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Local Brewery Events: July 21 to July 30, 2017

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

Fri., July 21: Locals Only Beer Garden

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

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

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Sat., July 22: NorCal Passion IPA Release

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

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

MORE INFO.: Golden State Brewery

Beer flight at Golden State Brewery

Sun., July 23: Sour is the New Bitter

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

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

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

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

Mon., July 24: Best of Summer Beer Dinner

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

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

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page. My writeup.

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: 20twenty cheese bar

Mon., July 24: Dinner in the Brewery

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Enjoying a glass at Uproar Brewing Company

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Meet the Brewer: GearTooth

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

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

MORE INFO.: Nom Burger

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

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Tues., July 25: Beer & Bites

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

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

Tues., July 25: Pints and Peckers

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Imperial Oatmeal Stout at Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Rootstock

Wed., July 26: Hermitage Tap Takeover

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

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

MORE INFO.: The Refuge

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

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

WHERE: Faultline, 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Beer sampling at Faultline Brewing Company

Wed., July 26: Pints and Peckers

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Wed., July 26: Golden State Brewery Tap Takeover

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

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

MORE INFO.: Kyoto Palace

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Bibo’s

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Eventbrite page

Pints of Curry for 3 Triple IPA at Floodcraft Brewing Company

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

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

WHERE: Rootstock, 19389 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

MORE INFO.: Rootstock

Thurs., July 27: Taylor Street Night + Market

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

Fri., July 28: Rock Bottom Brewery Tours

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

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

MORE INFO.: Rock Bottom

Enjoying a flight at Rock Bottom Brewery Campbell

Sat., July 29: SV Local

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

WHERE: Taplands, 1171 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara

MORE INFO.: Event page

Sat., July 29: [HIP] HOPS

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

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

MORE INFO.: Evenbrite page

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Hapa’s Brewing

Beer flights at Hapa’s Brewing Company

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Facebook event page

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

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

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

MORE INFO.: Event page



Original Gravity Public House Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

Original Gravity Public House

[Updated 7/20/17 to include the anniversary tap list.]

Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose is set to celebrate its five-year anniversary on Saturday, July 22 starting at 12pm to closing.

As in past years, a stellar tap list will help mark the milestone.*

  • Alesmith – Decadence (2014) (Wheat Wine)
  • Allagash – Golden Brett (Dry Hopped Golden Ale w/ Brett)
  • Altamont – Maui 3x (Triple IPA w/ Mosaic & Citra)
  • Altamont – BA Something New (Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout)
  • Alvarado Street – Chiffon Fog (Double IPA w/ Vic Secret, Mosaic, El Dorado, Denali & Eureka)
  • Alvarado Street – Nitro Best Part of Waking Up (Stout w/ Coffee)
  • Alvarado Street / Original Gravity – Tumeke Pils (Pilsner w/ Simcoe, Motueka, Pacific Gem & El Dorado)
  • Bruery – White Chocolate (2017) (Bourbon BBL aged Barley Wine w/ Cacao Nibs & Vanilla)
  • Cascade – Sang Du Chêne (2015) (Oak aged American Wild Ale)
  • Coronado – BA German Chocolate Cake (Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout w/ Toasted Coconut)
  • Coronado – Pompous Moose (Witbier w/ Ruby Red Grapefruit, Orange Peel & Coriander)
  • Deschutes – The Abyss (2013) (Barrel aged Imperial Stout)
  • Drake’s – 1500 (Dry Hopped American Pale Ale)
  • Elkhorn Slough – Jewel (Barrel aged Saison)
  • Faction – S.A.P.A. (American Pale Ale w/ South African Hops)
  • Faction – Summer IPA (IPA w/ Nelson, Galaxy & Citra)
  • Fieldwork / Original Gravity – More Betterness (IPA w/ Citra, Mosaic & Calypso)
  • Fieldwork – Galaxy Sauce (Double IPA w/ Galaxy)
  • Firestone Walker – Pivo Pils (Hoppy Pilsner)
  • Firestone Walker – XIX Anniversary (Barrel aged Strong Ale Blend)
  • Lost Abbey – Genesis of Shame (Foeder aged Sour Blonde Ale w/ Peaches)
  • The Good Beer Co – George (French Oak BBL aged Wild Ale w/ Peaches)
  • Lost Abbey – Track 8 (2015) (Barrel Aged Quad w/ Cinnamon & Chilis)
  • Mission Trail – Fairy Land (Port Barrel aged Cider Pluot Blend)
  • Modern Times – Double Dry Hopped Orderville (IPA w/ Mosaic, Ekuanot & Nugget)
  • North Coast – Barrel aged Old Rasputin XIX (Bourbon BBL aged Russian Imperial Stout)
  • Perennial – Abraxas (2016) (Imperial Stout w/ Chilis, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla & Cinnamon)
  • Russian River – Yup, that Beer. No not the one released in February
  • SARA – Tomorrow, Today (IPA w/ Simcoe, Citra & Mosaic)
  • SARA / Peter Hoey – Hoeybier (Odonato Wine Barrel aged Saison w/ Brett)
  • SCVB / Original Gravity – Fountain Alley (American Pale Ale w/ Wakatu, Centennial & Mosaic)
  • SCVB – Barrel aged Loma Prieta (Rye) (Rye Barrel aged Imperial Stout)
  • Temescal – Take the Time (Keg Conditioned Saison)
  • Temescal – Extra Credit (IPA w/ Citra & Dr. Rudi)
  • Track 7 – One Legged Zebra (Nitro) (White Stout w/ Vanilla, Cinnamon & Lactose)

