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Beerwalk Presents Inaugural Ciderwalk in Santana Row

Ciderwalk First Ever

The team behind the Beerwalk series – including co-founders Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann – are excited to present the first-ever Ciderwalk, taking place Wednesday, August 31 from 6pm to 9pm in Santana Row.

Ciderwalk will have the look and feel of a Beerwalk event. You’ll be able to stroll a local neighborhood – the Santana Row community in this case – and visit a variety of shops and restaurants while enjoying refreshing ciders – in lieu of beers – with other attendees.

Jordan recently shared with me how Ciderwalk came about:

“Since the start of Beerwalks – going on 5 years – we have always had 1 to 3 cider companies included in every walk. With the success of the Beerwalks, we are now receiving an overwhelmingly increasing amount of breweries requesting to participate, to the point we are turning away great breweries since every walk can only feature 20 to 25.

“In order to make more room for breweries we decided to no longer include cider companies in Beerwalks and instead create a walk dedicated solely to cider. Plus, we’re continuing to see the growing popularity of ciders. Thus, the Ciderwalk was born.”

Participating cider companies and tasting locations were recently announced.

Cider Companies

  • 101 Cider House
  • Angry Orchard
  • Brothers Cider
  • Golden State Cider
  • Half Pint Ciders
  • Magners Cider
  • Rabbit’s Foot Meadery
  • Redwood Coast Cider
  • Surf City Cider
  • Schilling Cider
  • South City Cider
  • Stella Cidre (cider)
  • Strongbow Cider
  • Troy Cider
  • Wildcide Hard Cider
  • Woodchuck Cider
  • Wyder’s Cider

Tasting Locations

  • Bellarmine Barber Shop
  • BoConcept San Jose
  • Consuelo Mexican Bistro
  • Diesel Santana Row
  • El Jardin Tequila Bar
  • Jest Jewels
  • Kit and Ace
  • lululemon athletica San Jose
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy San Jose
  • Makers Market
  • Marine Layer
  • Oakley O Store
  • Orvis San Jose
  • Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Splendid at Santana Row
  • Santana Row Leasing Office
  • Sunglass Hut
  • The Bay Club

Check-in takes place from 5pm to 8pm at Santana Row Park.

Early bird tickets for Ciderwalk are currently available for $30 but go up to $35 if purchased the week of the event.

Tickets are available at the Ciderwalk Evenbrite page and include a cider tasting at each location, a custom glass and a passport.

There’ll be a limited number of tickets available at the event for $38. Proceeds help benefit the Bay Brewers Guild.

About the inaugural Ciderwalk, Jordan adds, “We have received a great response from the beer and cider community and are on pace to sell out the event. If the event goes as planned, we hope to have a couple Ciderwalks in 2017!”

Scenes from the Santana Row Beerwalk, July 2016

Simply put, last week’s Beerwalk in Santana Row was a blast. My pics below:

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Peter Estaniel and The Beerwalk’s Jordan Trigg.

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Speakeasy Ale & Lager.

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Austin of Market Beer Company and Kurt of Lagunitas Brewing Company.

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Tyler Rusten of Strike Brewing Company.

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Beer enthusiasts Dale and Javier.

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Golden State Brewery’s Seth Hendrickson and Ariella Bunnell.

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Seth pouring Golden State Brewery Magnitude 9.9 DIPA.

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Golden State Brewery and Six Rivers Brewery collaboration beer: Norcal ‘Passion’ IPA (Passion Fruit IPA).

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Six Rivers Brewery’s Meredith Maier and The Beerwalk’s Matt Turney.

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Mark of Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

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That guy is Ballast Point Brewing’s Kevin Leonard.

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Instagram phenom Louie Baton and Beer Snobiety’s TJ and Herb.

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The Beerwalk’s Charlie Mann and beer fans Shelly and Chris.

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Charlie and Rudy Kuhn of Lagunitas Brewing Company.

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Safe to say we weren’t the only ones that had a great time.

Already looking forward to the next one.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


Beer Blitz at Santana Row

Photo from a previous Beerwalk event at Santana Row
Photo from a previous Beerwalk event at Santana Row

To help celebrate Super Bowl 50, The Beerwalk and Santana Row (377 Santana Row, San Jose) have teamed up to host the Beer Blitz beer festival, to be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 6pm-9pm.

Santana Row – a mere seven miles from Super Bowl site Levi’s Stadium – is a regular Beerwalk location, but unlike a typical Beerwalk, this event features unlimited tastings.

