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Strike Brewing Company Brewery and Taproom Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

Cheers to 3 Years! Strike Brewing Company is celebrating the third anniversary of their 10th Street brewery and taproom location (2099 10th St., #30) this Saturday, Oct. 7 from 1pm to 9pm.

There’ll be good eats with Gold Rush Eatery (1-4pm) and Cochi BBQ (4-8pm), a silent auction from Sports Gallery, special release beers and more.

Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative pint glass and three pours.

Limited, One-Off Beers

Look for the following special release beers at the celebration:

  • Triple Play Triple IPA
  • Kettle Sour with Mango
  • Imperial Stout with Chocolate & Orange
  • Stone Finger Tart Saison
  • Cask Aged Two Seam IPA with Grapefruit

Descriptions below:

  • Triple Play Triple IPA, 11.8% ABV, 80 IBU – In celebration of our Third Aniversary at our 10th Street location, we decided it was only appropriate to brew a behemoth of a triple IPA. Massive whirlpool additions and a double dry hop with Simcoe, Azacca, Loral, and Mosaic hops dominate the aroma and flavor with notes of pineapple, mango, and melon.
  • Kettle Sour with Mango, 5.1% ABV, 10 IBU – Our latest kettle sour, fermented with a strain of lactic acid producing bacteria that creates a wonderful fruity tartness. After primary fermentation, we conditioned it on fresh mango puree to up the juciness to an extreme. Light, crisp, and wonderfully tart with bright mango flavor at the forefront.
  • Imperial Stout with Chocolate and Orange, 7.9% ABV, 35 IBU – An American style imperial stout that is bold yet smooth, boasting a chewy body and huge roasted malt character. The addition of cacao and fresh orange zest before packaging works in harmony with the sweet, full-bodied base, creating a winning combination of flavors for your palate.
  • Stone Finger Tart Saison, 4.7% ABV, 20 IBU – Stone Finger is back! Aged in red wine barrels for over a year now, this Belgian style saison was soured by an awesome blend of brettanomyces and lactobacillus. Complex funk and acidity mingle in this bright, refreshing tart Saison.
  • Cask: Two Seam IPA with Grapefruit , 6.5% ABV, 68 IBU – We’re also tapping a cask of Two Seam IPA infused with fresh grapefruit zest! Try a new take on one of your favorites.

Taco Takeover Comes to San Jose’s Avaya Stadium, Plus 20% Discount Code

I didn’t get to enjoy any tacos on National Taco Day today, but I’ll be sure to make up for it this Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Taco Takeover festival taking place at the home of the San Jose Earthquakes – Avaya Stadium (1123 Coleman Ave.).

Taco Takeover is presented by Cannonball Productions – the same folks behind the popular Bacon and Beer Classic events – and will feature cocktails, beer and tequila samples paired with tacos from local restaurants, including original recipes from Olla Cocina, Tacolicious, Tacomania, Tacos el Pelon, Araujo’s Mexican Grill and more.

A​ ​panel​ ​of​ ​judges​ ​- including yours truly – will​ ​be on hand to award​ ​the​ ​best​ ​tacos​.

There’ll also be games and activities – bobbing for churros, nacho eating contest and more – and a live Mariachi band, not to mention the picture-perfect weather.

Kate​ ​Levenstien,​ ​founder​ ​of​ ​Cannonball​ ​Productions​ ​and​ ​the​ popular ​Bacon​ ​and​ ​Beer​ ​Classic,​ ​is​ ​thrilled​ ​to introduce​ ​Taco​ ​Takeover​ ​to​ ​foodies​ ​and​ ​tequila​ ​lovers​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country.

With recent Taco Takeovers having taken place in New York City and Dallas, Kate shares, ​“We​ ​know​ ​just​ ​how​ ​much people​ ​love​ ​bacon​ ​and​ ​beer,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​response​ ​we’ve​ ​seen​ ​to​ ​Taco​ ​Takeover​ ​is​ ​by​ ​far​ ​the​ ​most​ ​ecstatic yet.​ ​There’s​ ​something​ ​about​ ​a​ ​refreshing​ ​margarita​ ​in​ ​one​ ​hand​ ​and​ ​a​ ​guac-topped​ ​taco​ ​in​ ​the​ ​other​ ​that is​ ​simply​ ​unbeatable.​

“We​ ​can’t​ ​wait​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​this​ ​delicious​ ​combination​ ​to​ ​San​ ​Jose​ ​and​ ​beyond.”

