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Lagunitas 2016 Waldos’ Special Ale at Good Karma, Harry’s Hofbrau and More

2016 Waldos' Special Ale, courtesy of Lagunitas
2016 Waldos’ Special Ale, courtesy of Lagunitas

It’s that time of year when many beer fans will satiate their thirst for a tasty double IPA by enjoying Waldos’ Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Word is already out regarding this year’s batch, the latest release from the Onehitter Series of highly limited, experimental offerings. Spoiler alert: This year’s Waldos is as hoppy and dank as last year’s batch and perhaps even more delicious.

Lagunitas NorCal Specialty Specialist – and South Bay native – Rudy Kuhn chimes in, “It’s a refreshing, dank-ilicious hop bomb featuring a full-blown Perrault Assault,” adding that Jason Perrault is the mastermind, fourth generation hop grower at Hop Breeding Company responsible for the development of Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, Equinox and other well-regarded hop varietals.

Official tapping events for the South Bay will take place at venerable craft beer locations Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café in downtown San Jose (37 S. 1st St.) and Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose (390 Saratoga Ave.). From their respective Facebook event pages:

Wed., 4/20, starting at 4:20pm: Good Karma presents Double Dank, Double Down 420 Tapping of Waldos’ Special: “It’s always an honor to be the official South Bay 4/20 Tapping Party for Lagunitas Waldos’ Special! This year’s is as sticky and dank as we can remember! 11.5% and hand selected hops by the Waldos themselves – Great vibe, fun takeaways and the greatest gathering of mellow beer heads to share such an awesome beer in the South Bay.”

Thurs., 4/21, starting at 4:20pm: Harry’s Hofbrau hosts It’s Waldos’ Time with Lagunitas 4/21 at 4:20: “Brewed every year for 4/20, Waldo is a huge, resiny, dank DIPA! We will be tapping ours for our Thursday event the 21st at 4:20pm along with some other rare and fun kegs from Lagunitas.”

Look for Waldos’ Special Ale at select establishments throughout the South Bay (currently on tap at Wicked Chicken in Santa Clara).

Check out the entertaining Lagunitas video below to learn about the connection between 420 and the Waldos.



Enjoy 2015 Waldos’ Special Ale in the South Bay

2015 Waldos' Special Ale (Photo courtesy of Lagunitas)
2015 Waldos’ Special Ale (Photo courtesy of Lagunitas)

It is that time of the year for Waldos’ Special Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company to make an appearance, and kegs will be arriving this week at over 40 South Bay spots to be tapped over the weekend. Many locations pouring Waldo will also feature the new 10-oz. Lagunitas mason jars.

Waldos’ Special Ale is the dankest and hoppiest offering from Lagunitas. Silicon Valley market manager – and South Bay native – Rudy Kuhn shares, “I got a sneak peak of it last week, and it tastes amazing! Coming in hot at 11.1%, it’s not ‘boozy.’ Just deliciously dank.”

San Jose beer mavens Harry’s Hofbrau, Original Gravity Public House and Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe will be hosting special events around the Waldo release, while many local bars and tap rooms will experience Waldo for the very first time this year.

The first keg of Waldo will be tapped at Harry’s this Thursday at 4:20pm. There will also be a number of other Lagunitas beers on tap, including Lagunitas Sucks, Daytime, High Westified Imperial Coffee Stout, Rye Cocoa Porter, Equinox, Cappucino Stout and more.

On Friday, again at 4:20pm, Original Gravity will pour Waldo, Pils, New Dogtown Pale, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, IPA, Lagunitas Sucks, Night Time, Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale, The Hairy Eyeball and Cappuccino Stout. The festivities will continue on Saturday at Original Gravity, with Equinox Pale Ale added to the mix as well as a firkin tapping of Mosaic Double Dry-Hopped New Dogtown at – you guessed it – 4:20pm.

Good Karma will be adding their own unique twists to the Waldo release this weekend. And look for the “Where’s Waldo finder” app on the Lagunitas website, where you will be able to see all the accounts that will be pouring it.

So who are the Waldos? Last year on April 20, Lagunitas created a video titled “Waldo Origin” to introduce the Waldos – the originators of 420 and friends of the brewery.

