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Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch Fundraisers to Benefit the Veterans Supportive Services Agency

Passing along some information regarding a couple of upcoming fundraising events to benefit the non-profit Veterans Supportive Services Agency (VSSA) out of San Jose.

The fundraising events take place this week at Campbell’s Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery and downtown San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.

Rock Bottom

When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

What: Rock Bottom will tap Watchdog IPA, and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the VSSA

Where: Rock Bottom Campbell, 1875 S. Bascom Ave.

More Info.: Facebook event page

Gordon Biersch

When: Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:3pm to 7:30pm

What: Gordon Biersch taps 10 Hut IPA with 10% of proceeds going to the VSSA

Where: Gordon Biersch Downtown San Jose, 33 E. San Fernando St.

More Info.: FB event page

Local Brewery Events: July 21 to July 30, 2017

A bunch of events are coming up featuring local breweries, which is great to see. Most are officially part of Silicon Valley Beer Week. The upcoming stretch looks to be the largest concentration of special local brewery events ever. Very exciting times!

Fri., July 21: Locals Only Beer Garden

WHAT: Forager Tasting Room & Eatery will host a ‘Locals Only Beer Garden’ as part of the Taste of San Jose event for Silicon Valley Beer Week. 5-10pm.

WHERE: Forager, 420 South First St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Sat., July 22: NorCal Passion IPA Release

WHAT: Golden State Brewery has teamed up with Six Rivers Brewery for the second year in a row to create this tasty collaboration beer. 12-8pm.

WHERE: Golden State Brewery, 1252 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Golden State Brewery

Beer flight at Golden State Brewery

Sun., July 23: Sour is the New Bitter

WHAT: Greg Filippi, head brewer and cellarmaster of Hermitage Brewing Company, will lead a talk about sour beers at Forager Tasting Room & Eatery. Sour beer tasting included. 5-7pm.

WHERE: Forager, 420 South First St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Greg Filippi discussing the excellent foeder-aged Ophion and Eurynome alongside Cherry Almonds Sour at Hermitage Brewing Company

Mon., July 24: Best of Summer Beer Dinner

WHAT: Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose presents a five-course beer dinner featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Scott’s Seafood, 185 Park Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page. My writeup.

Mon., July 24: San Jose – Local Only Tap Takeover

WHAT: 20twenty cheese bar hosts a special event featuring all San Jose breweries, including Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing Company, Bellpenny Brewing Company, Uproar Brewing Company, Strike Brewing Company, New World Ales, GearTooth AleWerks, Hapa’s Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and Camino Brewing Company, as well as nearby Golden State Brewery and Red Branch Cider Company. Brewers and brewery reps. will be in attendance. 5-9pm.

WHERE: 20twenty cheese bar, 1389 Lincoln Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: 20twenty cheese bar

Mon., July 24: Dinner in the Brewery

WHAT: Uproar Brewing Company hosts a four-course dinner – ‘The Beer, The Brine & The Brash’ – inside the brewery featuring brined ingredients from pickles to meats and beers selected by head brewer Jim. 7-9pm.

WHERE: Uproar, 439 South 1st St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Enjoying a glass at Uproar Brewing Company

Mon., July 24: Fountain Alley Pale Ale Release at Santa Clara Valley Brewing

WHAT: Santa Clara Valley Brewing will be releasing this collaboration beer in honor of Original Gravity Public House’s five-year anniversary. 3pm-9pm.

WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Brewing, 101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Meet the Brewer: GearTooth

WHAT: Nom Burger in Sunnyvale will host their first-ever Meet the Brewer event and will feature San Jose-based GearTooth AleWerks. 5-9:30pm.

WHERE: Nom Burger, 251 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale

MORE INFO.: Nom Burger

Enjoying the tasty GearTooth AleWerks Cogfather Imperial Stout and Cogzilla Double IPA

Tues., July 25: Hermitage Tap Takeover at Willow Street Pizza

WHAT: Just as the title says. 5-8pm.

WHERE: Willow Street Pizza, 1072 Willow St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Beer & Bites

WHAT: Cin Cin Wine Bar in Los Gatos hosts a small plate pairing with offerings from Strike Brewing Company. Lead brewer Ryan Bridge will be in attendance. Reservations required. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Cin Cin Wine Bar, 368 Village Lane, Los Gatos

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Enjoying another one of Ryan Bridge’s creative and tasty Bullpen Series beers

Tues., July 25: Pints and Peckers

WHAT: Four different brined and grilled hot wings with different sauces will be featured. 4-9pm.

