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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.



Dine & Give: Family Flood Relief Day

O'Flaherty's Irish Pub
O’Flaherty’s irish Pub, one of the participating restaurants

A number of beercentric establishments are participating in a flood relief fundraising effort Sunday, March 5 from 12pm-9pm, including Britannia Arms (South San Jose on Almaden Expy.), Britannia Arms (The Brit, downtown San Jose), The Farmers Union, Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life, Ludwig’s German Table, O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, San Pedro Square Market Bar and Garage Bar and Market Beer Company.

From the Facebook event page hosted by the non-profit San Jose Downtown Association:

“When the community needs, these restaurants respond. Like many last month, restaurateurs and the Sharks Foundation watched helplessly as Coyote Creek flood waters inundated the San Jose homes of neighbors and friends.

“Now, they’ve joined together to help. Visit any of these restaurants between noon and 9 p.m. Sunday, March 5 and 25 percent of the bill will go to flood recovery. Eat well. Give well.”

Below is the full list of participating locations:

  • Blush Ice Bar
  • Britannia Arms South San Jose (Almaden)
  • Britannia Arms Downtown San Jose (The Brit)
  • Da Kine Island Grill
  • El Guapo’s Campbell
  • Fairmont San Jose’s Lobby Lounge
  • Fountain Restaurant in the Fairmont.
  • The Farmers Union
  • Habana Cuba Restaurant
  • Henry’s World Famous Hi-LIfe
  • Hom Korean Kitchen
  • Konjoe Burger Bar
  • Konjoe Tei
  • Ludwig’s German Table
  • Mezcal Restaurant
  • O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub
  • Olla Cocina
  • Origins Juicery
  • Pizza Bocca Lupo San Pedro Square Market
  • San Pedro Square Market Bar
  • San Pedro Square Market Beer Company
  • San Pedro Square Garage Bar
  • Toasted, Craft Sandwiches – SoFA Market
  • Treatbot
  • Vino Vino
  • Veros Coffee in the SoFA Market

The Sharks Foundation is sponsoring Family Flood Relief Day.

This event supports The Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund, which helps the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Sacred Heart Community Service and The Salvation Army, Silicon Valley provide flood relief.

Learn more about the fund, giving or volunteering to help victims here: www.siliconvalleycf.org/sjflood



South Bay Craft Beer Benefit for San Jose Flood Victims

South Bay Craft Beer Benefit

A number of San Jose breweries will participate this Saturday, March 4, in a benefit to help the recent flood victims of San Jose.

Below are their respective Facebook updates.

Strike Brewing Company

Join us as we raise money to help our South Bay neighbors affected by the recent flooding. 10% percent of all taproom sales and all of the proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the San Jose Flood Relief Fund.

Come enjoy:

  • Cochi BBQ
  • Silent Auction
  • KFOX live broadcast from the brewery

Hapa’s Brewing Company

Join us (and/or other participating San Jose breweries) this Saturday for a special benefit to raise money for the victims of San Jose’s recent flooding. We’ll be donating a portion of beer sales to flood relief funds. 333 Truck will be serving food and we’ll have a basketball shoot contest!

Santa Clara Valley Brewing

We are proud to be participating in Saturday’s fundraiser for the victims of San Jose’s recent flooding. Portions of the entire day’s sales will be donated to the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund, plus we’ll have great food on site and hourly giveaways of SCVB swag!

Hermitage Brewing Company

It’s San Jose Flood Relief this Saturday!

Join us at Hermitage, Strike Brewing Co., Santa Clara Valley Brewing and Hapa’s Brewing Company this Saturday for great local craft beer and good times. We’ll be donating a portion of beer sales to the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund! #dotherightthing #sanjosecraftbeer #drinklocal



Forager Tasting Room & Eatery Grand Opening Celebration

Forager Now Open
Credit: Forager Tasting Room & Eatery

Renovations began last July at Forager Tasting Room & Eatery located in downtown San Jose’s SoFA District.

A note on their website at the time indicated that the 14,400 sq. ft. space at 420 South First St. (former home of South First Billiards) would comprise of a coffee bar, a main bar, 2 beer walls, 6 micro-restaurants, a stage, a corner art gallery and plenty of seating arrangements.

In the ensuing months, as renovation and construction continued, Forager utilized available space to host a “pop-up” series to showcase local artists and musicians: “We witnessed the potential for what Forager will soon become – an inviting and creative space where culture thrives and guests enjoy food, the arts, and community.”

Heinz Jones and Andrea
Heinz Jones and Andrea at last year’s Mountain View Oktoberfest.

When I caught up with Forager founder Heinz Jones this past October during the Mountain View Oktoberfest – where he serves as the emcee at the annual event – he was his usual enthusiastic self when talking about Forager.

He was eager to get Forager going as a business incubator for local entrepreneurs in the food, beverage and arts industries who are passionate about launching their respective enterprises.

He confirmed his wanting to play a part in bolstering the downtown San Jose business landscape by cultivating a community through good food, beverages, music and art.

As a beer enthusiast – Heinz had been working weekly at Market Beer Company – he was excited about opening his own tasting room at Forager.

Fast forward to earlier this month. Forager announced that they would be open daily from 7am to 7pm. Their coffee bar would serve offerings from Devout Coffee, and beer would be served from among their 16 taps.

Grand Opening Celebration

Forager will celebrate their official “hard” opening Friday, March 3, as part of the monthly South First Fridays Art Walk. Forager will host the photo exhibit “Picture This” featuring local San Jose photographers.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30pm, and all beers will be $5 and coffee drinks $2 from 5:30pm to 7pm. There’ll be small bites available as well.

Forager will also be open longer starting March 3, from 7am to 11pm daily.

Scenes from the Neighborhood Bottle Share

Look for Forager to continue hosting a variety of creative events. For instance, Forager hosted a “Bottles of the Bay: Neighborhood Bottle Share” event back in October that focused on beers from the local brewing community.

Forager’s Bryan Chen.

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Billy and Hermitage Brewing Company’s Nicole Marquez.

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Peter Estaniel of Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

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Bellpenny Brewing Company’s Jim Turturici in conversation with brewer Dave Roberts and Stacey.

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Stacey pouring Dave’s homebrewed porter – very enjoyable.

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Uproar Brewing Company’s Steve Vandewater, Nicole and Billy.

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Steve and Jim.

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Heinz about to pour local beers Santa Clara Valley Brewing Valley Surprise DIPA and Hermitage Brewing Company Citra Single Hop IPA.

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Peter and brewer Ryan Campagna of Touchstone Brewing Company in Sacramento. Ryan previously worked at Strike Brewing Company.

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Ryan and Calicraft Brewing Company’s Zac Taylor.

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Peter, Billy, Nicole and Hermitage Brewing Company’s Joel Wind.

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Bryan and Heinz.

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The Neighborhood Bottle Share was the first time I visited the space, and I was struck by how big the space was and how much warmth seemed to radiate throughout.

I look forward to returning to Forager and checking out the changes and enjoying the ambience, some coffee goodness and a beer or two.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!