walker’s coveted Barrel Aging Program, the blending of XVII, which will then be followed by a Q&A session.
  • Only the first 150 people will be admitted to this seminar.
  • So be sure to join us for an epic night of beers, live music, information, and fun!!!!
  • Beers will start pouring at 6pm and the seminar will start at 7pm.

Jack’s Bar: Specialty Beer Cocktails, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

  • Join us for a night of merriment! 3 signature beer cocktails crafted by Jack’s amazingly talented bar tenders.

Wine Affairs: Allagash and Tapa Pairing, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

  • The day before Valentine! Beat the crowds and treat that special someone or stir up a new romance. Featuring a four course Prix Fixe Tapas and specialty Allagash pairing.
  • Now taking Reservations: 408-977-0111
  • $55/person includes four courses each with Allagash pairing

FRIDAY, FEB. 14

Original Gravity Public House: Pucker Up! Valentine’s Day Sour Fest 3.0, 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Back by popular demand it is our biannual Sour Fest at Original Gravity! Grab your sweetheart and come indulge yourself in 15 diverse and rare offerings from around the world.
  • Whether it’s the fruity funk of brett to the dry and citrusy lacto we will have whatever your sour little heart desires.
  • If you are in the mood for sweet as well, be sure to head across the street that day to our good friends at Good Karma for their Sweet Beer Fest and the ultimate sweet and sour experience!
  • Pouring: Allagash – Midnight Brett, Anderson Valley – Featherleggy Bulrusher, BFM – SQRT 225th Anniversary Sour Historical Saison, The Bruery – Sour in the Rye (2013), Heretic – Miscreant, Freigeist – Rhubarb Gose, Mikkeller – SpontanSeabuckthorn, Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. – St. Louis Gueze Fond Tradition, Struise – Weltfreude (2011), Trois Dames – Oud Bruin
  • Specialty Timed Tappings: Almanac – Valley of the Hearts Delight (5pm), The Rare Barrel – Shadows of Their Eyes (5:45pm), Specialty TBA – (6:30pm), Russian River – Temptation (2013) (7:15pm), Extremely Rare/Specialty TBA (8pm)

Good Karma Vegan Café: St. Valentine’s Barrel Aged Sweeties!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • On Valentine’s Day, we pull out ALL the stops! Big, sweet, burly barrel aged beers are on parade!
  • Across the street, OG will rock the sours, and we rock the sweet- it’s the best way to experience both profiles!
  • We’ll have a host of yummy desserts to pair with such sugary concoctions, and we guarantee, you WON’T be disappointed!
  • Pours of Grey Monday, Black Tuesday, Mocha Wednesday, ECLIPSE Variants, as well as a host of Aged Firestone Barrel Projects, Deschutes, Lost Abbey and MORE!

SATURDAY, FEB. 15

Hermitage Brewing Company: Meet the Brewers, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Our 5th Annual Meet the Brewers beer festival is upon us. Join us for the best local breweries from Silicon Valley to the Monterey Bay, as well as San Jose’s best food trucks.
  • $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Tickets at www.meetthebrewers2014.eventbrite.com
  • Tickets get you unlimited beer tasting.
  • All ages welcome.
  • Dogs allowed on lease, outside of brewery only.
  • Designated Driver (NO tasting): $5
  • **Proceeds benefit Can Do MS, a non-profit dedicated to empowering those living with Multiple Sclerosis.**
  • Breweries Attending (Updated November 21, 2013): Discretion Brewing, Uncommon Brewers, Strike, Campbell Brewing, Faultline, Rabbits Foot Meadery / Red Branch Cider, Los Gatos Brewing Company, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, The Rare Barrel, Peter B’s, Seabright Brewing, El Toro, Hermitage Brewing, Tied House

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: 2nd Annual Stone Tap Takeover, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Last year we had a KILLER taplist for this event and this year it is looking even better!
  • Come enjoy some never before released Stone brews and meet the Stone crew.
  • It’s an all day event so grab a spot and hangout a while!

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Annual IPA Day with Younger and Black Label, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

  • By now you know the event, 28 IPA, DIPA, and 3XIPAs on draft all day long! It’s a hop head’s paradise.
  • Pliny the Younger tapping, Black Label Hopocalypse, Boneyard, local IPAs, we promise a full out palate attack of hops. Check our facebook for Younger and Black Label tapping details.

