Tag Archives: Peter Estaniel

Santa Clara Valley Brewing Hosts San Jose Founding Party, Plus Upcoming Loma Prieta Imperial Stout Release

San Jose is turning 239 years old on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and the fine folks at Santa Clara Valley Brewing (101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose) are celebrating with a San Jose Founding Party.

San Jose Founding Party

Currently closed on Tuesdays, Santa Clara Valley Brewing will make an exception for this event and open their doors on Nov. 29 starting at 3pm. From their event page:

“239 years ago the beautiful city of San Jose was founded, and we are going to celebrate that birthday in the traditional way – with beer! With the help of History San Jose, we are going to bring you a unique night at the brewery.

“We are going to have an historical demonstration on brewing and leather working, a brief lecture on the history of beer in the city, historical artifacts, and photos to check out. Also Beer! Don’t miss out on this night at Santa Clara Valley Brewing!”

During a recent visit to the brewery, I got word that Santa Clara Valley Brewing will be releasing their first-ever imperial stout – Loma Prieta Imperial Stout – next month. Look below for additional release information as well as some photos from recent visits.

Co-founder and CEO Tom Clark.


Co-founder and brewmaster Steve Donohue.



Sales manager Peter Estaniel.


The brewery.



Assistant brewer Adam Nanni filling kegs with Alviso Mills Hefeweizen.





New taproom manager Gavin Goodman.


About to sample soon-to-be-released Loma Prieta Imperial Stout.





Loma Prieta Imperial Stout

Loma Prieta Imperial Stout – coming in at 10.2% ABV – is set to be released in mid-December.

Look for special flights of the beer and its variants to be available then – straight-up Loma Prieta, Loma Prieta on nitro, barrel-aged Loma Prieta in bourbon barrels and barrel-aged Loma Prieta in rye barrels.

Additional photos from a prior visit below:


Steve voguing to the music and with taproom employee Christian.



Dairy Hill Milk Stout on nitro.



Peter and COO Coleen Clark.


Peter, Peter’s wife Sammy and fellow beer enthusiast Steve.


Cocina Central in Mountain View Hosts 7-Course Beer Dinner Featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing

SCV Brewing beer dinner at Cocina Central

I’ve heard of 4-course beer-pairing dinners for sure, as well as 5-course dinners and even 6-courses. But I’m pretty sure that 7-course beer-pairing dinners are a rarity.

Cocina Central in Mountain View (2590 W. El Camino Real, Ste. 13) will host just such a beer dinner July 9, 5:30pm-8pm with paired beers – including new releases Alviso Mills Hefeweizen and Dairy Hill Milk Stout – from San Jose’s Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

This beer dinner is a result of meetings – and tastings – between SCV Brewing’s sales manager Peter Estaniel and Cocina Central’s executive chef Elias Cisneros, who recently announced the menu (updated below) – featuring regional Mexican dishes – for the evening.

Tostadas de Aguachile
Sinaloa-Style Shrimp Ceviche
Pairing: Dry Creek Blonde Ale

Poc Chuc
Pre-Hispanic Barbecued Pork Marinated in Sour Orange
Pairing: Alviso Mills Hefeweizen

Tikin Xic
Traditional Yucatan Fish Marinated in Achiote
Pairing: Umunhum Pale Ale

Sopes de Nopales Asados y Chicharron
Pairing: Big Moody Barleywine Ale

Carne Asada
Marinated Skirt Steak
Pairing: New Almaden Imperial Red Ale

Mexican Bread Pudding with Dried Fruits
Pairing: St. Isidore Belgium Strong Ale

Paletas de Banana Horchata
Cinnamon-Rice Ice Cream
Pairing: Dairy Hill Milk Stout

Tickets are $45 – reasonably priced for any beer dinner let alone a 7-course beer-pairing dinner – and available through the dinner’s Eventbrite page. With 60 spots available for the event, guests are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

Below is a sneak peek to the 7 courses courtesy of Peter:

SCV Brewing Beer Dinner

Santa Clara Valley Brewing Releases New Summer Seasonal Beer: Alviso Mills Hefeweizen

Photo courtesy of SCV Brewing
Photo courtesy of SCV Brewing

Santa Clara Valley Brewing is celebrating the release of their latest offering – Alviso Mills Hefeweizen (5.6% ABV) – with what looks to be a mini-Sommerfest on Thursday, June 23 from 3pm-9pm at their tap room (101 E. Alma Ave.).

