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4th Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest

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Mountain View Oktoberfest steins, courtesy of Mountain View Oktoberfest

The 4th annual Mountain View Oktoberfest celebration is set for this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday (October 1st and 2nd). It’ll take place both days from 11am-7pm in the open-air parking lot located at Bryant Street at Dana Street, directly behind Steins and one block west of Castro Street. Each day will kick off with a ceremonial cask ale tapping at 11am.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – the Mountain View Oktoberfest – in my humble opinion – is the biggest and best of the local Oktoberfest-themed celebrations.

Presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, Tied House Brewery & Cafe and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, attendance at this popular event is expected to be close to 7,000 for the weekend.

The celebration is Steins Beer Garden’s take on the traditional German beer festival, with a 7,000 sq. ft. beer tent, traditional German fare, live entertainment and plenty of German beer.

Steins owner Ted Kim says about this year’s festival:

“This year at the Mountain View Oktoberfest, guests will be able to choose from 8 different beer offerings: five authentic styles from German beer houses and three special brews from local breweries.

“Unlike years past, this year each beer house will be pouring from its own tent with proper signage. This way guests won’t be confused as to which line to stand in, and it will help speed up the lines. Come out and join us for another fun-filled Oktoberfest!”

Tied House director of marketing Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez adds:

“Mountain View Oktoberfest encompasses the true spirit of German Oktoberfest festivities with traditional German bands, food, beer and people from all walks of life enjoying the raucous celebration.

“We are proud to partner with Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant and the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View to bring this celebration to Silicon Valley for a fourth year.”

Beer and Food

The following beers will be on tap:

  • Andechs Doppelbock
  • Fruh Kolsch
  • Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfest
  • Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen
  • Steigl Grapefruit Radler
  • South Bay Church Lemon Basil Hef
  • South Bay Church Apricot Hef
  • Tied House Oktoberfest Lager

A variety of food options will be available for purchase from different vendors, including Aroma Concessions, Gourmet Faire and traditional German dishes from Teske’s Germania.

Prices

Commemorative steins with Mountain View Oktoberfest logo

  • $10 for 0.5-liter stein
  • $15 for 1-liter stein

Drink tickets:

  • $8 for 1 ticket
  • $30 for 4 tickets

1 ticket fills a 0.5-liter stein. 2 tickets fill a 1-liter stein. Attendees can bring their steins from past Mountain View Oktoberfest celebrations.

Food:

  • $6-$15 (depending on the dish)

Entertainment and Family Fun

There will be plenty of fun, family-friendly entertainment. Throughout the weekend, there will be live German music with performances by Big Lou’s Accordion, The SF German Band and Alpiners USA. There will also be kid-friendly activities, including bounce houses, face painting and games, pretzel eating contest, chicken dance and more.

For a look at the entertainment schedule, visit the Mountain View Oktoberfest website.

Charity

A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Community Services Agency, located in Mountain View, and SOAR, a partner charity with Chamber of Commerce Mountain View. Student Outreach Award Resource (SOAR) is known throughout the community for its financial help and scholarship awards for high school and community college students looking to advance their education. Community Services Agency is a non-profit serving low income individuals and families.

About Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant is the vision of Bay Area native Ted Kim. Kim has more than 20 years of small business experience, including his tremendous success with Northern California’s Paris Baguette stores. Steins is a salute to the traditional European beer hall and garden, infusing rustic elements of nature with brilliant contemporary architecture. The Beer Garden will offer the perfect escape for guests to drink and socialize, and the Beer Hall will offer an ideal environment for guests to “eat, drink, and be merry.” Steins is open every day, Sundays 11am-10pm, Monday-Thursdays 11am-11pm (patio closes at 10pm), Friday-Saturdays 11am-11:30pm (patio closes at 11pm). Steins is located at 895 Villa St., Mountain View, CA 94041. For more information, visit www.steinsbeergarden.com and visit the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.

