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SF Beer Week 2017, Feb. 10-19, to Feature Hundreds of South Bay Beer Events, Opening Gala Tickets Selling Quickly

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Photo from San Francisco Beer Week Opening Gala, Jan. 2016

This year’s San Francisco Beer Week (SFBW) – presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild and Whole Foods Market – takes place Fri., Feb. 10 through Sun., Feb. 19, and eager beer fans have already begun perusing the SFBW website to plan their tentative beer week schedules.

Per the usual, the SFBW Schedule page is organized into four regions – San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay and South Bay – and a quick count of just the South Bay region indicates over 50 scheduled events so far.

Visitors can create an account on the SFBW website, browse the Schedule and then create an itinerary. Note that hundreds of events will be added between now and the start of beer week.

South Bay Region

A quick check of the Schedule’s South Bay region shows a number of local establishments – including those along the peninsula – that have already signed on to host beer-related events, including San Jose spots like Good Karma Artisan Ales & Cafe, Original Gravity Public House, Wine Affairs, Mission Creek Brewing at the Whole Foods Market on The Alameda, Jack’s Bar & Lounge, 20twenty cheese bar and 7 Bamboo Lounge, along with Spread Deli & Bottles in Campbell, Brew Hub at the Whole Foods Market in Cupertino, Tap Room at the Whole Foods Market in Santa Clara, Armadillo Willy’s BBQ (multiple locations), Chromatic Coffee in Santa Clara and Ale Arsenal in San Carlos.

Expect many more South Bay restaurants and breweries to sign up to host SFBW events in the coming weeks.

Also, expect many of the South Bay breweries to be pouring their best offerings at the very popular and well-regarded SF Beer Week Opening Gala.

SF Beer Week Opening Gala

The Opening Gala officially kicks off SF Beer Week each year and is a highlight for many. The Gala is a beer festival that features the latest releases, rare selections and classics from many of Northern California’s brewing community.

This year’s Opening Gala takes place in SF at Pier 48 on Friday, Feb. 10 from 6pm-10:30pm. The brewery lineup is yet to be announced, but expect over 120 breweries from throughout the Bay Area to participate.

Opening Gala tickets – which went on sale last month – have sold out quickly in recent years, so consider purchasing tickets sooner than later

General Admissions tickets are $80. VIP tickets – good for early entry at 5pm and an SF Beer Week t-shirt – are $120.

Visit the Opening Gala Eventbrite page for additional information.

About San Francisco Brewers Guild

The San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004 as a non-profit 501(c)(6) during a renaissance in American craft brewing. Our mission is to restore and preserve San Francisco’s brewing heritage and unite those who make local beer with those who love it. The Guild achieves this by educating the public about craft beer, organizing and hosting events such as SF Beer Week, Brews on the Bay and Meet the Brewers, advocating for the craft beer industry in city government, donating services and product to local charities, and partnering with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries.



SF Beer Week 2016, Jan. 22-31, to Feature Hundreds of South Bay Beer Events

Photo from SF Beer Week Opening Gala, Feb. 2015
Photo from SF Beer Week Opening Gala, Feb. 2015

The main benefit – as I see it – of Santa Clara hosting the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 is that local beer fans will have the opportunity to experience SF Beer Week earlier than usual, Jan. 22-31.

Eager folks can start planning their calendar now as the San Francisco Brewers Guild recently launched the first round of beer-related events on sfbeerweek.org. Website visitors can create an account, browse the Schedule for the list of events and create an itinerary. Note that hundreds of events will be added between now and the start of beer week.

South Bay Region

A quick check of the Schedule’s South Bay region already shows a number of local events scheduled to take place, including events featuring Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, Harry’s Hofbrau (both the San Jose and Redwood City locations), Original Gravity Public House, Wine Affairs, The Beerwalk, Stuft Pizza Milpitas, Fibbar MaGees, Devil’s Canyon Brewing, Ale Arsenal and Armadillo Willy’s.

A few early event highlights include annual mainstays, like The Beerwalk in San Jose’s Japantown (Sat., Jan. 23, 2pm-6pm), Wine Affairs’ Double Blind Double IPA (Sat., Jan. 23, 5pm-9:30pm), DIPA Festival at The Standby (Tues., Jan. 26, 5pm-11pm), Firestone Walker Roots of Anniversary Ale with the Brewmaster at Harry’s Hofbrau (Thurs., Jan. 28, 3pm-11:30pm), Sour Fest at Original Gravity (Sat., Jan. 30, 12pm-11:30pm) and the South Bay’s annual crown jewel Meet the Brewers Beer Festival at Hermitage (Sat., Jan. 30, 1pm-5pm).

Santa Clara Valley Brewing (SCVB), in particular, has embraced this year’s beer week with a whole host of unique events, including, among others, SCVB Collaboration Release at Original Gravity (Sat., Jan. 23, 12pm-11:30pm), SCVB Beer Tasting and Homebrew Info. Session with Peter at Wine Affairs (Mon., Jan. 25, 5pm-9pm) and SCVB Beer Dinner (Wed., Jan. 27, 7pm-9pm).

SF Beer Week Opening Gala

The Opening Gala officially kicks off SF Beer Week each year and is a highlight for many. The Gala is a beer festival that features the latest releases, rare selections and classics from Northern California’s brewing community. This year’s Opening Gala takes place at Pier 35 (1454 Embarcadero, SF) on Jan. 22, 6pm-10pm. The lineup of the more than 100 breweries confirmed to participate was announced earlier this week.

San Francisco:
21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer, Anchor Brewing, Barrel Head Brewhouse, Bartlett Hall, Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, Black Hammer Brewing, Black Sands Brewery, Cellarmaker Brewing, Fort Point Beer, Harmonic Brewing, Holy Craft Brewery, Laughing Monk, Local Brewing, Magnolia Brewing, Old Bus Tavern, Pine Street Brewery, Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing, San Francisco Brewing, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Southern Pacific Brewing, Southpaw BBQ, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Sunset Reservoir Brewing, ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, Triple Voodoo Brewing & Tap Room and Woods Beer.

East Bay:
Alameda Island Brewing, Ale Industries, Altamont Beer Works, Auburn Alehouse, Benoit-Casper Brewing, Berryessa Brewing, Bison Brewing, Buffalo Bills Brewery, Calicraft Brewing, Cleophus Quealy Beer, DasBrew, Inc., Diving Dog Brewhouse, Drake’s Brewing, Dust Bowl Brewing, Eight Bridges Brewing, Elevation 66 Brewing, Epidemic Ales, Federation Brewing, Ghost Town Brewing, Heretic Brewing, High Water Brewing, Hoppy Brewing, Knee Deep Brewing, Hew Helvetia Brewing, Ol’ Republic Brewing, Pacific Coast Brewing, Rubicon Brewing, Ruhstaller Brewery & Taproom, Schubros Brewery, Tahoe Mountain Brewing, The Rare Barrel, Track 7 Brewing, Triple Rock Brewing, Trumer Brauerei and Working Man Brewing.

North Bay:
101 North Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing, Baeltane Brewing, Bear Republic Brewing, Cooperage Brewing, Eel River Brewing, Fogbelt Brewing, HenHouse Brewing, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery, Mad River Brewing, Marin Brewing, Mendocino Brewing, Moonlight Brewing, Moylan’s Brewing, Napa Smith Brewery, North Coast Brewing, Petaluma Hills Brewing, Russian River Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Sonoma Springs Brewing, St. Florian’s Brewery, Third Street Aleworks and Woodfour Brewing.

