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Upcoming Beer Events for the San Jose Area June 2016

Recent beer event at Harry's Hofbrau San Jose
Recent beer event at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose

Below is a quick list of beer events taking place throughout the South Bay during the remainder of this month.

Wed., 6-15-16, 6pm-9pm: $2 Brews & Blues with The Legendary Ron Thompson & Sid Morris Featuring Anderson Valley Brewing at Poor House Bistro

Thurs., 6-16-16, Starting at 5:30pm: “Summer Night on the Patio” at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Featuring Working Man Brewing

Thurs., 6-16-16, Starting at 6pm: Rare Beers from Hangar 24 at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose

Sat., 6-18-16, 1pm-5pm: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Beer Camp Across America Festival in SF

Wed., 6-22-16, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Session IPA Tapping Party at Gordon Biersch Restaurant & Brewery in Downtown San Jose

Thurs., 6-23-16, Starting at 5:30pm: “Summer Night on the Patio” at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Featuring Altamont Beer Weeks

Fri., 6-24-16, Starting at 5pm: Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Night at Armadillo Willy’s BBQ in Los Altos

Wed., 6-29-16, 5pm-6pm: Barrel Aged Beers VI (Belgian Tripel Aged 6 Months in Oak Barrels) at Gordon Biersch Restaurant & Brewery

Thurs., 6-30-16, Starting at 5:30pm: “Summer Night on the Patio” at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Featuring Ninkasi

Many more events are listed on the News & Events page.

Keep in mind that there are other local breweries and beer-centric establishments that host and feature ongoing events and specials, as well as a number of stores that sell good beer.

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America 2016 Collaborations, Local Tap Takeovers and Festival Tour


Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has collaborated with 30 breweries – grouped into six regional teams – to create six different, one-time-only beers for 2016’s Beer Camp Across America (BCAA), a follow-up to their popular inaugural BCAA endeavor in 2014.

The six offerings come in mix 12-packs (two of each beer) and have been arriving on store shelves this month.

Look for the variety packs at your local craft beer store, including Spread Deli & Bottles, Royal Liquors, Cask n’ Flask, Maple Leaf Liquors, Gateway Food & Liquor, Coach House Wine & Spirits, Bobby’s Liquors and Santa Clara Liquors, and the bigger stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway and Costco.

The Six Beers

The six beer styles – along with ABV info., tasting notes and regional brewing teams – include:

  • West Latitude—Session Rye with Hibiscus, 5.5%: West Latitude combines our Californian Left Coast love of fruity hops with a touch of Hawaiian “aloha” from the addition of hibiscus flowers, all anchored by robust malts and spicy rye. This session beer is light in body but looms large, like the long shadows of a westward setting sun. Brewed by the Norcal region: Bear Republic Brewing, Maui Brewing, Faction Brewing, Magnolia Brewing and Mad River Brewing.
  • Stout of the Union—Robust Stout, 7.3%: This stout hails from the land of sun, sand, and surf and proves that beach beer doesn’t have to be light colored and delicate. Stout of the Union is rich, roasty and full of deep malt flavor, creating a union of like-minded brewers together through beer. Brewed by the Southwest region: Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey, Bagby Beer, Societe Brewing and Smog City Brewing.
  • Moxee-Moron—Imperial Session IPA, 7.5%: The city of Moxee, WA, is in the heart of the Yakima Valley hop growing region and this Imperial Session IPA—a style contradiction—honors the Pacific Northwest’s hop-bomb heritage. Moxee-Moron features hops in the mash, the kettle, the Hop Torpedo, and the fermenter for ultra-complex hop aromas and flavors in an ironically named package. Brewed by the Pacific Northwest region: Bale Breaker Brewing, Barley Brown’s Beer, Melvin Brewing, Black Raven Brewing and Odell Brewing.
  • Family Values—Imperial Brown Ale with Cocoa, 8.5%: Family Values showcases the cooperation and kinship of Midwestern brewers. It features largely Midwestern-grown ingredients: Minnesota wild rice, Indiana honey, Missouri oats, Michigan hops, and cocoa nibs from Illinois as well as Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown malt. This is our centrally located collaboration celebrating the best of the Midwest. Brewed by the Midwest region: August Schell Brewing, Dark Horse Brewing, Sun King Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ales and Half Acre Beer.
  • Pat-Rye-Ot—Revolutionary Pale Ale, 5.6%: Pat-Rye-Ot is an “old-meets-new” take on a pale ale by brewers all located in the original 13 colonies. It features rye and apples, which were among the first ingredients used by American brewers in the colonies, alongside bold American hops—hallmarks of our modern craft beer “revolution.” Brewed by the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic region: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Stoudts Brewing and Trillium Brewing.
  • Sweet Sunny South—Southern Table Beer, 4.9%: The south holds strong to its traditional flavors—tea, honey-sweet peaches and corn grits—so we looked at those culinary cues for this southern-inspired table beer. With a golden grainy malt body and complex tangy finish from the fruit, tea and herbs, Sweet Sunny South is perfect for sultry summer sipping. Brewed by the Southeast region collaboration group: Funky Buddha Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing, Austin Beerworks, Bayou Teche Brewing and Creature Comforts Brewing.