About Tied House Microbrewery

Tied House was founded in 1987, and poured its first pint in January of 1988. Nearly 30 years later, Tied House continues its loyalty to the community and provides a dynamic, fun space where guests continue to enjoy their favorite Tied House beer, and a handcrafted, laidback menu. Since 2010, Tied House acquired over fifteen awards for their beer, including back-to-back Gold Medals for Ironwood Dark from the California State Commercial Craft Brewers Competition. In 2015, Tied House earned a prestigious Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal for its Alpine Gold Ale.

Additional photos below courtesy of Mountain View Oktoberfest:

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Taco and Beer Pairing Event at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

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Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View is hosting a special Taco & Beer Pairing event Wednesday, September 21 starting at 5:30pm.

This tasty pairing event is a first for Steins and features 3 tacos paired with 3 craft brews for $15.

Bar manager Ryan Hummel has just finalized the beers for the pairings:

  • Pollo (chicken) – traditional chicken tinga paired with Stillwater Artisan Ales Fear of Ghosts (smoked, sour saison)
  • Carnitas (pork) – spiced rubbed pork butt, marinated for 2 days and cooked for 3 hours paired with Modern Times Fortunate Islands with Grapefruit Zest (hoppy wheat)
  • Carne Asada (beef) – 3-day jalapeno and herbs marinade paired with Berryessa Brewing La Fuerza Borracho (Mexican pale lager)

The corn tortilla will be hand made, and there will be a salsa bar available as well.

And as a reminder, Steins is also co-hosting Mountain View’s 4th Annual Oktoberfest, which is set for the weekend of October 1 and 2, from 11am to 7pm both days.

Folks are welcome to bring their steins from previous years, but no worries – there will be plenty of steins plus drink tickets available for purchase at the festival. Prost!

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2016 Oktoberfest Events in and around San Jose and Silicon Valley

2015 Mountain View Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Munich takes place from September 17 to October 3 this year, and I’m sure there are many like me who wish they were going but won’t be.

Fortunately, there are a number of local, Oktoberfest-inspired events and celebrations taking place throughout San Jose and nearby, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy German and German-style beer and food in a festive atmosphere. Many of the Oktoberfest celebrations will also feature live entertainment and family-friendly activities.

Below is a roundup of this year’s local Oktoberfest events listed by date. I’ll add to it as new ones come to my attention. Please let me know if I’m missing any. Prost!

Fri., Sep. 9 – Sun., Sep. 11: Redwood City Oktoberfest

What: For 3 days, downtown Redwood City will celebrate their 3rd annual Oktoberfest. There’ll be a huge tent with lots of seating, music (AlpinersUSA), dancing, contests and lots of beer, beverages, food and more. An entrance fee ($18-$20 and $10-$12 for kids & designated drivers) includes a commemorative stein and 1 drink ticket.

Where: Courthouse Square, Redwood City

More info.: www.redwoodcity.org

Fri., Sep. 9 – Sat., Oct. 29: Teske’s Germania

What: German fare and special Oktoberfest evening celebrations on Fridays and select Saturdays from Sep. 9 to Oct. 29 featuring music from The Family Gruber Band and The Internationals.

Where: 255 N. 1st St., San Jose

More info.: http://teskes-germania.com/

Sat., Sep. 10: Jack Rose Libation House

What: 4th annual Oktoberfest from 4pm-9pm with live music from The Family Gruber Band plus German food and German beer. Admission to the beer garden is $10 for ages 21 and over, $5 for ages 13-20 and free for 12 and under. Feel free to come dressed in your best Lederhosen or Dirndl.

Where: 18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Los Gatos

More info.: http://jackrosebar.com/

Sat., Sep. 10: Gourmet Haus Staudt

What: Annual Oktoberfest celebration. Doors open at 11:30am. $5.00 entry fee. The Internationals start playing at 3pm.

Where: 2615 Broadway, Redwood City

More info.: http://www.gourmethausstaudt.com/

Fri., Sep. 16 – Sun, Sep. 18: Naglee Park Garage

What: Annual Oktoberfest from Sep. 16-18. They’ll be serving German beers plus a special German menu and be hosting  musical guests all weekend. Come casual or dressed in your most authentic German outfits and celebrate.