The summer seasonal beer – which sales manager Peter Estaniel tells me will be available draft only – promises to evoke the aromas and flavors of a classic Bavarian-style Hefeweizen – cloves, bananas and a hint of bubble gum on the finish. For me – and I suspect many others – it’ll be a perfect tonic for the current summer heat.

Handheld Catering will be on hand (naturally) to provide a German-themed menu to complement the beer.

  • Sauerbraten, $12.00
  • Schnitzel, $12.00
  • Wurst with Sauerkraut, $10.00
  • Pretzel with House Made Mustard, $6.00
  • Apple Streudel, $9.00

I’m really looking forward to tasting this beer; it’ll be a great prelude to the other Hefeweizens I’ll be enjoying during a visit to my wife’s Bavarian hometown later this summer.

Lastly, as with a number of previous Santa Clara Valley Brewing beers, I looked up “Alviso Mills” and was pleased to come away with more local historical knowledge. Prost to that!

Upcoming Beerwalk Takes Place in Downtown Campbell, Plus Pics from Last Year’s Event

Downtown Campbell Beerwalk 2013
Downtown Campbell Beerwalk 2013

According to a recent Facebook update, there have been 10 Beerwalks so far, representing over 7,000 attendees, over 500 volunteers, over 200 different beers, and perhaps most importantly, over $30,000 raised for local non-profit organizations.

For those still unaware, Beerwalks take place every few months throughout various South Bay communities (so far: Japantown, Willow Glen, downtown Campbell, and Santana Row) and provide opportunities for “beerwalkers” to visit local shops and businesses while sampling good beer.

The Beerwalks have proven to be a quadruple win strategy involving South Bay communities, local shops and businesses, beer fans, and local non-profits. The successes are what led the Metro Silicon Valley newspaper to single out the Beerwalks as the “Best Community Showcase” in last year’s “The Best of Silicon Valley” issue.

The next Beerwalk is upon us, as the third annual Downtown Campbell Beerwalk takes place on Wednesday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The following is the current list of participating breweries:

  • Drakes
  • Firestone Walker
  • Lagunitas
  • Hangar 24
  • Anchor
  • Speakeasy
  • Anderson Valley
  • Strike
  • Hermitage
  • Santa Clara Valley
  • Campbell
  • Rock Bottom, Campbell
  • 21st Amendment
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Almanac
  • FireHouse
  • Calicraft
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Karl Strauss
  • Stone
  • St. Florian
  • Santa Cruz Ale Works
  • Faultline
  • Lost Coast
  • Headlands Brewing Company
  • Six Rivers
  • Deschutes
  • Oskar Blues

The following is the list of tasting locations:

  • Frost Cupcake Factory
  • Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop
  • Snake & Butterfly
  • Khartoum Lounge
  • Liquid Bread Gastropub
  • Tessora’s Barra di Vino
  • Steepers
  • Blue Line Pizza
  • Brown Chicken Brown Cow
  • Ciano’s Modern Latin Flavors
  • Mo’s
  • Sonoma Chicken Coop
  • Spread Deli & Bottles
  • The Socialight
  • Cali Muscle Sports Nutrition & Apparel
  • Embellish Hair & Lash Lounge
  • Pro Martial Arts
  • Bela La Vie Boutique & Gallery
  • The Cruiser Shop
  • Bombshell Boutique
  • In Style Shoes
  • The European Cobblery
  • Urban Girl
  • The Olive Bar
  • The Jewel Box
  • Toys Toys Toys
  • MarKey Capital
  • Bozzuto & Associates Insurance Services
  • Celtic Shoppe
  • Sushi Confidential

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 online at www.thebeerwalk.com. Last year’s Beerwalk in downtown Campbell sold out, and with the weather expected to be pleasant this upcoming Wednesday, the Beerwalk will again be a popular draw. In case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased day of for $35 at check-in locations.