Local Beer Camp Across America Tap Takeovers

A couple South Bay draft locations have already announced events taking place this week featuring the BCAA collaboration beers on tap.

  • Thursday, May 12, Starting at 2pm: Stuft Pizza in Milpitas (1426 Dempsey Rd.)

Look for additional BCAA tap takeovers at SmokeEaters in Santa Clara and Cupertino, Fibbar Magee’s in Sunnyvale and O’Malley’s in Mountain View.

Beer Camp Across America Festival Tour in San Francisco

Sierra Nevada is celebrating Beer Camp Across America with a six-city festival tour, including a Bay Area stop at Pier 35 in San Francisco (1454 The Embarcadero) on Saturday, June 18 from 1pm-5pm. The beer festival features a commemorative tasting glass, 100+ beers from local and regional breweries and live entertainment.

Local breweries currently scheduled include:

  • Camino Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • Faultline Brewing Company (Sunnyvale)
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Hermitage Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Red Branch Cider Company (Sunnyvale)
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing (San Jose)
  • Strike Brewing Company (San Jose)

Tickets are $50 for General Admission and $70 for Early Access and available at the BCAA SF festival site.

Video of Sierra Nevada BCAA 2016


Presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Beer Camp Across America (BCAA) is the largest craft beer celebration, bringing together brewers from every corner of the country to create one-time-only collaboration beers and to stage huge beer festivals in craft-centric cities. BCAA showcases the creativity and camaraderie that make American craft beer extraordinary, and everyone’s invited—brewers and beer fans alike. Six beers created by 31 visionary breweries, it’s an experience craft beer fans won’t want to miss.

San Francisco’s Beer Camp Across America festival is presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild. All proceeds from the ticket sales of this festival will benefit this organization, find more information at: http://sfbrewersguild.org/.


Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovations in the brewhouse as well as advances in sustainability. It is famous for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Otra Vez™, Kellerweis®, Porter, Stout and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Takeover Event at San Jose’s Whole Foods Market on The Alameda

Whole Foods Market San Jose on The Alameda hosts Sierra Nevada tap takeover event on Jul 24, 2015
Whole Foods Market San Jose on The Alameda hosts Sierra Nevada tap takeover event on Jul 24, 2015

A Sierra Nevada Brewing Company takeover event is set for 5pm-8pm, Fri., July 24 at Whole Food Market (777 The Alameda, San Jose). The event – dubbed “Decktoberfest” – will take place upstairs in the outdoor deck area, home to Whole Food’s Mission Creek Brewing Company.

Ryan Brown, Santa Clara Valley sales representative for Sierra Nevada, recently checked in with me to share the following tap takeover beer list:

  • Pale Ale
  • Torpedo (IPA)
  • Hop Hunter (IPA)
  • Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA
  • Nooner (Pilsner)
  • Wheat of the Moment
  • Blue Baltic Porter
  • Farmhouse Ale
  • Hoptinite (Double IPA)
  • Witbier with Grapefruit
  • Lager (Oktoberfest)
  • Barrel-Aged Bigfoot (Barleywine)
  • Ovila Quad
  • Common Around (Common)
  • Barrel-Aged Ovila Tripel

Some of the special, limited Sierra Nevada beers to be tapped just for this event include Barrel-Aged Ovila Tripel and Common Around.

Ryan added, “They are only being served at this event and nowhere else during beer week, or ever again for that matter.”

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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.


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.


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.


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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O’Flaherty’s Hosts Barrel-Aged Beer Plus Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover Events

O'Flaherty's Irish Pub

Silicon Valley Beer Week is nearly upon us, and O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub in downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square (25 N. San Pedro Square) is looking to take full advantage of their 50+ taps, including hitting the record books.