South Bay:
Alpha Acid Brewing, Armstrong Brewing, Devil’s Canyon Brewing, Discretion Brewing, El Toro Brewing, Faultline Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Freewheel Brewing, Gordon Biersch Brewing, Half Moon Bay Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, Highway 1 Brewing, Hop Dogma Brewing, Palo Alto Brewing, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Strike Brewing, Tied House Brewery & Cafe and Uncommon Brewers.

Local food vendors include Alicia’s Tamales, Bacon Bacon, The Boneyard, The Chairman, Del Popolo, El Sur, Good Foods Catering, Rosemunde and Whole Foods Market.

Consider purchasing tickets sooner than later, as tickets to the Opening Gala have sold out quickly in recent years. Visit the Opening Gala Eventbrite page for additional information and to purchase tickets ($80).

About SF Beer Week

Every year since the San Francisco Brewers Guild launched one of the country’s first beer weeks (2009), the celebrated Bay Area institution has upped the ante in curating standout Northern California craft beer events featuring the 25 Guild breweries and additional Northern California-based breweries. SF Beer Week has evolved into a top international destination with hundreds of events hosted by renowned breweries, acclaimed restaurants, bars, and retailers spanning the greater San Francisco Bay Area from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa.

About San Francisco Brewers Guild

The San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004 as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) during a renaissance in American craft brewing. Our mission is to restore and preserve San Francisco’s brewing heritage and unite those who make local beer with those who love it. The Guild achieves this by educating the public about craft beer, organizing and hosting events such as SF Beer Week, Brews on the Bay and Meet the Brewers, advocating for the craft beer industry in city government, donating services and product to local charities, and partnering with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries.

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Roundup of Top South Bay Beer Events for SF Beer Week 2015, Part 2

South Bay banners at SF Beer Week 2015 Opening Gala
South Bay banners at SF Beer Week 2015 Opening Gala

Let us get right to it. SF Beer Week runs through Sun., Feb. 15, and as the opening weekend comes to a close, below is a list of some of the standout, predominantly South Bay-centric events scheduled from Monday through Wednesday.

Note: Some of the events will likely be crowded and have long lines. Some of them will require tickets to be purchased ahead of time. Visit the SF Beer Week website for the complete schedule of events.

MONDAY, FEB. 9

Mission Creek Brewing Company, 777 The Alameda, San Jose: Lagunitas Huge Tap Takeover and SF Beer Week Fusion Beer Release Party, 4:20-11pm. It is a CouchTrippin’ party as Lagunitas takes over all 19 taps with a special cask release of SF Beer Week Fusion. Replete with food pop-ups.

Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café, 37 S. First St., San Jose: To Feel Dank & Rustic After a Good Meal, 6-11:30pm. Good Karma is proud to showcase a number of offerings from Sante Adairius and Cellarmaker, including, among others, Saison Bernice, West Ashley, Christopher Riwaka, Bangerang and their collaboration beer I See a Dankness.

The Table, 1110 Willow St., San Jose: Brewmaster Dinner: David Walker of Firestone Walker, 6-9pm. David Walker, co-founder of Firestone Walker Brewing Company, hosts a 4-course tasting menu featuring Pivo Pilsner, Opal Dry-Hopped Saison, Wookey Jack Unfiltered Black Rye IPA, Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout and Lil’ Opal Barrel-Aged Saison. Seating is limited and by reservation only. $75 (excluding tax & gratuity).

TUESDAY, FEB. 10

Brew Hub (inside Whole Foods Market Cupertino), 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd.: Faction Brewing Take Over, 11am-10pm. An all-day tap event with 5 rotating taps from Alameda-based brewery Faction Brewing open to close.

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, 895 Villa St., Mountain View: Tap It Event, 5-9pm. Steins hosts San Luis Obispo’s Tap It Brewing Company with a lineup of their IPA, 3 on the Tree Triple IPA, Rimfire Red, a specialty cask beer plus their new pilsner.

Harry’s Hofbrau Redwood City, 1909 El Camino Real: Hangar 24 Takeover with Pugachev’s Cobra!, 5-11pm. Hangar 24 will be bring special beers, including their 19% ABV beer Pugachev’s Cobra.

Fibbar Magees, 156 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale: Trivia Night with Karl Strauss. It is trivia night and Karl Strauss Day with the opportunity to meet the owner Chris Cramer! There will be special kegs as well as a Karl Strauss question round for prizes.

O’Malley’s Sports Pub & Grub, 2135 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View: Heretic Tap Takeover Night, 5-11:30pm. O’Malley’s will present a whole roster of Heretic beers, including Evil Cousin, Evil Twin, Chocolate Porter, Petite Rouge, Tafelbully, Shallow Grave, Torment and Evil Bee. Beer flights will be available.

Good Karma Artisan Ales & Café (37 S. 1st. St., San Jose) and Original Gravity Public House (66 S. 1st. St., San Jose). Almanac Sour Pub Crawl, approx. 5-11pm. Join Good Karma, Original Gravity and ISO: Beers (75 E. Santa Clara St.) for a downtown San Jose beer crawl featuring Almanac Beer Company. Good Karma will pour Devil’s Advocate, Cerise Sour Blonde and Dogpatch Strawberry. OG is set to pour Farmer’s Reserve: Pluot, Farmer’s Reserve: Citrus and Farmer’s Reserve: Blueberry, while ISO will pour Valley of the Heart’s Delight, Farmer’s Reserve: Blackberry and Dogpatch Sour. Each stop is offering 3-oz. individual samples as well as flights of all three for $3 and $9, respectively.

Kukar’s House of Pizza, 257 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose. Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company Tap Takeover, 6-11pm. Enjoy offerings from Tahoe Mountain Brewing, including Passion Pale Ale, Hop Song IPA (Amarillo Dry-Hopped), Party Boy Farmhouse Style IPA (fermented entirely with a Brettanomyces), Viejo Rojo American Wild Ale and Ms. Coco and Delicate Oatsters Oatmeal Stout.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11

Wicked Chicken, 2565 The Alameda, Santa Clara: Altamont Beer Works, 11am-11pm. Wicked Chicken routinely features South Bay and nearby local breweries. Up next will be Livermore’s Altamont Beer Works.

Rose & Crown Pub, 547 Emerson St., Palo Ato: Pliny the Younger/IPA Day, 11:30am-11:30pm. Rose & Crown has been celebrating SF Beer Week longer than most local establishments. They host their 6th annual Pliny the Younger event, which will also feature IPAs from Russian River, Palo Alto Brewing, Drake’s, Auburn Alehouse, Bear Republic, Faction and others. Follow them on Twitter (@PaloAloBrewing) for additional information.

O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, 25 N. San Pedro St., San Jose: Stone Cold Trivia Night, 6-11:30pm. Trivia Night will consist of 12 Stone beers on tap and 12 beer-centric trivia questions. Beers on tap will include: Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone IPA, Stone Pale Ale, Stone Delicious IPA, Passion Project, Baird/Ishii/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA, Enjoy by 2.14.15, 2013 Barrel Aged Old Guardian Barley Wine, 10 Barrel/Blue Jacket/Stone Suede Imperial Porter, Bang Bang and 2016 Double Bastard Ale.