WHERE: Uproar, 439 South 1st St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Golden State Brewery Movie Night Presents ‘Beerfest’ with a ‘Das Boot’

WHAT: 30-oz. plastic ‘Das Boot’ with first fill included and a bag of popcorn included in the viewing for $20. Limited to the first 100 guests. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Golden State Brewery, 1252 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Beer Week Northeastern-style DIPA Release

WHAT: To celebrate beer week, Santa Clara Valley Brewing will release a new beer – a Northeastern-style Double IPA.

WHERE: Santa Clara Valley Brewing, 101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Imperial Oatmeal Stout at Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company

Wed., July 26: Beer & Cheese with 20twenty cheese bar

WHAT: Just as the title says. 6-8:30pm.

WHERE: Golden State Brewery, 1242 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Hermitage Tap Takeover at Rootstock Wine Bar Los Gatos

WHAT: As the title says. 5pm-7pm.

WHERE: Rootstock, 217 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos

MORE INFO.: Rootstock

Wed., July 26: Hermitage Tap Takeover

WHAT: The Refuge in Menlo Park will host a tap takeover courtesy of Hermitage Brewing Company. 5-9pm.

WHERE: The Refuge, 1143 Crane St., Menlo Park

MORE INFO.: The Refuge

Wed., July 26: Meet the Brewer of Faultline Brewing Company

WHAT: Enjoy a flight presented by brewmaster Peter, tour of the brewery and a beer-inspired dessert sampler. 5:30-7:30pm.

WHERE: Faultline, 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Beer sampling at Faultline Brewing Company

Wed., July 26: Pints and Peckers

WHAT: Four different brined and grilled hot wings with different sauces will be featured. 4-9pm.

WHERE: Uproar, 439 South 1st St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Golden State Brewery Tap Takeover

WHAT: Golden State Brewery reps. will be on hand at Kyoto Palace Japanese Steakhouse to talk about their beers. Flights available. 4pm-11pm.

WHERE: Kyoto Palace, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 5000, Campbell

MORE INFO.: Kyoto Palace

Wed., July 26: Local Battle – Hermitage Brewing Company vs. Santa Clara Valley Brewing

WHAT: Bibo’s NY Pizza hosts a local brewery battle to see which keg kicks first.

WHERE: Bibo’s, 1431 Bird Ave., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Bibo’s

Thurs., July 27: Locals Only Featuring Floodcraft Brewing Company

WHAT: Whole Foods Market in Santa Clara will host an all-day tap takeover featuring only local breweries, including Floodcraft, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing Company, Camino Brewing Company and more. 11am-10pm.

WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 2732 Augustine Dr., #1600, Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Pints of Curry for 3 Triple IPA at Floodcraft Brewing Company

Thurs., July 27: Hermitage Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Rootstock Wine Bar Cupertino

WHAT: As the title says. 5pm-7pm.

WHERE: Rootstock, 19389 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

MORE INFO.: Rootstock

Thurs., July 27: Taylor Street Night + Market

WHAT: Having started back on May 18, the weekly Thursday night market presented by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and Moveable Feast features Gordon Biersch beers, Wildcide ciders, street food, music, artists and makers at the Gordon Biersch brewery facility in Japantown, San Jose. 5-9pm.

WHERE: Gordon Biersch, 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Fri., July 28: Rock Bottom Brewery Tours

WHAT: Brewery tours at the Campbell location every half hour. Cost is $5 to benefit their foundation and includes beer samples. 11am-8pm.

WHERE: Rock Bottom, 1875 S. Bascom, #700, Campbell

MORE INFO.: Rock Bottom

Enjoying a flight at Rock Bottom Brewery Campbell

Sat., July 29: SV Local

WHAT: Taplands in Santa Clara will celebrate local beer and feature offerings from Golden State Brewery, Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike, Camino Brewing, GearTooth AleWerks and others, with plans to continue into the following week. 11am-10pm.

WHERE: Taplands, 1171 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Event page

Sat., July 29: [HIP] HOPS

WHAT: Forager Tasting Room & Eatery hosts a talk – led by Mark Denari of New World Ales – about all things hops, including the local history of San Jose’s hop growing tradition. Tasting included. 5-7pm.

WHERE: Forager, 420 South First St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Evenbrite page

Sat., July 29: Golden State Brewery Collaboration Release Party

WHAT: Hapa’s Brewing has partnered with Golden State Brewery on a collaboration beer in honor of beer week. 6-9pm.

WHERE: Hapa’s Brewing, 460 Lincoln Ave., Suite 90, San Jose

MORE INFO.: Hapa’s Brewing

Beer flights at Hapa’s Brewing Company

Sun., July 30: New World Ales – Meet the Brewer, Fresh Keg & Keep the Glass

WHAT: Mark Denari, brewer and owner of New World Ales, will be visiting Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life and bringing along his latest offerings and glassware. 4-8pm.