The following is what Kuhn shared on Facebook yesterday regarding the upcoming Waldo Weekend:

“What a crazy year it’s been. If you looked HIGH and low for some Waldo’s Special Ale last year and struck out, you weren’t alone. We still hadn’t opened up our new brewery in Chicago, and pints of your favorite 4/20 ale were hard to find. Well fast forward to today and Chicago is humming along, and Petaluma was able to pump out some extra kegs of Waldo this year.

“We will tap the first keg of Waldo 2015 at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose this Thursday 4/16 at 4:20pm (why wait???), and then on Friday at 4:20pm the madness begins with simultaneous tappings of Waldo throughout all of Santa Clara County.

“Waldo will be introduced to some new friends this year and will be poured for the very first time in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Milpitas, Campbell, Los Gatos and Mountain View. And of course you’ll also find it scattered around your favorite watering holes in San Jose, Santa Clara and Palo Alto.

“For those true treasure hunters who want to experience Waldo in its most natural South Bay setting, then come out to Original Gravity Public House and Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe this weekend. These bars always make Waldo feel at home with a bunch of other friends in the lineup from the Lagunitas Brewing Co. family of beers and get HIGH-ly excited about its 4/20-ish release date.

“Friday and Saturday at OG will be a Weekend at Waldo’s party featuring Chicago Dogs on the menu to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of our South Side Chicago Brew House brewing its first batch of IPA and will be tapping a firkin of DogTown double dry-hopped with Mosaic hops.

“And all weekend at Good Karma you can be sure to find some vegan munchie snacks, some of the stoniest tunes pumping through the speakers, and on Sunday there might just be a very special “pairing” of Waldo and some other stuff that looks like Hops.

“Puff, Puff, Pass….”

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Scott’s Seafood San Jose Presents Rooftop Beer Dinner with Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Scott's Seafood San Jose Rooftop Beer Dinner
Scott’s Seafood San Jose Rooftop Beer Dinner

Scott’s Seafood restaurant in downtown San Jose has quickly emerged as a bona fide South Bay beer dinner destination and will host their second beer-and-food pairing event on Oct. 23, 6-9pm, featuring beers from Petaluma’s Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Scott’s inaugural beer dinner took place earlier this summer and featured offerings from Firestone Walker. Each course paired successfully with the selected beer, and the excellent service included informative introductions of each course and beer by Scott’s management and a brewery representative, respectively. The picturesque sixth-floor rooftop offered up a perfect dinner backdrop, providing arguably the best views of the downtown skyline from atop any restaurant.

The upcoming beer dinner is scheduled to take place once again on the rooftop patio and with a special five-course menu created by Chef Alfonso Tamayo.

Check-In: Smoked salmon crostini and calamari with lemongrass beurre blanc. Paired with Lagunitas Daytime Session IPA.

Getting Started: Marscapone stuffed dates. Paired with Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Double IPA.

Round Two: Spinach salad with Mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, goat cheese tossed with a poppy seed dressing. Paired with Lagunitas Censored Copper Ale.

Main Course: Mahi Mahi with pineapple relish served with coconut rice and bok choy. Paired with Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Pale Wheat Ale.

Sweet Finale: Pumpkin cheesecake. Paired with Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale.

The always affable, South Bay native Rudy Kuhn – Silicon Valley market manager for Lagunitas – will be in attendance to introduce each beer and answer any beer and brewery-related questions.

Space is limited, so consider purchasing tickets sooner than later; I have a feeling that many of the folks from the first dinner will be returning for this one. Tickets are $45 and available online.

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Lagunitas Featured in Upcoming Downtown San Jose Events

Rudy Kuhn (center) and friends at the 2013 SF Beer Week opening gala
Rudy Kuhn (center) and friends at the 2013 SF Beer Week opening gala

Offerings from Lagunitas Brewing Company can be found at a myriad of locations throughout the South Bay and beyond. But during SF Beer Week, Good Karma Vegan Cafe in downtown San Jose (37 South First Street) will be the hot spot for an epic Lagunitas event entitled “Get High-Westified & SF Fusion 20 Release Party.”

The event title is in reference to Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (2012) aged in bourbon barrels from High West Distillery and the special SF Beer Week edition of the Lagunitas Fusion Series (made in part by some of the Good Karma crew). The event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

South Bay native and long-time San Jose resident Rudy Kuhn is the Central California Market Manager for Lagunitas and shares the following:

Good Karma is definitely the biggest SFBW event. The tap list is gonna rival the Lagunitas Tap Room. Ryan [Good Karma owner and beer aficionado Ryan Summers] has been cellaring a bunch of these flavors in anticipation for this event. It’ll be a true showcase of the dank and dark sides of Lagunitas… some of our happiest offerings and some of the few darker and barrel-aged beers we’ve made over the past few years. We’ll get funky with some vinyl spinning, too.