Given the plethora of interesting, one-of-a-kind options taking place not only in San Jose but throughout the South Bay and the nearby regions, who else wishes for the ability to be at two (or more) places at the same time?

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Silicon Valley Beer Events for June 2013 and Beyond

Enjoying good beer in Silicon Valley
Enjoying good beer in Silicon Valley

The following is a quick listing of upcoming South Bay beer events, including brewery nights and other special happenings taking place throughout the valley at places like Wine Affairs, Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, Jack’s Bar & Lounge, Original Gravity Public House, Tied House Microbrewery, O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, and Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant.

There is also the Third Annual Better Brew Tasting Garden (last year’s event was a resounding success) taking place at this Friday’s SubZERO Festival, this month’s membership drive for the San Jose Co-op Brewpub this Saturday, and the schedule for this year’s remaining three Beerwalks.

Most if not all of these dates and events have been culled from the respective Facebook event pages.

Thur., June 6, 6pm: Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co. Night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose

Thur., June 6, 6pm-close: Anchor Steam Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale & OBA Night at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Thur., June 6, 5-8pm: Heretic Brewing Tap Room Opening Celebration at Original Gravity Public House

Fri., June 7, 5pm: Firkin Friday featuring Super Hoptopia with Centennial and Cascade hops at Tied House Microbrewery

Fri., June 7, 6pm: Better Brew Beer Garden at SubZERO Festival, SoFA District

Sat., June 8, 2-4pm: Drake’s Beer Club Event at O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub

Sat., June 8, 2-5pm: San Jose Co-op Brewpub Membership Drive at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Mon., June 10, 6pm-8pm: Ommegang and A’Chouffe Beer Tasting at Wine Affairs (kegs to be tapped at 5pm and flights available all day)

Thur., June 13, 6pm-close: Hermitage Brewing Company Hoptopia and Citra Night at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Thur., June 13, 5-11pm: Port/Lost Abbey Tap Takeover at Original Gravity Public House

Thur., June 20, 6pm-close: Goose Island Honkers and IPA at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Thur., June 20, 5-11pm: Allagash Tap Takeover at Original Gravity Public House

Thur., June 27, 6pm-close: Firestone Walker Union Jack and Wookie Jack at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Thur., June 27, 5-11pm: Uinta Tap Takeover at Original Gravity Public House

July 28-Aug. 3: Silicon Valley Beer Week

Sat., Aug. 3: Summer KraftBrew Beer Fest

Wed., July 31, 6-9pm: 2nd Annual Campbell Beerwalk

Wed., Aug. 28, 6-9pm: Santana Row Beerwalk

Sat., Oct 26, 2-6pm: Willow Glen Beerwalk, Halloween Edition

Keep in mind that there are other South Bay establishments that host ongoing events and specials; the information just is not in the public sphere yet. And keep in mind the many South Bay brewpubs and stores that sell good beer.

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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.

Cheers!

~Andy

San Jose Beer Events for Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

San Pedro Square Market Bar
San Pedro Square Market Bar

Thursdays are a popular day of the week for local beer events. There are a number of beer-related events and updates today in San Jose and close by. The following is a round-up of (hopefully) all of them:

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose

The following is a Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook update from a couple of days ago: “Hops, Hops, and More Hops! This Thursday we are featuring Deschutes experimental IPA, HOP HENGE! This year the final ABV came out to be a solid 10.6% It is very well balanced and fits the tradtitional West Coast IPA style perfectly, an upfront hoppy kick in the mouth but still very crisp and refreshing! Chainbreaker (white IPA) and other treats from deschutes will also be available.”

Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Here is Jack’s Facebook update from earlier today: “5 beers for $2 pints night! Bosteels Brewery Kwak, Port Brewing/The Lost abbey Judgement Day, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company Weizen Eisbock, Strike Brewing Co. Brown, Sierra Nevada Celebration! From 6 p.m. till last call!”

SmokeEaters

The following is SmokeEaters’ Facebook update from earlier today: “Spread the word . . . Pliny the Elder is the Craft Beer of the Week at Smoke Eaters . . . We tap the kegs at 5:00 pm . . . Don’t be late . . . The Pliny will be flowing in both Cupertino & San Jose.”

