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Tasty Beers on Tap for Silicon Valley Beer Week 2014

KraftBrew Beer Fest
KraftBrew Beer Fest

The local region will be a “hoppening” place during the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Beer Week (SVBW), which starts today and runs to Aug. 2.

Beer fans will have plenty of daily opportunities to enjoy good beer, including the following sampling of options:

FRIDAY, JULY 25

The only event taking place today is the SVBW Kickoff event from 6-9pm at downtown San Jose’s Blackbird Tavern. Chefs Dawn Smith (Blackbird Tavern) and Luis Silva (Naglee Park Garage) have prepared a beer-inspired menu to pair with specialty beers. A “Z Pass” ticket is required for this event (the same “Z Pass” is also good for the culminating KraftBrew Beer Fest on Aug. 2). Special beers include Bruery Smoking Wood (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Smoked Beer), Echt Kriekenbier (Belgian Cherry Sour), Straffe Hendrik Wild (Belgian Pale with Brettanomyces), Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse (Traditional German Sour Wheat), Allagash Confluence and more. More info.

SATURDAY, JULY 26

It has been an exciting time for downtown San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House. Their recent two-year anniversary celebration coincided with the unveiling of their finished expansion project. Original Gravity’s first SVBW event is “Pucker Up! Sour Fest 4.0” and features 15 national and international sour and wild ales. The lineup includes:

Allagash – Golden Brett (American Wild Ale)
Almanac – Bourbon Sour Porter (Sour Porter)
Anderson Valley – The Kimmie, The Yink and the Holy Gose (Gose)
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck – St. Louis Gueze (Gueze)
Bruery – Sour in the Rye (American Sour Ale)
Cismontane – Marea Roja (Flemish Style Red)
Drake’s – Barrel of Peril (Sour Tripel aged w/ Brett in Chardonnay Barrels)
Freigeist – Sauer Porter Raspberry (Wild Ale w/ Raspberries)
Jolly Pumpkin/Anchorage – Calabaza Boreal (American Wild Ale w/ Grapefruit and Peppercorn)
Lost Abbey – Spontaneous Cheer (American Wild Ale)
Mort Subite – Mort Subite Kriek (Lambic w/ Cherries)
New Belgium – La Folie (Flanders Style Brown Ale)
Priaire – Funky Gold Mosaic (Dry Hopped Wild Ale)
Russian River – Supplication (Sour Brown aged in Pinot Barrels)
Struise – WeltKrieg (Kriek)

Sour Fest is a popular Original Gravity event for sour beer fans and also provides a good opportunity for those curious about the “fruit, funk and tart” characteristics of sour beers to try them out. More info.

SUNDAY, JULY 27

Jack’s Libation House in Los Gatos, home to what is likely the South Bay’s largest beer garden, hosts a festive Los Gatos Brew Fest, featuring rare beers and one-offs from Firestone Walker (Paso Robles), Drake’s (San Leandro), Lagunitas (Petaluma), 21st Amendment Brewery (S.F.), Calicraft (Walnut Creek), Heretic (Fairfield), Stone (Escondido), Knee Deep Brewing (Auburn), Alpine (Alpine) and New Belgium (Fort Collins, CO). The event starts at 11am.

On hand will be Alpine’s Patrick McIlhenney, Calicraft’s Blaine Landberg, Knee Deep’s Jeb Taylor and Drake’s John Martin. More info.

MONDAY, JULY 28

Downtown Mountain’s Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant will feature 14 guest taps, seven from Allagash and seven from The Bruery, including:

  • Humulus Lager
  • Hottenroth
  • Loakal Red
  • White Chocolate
  • Sucre – Madeira barrel aged
  • The Wanderer
  • BeRazzled
  • Neddles
  • James Bean
  • Saison
  • Golden Brett
  • Odyssey
  • Confluence
  • Red Howes

Kegs will be tapped at 5pm and pour until the beer runs out. More info.

Downtown Campbell’s Spread Deli & Bottles hosts Six River Float Night with their neighbors, Snake and Butterfly Chocolates from 5pm-8pm. More info.

TUESDAY, JULY 29

Downtown San Jose’s Good Karma Vegan Cafe hosts a dinner and tap takeover featuring The Bruery. A private paired dinner takes place from 5pm-6pm. Good Karma then opens to the public at 6pm with 19 beers on tap, including Grey Monday, Berazzled, The Wanderer, Tequila Barrel Aged Sucre and more. More info.