The beer lineup includes cellared kegs of 2013 SoCo Sour Stout, 2012 Brown Shugga, and 2013 Hairy Eyeball along with fresh Maximus Double IPA, Sucks, and IPA. Folks can also keep the glassware while supplies last.

A different kind of event takes place on Friday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. at downtown San Jose’s Café Stritch. Rudy shares:

Taking place at Café Stritch is the spawn of our Beer Circus. We’re bringing some of those freaks down to San Jose for a pre-party and to show the locals a good time. We’ll have two of our recent Fusion beers and party down until The Bang start to jam away the night on the stage.

Rudy is just as happy in discussing the other exciting beer events coming up throughout the South Bay, like the Sweet and Sour Festival also taking place on Friday, Feb. 14 at Good Karma and Original Gravity Public House. Rudy adds, “You can pucker up with some sours at OG and then get some sweet barrel-aged brews across the street at Good Karma.” The Original Gravity event, “Pucker Up! Valentine’s Day Sour Fest 3.0,” takes place from 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. while the Good Karma event, “St. Valentine’s Barrel-Aged Sweeties,” takes place from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Be sure to say hi to Rudy, an exemplary representative of the local beer scene – he’ll be the guy with the big smile, big beard, and the big bundle of positive energy flowing around him.

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Where to Find Lagunitas Brewing Company Waldos’ Special Ale in the South Bay

Lagunitas Waldos' Special Ale in the South Bay
Lagunitas Waldos’ Special Ale in the South Bay

South Bay fans of Petaluma’s Lagunitas Brewing Company are in for a treat, especially for those who enjoy a good Double IPA on tap.

The well-regarded Waldos’ Special makes its return, and a couple of local beer spots have already made event announcements on their respective Facebook pages.

San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts a Lagunitas 4/20 Party on Sat., 4/20/13. On tap will be Lagunitas Waldos’ Special ($4.20 for a 9 oz.) and Lagunitas IPA ($4.20 a pint). Keg tapping begins at 1 p.m., and there will be plenty of bottled beers as well. The Grilled Cheese Bandits food truck is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and indie folk band Dream House is scheduled at 4:20 p.m.

Downtown San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House presents Lagunitas 4/20 Waldos’ Special Release on Sat., 4/20/13 featuring five beers from Lagunitas – Waldo, WTF, IPA, Censored/Maximus, and Fusion 16 – plus a mason jar giveaway with a purchase of Waldo. There will be other offerings, including raffle giveaways.

Look for the following places to also have special Waldo tapping parties:

Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts a Lagunitas tap takeover event on Thursday, 4/18/13 as part of their weekly Thursday Pint Nights. There will be a sneak peek of Waldo for the first 42.0 customers starting at 4:20 p.m. The tap list for Lagunitas is as follows:

  • Waldo Special Ale (available to the first 42.0 customers that arrive)
  • Sonoma County Stout (limited release)
  • Fusion 16 (limited release)
  • Cappuccino Stout (seasonal)
  • Wilco Tango Foxtrot (seasonal)
  • Under-Cover Shutdown (seasonal)
  • Censored
  • Dogtown Pale
  • Czech Pils
  • Imperial Stout
  • A Lil Sumpin Sumpin
  • And IPA

A number of these locations will have raffles and prizes to help with the celebrations.

While there are a myriad of events taking place on 4/20, many South Bay beer fans will appreciate the variety of choices on where to satisfy any Lagunitas cravings.

Of note is the cluster of locations – Good Karma, Original Gravity, Market Beer Company, and O’Flaherty’s – pouring Waldo in downtown San Jose; it is by design. “We are trying to make a big stink out of it this year in downtown,” shares Rudy Kuhn, Lagunitas market manager for the Santa Clara County, Central Coast, and Central Valley areas. No doubt that many hop fans will savor the dank, citrusy aromas from the Waldo DIPA.

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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.

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

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Pliny the Younger.

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

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

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

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

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And their Hopocalypse Black Label.

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Who’s this funny guy?