* List Subject to Change at Any Time

Additionally, Original Gravity has partnered with Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Alvarado Street Brewery and Fieldwork Brewing Co. to create three collaboration beers to be released on tap on Saturday.

Look for a very limited number of the Fieldwork collaboration to be available in cans.

There’ll be pop-up food specials, music in the patio and commemorative shirts for sale.

Earlier this month, owner Dan Phan shared the following message on Facebook:

“Wow, can’t believe it’s going to be FIVE YEARS! Seems like yesterday I decided to change course and open a business. I’m so thankful for all the people who have been involved with Original Gravity over the years, especially my business partner Johnny Wang. I’ve made lifelong friendships and met so many amazing people throughout the years.

Dan Phan and Johnny Wang, April 9, 2012

“A big shout out to the guys who run the show at Original Gravity. Thank you Rob Monroe and Anthony Jwanouskos for your extraordinary leadership throughout the years. Original Gravity wouldn’t be what it is without our amazing staff.

“If you’re free July 22nd, come party with us and see what we’ve been up to. We got to brew three awesome beers with three amazing breweries! Come down to the bar that day and have a beer with me.”

Collaboration beer (Fountain Alley Pale Ale) brew day at Santa Clara Valley, June 2017, Credit: Original Gravity
Collaboration beer (the second batch of Tumeke Pils) brew day at Alvarado Street Brewery, June 2017, Credit: Original Gravity
Collaboration beer (More Betterness) brew day at Fieldwork Brewing Co., July 2017, Credit: Original Gravity



Scott’s Seafood Presents ‘Best of Summer’ Beer Dinner Featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Photo from last fall's beer dinner at Scott's Seafood
Photo from last fall’s beer dinner at Scott’s Seafood

The special beer dinners at Scott’s Seafood in downtown San Jose (185 Park Ave.) have proven time after time to be can’t-miss events. We’re talking consistently excellent food-and-beer pairings, stellar service , warm vibes and the gorgeous outdoor rooftop venue.

Following up their previous beer dinner last fall, Scott’s Seafood recently announced their next one – set for Monday, July 24 from 6pm-9pm – featuring San Jose’s own Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

The upcoming “Best of Summer” beer dinner will be a truly local, San Jose affair; Santa Clara Valley Brewing is located less than two miles south of the restaurant.