Tickets

Guests​ ​can​ ​choose​ ​from​ ​two​ ​2.5-hour​ ​sessions​ ​on​ ​Saturday.​ ​General Admission​ ​tickets​ ​are ​$59. ​ ​​VIP​ ​tickets​ ​are $75, good for ​half-hour​ ​early​ ​entry​ ​and access​ ​to​ ​an​ ​exclusive​ ​guacamole​ ​bar.​ ​All​ ​tickets​ ​include​ ​a​ ​souvenir​ ​tasting​ ​glass.

20% Discount Code

Use Discount Code “grateful” to receive 20% off both General Admission and VIP tickets.

For​ ​more​ ​information​ ​about​ ​the​ ​festival, visit the Taco Takeover website.

Cannonball Productions​ ​is​ ​committed​ ​to​ ​partnering​ ​with​ ​food​ ​recovery​ ​programs​ ​in​ ​every​ ​host​ ​city, ​and​ ​will​ ​donate leftover​ ​food​ ​from​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Jose​ ​event​ ​to​ ​the​ ​homeless.

2017 Oktoberfest Celebrations in and around San Jose

Yours truly at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, July 2016

I’m sure there are many like me who wish they were going to the official Oktoberfest in Munich.

The Hofbräuhaus in Munich, July 2016

Fortunately, local Oktoberfest-inspired events and celebrations are set to take place throughout San Jose and nearby, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy German and German-style beer and food in a festive atmosphere. Many of the Oktoberfest celebrations are family friendly and will feature live entertainment.

Below is a roundup of this year’s local Oktoberfest events listed by date. I’ll add to it as new ones come to my attention. Prost!

Sat., Sep. 9: Gourmet Haus Staudt

What: It’s their annual outdoor Oktoberfest celebration, taking place from 12pm to 7:30pm. Six German beers on tap, lots of bratwurst and live music featuring The Internationals (starting at 2pm). $7 entry fee.

Where: 2615 Broadway St., Redwood City

More Info.: Facebook event page

Wed., Sep 13: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

What: Gordon Biersch in downtown San Jose celebrates Oktoberfest with the tapping of their seasonal Festbier accompanied by games and live music.

Where: 33 E. San Fernando St., San Jose

More Info.:FB event page

Fri., Sep. 15: Golden State Brewery

What: Folks are invited to don their Lederhosen and Dirndl as Golden State Brewery releases their new Ein Prosit Oktoberfest beer. There’ll be music, decorations, sausages courtesy of Arlington Brothers and a limited supply of 32-oz. Das Boots good for a fill of Ein Prosit for $16. Festivities take place from 5pm to 9pm.

Where: 1252 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara

More Info: goldenstate.beer

Fri., Sep. 15 – Sat., Oct. 28: Teske’s Germania

What: German fare and beers with music from The Internationals on select Friday and Saturday evenings from Sep. 15 to Oct. 29.

Where: 255 N. 1st St., San Jose

More Info.: Teske’s Entertainment page

Sat., Sep. 16 & Sat., Sep. 23: Ludwig’s German Table

What: Join Ludwig’s for Oktoberfest on Sep. 16 and Sep. 23 from 12pm to 8pm. There’ll be live music, plenty of German beers and a Schmankerl plate. $28.

Where: 261 N. 2nd St., San Jose

More Info.: ludwigssj.com

Mon., Sep. 18 – Sat., Oct. 21: Faultline Oktoberfest

What: Faultline Brewing Company pays homage to Oktoberfest with a month-long special German-inspired menu available lunch and dinner, plus Oktoberfest specialty beers.

Where: 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

More Info.: FB event page

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sat., Sep. 23: Gordon Biersch Brewing Company

Update: Gordon Biersch announced on Sep. 15 that this event has been cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

What: The ongoing Taylor Street Night Market outdoor summer series continues to take place Thursday evenings at the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company brewing and packaging facility in Japantown. To celebrate Oktoberfest, the Night Market folks – Gordon Biersch and Moveable Feast – are throwing a three-day, family friendly bash featuring German-inspired food truck dishes and beers along with live music, games for kids and SJMADE artisans.

Where: 357 E. Taylor St., San Jose

More Info.: FB event page

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sat., Sep. 23: Park Station Hashery

What: Caltobrefest! Enjoy local and German beers with classic Bavarian fare done California style. Live music and DJ sets on the patio. 5pm to closing.