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

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

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

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

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Enjoying El Toro Brewing India Pale Ale.

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

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Lincoln’s Knee Deep Brewing Company.

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Knee Deep Brewing Hoptologist on cask.

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Trumer Pils.

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

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Rosamunde Sausage Grill.

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

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

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

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

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High Water Brewing president and brewmaster Steve Altimari.

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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.

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

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

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Pete is a craft beer pioneer and Bay Area guy.

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What a “worthy” highlight from that evening!

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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.

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Always Grateful,

~Andy

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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Original Gravity Public House Celebrates Memorable Official Grand Opening

Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose celebrates grand opening
Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose celebrates grand opening

Congratulations to Original Gravity Public House, which hosted their official grand opening last Saturday, Sep. 15, 2012. Beer fans turned out in droves to celebrate this notable South Bay craft beer establishment in downtown San Jose.

Original Gravity Public House celebrates their grand opening
Original Gravity Public House celebrates their grand opening

With plenty of sunshine and special access to neighboring outdoor patio space, Original Gravity owners Dan Phan and Johnny Wang were excited to be able to present their full food menu, featuring gourmet grilled cheeses and poutine to accompany the already well-received sausages and duck fat fries.

Original Gravity owners Dan Phan and Johnny Wang at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Original Gravity owners Dan Phan and Johnny Wang at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration

And, of course, there was the beer menu for the festive day that included hourly tappings of specialty and limited kegs and excellent offerings from the likes of Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, The Bruery, Drake’s, Evil Twin, Ninkasi, Calicraft, Alesmith, Uncommon Brewers, New Belgium, Port Brewing, Heretic, Stillwater, Midnight Sun, Deschutes, Flying Dog, Gouden  Carolus, Dogfish Head, and Sierra Nevada.

Outdoors at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration

Earlier this year, there was quite the anticipation for Original Gravity’s opening among South Bay beer fans, especially after learning about the Original Gravity owners and their plans. The wait has been worth it.

More pics from the grand opening:

Moonlynn Tsai of Original Gravity at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Moonlynn Tsai of Original Gravity at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Original Gravity's Rob Monroe at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Original Gravity’s Rob Monroe at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker and Rudy Kuhn of Lagunitas at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker and Rudy Kuhn of Lagunitas at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Jenny Merit of San Jose's Wine Affairs at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Jenny Merit of San Jose’s Wine Affairs at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
San Jose beer fans Stef and Andrea enjoying the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
San Jose beer fans Stef and Andrea enjoying the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration
Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog_Hermitage Brewing, Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker, and yours truly at the Original Gravity grand opening celebration
Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog_Hermitage Brewing, Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker, and yours truly at the Original Gravity grand opening celebration

Indoors at the Original Gravity Public House grand opening celebration

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events: July 2-8, 2012

Julia Cochran (left), Jenny Merit (center), & Diane Chang-Laurent of Wine Affairs
Julia Cochran (left), Jenny Merit (center), & Diane Chang-Laurent of Wine Affairs

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

  • Check out the recent Q & A article with South Bay brewmaster Steve Donohue, currently with Hermitage Brewing Company and working on opening his own brewery, as he shares his thoughts on the South Bay beer scene as well as how he got into beer and brewing. He also confirms where he will open his brewery.
Steve Donohue at Hermitage Brewing Company
Steve Donohue at Hermitage Brewing Company

Beer events this upcoming week

  • Tues., July 3, 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., July 4, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews.” 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.
Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker, Jonas Wilby of Stone & Rudy Kuhn of Lagunitas at the recent Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination IPA night at Harry's Hofbrau SJ
Tony Riffis of Firestone Walker, Jonas Wilby of Stone & Rudy Kuhn of Lagunitas at the recent Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination IPA night at Harry’s Hofbrau SJ
South Bay beer fans Noreen and Jim at a recent pint night at Harry's Hofbrau San Jose
South Bay beer fans Noreen and Jim at a recent pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose
South Bay beer enthusiasts Antony and Joe at a recent pint night at Harry's Hofbrau San Jose
South Bay beer enthusiasts Antony and Joe at a recent pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose
  • Fri., July 6, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Looking ahead: Save the date

  • 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 3rd Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival in San Jose

2012 Meet the Brewers Beer Festival in San Jose
2012 Meet the Brewers Beer Festival in San Jose

The 3rd annual South Bay Meet the Brewers beer festival took place last month during SF Beer Week at Hermitage Brewing Company in San Jose. The festival featured local craft beer from 19 breweries. Among the mostly South Bay breweries were the following:

Banner of participating sponsors, brewing companies, and food trucks
Banner of participating sponsors, brewing companies, and food trucks

Under the organizational leadership of Tied House/Hermitage Brewing marketing director Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez, co-hosting with Peter Estaniel from BetterBeerBlog.com, this brewfest was a huge success, not only evidenced by the fact that it was sold out but also by the great time that was had by those in attendance, including brewers, craft beer enthusiasts, and beer novices.

Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Director of Marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez
Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Director of Marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez
Peter Estaniel (right) of BetterBeerBlog.com
Peter Estaniel (right) of BetterBeerBlog.com

Many brewers participated in pouring their beers and talking with the guests about their creations. They answered questions and shared some interesting background stories about the beers that they were pouring. Undoubtedly, being able to directly interact with the brewers made the event very special.

Firehouse Grill & Brewery Brewmaster Steve Donohue
Firehouse Grill & Brewery Brewmaster Steve Donohue
Los Gatos Brewing Brewmaster Kent Wheat
Los Gatos Brewing Brewmaster Kent Wheat
Strike Brewing CEO Jenny Lewis and Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich
Strike Brewing CEO Jenny Lewis and Brewmaster Drew Ehrlich
El Toro Brewing Brewmaster Geno Acevedo
El Toro Brewing Brewmaster Geno Acevedo
Campbell's Rock Bottom Brewer Larry Hoang
Campbell’s Rock Bottom Brewer Larry Hoang

The brewing community is a collegial one, and such was the case at this festival, with brewers given a chance to catch up with one another as well as try each other’s latest batches.

For craft beer enthusiasts, this beer festival afforded the opportunity to enjoy a number of different, quality beers, including to name a few: Firehouse Hops on Rye IPA (cask) and One Tun Imperial Stout, Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Hop X and Hoptopia, Faultine Weizen Bock wheat ale, Strike Brewing Blonde, Wit, and Brown, El Toro Brewing IPA, and Los Gatos Brewing Mama Cask Elliot ESB (cask). Having the presence of non-South Bay breweries provided the opportunity to experience beers such as Drake’s Hopocalypse DIPA, Peter B’s Blonde Ale dry hopped with whole cone summit hops (cask), and Uncommon Brewers Siamese Twin Ale.

And for craft beer novices, this event provided a great avenue in which to sample a wide variety of beers and learn of which beer styles and breweries were particularly compelling and worth keeping mental notes.

Attendees were able to enjoy delicious food from half a dozen food trucks, which were parked right outside the brewing facility. Since the weather was nice, many enjoyed spending some time outside in between sampling beer. Another welcome sight was the number of families who attended this excellent event.

Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Brewmaster Peter Licht (2nd from left) and Brewer Greg Filippi (3rd from left)
Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Brewmaster Peter Licht (2nd from left) and Brewer Greg Filippi (3rd from left)
Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Greg Filippi
Tied House/Hermitage Brewing Greg Filippi
Campbell's Rock Bottom Brewery Brewers Larry Hoang and Russell
Campbell’s Rock Bottom Brewery Brewers Larry Hoang and Russell
Devil's Canyon Brewing Draught Specialist Rudy Kuhn
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Draught Specialist Rudy Kuhn
Firehouse Brewery Assistant Brewer Jason Gutierrez
Firehouse Brewery Assistant Brewer Jason Gutierrez
Tied House Brewmaster Ron Manabe (middle)
Tied House Brewmaster Ron Manabe (middle)
Campbell Brewing Brewmaster Jim Turturici (2nd from right)
Campbell Brewing Brewmaster Jim Turturici (2nd from right)
Hijinks at the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Hijinks at the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez and California Cafe Executive Chef Mark Pettyjohn
Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez and California Cafe Executive Chef Mark Pettyjohn
Excellent turnout for the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Excellent turnout for the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
A great day for the sold out San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
A great day for the sold out San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Gourmet food provided by Moveable Feast food trucks at the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
Gourmet food provided by Moveable Feast food trucks at the San Jose Meet the Brewers Beerfest
San Jose Meet the Brewers Beer Festival sold out
San Jose Meet the Brewers Beer Festival sold out

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