Where: 505 E. San Carlos St., San Jose

More info.: http://nagleeparkgarage.com/

Sat., Sep. 17 and Sat., Sep. 24: Ludwig’s German Table

What: Get out your Lederhosen and Dirndl and join Ludwig’s for Oktoberfest on Sep. 17 and Sep. 24 from 2pm-10pm. They’ll be turning their restaurant into a traditional Munich style festival ground with live music and special Beer Garden & Restaurant ($28) and Hall ($35) tickets.

Where: 261 N. 2nd St., San Jose

More info.: http://www.ludwigssj.com/

Mon., Sep. 26 – Sat., Oct. 29: Faultline Oktoberfest

What: Oktoberfest festivities at Faultline Brewing Company kick off Mon., Sep. 26. This year, Fautline will feature an Oktoberfest beer release, a German-inspired menu and more to be announced.

Where: 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

More info.: http://www.faultlinebrewing.com/

Thurs., Sep. 29: Geektoberfest

What: The Tech Museum of Innovation presents Geektoberfest 2016, an annual event where brewers and scientists will explore the biology of beer with talks, demos and tastings. In conjuction with Geektoberfest, Content Magazine will host a Beer LAB event on The Tech’s private rooftop terrace, featuring music, food and beer tastings available only to Beer LAB guests. Ticket prices vary from $18 to $100. Local participating brewers include DasBrew, FireHouse Grill & Brewery, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Santa Clara Valley Brewing.

Where: 201 S. Market St., San Jose

More info.:http://www.thetech.org/geektoberfest

Sat., Oct. 1 – Sun., Oct. 2: Mountain View Oktoberfest

What: 4th Annual Oktoberfest – taking place Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 – presented by Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, Tied House and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. They’ll be taking over a part of Mountain View’s Dana St. and Bryant St. with the parking lot, promising to be bigger and better than the previous years. There’ll be German beer, good food and family friendly entertainment.

Where: Parking lot at Dana St. and Bryant St., Mountain View

More info.: TBA

Sun., Oct. 2: OktoBRAfest

What: The 3rd Annual OktoBrafest takes places at the San Jose Woman’s Club from 3-6 pm. $25 tickets include a buffet of sausage, potato salad, sauerkraut, bread, dessert and one beer, cider or wine. Additional beverages are available for a suggested donation of $5.

Where: 75 S. 11th St., San Jose

More info.: http://www.sjwomansclub.org/

Sun., Oct. 9: San Pedro Square Market

What: Their 4th annual Oktoberfest celebration – their longest running event – returns with a new name – Oktober Beer & Music Fest – and promises to take things to a new level, featuring 3 bands this year and activating the entire Market instead of only the Sidewalk Cafe. The event will have games in different areas throughout the Market. Early bird tickets are $30 and will score you 3 beers instead of 2, but tickets do go up the longer you wait. From 2pm-8pm.

Where: 87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose

More info.: http://www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com/

Sat., Oct. 15: Peninsula Oktoberfest

What: From 11am-4pm, enjoy the annual Peninsula Oktoberfest at Hiller Aviation Museum. There’ll be music (San Mateo Elks Band and Bayern Maiden), German beer and food trucks. There’ll also be beers from Devil’s Canyon, Voodoo Brewing and Anchor Steam.

Where: 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos

More info.: http://www.hiller.org/event/oktoberfest-2016/

Sat., Oct. 15 – Sun., Oct. 16: Campbell Oktoberfest

What: Campbell Oktoberfest is hosted by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, and it’s an entire weekend of live music, tasty food, arts & crafts, a kids zone and – of course – beer. Featuring 4 stages of live music and dozens of food vendors. Oktoberfest dress encouraged.

Where: Downtown Campbell

More info.:http://campbellchamber.net/Oktoberfest/



Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Hosts Upcoming “Jeffers Drops Acid… Knowledge” Seminar

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For anyone wanting to learn more about wild or sour beers, then consider signing up for the “Jeffers Drops Acid… Knowledge” seminar coming up at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View on Thursday, September 8, 6pm-8pm.

