Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose (66 S. 1st St.) is reaching the 4-year mark, and as in past years, a stellar tap list will help mark the milestone. The celebration takes place this Saturday, July 16 from 12pm-11:45pm.
The recently posted tap list is below in case anyone’s missed it.
Alesmith – Hawaiian Speedway Stout (2015)
Almanac – Tequila Barrel Noir (2014)
Almanac – Vanilla Cherry Dogpatch (2016)
Altamont – Rich Mahogany
Altamont – Maui Waui IPA
Alvarado Street – Tayberry Gose
Alvarado Street – Buzz Light Beer
Alvarado Street – Mai Tai P.A.
Anderson Valley – Briney Melon Gose
Anderson Valley – Thribble (2016)
Bear Republic – Barrel aged Grizz
Berryessa – Cream Ale (Nitro)
Berryessa – Double Tap
Berryessa – Mini Seperation Anxiety
Bruery – White Oak (2016)
Bruery – Terreux: Tart of Darkness (2016)
Deschutes – Mirror Mirror (2014)
Dogfish Head – 120 Minute (2012)
Evil Twin – Imperial Doughnut Break (2015)
Fieldwork – Good Conduct (2015)
Fieldwork – Terrace IPA
Fieldwork – Chocolate Milk Brown (Nitro)
Firestone Walker – Parabola (2015)
Firestone Walker – Pivo Pils
Lagunitas – High-Westified Coffee Stout (2014)
Lagunitas – Sucks
Lost Abbey – Angel’s Share (2014)
North Coast – Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XV (2012)
Perennial – Abraxas (2015)
SARA – Simpleton
SARA – Saison Bernice
SARA – Love’s Armor
Temescal – Weekend
Temescal – Basic Batches: Motueka
More beers TBA
Jeff Jagged from On the Corner Music will be spinning records on the patio and special pop-up food menus will be available throughout the day.
Simply visiting your local brewery (five at last count in San Jose) or other favorite beer place for a drink or two can be a fun, tasty event in and of itself, especially if you go with others and/or visit during peak business hours. That said, below is a roundup of some of the planned and organized local beer events taking place the rest of December, providing additional training opportunities in advance of next month’s SF Beer Week (Jan. 22–31, 2016) and the hundreds of beer-related events that will eventually take place throughout the South Bay region.
Wed., Dec. 9
Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 S. 7th St., San Jose), starting at 4pm: Hermitage will release their newest Single Hop Series IPA – Green Bullet, coming in at 7%ABV and 70 IBUs. Below are the Brewer’s Notes:
Green Bullet hops come to us from New Zealand and are the result of open cross-pollination of the New Zealand “Smoothcone” variety. They are typically used as a bittering hop in lagers and stouts, but we have never let such labels get in the way of the Single Hop Series. The aroma is slightly sweet and very green, displaying a pleasant “hoppiness” that reminds us of European Noble varieties. Those characteristics carry over strongly to the flavor with a huge grassy, spicy, classic “hoppy” profile that takes you back to the days before hop flowers tasted like tropical fruit. The finish is smooth and dry, and leaves just a hint of that hoppy character on the palate. This hop definitely lives up to its name. Pair with spicy Thai curry or grilled seafood.
Thurs., Dec. 10
Harry’s Hofbrau (390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose), starting at 6pm: “8 Bridges Russian Hill Release” – Once a year, Eight Bridges Brewery from Livermore releases their 10% Russian Imperial Stout aged in Jack Daniels barrels. Also on tap will be Belgian IPA (loads of Citra hops melded with light Belgian character), Big Citrusy DIPA, award-winning Stout and more.
Fri., Dec. 11
Original Gravity Public House (66 S. 1st St., San Jose), 6pm-11:45pm: “Calicraft Grizz, Buzzerkeley Red and Harvest Sparkling Ale Release” – Join Original Gravity as Calicraft owner/head brewer Blaine Landberg will be in house to talk you through these three new offerings. Buzzerkeley, Cali Coast, The City and Oaktown Brown will also be on tap.