San Pedro Square Market Bar

Here is last week’s Facebook update from San Pedro Square Market Bar: “We will be tapping Vertical Epic 12.12.12 from Stone Brewing Company on Thursday 1/10/13 4:00 p.m. There were only 10 kegs released in the bay area and we have the last one.

Per updates earlier today, you can also find Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga’ Substitute Ale now on tap at Good Karma Cafe and Wicked Chicken (Santa Clara).

As events and beer lineups may sometimes change, please check with the host establishment directly if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

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San Jose Area Beer Events and a Look Ahead for Nov. 12-18, 2012: Beerwalk Willow Glen, Left Bank Beer Dinner and More

Wine Affairs in San Jose
Wine Affairs in San Jose

The following is a collection of craft beer news and events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As event details may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Recent beer news

Check out the recent article on a co-op brewpub in San Jose in its initial planning stages with a Q&A with one of the principle organizers.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Nov. 12, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts a Ballast Point keg tapping event. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. The following is from their recent newsletter: “We will be featuring Ballast Point beers with a special keg tapping of Indra Kunindra (stout brewed with madras curry, cayanne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaf). Keg tapping at 5 p.m. plus some other delicious treats from Ballast Point will be available all day on draft and in bottle.”

Tues., Nov. 13, 2012, starting at 4:20 p.m.: Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose hosts a Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ tapping event. 66 S. First St. Per their Facebook event page: “October 2012 marks the return of the feared and revered Brown Shugga after a painful year of drought! Come hang with Rudy of Lagunitas and warm your insides with this incredible beer.”

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: There is a tapping party featuring WinterBock at Gordon Biersch San Jose. 33 East San Fernando St., 408-294-6785. Per their recent newsletter: “WinterBock beer is a dark, full-bodied lager with overtones of caramel and toffee maltiness with a hint of holiday spirit.” There will be live music and complimentary passed appetizers. Folks who bring an unwrapped toy to be donated for Toys for Tots will receive 2 complimentary WinterBock beer tickets.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: A tapping party featuring Winter Tartan Scottish Ale takes place at Rock Bottom Campbell. 1875 S. Bascom Ave. #700, 408-377-0707. Per their recent newsletter: Winter Tartan is “a traditional Scottish ale with a smooth, malty flavor and a hint of vanilla.” Folks can also meet brewer Russell Clements at this tapping event.

Wed., Nov. 14, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring 21st Amendment Brewery. 91 South Autumn Street, San Jose, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Nov. 16, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: The fourth SJ Beerwalk (previous SJ Beerwalks took place in Japantown and downtown Campbell) takes place in downtown Willow Glen. For details, including ticket purchasing, click here. The following is from their recent media release: “SJ Beerwalk will be bringing the same thoughtfulness in beer selection and strong emphasis on community to Willow Glen. The focus of the first Willow Glen Beerwalk will be seasonal/winter brews… ‘Beerwalkers’ will be invited to discover and explore twenty-five charming venues, from exclusive boutiques to unique restaurants.”

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Tues., Nov. 27, 2012, starting at 6:30 p.m.: Winter Wonderland Brewer’s Dinner takes place at Rock Bottom Campbell. 1875 S. Bascom Ave. #700, 408-377-0707. Beer pairings to be announced. Call the restaurant to make reservations. For the Facebook event page, click here.

Thurs., Nov. 29, 2012: Pint Night at Santa Clara’s Wicked Chicken featuring Strike Brewing Company takes place. 2565 The Alameda, 408-246-9464.

Sat., Dec. 8, 2012, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., KraftBrew Winter Ball 2012. Seasonal beer tasting and holiday ball at the San Jose’s Woman’s Club – 75 S. 11th St. Per their recently posted Facebook event page: Featuring newly released holiday ales and specialty brews, the KraftBrew Winter Ball will be a festive event in which guests are encouraged to dress in their holiday finery, dance, drink, and be merry. And now, for the first time ever, the KraftBrew WinterBall will feature a ticketed price which includes all food and beer tasting. Tickets are limited and will go on presale for $35.00 each. Light Appetizers will be provided by the Naglee Park Garage. Other highlights of the night include two live bands that will be sure to get your toes tapping and best beer purveyors from around the Bay Area. More info on bands, brews, and special menu to come, so stay tuned!”