“Jeffers” – for those unfamiliar with the name – refers to Jeffers Richardson, the director of Barrelworks in Buellton and an expert on wild beer. Barrelworks is the home to Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s much heralded wild beer program.

Jeffers is an excellent speaker – knowledgeable, engaging and articulate. He’s also very down-to-earth. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing him speak at several past events, including the Firestone Walker Roots of Anniversary Ale XVI event held several years ago at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose.

The “Jeffers Drops Acid… Knowledge” series started earlier last year at Barrelworks, and has since been conducted at various locations throughout the country.

Firestone Walker senior sales manager Tony Riffis, a San Jose native and resident, confirms that the upcoming seminar at Steins is the first such event to take place in the South Bay.

Here are some additional details of this unique beer seminar courtesy of Firestone Walker:

Jeffers Richardson—director of Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks wild beer facility—is taking his trailblazing educational show on the road… under the banner of “Jeffers Drops Acid…Knowledge,” inviting you to explore how acidity shapes your sensory perception of wild beers.

“When it comes to wild or sour beers, acidity plays more of a role in the taste experience compared to traditional beers, which are more defined by their hop and malt profiles,” Richardson said. “This seminar is designed to explore the role of acidity, and to reveal not only what you are tasting in the beer, but also why.”

Perception vs. Reality

The seminars delve into the differences between pH and total (or titratable) acidity as well as the sensory relationship between smell and taste. Different concentrations of acetic, citric and lactic acids are tasted, enabling you to discover the signature characteristics of each. Along the way, you learn how each of these acids shapes flavor, mouthfeel and overall perception.

Each seminar then ends on a sour note with a special tasting of limited releases from Barrelworks to test your newfound knowledge and reinforce the lesson.

The “Jeffers Drops Acid…Knowledge” seminar series originated at the brewery earlier [last] year and was met with enthusiasm, prompting Richardson to take it on the road. A recent similar event in collaboration with The Rare Barrel in Berkeley sold out in two minutes.

“The response has been phenomenal,” Richardson said. “Many people are new to wild beers, and this is a really fun way to take a crash course.”

Jeffers’ upcoming talk will include a tasting of 3 Barrelworks beers:

  • Agrestic (American Wild Red Ale)
  • Bretta Rosé (Wild Ale Fermented with Raspberries)
  • Lil’ Opal (Barrel Aged Saison)

Steins will be providing appetizers for participants during the class.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person and available for purchase online. Tickets are required for attendance and include the aforementioned tastings and appetizers.



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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Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Presents ‘Summer Nights on the Patio’

The outdoor beer garden at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View will kickstart “Summer Nights on the Patio” on Thursday, May 26 starting at 5:30pm. It’ll be the first of a series of weekly beer events that’ll feature tasty offerings from a select brewery to be enjoyed in Steins’ outdoor beer garden.

Steins assistant manager Lynna Nguyen chimes in with the following:

“We are excited to be hosting our first out of many brew events this summer! The events will be every Thursday in our beer garden in the back at 5:30pm. Each week will be a different brewery featured, and we will be tapping some of their exclusive and specialty craft brews. There will be one highlighted beer that each brewery will release.

“We came up with this idea last summer. We did a summer brew series outside using our kegerator, which was a huge hit. People loved it! They got to enjoy our beer garden and try new beers. Some breweries may bring in some “swag” for you to take home as well.

“We decided on the name ‘Summer Nights on the Patio’ to welcome our guests to come in and spend their summer nights with us on Thursday to enjoy delicious food, great brews and awesome company in our beautiful patio outdoors, because we are spoiled with great California weather!

“We want to start off with just doing these events on Thursdays, but if it’s a huge hit again and busy, we may add additional nights to have these events.”

