With its friendly vibe and service, Spread Deli & Bottles in downtown Campbell has become a go-to spot for folks needing their sandwich fix, with 14 signature sandwiches plus the option to create your own.
Offering good beer has been a priority since day one at Spread. The 20 beers on tap reflect a wide variety of beer styles, so there’s bound to be a fresh offering to satisfy both beer enthusiasts and those new to craft beer. Over 200 bottles beers are available as well.
Spread Deli & Bottles Proprietors
Spread was started three years ago by owners Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann, both of whom possess extensive hospitality experience. Jordan and Charlie – South Bay natives and all-around good guys – have also done much to elevate the profile of the local beer scene.
In part from Spread’s website, Jordan entered the restaurant and bar industry right out of high school and gained a broad range of experience from barista to server to banquet coordinator to bartender. With a bachelors in business economics and finance from the UC Santa Cruz, he opened his first place, Jack’s Bar & Lounge, in San Jose’s Japantown in 2006. Looking ahead, Jordan started the restaurant group Dipsomania, Inc., which has since created a unique array of venues focused on community and unmatched social and dining experiences.
Charlie has been in the restaurant and bar industry since the age of thirteen. He started managing restaurants at the age of seventeen and has since run various establishments. Charlie has a well-rounded and knowledgeable background in the hospitality industry, having held positions from dishwasher to district manager. He is also the co-founder of Beerwalk and marketing consultant for Liquid Bread Gastropub and Jack’s Bar & Lounge, where he is currently the operating manager handling all aspects of the business.
3-Year Anniversary Celebration
Jordan and Charlie – and the staff at Spread – invite all to come out on Thursday, June 30 as they celebrate their 3-year anniversary with a raffle drawing starting at 6pm. Guests will receive 1 raffle ticket for each and every sandwich and beer purchased throughout the day. Note that Spread will open at 11am with happy hour at 5pm.
Raffle drawings will start at 6pm and feature numerous prizes, including beer, gift cards and other swag. Drawings for raffle prizes will take place every 30 minutes until 8pm.
The local region will be a “hoppening” place during the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Beer Week (SVBW), which starts today and runs to Aug. 2.
Beer fans will have plenty of daily opportunities to enjoy good beer, including the following sampling of options:
FRIDAY, JULY 25
The only event taking place today is the SVBW Kickoff event from 6-9pm at downtown San Jose’s Blackbird Tavern. Chefs Dawn Smith (Blackbird Tavern) and Luis Silva (Naglee Park Garage) have prepared a beer-inspired menu to pair with specialty beers. A “Z Pass” ticket is required for this event (the same “Z Pass” is also good for the culminating KraftBrew Beer Fest on Aug. 2). Special beers include Bruery Smoking Wood (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Smoked Beer), Echt Kriekenbier (Belgian Cherry Sour), Straffe Hendrik Wild (Belgian Pale with Brettanomyces), Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse (Traditional German Sour Wheat), Allagash Confluence and more. More info.
SATURDAY, JULY 26
It has been an exciting time for downtown San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House. Their recent two-year anniversary celebration coincided with the unveiling of their finished expansion project. Original Gravity’s first SVBW event is “Pucker Up! Sour Fest 4.0” and features 15 national and international sour and wild ales. The lineup includes:
Allagash – Golden Brett (American Wild Ale)
Almanac – Bourbon Sour Porter (Sour Porter)
Anderson Valley – The Kimmie, The Yink and the Holy Gose (Gose)
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck – St. Louis Gueze (Gueze)
Bruery – Sour in the Rye (American Sour Ale)
Cismontane – Marea Roja (Flemish Style Red)
Drake’s – Barrel of Peril (Sour Tripel aged w/ Brett in Chardonnay Barrels)
Freigeist – Sauer Porter Raspberry (Wild Ale w/ Raspberries)
Jolly Pumpkin/Anchorage – Calabaza Boreal (American Wild Ale w/ Grapefruit and Peppercorn)
Lost Abbey – Spontaneous Cheer (American Wild Ale)
Mort Subite – Mort Subite Kriek (Lambic w/ Cherries)
New Belgium – La Folie (Flanders Style Brown Ale)
Priaire – Funky Gold Mosaic (Dry Hopped Wild Ale)
Russian River – Supplication (Sour Brown aged in Pinot Barrels)
Struise – WeltKrieg (Kriek)
Sour Fest is a popular Original Gravity event for sour beer fans and also provides a good opportunity for those curious about the “fruit, funk and tart” characteristics of sour beers to try them out. More info.