For additional information, including check-in time and locations, visit the Beerwalk website.

More pics from last year’s Downtown Campbell Beerwalk 2013:

Beerwalk co-founder Charlie Mann
Beerwalk co-founder Charlie Mann
Beerwalk co-founder Jordan Trigg, Hermitage Brewing's Larry Hoang, and Campbell Brewing's Jim Turturici
Beerwalk co-founder Jordan Trigg, Hermitage Brewing’s Larry Hoang, and Campbell Brewing’s Jim Turturici
Great turnout at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013
Great turnout at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013

Great crowd at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013

Campbell Beerwalk 2013

Beerwalkers at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013
Beerwalkers at the Campbell Beerwalk 2013
Lost Coast Brewery's Jack Van Stone and Beerwalk volunteers
Lost Coast Brewery’s Jack Van Stone and Beerwalk volunteers
Hermitage Brewing Company's Peter Estaniel and Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez
Hermitage Brewing Company’s Peter Estaniel and Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez
Yours truly and Santa Clara Valley Brewing's Steve Donohue
Yours truly and Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Steve Donohue
Good eats at one of the Beerwalk tasting locations, Spread Deli & Bottles
Good eats at one of the Beerwalk tasting locations, Spread Deli & Bottles
Ending the Beerwalk with a nice view of the Campbell water tower
Ending the Beerwalk with a nice view of the Campbell water tower

[This post was shared on Examiner.com.]

San Jose’s Meet the Brewers and The Beerwalk Events Celebrate SF Beer Week 2014

Tied House - co-host of the annual South Bay Meet the Brewers beerfest
Tied House – co-host of the annual South Bay Meet the Brewers beerfest

Recently announced was the first wave of scheduled beer events for the 2014 edition of SF Beer Week presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild, set to take place from Fri., Feb. 7 to Sun., Feb. 16. Expect many more South Bay events to be listed in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, be sure to consider the following popular events:

San Jose Beerwalk in San Jose

[Note: Purchase tickets before midnight on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, to save $5 on the $30 tickets. Enter discount code: stockingstuffer.]

As The Beerwalk web page indicates:

The Beerwalk is hitting the streets of Japantown San Jose again for SF Beer Week on Sat., Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Whether you attended any Beerwalks previously, this event is a great way to kick off SF Beer Week.

Tucked away minutes from Downtown San Jose sits the charming Japantown business district. Stroll the streets and discover all the unique boutique shops, art studios, and great restaurants you cannot find anywhere else in San Jose. All while sipping on great beers and enjoying the social enthusiasm of shopkeepers and beer lovers alike.

The Beerwalk was created around more than the idea of sampling great beers, but rather to provide the outlet for our community to come together to explore the neighborhoods and small businesses which help make San Jose the great city it is today.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 at Jack’s Bar & Lounge or online at www.thebeerwalk.com. In the case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased day of for $35. Ticket includes beer samples, custom glass, and passport. Plus, first 60 folks to check-in the day of the event receive complimentary tours at the Gordon Biersch Brewery and Bottling facility.

Check-in registration begins at noon. For more information, visit www.thebeerwalk.com or like us on Facebook at The Beerwalk. To benefit the Japantown Business Association (JBA) & The Bay Brewers Guild.

Meet the Brewers Beer Festival

[Note: Early bird tickets are currently on sale for $30 dollars (reflecting $5 off) until January 1, 2014.]

Tied House Brewing and Hermitage Brewing Company (HBC) will host the fifth annual Meet the Brewers beerfest on Sat., Feb. 15 at San Jose’s Hermitage Brewery (1627 S. 7th Street, San Jose) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a variety of Bay Area food trucks and over fifteen breweries from the South Bay, Peninsula, and Monterey Bay Area.