This Thursday’s first Summer Nights event will feature Almanac Beer Company. The beer list was announced earlier today and includes:

  • Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir (Imperial Stout)
  • Emperor Norton (Tripel)
  • Saison Dolores
  • Tropical Platypus (Sour Blonde Ale)

Lynna provides a sneak peek to the upcoming schedule of Summer Nights on the Patio at Steins:

May 26 – Almanac (Barrel Noir – Imperial Stout brewed with Sightglass Cold Brew Coffee)
June 2 – Evil Twin Brewing
June 9 – Hanger 24 Craft Brewery (Barrel Role No. 4 Wing Over – American Barrel Role)
June 16 – Working Man Brewing Company
June 23 – Altamont Beer Works
June 30 – Ninkasi Brewing Company (Ground Control Imperial Stout vs. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ground Control)
July 7 – Boulevard Brewing Company (Tank 7  Farmhouse Ale with Brett)
July 13 – Freigeist: Meet the Co-Founder and Head Brewer, Sebastian Sauer
July 14 – Freigeist

Steins will post updates on the Steins Facebook page as events get closer.

Scenes from Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant 3-Year Anniversary Celebration

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View celebrated their three-year anniversary earlier today with a BBQ feast and a specialty beer list. We were very happy to be able to make it to the event.

Service was wonderful (thank you, Lynna, Will and the rest of the staff), and it is always great to visit with Executive Chef Colby M. Reade. He was busy working side by side with Executive Sous Chef Paco Guzman, who Chef Colby told me is slated to head up the kitchen at Steins; Chef Colby will help start up the new Steins in Cupertino.

The pig roast BBQ was excellent. Among the highlights was the skin of the roast pig – crunchy and flavorful.

The specialty beers we enjoyed were all tasty as well.

Below are some pics:

Executive Chef Colby M. Reade

Executive Sous Chef Paco Guzman and Executive Chef Colby M. Reade

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Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout

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Mad Frenchman Ale Works Wild Rye’d
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Tap It Cafe Noir
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Rudy Kuhn of Lagunitas
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Friends Mikey, Venice & their girl
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De Proef/Hair of the Dog Flanders Red
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Steins Assistant Manager Lynna Nguyen
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Avery Lilikoi Kepolo and To Ol F**k Art Let’s Dance with Gooseberries
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Lagunitas Maximus

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Steins has played a prominent role in elevating the local beer scene in recent years, and I’ve very much enjoyed following their growth since even before they opened three years ago.

Can’t wait for their second Steins location in Cupertino to open later this year.

Congrats on reaching the three-year mark!

Prost! Gunbae! Cheers!

~Andy

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant 3-Year Anniversary Celebration, Plus Q & A with Owner Ted Kim

BBQ platter from last year's two-year anniversary celebration at Steins
BBQ platter from last year’s two-year anniversary celebration at Steins

Downtown Mountain View’s Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant (895 Villa St.) will mark their three-year anniversary with an all-day celebration of good food and beer on Sat., March 19 starting at 11am.

A special BBQ plate – replete with sides – comes with three choices of meats: roast pig, ribs and beer brat sausage. Executive chef Colby M. Reade confirmed that he would be roasting two pigs to make sure that there would be enough of this popular item to last throughout the day.

The following is the specialty beer list:

  • AleSmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout
  • Allagash St Klippensteins
  • Almanac Peche de Brettaville
  • Anchor Brewing Our Barrel Ale
  • De Proef / Hair of the Dog Fred’s Sour Ale
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus
  • Lagunitas High West-ified 2016
  • Midnight Sun Bar Fly
  • Omnipollo Abrahadabra
  • Tap It Cafe Noir
  • The Bruery White Oak
  • To ol F**k Art Let’s Dance with Gooseberries

Also on tap will be homebrewer Giullaume Brivet’s winning beer from last year’s 1st Annual Steins Home Brew Contest – Wild Rye’d French-style rye saison, an ale fermented with French Saison yeast and aged with Brett Bruxellensis. All proceeds from this beer will go to the charity organization San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in memory of Brivet’s good friend, Scott Smith.

