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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

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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!



Scenes from ‘For Pete’s Sake’ Brewfest at CEFCU Stadium, Nov. 2016

Many in the local brewing community came together this past November to support a good person and a good cause – Peter Cogan and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

‘For Pete’s Sake’ Brewfest – which took place at San Jose State University’s CEFCU Stadium – produced plenty of good times as well.

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Peter Cogan.

Peter Cogan

Mark Fazzio of Hermitage Brewing Company.

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Steve Altimari of High Water Brewing and Drew Ehrlich of Strike Brewing Co.

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Strike Brewing Co.’s Tyler Rusten and a pour of Strike’s tasty Winter Camp (Winter Warmer Olde Ale). Tyler later shared that he had accepted a brewer position at Fearless Brewing Company in Oregon. Best wishes, Tyler!

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Coleen Clark.

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Michael Barker of Sactown Union Brewery and Peter Licht of Hermitage Brewing Company share a laugh.

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El Toro Brewing Company’s Geno Acevedo.

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Almanac Beer Co.’s Brian Sneed, Fernando Tovar and Fernando’s wife Sandra.

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Hermitage Brewing Company’s Mark Fazzio, Nicole Marquez and Joel Wind.

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Enjoying a pour of Luponic Distortion No. 004 from Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Mark and Corey.

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FireHouse Grill & Brewery’s Larry Hoang.

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Beer enthusiasts Anita Arguello and Mike Condie.

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Coleen Clark and Hermitage Brewing’s Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez. Carolyn later shared that the end of the year would be her last day as marketing director of Hermitage Brewing Company and Tied House. With her family moving to Sacramento, her departure (which I’ve mentioned previously) is a big blow to the local beer scene (for instance, Carolyn coordinated this event). We’ll miss you, Carolyn!

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Jon Siddoway and Siobhan Faul of Red Branch Cider Company and Rabbit’s Foot Meadery.

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Rabbit’s Foot Meadery’s exquisite sipper Sweet Mead.

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Peter Cogan with his mum.

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Palo Alto Brewing Company’s Sikandar Syed and Kasim Syed with Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Steve Donohue.

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Golden State Brewery’s Cinnabrown (Nut Brown Ale).

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High Water Brewing’s Steve and Barri Altimari and Mike Peasley.

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Palo Alto Brewing’s Kasim Syed and Tied House’s Ron Manabe.

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Palo Alto Brewing’s Sikandar Syed.

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Local stalwarts Jake McCluskey and Jim Helvie.

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Selfie with Jim.

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Codi Salazar, JD Stager, Peter Licht and Hermitage Brewing’s Greg Filippi. Codi also later shared that she was leaving Santa Clara Valley Brewing and moving to the Central Coast. Best wishes, Codi!

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Selfie with Steve.

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Beer fan Tim Haggerty.

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Campbell Brewing Company’s John Paine and Dan Doherty.

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Peter and Dan.

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My last tastes of the evening – Almanac Beer Co. Grand Cru Red: 2016 Vintage (Imperial Sour Red Ale) and Grand Cru White: 2016 Vintage (Imperial Sour Blonde Ale).

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Performance by the Spartan Marching Band.

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Great to hear that you’re doing better, Peter.

Cheers,

~Andy



Hapa’s Brewing Company Grand Opening Celebration

Image credit: Hapa's Brewing Company
Image credit: Hapa’s Brewing Company

Right after passing their final building inspection last month, Hapa’s Brewing Company – located at 460 Lincoln Ave., Ste. 90, San Jose – opened their doors on Jan. 18.

As they wrote, in part, on their blog at the time:

“This is it! The post four years in the making. Hapa’s Brewing Company is opening to the public!… Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way. We couldn’t have done it without our friends, family, and all the beer lovers who have supported us for such a long time! More to come including detail about our Grand Opening Party…”

Their grand opening celebration has been set for this Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1pm to 5pm featuring:

  • Local band HackJammers
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilwomen Dev Davis at 1:30pm
  • Food from C. George Smoke & Fire and I Love Cheese Steaks
  • And two – possibly three – new beers, including a single hopped (Equinox) pale ale and a red ale. These beers join their blonde, IPA and a porter.

More about the brewery – started by two South Bay natives – from their website:

“Hapa is the Hawaiian word for ‘mixed.’ A word very applicable to brewing beer. Hot water is mixed with malted barley to create wort. Hops are mixed with wort during the boil to add flavor and aroma. Yeast is mixed with the cooled wort to ferment sugars and make beer. Hawaiians also use the word hapa to describe people of mixed cultural backgrounds. Taken in this context, the word is also very applicable to the founders of Hapa’s Brewing Company.