Sat., Dec. 12
Beer Snobiety Toy Drive at Stuft Pizza (1426 Dempsey Rd., Milpitas), 4:30pm-9pm: Join Beer Snobiety for their Holiday Toy Drive at Stuft Pizza, home to 30 plus dedicated craft beer taps and 24 flat screens. Beer Snobiety will give away one free glass (while supplies last) for every toy donated and a raffle ticket for giveaways generously donated by local businesses. Beer Snobiety will also unveil their winter collection with a new hoodie, long sleeve shirt and a new beanie.
Sun., Dec. 13
San Pedro Square Market (87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose), 11am-4pm: “The Ultimate Ballast Point Takeover” is the last beer bash this year at San Pedro Square Market and will feature over 20 Ballast Point beers, including Sculpin IPA and its many variants and two “dueling” casks, as well as Ballast Point spirits. The two casks include Victory at Sea Oreo Cask (brewed with Oreo cookies) and Victory at Sea Samoa Cask (brewed with Samoa girl scout cookies). Market Beer Company will pour Boob Check Awareness Ale, Dorado DIPA with Watermelon, Barmy Ale, Navigator Dopplebock, Homework Series Batch #6, Sour Wench Blackberry Ale, Creamsicle Fathom and Rum Barrel Aged Victory at Sea.
Thurs., Dec. 17
Harry’s Hofbrau (390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose), starting at 6pm: “Clown Shoes Barrel-Aged Beer Night” – Featured beers include Flight of the Angry Beast (a blend of three barrel-aged beers), Rexx Imperial Red aged in Four Roses and Heaven Hill barrels and more.
Original Gravity Public House (66 S. 1st St., San Jose), 6pm-11:45pm: “Uinta Crooked Line and More” – Original Gravity welcomes back Uinta Brewing Company and will feature ten offerings focused on their Crooked Line as well as other seasonal offerings.
Sat., Dec. 19
ISO:beers (75 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose) and The Beer Heads Toy Drive, 5pm-9pm: Each unwrapped toy earns a raffle ticket towards giveways (beer, gift cards, glassware, etc.). Raffle winners will be announced at 9:30pm. Show your raffle ticket throughout the night for $1 off draft beers.
Trail Dust BBQ (17240 Monterey St., Morgan Hill), starting at 2pm: Trail Dust BBQ hosts a “Funk N Dank X-Mas with The Rare Barrel and Sante Adairius” and welcomes the founders of The Rare Barrel (Alex Wallash and Jay Goodwin) and Sante Adairius (Adair Paterno). Trail Dust will pour five kegs each from The Rare Barrel and SARA, including the following beers: Dubious Nights – dark sour aged in tequila barrels (not yet released, only keg of this leaving the brewery); Map of the Sun – golden with apricots; Positive Valence – golden with orange peel and lemon peel; Sourtooth Tiger – golden with ginger ; Feed The Monster – golden with blueberries (last Ambassadors of Sour release of the year, only keg of this leaving the brewery); Saison Bernice – farmhouse ale ; Appreciation – barrel-aged farmhouse ale fermented with boysenberries and our resident funk ; 831 IPA; and more.
Each guest who purchases a commemorative glass will receive discounted pours for the day.
The craft beer landscape in San Jose – and throughout the region – has certainly changed for the better ever since word got out over three years ago regarding the impending opening of Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose.
On Sat., July 18 starting at noon, Original Gravity (66 S. 1st St.) will celebrate their third anniversary by tapping approximately 35 kegs – many from their cellar – throughout the day. Limited edition hoodies will be on sale, and DJs will be spinning vinyl on the patio into the evening. Look for food specials as well, including OG! Burger, Chorizo Black Bean Chili (add to your burger or fries) and Duck Fat Tater Tots with Truffle Salt and Rosemary.
The third anniversary celebration is especially sweet for Rob Monroe, general manager and event coordinator, who has been with Original Gravity since the beginning. Rob is a passionate, multi-talented fellow and a local beer expert. I caught up with him recently, and he graciously shared his thoughts related to reaching the three-year mark.
Congrats on reaching the three-year mark! Your thoughts on reaching this milestone?
It is exciting to not only hit three years, but to have grown with a lot of the same people in that time is rewarding as well! Some days it feels as though we just started and others like we have been doing this forever; either way we are still having a lot of fun.
What have been your proudest achievements?
I would say the expansion last year is definitely up there. For me personally, I love the scope of our events program. I feel like it has helped bolster the downtown San Jose craft beer community and put some fun into it as well.