Original Gravity Public House, 66 S. 1st St. California Craft Throw Down and Blind Double IPA Contest!, 6-10:30pm. Original Gravity will host a contest to determine which of the 11 participating breweries will be voted to having the best Double IPA. Doors open at 6pm. The contest begins at 7:30pm, and results will be announced at 9pm. Tickets are $30 and available online, and include one full draft beer of your choice and bar snacks, including house-made BBQ meat balls, baked panko mac and cheese and duck fat blanched green beans with bacon and roasted garlic. Additional beers and food can be purchased at the bar.

Brewery representatives will bring brewery swag, including glassware and other beer-related packages. In addition to the Double IPAs, most breweries will bring two other offerings: one core beer and one specialty or seasonal offering.

Greg Robles (Owner), Altamont Beer Works, Livermore
– Hella Lite
– Hella Revolutionary (Beer Revolution Anniversary Collab.)

John Gillooly (BrewMaster), Drake’s, San Leandro
– Dry Stout (Nitro)
– Hopocalypse (Green Label)
– Special TBA

Steve Donohue (Owner/BrewMaster), Santa Clara Valley Brewing, San Jose
– Electric Tower
– Heart’s Delight

Antoine Riffis (Senior Sales Manager), Firestone Walker, Paso Robles
– Pivo Pils
– Double DBA (2014)

Jamil Zainasheff (Owner/BrewMaster), Heretic Brewing, Fairfield
– Evil3
– Evil Bee

Kim Lutz (BrewMaster), St. Archer, San Diego
– White Ale
– Coffee Brown

David Johnson (Director of Distribution), Port Brewing, San Diego
– Shark Attack
– Barrel Aged Santa’s Little Helper (2014)

Gordon Brown (Brewery Rep.), Coronado Brewing, Coronado,
– Orange Ave Wit
– German Chocolate Cake

Jeb Taylor (Pilot Brewer), Knee Deep, Auburn
– Citra Pale Ale
– Hella Deep (Altamont Collab)

Aaron Justus (Brewing Manager), Ballast Point, San Diego
– Grunion
– Sculpin (Nitro)

Jeremy Marshall (BrewMaster), Lagunitas, Petaluma
– Day Time
– Fusion 27
– Special TBA

Week-Long Specials

Little Wine Counter, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 560: Little Local Beer Contest. Little Wine Counter has teamed with South Bay breweries Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike and Hermitage to provide opportunities to win prizes by earning points. Visit the contest website for the details.

SmokeEaters Cupertino, 10650 S. De Anza Blvd.: 36 IPA Tap Takeover. On tap all week will be IPAs of the single, double, triple and quad varieties, including Altamont Scarcity (Triple), Knee Deep Hop-De-Ranged, (Quad), Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Ballast Point Sculpin Nitro, Drake’s Hopocalypse, Lagunitas Fusion 27, Altamont Hella Deep and Stone Delicious IPA.

Mixx, 420 Castro St., Mountain View: Mixxing with Firestone: 4 Course Pairing Menu. Chef Joel Whitaker will prepare four courses to pair with four of Firestone Walker beers, including Pale 31 baby crab cake with Pale 31, butter lettuce wedge with mustard vinaigrette with Double Barrel Ale, salmon with Thai curry with Union Jack IPA and a scoop of housemade Wookie Jack sorbet with spiced cake bite with Wookie Jack. $40.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd.: Beer and Dessert Pairing. Each dessert bite created by chef Gaston Alfaro has been paired with one of brewmaster James Costa’s seasonal beers (4-oz.), including Mavericks gingersnap mascarpone tart paired with Brown Ale, mini bleu cheese cheesecake with candied bacon and a maple bourbon reduction paired with Double Bore IPA, spiced poached pears paired with PaPa Juice Barleywine and beeramisu paired with Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout. $20.

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Roundup of Top South Bay Beer Events for SF Beer Week 2015, Part 1

Japantown beerwalkers in 2012
Japantown beerwalkers in 2012

SF Beer Week kicks off this Fri., Feb. 6 with the Opening Gala at SF’s Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion, where over 80 Bay Area breweries will be pouring their finest offerings. As a testament to the Opening Gala’s popularity, tickets sold out in just twelve days back in December. Participating South Bay breweries include:

  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • El Toro Brewing Company (Morgan Hill)
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Hermitage Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Palo Alto Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Strike Brewing Company (San Jose)

SF Beer Week runs through Sun., Feb. 15 and features hundreds of beer-related events, over 700 at last count. As in years past, there is a plethora of beer-related events taking place in the South Bay.

The following is a list of some of the standout, predominantly South Bay-centric events scheduled throughout this opening weekend. These are the events that I would love to attend if I could clone myself.

Note: Some of the events will require tickets to be purchased ahead of time. Visit the SF Beer Week website for the complete schedule of events.

SATURDAY, FEB. 7

Fibbar Magees, 156 South Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale: Lagunitas Extravaganza, 11am-11:30pm. A tap takeover features 15 Lagunitas offerings, including a vintage Imperial Stout (2013) and the release of their annual special SFBW Fusion beer (Fusion 27).

Market Beer Company, 100 N. Almaden Ave., San Jose: Walker’s Wild Ride, 11:30am-1:30pm. Market Beer Company, located inside the San Pedro Square Market, is the first Bay Area stop for Firestone Walker co-proprietor David Walker and barrelmeister Jeffers Richardson. They are bringing their collection of specialty Barrelworks sour beers.

Rose & Crown, 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto: Sour Sunday in PA (Part 1), 11:30am-11:30pm. Get pucker faced with Rose & Crown yet again at their annual sour beer event, with offerings from Russian River, Bear Republic, Palo Alto Brewing, The Bruery, plus more on tap and in bottles.

Beerwalk: Japantown, Jackson St., San Jose: Japantown Beerwalk, 2-6pm. The award-winning Beerwalk series returns triumphantly to Japantown, the site of the first ever Beerwalk three years ago, and will feature offerings from a number of local breweries, including Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike, Gordon Biersch, Faultline, FireHouse and more. The first 60 to check in the day of the event will receive a complimentary tour of the nearby Gordon Biersch bottling and production facility. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance at Jack’s Bar & Lounge or online.

Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose: 6th Annual Double Blind Double IPA, 2-8pm. Always a fun event, come out and blind taste 8 Double IPAs and help determine the best in show. Admission is $15 per person.

Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, 935 Washington St., San Carlos: Mavericks Brewing Tunnel Vision IPA Release, 2-5pm. Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company hosts the 2nd Annual West Coast Craft Can Invitational (16 confirmed breweries) which will showcase some of the Bay Area’s finest canned beers. A special beer launch features Half Moon Bay’s Mavericks Brewing and their newest canned beer Tunnel Vision IPA in 16-oz. cans. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.

Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose: Annual Stone Tap Takeover with Secret Ruination Firkin! 5-11:30pm. A special tap list of Stone beers will include a cask of Ruination conditioned with secret ingredients for which you will have to come out to find out.