Sun., Dec. 9, 2012, starting at 6:30 p.m.: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring beers from Strike Brewing Company.

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San Jose Area Beer Events for Oct. 22-27, 2012: Harry’s Hofbrau, California Cafe and More

Enjoying good beer in the South Bay
Enjoying good beer in the South Bay

The following is a collection of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events and beer lineups may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Oct. 22, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their weekly beer tasting event, this time entitled “Attack of the Pumpkin (Beers)!” 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. From their recent newsletter: “We welcome back one of our all-time favorite breweries: Lagunitas! We are doing this in style. Tapping of Fusion 10 at 4:20 p.m., plus get a Lagunitas mason jar while supplies last. Then from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. taste 6 incredible beers with the amazing Rudy from Lagunitas. Tasting 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. $12/person or free for members.”

Tues., Oct. 23, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Oct. 24, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Bear Republic Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Wed., Oct. 24, 2012: Palo Alto’s Rose and Crown hosts an all-day Lagunitas Brewing Company event. 547 Emerson Ave., 650-327-7673. From a recent Twitter update: “All Wednesday we will be having a Lagunitas party, pouring Brown Sugga, Fusion 10, Daytime and IPA. Lagunitas crew will arrive at 4:20 p.m.”

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434. From a recent Facebook update: “Now get ready for [the] annual Schneider takeover! Ceramic handmade mugs will be available for you to take home and a lineup of amazing German beers. Eisbock, Edel, Original, Hopfen, Aventinus, and a tap X Nelson keg refermented in the keg 6 months. We will have Bavarian Pretzels made in-house to purchase. Get your lederhosen ready mein friends. Prost!”

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: It is an Original Gravity Public House pumpkin patch event in downtown San Jose. 66 South First St. From the Facebook event page: “Come out Thursday for the Original Gravity Pumpkin Patch! We will be hold a pre-carved jack-o-lantern contest. The top three will be selected to haunt our back patio leading up to Halloween. Winners will also be given 2 free beers of their choice and fed! We will also be tapping some really cool specialty pumpkin ales. Sound like fun? Thought so. Hope to see you all there pumpkin heads! Pouring Uinta – punk’n, Timmerman’s – Pumpkin Lambicus, Shipyard – Smashed Pumpkin, Dogfish Head – punkin, Midnight Sun – Treat, The Bruery – Autumn Maple.”

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Oct. 26, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., Oct. 27, 2012, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.: O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub in downtown San Jose hosts their monthly beer event featuring Deschutes Brewery. 25 North San Pedro Street, 408-947-8007.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012: The next SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sun., Dec. 9, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring Strike Brewing Company. Check out this Facebook event page for the details.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events for Oct. 15-21, 2012: Wine Affairs, Morgan Hill Brew Crawl and More

Stein-holding competition taking place at the Downtown Campbell Oktoberfest this past weekend
Stein-holding competition taking place at the Downtown Campbell Oktoberfest this past weekend

The following is a collection of craft beer news and events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events and beer lineups may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

Recent beer news

There is still time to check out the remaining Oktoberfest events taking place in the South Bay. For the article list, click here.

Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell recently posted “some little known facts” about its head brewer Russell Clements on their Facebook page:

  • Name: Russell Edward Clements
  • Hometown: Colts Neck, New Jersey
  • Personal Background: B.A. Philosophy Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • How I Got Started Crafting Beer: I worked above a Brewery as a Baker in Asheville N.C. and started helping out since I was already a shepherd of yeast.
  • Brewing Philosophy: To continually expand my knowledge of integrating the art and science of brewing all while having a safe and fun time.
  • Favorite Brew: Any Beer that is clean and balanced.
  • Favorite Quote: “Too much of everything is just enough.”

To catch up with a recent article on Wine Affairs, click here.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Oct. 15, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their weekly beer tasting event, this time entitled “Attack of the Pumpkin (Beers)!” 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. From their recent newsletter: “You be the judge of which pumpkin inspired brew is best – the fresh and organic Uinta Punk’n or perhaps the classic spicy Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin. Tasting these and more Mon., 10/15/12 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $10/person.”