Here is a current list of participating breweries:

  • Clandestine Brewing
  • Calicraft Brewing
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Uncommon Brewers
  • Strike
  • Campbell Brewing
  • Faultline
  • Rabbits Foot Meadery/ Red Branch Cider
  • Los Gatos Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • The Rare Barrel
  • Peter B’s
  • Seabright Brewing
  • El Toro
  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Tied House

More from a recent press release:

2014 marks the 5th Annual Meet the Brewers beer festival. Join us for the best mobile eats paired with the best local breweries from Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. Proceeds will be donated to Can Do MS, a national non-profit who helps thousands of people living with MS.

Peter Estaniel, Brand Manager for HBC says:

“It’s hard to believe that this will be the fifth year for Meet the Brewers Craft Beer Festival! This event started humbly with a handful of local South Bay breweries, and has quickly grown to include fantastic, small batch breweries from Oakland through Monterey. This is one of the few festivals where craft beer fans will be able to actually meet, and interact, with the men and women behind their favorite craft beers.”

The featured breweries participating in Meet the Brewers 2014 are: Uncommon Brewers, Seabright Brewery, El Toro Brewing, Strike Brewing, Rabbit’s Foot Meadery, Peter B’s Brewpub and more to be announced. Gourmet food trucks will be provided by Moveable Feast.

Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez, Director of Marketing and Events for HBC says:

“The South Bay and Monterey areas are really experiencing a brewery renaissance, and it’s exciting to be able to showcase these new and up-and-coming businesses. What’s even better is the willingness of all the brewers to put in their time and craft to help us celebrate the South Bay craft beer scene. The Bay Brewers Guild will also host a raffle to raise money for their organization. It’s the Guild’s second year participating and having a brewers’ guild dedicated to this area just proves the brewing community in our area is growing. We look forward to seeing what another five years brings for both the festival and the Guild.”

For updates and more info. about Meet The Brewers please visit www.hermitagebrewing.com, or to purchase tickets please click here.

[This post was shared on Examiner.com.]

Scenes from the 2013 SF Beer Week Opening Celebration

The first San Francisco Beer Week took place in 2009, and was reportedly the first of its kind in the country. Now, there are well over 100 beer weeks taking place in various cities and regions throughout the world.

For this year’s Fifth Annual SF Beer Week, there were over 500 craft beer-related events taking place over ten days throughout the Bay Area, including the South Bay, East Bay, San Francisco, and North Bay regions. These 500+ events were 35% greater than last year’s record numbers.

There was only one event that I attended outside of the South Bay, and that was the amazing Opening Celebration that took place on the first day of SF Beer Week, Friday Feb. 8, 2013, at San Francisco’s Concourse Exhibition Center presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild and their partners.

Here are some pics from the event.

OC01 (520x390)

OC02 (520x390)

OC03 (520x390)

OC04 (520x390)

OC05 (520x390)

When in Rome… Excitedly headed right over to Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewing Company for some Pliny the Younger.

OC06 (520x390)

OC07 (520x390)

Pliny the Younger.

OC08 (520x390)

Russian River Brewing co-owner and president Natalie Cilurzo holding court.

OC09 (520x390)

A pic of Russian River Brewing co-owner and brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo.

OC10 (520x390)

Jack Van Stone, Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery Northern CA sales manager.

OC11 (520x390)

OC12 (520x390)

OC13 (520x390)

Time for some Drake’s Brewing Company of San Leandro.

OC14 (520x390)

And their Hopocalypse Black Label.

OC15 (520x390)

Who’s this funny guy?

OC16 (520x390)

It’s Palo Alto Brewing Company founder and brewer Kasim Syed (middle) with siblings Sikandar (left) and Alia (right).

OC17 (520x390)

OC18 (520x390)

San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company brand manager Peter Estaniel.

OC19 (520x390)

South Bay’s Strike Brewing Company co-founder and brewmaster Drew Ehrlich (right).

OC20 (520x390)

Morgan Hill’s El Toro Brewing Company and founders Geno and Cindy Acevedo.

OC21 (520x390)

Enjoying El Toro Brewing India Pale Ale.

OC22 (520x390)

Snapped a pic of Pittsburg’s Heretic Brewing Company crew with founder and brewmaster Jamil Zainasheff (second from left).