The Big Woodie Barrel-Aged Beer event takes place from Sat., July 26 to Tues., June 29 and features an impressive lineup of 35 beers, just recently announced:

  • Mikkeller – Big Worster barrel-aged barleywine
  • Brouweriji Hof Ten Dormaal – barrel aged project brew no. 8
  • Almanac – Farmers Reserve Pluot Aged in wine barrels
  • Lost Abbey – The Angels Share Aged in bourbon barrels
  • The Bruery – Sour in the Rye Aged in oak barrels
  • Allagash – Odyssey Aged in oak barrels
  • Lost Abbey – Red Poppy Ale aged in oak barrels
  • Goose Island – Bourbon County Barleywine
  • Tap it – Cafe Noir aged in pinot noir barrels
  • Deschutes – Mirror Mirror 2014 oak aged
  • Lost Abbey – Agave Maria aged in tequila barrels
  • Anderson Valley – Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout
  • Stone – 2012 Bourbon barrel aged Double Bastard
  • Almanac – Farmers Reserve Citrus aged in wine barrels
  • Stone – Bourbon barrel aged Arrogant Bastard
  • Drake’s – Zinkonic/Drakonic imperial stout aged in red zin barrels
  • Shipyard – Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout
  • Russian River – Supplication aged in pinot noir barrels
  • The Bruery – Smoking wood rye barrel aged
  • Avery – 2014 Samael’s oak aged barleywine
  • Lost Abbey – Framboise de Amorosa aged in red wine barrels
  • Firestone – Stickee Monkee aged in spirits barrels
  • Hangar 24 – Barrel Roll No.4 Hammerhead
  • Lost Abbey – Track 8 aged in bourbon barrels
  • The Bruery – Sucre bourbon barrel aged
  • Flying Dog – Barrel aged Gonzo
  • North Coast – Grand Cru 2012
  • Allagash – Interlude aged in red wine barrels
  • Lost Abbey – Spontaneous Cheer
  • The Bruery – Oude Tart aged in oak barrels with cherries
  • Deschutes – Not the Stoic
  • Deschutes – Black Butte XXVI bourbon barrel aged
  • Boont Barl – Bourbon Barrel amber ale
  • North Coast – 2011 Cellar Release Old Stock ale
  • Goose island – Bourbon County barrel aged stout

From Wed., July 30 to Sat. Aug. 2, O’Flaherty’s hosts a Sierra Nevada tap takeover with 54 different beers on tap, likely setting the record for the biggest tap takeover event ever held locally.

Chiming in with a special message is O’Flaherty’s David Mulvehill:

“I’m really excited and looking forward to these events during Silicon Valley beer week. The lineups are impressive, and I invite everyone to come out, try a beer or two and have fun.”

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South Bay Breweries Take Part in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America

According to a recent Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. update, 75 Northern California breweries have signed on to join fellow brewers and beer fans at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America, an unprecedented traveling beer festival this summer through seven cities.

In total, nearly 700 craft brewers from around the country have already signed on for the multi-weekend event, equating to more than 1,300 total craft beers on tap. Collectively representing almost every state in the union, Beer Camp Across America promises to be the largest craft beer celebration in history.

The Northwest Edition is the kickoff event and takes place on July 19 at the Sierra Nevada Hop Field in Chico, CA. A number of local breweries are making the trek to the Northwest Edition, including:

  • Campbell Brewing
  • Hermitage Brewing (San Jose)
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing (San Jose)
  • Red Branch Cider (Sunnyvale)
  • Palo Alto Brewing
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing
  • Drake’s (San Leandro)

These local breweries will join other Northern Californian breweries, including:

Faction, Redwood Curtain, Knee Deep, Trumer Brauerei, The Lair, Mad River, Anderson Valley, Fall River, High Water, Bear Republic, Ruth McGowan’s, W, Sudwerk, Common Cider, Dunsmuir, Elevation 66, Mraz, Lost Coast, Iron Springs, Heretic, Full Circle, Moonlight, Marin, GoatHouse, Feather River, Mammoth, Six Rivers, Headlands, Napa Smith, Ol’ Republic, Linden Street, California, HenHouse, Lagunitas, Petaluma Hills, EJ Phair, Pleasanton Main St, Wildcard, Out of Bounds, New Glory, New Helvetia, Rubicon, Ruhstaller, Track 7, Almanac Beer, Anchor, Fort Point, Magnolia, MateVeza, Speakeasy, Thirsty Bear, 21st Amendment, Dunbar, Eel River, Woodfour, Lassen, FiftyFifty, Tahoe Mountain, Dust Bowl, Mendocino, Belching Beaver, Calicraft, Bike Dog, Jackrabbit, St Florian’s, Berryessa and Sutter Buttes.

