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Original Gravity 1-Year Anniversary

Original Gravity general manager Moonlynn Tsai
Original Gravity general manager Moonlynn Tsai

Owners Dan Phan and Johnny Wang opened Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose last July to much fanfare among local beer fans, and rightfully so. Their 25 rotating taps and bottled beer selections have been focal points since day one, and they have done much to help raise the profile of the South Bay beer scene.

To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Original Gravity is throwing a bash on Saturday, July 20 starting at 12:30pm. An impressive beer lineup and specialty tappings of highly regarded beers—among others, Drake’s Aroma Coma and Aroma Prieta, Sainte Adairius West Ashley, Russian River Supplication and Firestone Walker Parabola—anchor the day’s festivities.

There will be food specials, vinyl records spun on the patio courtesy of On the Corner Music and the chance to meet the original brewmaster of Firestone Walker, Jeffers Richardson. He now heads up Barrelworks, home to Firestone Walker’s wild (also known as sour) and strong ale programs.

Phan and Wang credit general manager Moonlynn Tsai and bar manager/event coordinator Rob Monroe for creating a team both well versed in beer knowledge and passionate about the beer industry. “We’re always happy to talk about beer and answer any questions a customer may have,” Phan says.

In addition to their beer offerings, many customers also enjoy the tidy food lineup that includes gourmet sausages, grilled cheese sandwiches and duck fat fries.

And here’s a piece of great news for Original Gravity fans: They have recently finalized expansion plans to open up an extra 1,000 square feet of much-needed space by tearing down the interior sidewall along the hallway that leads to the patio, and utilizing the area that’s currently behind the wall.

According to Phan, they will install another bar consisting of 10 more taps, carve out a designated area for a beer-aging program, and have enough room to host bands, trivia game nights and private parties. They expect to have the expansion completed within the next 6-8 months.

Be sure to check out their website for the one-year anniversary party details, including the beer menu and the specialty tapping times.

Original Gravity Anniversary
Sat, July 20, starts at 12:30pm, 66 S. First St., San Jose

[This post was shared on SanJose.com.]

Original Gravity Public House Celebrates Memorable Official Grand Opening

Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose celebrates grand opening
Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose celebrates grand opening

Congratulations to Original Gravity Public House, which hosted their official grand opening last Saturday, Sep. 15, 2012. Beer fans turned out in droves to celebrate this notable South Bay craft beer establishment in downtown San Jose.

Original Gravity Public House celebrates their grand opening
Original Gravity Public House celebrates their grand opening

With plenty of sunshine and special access to neighboring outdoor patio space, Original Gravity owners Dan Phan and Johnny Wang were excited to be able to present their full food menu, featuring gourmet grilled cheeses and poutine to accompany the already well-received sausages and duck fat fries.

Original Gravity owners Dan Phan and Johnny Wang at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Original Gravity owners Dan Phan and Johnny Wang at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration

And, of course, there was the beer menu for the festive day that included hourly tappings of specialty and limited kegs and excellent offerings from the likes of Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, The Bruery, Drake’s, Evil Twin, Ninkasi, Calicraft, Alesmith, Uncommon Brewers, New Belgium, Port Brewing, Heretic, Stillwater, Midnight Sun, Deschutes, Flying Dog, Gouden  Carolus, Dogfish Head, and Sierra Nevada.

Outdoors at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration

Earlier this year, there was quite the anticipation for Original Gravity’s opening among South Bay beer fans, especially after learning about the Original Gravity owners and their plans. The wait has been worth it.

More pics from the grand opening:

Moonlynn Tsai of Original Gravity at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Moonlynn Tsai of Original Gravity at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Original Gravity's Rob Monroe at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Original Gravity’s Rob Monroe at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker and Rudy Kuhn of Lagunitas at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker and Rudy Kuhn of Lagunitas at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Jenny Merit of San Jose's Wine Affairs at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Jenny Merit of San Jose’s Wine Affairs at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
San Jose beer fans Stef and Andrea enjoying the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
San Jose beer fans Stef and Andrea enjoying the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog_Hermitage Brewing, Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker, and yours truly at the Original Gravity grand opening celebration
Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog_Hermitage Brewing, Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker, and yours truly at the Original Gravity grand opening celebration

Indoors at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration

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