Attention to quality beer and knowledgeable beer servers were priorities from the get-go, and OG continues to help lead the way in the continuing growth of the San Jose – and South Bay – beer scene. Compare the San Jose beer scene now to three years ago. Is it exciting to see the continuing growth?
We are extremely proud to have come out of the gate with such a distinct vision and dedication to craft beer. It is pretty incredible the amount of options you have these days, especially in downtown San Jose. When we first opened there was a major void, but the initial demand has not only been met, it is still growing. There is definitely a lot of support for each other in the community and respect for everybody’s unique take on beer.
Due credit goes to Good Karma for paving the way several years before us with an exceptional artisan beer list.
What is new in the works for the coming year?
We are going to continue evolving the events program into multi-dimensional experiences, adding more brewer interaction, education and food pairings. We are also in the very beginning stages of making some of our sausages in-house as well!
We are all extremely grateful and proud to be here and thriving. It is a testament to our unique and incredibly knowledgeable staff – You are all truly the best in the business.
To all the wonderful, unique and amazing beer drinkers out there, thank you for the great three years of support; we are just getting started. Keep it OG!
Kegs to be tapped throughout the day
Allagash – James Bean (Bourbon Barrel aged Tripel with Coffee)
Allagash – Currant Affair (Dark Sour Ale with Currants)
Altamont – Maui Waui (IPA)
Avery – Mephistopheles (Imperial Stout)
Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin (NITRO) (IPA with Grapefruit)
Ballast Point – Calm Before the Storm (Cream Ale with Coffee & Vanilla)
SF Beer Week rages on, though it is more than half way over. Below is a list of some of the standout, predominantly South Bay-centric events remaining on the schedule.
Note: Some of the events will likely be crowded and have long lines. Some of them will require tickets to be purchased ahead of time. Visit the SF Beer Week website for the complete schedule of events.
THURSDAY, FEB. 12
Brew Hub (Inside Whole Foods Market Cupertino), 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd.: Stone Brewing Old Guardian Barleywine 5-Year Vertical Tasting, 11am-10pm. This is an all-day event or until the beers run out.
Fibbar Magees, 156 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale: Dogfish Head Night!, 5-11:30pm. The lineup includes 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout, among others.
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café, 37 S. First St., San Jose: In Bugs & Barrels We Trust!, 5-11pm. Events at Good Karma are consistently special, and this event is no exception. Enjoy the well-regarded wild and barrel-aged beers from Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, including Spontaneous Cheer, Red Poppy, Cuvee de Tomme, Framboise de Amarosa, 2013 Deliverance, Angel’s Share, Track 8, Track 10, Avant Gourde, Older Viscosity, Agave Maria and more.
Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, 895 Villa St., Mountain View: Schubros Brewery Night & Meet the Brewer, 5-9pm. Schubros has prepared two special beers for SF Beer Week: Kirov Russian Imperial Stout, aged for 7-8 months in cab barrels and Aalbeke Golden Ale, aged in cab barrels since May. Steins will also feature Dante’s Door Belgian Dubbel, Rock City Amber Ale and Branch Line Double IPA.
Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, 390 Saratoga Ave.: Firestone XVIII Deconstructed, 5-11pm. A marquee event, Brewmaster Matt Brynildson will, once again, be on hand to present a seminar on brewing and barrel aging. On tap will be Helldorado, Bravo, Stickee Money 2014, XVIII Anniversary, Parabola 2014, Sucaba 2015, Velvet Merkin 2014, Double DBA 2014 and Agrestic, as well as Double Jack, Union Jack, Pivo, Pale 31 and more.
Market Beer Company, 100 N. Almaden Ave., San Jose: Karl Strauss Brewing. Expect Mosaic Session Ale, Red Trolley, Big Barrel Double IPA, Queen of Tarts and more.
O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, 25 N. San Pedro St., San Jose: For FIRK Sake, 6pm-11:30pm. It is no surprise that O’Flaherty’s has come up with another exciting beer event. Featured firkin casks include Stone Ruination with Dried Cranberries and Apple Blossoms, Sierra Nevada Scotch Ale, Knee Deep Hella Deep Wheat IPA, Strike Wit Firkin with Orange Peel, Coriander and Chamomile, Drake’s Oaked Denogginizer and Firestone Walker Double DBA. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. Tickets include unlimited pours and all-you-can eat from the evening’s menu.