WHERE: Henry’s Hi-Life, 301 W. John St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Sun., July 30: Inside the Brewer’s Studio

WHAT: Seth Hendrickson of Golden State Brewery and Matt Hartenstein of Taplands will participate in the inaugural ‘Inside the Brewer’s Studio’ series event to feature dynamic, local beer enthusiasts. 7-9pm.

WHERE: City Lights, 529 South 2nd St., San Jose

MORE INFO.: Event page



Gordon Biersch San Jose & Rock Bottom Campbell Celebrate American Craft Beer Week 2013

Rock Bottom Campbell brewmaster Russell Clements providing a brewery tour during American Craft Beer Week 2012
Rock Bottom Campbell brewmaster Russell Clements providing a brewery tour during American Craft Beer Week 2012

American Craft Beer Week is upon us and runs from Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19, 2013. To help celebrate, a number of South Bay beer spots will host special events and offer special deals during this week.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in downtown San Jose and Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Campbell have released their American Craft Beer Week schedules of events and daily specials. They are listed below.

Mon., May 13

Gordon Biersch: Happy hour pizza and 21 oz. GB craft beer $10 (available in the bar, cocktail, and patio areas only during happy hour).

Rock Bottom: $10 pizza and a craft beer during happy hour.

Tues., May 14

Gordon Biersch: Brewery tour with free craft beer samples.

Rock Bottom: Brewery tours and sampling.

Wed., May 15

Gordon Biersch: $6 GB cheeseburger with purchase of GB craft beer (available in the bar, cocktail, and patio areas only during happy hour).

Rock Bottom: $5 classic burger with purchase of any craft beer during happy hour.

Thurs., May 16

Gordon Biersch: $5 happy hour (available in the bar, cocktail, and patio areas only during happy hour) appetizers (excludes Chef’s Sampler and Brewhouse Platter).

Rock Bottom: $5 appetizers during happy hour (excludes Brewery Platter).

Fri., May 17

Gordon Biersch: Beer samplers $5.75 all day.

Rock Bottom: $5 chocolate stout cupcakes all day.

Sat., May 18

Gordon Biersch: Garlic fries $5 all day.

Rock Bottom: $6 six-beer sampler all day.

Sun., May 19

Gordon Biersch: GB 21 oz. craft beers $4 all day.

Rock Bottom: $4 craft beers all day.

Those especially excited about a particular event might consider checking with the host establishment to confirm details.

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Scenes from the 2013 Meet the Brewers Festival at Hermitage Brewing Company

Here are some pics from the 4th annual Meet the Brewers festival that took place this past Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company.

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Sunnyvale’s Faultline Brewing Company Doppel Bock and Brown Ale.

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Sunnyvale’s Rabbit’s Food Meadery owner Mike Faul and his Red Branch Hard Raspberry Cider and Hard Black Cherry.

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San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company brewmaster Peter Licht.

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Los Gatos Brewing Company brewmaster Kent Wheat and assistant Kyle Wheat.

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Los Gatos Brewing Company Dunkelweizen and Coquettish Blonde.

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Sunnyvale’s FireHouse Grill & Brewery.

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FireHouse Porter and IPA.

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San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewery Company brewer Lars (standing directly behind Czech Style Pilsner barrel).

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San Leandro’s High Water Brewing Company brewmaster Steve Altimari (center) and Morgan Hill’s El Toro Brewing Company brewmaster Geno Acevedo (right).

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El Toro Brewing Company Poppy Jasper and Negro.

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The South Bay’s Strike Brewing Company CEO Jenny Lewis and brewmaster Drew Ehrlich.

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Strike Brewing Company Blonde and Stout.

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Campbell’s Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant brewmaster Russell Clements (right).

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Rock Bottom Brewery Raccoon Revival and Brown Bear.

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Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company of Belmont.

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We were able to get to the beer fest at around the starting time. Here’s what the crowds looked like less than an hour in, which was more crowded than last year’s crowd at about the same time.

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The Bay Brewers Guild president Dan Satterthwaite, brewer at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and founder of hopefully soon-to-open Cedar Street Brewing Company.

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Bulgogi burrito with Rock Bottom Raccoon Revival.

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Hermitage Brewing Company Special Bitter with Mandarina Bavaria and Simcoe – both on cask.

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Hermitage Brewing Company lead brewer Greg Filippi (right).

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Drake’s Brewing Company of San Leandro and brewer and production manager John Gillooly.