OC23 (520x390)

OC24 (520x390)

Lincoln’s Knee Deep Brewing Company.

OC25 (520x390)

Knee Deep Brewing Hoptologist on cask.

OC26 (520x390)

Trumer Pils.

OC27 (520x390)

Rob Monroe, bar manager and events coordinator for downtown San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House.

OC28 (520x390)

Rosamunde Sausage Grill.

OC29 (520x390)

Berkeley’s Bison Brewing owner and brewer Dan Del Grande.

OC30 (520x390)

Rudy Kuhn, Lagunitas market manager for the Santa Clara County, Central Coast, and Central Valley areas.

OC31 (520x390)

Jake McCluskey, manager of Kelly’s Liquors in San Jose.

OC32 (520x390)

Antoine Riffis – Firestone Walker Silicon Valley and East Bay regional sales manager, Rudy, and Rob.

OC33 (520x390)

High Water Brewing president and brewmaster Steve Altimari.

OC34 (520x390)

A pic of the entrance area with folks continuing to roll in.

Jay Brooks – veteran beer writer and Bay Area guy.

Just checking the line for Russian River Brewing. Not surprisingly, I heard that they had run out of their Pliny the Younger rather quickly.

Chico’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Celebrator Beer News 25th Anniversary Double Pale Ale.

San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.

Gordon Biersch Zwickel Bock.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company brewmaster James Costa and San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company lead brewer Greg Filippi.

Palo Alto Brewing Cool Beanz Coffee Porter.

Alex Slosberg and Will Shelton of Mavericks Beer and brewmaster James of Half Moon Bay Brewing.

OC47 (520x390)

This event marked the public debut of the beers of Mavericks Beer, created in partnership with Half Moon Bay Brewing.

OC48 (520x390)

Pete Slosberg of Mavericks Beer (and of Pete’s Wicked Ales fame) drew a crowd most of the entire time we were there.

OC49 (520x390)

Pete is a craft beer pioneer and Bay Area guy.

OC50 (520x390)

What a “worthy” highlight from that evening!

OC51 (520x390)

OC52 (520x390)

There were over 65 Northern California breweries, ranging from new nanobrewers to the craft brewing pioneers. I heard that last year’s Opening Celebration was really great, but I’m sure that this year’s was even better. The dozens of folks I’ve spoken to have had nothing but praise for this year’s event.

Pliny the Younger and Hopocalypse Black Label were certainly memorable, and I had the good fortune of enjoying all the beers I tasted. Catching up with all the South Bay folks was fun as usual. Experiencing the debut of Mavericks beers and hanging a bit with the premier Bay Area beer scribes (can’t believe I forgot to take a picture with Celebrator’s Mike Pitzker – got too caught up in talking with him) were also treats. But without a doubt, the highlight of the evening was the chance to spend some quality time with wifey – a big thanks to my bro’ for childsitting that evening.

OC53 (520x400)

Always Grateful,


Third Annual South Bay Brewmasters Dinner at California Café in Palo Alto

Photo of essential beer ingredients from the 2012 South Bay Brewmasters Dinner at California Cafe Palo Alto
Photo of essential beer ingredients from the 2012 South Bay Brewmasters Dinner at California Cafe Palo Alto

California Café in Palo Alto kickstarts their Brewmasters Dinner series for 2013 with the upcoming Third Annual South Bay Brewmasters Dinner this Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. This dinner will be a more inclusive affair featuring beers from the South Bay’s Strike and Hermitage brewing companies, Belmont’s Devil’s Canyon, Concord’s Black Diamond, and Pittsburg’s Heretic Brewing.

The five-course menu features two brews per course, and part of the fun will be figuring out which particular brew pairs more successfully with a particular course, an idea shared two years ago by BetterBeerBlog’s Peter Estaniel based on a previous experience of his.

Last year’s South Bay Brewmasters Dinner was arguably the best beer-and-food pairing event to exclusively feature South Bay breweries in the Bay Area in terms of overall quality and popularity. What makes the South Bay Brewmasters Dinners so special is the pairing of each course with two different beers plus the participation of multiple breweries and brewmasters in one evening.