FRIDAY, FEB. 13
Mission Creek Brewing Company, 777 The Alameda, San Jose: Mission Creek’s Imperial Porter & Chocolate Pairing Party, 11am-10pm. Enjoy a special flight chocolates and craft beers, including a house-brewed Mission Creek Imperial Porter.
Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, 390 Saratoga Ave.: Deschutes Abyss Vertical and Barrel Aged Madness, 5-11pm. Just as the event title indicates.
Harry’s Hofbrau Redwood City, 1909 El Camino Real: A Taste of San Francisco, the Breweries of the SF Brewers Guild Takeover! All 28 taps will be dedicated to SF Breweries 21st Amendment, Almanac, Magnolia, Fort Point, Triple Voodoo, Southern Pacific, Beach Chalet, Speakeasy, Social Kitchen, Southpaw, Cellarmaker and more. Plus opportunities to meet the brewers.
SATURDAY, FEB. 14
Original Gravity Public House, 66 S. 1st St., San Jose: Pucker Up! Valentine’s Day Sour Fest 4.0, 12-11:30pm. OG will pour 15 domestic and international sour, tart and funky beers on tap and release some very rare and specialty bottles for purchase. Draft sours include Allagash – Golden Brett (2014), Almanac – Cerise Sour Blonde, Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal – Zure Van Tildonk, Bruery – Sour in the Rye (2014), De Proef – Sour Barrel #1, Drakes Brewing – Brette Davis Eyes, Firestone Walker – Agrestic (2014), Freigeist – Sauer Porter Raspberry (2013), Gueuzerie Tilquin – Oude Gueuze (Draft Version), Hermitage – Boysenberry, Lost Abbey – Framboise De Amorosa (2014), Mikkeller – SpontanSourCherry, New Belgium – La Folie (2014), Prairie Artisan Ales – Cherry Funk! and Struise – WeltKrieg (2014).
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café, 37 S. First St., San Jose: St. Valentine’s Barrel Aged Sweeties!, 5-11pm. This special barrel-aged beers event serves as a companion event to the aforementioned OG’s Pucker Up!
Hermitage Brewing Company, 1627 S. 7th St., San Jose: Meet the Brewers, 1-5pm. It is the sixth year for this quintessential South Bay beer event. Hermitage has recently acquired more space at their location, which means room for additional breweries and food trucks compared to past years. There will be live music and a special SJMADE pop-up mini market. Tickets are $40 and available for purchase online. Tickets will be $45 at the door if not sold out in advance. Participating breweries include:
8 Bridges Brewing
Almanac Beer Co.
Alvarado Street Brewery
Campbell Brewing Company
Craft Artisan Ales
El Toro Brewing Company
Firehouse Brewery and Grill
Hermitage Brewing Company
High Water Brewing
Peter B’s Brewpub
Rabbits Foot Meadery/Red Branch Cider
Rock Bottom Campbell
Santa Clara Valley Brewing
Santa Cruz Ale Works
Strike Brewing Company
SUNDAY, FEB. 15
Rose & Crown Pub, 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto: Sour Sunday in PA (Part 2), 11:30am-11:30pm. Expect sour beers from Russian River Brewing, Bear Republic, Palo Alto Brewing, The Bruery plus many more on tap and in bottles.
Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, 390 Saratoga Ave.: Annual IPA Day!, 11am-11pm. Harry’s first IPA Day back in 2012 invigorated the local beer community and helped to elevate the South Bay beer scene to newfound heights. Come experience the joys of hoppy beers as Harry’s will have 31 well-regarded IPAs, DIPAs and 3XIPAs on tap.
Monstrous cabal (faction/gigantic)
Enjoy by (3.14)
Pizza port poor man’s IIPA
Pizza port thruster IIIPA
Mongo (kegged a week ago)
Dank and Sticky
Don’t act like you’re not impressed (alpine/mission)
What beer events, if any, will you be sure to attend?
Let us get right to it. SF Beer Week runs through Sun., Feb. 15, and as the opening weekend comes to a close, below is a list of some of the standout, predominantly South Bay-centric events scheduled from Monday through Wednesday.