Steins owner Ted Kim recently took the time to share his thoughts on reaching the three-year mark. He also shared a sneak peek of the upcoming Steins pop-up dinner on Thurs., April 7 and details about the second Steins location in Cupertino.

Your reaction to reaching the three-year mark with Steins? What have you been proudest of this past year?

This past year is the year I believe we really started to find our groove. We have a much better idea of who we are, who our customers are and the direction we want to go. Needless to say, I’m excited about what lies ahead!

Chef Colby told me that he would be roasting two pigs at the anniversary celebration this year.

Yes! Last year we ran out way too early. We had no idea the response for the pig roast would be so great. This year we have two and will have offerings of a beer brat sausage, roast pig and pork ribs along with an assortment of side dishes. Guests can go directly to the roast outside and order a la carte or can choose a special pre-set roast entree if dining inside.

Like last year, the winning beer from the Steins Annual Home Brew Competition will be announced at the anniversary celebration, correct?

Yes. We’ll be announcing the winner of our 2nd Annual Home Brew Competition and serving last year’s winning beer on tap. We’ll be donating $2,500 to the charity of choice of last year’s winner. We’ll also be donating all proceeds from the beer to a charity of the winner’s choosing.

We’re looking forward to announcing this year’s winner and recreating their beer for next year’s celebration. We’d love to continue this tradition and encourage all home brewers out there to keep developing their passion for beer and creating wonderful brews that we all can enjoy.

Switching gears just a bit, can you provide any details yet about Chef Colby’s upcoming pop-up dinner on April 7?

Yes! We’ve been tasting the menu, and it’s out of this world. I’m not a big fan of foie gras, but Chef Colby’s is stellar. I couldn’t stop eating it.

I’m really excited for the beer pairings as well. Our bar manager Ryan Hummel did a fantastic job of preparing some excellent pairings!

Last year, both you and Chef Colby told me about securing a location for a second Steins in Cupertino on Wolfe Rd. at Vallco Pkwy. How did that location come about? By the way, I pass by that area every day during the week – what a transformation under way!

We started a preliminary search early on – I’d say in late 2014 – just to see what was out there. Turns out the nineteen800 development we are now located in was in the beginning stages of building out their tenant base, and there was a golden opportunity which we jumped on.

Absolutely! The entire area is set up for some serious development. With nineteen800, Main Street, and the proposed Hills project at Vallco, the new downtown Cupertino is definitely going to be a huge attraction.

When will construction start in Cupertino? When do you hope to open?

Construction hasn’t started yet but should shortly. We’re hoping to open in the early fall.

Any details you can share about the Cupertino location?

Interior is 6,400 sq. ft., and exterior is 2,500 sq. ft. Not quite as large as Mountain View, but we’ve designed a beautiful beer garden.

Steins Cupertino is also designed with events and banquets in mind. We’ll have two private rooms and the rear portion of the beer garden will serve as a private area for events.

Number of taps at the Cupertino location? Similar to Mountain View?

We’ll have 31 beers on tap, same as Mountain View. Same house staples but different rotating list.

We’ll also be featuring a rare bottle selection. We’ve already been amassing a lot of fantastic bottles that we’re excited to share with our guests.

Again, congrats on reaching the three-year mark! Anything else to share for the upcoming year?

2016 looks to be a really big year for us as we expand to two stores and grow our team. A lot of our existing staff members are moving up into key positions, and our guests will see a dramatic increase in the number and types of beer events, pop-up dinners, and new services offered at Steins.

This year we’ll be rolling out online ordering and to-go pickups which our guests have been hounding us to implement, especially for lunch.

We’ll also be partnering with a local delivery company to send our delicious food directly to your home or office.

Chef Colby will be pushing the envelope on unique and interesting weekly food specials, and we plan on continuing our pop-up dinner series with guest chefs and a wide variety of cuisine styles and beer pairings. Definitely an exciting year at Steins!