And a quick peek at the weather forecast portends a lovely summer evening.

The Five-Course Menu

Food and beverage director Sammy Reyes and the culinary team have created the following five-course dinner menu:

1st course/opening reception:

  • Charcuterie and Cheese Platter
  • Beer Pairing: Dry Creek Blonde

2nd Course:

  • Scallop Crudo: Thinly sliced raw Sea Scallop served with citrus wasabi soy sauce
  • Beer Pairing: Alviso Hefeweizen

3rd Course:

  • Steak Tartare served with arugula and crispy shallots in a citrus dressing
  • Beer Pairing: Electric Tower IPA

4th Course:

  • Halibut served with a saffron risotto and a mushroom ragout topped with basil pesto.
  • Beer Pairing: New Almaden Red

5th Course:

  • Chefs sweet surprise
  • Paired with: Loma Prieta Rye Stout

Dinner Tickets

Tickets for the beer dinner are $60 dollars per person and available for purchase at the dinner’s Eventbright page.

Consider getting tickets sooner than later as previous beer dinners have sold out.

As is the case with any good beer dinner, brewery representatives will be on hand to introduce the beer pairings and to answer any questions about Santa Clara Valley Brewing and their offerings.

 

About Scott’s Seafood

Scott’s Seafood San Jose is a Bay Area tradition in the heart of Downtown San Jose since 1986, offering a diverse dining destination in both cuisine and setting. Experience a friendly and relaxed environment to enjoy an intimate meal or a group gathering. With their modern lounge, stunning patio views, unique menu, and true hospitality, their American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood, pasta, chicken dishes, and USDA prime, aged steaks. Scott’s Seafood offers parking validation for its guests.



San Jose Breweries Announce New, Limited Release Offerings

Below is a quick roundup of the latest beer releases from several San Jose breweries, including Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing and Strike Brewing Co.

Santa Clara Valley Brewing

In part from a recent Facebook update: Cheers to our Assistant Brewer Adam Nanni for another sensational brew in our Beta Test series. Come on down to have a pint of Centennial SMASH – Beta Test #2.

Pilsner malt and Centennial hops make up this light-bodied session IPA that is bursting with intense citrus aroma, hints of melon and mild bitterness.

Enjoy SMASH in an SCVB pint glass (yours to keep) for $8, otherwise $6. This beer is very limited so don’t wait too long or you will miss out on something special.

SCV Brewing Centennial SMASH

Hermitage Brewing Company

The latest release from Hermitage Brewing Company’s Single Hop Series is Jester Single Hop IPA, now pouring in their Tap Room.

Coming from England, the Jester hop has characteristics of juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit notes.

The Jester Single Hop IPA promises to be a juicy, tropical offering.

Hermitage Jester Single Hop IPA

Strike Brewing Company

Strike Brewing Company will tap their latest Bullpen Series beer – Stone Finger Tart Saison – this Friday at their taproom.

Stone Finger Tart Saison has been aging in a wine barrel for the last 9 months and represents Strike’s first wine barrel-aged sour.

Per brewer Ryan Bridge, the various microbes have done wonders, producing a beer that’s “nicely tart with an awesome funk to it.”

Strike Brewing Stone Finger Tart Saison



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



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.

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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



Santa Clara Valley Brewing Hosts San Jose Founding Party, Plus Upcoming Loma Prieta Imperial Stout Release

San Jose is turning 239 years old on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and the fine folks at Santa Clara Valley Brewing (101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose) are celebrating with a San Jose Founding Party.

San Jose Founding Party

Currently closed on Tuesdays, Santa Clara Valley Brewing will make an exception for this event and open their doors on Nov. 29 starting at 3pm. From their event page:

“239 years ago the beautiful city of San Jose was founded, and we are going to celebrate that birthday in the traditional way – with beer! With the help of History San Jose, we are going to bring you a unique night at the brewery.