SUNDAY, JULY 27
Jack’s Libation House in Los Gatos, home to what is likely the South Bay’s largest beer garden, hosts a festive Los Gatos Brew Fest, featuring rare beers and one-offs from Firestone Walker (Paso Robles), Drake’s (San Leandro), Lagunitas (Petaluma), 21st Amendment Brewery (S.F.), Calicraft (Walnut Creek), Heretic (Fairfield), Stone (Escondido), Knee Deep Brewing (Auburn), Alpine (Alpine) and New Belgium (Fort Collins, CO). The event starts at 11am.
On hand will be Alpine’s Patrick McIlhenney, Calicraft’s Blaine Landberg, Knee Deep’s Jeb Taylor and Drake’s John Martin. More info.
MONDAY, JULY 28
Downtown Mountain’s Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant will feature 14 guest taps, seven from Allagash and seven from The Bruery, including:
Sucre – Madeira barrel aged
Kegs will be tapped at 5pm and pour until the beer runs out. More info.
Downtown Campbell’s Spread Deli & Bottles hosts Six River Float Night with their neighbors, Snake and Butterfly Chocolates from 5pm-8pm. More info.
TUESDAY, JULY 29
Downtown San Jose’s Good Karma Vegan Cafe hosts a dinner and tap takeover featuring The Bruery. A private paired dinner takes place from 5pm-6pm. Good Karma then opens to the public at 6pm with 19 beers on tap, including Grey Monday, Berazzled, The Wanderer, Tequila Barrel Aged Sucre and more. More info.
Santa Teresa Golf Club and Lagunitas team up to present the final Santa Teresa Summer Beer Talk on the Bar and Grill Patio. “Lagunitas Bloopers” takes place from 5:30pm-6:30pm and will be a discussion on how brewing mistakes can lead to brewing success. There will be beer tasting and happy hour prices on Lagunitas beers. For only $5 you will get to taste beers and participate in a discussion hosted by Lagunitas. More info.
Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell presents Chef’s Choice Craft Beer Dinner, featuring selections from executive chef John Burke. The menu includes the following:
AMUSE: grape salad, almonds, olive oil
OREGON SHRIMP SALAD: mâche lettuce, toasted bread, palm hearts, charred tomato vinaigrette & REISSDORF KÖLSCH (german beer with light citrus, notes of sweet grain, and a mild hop finish)
UNI: basil spaetzle, chinese pepper, sesame seeds & WIDMER BROTHERS SAISON À FLEURS (farmhouse ale brewed with chrysanthemum, jasmine, and szechuan peppercorns)
LOCAL SOLE: salsify purée, woodear mushrooms, lollipop kale, pine nuts & EINSTöCK OLGERO (icelandic white ale dry with hints of coriander and orange peel)
Liquid Bread will offer the Chef’s Choice Craft Beer Dinner Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. More info.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30
Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant will host a pop-up dinner with Hangar 24, pairing their beers with a four-course menu created by executive chef Colby M. Reade. The sample menu includes:
AMUSE BOUCHE (paired with Helles Lager) seared scallop spoon
RAVIOLO AL UOVO (paired with Farmhouse Saison) ox tail / braised greens / egg
BRAISED BEEF CHEEKS (paired with Alt Bier Ale) heirloom summer vegetables / veal glace / guanciale
CHOCOLATE TRIO (paired with Chocolate Porter) light chocolate pot du crème / chocolate porter ice cream / dark chocolate truffle
The prix fixe dinner is available for $75 per person with seating times available from 5:30pm-9pm. Reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 650-386-1367. More info.
THURSDAY, JULY 31
The Farmers Union in downtown San Jose’s San Pedro Square will host Flights and Bites featuring beers from Stone Brewing Company. Executive chef Alex Jimenez will present six dishes paired with Stone beers starting at 6:30pm. The following is the beer-and-food pairing menu.
Chefs Crostini Fig Jam: Humboldt Fog goat cheese, jerk nuts paired with Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
Grilled Chicken Skewers: spicy peanut sauce paired with Stone IPA
Mushroom Cigars: porcini aioli paired with Stone Liberty Station Colonel Sykes East India Porter
Pulled Pork BBQ Sliders: apple-jicama slaw, jalapeño, brioche bun paired with 2012 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
Housemade Veggie Sliders: white cheddar, cajun remoulade, brioche bun paired with Arrogant Bastard Ale
Pork & Ricotta Meatballs: crushed & roasted tomato paired with Stone Liberty Station The Sacred Druid
On hand will be Stone’s craft beer ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak. More info.
Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose is the host of the 2nd Annual California Craft Beer Throw down featuring Double IPAs. Last year’s winning Double IPA came from Heretic Brewing Company, and owner/brewer Jamil Zainasheff will be in attendance to defend his title against the offerings of Stone, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Altamont, 21st Amendment, Knee Deep and others. More info.
FRIDAY, AUG. 1
The last SVBW event for Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose is a good one, featuring the nearly divine offerings from Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey, including:
Older Viscosity ’12
Old Viscosity ’13
Santas lil Helper ’12
Cuvee De Tomme ’13
Angels Share Grand Cru
Framboise De Amerosa
Liquid Bread Gastropub hosts their 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social with Lagunitas Brewing Company from 3pm-5pm.
Enjoy a variety of ice cream flavors or build your own float. Examples include:
The Grapevine in Willow Glen will have Stone Brewing’s Dr. Bill will be on hand for a beer and cheese pairing event starting at 5pm. The event features 6 beers and cheeses:
Cabecou with Stone Saison
Picandine Pico with Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
Piave Vecchio with Stone Ruination IPA
Beemster Gouda Aged 18 months with Stone 2013 Oaked Smoked Old Guardian
Jasper Hill Bailey Hazen Blue with 2013 Double Bastard Ale
Colston Basset Stilton with Stone 2012 Imperial Russian Stout
Only $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Serving sizes: all beers are 4 oz pours and cheeses between 1/2 to 3/4 oz. portions. More info.
SATURDAY, AUG. 2
The popular KraftBrew Beer Fest is the culminating SVBW event and takes place at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in San Jose’s Japantown. “This year’s festivities feature 60+ American craft, Belgian and German imports, home brews, a beer launch booth releasing a special or unique brew for tasting every hour, craft beer panel discussions, brewery tours, and lots of great food!” More info.
At last count, there were over 150 events listed on the SV Beer Week website, giving beer fans and those new to the world of beer a serious case of a first world problem – too many beer choices.
Downtown Campbell’s Spread Deli & Bottles opened last July to the delight of many South Bay food and beer fans thanks, in particular, to Spread’s tasty signature sandwiches and side dishes, the casual vibe and the beer selection from 10 taps and over 200 bottles.
To commemorate the one-year anniversary, Spread is hosting an anniversary party on July 2 from 5pm to 10pm. There will be special sandwiches, happy hour prices on all draft beers and wines and 40 percent off all bottles of beer and wine.
“The support from the community and customers is amazing,” says co-owner Charlie Mann, who opened Spread with Jordan Trigg. “We can’t believe it has been a year already. It seems like we opened yesterday.”
The brewery lineup includes Lagunitas, Drake’s, CaliCraft, Hermitage, 21st Amendment, Anchor, Deschutes and Stone, and starting at 6pm, raffle drawings will take place every half hour with chances to win brewery swag, gift cards, and a brewery tour.
Despite an already loyal local following, Mann and Trigg are continuing to expand offerings at Spread.
“We still have to build out our full bar counter, and look for more taps in the near future,” Mann says.
After a successful Saturday beer tasting event with Ballast Point Brewing event last month, Spread is continuing with more tasting events every Saturday from 3pm to 6pm. Tastings include four or five beers beers, and the tasting fee is waived with the purchase of a brewery’s six pack.
Happy hour remains a good deal: Mondays through Saturdays from 3pm to close featuring select draft beers for $3.99 and draft wines for $4.99.
Downtown Campbell’s Spread Deli & Bottles (193 East Campbell Ave.) opened this past July and will be participating in their first SF Beer Week by hosting four unique events.
For the growing number of Spread fans, there is nothing better than enjoying one of their spot-on gourmet sandwiches with a tasty side dish and a beer chosen from among the 10 taps devoted to craft. There are over 200 bottled beers and 50 wines from which to choose, as well as cheese and salumi plates.
Spread features arguably the best happy hour special in the South Bay—$3.75 draft beer available from Mondays through Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. to closing.
The following is the listing of their beer week events; Spread proprietors Jordan Trigg and Charlie Mann—both South Bay natives—invite all to come out and have a good time.
Monday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Mini Monday Cupcake and Beer Pairing
Spread has teamed up with their neighbors, the award-winning Frost Cupcake Factory, to bring forth this event.
Enjoy 3 mini cupcakes all paired with 3 different beers (6 ounces each) – all for only $15; one pairing for $6.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Stone Tap Takeover
The following is a roundup of South Bay beer events taking place today and tomorrow.