Visit www.SierraNevada.com/BeerCamp for additional information; tickets for each of the seven events are available at the website as well. Each festival will feature up to two beers per brewery, food vendors, and live music by the MarchFourth Marching Band spectacle.

Start making your travel plans now.

Beer Camp Across America Schedule

  • Sat, July 19th: Northwest Edition at Sierra Nevada Hop Field in Chico, CA, 12-5 p.m.
  • Sun, July 20th: Southwest Edition at Embarcadero North in San Diego, CA, 1-6 p.m.
  • Fri, July 25th: Rocky Mountain Edition at Civic Center Park in Denver, CO, 5-10 p.m.
  • Sun, July 27th: Midwest Edition at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL, 12-5 p.m.
  • Fri, August 1st: New England Edition at Thompson Point in Portland, ME, 5-10 p.m.
  • Sat, August 2nd: Mid-Atlantic Edition at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia, PA, 12-5 p.m.
  • Sun, August 3rd: Southeast Edition in Mills River, NC, 1-6 p.m.

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Scenes from the 2013 SF Beer Week Opening Celebration

The first San Francisco Beer Week took place in 2009, and was reportedly the first of its kind in the country. Now, there are well over 100 beer weeks taking place in various cities and regions throughout the world.

For this year’s Fifth Annual SF Beer Week, there were over 500 craft beer-related events taking place over ten days throughout the Bay Area, including the South Bay, East Bay, San Francisco, and North Bay regions. These 500+ events were 35% greater than last year’s record numbers.

There was only one event that I attended outside of the South Bay, and that was the amazing Opening Celebration that took place on the first day of SF Beer Week, Friday Feb. 8, 2013, at San Francisco’s Concourse Exhibition Center presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild and their partners.

Here are some pics from the event.

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When in Rome… Excitedly headed right over to Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewing Company for some Pliny the Younger.

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Pliny the Younger.

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Russian River Brewing co-owner and president Natalie Cilurzo holding court.

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A pic of Russian River Brewing co-owner and brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo.

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Jack Van Stone, Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery Northern CA sales manager.

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Time for some Drake’s Brewing Company of San Leandro.

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And their Hopocalypse Black Label.

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Who’s this funny guy?

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It’s Palo Alto Brewing Company founder and brewer Kasim Syed (middle) with siblings Sikandar (left) and Alia (right).

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San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company brand manager Peter Estaniel.

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South Bay’s Strike Brewing Company co-founder and brewmaster Drew Ehrlich (right).

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Morgan Hill’s El Toro Brewing Company and founders Geno and Cindy Acevedo.

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Enjoying El Toro Brewing India Pale Ale.

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Snapped a pic of Pittsburg’s Heretic Brewing Company crew with founder and brewmaster Jamil Zainasheff (second from left).

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Lincoln’s Knee Deep Brewing Company.

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Knee Deep Brewing Hoptologist on cask.

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Trumer Pils.

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Rob Monroe, bar manager and events coordinator for downtown San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House.

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Rosamunde Sausage Grill.

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Berkeley’s Bison Brewing owner and brewer Dan Del Grande.

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Rudy Kuhn, Lagunitas market manager for the Santa Clara County, Central Coast, and Central Valley areas.

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Jake McCluskey, manager of Kelly’s Liquors in San Jose.

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Antoine Riffis – Firestone Walker Silicon Valley and East Bay regional sales manager, Rudy, and Rob.

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High Water Brewing president and brewmaster Steve Altimari.

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A pic of the entrance area with folks continuing to roll in.

Jay Brooks – veteran beer writer and Bay Area guy.

Just checking the line for Russian River Brewing. Not surprisingly, I heard that they had run out of their Pliny the Younger rather quickly.

Chico’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Celebrator Beer News 25th Anniversary Double Pale Ale.

San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.

Gordon Biersch Zwickel Bock.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company brewmaster James Costa and San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company lead brewer Greg Filippi.

Palo Alto Brewing Cool Beanz Coffee Porter.

Alex Slosberg and Will Shelton of Mavericks Beer and brewmaster James of Half Moon Bay Brewing.

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This event marked the public debut of the beers of Mavericks Beer, created in partnership with Half Moon Bay Brewing.

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Pete Slosberg of Mavericks Beer (and of Pete’s Wicked Ales fame) drew a crowd most of the entire time we were there.

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Pete is a craft beer pioneer and Bay Area guy.