Tues., Oct. 16, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose hosts a Firestone Walker Beer Tasting event. 66 South First Street. From their Facebook event page: “Come out and meet Tony from the fantastic Firestone Walker Brewery. He will be pouring 4 of their beers on the patio from 6-9 p.m. $12 per person. Pouring the Pivo Pils, Velvet Merlin, Oaktoberfest and Double Jack. Don’t miss out!”

Tues., Oct. 16, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Oct. 17, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Blue Frog Grog Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Oct. 18, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Oct. 18, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Oct. 19, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., Oct. 20, 2012, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Downtown Morgan Hill hosts their inaugural Brew Crawl.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sun., Oct. 21, 2012: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring Strike Brewing Company.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012: Save the date – the next SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

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San Jose Area 2012 Oktoberfest Events and Activities

Munich, Germany, July 2012 - the site of the annual Oktoberfest celebration
Munich, Germany, July 2012 – the site of the annual Oktoberfest celebration

[Updated Fri., Oct. 12, 2012]

The third weekend in September is when Oktoberfest starts every year in Munich, Germany. Its popularity has sparked Oktoberfest-inspired festivities all over the world. Los Gatos Brewing Company already celebrated their Oktoberfest in conjunction with their 20th anniversary on September 15. But thankfully, there are more ongoing and scheduled Oktoberfest events in San Jose and the South Bay.

San Jose

Thurs., Oct. 4, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up an Oktoberfest Pint Night. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225. Per their Facebook page: “Oktoberfest! This Thursday for Pint Night we’ll have two uber kegs [Gordon Biersch über keg of Marzen. Unfiltered and unpasteurized] with 1 liter steins! There is only a limited supply so be sure to come early!”

Thurs., Oct. 4, 2012, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.: The Tech Museum of Innovation hosts their monthly After Hours (for those 21 and over) with an “Oktoberfest Meets Science” theme featuring Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. 201 South Market, 408-294-8324.

Thurs. – Sat., Oct. 4 – 6, 2012: Naglee Park Garage celebrates their 6th annual Oktoberfest. 505 East San Carlos St., 408-286-1100. According to the Facebook event page: “Oktoberfest at Naglee Park Garage is upon us! Please join us… (October 2 – 6) as we celebrate our 6th annual Oktoberfest with a week-long special menu. Plus, Thursday, October 4th, we’ll be starting a three day run of great beer featuring Hofbräu Munchen and festive music with Jessica Rose & Six Gun Rhythm, The Champions and The Bang all running through Saturday night on the patio…get your steins and your friends ready!”

Sat., Oct. 13, 2012: Wine Affairs celebrates Oktoberfest all day. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. According to their weeky newsletter: “In lieu of tastings next week, we will be celebrating Oktoberfest all day Saturday, 10/13, featuring discounted wine, beers, and special menu items. From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., we will have a joint beer/wine tasting of German wines and Oktoberfest beers. The tasting is free for members or $12/person. Prost!”

Ongoing – Sun., Oct. 21, 2012: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant continues the spirit of their Oktoberfest-themed party back on Sep. 11 celebrating the tapping of their seasonal FestBier (an “amber lager with a slightly sweet toasted maltiness, balanced by… spicy German Hersbrucker hops”). Until Sun., Oct. 21, enjoy items from their seasonal fall menu with this Oktoberfest-style FestBier.

Sat. – Sun., Oct. 20 – 21, 2012, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Left Bank in Santana Row commemorates Oktoberfest with their fourth food and beer pairing event of this year, this time featuring Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. Details and complete menu provided at the Left Bank events page.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: Harry’s Hofbrau hosts their Oktoberfest event. From their Facebook page: “Some of you may be asking, ‘Hey Harry! Are you going to do an Oktoberfest event or what?’ To that we say, ‘Javol!’ October 25th we are having our annual Schneiderweiss takeover – Aventinus, Edelweiss, Original, (the amazing) Hopfenweiss hoppy wheat, new this year Eisbock (12%!), and finally a very limited release keg we are going to keep a secret. Prost!”

Ongoing – Fri., Oct. 26, 2012: Teske Germania has Oktoberfest activities featuring musical acts performing Fridays and Saturdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Teske Germania offers an extensive German menu as well as German beer offerings.