Santa Teresa Golf Club and Lagunitas team up to present the final Santa Teresa Summer Beer Talk on the Bar and Grill Patio. “Lagunitas Bloopers” takes place from 5:30pm-6:30pm and will be a discussion on how brewing mistakes can lead to brewing success. There will be beer tasting and happy hour prices on Lagunitas beers. For only $5 you will get to taste beers and participate in a discussion hosted by Lagunitas. More info.

Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell presents Chef’s Choice Craft Beer Dinner, featuring selections from executive chef John Burke. The menu includes the following:

  • AMUSE: grape salad, almonds, olive oil
  • OREGON SHRIMP SALAD: mâche lettuce, toasted bread, palm hearts, charred tomato vinaigrette & REISSDORF KÖLSCH (german beer with light citrus, notes of sweet grain, and a mild hop finish)
  • UNI: basil spaetzle, chinese pepper, sesame seeds & WIDMER BROTHERS SAISON À FLEURS (farmhouse ale brewed with chrysanthemum, jasmine, and szechuan peppercorns)
  • LOCAL SOLE: salsify purée, woodear mushrooms, lollipop kale, pine nuts & EINSTöCK OLGERO (icelandic white ale dry with hints of coriander and orange peel)

Liquid Bread will offer the Chef’s Choice Craft Beer Dinner Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. More info.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant will host a pop-up dinner with Hangar 24, pairing their beers with a four-course menu created by executive chef Colby M. Reade. The sample menu includes:

  • AMUSE BOUCHE (paired with Helles Lager) seared scallop spoon
  • RAVIOLO AL UOVO (paired with Farmhouse Saison) ox tail / braised greens / egg
  • BRAISED BEEF CHEEKS (paired with Alt Bier Ale) heirloom summer vegetables / veal glace / guanciale
  • CHOCOLATE TRIO (paired with Chocolate Porter) light chocolate pot du crème / chocolate porter ice cream / dark chocolate truffle

The prix fixe dinner is available for $75 per person with seating times available from 5:30pm-9pm. Reservations can be made by emailing brittany@steinsbeergarden.com or calling 650-386-1367. More info.

THURSDAY, JULY 31

The Farmers Union in downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square will host Flights and Bites featuring beers from Stone Brewing Company. Executive chef Alex Jimenez will present six dishes paired with Stone beers starting at 6:30pm. The following is the beer-and-food pairing menu.

  • Chefs Crostini Fig Jam: Humboldt Fog goat cheese, jerk nuts paired with Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
  • Grilled Chicken Skewers: spicy peanut sauce paired with Stone IPA
  • Mushroom Cigars: porcini aioli paired with Stone Liberty Station Colonel Sykes East India Porter
  • Pulled Pork BBQ Sliders: apple-jicama slaw, jalapeño, brioche bun paired with 2012 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
  • Housemade Veggie Sliders: white cheddar, cajun remoulade, brioche bun paired with Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Pork & Ricotta Meatballs: crushed & roasted tomato paired with Stone Liberty Station The Sacred Druid

On hand will be Stone’s craft beer ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak. More info.

Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose is the host of the 2nd Annual California Craft Beer Throw down featuring Double IPAs. Last year’s winning Double IPA came from Heretic Brewing Company, and owner/brewer Jamil Zainasheff will be in attendance to defend his title against the offerings of Stone, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Altamont, 21st Amendment, Knee Deep and others. More info.

FRIDAY, AUG. 1

The last SVBW event for Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose is a good one, featuring the nearly divine offerings from Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey, including:

  • Deliverance ’13
  • Agave Maria
  • Older Viscosity ’12
  • Old Viscosity ’13
  • Red Poppy
  • Santas lil Helper ’12
  • Cuvee De Tomme ’13
  • Angels Share Grand Cru
  • Track #8
  • Spontaneous Cheer
  • Framboise De Amerosa

Liquid Bread Gastropub hosts their 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social with Lagunitas Brewing Company from 3pm-5pm.

Enjoy a variety of ice cream flavors or build your own float. Examples include:

  • Lagunitas Imperial Stout & Salt Carmel Ice Cream
  • Rabbits Foot Meadery Cider & Champagne Strawberry Sorbet
  • Classic Root Beer Float with French Vanilla.

