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San Pedro Square Market Hosts New Belgium Brewing Company Tap Takeover

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Downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square Market (87 N. San Pedro St.) will host a Market-wide tap takeover event featuring New Belgium Brewing Company this Sunday, July 17 from 12pm-4pm.

It’s the biggest event that New Belgium has done in the South Bay, and the taps at the three Market pouring locations – San Pedro Square Market Bar, Market Garage Bar and Market Beer Company – will have the following New Belgium offerings.

San Pedro Square Market Bar

  • Fat Tire Ale
  • Blue Paddle Pilsner
  • Snapshot Wheat
  • Ranger IPA
  • Citradelic IPA
  • 1554 Black Lager

Garage Bar

  • Fat Funk Ale – collaboration with Allagash Brewing Company
  • Fat Wild Ale – collaboration with Avery Brewing Company
  • Fat Hoppy Ale – collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Fat Sour Apple Ale – collaboration with Hopworks Urban Brewery
  • Fat Pale Ale – collaboration with Reingheist Brewing

Market Beer Company

  • Loves Apple Felix
  • Peach Wheat Wine
  • La Folie
  • Transatlantique Kriek
  • Hop Kitchen Juicy Mandarina IPA
  • 2014 Cascara Quad

New Belgium Celebrates 25 Years with ‘Fat Tire & Friends’

The beers to be poured at the Garage Bar represent the ‘Fat Tire & Friends’ collaboration pack, involving Allagash, Firestone Walker, Avery, Hopworks and Rhinegeist. ‘Fat Tire & Friends’ is a special project to commemorate New Belgium’s 25th anniversary this year.

Ross Larkin, San Jose/Santa Cruz Beer Ranger for New Belgium explains, “We teamed up with some of our Friends from across the country to pay homage to our beloved Fat Tire Amber Ale. The number one Amber Ale in the U.S. was born on a bike seat during a trip to Belgium in 1989. Because of what New Belgium has done for the industry, our Friends were quick to come and brew a beer with us. Basically each of the breweries involved put their own spin on our flagship.

“Allagash used their house yeast called De Dolle. Firestone Walker used a lager yeast and tons of hops to make an IPL (Indian Pale Lager). Avery used a wild yeast to make for a very fruity and fun beer. Our house Belgian ale yeast already has some faint apple aromas so Hopworks spiked the beer with Lactobacillus and apples. Finally Rhinegeist used the world renown Rochefort yeast (a Trappist brewery) and kicked our malt up to make for an authentic Belgian pale ale.”

Fat Tire and Friends

Special Sours on Tap at Market Beer Company

Among the offerings pouring at Market Beer Company will be a selection of special sour options. Ross has provided his notes for these sour beers:

  • First up is Loves Apple Felix: A single-barrel, unblended light sour aged for 9 months in Leopold brothers Apple whiskey barrels.
  • Peach Wheat Wine: Some of the same base sour beer used in the above mentioned is aged in peach whiskey barrels with a ton of fresh peaches; at the same time a high gravity wheat beer is also aging in peach whiskey barrels with peaches. We then blend this beauty up and ooh la la!
  • La Folie: Our prized dark sour starts with our dark sour Oscar. We blend from a multitude of foeders to make for a unique beer every year.
  • Our Transatlantique Kriek will also be available. We collaborate with Oude Beersel from Belgium on this. He sends us his sour cherry beer and we back blend it with our in-house light sour Felix.

In addition, there’ll be live music, game, giveaways and a raffle for a chance to win New Belgium’s 2016 Cruiser bike made by Detroit Bikes, a small American-made bike company. San Jose Bikes will also be at the event to do minor bike adjustments and provide bike information.

Scenes from the Soon-to-Open Steins Beer Garden Rehearsal Dinner

Wifey and I both had the chance to attend a rehearsal dinner for Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View yesterday. I think the set of pictures below can help show why we think Steins is a wonderful addition to the Silicon Valley beer scene.

We definitely owe my brother a lot for his childsitting services, which allowed for both of us to make it to this great dinner.

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Wifey and Casey, who guided us on a tour of the patio and restaurant before dinner.

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Executive chef Colby Reade.

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Me and chef.

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Pickled vegetables.

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2 Fresh Baked Pretzels with caraway beer mustard.

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Menu parts.

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Beer flight menu.

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Steins coaster.

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The Steins Beer Runner Program.

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Tap-to-table deliver beer service.

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Beers, consisting of:

Dark Flight (top row of picture): Krusovice Cerne Dark Czech Dark Lager, Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre Belgium Strong Dark Ale, Band of Gypsies Collaboration Belgian Tramp Belgium Quad, and The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout Imperial Stout.

IPA Flight (bottom of picture): New Belgium Rampant Double IPA, High Water Retribution Double IPA, Sam Adams Grumpy Monk Belgium IPA, and Hangar 24 DIPA.

Beer Runner Ticket #1 (top left): Hangar 24 IPA.

Beer Runner Ticket #2 (bottom left): Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter.

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Pork Belly Poutine: Kennebec fries, fromage blanc, beef gravy, and fresh herbs.

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Owner Ted Kim.