“Brian and Derek started homebrewing in 2007 after moving back to their childhood hometown in the South San Francisco Bay Area. Friends since their Little League days, the two formed the idea for Hapa’s Brewing Company during that first homebrew in Brian’s mom’s kitchen. Over the course of the next eight years the two would join the workforce, move to San Francisco, and meet their future wives, but never stop making award winning homebrew or thinking about Hapa’s Brewing.

“In 2012, the two would meet Peter Burrell, owner and head brewer of Dempsey’s Restaurant and Brewery in Petaluma. In Peter, Brian and Derek had found a mentor; someone who could help make their dream a reality. To cut his teeth in the business, Brian took a leap of faith and left his job in Silicon Valley to begin brewing professionally with Peter. Derek worked to set up the dominos that would eventually need to fall to open a craft brewery.

“Slowly but surely, the picture that is Hapa’s Brewing Company began to take shape. On August 24, 2015, Brian and Derek signed the lease for the future home of Hapa’s Brewing. There is still a lot of work to be done, but things are moving full steam ahead with the goal of opening in early 2016. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media for updates. Hope to see you in the taproom soon!”

I haven’t visited their taproom and brewery yet but very much look forward to doing so as soon as possible. And I love the fact that there’s another brewery in San Jose to call our own.



8th Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival at Hermitage Brewing Company

Photo from last year's Meet the Brewers beer fest
Photo from last year’s Meet the Brewers beer fest

This year’s Meet the Brewers beer fest is just around the corner, taking place Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1pm-5pm at Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 South 7th St.).

Now in its 8th year, the beer fest is well run, attracts the greatest number of local breweries to the South Bay and continues to elevate the status of the local beer scene.

I’ve said it before – I believe the Meet the Brewers is the crown jewel of local beer events.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed comparing notes with other attendees and keeping track of which breweries, brewers and beers generated the loudest buzz.

The current list of scheduled breweries indicates that this year’s event will be the biggest one yet:

  • Almanac Beer Co.
  • Bison Brewing
  • Brewery Twenty Five
  • Calicraft
  • Camino Brewing
  • Corralitos Brewing
  • Devil’s Canyon
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Eight Bridges
  • Elkhorn Slough Brewing
  • Faultline
  • FireHouse Grill & Brewery
  • Freewheel Brewing
  • GearTooth Alewerks
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Highwater Brewing
  • Hop Dogma Brewing Company
  • Loma Brewing Company
  • New Bohemia Brewing Company
  • Palo Alto Brewing
  • Peter B’s Brewpub
  • Rabbit’s Foot/ Red Branch
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Seabright Brewery
  • South City Ciderworks
  • Steel Bonnet Brewing
  • Strike Brewing
  • Tied House
  • Two Coast Brewing Company
  • Umunhum Brewing
  • Uncommon Brewers
  • WildCide Hard Cider

Tickets are $45 and available at the Meet the Brewer’s Eventbrite page.

There’ll be good eats available for purchase courtesy of El Burrito Loco , Brother’s Baby BBQ, Sarah’s Latin Taste, SweetDragon Baking Company and Mission Hill Creamery.

About a dozen SJ Made vendors will be on hand to sell their handmade crafts.

For additional info. – and to purchase tickets – check out the event page.

On a last note, credit to the successful growth of Meet the Brewers goes to Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez, former director of marketing for Hermitage Brewing and Tied House. She recently shared that her family is moving out of the area. She has done much for the local beer scene, and her departure is a big loss for the community. I – along with many others – will miss her (and her lovely family) greatly. Cheers, Carolyn!

~Andy



Tickets to 8th Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival Currently Available at Special Early Bird Prices

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Just a quick note that tickets to the 8th annual “Meet the Brewers” beer festival are currently available at the early bird price of $40 until Jan. 1 and go up to $45 afterwards.

The popular event takes place Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1pm-5pm at Hermitage Brewing Company (1627 S. 7th St., San Jose).

There’ll be 30+ breweries, all within 150 miles of San Jose, plus live music and mobile eats.

I’ve had the good fortune of attending most of the previous Meet the Brewers beer fests and have greatly enjoyed each of them thanks to the good beers, good food, excellent organization and great people and vibe.

I’ll post again with additional info., including the names of the participating breweries, as such information becomes available.