The Grapevine in Willow Glen will have Stone Brewing’s Dr. Bill will be on hand for a beer and cheese pairing event starting at 5pm. The event features 6 beers and cheeses:

  • Cabecou with Stone Saison
  • Picandine Pico with Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
  • Piave Vecchio with Stone Ruination IPA
  • Beemster Gouda Aged 18 months with Stone 2013 Oaked Smoked Old Guardian
  • Jasper Hill Bailey Hazen Blue with 2013 Double Bastard Ale
  • Colston Basset Stilton with Stone 2012 Imperial Russian Stout

Only $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Serving sizes: all beers are 4 oz pours and cheeses between 1/2 to 3/4 oz. portions. More info.

SATURDAY, AUG. 2

The popular KraftBrew Beer Fest is the culminating SVBW event and takes place at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in San Jose’s Japantown. “This year’s festivities feature 60+ American craft, Belgian and German imports, home brews, a beer launch booth releasing a special or unique brew for tasting every hour, craft beer panel discussions, brewery tours, and lots of great food!” More info.

At last count, there were over 150 events listed on the SV Beer Week website, giving beer fans and those new to the world of beer a serious case of a first world problem – too many beer choices.

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Liquid Bread Gastropub Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

Liquid Bread Gastropub ribbon cutting ceremony with Executive Chef John Burke, owner Jordan Trigg and Bar Manager Larry Hoang
Liquid Bread Gastropub ribbon cutting ceremony with Executive Chef John Burke, owner Jordan Trigg and Bar Manager Larry Hoang

Liquid Bread Gastropub (379 East Campbell Ave.) is celebrating their one-year anniversary throughout this weekend, Oct. 19 and 20.

Coinciding with the annual downtown Campbell Oktoberfest, Liquid Bread is paying tribute with German beer on tap, $10 anniversary steins (while supplies last) with $5 refills, and fine fare, including Knackwurst and Beer Cheese Soup until 4 p.m. today and tomorrow.

Liquid Bread is also participating in Silicon Valley Restaurant Week, which runs from Oct. 16 through Oct. 23. Below is Chef John Burke’s special, set menu ($45 – add beer for $20 or wine for $30):

Mixed heirloom tomatoes
– warm goat cheese, braised onions, crispy bread, tarragon dressing

Beer cheese soup
– butterball potatoes, leeks, beet relish

Braised lobster mushroom
– brussel sprouts chips, pearl barley, balsamic reduction

***

Crispy pork jowl
– smoked tofu, turnips, hen of the wood mushrooms, pork sauce

Sweetbreads
– squid ink spaetzle, crispy pork skin, yogurt, caraway

King salmon
– quinoa, garbanzo beans, cippolini, romesco

***

Dragon eyes tea cake
– cranberry jam, shiso whipped cream,

Strawberry pudding
– almond praline , mint

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Liquid Bread Gastropub Hosts Beer Social with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

Liquid Bread Gastropub hosts Speakeasy Beer Social
Liquid Bread Gastropub hosts Speakeasy Beer Social

Downtown Campbell’s Liquid Bread Gastropub (379 East Campbell Ave.) hosts their next beer social on Mon., Sep. 30, 2013 starting at 7 p.m.

Guests will taste five different Speakeasy beers with five different passed appetizers while having the opportunity to discuss the pairings with members from the Speakeasy brewing team as well as Liquid Bread executive chef John Burke and beverage manager Larry Hoang.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling (408-370-3400), in person at the restaurant, or via online.

  • Prohibition Ale – balanced amber with a clean finish
  • Wet Hop Big Daddy IPA, Draft – hoppy brew with Norcal freshness with
  • Peanut and Basil Cornbread – mirin glaze, lemon grass, jicama salad, tiny arugula
  • Tallulah Extra Pale Ale – light, easy, tropical and pleasantly bitter with
  • Bay Scallops – warm pineapple coriander broth, mango, fig leaves
  • Double Daddy Imperial IPA – big, hoppy West Coast IPA with
  • Braised Goat – garlic mustard dressing, grilled kale, roasted sunchoke
  • Payback Smoked Porter – sweet, espresso, cocoa and hickory smoke with
  • Oysters – crispy ham, smoked salt, sesame seeds, grated quail egg

Menu subject to change based on product availability.