SUNDAY, FEB. 8

Mission Creek Brewing Company, 777 The Alameda, San Jose: Bangers and Beer: An Ode to the Perfect Pair, 12-4pm. Mission Creek Brewing, California’s first Whole Foods store with in-store brewery, looks to honor the perfect pairing that is sausage and beer by pouring their own Mission Creek beers, along with other local beers, to be paired with items from an exclusive menu highlighting their made-in-house sausages.

Oak & Rye, 303 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos: Pizza & Beer Pairing, 12-3pm. The popular and well-regarded restaurant Oak & Rye will be making special pies (all you can eat) to pair with offerings from Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues and Ballast Point. Tickets are $30 and gets you unlimited food and 8-oz. pours of up to 9 beers. Tickets can be purchased online.

Bierhaus, 383 Castro St., Mountain View: Meet the Brewers: Clandestine Brewing, 1-5pm. Meet the founders of Clandestine Brewing and enjoy an afternoon of their beers. Plus there will be raffle prizes.

San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose: Lagunitas Beer Parade, 1-4:30pm. Enjoy offerings from Lagunitas inside the Market or out in the patio as you roll through the Market Bar (1-2pm), Garage Bar (2-3pm) and Market Beer Company (3-4:20pm) for special releases that are typically available only at the brewery. There will be live music and giveaways.

The Brew Hub inside Whole Foods Market Cupertino, 2099 Stevens Creek Blvd.: Sierra Nevada Off-Flavor Tasting Panel, 1:30-6pm. Expand your skills towards understanding beer flavors and aromatics by participating in this sensory training event. Registration is $35 and includes beer for the flavor tasting and two Sierra Nevada beers: barrel-aged Torpedo and barrel-aged Narwhal (6 oz.). Tickets can be purchased online.

Santa Teresa Golf Club, 260 Bernal Road, San Jose: Meet Strike Brewing – A Talk and Tasting, 3-5pm. Come learn more about Strike Brewing Company, including how they built their business and what the future holds. A $5 tasting fee includes 4-oz. samples of 5 of their beers. There will be $4 pints and bottles of their beers as well.

WEEK-LONG SPECIALS

Several establishments are celebrating SF Beer Week with week-long specials. Highlights include:

Mixx, 420 Castro St., Mountain View: Mixxing with Firestone: 4 Course Pairing Menu. Chef Joel Whitaker will prepare four courses to pair with four of Firestone Walker beers, including Pale 31 baby crab cake with Pale 31, butter lettuce wedge with mustard vinaigrette with Double Barrel Ale, salmon with Thai curry with Union Jack IPA and a scoop of housemade Wookie Jack sorbet with spiced cake bite with Wookie Jack. $40.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd.: Beer and Dessert Pairing. Each dessert bite created by chef Gaston Alfaro has been paired with one of brewmaster James Costa’s seasonal beers (4-oz.), including Mavericks gingersnap mascarpone tart paired with Brown Ale, mini bleu cheese cheesecake with candied bacon and a maple bourbon reduction paired with Double Bore IPA, spiced poached pears paired with PaPa Juice Barleywine and beeramisu paired with Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout. $20.

Psycho Donuts, 2006 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell: A Psycho Donut Walks into a Firestone… Firestone Walker, Hella Hot Hot Sauce and Psycho Donuts are teaming up to create an 805 Apricot Blonde Ghost, Union Jack Glazed and Chocolate Merkin.

As you can see, there are options galore. What SF Beer Week events do you plan to attend this weekend?

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SF Beer Week 2015 Opening Gala Tickets Now Available, Selling Quickly

SF Beer Week Opening Gala 2014
SF Beer Week Opening Gala 2014

San Francisco Beer Week 2015 kicks off with the Opening Gala, the Bay Area’s premier beer event taking place Fri., Feb. 6 from 6-10pm at the spacious Fort Mason Center – Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco.

The SF Beer Week Opening Gala cannot come quickly enough for beer fans, and many have already purchased their tickets which recently became available online.

The Opening Gala welcomes over 80 Bay Area breweries and features many of their finest offerings. South Bay breweries include:

  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • El Toro Brewing Company (Morgan Hill)
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Hermitage Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Palo Alto Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Strike Brewing Company (San Jose)

Campbell Brewing will participate in the Opening Gala for the first time, providing those new to the brewery the opportunity to sample beers from brewmaster Jim Turturici, winner of recent, consecutive medals from the prestigious Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and the World Beer Cup.

Opening Gala tickets are $75 and include a commemorative glass with which to enjoy unlimited four-oz. samples of brewery offerings. Local food will be available for purchase from Alicia’s Tamales, Belly Burgers, Good Foods Catering, Kung Fu Tacos, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Soul Groove and Curry Up Now.

Visit the Opening Gala Eventbrite page to purchase tickets and for event details, including ticket policies and notices and the current list of participating breweries. As in recent years, expect tickets to sell out quickly.

SF Beer Week, presented by the SF Brewers Guild, runs through Sun., Feb. 17. Visitors to the SF Beer Week website will see the just-released schedules for the first wave of beer-related events taking place throughout the Bay Area and can conduct searches for events by regions – San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay and South Bay. South Bay beer fans need not worry; many more events will show up in the coming days and weeks.

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San Jose Events during SF Beer Week 2014

Photo from the previous Beerwalk in Willow Glen (2013). The upcoming Beerwalk in Japantown kickstarts the many SF Beer Week events taking place in San Jose.
Photo from the previous Beerwalk in Willow Glen (2013). The upcoming Beerwalk in Japantown kickstarts the many SF Beer Week events taking place in San Jose.

SF Beer Week is nearly upon us, and there are many, many events taking place throughout the greater Bay Area. Below are the 30 or so events, including the event descriptions (or parts thereof), that are taking place in San Jose.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8

The Beerwalk in Japantown San Jose, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • $30 in advance at www.thebeerwalk.com or $35 at the door.
  • The Beerwalk is hitting the streets of Japantown San Jose again for SF Beer Week!
  • Tucked away minutes from Downtown San Jose, sits the charming Japantown business district.
  • Stroll the streets and discover all the unique boutique shops, art studios, and great restaurants you cannot find anywhere else in San Jose.
  • All while sipping on great beers and enjoying the social enthusiasm of shopkeepers and beer lovers alike…
  • Ticket includes beer samples, custom glass, and passport.
  • Plus first 60 to check in the day of the event receive a complimentary tour at the Gordon Biersch Bottling Plant.

Wine Affairs: Double Blind Double IPA Tasting, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Join us for our FOURTH Annual Double Blind Double IPA Tasting! 8 fresh and hoppy Double or Imperial West-Coast-Style IPAs on draft.
  • Why Double Blind? We want to make it less of a guessing game and more about the flavors, aromas, and over-all finished product of each beer. Once the results are revealed you may be shocked at your favorites!
  • Why Double IPA? With so many delicious styles of IPA we decided to even the playing field by featuring only Double or Imperial West-Coast-Style IPAs.
  • Tasting available from 4pm-8pm and results will be revealed as soon as scores are calculated after 8:30pm.