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Ted asked whether wifey and I ever tasted Brouwerij Huyghe Fruli Strawberry fruit beer or the Brouwerij Huyghe Floris Apple Ale fruit beer. We had not, and Ted enthusiastically suggested that we try some. Sweet, and very, very yummy. Super glad to have tasted them as it was quite difficult for Ted to get his hands on these particular beers.

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The keg room – a focal point of the restaurant, at least according to me. :)

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Breakfast for Dinner: Smoked pork belly, poached egg, frisée, maple dijon vinaigrette, and toast points.

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Seared Mahi Mahi and Herbed Lentils with smoked tomato confit, preserved lemon, and herb salad. The mahi mahi was a substitute for sea bass this evening.

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Braised Lamb Shoulder with parsnip puree, au jus, and lollipop kale.

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A special dessert table.

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The beers and the food were all tasty as heck, but I’m someone who feels that things are even that much better if the folks behind a particular place are good people. Chef Colby and Ted are two such folks.

For more behind-the-scenes peeks into Steins’ beginnings, check out the past several articles that I’ve written about them.

March 26, 2013 in Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper: Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant: The Better-Beer Scene Continues its Ascent in the South Bay (also reposted on this site)

Jan. 18, 2013: Hard Hat Tour of Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Dec. 14, 2013: An Early Article on Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

And finally, Steins’ grand opening will take place tomorrow, Thursday, March 28, 2013, as they will open for lunch service immediately following a private ribbon-cutting ceremony.



Beers at Santana Row

Earlier this summer, my brother treated the toddler and I to a meal at the Village California Bistro and Wine Bar in Santana Row. I took the opportunity to do a beer tasting along with my meal.


I went for the Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA, New Belgium Somersault, and Napa Smith Lost Dog Red Ale beer flight.

I hadn’t quite yet acquired the full appreciation for IPAs (let alone Double IPAs) when I tried this beer flight, so the Double Jack was my least favorite due to the bitter taste when compared to the other beers.

These days, I greatly enjoy the Double Jack, which reflects how much my taste in beer has evolved since the beginning of this year.

The meal itself was quite good.


Roasted 38 North chicken breast – rock shrimp & andouille sauce creole, white corn polenta, Coke Farms braised greens.

Pan roasted California sea bass with fava beans, chanterelle mushrooms and Borba Farms baby squash.

Earlier in the fall, I had the chance to check the Yard House, with their wide selection of beers. I wrote a separate post about our thoroughly enjoyable outing.

Early last month, I tried the beer and burger pairing special at The Counter in Santana Row.


The draft selections, few and mostly straightforward, paired nicely with their respective mini-burgers. A nice addition to their selection is the Full Boar Scotch Ale from Belmont’s Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company.

Lastly, earlier this month, we visited Pizza Antica, where I helped myself to a Trumer Pils, a German pilsener beer brewed in Berkeley’s Trumer Brauerei. This beer was crisp and refreshing. And the food was excellent.


Warm Brussels sprouts salad with bacon, hard cooked egg, caramelized onion, and croutons.

Heirloom potatoes, caramelized onion, and white truffle oil.

Kid’s cheese pizza.

We enjoy hanging out at Santana Row, and it’s nice to know that there’s some good beer to be had there.

Cheers! Prost! Gun bae!


More Beers from Earlier this Year

Our foray into the better beer world really started earlier this year with the SF Beer Week South Bay event, Meet the Brewers Beer Festival in San Jose, back in February. Since then, wifey and I have been interested in trying different beers and paying closer attention to beer styles and their corresponding characteristics.

This post is a catch-up post reflecting more of the beers (through pictures) that we’ve had throughout this past year up to roughly the end of summer. We enjoyed all of these beers, as wifey and I have similar, flexible tastes.










The below draft beer is the Marzen from Sudwerk Brewery in Davis, which we got at a great Davis restaurant, Caffe Italia.



Again, wifey and I enjoyed all these beers. Our interest in and appreciation for good beer have been growing greatly, and it’s been fun. :) We’ve been starting to keep tasting notes, of which I’ll start posting more going forward.

Cheers! Prost! Gun bae!


Our Friend Stef Makes Home Brew

A highlight from this past summer was getting the chance to drink our friend Stef’s home-brewed beer.

This IPA, so crisp and refreshing, especially on that warm, summer day back in late May, was the first home-brewed beer that wifey and I ever had.

And with our growing interest in craft beers really taking off since the beginning of this year, we were very happy to see the home beer brewing process in person about a week after drinking this delicious IPA, thanks to the kind invitation from Stef, his lovely wife, and their charming kid.

Steeping the grains.


Beer recipe and instructions.


Main ingredients.


Mixing in malt to make wort and then adding hops.


Cleaning and sterilizing.


Wort ice bath.

The homebrewer.


Transferring and then pitching yeast.


Waiting for fermentation and then the transfer to secondary fermentation (which would take 10-14 days) before bottling.


Watching the beer brewing process was completely interesting and inspiring. It’s a labor of love and something I hope to try one of these days soon.

Meanwhile, the kids had a great time playing.

Then, it was time for dinner.


To go along with some beers.

Thanks very much for an awesome time!

As cool as viewing the home brewing process was, it’s much cooler to be able to call you our friends.

Always Grateful,