Local breweries include:

Santa Clara Valley Brewing, San Jose
Red Branch Cider Company, Sunnyvale
Golden State Brewery, Santa Clara
New Bohemia Brewing Co., Santa Cruz
Altamont Beer Works, Livermore
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, SF
Anchor Brewing Company, SF

Tasting locations include:

Santana Row Park
lululemon athletica San Jose
Kit and Ace
Pasta Pomodoro
Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Orvis San Jose
Roots & Rye
Sino – Santana Row
Straits Restaurant

Tickets are $50 with the discount code “LOYAL.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Beer Blitz Eventbrite page. In addition to unlimited tastings, tickets include a souvenir pint glass and swag bags filled with Super Bowl giveaways.

Check-in, beginning at 5pm, takes place at Santana Row Park.

Event sponsors include Budweiser, Bud Light and Shock Top. Additional participating breweries include Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe, as well as Elysian Brewing, Golden Road Brewing, Goose Island and 10 Barrel Brewing Company.

[This post was shared on Examiner.com.]

Upcoming Beerwalk Visits Santana Row

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The next Beerwalk is set to take place during the middle of Silicon Valley Beer Week on Wed., July 30 from 6pm-9pm at Santana Row.

From their event page:

“Stroll the unique Santana Row strip and discover all the shops, art galleries and great restaurants, all while sipping on great beers and enjoying the enthusiasm of shopkeepers and beer lovers alike.

“The Beerwalk was created around more than the idea of sampling great beers, but rather to provide an outlet for our community to come together to explore neighborhoods and businesses, which help make the Bay Area great.”

This upcoming Beerwalk might be the perfect opportunity for those new yet curious about Beerwalks, thanks in large part to the general familiarity that most have with Santana Row and the picture perfect San Jose weather that is forecast for Wednesday evening.

The Beerwalks, which take place every three or four months throughout various South Bay locations, are extra special because the events consistently point the spotlight on the underrated local brewing community, many of whom are members of the region’s Bay Brewers Guild. Knowledgeable representatives from the local breweries in particular are often on hand to help with the pouring in order to better answer any questions about their respective brewery and beers. Participating local breweries include:

Additional offerings will come from Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Almanac, Speakeasy, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Hangar 24, Headlands, CaliCraft, 21st Amendment, 6 Rivers, Ballast Point, Ninkasi and Green Flash.

Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance and available at www.thebeerwalk.com. In case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased the day of for $35 at check-in locations. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and the Bay Brewers Guild.

Check-ins will take place from 5pm-7:30pm at Santana Row Park (Courtyard between Left Bank & Lark Creek Blue), and the tasting locations include:

  • Sleep
  • Beau Bijou
  • Flying Lizard
  • Orvis
  • Left Bank Brasserie
  • Hotel Valencia
  • Icebreaker Touchlab
  • The Blues Jean Bar
  • Tommy Bahama
  • El Jardin
  • Thea
  • Active Sports
  • Free People
  • Rosie McCann’s
  • Maggiano’s
  • Blowfish Sushi
  • Donald J. Pliner
  • Lark Creek Blue
  • Madewell

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Next Beerwalk to Take Place in Santana Row

Photo from the downtown Campbell Beerwalk, July 2013
Photo from the downtown Campbell Beerwalk, July 2013

Taking place every three months or so, the South Bay Beerwalks remain popular, as evidenced by the most recent, sold-out Beerwalk during the inaugural Silicon Valley Beer Week. Approximately 1,000 tickets were snatched up by folks enjoying a stroll along downtown Campbell while sampling a good variety of beer at participating shops and restaurants.

The next Beerwalk – the eighth installment for those keeping track – takes place on Wed., Aug. 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Santana Row.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $30 and for $35 at the event if there are any remaining tickets. To purchase tickets in advance and for additional information, please visit the Beerwalk website. Partial proceeds will benefit the Bay Brewers Guild.

Below are lists of the breweries and the Santana Row shops and restaurants scheduled to participate in the Beerwalk. Per recent Twitter updates, also listed below are some of the designated tasting locations of particular breweries.

Participating Breweries:

  • Anchor
  • Faultline
  • Lagunitas
  • Speakeasy
  • Anderson Valley
  • 21st Amendment
  • Santa Cruz Ale Works
  • New Belgium
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Ninkasi
  • Lost Coast
  • Hermitage
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Hangar 24
  • Devils Canyon
  • Goose Island
  • Drake’s
  • Campbell
  • Get Some Beer
  • Santa Clara Valley
  • Strike
  • Mendocino

Participating Locations:

  • Flying Lizard Design
  • Blowfish Sushi
  • The Blues Jean Bar
  • Rosie McCann’s
  • Tommy Bahama
  • Lark Creek Blue
  • Eli Thomas
  • Gallery 85
  • Orvis
  • Cielo Wine Bar
  • Icebreaker Touchlab
  • Hot Tamales
  • El Jardin
  • Thea
  • Ted Baker London
  • Sino
  • Straits
  • Cole Haan
  • Donald J. Pliner
  • Club One