Note: Some of the events will likely be crowded and have long lines. Some of them will require tickets to be purchased ahead of time. Visit the SF Beer Week website for the complete schedule of events.
MONDAY, FEB. 9
Mission Creek Brewing Company, 777 The Alameda, San Jose: Lagunitas Huge Tap Takeover and SF Beer Week Fusion Beer Release Party, 4:20-11pm. It is a CouchTrippin’ party as Lagunitas takes over all 19 taps with a special cask release of SF Beer Week Fusion. Replete with food pop-ups.
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café, 37 S. First St., San Jose: To Feel Dank & Rustic After a Good Meal, 6-11:30pm. Good Karma is proud to showcase a number of offerings from Sante Adairius and Cellarmaker, including, among others, Saison Bernice, West Ashley, Christopher Riwaka, Bangerang and their collaboration beer I See a Dankness.
The Table, 1110 Willow St., San Jose: Brewmaster Dinner: David Walker of Firestone Walker, 6-9pm. David Walker, co-founder of Firestone Walker Brewing Company, hosts a 4-course tasting menu featuring Pivo Pilsner, Opal Dry-Hopped Saison, Wookey Jack Unfiltered Black Rye IPA, Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout and Lil’ Opal Barrel-Aged Saison. Seating is limited and by reservation only. $75 (excluding tax & gratuity).
TUESDAY, FEB. 10
Brew Hub (inside Whole Foods Market Cupertino), 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd.: Faction Brewing Take Over, 11am-10pm. An all-day tap event with 5 rotating taps from Alameda-based brewery Faction Brewing open to close.
Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, 895 Villa St., Mountain View: Tap It Event, 5-9pm. Steins hosts San Luis Obispo’s Tap It Brewing Company with a lineup of their IPA, 3 on the Tree Triple IPA, Rimfire Red, a specialty cask beer plus their new pilsner.
Harry’s Hofbrau Redwood City, 1909 El Camino Real: Hangar 24 Takeover with Pugachev’s Cobra!, 5-11pm. Hangar 24 will be bring special beers, including their 19% ABV beer Pugachev’s Cobra.
Fibbar Magees, 156 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale: Trivia Night with Karl Strauss. It is trivia night and Karl Strauss Day with the opportunity to meet the owner Chris Cramer! There will be special kegs as well as a Karl Strauss question round for prizes.
O’Malley’s Sports Pub & Grub, 2135 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View: Heretic Tap Takeover Night, 5-11:30pm. O’Malley’s will present a whole roster of Heretic beers, including Evil Cousin, Evil Twin, Chocolate Porter, Petite Rouge, Tafelbully, Shallow Grave, Torment and Evil Bee. Beer flights will be available.
Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café (37 S. 1st. St., San Jose) and Original Gravity Public House (66 S. 1st. St., San Jose). Almanac Sour Pub Crawl, approx. 5-11pm. Join Good Karma, Original Gravity and ISO: Beers (75 E. Santa Clara St.) for a downtown San Jose beer crawl featuring Almanac Beer Company. Good Karma will pour Devil’s Advocate, Cerise Sour Blonde and Dogpatch Strawberry. OG is set to pour Farmer’s Reserve: Pluot, Farmer’s Reserve: Citrus and Farmer’s Reserve: Blueberry, while ISO will pour Valley of the Heart’s Delight, Farmer’s Reserve: Blackberry and Dogpatch Sour. Each stop is offering 3-oz. individual samples as well as flights of all three for $3 and $9, respectively.
Kukar’s House of Pizza, 257 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose. Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company Tap Takeover, 6-11pm. Enjoy offerings from Tahoe Mountain Brewing, including Passion Pale Ale, Hop Song IPA (Amarillo Dry-Hopped), Party Boy Farmhouse Style IPA (fermented entirely with a Brettanomyces), Viejo Rojo American Wild Ale and Ms. Coco and Delicate Oatsters Oatmeal Stout.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11
Wicked Chicken, 2565 The Alameda, Santa Clara: Altamont Beer Works, 11am-11pm. Wicked Chicken routinely features South Bay and nearby local breweries. Up next will be Livermore’s Altamont Beer Works.