Original Gravity Public House: An Evening with The Bruery, 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Orange County’s The Bruery is one of our favorite producers of extremely diverse and complex craft beer.
  • Come explore some of the most exquisite brews around as we let The Bruery take over 10 of our taps.
  • From sour to strong, sweet to spiced you will definitely find something to ponder and appreciate this evening.
  • Pouring: Breyian Batch 1000, White Oak (2013), Six Geese-A-Layin, Oude Tart, Oude Tart w/ Cherries, Rueuze, Tout Mais Le Coller, Melange 3, Tart of Darkness (2013), Humulus Lager

SUNDAY, FEB. 9

Original Gravity Public House: Walker Wild Ride, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Known simply as the Lion, David Walker is Co-Founder of the infamous Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, CA.
  • David brings the British elegance and Old World authenticity to their wonderful California inspired beers.
  • Come join us for a lunch and Q&A session with Mr. Walker and Jeffers, head of their Barrelworks program.
  • We will be tapping Velvet Merkin (2013), Lil’ Opal as well as other stand outs and surprises from their extremely diverse portfolio on draft. We will also be releasing a very limited quantity of XVI Anniversary and 2012 Double Double Barrel Ale in bottles for on site consumption that day as well.
  • Come join us for the only stop in the South Bay for Walker’s Wild Ride!
  • Pouring: Lil Opal, Velvet Merkin (2013), Velvet Merlin, Double Jack, DBA, Pivo

Wine Affairs: Dogfish Head: Fresh Hops & Fresh Beats, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

  • ***Vintage: A Vinyl Swap***
  • Presented by Fat Headphones & On The Corner records. Come dig for records: everything from Funk, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, Latin, and Afro-Funk!
  • Featuring Dogfish Head musically inspired brews! Tapping kegs of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew Imperial Stout and Robert Johnson’s Hellhound and much more!
  • DJ Jeff Jagged and DJ Fat Headphones will be spinning worldwide rare grooves and all that is strange, funky, and soulful.

[Update 2/7/14: Unfortunately, it was announced earlier today that the following San Jose Co-op Brewpub event has been canceled.]

Hermitage Brewing Company (location) and San Jose Co-op Brewpub (host): Brewing Startups in Silicon Valey: Incubation, Entrepreneurship and the Cooperative Movement, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Are you… a homebrewer interested in starting your own brewery, … a beer geek that has thought about opening their own taproom, … interested in participating in a democratically run business? Come hear about the newest generation of local brewers to join the local craft beer scene.
  • The San Jose Cooperative Brewery & Pub, Inc., as a guest of and partnering with Hermitage Brewing Company, invites you to beer tasting and panel discussion of brewery entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley.
  • Panelists include representatives from Hermitage Brewing Company, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Clandestine Brewing, Lincoln Court Brewing, and the San Jose Cooperative Brewery and Pub. The event will end with a brief discussion of San Jose Cooperative Brewery and Pub’s efforts to open California’s first cooperatively owned brewery (membership shares available on site).
  • Your $25 ”tuition” includes drink tickets good for two beers or a paddle of four six oz. tastings, a brewery tour, live music, one complimentary taco, and food available for purchase from the No Way Jose food truck.
  • Attendees who become a member who join the co-op on site will be entered into a raffle for a selection of awesome beer swag!

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Getting Vertical with Deschutes, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Tapping some special kegs for this event with Deschutes.
  • Starting with a vertical of Abyss 2013, Abyss 2012, Black Butte XXV, Black Butte XXIV, class of ’88 Goose Island collab, and much more!

MONDAY, FEB. 10

Wine Affairs: Chimay Red White & Blue, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.

  • Showcase Chimay’s Red, White, and Blue with Trappist Cheese brewed/made by Trappist Monks in Belgium.
  • Back in 1862, those monks developed the production of Belgian beers and Trappist cheese in order to provide for their needs and those of their foundations, as well as to support employment in their region. Today monastic tradition of natural brewing still is part of those monks’ life and Chimay beers are sold only for financial support of the monastery, community needs and good causes.
  • Showcase three Chimay Trappist Cheeses each washed with different Chimay beers (the RED, WHITE, and BLUE).
  • Join us to have a taste of those fantastic Chimay Ales and Cheese! $18pp

Good Karma Vegan Café: Sante Adairius and Prairie Artisan Bet the Farm!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • We’re honored the folks from Prairie will be around this year to team up with what we believe to be the BEST brewery in the Bay Area, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales!
  • Rumors of West Ashley, Cask 200, BA Cellarman, BOMB!
  • Variations and more are likely to bless the palates of beer lovers who make the journey to downtown San Jose for an unforgettable evening of incredibly authentic farmhouse ales- a light tapas menu will support the tap list, incorporating the artistry of many of the brews.

Original Gravity Public House: Port/The Lost Abbey Night with Tomme Arthur and David Johnson

  • Come meet Tomme Arthur the award winning Co-Founder & Director of Brewery Operations and David Johnson Director of Distribution for The Lost Abbey!
  • We will be pouring some exceptional beers for this event including the infamous Cuvee de Tomme! Here is the lineup, we are excited to see you there!
  • Pouring from Lost Abbey: Deliverance, Cuvee de Tomme, Red Barn, Devotion, Judgment Day, Serpents Stout
  • Pouring from Port Brewing: Mongo, Wipe Out, Board Meeting, Midnight Expression

The Table: Brewmaster Dinner: Los Gatos Meets Santa Clara, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

  • $65 (excluding tax & gratuity)
  • Join The Table at 6:30pm on Monday, February 10th when the Los Gatos Brewing Company’s Kent Wheat and Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Steve Donohue host an exclusive dinner for 50 guests featuring 4 courses of unique micro brews paired with a seasonal, farm-to-table menu as local as these two breweries. Reservations are required: www.thetablesj.com/the-menu/. Limited Seating.
  • First course: Los Gatos Brewing Company ‘coquettish blond’ kolsch, potato terrine, pickled spring onions
  • Second course: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company ‘electric tower’ ipa, mustard green dumplings, mandarin butter
  • Third course: Los Gatos Brewing Company seasonal firkin, braised veal belly, stinging nettle velouté
  • Fourth course: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company ‘peralta’ porter, chocolate pot du crème, coffee bean saltine

TUESDAY, FEB. 11

Wine Affairs: 21st Amendment Presidential Debate, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • What’s more American than Chicken & Waffles and a good ol’ fashioned Presidential Debate?!
  • In honor of President Washington born 2/22/1732 and President Lincoln born 2/12/1809 we are featuring 21st Amendment’s Sneak Attack Saison and Brew Free or Die! IPA.
  • And for those who can’t stand politics, we’ll have Bitter American Pale Ale. Come vote for your fave prez by drinking beer!
  • PLUS the Waffle Roost food truck will be parked outside from 5pm-9pm.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: Gordon Biersch Pale Ale Tapping Party, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Come celebrate the tapping of the Brewers Select Pale Ale.
  • First ever pale ale done at GBSJ there will be live music, donations for local charity, raffle prizes, and meet the brewers.

Good Karma Vegan Café: Get High-Westified & SF Fusion 20 Release Party!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • The Bay Area’s biggest Lagunitas Tap Takeover for SF Beer Week!
  • Showcasing the release of SF Fusion 20 (we can’t wait to try it, we helped make it!) as well as High-West Bourbon Barrel Aged Cap-Stout, 2013 So-Co Sour Stout, 2012 Brown Shugga, 2013 Hairy Eyeball, Fresh Fresh Fresh Maximus, Sucks, and IPA!!!
  • Steal the glass and make merry!!!