Where: 1701 Park Ave., San Jose

More Info.: Instagram post

Thurs., Sep. 21 – Sun., Sep. 24: Redwood City Oktoberfest

What: The 4th annual Oktoberfest in downtown Redwood City takes place over four days on the Courthouse Square and encompasses a whole lot of everything one can ask for to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Where: 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

More Info.: Website

Thurs., Sep. 28: Geektoberfest

What: The Tech Museum of Innovation presents the 3rd annual Geektoberfest. Explore the biology of beer, with talks, demos and tastings. 7pm to 10:30pm. $25.

Where: 201 S. Market St., San Jose

More Info.: thetech.org/geektoberfest

Sat., Sep. 30 – Sun., Oct. 1: Mountain View Oktoberfest

What: The 5th Annual Oktoberfest takes place the weekend of Sep. 30 and Oct. 1 (11am to 7pm both days) and is presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. There’ll be plenty of German beer, good food and family friendly entertainment.

Where: Parking lot at Dana St. and Bryant St., Mountain View

More Info.: FB event page

Sat., Oct. 14: Peninsula Oktoberfest

What: Enjoy the annual Peninsula Oktoberfest at Hiller Aviation Museum, held for the first time at night from 5pm to 10pm. There’ll be live music as well as German beers and food available for purchase.

Where: 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos

More Info.: hiller.org/event/oktoberfest

Sat., Oct. 21 to Sun., Oct. 22: Campbell Oktoberfest

What: Downtown Campbell hosts an entire weekend of live music, tasty food, arts and crafts, a kids zone and – of course – beer. Sponsored by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.

Where: E. Campbell Ave., Campbell

More Info.: FB event page



Uproar Brewing Company to Open June 14

The wait is over. Uproar Brewing Company (439 S. First St.) has finally announced their opening date via their Facebook page earlier this morning:

“Words we’ve been waiting to say for too long… We’re opening June 14. Drop by and say hello.”

It certainly has been a long wait, and after a series of delays and changes, Uproar’s low-key update is sure to excite many, including local beer fans as well as folks eager to see the continued growth of downtown San Jose and the SoFA district in particular.

I had the good fortune to attend a preview dinner earlier this spring, and the event indeed portended a positive outlook for the brewery and restaurant and the surrounding area.

In becoming the newest member of the South Bay brewing community, Uproar will look to enhance the local beer scene by offering more options for beer fans with an emphasis on good beer and good food.

Very happy for the Uproar team and look forward to visiting soon.

Update: Below is the opening menu shared by Uproar a handful of hours after their initial opening date announcement:





Sakewalk Returns to Japantown

Photo from Sakewalk 2016, taken at Roy’s Station

Sakewalk – presented by the Beerwalk folks – returns to Japantown for the second year in a row on Thursday, June 8 from 6pm-9pm.

Beerwalk co-founder Jordan Trigg previously told me, “Our goal… is to continue the long lasting tradition of Sake San Jose hosted by Yu-Ai Kai for so many years in Japantown.

“We want to continue to raise money for their organization while at the same time encouraging people to explore San Jose’s hidden gem, Japantown, one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.”

Attendees will be able to taste a variety of sake at different Japantown shops and business, including the following locations:

  • 7 Bamboo
  • Banana Crepe
  • Kaizen Salon
  • East Taylor Barbershop
  • Happi House
  • Headliners
  • Jack’s Bar & Lounge
  • Tengu Sushi / JT Express
  • Kogura Company
  • Nichi Ben Bussan
  • Nikkei Traditions
  • San Jose Autoworks
  • Ukelele Jams
  • The Get Down
  • Wenzhou Fish, Noodles, & More
  • Cielito Lindo
  • Shuei-do Manju
  • Hukilau
  • Zonkey
  • The Arsenal
  • Classic Loot
  • Le Petit Elefant

Roy’s station will be providing free drip coffee during the event.

Tickets are $35 through this weekend and go up to $40 next week. A limited number of tickets will be available for $45 on the day of the event. Per the usual, tickets include sake samples, custom glass and a passport.

Check-in starts at 5pm (one hour before the start of Sakewalk) and takes place at 7 Bamboo Lounge located at 162 Jackson St.

For additional information, visit the Sakewalk Eventbrite page.





Whole Foods Market’s Floodcraft Brewing Company Grand Re-Opening

A name change is happening for the popular brewery and tap room Mission Creek Brewing Company, located at the San Jose Whole Foods Market on The Alameda (777 The Alameda).

Brewmaster Guy Cameron recently shared with me the reason for the name change:

“Due to the success of the first Whole Foods Market Northern California brewery here in San Jose on The Alameda, we wanted to create a trademarked brand that could be distributed beyond this location. We chose Floodcraft because it is original and relates to the history of Whole Foods Market.