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What a “worthy” highlight from that evening!

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There were over 65 Northern California breweries, ranging from new nanobrewers to the craft brewing pioneers. I heard that last year’s Opening Celebration was really great, but I’m sure that this year’s was even better. The dozens of folks I’ve spoken to have had nothing but praise for this year’s event.

Pliny the Younger and Hopocalypse Black Label were certainly memorable, and I had the good fortune of enjoying all the beers I tasted. Catching up with all the South Bay folks was fun as usual. Experiencing the debut of Mavericks beers and hanging a bit with the premier Bay Area beer scribes (can’t believe I forgot to take a picture with Celebrator’s Mike Pitzker – got too caught up in talking with him) were also treats. But without a doubt, the highlight of the evening was the chance to spend some quality time with wifey – a big thanks to my bro’ for childsitting that evening.

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Always Grateful,


Second SJ Beerwalk in Japantown to Feature IPAs and More South Bay Breweries

Second SJ Beerwalk takes place once again in Japantown
Second SJ Beerwalk takes place once again in Japantown

Brought to you by Jack’s Bar & Lounge (167 East Taylor Street, San Jose), in cooperation with the Japantown Business Association, the second San Jose (SJ) Beerwalk is set for Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Flyer for the second SJ Beerwalk in Japantown
Flyer for the second SJ Beerwalk in Japantown

Beerwalkers will enjoy up to 20 to 25+ beer samples being poured at a number of locations throughout the Japantown neighborhood, including boutiques, restaurants, salons, and art studios.

The first SJ Beerwalk that took place a couple of months ago was an overwhelming success. For Jack’s Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann, the inaugural Beerwalk was an opportunity to invite the San Jose and greater South Bay communities to check out the variety of local shops and businesses in Japantown. Jordan shares, “It’s a signal for the growing interest in San Jose for good beer, but it’s also an event to celebrate the community, all in an engaging and affordable way.”

Though the first SJ Beerwalk turnout of over 500 people and the overall positive feedback exceeded their expectations, Jordan and Charlie are not ones to rest on their laurels; they have fine-tuned this second SJ Beerwalk, the details of which, including information on purchasing tickets, are available at the updated SJ Beerwalk website.

A couple noticeable changes are the IPA theme and the chances to try more local beer. Jordan has diligently worked to enlist the participation of more South Bay breweries.

Joining Tied House (Mountain View)/Hermitage Brewing (San Jose), Strike Brewing (San Jose), Rock Bottom Brewery (Campbell), and Gordon Biersch (San Jose) will be Campbell Brewing, FireHouse Grill & Brewery (Sunnyvale), and Faultline Brewing (Sunnyvale).

For Twitter users, @sjbeerwalk has been providing updates on the beers scheduled to make appearances at designated pouring locations, including:

  • Rock Bottom Brewery: Special batch of IPA brewed just for this Beerwalk
  • Tied House/Hermitage Brewing: Hoptopia, Ale of the Imp, and possibly some additional beers from the Single Hop Series
  • Campbell Brewing: New pale ale (double the IBUs of the original)
  • FireHouse: IPA
  • Faultline: IPA

There will also be, among other breweries, beer from the following: Devil’s Canyon (Belmont) and their IPA and Scotch Ale; Sierra Nevada Brewery (Chico) and their Ruthless Rye, Torpedo, and Hoptimum; Anchor Brewing; Firestone Walker (Paso Robles) and their Union Jack and their recently released Wookey Jack; and Stone Brewing (Escondido).

For more information

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30.00 at the SJ Beerwalk website or at Jack’s Bar & Lounge and for $36.00 the day of the Beerwalk should there still be tickets left.

Going forward, Jordan plans to bring SJ Beerwalk to other locations throughout the San Jose area. For the latest SJ Beerwalk updates, like the SJ Beerwalk Facebook page.

The bar at Jack's Bar & Lounge, host of the second San Jose Beerwalk in Japantown
The bar at Jack’s Bar & Lounge, host of the second San Jose Beerwalk in Japantown
What's currently on tap at Jack's
What’s currently on tap at Jack’s
Jack's owner Jordan Trigg (left)
Jack’s owner Jordan Trigg (left)
Jack's owner Jordan Trigg and Sierra Nevada Brewing's Jeff Ferrari (right)
Jack’s owner Jordan Trigg and Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Jeff Ferrari (right)
Several Sierra Nevada beers to be poured at the second San Jose Beerwalk in Japantown
Several Sierra Nevada beers to be poured at the second San Jose Beerwalk in Japantown

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