Rose & Crown Pub, 547 Emerson St., Palo Ato: Pliny the Younger/IPA Day, 11:30am-11:30pm. Rose & Crown has been celebrating SF Beer Week longer than most local establishments. They host their 6th annual Pliny the Younger event, which will also feature IPAs from Russian River, Palo Alto Brewing, Drake’s, Auburn Alehouse, Bear Republic, Faction and others. Follow them on Twitter (@PaloAloBrewing) for additional information.
O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, 25 N. San Pedro St., San Jose: Stone Cold Trivia Night, 6-11:30pm. Trivia Night will consist of 12 Stone beers on tap and 12 beer-centric trivia questions. Beers on tap will include: Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone IPA, Stone Pale Ale, Stone Delicious IPA, Passion Project, Baird/Ishii/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA, Enjoy by 2.14.15, 2013 Barrel Aged Old Guardian Barley Wine, 10 Barrel/Blue Jacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter, Bang Bang and 2016 Double Bastard Ale.
Original Gravity Public House, 66 S. 1st St. California Craft Throw Down and Blind Double IPA Contest!, 6-10:30pm. Original Gravity will host a contest to determine which of the 11 participating breweries will be voted to having the best Double IPA. Doors open at 6pm. The contest begins at 7:30pm, and results will be announced at 9pm. Tickets are $30 and available online, and include one full draft beer of your choice and bar snacks, including house-made BBQ meat balls, baked panko mac and cheese and duck fat blanched green beans with bacon and roasted garlic. Additional beers and food can be purchased at the bar.
Brewery representatives will bring brewery swag, including glassware and other beer-related packages. In addition to the Double IPAs, most breweries will bring two other offerings: one core beer and one specialty or seasonal offering.
Kim Lutz (BrewMaster), St. Archer, San Diego
– White Ale
– Coffee Brown
David Johnson (Director of Distribution), Port Brewing, San Diego
– Shark Attack
– Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper (2014)
Gordon Brown (Brewery Rep.), Coronado Brewing, Coronado,
– Orange Ave Wit
– German Chocolate Cake
Jeb Taylor (Pilot Brewer), Knee Deep, Auburn
– Citra Pale Ale
– Hella Deep (Altamont Collab)
Aaron Justus (Brewing Manager), Ballast Point, San Diego
– Sculpin (Nitro)
Jeremy Marshall (BrewMaster), Lagunitas, Petaluma
– Day Time
– Fusion 27
– Special TBA
Little Wine Counter, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 560: Little Local Beer Contest. Little Wine Counter has teamed with South Bay breweries Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike and Hermitage to provide opportunities to win prizes by earning points. Visit the contest website for the details.
SmokeEaters Cupertino, 10650 S. De Anza Blvd.: 36 IPA Tap Takeover. On tap all week will be IPAs of the single, double, triple and quad varieties, including Altamont Scarcity (Triple), Knee Deep Hop-De-Ranged, (Quad), Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Ballast Point Sculpin Nitro, Drake’s Hopocalypse, Lagunitas Fusion 27, Altamont Hella Deep and Stone Delicious IPA.
Mixx, 420 Castro St., Mountain View: Mixxing with Firestone: 4 Course Pairing Menu. Chef Joel Whitaker will prepare four courses to pair with four of Firestone Walker beers, including Pale 31 baby crab cake with Pale 31, butter lettuce wedge with mustard vinaigrette with Double Barrel Ale, salmon with Thai curry with Union Jack IPA and a scoop of housemade Wookie Jack sorbet with spiced cake bite with Wookie Jack. $40.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd.: Beer and Dessert Pairing. Each dessert bite created by chef Gaston Alfaro has been paired with one of brewmaster James Costa’s seasonal beers (4-oz.), including Mavericks gingersnap mascarpone tart paired with Brown Ale, mini bleu cheese cheesecake with candied bacon and a maple bourbon reduction paired with Double Bore IPA, spiced poached pears paired with PaPa Juice Barleywine and beeramisu paired with Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout. $20.
The following is a roundup of many of the local beer-centric events taking place throughout the rest of this month in the South Bay.
Wed., Oct. 15 – Fri., Oct. 17
Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant is having a tap takeover with Drake’s Brewing from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 5pm-9pm each day. Drake’s Hausfest Lager will be one of the featured beers.