Designated Tasting Locations per Twitter:

  • Straits – hosting Hermitage Brewing Company
  • Rosie McCann’s – hosting Campbell Brewing Company
  • Tommy Bahama – hosting Gordon Biersch
  • Lark Creek Blue – hosting Lagunitas
  • Cielo Wine Bar @ Hotel Valencia – hosting Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Donald J. Pliner – hosting Lost Coast
  • Orvis – hosting Anderson Valley Brewing
  • Icebreaker Touchlab – offering 20% off each items during the Beerwalk
  • Hot Tamales – Santa Cruz Ale Works
  • Sino – hosting Sierra Nevada
  • Cole Haan – hosting Devil’s Canyon
  • The Blues Jean Bar – hosting Goose Island and offering 20% off jeans during the Beerwalk

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Beers at Santana Row

Earlier this summer, my brother treated the toddler and I to a meal at the Village California Bistro and Wine Bar in Santana Row. I took the opportunity to do a beer tasting along with my meal.


I went for the Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA, New Belgium Somersault, and Napa Smith Lost Dog Red Ale beer flight.

I hadn’t quite yet acquired the full appreciation for IPAs (let alone Double IPAs) when I tried this beer flight, so the Double Jack was my least favorite due to the bitter taste when compared to the other beers.

These days, I greatly enjoy the Double Jack, which reflects how much my taste in beer has evolved since the beginning of this year.

The meal itself was quite good.


Roasted 38 North chicken breast – rock shrimp & andouille sauce creole, white corn polenta, Coke Farms braised greens.

Pan roasted California sea bass with fava beans, chanterelle mushrooms and Borba Farms baby squash.

Earlier in the fall, I had the chance to check the Yard House, with their wide selection of beers. I wrote a separate post about our thoroughly enjoyable outing.

Early last month, I tried the beer and burger pairing special at The Counter in Santana Row.


The draft selections, few and mostly straightforward, paired nicely with their respective mini-burgers. A nice addition to their selection is the Full Boar Scotch Ale from Belmont’s Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company.

Lastly, earlier this month, we visited Pizza Antica, where I helped myself to a Trumer Pils, a German pilsener beer brewed in Berkeley’s Trumer Brauerei. This beer was crisp and refreshing. And the food was excellent.


Warm Brussels sprouts salad with bacon, hard cooked egg, caramelized onion, and croutons.

Heirloom potatoes, caramelized onion, and white truffle oil.

Kid’s cheese pizza.

We enjoy hanging out at Santana Row, and it’s nice to know that there’s some good beer to be had there.

Cheers! Prost! Gun bae!


First Visit to Yard House

A Yard House had opened close to us earlier this year in April.

… upscale-casual American fusion restaurant already has 29 locations open throughout the country and seven more locations opening within the next year. One of those seven locations will be… right here in Santana Row! This new addition to the Santana Row family will be opening on April 17, 2011 and will occupy nearly 10,000 square feet of the ground floor in the newest building here… Yard House will have over 130 beers on tap, over 100 items on their menu…

We’d been unable to check out the Yard House due to our schedules and the restaurant’s popularity.

And then we lucked out on a particular Sunday a little over a month ago, when we decided to stop by right after a morning trip to the gym. There was no 3-hour wait for a table. In fact, we got a table right away.

Go Niners!

That day, they did not have bratwurst. But they did have beers. I went for the traditional six pack sampler.

#1. Fire rock pale ale from Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company (American pale ale/APA, 5.8% ABV).

#2. Longboard island lager from Kona (American pale lager, 4.6% ABV).

#3. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Germany (Hefeweizen, 5.4% ABV).

#4. Peroni pale lager, AKA Peroni Nastro Azzurro (Euro pale lager, 5.1% ABV).

#5. Boont Amber Ale from Boonville, CA’s Anderson Valley Brewing Company (American amber/red ale, 5.8% ABV).

#6. Back in Black IPA from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery (American black ale, 6.8% ABV).

We enjoyed all the beers, but a couple stood out in particular that day, the Hefeweissbier and the Back in Black IPA.

My order of cheeseburger and sweet potato fries. Delicious.

Seared ahi tuna salad for wifey. Lunch-sized portion, which we also liked a lot.

Switching gears a bit, on the drive home after lunch we drove by a Verizon store to see if we could catch a glimpse of any of the ISA folks, as they were doing a meet-and-greet there while in town for a concert. Unfortunately, we did not, but we did see the long line that had formed.

Thanks to YouTube, these clips give a feel for both the meet-and-greet and the ISA concert:

Pretty amazing to be able to make a living out of making YouTube videos. I’m sure it’s much more difficult than it initially seems.

Anyway, back to the main point of this post: Yard House equals awesome!

Always Grateful,