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12

Original Gravity Public House: Ballast Point 25 Tap Takeover, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Ballast Point is doing the honors of taking over all 25 of our taps for SF Beer Week 2014! This is the first time we have let anyone have all of us and we couldn’t be happier to host them.
  • Variations on Sculpin and the infamous Barrel Aged Victory at Sea are here as well as staples and other rarities from their amazing liquid catalog!
  • Raffles for glassware and brewery swag, food specials and a meet and greet with the ever so charming guys from the brewery Sam Loeffler and Matt Wilson!
  • Pouring: Sculpin, Habanero Sculpin, Sculpin w/ Grapefruit, Sculpin (Nitro)
  • Pouring: Victory at Sea, Victory at Sea (Barrel Aged)
  • Pouring: Sextant (Nitro)
  • Pouring: Big Eye, Big Eye w/ Ginger
  • Pouring: Calico, Calico w/ Guajillo
  • Pouring: 3 Sheets (2012), Sea Monster (2012)
  • Pouring: Wahoo, Black Marlin, Fathom, Longfin Lager, Pescadero Pils, Reef Rye, Tongue Buckler, Pale Ale, Dorado, Piper Down, Black Steamboat, Even Keel

Wine Affairs: Vintage! Vintage! Vintage!, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Can beer age just like the wines? Find out yourself with Fuller Vintage Ale from 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 Tasting notes from Fuller:
  • 2010 – An initial fruit aroma with notes of Pears and Orange giving through to some more floral notes is followed by a clean, full, almost liquored initial palate. The finish is dark orange, satisfying and alcohol warming.
  • 2011- Early tasting of the beer as recently bottled has been most encouraging; an opening fruit aroma of Maraschino cherries is underlaid with some Mandarin Orange notes. These are carried through to the initial palate before being enhanced with a fruit malt and alcohol warming after palate. Already this beer could be drunk but we expect it will continue to develop into another Classic Fuller’s Vintage.
  • 2012-The early initial tasting notes for this rich brew are already revealing what we hope will be another truly Vintage beer. An initial aroma of ripe autumnal fruits with slight notes of Rosehips leads on to a smooth almost lush middle palate with just a hint of spice. There is a pleasant hop bitterness which is then finished with a satisfying alcohol warming on the after palate.

Good Karma Vegan Café: Almanac Farm to Barrel – South Bay Home Turf Tap Takeover!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • We are proud to showcase San Jose’s best brewery and barrel program, from sweet to sour!
  • Almanac will be sharing their extensive Farm to Barrel projects from early numbered sours, to fresh releases through 10 taps!
  • Fruited sours, spiced barley wines, and aged stout come together under one roof to blow minds!

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Knee Deep Showcase, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Meet Jeremy and the crew from multi GABF award winning Knee Deep Brewery in Auburn CA.
  • We will be showcasing the entire lineup of great hoppy beers, some darks, and maybe some new favorites.

Kukar’s House of Pizza: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Tap Takeover and Secret Barrel, 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Join us for a night of beer and pizza with home-grown head brewer Steve Donohue from Santa Clara Valley Brewing.
  • Only blocks from the Peralta Adobe and the original site of San Jose’s famous electric tower…
  • We’ll have Electric Tower IPA, Peralta Porter, Little Orchard Saison, and New Almaden Imperial Red, with a [special] appearance by Steve’s new Oyster Stout and a super-secret one-off 8-gallon Woodinville Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Peralta Porter spiked with who-knows-what.

Grapevine: Beer, Wine, Cheese, Fruit and Chocolate Pairing, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Join us for a golorious evening of beer, wine, cheese, fruit and chocolate from Mariette – Premium Chocolates.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13

SmokeEaters: Double IPA Tap Takeover, 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Smoke Eaters will be featuring some of the best Nor Cal and So Cal Double IPAs. Tapping with “Keep the Glass,” Hopocalypse, Pliny the Elder, Palate Wrecker, Denogginizer, Ruination, Double Jack.

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Roots of XVII Anniversary with Matt Brynildson, 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Beer nerds rejoice!!! Firestone Walker is bringing back its wildly successful “roots of” Festival at Harry’s Hofbrau.
  • We will be deconstructing Firestone Walker’s Anniversary beer, with all the components on draft. That’s right Stickee Monkey, Parabola, Helldorado, and several other rare beers will be on draft.
  • This year in addition to the mind numbing line up of beers from Firestone Walker, the Wizard himself Brew Master Matt Brynildson (AKA Merlin) will be in attendance.
  • Matt will be holding a seminar during the event where he will be going over Firestone Walker’s coveted Barrel Aging Program, the blending of XVII, which will then be followed by a Q&A session.
  • Only the first 150 people will be admitted to this seminar.
  • So be sure to join us for an epic night of beers, live music, information, and fun!!!!
  • Beers will start pouring at 6pm and the seminar will start at 7pm.

Jack’s Bar: Specialty Beer Cocktails, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

  • Join us for a night of merriment! 3 signature beer cocktails crafted by Jack’s amazingly talented bar tenders.

Wine Affairs: Allagash and Tapa Pairing, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

  • The day before Valentine! Beat the crowds and treat that special someone or stir up a new romance. Featuring a four course Prix Fixe Tapas and specialty Allagash pairing.
  • Now taking Reservations: 408-977-0111
  • $55/person includes four courses each with Allagash pairing

FRIDAY, FEB. 14

Original Gravity Public House: Pucker Up! Valentine’s Day Sour Fest 3.0, 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Back by popular demand it is our biannual Sour Fest at Original Gravity! Grab your sweetheart and come indulge yourself in 15 diverse and rare offerings from around the world.
  • Whether it’s the fruity funk of brett to the dry and citrusy lacto we will have whatever your sour little heart desires.
  • If you are in the mood for sweet as well, be sure to head across the street that day to our good friends at Good Karma for their Sweet Beer Fest and the ultimate sweet and sour experience!
  • Pouring: Allagash – Midnight Brett, Anderson Valley – Featherleggy Bulrusher, BFM – SQRT 225th Anniversary Sour Historical Saison, The Bruery – Sour in the Rye (2013), Heretic – Miscreant, Freigeist – Rhubarb Gose, Mikkeller – SpontanSeabuckthorn, Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. – St. Louis Gueze Fond Tradition, Struise – Weltfreude (2011), Trois Dames – Oud Bruin
  • Specialty Timed Tappings: Almanac – Valley of the Hearts Delight (5pm), The Rare Barrel – Shadows of Their Eyes (5:45pm), Specialty TBA – (6:30pm), Russian River – Temptation (2013) (7:15pm), Extremely Rare/Specialty TBA (8pm)

Good Karma Vegan Café: St. Valentine’s Barrel Aged Sweeties!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • On Valentine’s Day, we pull out ALL the stops! Big, sweet, burly barrel aged beers are on parade!
  • Across the street, OG will rock the sours, and we rock the sweet- it’s the best way to experience both profiles!
  • We’ll have a host of yummy desserts to pair with such sugary concoctions, and we guarantee, you WON’T be disappointed!
  • Pours of Grey Monday, Black Tuesday, Mocha Wednesday, ECLIPSE Variants, as well as a host of Aged Firestone Barrel Projects, Deschutes, Lost Abbey and MORE!