Thurs., Oct. 16
Market Beer Company (inside the San Pedro Square Market – the building on the corner of St. John and Almaden) will host their first “Locals Only” tap takeover event showcasing select draft beers from four local breweries, all from San Jose – Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, Strike Brewing, and Clandestine Brewing. The event starts at 5pm.
This week’s edition of Thursday Beer Night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose features the South Bay debut of Golden Road Brewing out of Los Angeles. The tap list promises to be stellar, with opportunities to meet a brewery representative and take home glassware. Beer Night starts at 6pm.
Join Campbell Brewing Company for a special evening as guests will toast brewmaster Jim Turturici at 7pm for his recent medals from the Great American Beer Festival, including a silver medal from this year’s GABF for his Mastiff Barleywine in the Barley Wine-Style Ale category and a gold medal from last year’s GABF for his Scottish Ale in the Scottish-Style Ale category.
These medals complement a silver medal from this year’s World Beer Cup for his Romanov Imperial Stout in the British-Style Imperial Stout category.
There will be opportunities to sample his winning beers in the brewery as well as enjoy the latest seasonal beer – Weizenbock.
Fri., Oct. 17
Good Karma Vegan Café celebrates their 8th anniversary with a celebration featuring a number of offerings from owner and beer aficionado Ryan Summers’ personal beer collection. The party starts at 6pm and on tap will be rare, specialty and cellared kegs from the following breweries:
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Almanac Beer Co.
Port / Lost Abbey
Dogfish Head Beer
Plus a surprise or two to be announced
Sat., Oct. 18
The next quarterly installment of “Pints for Non Profits” takes place at Original Gravity Public House starting at 1pm. Three local non-profit organizations will be paired with three California breweries, and a percentage of proceeds from beer sales this day will be donated to the respective non-profit.
Veggielution paired with Lagunitas Brewing
UNAREP paired with Firestone Walker
Aspiranet paired with Ballast Point Brewing
Sat., Oct. 18 – Sun., Oct. 19
Downtown Campbell celebrates Oktoberfest featuring German food, beer and wine, live music and arts and crafts.
Mon., Oct. 20
Wine Affairs weekly beer tasting event features a Germany vs. USA tap takeover on all 12 taps. The event takes place from 4pm-10pm.
Tues., Oct. 21
Bay Area Beer Socials has teamed up with Stone Brewing for a pre-Halloween pub crawl in downtown San Jose.
Approximate beer schedule:
5:30pm – Market Beer Company
6:30pm – The Farmer’s Union – a cool new place with fantastic food!
7:30pm – Good Karma – More fantastic food and cool ambiance!
8:30pm – TBD
Thurs., Oct. 23
Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose presents a number of beers from Shipyard Brewing, including Monkey Fest IPA, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged Double Old Thumper and Barrel-Aged Pumpkinhead. The event starts at 6pm as usual.
The latest installment of Beerwalk takes place in Willow Glen from 2pm-6pm, and it’s the Halloween edition.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 online at www.thebeerwalk.com. In the case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased day of for $35.
There will be a costume contest, an after party at the soon-to-open 20twenty Cheese Bar and prize raffles.
The current list of breweries includes:
Hermitage Brewing Company
Santa Clara Valley Brewing
Faultline Brewing Company
FireHouse Grill & Brewery
21st Amendment Brewery
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Anchor Brewing Company
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Headlands Brewing Company
Six Rivers Brewery
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Thurs., Oct. 30
Fans of Heretic Brewing Company are in luck as Market Beer Company hosts a Heretic Brewing Tap Takeover event starting at 5pm.
Fri., Oct. 31
Original Gravity hosts their annual Halloween costume contest starting at 7:30pm. Three categories (Scariest, Funniest and Most Original) will be judged by the staff, and the winner of each will receive a meal (Sausage/Grilled Cheese and Duck Fat Fries) and a beer of choice on draft for one cent.
Participants must bring valid ID and a before-and-after photo with makeup or have a removable mask. The contest kicks off at 7:30pm with the results revealed at 9pm.
The next organized beer crawl taking place in downtown San Jose – thanks to distributor DBI Beverage Inc. – is set for Wed., Oct. 8 beginning at 5pm at Market Beer Company in San Pedro Square Market.