South Bay

Fri. – Sun., Oct. 12 – 14, 2012: BYR of Belgium in Campbell celebrates Oktoberfest with the following specials per their Facebook page update: “Starting at 7 p.m. tonight till Sunday evening, 25% off pitchers of beer and all bottle beers!”

Sat. – Sun., Oct. 13 – 14, 2012: Downtown Campbell celebrates Oktoberfest along Campbell Avenue. For event details, click here.

Sat. – Sun., Oct. 13 – 14, 2012: Downtown Campbell’s Liquid Bread Gastropub hosts an Oktoberfest soft opening. 379 East Campbell Ave., 408-370-3499. Per an earlier Facebook update: “Can’t wait for Oktoberfest on Sat. & Sun., Oct. 13th and 14th. We will have a soft opening selling a bunch of German beers & delicious brats! Come say hi! Official opening to follow shortly…” For a previous article on the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub, click here.

Ongoing – Fri., Oct. 26, 2012: Sunnyvale’s Faultline Brewing Company Oktoberfest celebration continues until Fri., Oct. 26, having started Sep. 24.  From their press release: “‘This year, we plan on having an extensive specialty menu that has more than 15 traditional Bavarian and German dishes with a Californian twist. Everything from sausage platters, potato-beer soup, schnitzel and soft pretzels will be available. Guests can buy Oktoberfest items like limited edition T-shirts and liter steins,” [Christa] Shaw [of Faultline] said. During Oktoberfest, the San Jose restaurant is featuring traditional German music from Thursday through Saturday nights, and the facility will be decorated from top to bottom in Oktoberfest-related decor. ‘We will have our award-winning Oktoberfest brew that won a gold medal at the LA County Fair and a silver medal at the Sacramento State Fair! We will also have other German styles of beer like Hefeweizen, Dunkel Weizen and Kolsch,’ Shaw said.”

Sat., Oct. 27, 2012, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Steak Out Biergarten in Mountain View hosts Oktoberfest – Beyond Bavaria, presented by the German International School of Silicon Valley. 383 Castro Street, 650-209-0383. “Authentic German, Austrian and Swiss foods. Huge selection of European and local beers. Live entertainment from one of the largest German speaking communities in California. Plus raffle and silent auction!”

And Beyond

Sat., Oct. 13, 2012, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: The third annual Peninsula Oktoberfest takes place in Redwood City with several South Bay breweries participating.

As events and beer lineups may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events: Sep. 17-22, 2012

Kevin Olcese on his last day at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose this past Thursday. He will take the reigns at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City, where up to 28 taps have already been installed
Kevin Olcese on his last day at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose this past Thursday. He will take the reigns at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City, where up to 28 taps have already been installed

The following is a collection of craft beer news and events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events and beer lineups may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

Recent beer news

Kevin Olcese, who has successfully worked to bring good beer to San Jose and the South Bay, has left his general manager position at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose. His last day was this past Thursday. He will now work at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City, which has recently added up to 28 taps.

Larry Hoang recently left the assistant brewer position at Rock Bottom in Campbell. He will be the beer manager at the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Sep. 17, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their weekly beer tasting event, this week featuring Boulder Beer Company. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “Hoopla! Not only is it a fun thing to say, it’s also a delicious brew by Boulder Beer. Recently available in the South Bay, Boulder brewing will be here pouring their line-up this Monday, 9/17 from 6pm-8pm. $12/person or FREE for members.”

Tues., Sep. 18, 2012, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: A taco and beer pairing event takes place at Gordon Biersch San Jose. 33 East San Fernando St., 408-294-6785. “Join Head Brewer Jeff Liles in the bar for a pairing of our signature handcrafted beers and a delicious taco bar! Discover how different types of beer pair perfectly with the spices and flavors of everyone’s favorite Mexican dish. Bring your friends and don’t forget to ask for a complimentary tour of our onsite brewery. See you then!”

Tues., Sep. 18, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Sep 19, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Sep. 20, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Sep. 20, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Sep. 21, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., Sep. 22, 2012, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Peter B’s Brewpub hosts the 2nd Annual Monterey Beer Garden, which will feature a number of South Bay breweries.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Thurs., Sep. 27, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Strike Brewing Co. brewmasters dinner.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sun., Oct. 21, 2012: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring Strike Brewing Company.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012: Save the date – the next SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

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