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Scenes from the Downtown Sunnyvale Beerwalk, Feb. 2017

Another tasty, entertaining and successful Beerwalk took place last Saturday, marking the first time that the Beerwalk was held in Sunnyvale.

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The older kid with Firehouse Grill & Brewery’s Larry Hoang, right before Larry took a group of early Beerwalk participants on a brewery tour.

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Thanks for the shout-out, Larry.

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Grain silo.

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Grain mill.

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Malts.

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Mash tun.

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Larry gave a great tour – energetic, articulate and informative.

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Kettle.

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Fermentation tanks.

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Bright tank.

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The family with Hermitage Brewing’s Nicole Marquez.

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Faultline Brewing’s Everett on the left.

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Very tasty Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Hermitage Brewing.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Ryan Brown pouring Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA.

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Larry pouring Firehouse Grill & Brewery IPA and Red Ale.

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Corey of Firestone Walker Brewing pouring Easy Jack Session IPA and Luponic Distortion 004.

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Golden State Brewery’s Brent Ostrander pouring I-5PA (Northeastern Style IPA) and Heritage Honey Ale.

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Fibbar MaGees’ Liam and Irene.

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Umunhum Brewing’s Jeff and Christian.

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Adam Nanni.

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Beer enthusiasts Joe and Gen.

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Lagunitas Brewing Brown Sugga’ (American Strong Ale) and 12th of Never (American Pale Ale).

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Ryan Bridge of Strike Brewing. Major kudos to him for his excellent Stand Up Triple IPA, which was recently released in limited quantities on tap and in bottles at their brewery.

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Beerwalk’s Jordan Trigg.

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Beerwalk’s Jordan and Cindy.

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Had a great time as always. We were struck by the growth of the downtown Sunnyvale area, as it’s been some time since we last visited. We’ll definitely be back on a more regular basis.

The next Beerwalk is already scheduled to take place – also for the first time – in downtown San Jose. It’s set for Wednesday, April 5 at 6pm, and early birds can purchase tickets as usual on The Beerwalk website.

Can’t wait for it.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy



Scenes from Scott’s Seafood Fall Beer Dinner Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose held another successful beer dinner last week. It was their best one yet in my opinion, a sentiment shared by several others who had also attended previous beer dinners there.

Many aspects were stellar – the organization and service, the outdoor space, the views from the sixth floor, the company, the weather, the informative previews of each course by the restaurant and brewery reps and the food-and-beer pairings themselves.

The sold-out dinner – 55 attendees – showcased a seafood-centric menu and a variety of beer styles courtesy of the featured brewery Hermitage Brewing Company. The beer styles included IPA, Scotch Ale, Sour, Session IPA and Saison.

Below are some pictures and notes from the memorable evening.

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Hermitage Brewing Company Citra Single Hop IPA.

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Hermitage Brewing Company brand manager Nicole Marquez, Scott’s Seafood marketing director Joann Vaega, Hermitage Brewing Company head brewer and cellarmaster Greg Filippi.

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Some of the sold-out crowd, including friends Mike and Lisa Pitsker (front and center).

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Welcome and introductions from Nicole, Joann and Scott’s Seafood Food and Beverage Director Sammy Reyes.

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Opening Reception: Oysters on the half shell with blood orange champagne foam, paired with Hermitage Brewing Citra Single Hop IPA.

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The citrus notes – plus hints of caramel – from the beer nicely complemented the foam while the hoppiness cut through the fresh, buttery oysters.

Scott’s Seafood managing partner Dave Buhagiar topping off glasses with more Citra IPA.

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Greg and Victoria Hatch enjoying the dinner.

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Scott’s Seafood public relations manager Trinidad Pena and Joann.

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Greg and Victoria.

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Course One: Classic Greek salad tossed in a lemon vinaigrette dressing, paired with Hermitage Brewing Maltopia Scotch Ale.

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The malty notes of toasted grain and caramel coming from Maltopia complemented the fresh salad and dressing.