THURSDAY, SEP. 5, 2013
It’s Thursday pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose (390 Saratoga Ave.), starting at 6 p.m. and featuring beers from Placentia’s The Bruery. More from their Facebook event page:
The tap list will consist of:
Tart of Darkness – a stout (no, not Black Tuesday, this one is only 5% abv if you can believe it), but we then decided to throw it into oak barrels…and added our special blend of souring bacterias and yeasts. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty sour stout. Not a style you see too often – and in our opinion, not a style you see often enough. ABV: 5.6%.
2012 White Oak – White Oak is a blended beer– 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it “White Oak Sap”), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance. ABV: 11.5%.
Hottenroth -This tart, German-style Berliner Weisse is as authentic as it gets. We use lactobacillus and a hint of brettanomyces to sour this very unusual, low gravity wheat beer. To cut the tartness for those with sweeter tastes, raspberry or woodruff syrup is a traditional way to sweeten the beer.
Trade Winds Triple and Humulus Lager.
A Hangar 24 tap takeover takes place tonight at Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose (66 South First St.) starting at 6 p.m. More from their Facebook event page:
Redlands, California’s finest producer of hand crafted ales and lagers are taking over 7 of our taps. Come and spend some time with a very diverse and quality list of beers.
Columbus IPA (IPA)
Essence (IPA w/ Grapefruit)
Helles Lager (Helles Lager)
Kirschen (Berliner Weisse)
Orange Wheat (Wheat Ale)
Polycot (Wheat Wine Style Ale)
Slow Roll (Barrel Aged Belgian Style Golden Ale)
Beach Hut Deli (4878 San Felipe Rd., San Jose) hosts a pint night tap takeover event featuring the South Bay’s Strike Brewing Co. Per a recent Facebook update:
Tri-Tip Sandwiches on special, along with our Brown, Blonde, IPA, and Imperial Red. Come with an appetite, leave with a pint glass and some new friends!
Join Spread Deli & Bottles in downtown Campbell (193 East Campbell Ave.) for their 5:30 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony with $2 off pints until 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEP. 6, 2013
Original Gravity serves as one of the stops along the Wet, Fresh, and Wild Tour presented by the East Bay’s Calicraft Brewing Co., set to take place Friday beginning at 6 p.m. From the Facebook event page:
Featuring the freshest, wettest of hopped beers, the Wobblies is coming back to Original Gravity for a second year. Come join us as we tap a slew of other excellent liquid from one of our favorite breweries, Calicraft!
Wobblies (Wet Hopped IPA)
Chez Panisse (Unfiltered Farmhouse Ale)
Wild Wit (Wild Wit Ale)
Belgian Tramp (Belgian Style Quad)
Harry’s Hofbrau Redwood City (1909 El Camino Real) hosts a Rip Current “meet the brewer” event on Friday starting at 6 p.m. Per the Facebook event page:
Rip Current is a small brewery in San Marcos making some amazing beers. We liked them so much we are driving down to pick up kegs to pour for you guys! You might know this brewery as the collaborators on the Stone coconut IPA (original recipe was one of RC’s homebrews). We are really excited to have the head brewer Paul Sangster come up for a meet the brewer event as well! We will have about 5-6 Rip Current beers on for the night and Paul will be here to talk beer. Taplist looks like:
Kona Storm Coffee Imperial Porter
Bonzer Hoppy pale
Marine layer San Diego Style Heff
Red Flag DIPA
For those not attending the aforementioned events, there are numerous other ways to enjoy a good beer in the South Bay and throughout Silicon Valley, reflecting the continuing growth of the local beer scene.
There are many ways to enjoy a good beer on a Saturday. For those interested in getting out and about tomorrow, Saturday, July 20 has turned out to be a particularly special beer day in the South Bay.
Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose is hosting a party starting at 12:30 p.m. in celebration of their one-year anniversary. Part of the festivities include food specials, a visit by Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Jeffers Richardson, and specialty tappings throughout the day. For more details, check out their website or their Facebook event page.
Brought to you by the folks behind Jack’s Bar & Lounge in San Jose, Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell, and the popular South Bay Beerwalk events, Spread Deli and Bottles (193 East Campbell Ave.) in downtown Campbell has their grand opening from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For a peek at their menu, check out their Facebook page.
If German beers are on your mind, then consider checking out Teske’s Germania restaurant and beer garden in downtown San Jose. They kick off their Sommerfest celebrations with music by the Gruber Family Band starting at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday will also be a good day to check out the newly opened Farmers Union, a sleek, modern sports bar in San Pedro Square. With their grand opening having taken place just yesterday, they currently have 25 taps dedicated to craft beer. Their menu is available on their website, though there currently is a slight formatting issue with the document.