Executive chef Todd Yamanaka has created the following menu:


  • Kielbasa wrap, sauerkraut, whole grain mustard panna cotta
  • Devil’s Canyon Silicon Blonde vs. Heretic Worry


  • Bacon, chives, herbed pate choux
  • Hermitage Maltopia vs. Devil’s Canyon Lager Diabla


  • Bacon wrapped scallop, amaranth, endive, blood orange gastrique
  • Strike Brown vs. Hermitage Hoptopia


  • Braised brisket of beef, baked beans, jalapeno cheddar muffins
  • Black Diamond Dubbel Down vs. Strike Imperial Red


  • Vanilla gelato
  • Heretic Shallow Grave vs. Black Diamond Peak XV

The cost of this dinner is $55 per person exclusive of taxes and gratuities. To make reservations, call 650-325-2233 or send an email to paloalto@californiacafe.com.

[This post was shared on Examiner.com.]

Scenes from Inaugural Beer-and-Food Pairing Event at Scott’s Seafood Mountain View Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Here are some pics from the beer and food pairing dinner presented by Scott’s Seafood in Mountain View featuring Hermitage Brewing Company. This special dinner event took place during SF Beer Week on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

The four Hermitage Brewing beers featured this evening.

ScottsBD01 (520x390)

SCottsBD02 (520x390)

Beer ingredients incorporated into the table setting.

ScottsBD03 (520x390)

ScottsBD04 (520x390)

Actual hop pellets from one of the featured beers – Galaxy IPA.

ScottsBD05 (520x390)

Appetizers, which were an unexpected treat.

ScottsBD06 (520x390)

A welcome from Hermitage Brewing brand manager Peter Estaniel.

ScottsBD07 (520x390)

An introduction of the first course from Scott’s Seafood general manager Marc Buhagiar.

ScottsBD08 (520x390)

Hermitage Brewing lead brewer Greg Filippi introducing the first featured beer.

ScottsBD09 (520x390)

The starter course of smoked salmon, arugula, red onions, capers, and cherry honey vinaigrette.

ScottsBD10 (520x390)

Paired with Hermitage Brewing Maltopia scotch ale/wee heavy.

ScottsBD11 (520x390)

ScottsBD12 (520x390)

The second course of butter leaf and manouri cheese salad with dried cranberries, Asian pears, and an orange Champagne vinaigrette.

ScottsBD13 (520x390)

Paired with Hermitage Brewing Galaxy IPA.

ScottsBD14 (520x390)

The main course consisting of two steaks of ahi tuna, coconut curry rice, grilled asparagus, and a sweet soy glaze.

ScottsBD15 (520x390)

Hermitage Brewing team members: Greg, Victoria, and Peter.

ScottsBD16 (520x390)

Paired with Hermitage Brewing Ale of the Imp double IPA.

ScottsBD17 (520x390)

A good turnout.

ScottsBD18 (520x390)

Greg and Victoria.

ScottsBD19 (520x390)

Executive chef Ramon Nava (left).

ScottsBD20 (520x390)

The dessert course – a warm molten chocolate cake with whipped cream paired with Hermitage Brewing 2Tun imperial stout.

ScottsBD21 (520x390)

ScottsBD22 (520x390)

It was my first time at a Scott’s Seafood, as I understand that there are several (in San Jose, Palo Alto, and of course Mountain View), and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and the vibe of the restaurant. I really liked the smoked salmon and the ahi tuna steaks – which immediately got me thinking that I needed to return ASAP with wifey.

This beer-and-food pairing event was excellent, as I indicated in another post. I am definitely fortunate to have been able to attend this dinner.



Highlights of Inaugural Beer Dinner at Scott’s Seafood Mountain View, Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Scott's Seafood Mountain View special beer and food pairing event, Feb. 13
Scott’s Seafood Mountain View special beer and food pairing event, Feb. 13

The marquee beer-and-food pairing event to feature a South Bay brewery during SF Beer Week took place earlier this month at Scott’s Seafood in Mountain View.

Focused on four beer styles brewed by San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company, the nearly three dozen guests in attendance were treated to a deliciously executed, four-course meal by executive chef Ramon Nava and his team.

After an introduction by Hermitage Brewing brand manager Peter Estaniel, Scott’s Seafood general manager Marc Buhagiar and Hermitage Brewing lead brewer Greg Filippi, respectively, introduced each course and the featured beer pairing.

The starter course was smoked salmon, arugula, red onions, capers, and cherry honey vinaigrette paired with Maltopia scotch ale/wee heavy. This course was a crowd pleaser and understandably so – the pleasant toasted bread notes of the Maltopia complemented the fresh, tender smoked salmon.

The second course was a butter leaf and manouri cheese salad with dried cranberries, Asian pears, and an orange Champagne vinaigrette with the Hermitage Galaxy IPA. The citrus flavors of the Galaxy IPA paired nicely with the orange Champagne vinaigrette while complementing the mild, Greek cheese.

The main course consisted of two steaks of ahi tuna, coconut curry rice, grilled asparagus, and a sweet soy glaze paired with the Hermitage Ale of the Imp double IPA. The delightful bitterness of the Ale of the Imp served a dual purpose – to cut through the “meaty” yet tender ahi tuna while balancing the sweetness of the coconut curry rice and the sweet soy glaze. This course was a personal favorite.

Another favorite among the guests was the dessert course – a warm molten chocolate cake with whipped cream paired with the Hermitage 2Tun imperial stout and its flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. After visiting with guests during the dessert course, Hermitage’s Estaniel shared how some of the guests were surprised with how well a beer could pair with a dessert item.

The overall feedback was very positive, with several courses deemed as favorites among the guests – always an excellent sign. Indeed, the beer and food pairing dinner was a successful event.

For more photos from this event, click here.

[This post was shared on Examiner.com.]

January 2013 Beer Events at Original Gravity Public House

Original Gravity Public House bar manager and event coordinator Rob Monroe
Original Gravity Public House bar manager and event coordinator Rob Monroe

The number of planned beer events keeps growing for Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose. Here’s a round up of 3 such events for January per Original Gravity bar manager/event coordinator Rob Monroe and their Facebook event pages:

Saturday, 1/12/13, 1 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.: Boulder Beer Company

Founded in 1979, Boulder Beer Company is Colorado’s first microbrewery. The very knowledgeable brewery representative Andy Rattner will be in the house to answer questions and hang. It will also be a chance to meet some fellow beer heads as Bay Area Beer Socials will be here for one of their meetups – a great chance to meet some fantastic people. The details on what is pouring TBA.

  • Honey of a Saison: Saison brewed with Colorado honey and honey malt. 10% abv.
  • Hoopla Pale Ale: Collaboration with Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident. No crystal malt, uses melinoidin malt and glacier hops. 5.9% abv.
  • Never Summer Ale: Award winning American Strong Ale. Fun take on a winter warmer. Both malty and hoppy. 6.5% abv.
  • Freshtracks: 100% wet hopped Rye Pale Ale using all centennial hops. Draught only. 4.9% abv.

Thursday, 1/17/13, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Ballast Point/Meet the Brewer

Come and meet the award winning brewer from Ballast Point Brewery, Alex Tweet. He will be in house from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. to meet and answer any questions about Ballast Point and their amazing lineup of beers. We will be pouring some really excellent selections for this, definitely note to be missed. Pouring:

  • Sculpin
  • Habanero Sculpin
  • Long Fin Lager
  • Victory at Sea

Thursday, 1/24/13, 5 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.: Hermitage Pint Night/Meet the Brewer

Come get some local flavor from the excellent Hermitage Brewing Company! Established in 2009 right smack downtown this is as San Jose as it gets for beer. We will have the very personable and excellent Peter Estaniel from Hermitage as well as one of their brewers in the house, and we will be giving away some Hermitage pint glasses and swag to boot! This will be a great one so come on out!

As events and beer lineups may sometimes change, please check directly if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

[This post was shared on Examiner.com.]