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Mountain View Welcomes Third Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

Revelers at the inaugural Mountain View Oktoberfest
Revelers at the inaugural Mountain View Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is upon us, and there are still plenty of opportunities throughout Silicon Valley to bust out your Lederhosen or Dirndl. Many of the celebrations will feature large, happy crowds, German fare and, of course, plenty of German and German-style beers. The biggest and best of the bunch – in my humble opinion – takes place annually in Mountain View and comes closest to replicating the festive revelry of the real one.

The third annual Mountain View Oktoberfest – a collaboration between Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant, Tied House Microbrewery and the city’s Chamber of Commerce – will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 11am-7pm in the open-air parking lot located directly behind Steins at Bryant St. and Dana St., one block west of Castro St. The weather forecast looks to be picture perfect for the 12,000 or so expected to attend over the two days.

Since even before the opening of Steins back in early 2013, owner Ted Kim envisioned a big, family-friendly Oktoberfest in Mountain View. Of the third iteration, Ted says: “We’ve spent months planning and preparing to bring the city of Mountain View yet another fun-filled Oktoberfest with an even larger selection of beer, more food options and a robust entertainment line-up.”

German and German-inspired beers to be poured under the festival beer tent include Andechs Doppelbock, Franziskaner Dunkel-Weisse, Franziskaner Hefeweizen, Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Spaten Premium Lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Weihenstephaner Pilsner, Stiegl Radler and South Bay specialty beers Sunny Pale, Apricot Hefeweizen and Lemon Basil Hefeweizen. Tied House will pour their Helles Lager.

Ted will kick off the celebrations with a ceremonial tapping of cask ales provided by Tied House’s sister brewery Hermitage Brewing Company. The tappings take place at 11am on both days. Saturday’s cask ale is Fruit Crate Pumpkin Ale (dry hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops). Sunday’s cask ale is Peach Saison (with four pounds of fresh peaches).

Traditional German dishes will be available from Teske’s Germania, along with a number of beer-friendly food trucks provided by Moveable Feast, including Cluck It Up, Takoz Mod Mex and H. Butler’s BBQ. Look for food dishes to cost between $6 and $12.

Admission to Oktoberfest is free, but purchasing a large 1-liter stein ($15) or smaller 0.5-liter stein ($10) plus drink tickets are required to drink beer. One beer ticket is $8, and four tickets can purchased for $30. One ticket fills a 0.5-liter stein, while two tickets fill a 1-liter stein. The steins have a Mountain View Oktoberfest logo. Pre-purchasing via EventBrite will allow you to skip to the front of the ticket line without the wait.

Family-friendly entertainment includes live German music with performances by Big Lou’s Accordion (Saturday at 11am), The SF German Band (Sunday at 11:30am) and The Alpiners USA (Saturday and Sunday afternoon, 3:30pm). Kid-friendly activities include two bouncy houses, carnival games, a pretzel eating contest, face painting and more.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to non-profits Can Do MS, Community Services Agency and the SOAR (Student Outreach Award Resource) scholarship program.

Ted shares, “Big thanks to our fantastic community for the outpouring of support and for making this the best Oktoberfest in the Bay! Dust off your lederhosen, bring the family, and we’ll see you at the 3rd Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest!”

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Scenes from Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant 2-Year Anniversary Celebration

The boys and I were so fortunate to make it in time for some delicious BBQ chicken and ribs at the two-year anniversary celebration for Mountain View’s Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant. We bonded over good food, and in the case with the older kid, tasty beer as well.

We missed owner Ted Kim, but we had great chats with Chef Colby M. Reade and assistant manager Lynna Nguyen.

Pictures below:

BBQ devoured at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Our tray of awesomeness – roast pig (cheek), chicken, house sausage and St. Louis style ribs with all the fixins – paired with Palo Alto Brewing Barrel Aged Cuvee (Sour) and Palo Alto Brewing Barrel Aged Sour Porter. Food was excellent. The beers were very enjoyable.

Same tray, a slightly different angle

A dessert trio at the Steins two-year anniversary celebration

A great crowd at the Steins two-year anniversary celebration

Our compliments to the Chef!
Our compliments to the Chef!

Congrats to Steins on the milestone!

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy