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Lagunitas Beer Week in the South Bay Feb. 11-17, 2013

Finding Lagunitas Brewing Company in the South Bay
Finding Lagunitas Brewing Company in the South Bay

SF Beer Week 2013 officially starts today with the Opening Celebration scheduled later this evening. Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Rudy Kuhn, central CA market manager and long-time San Jose resident, provides the following roundup of Lagunitas events throughout the South Bay for the week:

Monday 2/11 4:20pmWine Affairs: Craft Beerds Book Signing event. Tap Takeover features Dopplemyces (a super rare keg of our Doppleweizen aged with some funky brettamyces and the only of its kind in San Jose). Souvenir glassware and other limited release brews.

Tuesday 2/12 4:20pmOriginal Gravity: Lagunitas on special all night featuring a triple barrel-aged keg of Ye Olde GnarlyWine (a barley wine that has been aged in rum, whiskey and wine barrels. only keg of its kind in San Jose.) Souvenir mason jars to take home too.

Wednesday 2/13 4:20pmGood Karma: Several limited Lagunitas brews this night including Sonoma County Stout. The SoCo stout is our imperial stout barrel-aged in pinot noir barrels. One of my all time favorite brews. More souvenir glassware to take home with you.

Thursday 2/14 – it’s bizness time. i’m not working. but i’ll probably show up at Good Karma again to hear some awesome love jams during Covers Night. you should do the same.

Friday 2/15O’Flaherty’s: Epic Tap Takeover at O’Flahertys. We are going to be pouring 9. Yes! NINE different Lagunitas flavors through these faucets all day long. Come kickstart your Friday night with us here.

Friday 2/15SmokeEaters San Jose & Cupertino: Maximus and Hop Stoopid will be featured at both locations all day long during their Double IPA Festival. Go kill your pallette with some nuclear hot sauce and bring it back to life with some hoppy beers.

Saturday 2/16Wicked Chicken: This promises to be the best day you’ll never remember. $5 for your first beer and you get to take the mason jar home with you. Bring the 16oz mason jar back to the bar and your refill is only $3 all day long or until the beer is gone. We will be tapping all 9 of our beer week flavors at this event. If you finish a pint of all nine flavors I’ll buy you your tenth round and make sure you get in a cab safe and sound.

Sunday 2/17Liquid Bread: Beer Cocktails. These cats take beer cocktails to a whole new level. Starting with their version of a beer-y bloody mary for brunch and several other concoctions to enjoy throughout the day.

Rudy also adds that Pizza Antica at Santana Row will feature Lagunitas draft and bottle specials all week.

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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!