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Santa Cruz’s Uncommon Brewers founder and brewermaster Alec Stefansky (right).

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Uncommon Brewers Golden State Ale.

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Santa Cruz’s Seabright Brewery assistant brewer Matt.

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Seabright Brewery Saison Dumas and Sacrilicious.

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High Water Brewing Campfire Stout.

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High Water Brewing’s Steve Altimari, Drake Brewing Company’s John Martin, and Hermitage Brewing’s Peter Licht.

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Monterey’s Peter B’s Brewpub Chardonnay Stout.

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The folks from San Jose’s Jack’s Bar & Lounge arriving – Charlie Mann (left) and Jordan Trigg (right).

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Alas, time for us to leave.

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Yes, as the pictures suggest, a great time seemed to be had by all. This was the third year in a row that I attended the Meet the Brewers festival. I still remember our first one in 2011 – wifey, the toddler, and I had originally attended because we were really into food trucks at the time, but wifey and I quickly appreciated the various offerings from the local breweries, and we’ve been doing our best to buy local beers ever since then.

Regarding this year’s event, what an extra special treat for me to take the young adult (formerly known as the older kid) – I even think he’s slowly beginning to like IPAs. :)

Always Grateful,

~Andy

San Jose Area Beer Events and a Look Ahead for Nov. 12-18, 2012: Beerwalk Willow Glen, Left Bank Beer Dinner and More

Wine Affairs in San Jose
Wine Affairs in San Jose

The following is a collection of craft beer news and events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As event details may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Recent beer news

Check out the recent article on a co-op brewpub in San Jose in its initial planning stages with a Q&A with one of the principle organizers.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Nov. 12, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts a Ballast Point keg tapping event. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. The following is from their recent newsletter: “We will be featuring Ballast Point beers with a special keg tapping of Indra Kunindra (stout brewed with madras curry, cayanne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaf). Keg tapping at 5 p.m. plus some other delicious treats from Ballast Point will be available all day on draft and in bottle.”

Tues., Nov. 13, 2012, starting at 4:20 p.m.: Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose hosts a Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ tapping event. 66 S. First St. Per their Facebook event page: “October 2012 marks the return of the feared and revered Brown Shugga after a painful year of drought! Come hang with Rudy of Lagunitas and warm your insides with this incredible beer.”

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: There is a tapping party featuring WinterBock at Gordon Biersch San Jose. 33 East San Fernando St., 408-294-6785. Per their recent newsletter: “WinterBock beer is a dark, full-bodied lager with overtones of caramel and toffee maltiness with a hint of holiday spirit.” There will be live music and complimentary passed appetizers. Folks who bring an unwrapped toy to be donated for Toys for Tots will receive 2 complimentary WinterBock beer tickets.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: A tapping party featuring Winter Tartan Scottish Ale takes place at Rock Bottom Campbell. 1875 S. Bascom Ave. #700, 408-377-0707. Per their recent newsletter: Winter Tartan is “a traditional Scottish ale with a smooth, malty flavor and a hint of vanilla.” Folks can also meet brewer Russell Clements at this tapping event.

Wed., Nov. 14, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring 21st Amendment Brewery. 91 South Autumn Street, San Jose, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Nov. 16, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: The fourth SJ Beerwalk (previous SJ Beerwalks took place in Japantown and downtown Campbell) takes place in downtown Willow Glen. For details, including ticket purchasing, click here. The following is from their recent media release: “SJ Beerwalk will be bringing the same thoughtfulness in beer selection and strong emphasis on community to Willow Glen. The focus of the first Willow Glen Beerwalk will be seasonal/winter brews… ‘Beerwalkers’ will be invited to discover and explore twenty-five charming venues, from exclusive boutiques to unique restaurants.”

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Tues., Nov. 27, 2012, starting at 6:30 p.m.: Winter Wonderland Brewer’s Dinner takes place at Rock Bottom Campbell. 1875 S. Bascom Ave. #700, 408-377-0707. Beer pairings to be announced. Call the restaurant to make reservations. For the Facebook event page, click here.

Thurs., Nov. 29, 2012: Pint Night at Santa Clara’s Wicked Chicken featuring Strike Brewing Company takes place. 2565 The Alameda, 408-246-9464.

Sat., Dec. 8, 2012, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., KraftBrew Winter Ball 2012. Seasonal beer tasting and holiday ball at the San Jose’s Woman’s Club – 75 S. 11th St. Per their recently posted Facebook event page: Featuring newly released holiday ales and specialty brews, the KraftBrew Winter Ball will be a festive event in which guests are encouraged to dress in their holiday finery, dance, drink, and be merry. And now, for the first time ever, the KraftBrew WinterBall will feature a ticketed price which includes all food and beer tasting. Tickets are limited and will go on presale for $35.00 each. Light Appetizers will be provided by the Naglee Park Garage. Other highlights of the night include two live bands that will be sure to get your toes tapping and best beer purveyors from around the Bay Area. More info on bands, brews, and special menu to come, so stay tuned!”

Sun., Dec. 9, 2012, starting at 6:30 p.m.: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring beers from Strike Brewing Company.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events for Oct. 15-21, 2012: Wine Affairs, Morgan Hill Brew Crawl and More

Stein-holding competition taking place at the Downtown Campbell Oktoberfest this past weekend
Stein-holding competition taking place at the Downtown Campbell Oktoberfest this past weekend

The following is a collection of craft beer news and events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events and beer lineups may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

Recent beer news

There is still time to check out the remaining Oktoberfest events taking place in the South Bay. For the article list, click here.

Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell recently posted “some little known facts” about its head brewer Russell Clements on their Facebook page:

  • Name: Russell Edward Clements
  • Hometown: Colts Neck, New Jersey
  • Personal Background: B.A. Philosophy Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • How I Got Started Crafting Beer: I worked above a Brewery as a Baker in Asheville N.C. and started helping out since I was already a shepherd of yeast.
  • Brewing Philosophy: To continually expand my knowledge of integrating the art and science of brewing all while having a safe and fun time.
  • Favorite Brew: Any Beer that is clean and balanced.
  • Favorite Quote: “Too much of everything is just enough.”

To catch up with a recent article on Wine Affairs, click here.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Oct. 15, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their weekly beer tasting event, this time entitled “Attack of the Pumpkin (Beers)!” 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. From their recent newsletter: “You be the judge of which pumpkin inspired brew is best – the fresh and organic Uinta Punk’n or perhaps the classic spicy Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin. Tasting these and more Mon., 10/15/12 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $10/person.”

Tues., Oct. 16, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose hosts a Firestone Walker Beer Tasting event. 66 South First Street. From their Facebook event page: “Come out and meet Tony from the fantastic Firestone Walker Brewery. He will be pouring 4 of their beers on the patio from 6-9 p.m. $12 per person. Pouring the Pivo Pils, Velvet Merlin, Oaktoberfest and Double Jack. Don’t miss out!”

Tues., Oct. 16, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Oct. 17, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Blue Frog Grog Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Oct. 18, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Oct. 18, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Oct. 19, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., Oct. 20, 2012, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Downtown Morgan Hill hosts their inaugural Brew Crawl.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sun., Oct. 21, 2012: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring Strike Brewing Company.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012: Save the date – the next SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events: Aug. 27-Sep. 2, 2012

Lips of Faith tap takeover at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
Lips of Faith tap takeover at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose

The following is a collection of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Aug. 27, 2012, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their End of the Month Beerfest with discounted drafts and bottled beers. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111.

Tues., Aug. 28, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Aug. 29, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts a special New Belgium Lips of Faith tap takeover. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434. “Here it is the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the taplist for our tap takeover: La Folie (2012), Cocoa Mole, Alpine Collaboration Super IPA (new release), Peach Porch (new), Tart Lychee, Kick (2011), Prickly Pear Saison, Berlinerweiss (archived), Matt’s Ale (archived), Lost Abbey collab, Super Cru (2011), Abbey Grand Cru (2011), Bier De Mars (aged), Red Hoptober (new great seasonal), Ranger IPA, Fat Tire. This event took over 3 months to get together and is going to be great! We have a banjo band playing jams; the West Coast Ranger team will be here and of course free appetizers. This is just the first in many upcoming large tap events so keep an eye out; the next one should be Knee Deep.”

Wed., Aug. 29, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Schmaltz Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Aug. 30, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Thurs., Aug. 30, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Campbell hosts the Chef and Brewer’s Autumn Dinner. 1875 South Bascom Ave., #700, 408-377-0707. The Campbell Rock Bottom Facebook page currently has a photo of the menu. “Please call 408-377-0707 to make reservations. It’s just $50 per person and that includes tax and gratuity! A credit card number will be required when making reservations and cancellations must be done at least 48 hours in advance.”

Thurs., Aug. 30, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Black Diamond Brewing Co. beer dinner.

Fri., Aug. 31, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Fri., Sep. 14, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.: Palace Cafe in Sunnyvale hosts a 5-course beer pairing dinner featuring beers from Strike Brewing Company. 139 South Murphy Ave., 408-774-6111. The current cover photo of the Strike Brewing Facebook page lists the 5-course menu and beers. RSVP to (408) 774-6111; only 30 tickets available.

Sat., Sep. 15, 2012, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.: The Los Gatos Brewing Company 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration takes place. 130G North Santa Cruz Ave., 408-395-9929. “Los Gatos Brewing Company is having a 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration!!! Join us for tasty German food, cold beer, live music and tons of fun!!! This is an outdoor event. Our restaurant will also be open with a special Oktoberfest menu!” For complete details, visit their Facebook public event page.

Sat.-Sun., Sep. 15-16, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sat., Sep. 22, 2012, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Peter B’s Brewpub hosts the 2nd Annual Monterey Beer Garden, which will feature a number of South Bay breweries.

Thurs., Sep. 27, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Strike Brewing Co. brewmasters dinner.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

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San Jose Area Beer News, Events and a Look Ahead: Aug. 13-19, 2012

San Jose beer news and events

The following is a collection of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Aug. 13, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their weekly beer tasting event. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “Drake’s Brewing will be here to pour amazing brews with names like “Denogginizer” and “Aroma Coma”. Deeeelicious. 6pm-8pm, $12/person or free for members.”

Tues., Aug. 14, 2012, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: There is a Beer, Cheese & Sausage beer pairing event at Gordon Biersch San Jose. 33 East San Fernando St., 408-294-6785. “Cheese isn’t just for wino’s anymore! Bring your friends and join Head Brewer Jeff Liles in our bar as he pairs our house beers with various selections of local cheese and sausages. This fun and educational event is free of charge. Join in the discussion on how to pair different beer styles with complementing flavors of food. Don’t forget to ask for a behind-the-scenes tour of our brewery! Ask your server for additional details. See you then!”

Tues., Aug. 14, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Aug. 15, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Drake’s Brewing Company. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Aug. 16, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Aug. 16, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Aug. 17, 2012: Palace Cafe in Sunnyvale hosts a beer dinner featuring beers from Strike Brewing Company. 139 South Murphy Ave., 408-774-6111. From Strike Brewing: “We just got a sneak peek at the menu for the Strike Beer Pairing Dinner at the Palace Cafe and Catering in Sunnyvale on Friday, Aug. 17th! It looks AMAZING. 5 beers paired with an incredible range of foods – from hamachi hand rolls, to empanadas, to gnocchi, to churros. Only 30 spots are available so call soon! $50 per person (including beers). RSVP to (408) 774-6111.”

Fri., Aug. 17, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat.-Sun., Aug. 18-19, 2012, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500. “Join us for the second event in our Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière, on August 18th and 19th! We will feature award-winning local organic brewery Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. You don’t want to miss their tasty Olallieberry Cream Ale–perfect for summer! Also being poured will be The Boardwalk Blonde, Dread Brown Ale, and The People’s Porter. Think organic. Drink organic!” $40 per person (price excludes tax and gratuity). Reservations are recommended. Check the Left Bank Events page for a link to the menu.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series: July – November, 2012

Wed., Aug. 29, 2012: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts a special New Belgium Lips of Faith tap takeover. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434. “The New Belgium team will be here to represent a 15 tap takeover, including Lips of faith beers past and present, aged, seasonal and all around favorites, such as the new collaboration SUPER IPA with Southern California brewery Alpine Brewing (known for their hoppiness). Save the date, take work off, don’t miss this!”

Thurs., Aug. 30, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Campbell hosts the Chef and Brewer’s Autumn Dinner. 1875 South Bascom Ave., #700, 408-377-0707. The Campbell Rock Bottom Facebook page currently has a photo of the menu. “Please call 408-377-0707 to make reservations. It’s just $50pp and that includes tax and gratuity! A credit card number will be required when making reservations and cancellations must be done at least 48 hours in advance.”

Sat., Sep. 22, 2012, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Peter B’s Brewpub hosts the 2nd Annual Monterey Beer Garden, which will feature a number of South Bay breweries.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events for June 18-24, 2012: Successful Gordon Biersch Imperial Pilsner Brau Launch and Inaugural Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest

Dan Gordon of Gordon Biersch Brewery enjoying a glass of Imperial Pilsner Brau during the June 15, 2012 Imperial Pilsner Brau launch party in San Jose
Dan Gordon of Gordon Biersch Brewery enjoying a glass of Imperial Pilsner Brau during the June 15, 2012 Imperial Pilsner Brau launch party in San Jose

The following is a collection of recent San Jose beer news and a list of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Recent beer news