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South Bay Beer Scene Making News

Bottled beers from South Bay's Gordon Biersch, Palo Alto Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, and Strike Brewing
Bottled beers from South Bay’s Gordon Biersch, Palo Alto Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, and Strike Brewing

South Bay. Greater South Bay. Silicon Valley. Santa Clara County. The San Jose area and its neighbors. Whatever the geographic label, there is a growing number of media outlets filing reports and articles dedicated to beer-related news and events taking place locally.

From newspaper articles and radio reports to blogs and vlogs, coverage of the South Bay craft beer scene is at an all-time high. The extensive coverage is positive as more folks can learn about the various ways to go about enjoying good beer, such as checking out local brewing companies and brewpubs, beer bars, restaurants, stores that sell quality beer, homebrew shops, and homebrew clubs.

On the business side, cheers to the founding entrepreneurs behind Tied House (1988), Gordon Biersch Palo Alto (1988), Gordon Biersch San Jose (1990), Los Gatos Brewing (1991), El Toro Brewing (1992), Stoddard’s Sunnyvale (1993 – now FireHouse Grill & Brewery), Faultline (1994), and Stoddard’s Campbell (2002 – now Campbell Brewing). For the past twenty to twenty-five years, these local establishments have provided customers a chance to enjoy fresh, quality beer throughout the South Bay and its neighboring areas.

And cheers to the relatively newer folks (e.g., brewing companies, beer bars, gastropubs, beer stores, individuals coordinating community-wide beer events, etc.) who are taking up the good beer cause throughout the local South Bay communities and beyond. The early players included places like Rose & Crown (2006), Good Karma (2006), and Wine Affairs (2007) among others. Then came enterprises like Hermitage Brewing, Strike Brewing, Harry’s Hofbrau, Kelly’s Liquors, Bobby’s Liquors, Jane’s Beer Store, Original Gravity, Liquid Bread, Beer Walk, KraftBrew, O’Flaherty’s, SmokeEaters, and more.

These businesses all have a common bond – at least one person in their midst, if not many more, who is passionate and knowledgeable about, and appreciative of, good beer and diligently endeavors to share good beer with others.

On the media front, kudos to the one-and-only Better Beer Blog for modeling the way and providing consistent South Bay coverage since March 2007.

The following are some of the latest examples of the recent coverage spike of the local, South Bay craft beer scene. Expect more coverage in the year ahead as new beer-related developments take place and the public’s appetite for such coverage continues to grow.

Silicon Valley Business Journal

KQED

Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper / SanJose.com

San Jose Mercury News / Contra Costa Times (Bay Area Newspaper Group)

Examiner.com

Better Beer Blog

The Beer Heads

Ramblings of a Beer Runner

Grateful Hubby

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SF Beer Week Events in the South Bay

SF Beer Week is hosting numerous events in the South Bay this year
SF Beer Week is hosting numerous events in the South Bay this year

The fifth annual SF Beer Week runs from Fri., Feb. 8, to Sun., Feb. 17, and a record number of events are planned throughout the Bay Area. Among the many South Bay participants are Harry’s Hofbrau, Wine Affairs, Original Gravity Public House, Rose & Crown, Liquid Bread Gastropub, and Hermitage and Strike brewing companies.

Feb. 9, 2-6pm: Beerwalk in Japantown San Jose
Beerwalks, coordinated by Jack’s Bar & Lounge, have proven to be fun adventures. For this Beerwalk, visitors can stroll the streets and visit the local businesses in Japantown while tasting great beer. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance, and $38 the day of. www.thebeerwalk.com.

Feb. 10, 11am-2pm: SF Beer Week Beer Run
Get in a run, and enjoy some Strike Brewing beers afterward at C.B. Hannegan’s in Los Gatos. www.beer-runner.blogspot.com.

Feb. 11, 4:30-10pm: Lagunitas Craft ‘Beerds’ Night
The folks at Wine Affairs in San Jose host a facial-hair-themed good time with sudsy offerings from Lagunitas.

Feb. 12, 6-8pm: Scott’s Seafood Mountain View Brewmaster Dinner
The evening features a four-course meal with beers from Hermitage Brewing. Tickets are $45, excluding tax and tip, and reservations are required.

Feb. 13, 11:30-1am: Pliny the Younger at Rose & Crown
Palo Alto’s Rose & Crown Pub serves some of the hard-to-find Pliny the Younger from the Russian River Brewing Company.

Feb. 14, noon-11:30pm: Pucker Up! Valentine’s Day Sour Tap Takeover
Try up to 15 sour beers at Original Gravity in downtown San Jose.