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Next up: Hermitage Brewing Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.

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Course Two: Blackened Red Snapper Tacos with strawberry slaw and housemade potato chips, paired with Hermitage Brewing Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.

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The tart and sour notes – along with hints of of strawberry and wood from the barrel aging – from Strawberry Rhubarb Sour provided varying contrasts to the spicy red snapper, strawberry and cantaloupe slaw and the chips.

Greg sharing a bit of his vast knowledge of sour beers and their production while introducing Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.

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Hermitage Brewing 408 Session IPA from the tap.

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Course Three: Mahi Mahi with a tropical relish, new potatoes, spinach and champagne sauce, paired with Hermitage Brewing 408 Session IPA.

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The hoppy, tropical fruit notes – guava, in particular – of 408 Session IPA matched the mango and kiwi relish, while the flavors plus the body of the beer held up well to the meaty Mahi Mahi.

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Friends Noreen and Jim Helvie.

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Course Four: Poached “Myles Perry” Pear with French Vanilla ice cream, paired with Hermitage Brewing Myles Perry Saison.

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There was only a mild sweetness from the Saison, enabling the beer to stand up well to the dessert course.

Newfound friends – siblings Z and Susan were awesome tablemates.

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The last pic of the night: Wifey Andrea, Victoria, Greg, Nicole and Jim.

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Scott’s Seafood San Jose Presents Fall Beer Dinner Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Previous beer dinners at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) have been successful endeavors filled with excellent food, beer and service, all the more elevated <ahem> by the picturesque backdrop provided by the spacious, outdoor rooftop patio located on the sixth floor of the City View Plaza.

I’ve been eagerly waiting for any news about their next beer dinner. Thanks to a recent announcement, the wait is over.

Scott’s Seafood presents their fall beer dinner Monday, Nov. 7 starting at 6pm, featuring offerings from nearby Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 S. 7th St.).

The dinner will be a truly local, San Jose affair. The featured beers from Hermitage Brewing will have been crafted at the brewery just 2 1/2 miles south of Scott’s Seafood.

Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes and the culinary team have created a special, five-course dinner menu – including oysters on the half shell, grilled blackened red snapper tacos and Mahi Mahi – to complement the variety of Hermitage Brewing’s offerings, including IPA, Scotch Ale, Sour and Pear Saison.

The Menu

  • Opening Reception: Oysters on the half shell, served with blood orange champagne foam.
    • Beer Pairing: Citra Single Hop IPA
  • First Course: Classic Greek Salad, Cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red onions, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette dressing.
    • Beer Pairing: Maltopia Scotch Ale
  • Second Course: Grilled Blackened Red Snapper tacos with Strawberry Slaw and Housemade potato chips
    • Beer Pairing: Strawberry Rhubarb Sour
  • Third Course: Mahi Mahi with a tropical relish with new potatoes, warm spinach salad, and a champagne sauce.
    • Beer Pairing: 408 Session IPA
  • Dessert: Poached “Myles Perry” Pear, Served with French Vanilla ice cream and blackberries.
    • Beer Pairing: Myles Perry Saison

Dinner Tickets

Tickets for the dinner are $45 dollars per person available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbright page. Consider getting tickets sooner than later as previous beer dinners sold out.

As is the case with any good beer dinner, brewery representatives – including head brewer and cellarmaster Greg Filippi and territory manager Nicole Marquez – will be on hand to answer any questions about Hermitage Brewing and their beers.

About Scott’s Seafood

Scott’s Seafood San Jose is a Bay Area tradition in the heart of Downtown San Jose since 1986, offering a diverse dining destination in both cuisine and setting. Experience a friendly and relaxed environment to enjoy an intimate meal or a group gathering. With their modern lounge, stunning patio views, unique menu, and true hospitality, their American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood, pasta, chicken dishes, and USDA prime, aged steaks. Scott’s Seafood offers parking validation for its guests.