“We are going to have an historical demonstration on brewing and leather working, a brief lecture on the history of beer in the city, historical artifacts, and photos to check out. Also Beer! Don’t miss out on this night at Santa Clara Valley Brewing!”

During a recent visit to the brewery, I got word that Santa Clara Valley Brewing will be releasing their first-ever imperial stout – Loma Prieta Imperial Stout – next month. Look below for additional release information as well as some photos from recent visits.

Co-founder and CEO Tom Clark.

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Co-founder and brewmaster Steve Donohue.

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Sales manager Peter Estaniel.

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The brewery.

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Assistant brewer Adam Nanni filling kegs with Alviso Mills Hefeweizen.

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New taproom manager Gavin Goodman.

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About to sample soon-to-be-released Loma Prieta Imperial Stout.

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Loma Prieta Imperial Stout

Loma Prieta Imperial Stout – coming in at 10.2% ABV – is set to be released in mid-December.

Look for special flights of the beer and its variants to be available then – straight-up Loma Prieta, Loma Prieta on nitro, barrel-aged Loma Prieta in bourbon barrels and barrel-aged Loma Prieta in rye barrels.

Additional photos from a prior visit below:

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Steve voguing to the music and with taproom employee Christian.

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Dairy Hill Milk Stout on nitro.

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Peter and COO Coleen Clark.

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Peter, Peter’s wife Sammy and fellow beer enthusiast Steve.

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Beers in Hell Fest 2016

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Heavy San Jose recently reached out regarding their upcoming Beers in Hell Fest taking place on Saturday, September 24, 5pm to 2am in downtown San Jose at Johnny V’s Bar (31 E. Santa Clara St.).

Beers in Hell Fest is presented by Heavy San Jose, Ripple Music and Doomed and Stoned, with participating breweries Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Ballast Point and Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

As Heavy San Jose’s JD Norton puts it, Beers in Hell Fest is the “first event of its kind in the Bay Area, at least according to [their] not-so-exhaustive research.” :)

The event combines craft beer and heavy music. A 12-tap takeover features the aforementioned breweries – brewery representatives will be on hand – along with 11 underground bands that all fall in the genre of metal and heavy rock.

The band lineup features: Blackwülf (Oakland), Zed (San Jose), Crimson Eye (Sacramento), Great Electric Quest (Oceanside), KOOK (San Jose), Mesmer (Oakland), Red Wizard (San Diego), Smoke (Santa Cruz), Supernaut (Santa Cruz), TVSK (Oakland), and War Cloud (Oakland).

Tickets ($20) can be purchased at the event, but presale tickets purchased via the Beers in Hell Heavy Music Fest Indiegogo campaign – which ends Friday, Sep. 16 – include tickets plus a variety of special merchandise options and add-on perks to enhance the festival experience.

These Indiegogo presale ticket and merchandise campaign deals are only available on the website, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the bands.

At last check, the Dark Lord’s Cellar presale package was still available at the Indiegogo page. That package ($150) is good for tickets, event poster, shirt, pint glass and the following 6 beers:

  • 2002 Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barleywine (are you brave enough to drink a 14 year old beer?)
  • 2009 Alaskan Barley Wine Ale (one of the best ever made)
  • 2012 Deschutes The Abyss Imperial Stout (the standard by which all are measured)
  • 2013 Fifty Fifty Eclipse Black Wax (Evan Williams Bourbon Barrel aged… made by one of the pioneers of modern barrel-aged beer)
  • 2014 The Bruery Black Tuesday Imperial Stout (at almost 20% alcohol, this is the gnarliest of the bunch)
  • 2015 The Bruery/Three Floyds Collaboration-Floyd D’Rue Imperial Porter (Three Floyds is the original heavy metal brewery… and originator of Dark Lord Day)

The beers listed above, including the parenthetical beer notes, are courtesy of Jeff Wilson, the other half of Heavy San Jose. In addition to being the bass player for the band KOOK, he’s a craft beer enthusiast. Jeff’s the craft beer buyer at Kukar’s House of Pizza and for a few of Johnny V’s taps as well. He’s the reason Kukar’s started getting 5-6 rotating taps of great craft choices in the past couple years.