SATURDAY, FEB. 15

Hermitage Brewing Company: Meet the Brewers, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Our 5th Annual Meet the Brewers beer festival is upon us. Join us for the best local breweries from Silicon Valley to the Monterey Bay, as well as San Jose’s best food trucks.
  • $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Tickets at www.meetthebrewers2014.eventbrite.com
  • Tickets get you unlimited beer tasting.
  • All ages welcome.
  • Dogs allowed on lease, outside of brewery only.
  • Designated Driver (NO tasting): $5
  • **Proceeds benefit Can Do MS, a non-profit dedicated to empowering those living with Multiple Sclerosis.**
  • Breweries Attending (Updated November 21, 2013): Discretion Brewing, Uncommon Brewers, Strike, Campbell Brewing, Faultline, Rabbits Foot Meadery / Red Branch Cider, Los Gatos Brewing Company, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, The Rare Barrel, Peter B’s, Seabright Brewing, El Toro, Hermitage Brewing, Tied House

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: 2nd Annual Stone Tap Takeover, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Last year we had a KILLER taplist for this event and this year it is looking even better!
  • Come enjoy some never before released Stone brews and meet the Stone crew.
  • It’s an all day event so grab a spot and hangout a while!

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Annual IPA Day with Younger and Black Label, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

  • By now you know the event, 28 IPA, DIPA, and 3XIPAs on draft all day long! It’s a hop head’s paradise.
  • Pliny the Younger tapping, Black Label Hopocalypse, Boneyard, local IPAs, we promise a full out palate attack of hops. Check our facebook for Younger and Black Label tapping details.

Given the plethora of interesting, one-of-a-kind options taking place not only in San Jose but throughout the South Bay and the nearby regions, who else wishes for the ability to be at two (or more) places at the same time?

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing Tap Takeover at Kukar’s House of Pizza

Kukar's House of Pizza

Kukar’s House of Pizza (527 South Almaden Blvd.), the downtown San Jose pizza restaurant that has been in business for 63 years—and counting—hosts a Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company tap takeover event on Wednesday, Feb. 12 starting at 6 p.m to 11:30 p.m.

There beer lineup consists of the following:

  • Electric Tower IPA
  • Peralta Porter
  • Little Orchard Saison
  • New Almaden Imperial Red
  • A one-off 8-gallon Woodinville Rye whiskey barrel-aged Peralta Porter

This tap takeover event marks the first time that House of Pizza is participating in SF Beer Week.The event will also provide a meet-and-greet opportunity as Santa Clara Valley Brewing founders CEO Tom Clark and Brewmaster Steve Donohue will be in attendance to answer any questions about their beers and their company. Steve recently shared, “Tom and I hope to see a bunch of South Bay beer fans coming out and enjoying the night with us.”

It should be noted that the beer selector for House of Pizza is Jeff Wilson, a high-tech professional, avid homebrewer, and a family friend of second-generation owner George Kukar.

It was at Jeff’s urging that several of the dozen taps are now devoted to craft, and he intends to keep these taps for local breweries. Helping to curate the craft beer offerings and to coordinate special beer-related events is more than just a labor of love for Jeff, who has been dining at House of Pizza ever since he was a youngster. He says, “It’s self-serving for me; I want good beer with my pizza.”

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Lagunitas Featured in Upcoming Downtown San Jose Events

Rudy Kuhn (center) and friends at the 2013 SF Beer Week opening gala
Rudy Kuhn (center) and friends at the 2013 SF Beer Week opening gala

Offerings from Lagunitas Brewing Company can be found at a myriad of locations throughout the South Bay and beyond. But during SF Beer Week, Good Karma Vegan Cafe in downtown San Jose (37 South First Street) will be the hot spot for an epic Lagunitas event entitled “Get High-Westified & SF Fusion 20 Release Party.”

The event title is in reference to Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (2012) aged in bourbon barrels from High West Distillery and the special SF Beer Week edition of the Lagunitas Fusion Series (made in part by some of the Good Karma crew). The event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

South Bay native and long-time San Jose resident Rudy Kuhn is the Central California Market Manager for Lagunitas and shares the following:

Good Karma is definitely the biggest SFBW event. The tap list is gonna rival the Lagunitas Tap Room. Ryan [Good Karma owner and beer aficionado Ryan Summers] has been cellaring a bunch of these flavors in anticipation for this event. It’ll be a true showcase of the dank and dark sides of Lagunitas… some of our happiest offerings and some of the few darker and barrel-aged beers we’ve made over the past few years. We’ll get funky with some vinyl spinning, too.

The beer lineup includes cellared kegs of 2013 SoCo Sour Stout, 2012 Brown Shugga, and 2013 Hairy Eyeball along with fresh Maximus Double IPA, Sucks, and IPA. Folks can also keep the glassware while supplies last.

A different kind of event takes place on Friday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. at downtown San Jose’s Café Stritch. Rudy shares:

Taking place at Café Stritch is the spawn of our Beer Circus. We’re bringing some of those freaks down to San Jose for a pre-party and to show the locals a good time. We’ll have two of our recent Fusion beers and party down until The Bang start to jam away the night on the stage.

Rudy is just as happy in discussing the other exciting beer events coming up throughout the South Bay, like the Sweet and Sour Festival also taking place on Friday, Feb. 14 at Good Karma and Original Gravity Public House. Rudy adds, “You can pucker up with some sours at OG and then get some sweet barrel-aged brews across the street at Good Karma.” The Original Gravity event, “Pucker Up! Valentine’s Day Sour Fest 3.0,” takes place from 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. while the Good Karma event, “St. Valentine’s Barrel-Aged Sweeties,” takes place from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Be sure to say hi to Rudy, an exemplary representative of the local beer scene – he’ll be the guy with the big smile, big beard, and the big bundle of positive energy flowing around him.

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Brewmaster Dinner at Scott’s Seafood Mountain View Featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

Photo from 2013 Scott's Seafood Mountain View brewmaster dinner
Photo from 2013 Scott’s Seafood Mountain View brewmaster dinner

A special beer-and-food pairing brewmaster’s dinner is set to take place during SF Beer Week at Scott’s Seafood in Mountain View (420 Castro St.) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., featuring beers from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company.

It was last year—also during SF Beer Week and featuring Hermitage Brewing—that Scott’s Seafood Mountain View held their inaugural beer dinner. Chef Ramon Nava and his team created well-executed dishes throughout the four courses that effectively paired with the respective, accompanying—and tasty—Hermitage beers.

It will be interesting to see how this year’s brewmaster’s dinner stacks up in comparison to last year’s successful beer dinner.

The upcoming dinner features two of Hermitage Brewing’s latest releases—Ale of the Hermit (a unique ale that “defies simple style classification”) and Simcoe Single Hop IPA, along with the popular Maltopia Scotch Ale and Hoptopia Double IPA.

The cost of the dinner is $40 (not including tax and gratuity). Space is limited, and reservations are highly recommended. For more information or to make your reservation, visit www.scottsseafoodmv.com or call 650-965-8129.

The following is the menu:

First Course: Feta and Olives
Beer Pairing: Simcoe Single Hop IPA

Second Course: Smoked Salmon with Arugula, shaved Fennel and Champagne vinaigrette
Beer Pairing: Hoptopia Double IPA

Third Course: Surf n Turf: Petite Filet with one Grilled prawn, Marble potatoes, Asparagus, Herbed compound butter.
Beer Pairing: Ale of the Hermit

Fourth Course: Pannocotta
Beer Pairing: Maltopia Scotch Ale

As is the case at any true brewmaster’s dinner, there will be a brewer on hand—reputable Hermitage lead brewer Greg Filippi—to introduce the beers and talk to attendees and answer any questions about the brewery and their offerings.