Feb. 15: Firestone Walker Presents the Roots of XVI
Scheduled to make appearances for this event at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose are current brewmaster Matt Brynildson and the original brewmaster Jeffers Richardson.

Feb. 16, noon-5pm: Meet the Brewers Beer Festival
At the Fourth Annual edition of the festival, at Hermitage Brewing in San Jose, sample beers from South Bay and nearby breweries and meet many of the brewers. Tickets are $35 if purchased in advance and $40 at the door.

Feb. 17, 11am-3pm: Beer Brunch
Enjoy brunch at Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell with Lagunitas beer cocktails.

Expect events to sell out or draw large turnouts-a continuing sign of the demand for good beer in the South Bay.

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Liquid Bread Gastropub in Campbell

GLASS ACT- Liquid Bread finds good beers to pair with its food
GLASS ACT- Liquid Bread finds good beers to pair with its food

The new Liquid Bread Gastropub opened in downtown Campbell just a month ago and is on the fast track to becoming a South Bay hot spot for top-notch food and beer offerings. Liquid Bread boasts 20 rotating craft-beer taps and 70 to 80 bottled beers for in-house consumption or purchase to go. There is also a selection of fine wines and soda.

The beers on tap represent a variety of styles to pair with menu items of small to medium plates, and introduce and educate those new to enjoying beer with their food. Several taps are devoted to local South Bay and Bay Area breweries, and recent draft beers have included El Toro Poppy Jasper Amber Ale (Morgan Hill) and Red Branch Ciders (Sunnyvale). On tap now is the Ale of the 2 Tun Imperial Stout from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company.

Having attended Santa Clara High School together, the Liquid Bread partners have South Bay pride and more than 10 years of food and beverage experience each. Jordan Trigg, owner of Jack’s Bar & Lounge in San Jose’s Japantown, helped start the successful San Jose Beerwalk events. Ryan Banderas has worked extensively in the restaurant and bar scene and developed the beer program at Rootstock Wine Bar in Los Gatos.

Executive chef John Burke has cooked at several acclaimed Bay Area restaurants, including two with a Michelin star—the Village Pub in Woodside and Trevese in Los Gatos as its chef de cuisine. He was most recently the chef de cuisine at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose. Along with sous chef Tyler Graham, he provides a fresh take on new and traditional California cuisine that features local ingredients and is vegetarian friendly.

Regarding the unusual name, Jordan explains: “Liquid bread refers to beer. The phrase came from the time when water was not very sanitary, and beer was consumed for both water and valuable nutrients. We feel Liquid Bread represents our primary focus of beer, but at the same time encompasses the aspects of a gastropub—the focus on drinks—liquid—complemented by high-end cuisine—bread.”

The partners recently hired a beer manager to help order and maintain a stellar beer lineup and to run beer-related specials, including food- and beer-pairing events and beer club memberships. The beer manager is Larry Hoang, previously the assistant brewer at Campbell’s Rock Bottom Brewery and, yes, also a friend from Santa Clara High.

Liquid Bread Gastropub
379 East Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA; 408.370.3400

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Highlights of Recent South Bay Oktoberfest Celebrations

Outside Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Outside Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012

Plenty of Oktoberfest celebrations took place in the South Bay last month, including events at Liquid Bread Gastropub, Harry’s Hofbrau, and Steak Out.

Liquid Bread Gastropub

Liquid Bread Gastropub temporarily opened its doors to offer a sneak peek inside during the Oct. 13-14 weekend, coinciding with the Downtown Campbell Oktoberfest celebration weekend. The Liquid Bread team was on hand to greet customers, pour draft German beer, and talk about their much anticipated gastropub. A popular question that weekend was, “When will you be open?” It was the public’s first chance to check out the Liquid Bread space since the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell this past Aug. 11, when the owner had received the keys just the day before.

Liquid Bread Gastropub officially opened Oct. 23 and is on the fast track to becoming a South Bay hot spot for quality food and beer in a down-to-earth setting.