Look for the “Hell Brew” firkin from Santa Clara Valley Brewing – 10 gallons of their Electric Tower IPA with blood orange, mixed with locally grown hot peppers and dry hopped with citra and cascade hops.

JD adds: “Our hope is that this first event will be a huge success and will turn into something we continue to do right here in San Jose year after year going forward.”



Cocina Central in Mountain View Hosts 7-Course Beer Dinner Featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing

SCV Brewing beer dinner at Cocina Central

I’ve heard of 4-course beer-pairing dinners for sure, as well as 5-course dinners and even 6-courses. But I’m pretty sure that 7-course beer-pairing dinners are a rarity.

Cocina Central in Mountain View (2590 W. El Camino Real, Ste. 13) will host just such a beer dinner July 9, 5:30pm-8pm with paired beers – including new releases Alviso Mills Hefeweizen and Dairy Hill Milk Stout – from San Jose’s Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

This beer dinner is a result of meetings – and tastings – between SCV Brewing’s sales manager Peter Estaniel and Cocina Central’s executive chef Elias Cisneros, who recently announced the menu (updated below) – featuring regional Mexican dishes – for the evening.

Tostadas de Aguachile
Sinaloa-Style Shrimp Ceviche
Pairing: Dry Creek Blonde Ale

Poc Chuc
Pre-Hispanic Barbecued Pork Marinated in Sour Orange
Pairing: Alviso Mills Hefeweizen

Tikin Xic
Traditional Yucatan Fish Marinated in Achiote
Pairing: Umunhum Pale Ale

Sopes de Nopales Asados y Chicharron
Pairing: Big Moody Barleywine Ale

Carne Asada
Marinated Skirt Steak
Pairing: New Almaden Imperial Red Ale

Capirotada
Mexican Bread Pudding with Dried Fruits
Pairing: St. Isidore Belgium Strong Ale

Paletas de Banana Horchata
Cinnamon-Rice Ice Cream
Pairing: Dairy Hill Milk Stout

Tickets are $45 – reasonably priced for any beer dinner let alone a 7-course beer-pairing dinner – and available through the dinner’s Eventbrite page. With 60 spots available for the event, guests are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

Below is a sneak peek to the 7 courses courtesy of Peter:

SCV Brewing Beer Dinner

Santa Clara Valley Brewing Releases New Summer Seasonal Beer: Alviso Mills Hefeweizen

Photo courtesy of SCV Brewing
Photo courtesy of SCV Brewing

Santa Clara Valley Brewing is celebrating the release of their latest offering – Alviso Mills Hefeweizen (5.6% ABV) – with what looks to be a mini-Sommerfest on Thursday, June 23 from 3pm-9pm at their tap room (101 E. Alma Ave.).

The summer seasonal beer – which sales manager Peter Estaniel tells me will be available draft only – promises to evoke the aromas and flavors of a classic Bavarian-style Hefeweizen – cloves, bananas and a hint of bubble gum on the finish. For me – and I suspect many others – it’ll be a perfect tonic for the current summer heat.

Handheld Catering will be on hand (naturally) to provide a German-themed menu to complement the beer.

  • Sauerbraten, $12.00
  • Schnitzel, $12.00
  • Wurst with Sauerkraut, $10.00
  • Pretzel with House Made Mustard, $6.00
  • Apple Streudel, $9.00

I’m really looking forward to tasting this beer; it’ll be a great prelude to the other Hefeweizens I’ll be enjoying during a visit to my wife’s Bavarian hometown later this summer.

Lastly, as with a number of previous Santa Clara Valley Brewing beers, I looked up “Alviso Mills” and was pleased to come away with more local historical knowledge. Prost to that!