“People might be surprised to learn that on Memorial Day in 1981, there was a devastating flood that nearly destroyed the first ever Whole Foods Market store in Austin, TX. The inventory was wiped out, and most of the equipment was damaged. There was a question of whether or not this first Whole Foods Market store would ever reopen.

“Customers, neighbors, and team members came together to help clean up and repair everything. Thanks to all these efforts, the store was able to reopen 28 days later.

“If it weren’t for that community support, Whole Foods Market might not be what it is today. It’s a very important part of the history of Whole Foods Market that continues to be celebrated and honored to this very day.”

Grand Re-Opening Party

Floodcraft Brewing Company is celebrating the renaming with special events and activities throughout the weekend.

Kickstarting the festivities is a “grand re-opening party” Friday, June 2, 6pm-8pm to feature:

  • Bread-breaking ceremony
  • Four Floodcraft beers
  • Meet-and-greet with brewmaster Guy Cameron
  • Classic and local beers from guest breweries on tap to provide a variety of styles
  • Pop-up food items

To receive a complimentary Floodcraft beer koozie at this Friday’s shindig, register on Eventbrite and check-in at the event with a printed ticket or show the RSVP on your phone.

Floodcraft Offerings, including Curry for 3 Triple IPA

Below is additional information regarding the four Floodcraft beers that’ll be poured on Friday:

  • Curry for 3 Triple IPA: ABV: 10.5%; Juicy, orange, tangerine, marmalade, papaya, heavy dank.
  • Solely Simcoe American Pale Ale; ABV: 6.5%; Orange, passionfruit, peach, grapefruit, pine/resin, light dank.
  • Nelmo American Pale Ale; ABV 6.6%; Tangerine, papaya, gooseberry, tropical fruit, dank.
  • Mindfulness American Amber Ale; ABV 6.1%; Citrus, gooseberry, passionfruit, light floral, pine, toast, bread.

The Curry for 3 Triple IPA is a special release tapping brewed just for the re-opening. The three other beers have already been available.

Guy brewed a first batch of Curry for 3 Triple IPA for SF Beer Week earlier this year in February which highly anticipated, given his extensive experience previously brewing big, well-regarded IPAs – including Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger – at Russian River Brewing Company.

The first batch lasted only a week and was a standout beer according to many. Guy himself described Curry for 3 as his favorite – a “10.4% Citra orange juice bomb.”

As I sadly missed it earlier this year, I’ll be sure to enjoy some this time around.

P.S.: Go Warriors!



Beer Fest Hosted by San Jose Earthquakes

Check out the news release below about an upcoming beer fest hosted by the San Jose Earthquakes on Sat., May 27 at 4:30pm:

The San Jose Earthquakes will host a Beer Fest, presented by Lagunitas, featuring 14 breweries, including 11 local to California, at Avaya Stadium on May 27 as part of the game day activities for the match against the LA Galaxy. Fans can enter the stadium at 4:30 p.m. and enjoy a variety of beers in a beer garden located in the 7UP Epicenter. The Quakes will take on their LA Galaxy rivals at 6:45 p.m. PT, broadcast on Univision. Prior to the match, the Mexico vs. Croatia friendly will show on the video board.

Beers from the following breweries will be available for tasting in the beer garden: Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Bear Republic Brewing Company, Camino Brewing Co., Corona, Discretion Brewing, Faction Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Heineken, Hermitage Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Modelo, Seabright Brewing, Sonoma Springs Brewing Company and Tied-House Cafe & Brewery.

Ticket packages for the Beer Fest are available online for $45 and include a ticket to the match, access to the Beer Fest, four 4oz beer tastings and a commemorative taster glass. Fans should enter the promo code BEER to purchase the package. Earthquakes Season Ticket Holders can purchase access to the Beer Fest for $15 through their fan relations specialists and will also receive four 4oz tastings and the commemorative taster glass. Additional tastings will be sold on game day for $5.

A portion of all ticket sales will go to the Quakes Foundation and Special Olympics of Northern California. Following the match, the Quakes Special Olympics Unified Team will face the Galaxy’s unified squad on the Avaya Stadium field (more info).

3rd Annual Pints for Pups Presented by Southbay Beer Hounds and Clay Planet

Pints for Pups 2017

The third annual Pints for Pups fundraiser – presented by the Southbay Beer Hounds and Clay Planet – is set for Saturday, May 13 from 1pm-8pm at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (344 Tully Rd., San Jose).

Part of the proceeds from all drink, food and art sales will benefit the non-profits Silicon Valley Pet Project and the Thulani Program.

