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Upcoming South Bay Beer Events: Original Gravity, Tied House, KraftBrew & More

Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose
Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose

There are special beer events taking place every day in the South Bay from Wed., Dec. 5 to Mon., Dec. 10, including a cask ale tapping, a beer festival, and a beer and food pairing dinner.

Wednesday, 12/5/12

Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose shares the following event information from their Facebook page:

Come celebrate the anniversary of Repeal Day at Original Gravity with a wide array of 21st Amendment beers! We will be pouring some great stuff from the San Francisco based brewing company and celebrating our right to drink beer!

Bitter American (Extra Pale Ale)
Brew Free or Die (IPA)
Hop Crisis (Imperial IPA)
Fireside Chat (Winter Spiced Ale)
Marooned on Hog Island (Oyster Stout)

This Original Gravity Repeal Day event is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

San Jose’s Poor House Bistro hosts their weekly Blues & Brews $2 Tasting with Ron Thompson and beers from Samuel Adams Brewery from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday, 12/6/12

The weekly Pint Night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose, starting at 6 p.m., features beers from Widmer Brothers. In particular, according to a recent Facebook update, Harry’s will have a vertical of Brrrbon 2012, 2011 (bottle), and 2010. They will also pour Milk Stout, SXNW, and Lemon Grass Wheat.

For those that will be further up the peninsula, the Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City will be tapping Firestone Walker XVI at 6 p.m. The following is from their Facebook page: “This Thursday we will be tapping the Firestone XVI keg at 6 p.m.! We have one 5 gallon keg, but we are expecting to have enough for everyone. This is a blend of 8 different brews from Firestone barrel-aged in everything from Tequila barrels to brandy. We will also have DBA on draft for $1 off til it pops!”

Friday, 12/7/12

Tied House in Mountain View taps a firkin (cask ale) the first Friday of each month at 5 p.m. This month’s firkin features Hermitage Brewing’s newest Single Hop IPA Galaxy with its citrus and tropical aromas and flavors.

Saturday, 12/8/12

KraftBrew is back with their next KraftBrew beer fest installment in San Jose – KraftBrew WinterBall 2012. Hosted by Naglee Park Garage in the Landmark Ballroom at the San Jose Woman’s Club, this event takes place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and focuses on seasonal, winter beer tasting. The KraftBrew WinterBall Facebook event page contains all the information, including the beer list. You can go to this link to purchase tickets.

Speaking of the KraftBrew WinterBall beer list, look for South Bay beers Hermitage Maltopia and Ale of the 2 Tun Imperial Stout, Strike Imperial Red, Faultine Winter Strong Ale and Dunkel Weisse, and Rabbit’s Foot Sweet Mead.

Sunday, 12/9/12

There is a food and beer pairing dinner starting at 6 p.m. at Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View featuring Moroccan delicacies and beers from Strike Brewing Company. For the menu and to purchase tickets, click here.

Monday, 12/10/12

Wine Affairs in San Jose hosts their weekly beer tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature beers from Schmaltz, including He’Brew and Jewbelation Sweet 16.

As events and beer lineups may change from time to time, please do check with the host establishment directly, especially 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 Beer Events: Sep. 3-9, 2012

Recent tap takeover event at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
Recent tap takeover event at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose

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 may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Sep. 3, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts an “End o’ Summer Beers” beer tasting event. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “Celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer! Featuring fresh hop ales, summer wheats, and refreshing saisons. $10/person or FREE for Members!”

Tues., Sep. 4, 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 5, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Karl Strauss Brewing Company. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Sep. 6, 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. 6, 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. 7, 2012: Tied House Brewery & Cafe in Mountain View hosts September’s First Firkin Friday. 954 Villa Street. 650-965-2739. “A firkin is a cask filled with real ale. (Firkin refers to the size of the cask as well.) A different cask ale is concocted and tapped at 5 p.m. every first Friday of every month. Join us to try real ale and taste the difference. We donate the profits from the sales of firkin pints to local non-profits because we are dedicated to our community.”

Fri., Sep. 7, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Mon., Sep. 10, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts a Firestone Walker event. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “Mark your calendar: If you love beer, make sure to be here on Monday, Sept 10th for a Firestone Walker Event that is sure to be EPIC. Details to follow…”

Wed., Sep. 12, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.: Restaurant James Randall in Los Gatos hosts a beer dinner event featuring Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

Fri., Sep. 14, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.: Palace Cafe in Sunnyvale hosts a 5-course beer pairing dinner featuring beers from Strike Brewing Company. 139 South Murphy Ave., 408-774-6111. The current cover photo of the Strike Brewing Facebook page lists the 5-course menu and beers. RSVP to (408) 774-6111; only 30 tickets available.

Sat., Sep. 15, 2012, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.: The Los Gatos Brewing Company 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration takes place. 130G North Santa Cruz Ave., 408-395-9929. “Los Gatos Brewing Company is having a 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration!!! Join us for tasty German food, cold beer, live music and tons of fun!!! This is an outdoor event. Our restaurant will also be open with a special Oktoberfest menu!” For complete details, visit their Facebook public event page.

Sat.-Sun., Sep. 15-16, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Devil’s Canyon 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.

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.

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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