  • A successful launch party featuring the new limited release Gordon Biersch Imperial Pilsner Brau (6.5% ABV, 50 IBU) took place this past week at the Gordon Biersch brewery and bottling facility in San Jose with co-founder Dan Gordon. “This is an intensely hopped, robust Pilsner that emphasizes the noble hops from central Europe including Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt and Saaz. It has been brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516. Our IPB is naturally carbonated and unfiltered.”
  • Los Gatos Brewing Company and brewmaster Kent Wheat hosted the inaugural Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest 2012 at their San Pedro Square location in San Jose yesterday, June 16, 2012. The heat did not deter people from coming out to enjoy fresh beer. A huge turnout had the opportunity to sample beer from nine breweries, including Tied House, Hermitage, Magnolia, Drake’s, Strike, Los Gatos Brewing, Seabright, FireHouse, and Faultline at Los Gatos Brewing’s outdoor patio.
Glassware and drink tokens from the inaugural Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest in San Jose on Saturday, June 16, 2012
Glassware and drink tokens from the inaugural Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest in San Jose on Saturday, June 16, 2012
Brewmaster Kent Wheat of Los Gatos Brewing Company - the mastermind of the inaugural LGBC Firkin Fest 2012 in San Jose
Brewmaster Kent Wheat of Los Gatos Brewing Company – the mastermind of the inaugural LGBC Firkin Fest 2012 in San Jose

Beer events this upcoming week

  • Mon., June 18, 2012, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.: San Jose’s Wine Affairs releases Parabola from Firestone Walker. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “The most aggressive beer from their Proprietor’s Reserve Series, the 2012 Parabola is a bourbon-barrel aged Imperial Stout released just last month. We have 24 bottles and one keg we’ve been hoarding for this special occasion. Keg will be tapped at 5pm sharp and bottles will be available all day! To-go and club discounts apply. Three bottle limit per customer.”
  • Tues., June 19, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Rock Bottom Campbell taps their Summer Honey Ale. Passed appetizers, $3 Summer Honey Ales, keep the glass (while supplies last), and meet and greet with the brewmaster.
  • Tues., June 19, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Gordon Biersch San Jose taps their limited time Summerbrau, “a golden, refreshing Kölsch-style beer from Cologne, with just a hint of fruitiness.” Live music on their patio and complimentary passed appetizers.
  • Tues., June 19, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.
  • Wed., June 20, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Knee Deep Brewing Company. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.
South bay beer fans Joe (left), Antony (center), Russ and David (right) at a recent pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
South bay beer fans Joe (left), Antony (center), Russ and David (right) at a recent pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose
South Bay beer enthusiasts Joe (left) and Antony (right) at a recent pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
South Bay beer enthusiasts Joe (left) and Antony (right) at a recent pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose
Jack's Bar & Lounge in Japantown, San Jose
Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown, San Jose
The taps at Jack's Bar & Lounge in Japantown, San Jose hosts weekly Thursday pint nights
The taps at Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown, San Jose hosts weekly Thursday pint nights
  • Fri., June 22, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Looking ahead: Save the date

  • Sat., June 30, 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: The 3rd Annual Santa Cruz Hop N’ Barley Festival takes place in Scotts Valley.
  • Sat., July 21, 2012, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.: The Summer KraftBrew Beer Fest 2012 will take place in downtown San Jose on Post Street between Market and South First Streets.

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Highlights of the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden at SubZERO Festival

2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden takes place in San Jose - The Valley of the Heart's Delight
Downtown San Jose artwork at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden – The Valley of the Heart’s Delight

Amidst picture perfect weather and orchestration by South Bay craft beervangelist Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog, the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden craft beer festival, took place last Friday, June 1, at the 5th Annual SubZERO Festival of arts and culture in downtown San Jose.

The 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden takes place at the 5th Annual SubZERO Festival of art and culture
The growing crowd at the 5th Annual SubZERO Festival of art and culture
The 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
The 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden

Mere steps from the beerfest were gourmet food trucks and the engaging sights and sounds of local artists and musicians. Folks who came just for the Better Brew Tasting Garden had the opportunity to see and hear great artwork and music, while people who came primarily for the art, music, and food had the chance to try out a myriad of tasty beers.

Gourmet food trucks next to the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Gourmet food trucks next to the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden

Attendees had the opportunity to taste beer from 15 breweries, ranging from an Imperial Brau Pilsner from Gordon Biersch, German-style gold ales from Rock Bottom Campbell and Hermitage Brewing, ESB styles from Campbell Brewing and Firestone Walker, a porter from Uncommon Brewers, pale ales from Cedar Street Brewing and Seven Bridges Cooperative, to IPAs from Strike Brewing, Peter B’s Brewpub, Santa Cruz Aleworks, Lagunitas, and Seabright Brewery.