What: Brewmaster dinner at Scott’s Seafood Mountain View featuring Hermitage Brewing Company

When: Tues., Feb. 11, 2014 starting at 7 p.m.

RSVP: Visit www.scottseafoodmv.com or call 650-965-8129.

About Scott’s Seafood Mountain View: Scott’s Seafood Mountain View is a Bay Area tradition in the heart of downtown Mountain View. Scott’s offers American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood, pasta, chicken dishes and USDA prime, dry aged steaks. In 2013, Scott’s Seafood Mountain View was awarded best seafood restaurant in Mountain View by The Mountain View Voice.

About Hermitage Brewing Company: Hermitage Brewery is becoming widely recognized for its Hoptopia, Maltopia, Ale of the Imp, Single Hop “H” Series IPAs, and craft soda brands. In 2011, Hermitage took four Gold Medals at the California State Commercial Craft Brewers Competition. Celebrator Beer News awarded One Door Quadrupel with four out of five stars in 2011, and Hoptopia DIPA four out of five stars in 2012.

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Beer Ice Cream Event Presented by Smitten Ice Cream in Los Altos

Smitten Ice Cream - Honey Nectarine Cone (Globo Maestro)
Smitten Ice Cream – Honey Nectarine Cone (Globo Maestro)

A unique beer event takes place during SF Beer Week on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the recently opened Smitten Ice Cream shop in Los Altos, located inside Whole Foods Market (4800 El Camino Real).

The event is entitled “Beer Ice Cream… Made to Order” and features ice cream—made with a patented liquid nitrogen churning technology—infused with standout beers including Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company, the limited and seasonal release Stout from San Jose’s Strike Brewing Company, Hefeweizen from San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Onoskelis Barleywine from Palo Alto Brewing Company, and Biere de Chocolat from Almanac Beer Company.

Smitten founder Robyn Sue Fisher recently took the time to share more about this upcoming event.

How did the idea for this event come about?

We just opened our Los Altos Smitten Ice Cream shop, Silicon Valley’s newest and most unique individual batch ice cream shop. Pete Slosberg, of Pete’s Wicked Ale, and Dan Gordon, of Gordon Biersch, are good buds, and we’ve spoken a bunch about Smitten’s unique capability of making alcohol-infused—and truly alcoholic—ice cream, due to our patented liquid nitrogen churning technology.

So, we reached out to our favorite local brewers and homebrewers and started experimenting with some intriguing beer flavors. Turns out, the flavors are mighty darn good! Better than any of us imagined.  And, believe it or not, we can do a 1:1 ratio of beer to ice cream, since we freeze each scoop to order at -321 degrees Fahrenheit, much below the freezing point of alcohol!

So, unlike any other ice cream company, we don’t have to burn the alcohol off before putting it in our ice cream. So, this event is truly 21+ only.

What will be some of the ice cream and beer combinations available at the event?

We’ve crafted some amazing ice cream flavors using the inherent flavors in each beer combined with Smitten’s diverse flavor profile as a small batch made-to-order ice cream shop. The resulting flavor combinations enhance the beer notes.

Homebrew Chef Sean Paxton says, “It’s almost like a deconstruction of the beer’s recipe, then adding complementary and contrasting flavors and textures to pop and wow the customer.”

Here are some examples of the beer ice creams on the menu:

Simtra 3x IPA Meyer Lemon Gingersnap (with Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA) – a hop-head’s dream!  From an earlier tasting, event host Nick Osborne, a member of the Silicon Valley Sudzers homebrew club, said, “The delicious Simcoe and Citra hop flavors were accentuated by the lemon and were prominent over the wonderfully rich, smooth ice cream. Most definitely a Hop Head winner!”

Salted Caramel Stout (with Strike Brewing Company Stout)

Banana Cream Pie Hef (with Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen)

Malted Vanilla Barleywine (with Palo Alto Brewing Company Oneskelis Barleywine)

TCHO 60.5% Biere de Chocolate Mocha (with Almanac Biere de Chocolat)

Anything else to add?

We are super excited to partner with such amazing brewers for this truly one-of-a-kind event! Read more about Smitten Ice Cream’s unique approach to ice cream here: www.SmittenIceCream.com.

Limited number of tickets available. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/beer-ice-cream-tickets-10403498143

Admission tickets are $15 and include tastings of the beer ice creams. It is worth mentioning again that tickets to this event are available on a limited basis. It is likely that this event will sell out quickly.

Smitten Ice Cream - Meyer Lemon Brrr (Isabelle Engler, Herb & Lace)
Smitten Ice Cream – Meyer Lemon Brrr (Isabelle Engler, Herb & Lace)

The following is the up-to-date event description:

Website: eventbrite.com/e/beer-ice-cream-made-to-order-tickets-10403498143

Admission: $15 + Fee ($1.82)

As part of SF Beer Week 2014, the folks from Smitten Ice Cream are partnering with local breweries Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Strike Brewing Company, Knee Deep Brewing Company, Palo Alto Brewing Company, and Almanac Beer Company for a one-of-a-kind brewer/foodie dream night. Beer-infused ice cream. Yes, alcoholic ice cream. And damn good ice cream at that.

We’ve taken the best local beers and paired them with them with the best artisan ice cream flavors like Meyer Lemon Gingersnap, Salted Caramel, and Malted Vanilla. Better yet, the ice cream is made to order with liquid nitrogen, right before your eyes, with Smitten’s own patented ice cream churner named Brrr. Don’t believe us? Check out our website: www.SmittenIceCream.com

Come check out the festivities at Smitten’s new Los Altos shop at Whole Foods Market (4800 El Camino Real.) We’ve only got a small number of tickets on hand so that everyone can chat with some of the brewers and Smitten Founder, Robyn Sue Fisher.

All attendees MUST be 21+ and will be asked to provide identification at the door.

Questions? Email info@smittenicecream.com. Have questions about BEER ICE CREAM!? Contact Smitten Ice Cream.

About Smitten Ice Cream: Smitten Ice Cream was founded in 2007 by Stanford Business School graduate Robyn Sue Fisher in the pursuit of elevating her favorite dessert to a level never tasted before. Smitten uses its very own patented technology to freeze each batch of ice cream to order using liquid nitrogen. Its proprietary ice cream churner, Brrr (TM), mixes and freezes ice cream in just a few minutes, creating a supremely smooth texture and unparalleled flavor. The Smitten team is united by the mission to make each and every truly decadent scoop to order, using only the freshest, purest, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. It’s new, old-fashioned ice cream. For more information, visit: www.smittenicecream.com.

Smitten Ice Cream - Double Brrr (Isabelle Engler, Herb & Lace)
Smitten Ice Cream – Double Brrr (Isabelle Engler, Herb & Lace)
Smitten Ice Cream - Brrr Vanilla (Brandon Jones)
Smitten Ice Cream – Brrr Vanilla (Brandon Jones)
Smitten Ice Cream - Brittle Cone (Nathan Michael)
Smitten Ice Cream – Brittle Cone (Nathan Michael)

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