The beer crawl features offerings from San Diego’s Saint Archer Brewing Company, announcing just yesterday the expansion of their line of beers across the Bay Area thanks, in part, to a partnership with DBI.
5-6:30pm – Market Beer Company in San Pedro Square Market (100 N. Almaden Ave.)
6:30-7:45pm – Original Gravity (66 S. 1st St.)
7:45-8:30pm – Smoke Eaters (29 S. 3rd St.)
8:30-10pm-ish – Cinebar (69 E. San Fernando St.)
Look for beer-battered fish and chips at Original Gravity made with the Saint Archer White Ale, which won gold in the Belgian Style Wit Bier category at this year’s Great American Beer Festival held this past weekend.
Beer crawls throughout downtown San Jose seem to be a more common occurrence these days, given the abundance of both veteran and newer beer-centric establishments in the area plus the growing number of folks who are interested in exploring the style varieties of beer.
The Meetup.com group Bay Area Beer Socials has organized a downtown San Jose beer crawl set to take place on Tues., Sep. 2 beginning at 5:30pm at O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub.
The beer crawl will feature beers from Ninkasi Brewing Company, based out of Eugene, Oregon, and brewery representatives from Ninkasi will be on hand throughout the beer crawl to answer any questions about their beers.
The following is the proposed schedule and Ninkasi beer lineup:
As the event page points out, there are food options aplenty: traditional pub fare and Irish classics at O’Flaherty’s and gourmet sausages at Original Gravity. Beer crawlers can grab something along to way to bring to ISObeers, which does not serve food.
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:
Sucre – Madeira barrel aged
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 email@example.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:
Older Viscosity ’12
Old Viscosity ’13
Santas lil Helper ’12
Cuvee De Tomme ’13
Angels Share Grand Cru
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:
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.
Downtown craft beer bar Original Gravity Public House has reached its two-year anniversary, and to commemorate the milestone a celebration of good beer will take place on July 19 starting at noon.
“The two-year mark is exciting and full of nostalgia,” says general manager and event coordinator Rob Monroe, who has been with Original Gravity since its grand opening. “We feel grateful and humbled to be here and thriving.”
There will be special kegs, bottle releases, food specials, limited edition anniversary T-shirts and music in the outdoor patio. Look for Santa Maria-style tri-tip sandwiches with caramelized “Firestone Walker DBA” onions to be offered on a limited first-come, first-served basis, along with house-made chipotle black bean chili.
The celebration also gives customers a first look at the just concluded—and much needed—interior expansion project announced last year, providing Original Gravity a second bar with 10 more taps, additional capacity for 50 indoor seats and a second restroom.
The bigger space will allow for a more robust beer events program, including beer pairing dinners, a beer speaker series, meet-the-brewers events and other educational beer events. There will also be a slightly updated food menu.
The beer lineup for the celebration, yet to be finalized, includes:
21st Amendment – Hop Crisis
Allagash – Midnight Brett
Altamont – Berry White (Raspberries)
Altamont – Hop Wash
Almanac – Brandy Barrel Peche
Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin
Ballast Point – Sextant (Nitro)
Berryessa – House IPA
Berryessa – Double Tap
Bruery – Sucré
Calicraft – Buzzerkeley (Sauvignon Blanc)
Calicraft – Hopothecary
Cellarmaker – “Double Nelson”
Deschutes – Black Butte XXV
Deschutes – Armory XPA (Nitro)
Drake’s – Aroma Flora
Drake’s – Zinful Drakonic
Evil Twin – Bikini Beer
Evil Twin – Imperial Biscotti Break
Evil Twin – Imperial Doughnut Break
Faction – Faction Pilsner
Firestone Walker – Parabola (2014)
Firestone Walker – Pivo Pils
Green Flash – Ristretto Cosmic Black Lager
Lagunitas – New Dogtown
Lagunitas – Brown Shugga (2013)
Logsdon – Seizoen Bretta
Lost Abbey – Red Poppy Ale
Oskar Blues – Dale’s Pale
Oskar Blues – Old Chub (Barrel Aged Four Roses)
Prairie Aritisan Ales – Bomb!
Santa Clara Valley Brewing – Firkin TBA
Sante Adairius – TBA
Stillwater/Westbrook – Gose Gone Wild
Stone – Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard
Stone – IPA