Another tasty option is to check out San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company Tap Room (1627 South 7th Street), which opened just a week ago. Their hours tomorrow are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
These are five possibilities. Of course, there are numerous other ways to enjoy a good beer or more tomorrow – or any other day for that matter – in the South Bay.
Compelling news and developments concerning the Silicon Valley craft beer landscape are making the rounds at a relatively high rate it seems.
The San Jose Co-op Brewery has been in the media spotlight lately and the Market Beer Company recently opened in San Pedro Square Market. More establishments with a beer focus are hosting noteworthy events along with new beer-centric establishments expected to open soon, or later this year.
Added to all this good news is that more media outlets are covering such news and events, providing updates for the local, beer-thirsty public.
Here’s a quick look at some upcoming news and events in the South Bay beer scene:
St. Patrick’s Day specials – A number of local brewpubs have been advertising their specials celebrating St. Patrick, including Faultline Brewing Company, Tied House, and FireHouse Grill & Brewery. Check out their respective Facebook pages for the details.
Grand opening of Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant – Many interested parties have been eagerly anticipating the announcement of the grand opening date for Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant. Per a recent media release, the date for the official grand opening is set for Thursday, March 28, 2013. Among the 30 beers on tap personally selected by owner Ted Kim will be: Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter, Linden Street Urban People’s Common Lager, Lost Abbey Avant Garde, Kiuichi Hitachino Next White Ale, Krusovice Cerne Dark, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, New Belgium Rampant, and North Coast Old Rasputin. Expect the beers to complement the offerings from executive chef Colby Reade, who has prepared a 25-item menu focused on modern American comfort food.
Opening of ISO: Beers – Excited readers have been asking about the opening date for ISO: Beers craft beer bar and tasting lounge located in downtown San Jose, especially after initial hopes for a fall opening as mentioned in a previous article. After receiving the last series of approvals from the city, expect an opening date for some time in April and an announcement soon.
Opening of Hermitage Brewing Company tasting room – Some South Bay beer fans may have heard directly from Hermitage Brewing Company about a tasting room that was to be built in time for last month’s SF Beer Week at their San Jose brewing facility on 7th Street past Spartan Stadium. Unexpected circumstances delayed the opening of the tasting room, but according to Hermitage brewmaster Peter Licht, the construction and opening of the South Bay’s first brewery tasting room will certainly happen.
Opening of Spread – From the folks behind Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown San Jose and the South Bay-based Beerwalks comes Spread bottle and small deli shop in downtown Campbell to open no later than May. Announced via social media, Charlie Mann shares, “We will have 300 – 400 different beers by the bottle and an amazing wine selection, charcuterie with great cheeses, beers on tap, incredible sandwiches at lunch with some fondues at night mixed with fresh baked bread and a neighborhood feel…”
Gordon Biersch 25th anniversary celebration – A recent Facebook event page announced the Big Bands & BBQ 25th Anniversary Bash to be held Sat., May 18, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gordon Biersch brewery in Japantown San Jose (357 E. Taylor St.). Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased now.
Tied House 25th anniversary celebration – Mountain View’s Tied House is celebrating their quarter-century mark as well. Look for them to share their celebration plans soon.
Opening of Blackbird Tavern – Situated at 200 S. 1st St. next to the Camera 12 Cinema in downtown San Jose, Blackbird Tavern seeks to bring good food, live music, and good drinks, including choice craft beers to downtown San Jose later this spring.
Dates for Silicon Valley Beer Week officially set – In an email last Sunday, Metro newspaper and Naglee Park Garage / KraftBrew Beer Fest jointly announced the official dates for the first annual Silicon Valley Beer Week. The kickoff to SVBW begins with a special beer event on Sunday, July 28, 2013 followed by five days of hosted events throughout the valley, closing with the Kraftbrew Summer Fest on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. There is a gathering of the Silicon Valley beer community, including brewers, restaurants, cafés, and other venue owners scheduled for later this month.
Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company inaugural beers – For many Bay Area beer enthusiasts, their South Bay highlights for 2013 might very well revolve around Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company and its brewmaster Steve Donohue, a four-time, consecutive medaling winner of the prestigious Great American Beer Festival. With a likeable personality, sharp wit, and his track record of well-crafted brews, Donohue has a strong support base among beer fans. Like him, they eagerly await for all the approvals and formal permission to be granted so that brewing and selling can begin.