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Scenes from the ‘Beers Around the World’ Trade Show Presented by San Jose State University

The Department of Hospitality Management at San Jose State University (SJSU) presented an excellent beer event last week – the “Beers Around the World” Trade Show – replete with educational beer tastings, tasty food pairings, live entertainment and dancing.

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The semi-annual event, now in its third year, took place a few blocks from campus at The GlassHouse on Market St. It’s put on just for SJSU faculty, staff, administrators and a limited number of their guests.

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The trade show is coordinated by the students of two Hospitality Management classes – Beer Appreciation and Meeting, Convention and Event Industry. The trade show provides students the real world opportunity to put into practice many of the learning objectives from both classes, including being able to explain to guests about different beer styles and beer’s versatility when paired with food, as well as coordinate all aspects of hosting a big, sponsored beer event.

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Group photo: Dr. Kate Sullivan (Professor and Internship Coordinator), Kerry Feinstein, Dr. Andy Feinstein (Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs), Dr. Tsu Hong Yen (Department Chair).

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NorCal booth.

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Almanac Saison De Brettaville.

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Students in teams set up booths throughout the venue representing 15 different brewing regions. Each booth had at least two different beers to sample and corresponding food pairings to taste.

Group photo: Greg Filippi (Hermitage Brewing Company Cellarmaster and Head Brewer), Joel Wind (Hermitage Brewing Company Tasting Room Manager), Dr. Stef Frazier (Professor, Linguistics and Language Development).

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Awards were given in five categories – Best Booth, Most Creative, Best Pairing, Best Beer, Best Overall – as determined by a judging panel of local beer professionals. There was also a people’s choice awards for the same five categories.

Ticket options included $20 for 12 3-oz. tastings, $10 for 5 3-oz. tastings and $5 for general ticket admission (no tastings). Additional food and beverages were available for purchase.

Alaska booth food pairing items.

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SoCal booth: Ballast Point Barmy Apricot Ale and ceviche.

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Mexico booth: Manos De Calaca Guladon Bock and pork taco.

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Group photo: Dr. Dennis Papazian, Dr. Mary Papazian (SJSU President), Dr. Stef Frazier.

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Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout.

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Hawaii booth: students and Dr. Kate.

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Belgium booth.

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Ireland booth.

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Sweet, milk chocolaty treat (amazing!) with Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale.

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Denmark booth.

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Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout.

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Australia booth: student and Dr. Stef Frazier.

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Some of the SJSU students who helped organize the event.

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The judges.

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List of Judges’ Award Winners

Best Booth: Hawaii (1st), Belgium (2nd)

Most Creative: Australia (1st), Mexico (2nd)

Best Pairing: NorCal (1st), England (2nd)

Best Beer: Denmark (1st), Colorado (2nd)

Best Overall: Belgium (1st), Ireland (2nd)

List of People’s Choice Award Winners

Best Booth: Hawaii (1st)

Most Creative: Iceland (1st)

Best Pairing: Alaska (1st)

Best Beer: Iceland (1st)

Best Overall: Iceland (1st)

Group photo: The students from the Iceland booth.

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A second tasting of the Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout to end a fantastic evening.

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Again, the event was excellent – well organized, great venue, tasty beers and food, warm vibe, friendly and knowledgeable service, and I could go on…

Having earned two degrees from SJSU, having worked at the campus for five years and most importantly, having met my wife at SJSU, it was great to circle back and attend this SJSU-connected event.

Definitely looking forward to the next one!



Hermitage Brewing Company Release Party – Wild Blackberry Sour and Admiral Single Hop IPA – Plus Unveiling of New Tap Room Mural

Hermitage Brewing Company is hosting an early fall release party at their Tap Room – 1627 S. 7th St. – on Wednesday, September 14 from 4pm to 9pm.

The event celebrates the releases of their next two beers – Wild Blackberry American Sour and Admiral Single Hop IPA.

Hermitage Brewing will also formally unveil the Tap Room’s new mural by San Jose artist Erin Salazar, who’ll be in attendance.

Mexican eats and wild blackberry pie will be available from El Burrito Loco and Sweetdragon Baking Company, respectively.

Hermitage Brewing Company Wild Blackberry American Sour
Hermitage Brewing Wild Blackberry American Sour, photo by Hermitage Brewing Company

Wild Blackberry Sour: 6.5% ABV

Wild Blackberry Sour is the fifth release from Hermitage Brewing’s American Sour series. The beer was aged for up to two years in their oak cellar. This release also serves as a tribute to brewmaster Peter Licht’s first ever sour brewed 10 years ago – Mure Sauvage.

I was fortunate to have had a taste recently, and what a treat! With a mouth-puckering goodness with intriguing notes from the barrel aging, I expect this offering to quickly become a favorite among fans of well-crafted, super tart sours.

Additional insights provided by cellarmaster Greg Filippi:

“Our Wild Blackberry American Sour pours a lovely deep purple with a pinkish foam stand, with a slight haze that lets enough light through to beautifully illuminate your glass.
Aromas of oak, vanilla, light smoke, and dark fruits remind you of long aging in oak. The blackberries are noticeable on the nose but not overpowering, hinting at a jammy sweetness.

“The first sip, although puckering, softens quickly as the sweet and tart blackberries commingle with the complexity of the barrel maturation — notes of tannic oak, dark stone fruit, tobacco, vanilla, and a little horsey funk. The flavors continue to develop and change with each sip.

“The finish is fast and very dry, leaving your taste buds as aggressively as it arrived.  Only the slightest blackberry sweetness remains between sips, reminding you to take another.”

Single Hop IPA, Admiral: 7% ABV, 70 IBUs

Admiral is the latest hop varietal to be featured in Hermitage Brewing’s ongoing Single Hop IPA series. More information about the beer from brewmaster Peter Licht:

“English hops (and English beers) are subtle and elegant. English hops can be reminiscent of a country meadow — light floral notes on top, some woodsy background, all supported by an earthy foundation.

“Of course our single hop series is not really about subtlety. We tend to feature the big, bold ‘high impact’ hops in prodigious quantities (2 lbs per barrel in the kettle with another 2 lbs per barrel dry hopped). So we were pleased to discover a relatively new English hop that fits the bill. Admiral has all the lovely qualities of the typical English hop, but has them in spades! Powerfully subtle! Is that a thing?

“The Single Hop Admiral features a profound earthiness with notes of pine resin and a hint of spring flowers — all supported by a satisfying chewy bitterness. Cheers!”

Hermitage Brewing Admiral Single Hop IPA, photo from Hermitage Brewing Company
Hermitage Brewing Admiral Single Hop IPA, photo from Hermitage Brewing Company

New Taproom Mural

The always affable Joel Wind – Tap Room manager – was pivotal in having the mural project come to fruition.

After months of researching Bay Area muralists, Joel found Erin Salazar of San Jose’s Exhibition District. She was eventually commissioned to complete the project.

Joel had this to say about the project:

“The Hermitage Tap Room is adorned with an epic mural designed and painted by Erin Salazar, a renowned and prolific San Jose muralist.

“The piece exists in two parts illustrating the growth of the valley and the flourishing of the brewery within and beyond the valley. The warm, vibrant imagery welcomes all to take a true retreat from the ordinary.”