Inside Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Inside Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub partners Ryan Banderas (left) and Jordan Trigg (right), Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub partners Ryan Banderas (left) and Jordan Trigg (right), Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread beer manager Larry Hoang (left) and Ryan Banderas, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread beer manager Larry Hoang (left) and Ryan Banderas, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub Executive Chef John Burke (left) and Larry Hoang, Oct. 2012
Liquid Bread Gastropub Executive Chef John Burke (left) and Larry Hoang, Oct. 2012
John Burke enjoying a Hofbrau Munchen Hefeweizen, Oct. 2012
John Burke enjoying a Hofbrau Munchen Hefeweizen, Oct. 2012

Harry’s Hofbrau

There was a special Thursday Pint Night on Oct. 25 at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose as they hosted their annual Schneider Weisse event. In addition to the German beers, tall ceramic beer mugs and Bavarian-style pretzels were also offered and proved to be very popular. Of course, there was a compelling draft beer lineup as usual.

Harry’s continues its South Bay role as a major craft beer establishment.

Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose, Oct. 2012
Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration dinner at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration dinner at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose, Oct. 2012
Lost Coast Brewery Northern CA sales manager Jack Van Stone (left) and yours truly, Oct. 2012
Lost Coast Brewery Northern CA sales manager Jack Van Stone (left) and yours truly, Oct. 2012

Steak Out

In downtown Mountain View, Steak Out hosted an Oktoberfest event that had customers arrive in droves to enjoy a special Oktoberfest food and beer menu. Indoor and outdoor tables were filled throughout the day and evening, including the long tables set up in the parking lot. Of note were the comments about the solid craft beer offerings on tap at Steak Out that were overheard a number of times throughout the day.

Interestingly, according to staff, this Oktoberfest event was “the busiest by far” that Steak Out has ever been.

Oktoberfest celebration at Steak Out in Mountain View, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration at Steak Out in Mountain View, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration at Steak Out, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest celebration at Steak Out, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest food at Steak Out, Oct. 2012
Oktoberfest food at Steak Out, Oct. 2012

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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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Highlights of the Third San Jose Beerwalk in Nearby Downtown Campbell

Checking in at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Checking in at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell

The third San Jose Beerwalk took place in nearby downtown Campbell this past Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 with hundreds of beerwalkers strolling through downtown Campbell on a gorgeous, warm summer day. While visiting a variety of stores and restaurants that served as designated pouring stations, beerwalkers had the opportunity to enjoy good beer from mostly Northern California breweries.

Great early turnout for the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Great early turnout for the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell

This is the first Beerwalk to take place outside of San Jose’s Japantown, and the attendance indicated that these South Bay Beerwalks are as popular as ever. Anticipation of good beer was an effective remedy for the long lines at check-in and at some of the pouring locations. Also, waiting for beer pours provided additional opportunities to mingle and check out the local downtown Campbell shops and restaurants.

SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell

Of note was the presence, once again, of beers from a number of South Bay breweries like Hermitage, Tied House, Strike, Gordon Biersch, Campbell Brewing, Faultline, Los Gatos Brewing, FireHouse Grill & Brewery, and Rock Bottom Campbell.

Jenny and Ben Lewis of Strike Brewing Co. at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Jenny and Ben Lewis of Strike Brewing Co. at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Gordon Biersch beers at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Gordon Biersch beers at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Faultline at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Faultline Brewing Company at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Los Gatos Brewing Company at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Los Gatos Brewing Company at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell

Special highlights were the tours of the Campbell Brewing facility provided by Campbell Brewing brewmaster Jim Turturici and a first look inside the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub, which served as both a check-in and pouring location after the owners received the keys just one day before the Beerwalk. Look for Liquid Bread to open later this fall with a soft opening next month.

Campbell Brewing brewmaster Jim Turturici provided brewery tours at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Campbell Brewing brewmaster Jim Turturici provided brewery tours at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell

 

Ryan Banderas (left) and Jordan Trigg (right) inside the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Ryan Banderas (left) and Jordan Trigg (right) inside the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Remodeling is under way at the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub
Remodeling is under way at the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub
Looking outside at the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub
Looking outside at the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub
Soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub
Soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub

Remodeling is under way at the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub

The next Beerwalk will likely take place in December. For the latest Beerwalk updates, like the SJ Beerwalk Facebook page.

South Bay beer enthusiasts Jim, Billy, Nicole, Don, and Gary at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
South Bay beer enthusiasts Jim, Billy, Nicole, Don, and Gary at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Yours truly and Hermitage Brewing Company brewer Greg Filippi at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Yours truly and Hermitage Brewing Company brewer Greg Filippi at the SJ Beerwalk in downtown Campbell

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Liquid Bread Gastropub to Open Early Fall in Downtown Campbell

Executive chef John Burke of soon-to-open Liquid Bread gastropub
Executive chef John Burke of soon-to-open Liquid Bread gastropub

A beer-centric restaurant is set to open in downtown Campbell along Campbell Avenue towards the end of August. While the details for Liquid Bread gastropub will be finalized in the next few weeks, what is known will not doubt have South Bay beer fans excited.