Participating breweries, wineries and distillery include:

  • Strike Brewing
  • Hermitage
  • Golden State
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Taplands
  • Freewheel
  • Benoit Casper
  • Firestone Walker
  • Oskar Blues
  • Sarah’s Vineyard
  • Satori Cellars
  • Venus Spirits

Drinks are $5 each, good for a pint of beer, 7 oz. of wine or 1 cocktail. Food options include Waffles Amore, Sugar Tree and the usual goodies from the Fairgrounds.

There’ll be one-of-a-kind ceramic art for sale from 40 local artists along with a raffle and live entertainment from Bug Horn Rex and Sound Decisions.

Entry tickets are $10 – which include parking directly on the Fairgrounds – and available for purchase at the Pints for Pups Eventbrite page. Note that all proceeds from any donations made when purchasing tickets go to the two organizations.

For some pics from last year’s Pints for Pups event, click here. And click here to learn about the origins of the Southbay Beer Hounds and Pints for Pups.

About the Beneficiaries

Silicon Valley Pet Project (SVPP) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers committed to saving local at-risk shelter pets through rescue, community involvement, and education. SVPP saves animals from our local municipal shelter, the San Jose Animal Care Center. So every time they pull a dog into their foster program and free up a kennel for another dog, they are actually saving 2 lives! svpetproject.org

The Thulani Program rescues abandoned and terminally ill or very old German Shepherd dogs from California and Nevada, finds permanent homes for them, and provides funds to help with their care for the rest of their lives. These are dogs that have virtually no chance of being adopted from shelters, and through Thulani they have an opportunity to spend the rest of their lives as treasured companions. thulanidogs.org

‘Beers Around the World Tour’ Spring 2017 Edition

SJSU Beer Around the World Spring 2017

San Jose State University’s Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management presents the next installment of the “Beers Around the World Tour,” taking place Thursday, April 27 from 6pm-9:30pm at The Glasshouse in downtown San Jose (2 S. Market St.).

The event is run entirely by SJSU students enrolled in select courses – including beer appreciation and event industry classes – and provides real, hands-on experience in putting together a big event project from scratch to finish.

Expect the format to be similar to that of the previous event held this past December – numerous booths set up throughout the venue representing different countries with beers and hors d’oeuvres available to taste.

According to Professor and Internship Coordinator Dr. Kate Sullivan, the upcoming trade show will be the largest one yet, and for the first time tickets can be purchased by non-SJSU folks.

For registration information and to purchase tickets, click here.

I had the good fortune of being able to attend the previous Beer Around the World event (click here for my recap post) and really look forward to this upcoming one. I’m happy to be helping support future hospitality professionals one sip at a time. :)

Go Spartans!

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

1st Annual Hop ‘N Vine Festival & Market at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Hops N Vine Festival 2017

The first annual Hop ‘N Vine Festival & Market is set for Saturday, March 11 from 2pm-8pm at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose (344 Tully Rd.).

It’s taking place indoors in Pavilion Hall and will feature a number of local breweries and wineries that all produce their beer and wine in Santa Clara County.

Participating breweries:

  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • El Toro Brewing Co.
  • Golden State Brewing
  • Hapa’s Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • New World Ales
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Company
  • Umunhum Brewing

Participating wineries:

  • Aver Family Vineyards
  • Comartin Cellars
  • Coterie Cellars
  • Fortino Winery
  • Guglielmo Winery
  • Jason Stephens Winery
  • J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines
  • La Vie Dansante Wines
  • Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
  • Medeiros Family Wines
  • Miramar Vineyards
  • Naumann Vineyards
  • Picchetti Vineyards
  • Sarah’s Vineyard
  • Roudon-Smith Winery
  • Solis Winery
  • Sunlit Oaks Winery

The event also features the Hop ‘N Vine Market – where you can purchase bottles of your favorites – and the Hop ‘N Vine University – a chance to learn about the county’s agriculture and history as it pertains to beer and wine making. Presenters include Mark Denari of New World Ales, Umunhum Brewing Company and others.

Tickets are $55 and available for purchase at the Hop ‘N Vine Evenbrite page. Tickets to include:

  • Complimentary parking
  • 15 tastes
  • Commemorative glass
  • Light bites
  • Entertainment and game area (including virtual reality tours of Rome and Machu Picchu)
  • Educational lectures (including a gallery of current and historical photos of wine and beer production in Santa Clara County)
  • $15 to apply toward market purchases (three $5 certificates – to use all three you must purchase three items)

For additional info. – and to purchase tickets – visit the event website.