An element that elevates the status of a particular beer festival is the presence of the folks who make the beers being poured. And the Better Brew Tasting Garden had its fair share of brewmasters on hand to talk about their beers, including Strike Brewing’s Drew Ehrlich, Campbell Brewing’s Jim Turturici, Peter B’s Kevin Clark, and Rock Bottom Campbell’s Russell Clements.

Drew Ehrlich and Jenny Lewis of Strike Brewing and Josh Santos of The San Jose Blog at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Drew Ehrlich and Jenny Lewis of Strike Brewing and Josh Santos of The San Jose Blog at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog, South Bay brewmaster Steve Donohue, and Drew Ehrlich of Strike Brewing at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog, South Bay brewmaster Steve Donohue, and Drew Ehrlich of Strike Brewing at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog, South Bay brewmaster Steve Donohue, and Drew Ehrlich of Strike Brewing at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog, South Bay brewmaster Steve Donohue, and Drew Ehrlich of Strike Brewing at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Russell Clements of Rock Bottom Campbell at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Russell Clements of Rock Bottom Campbell at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Kevin Clark (r) of Peter B's at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Kevin Clark (r) of Peter B’s at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Jim Turturici of Campbell Brewing at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Jim Turturici of Campbell Brewing at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden

Of note was the public debut of the Bay Brewer’s Guild, a brewery collective from the South Bay, Santa Cruz, and Monterey areas whose mission is to further promote the craft beer scenes in these regions.

The public debut of The Bay Brewers Guild at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
The public debut of The Bay Brewers Guild at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden

Despite the large number of attendees, beer tasting lines moved briskly and the filled-up space never felt too crowded. By all accounts, this beerfest was a resounding success thanks to the excellent turnout, a smoothly run operation by Peter and his team of volunteers, and the great fun that was had while enjoying good beer. Special mentions go to event sponsor Lagunitas Brewing Company and to Cherri Lakey and Brian Eder of the Anno Domini art gallery, the folks behind the SubZERO Festival.

On the heels of last year’s well-regarded, inaugural Better Brew Tasting Garden, this year’s version has raised the proverbial bar even higher, helping to provide further evidence that it is a good time to be a beer fan in the South Bay.

More pics below:

The 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden hosted by BetterBeerBlog
The 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden hosted by BetterBeerBlog
Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Great turnout at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Great turnout at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden

A great turnout at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden

South Bay beer fans Randy, Andre, and Roy at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden; their favorite beer was Seabright's Blur IPA
South Bay beer fans Randy, Andre, and Roy at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden; their favorite beer was Seabright’s Blur IPA
San Jose beer enthusiasts Billy and Nicole at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden; their favorite beer was Strike Brewing's IPA
San Jose beer enthusiasts Billy and Nicole at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden; their favorite beer was Strike Brewing’s IPA
San Jose beer fan Stef and Seven Bridges Cooperative rep. at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
San Jose beer fan Stef and Seven Bridges Cooperative rep. at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Performance art on the side of a building in view courtesy of the 5th Annual SubZERO Festival at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Performance art on the side of a building in view courtesy of the 5th Annual SubZERO Festival at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Great turnout at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Reaching peak capacity at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
View from the Seven Bridges Cooperative table at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
View from the Seven Bridges Cooperative table at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Volunteers and San Jose beer fans Kregg and Hiromi at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Volunteers and San Jose beer fans Kregg and Hiromi at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
South Bay brewmaster Steve Donohue, Larry Hoang of Rock Bottom Campbell, and Jim Turturici of Campbell Brewing at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
South Bay brewmaster Steve Donohue, Larry Hoang of Rock Bottom Campbell, and Jim Turturici of Campbell Brewing at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Yours truly and Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Yours truly and Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Yours truly and Mrs. BetterBeerBlog at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Yours truly and Mrs. BetterBeerBlog at the 2012 Better Brew Tasting Garden
Good security presence at the Better Brew Tasting Garden
Good security presence at the Better Brew Tasting Garden
San Jose's SoFa district in fine form at the 5th Annual SubZERO Festival
San Jose’s SoFa district in fine form at the 5th Annual SubZERO Festival
Brian Eder and Cherri Lakey (r) of Anno Domini, organizers of the SubZERO Festival
Brian Eder and Cherri Lakey (r) of Anno Domini, organizers of the SubZERO Festival
Cherri Lakey of Anno Domini, organizer of the SubZERO Festival
Cherri Lakey of Anno Domini, organizer of the SubZERO Festival

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