There will be 25 to 30 craft beer taps and 40 to 75 bottled beer plus bottle purchases off-sale (to go), along with wine. Liquid Bread will be open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunches.

As for the partners behind Liquid Bread? They all attended high school together at Santa Clara High, and each has over 10 years of food and beverage industry experience.

Jordan Trigg, owner of Jack’s Bar & Lounge in San Jose’s Japantown, helped start the successful San Jose Beerwalk events. Look for Jordan to leverage his experiences in running a popular bar and coordinating big, quality events while putting customer service at the top of the priority list.

Soon-to-open Liquid Bread gastropub partners Jordan Trigg and Ryan Banderas at a recent beer tasting to create their beer menu
Soon-to-open Liquid Bread gastropub partners Jordan Trigg and Ryan Banderas at a recent beer tasting to create their beer menu

Among the trio, Ryan Banderas has worked the longest in the restaurant/bar scene. He possesses the first-level Cicerone Program certification and developed the beer program at Rootstock Wine Bar in Los Gatos. His extensive operations experience will come to good use at Liquid Bread.

John Burke will be the Executive Chef at Liquid Bread. He has been cooking for 11 years at several acclaimed Bay Area restaurants, including two with Michelin stars – The Village Pub in Woodside and Trevese in Los Gatos (now closed) as its Chef de Cuisine. He is currently the Chef de Cuisine at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose.

Partners Jordan, Ryan, and John of soon-to-open Liquid Bread gastropub
Partners Jordan, Ryan, and John of soon-to-open Liquid Bread gastropub

Look for chef John to offer California cuisine at its finest, showcasing local ingredients and vegetarian friendly fare. He says, “I feel that with California food, it gives me the ability to play with all styles of food.” He has given a sneak peek to some items he currently has in mind, though they will be finalized later and dependent on the season:

  • mixed melon salad, lemon verbena, pistachios, cilantro, mache
  • celery root soup, smoked eel, shaved coppa, butter beans
  • warm sea spinach, roasted garlic, sorrel, spiced chickpeas, crispy chicken skin
  • burger in caul fat, picked zucchini, carmody cheese, Bearnaise sauce, pretzel bun
  • braised artichokes, oysters, bacon, chicken liver mousse, lemon thyme vinaigrette
  • green tea crepe, pickled rhubarb, mascarpone, red shiso, rose petal jam

There will also be plenty of cheese and salumi plates to browse and choose from. Chef John’s main mission at Liquid Bread is for customers to feel welcome and comfortable as they enjoy first-rate food in an unpretentious setting.

These long-time friends have been talking about opening a location together and have been scouting locations for quite some time. And now they are pursuing the Campbell opportunity at full speed. A second Liquid Bread location is on the cusp of being finalized in downtown San Jose, and look for even more Liquid Bread spots throughout the South Bay.

Their timing could not be better as the South Bay beer scene continues its rapid ascent. Ryan has seen this rise in the interest for good beer up close at Rootstock and asserts that the South Bay in general and Campbell in particular are “at the beginning of a beer renaissance.”

In talking with Jordan, Ryan, and chef John, it is obvious that they are very knowledgeable about beer. Each in their own way exhibits a strong passion for beer, which is directly reflected in the name of their joint venture. Jordan explains:

“Liquid Bread obviously is beer. But the phrase came from the time when water was not very sanitary and beer was consumed for water while at the same time providing valuable nutrients. We feel Liquid Bread represents our primary focus of beer, but at the same time encompasses the aspects of a gastropub – the focus on drinks (liquid) but complemented by high-end cuisine (bread).”

For the latest developments on Liquid Bread gastropub, like their recently created Liquid Bread Gastropub Facebook page.

Partners Jordan, Ryan, and John of soon-to-open Liquid Bread gastropub at a recent beer tasting to craft their beer menu
Partners Jordan, Ryan, and John of soon-to-open Liquid Bread gastropub at a recent beer tasting to craft their beer menu

Partners Jordan, Ryan, and John of soon-to-open Liquid Bread gastropub at a recent beer tasting to create their beer menu

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