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Scenes from the Downtown Sunnyvale Beerwalk, Feb. 2017

Another tasty, entertaining and successful Beerwalk took place last Saturday, marking the first time that the Beerwalk was held in Sunnyvale.

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The older kid with Firehouse Grill & Brewery’s Larry Hoang, right before Larry took a group of early Beerwalk participants on a brewery tour.

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Thanks for the shout-out, Larry.

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Grain silo.

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Grain mill.

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Mash tun.

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Larry gave a great tour – energetic, articulate and informative.

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Fermentation tanks.

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Bright tank.

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The family with Hermitage Brewing’s Nicole Marquez.

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Faultline Brewing’s Everett on the left.

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Very tasty Simcoe Single Hop IPA from Hermitage Brewing.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Ryan Brown pouring Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA.

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Larry pouring Firehouse Grill & Brewery IPA and Red Ale.

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Corey of Firestone Walker Brewing pouring Easy Jack Session IPA and Luponic Distortion 004.

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Golden State Brewery’s Brent Ostrander pouring I-5PA (Northeastern Style IPA) and Heritage Honey Ale.

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Fibbar MaGees’ Liam and Irene.

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Umunhum Brewing’s Jeff and Christian.

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Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Adam Nanni.

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Beer enthusiasts Joe and Gen.

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Lagunitas Brewing Brown Sugga’ (American Strong Ale) and 12th of Never (American Pale Ale).

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Ryan Bridge of Strike Brewing. Major kudos to him for his excellent Stand Up Triple IPA, which was recently released in limited quantities on tap and in bottles at their brewery.

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Beerwalk’s Jordan Trigg.

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Beerwalk’s Jordan and Cindy.

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Had a great time as always. We were struck by the growth of the downtown Sunnyvale area, as it’s been some time since we last visited. We’ll definitely be back on a more regular basis.

The next Beerwalk is already scheduled to take place – also for the first time – in downtown San Jose. It’s set for Wednesday, April 5 at 6pm, and early birds can purchase tickets as usual on The Beerwalk website.

Can’t wait for it.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!


Upcoming Beerwalk to Take Place in Downtown Sunnyvale

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Image credit: thebeerwalk.com

The next Beerwalk is set to take place in downtown Sunnyvale on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 2pm to 6pm, marking the first time that Sunnyvale plays host to the popular Beerwalk series.

Current Brewery List

  • 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Almanac Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Anchor Brewing Co.
  • Ballast Point
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Faultline Brewing Co
  • Firehouse Grill & Brewery
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Goose Island Brewing
  • Heretic Brewing
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing Company
  • Strike Brewing Co.

Tasting Locations

  • Aloft Sunnyvale
  • Beach Hut Deli
  • Bean Scene Cafe
  • Coffee & More
  • Fibbar Magees
  • Firehouse Grill & Brewery
  • Flywheel Sports
  • Il Postale
  • Isabella Boutique
  • Leigh’s Favorite Books
  • Lily Mac’s
  • Loft House Apartments
  • Metro City Restaurant & Bar
  • Murphy’s Law
  • Nom Burger
  • Prolific Oven
  • Solstice Apartment Homes
  • Status 5
  • Vino Vino

Tickets are $35 – but can be purchased at early bird prices through this weekend – and include beer samples, custom glass and passport.

Plus, the first 50 to check-in the day of the event receive a complimentary tour at Firehouse Brewery.

Check-in Location

  • 12pm to 5pm – Between Nom Burger and Prolific Oven: 251-259 W. Washington Ave.

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the event’s Eventbrite page: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-beerwalk-sunnyvale-tickets-29773428125

TL Beer Garden in Sunnyvale

TAP STEPS - Sunnyvale's TL Beer Garden features a wide variety of beer on tap
TAP STEPS – Sunnyvale’s TL Beer Garden features a wide variety of beer on tap

My family and I recently went to TL Beer Garden in Sunnyvale to check out their beer offerings and atmosphere, but we were surprised by how much we liked the food, such as the falafel appetizer—homemade falafel balls served with garlicky hummus and a delicious spicy sauce—and the garden burger with fries.

Our server, who was new, was friendly and attentive as she tended to the customers at the bar, the indoor dining area and the outdoor beer garden. The outdoor beer garden is one of TL’s best features, certainly where we would’ve chosen to sit on that sunny day if not for the Big Game being televised indoors on one of the 10 TVs.

The food menu features quite the selection of burgers, including numerous lamb burgers as well as other Mediterranean-type items. This influence stems from owner Emrah Gures, who also owns Taverna Bistro restaurant and hookah lounge in downtown Sunnyvale specializing in Mediterranean cuisine.

TL Beer Garden was previously the Taverna Lounge, which explains the TL, and it used to be more of a hookah lounge until Emra decided to do a revamp and shift the emphasis toward the bar and grill aspects, though hookah is still available. And, of course, there is the new beer focus. Bartender Lizzie passed on the following from Emra: “The market for craft beers is growing fast, thus we chose to steer ourselves in that direction,” and “the customers absolutely love our selection of beer.”

Indeed, there were several beers among the 14 taps that I wanted to try, so I went for the six-beer sampler for $13. Recent examples of the variety of draft beer at TL include Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale and Double Dead Guy Ale, K–stritzer Schwarzbier, Licher Hefeweizen, Bear Republic Brewing Red Rocket Ale, Mad River Brewing Jamaica Red Ale, Triple Voodoo Brewing Inception Belgian Style Ale, Grand Teton Brewing Sweetgrass American Pale Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Bear Republic Racer X Double IPA, Mad River Brewing Steelhead Double IPA and Rogue Ales Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout. Current pricing is $5.50 for a half liter and $11 for a liter.

Despite opening just two months ago, Emrah notes that “business is getting better every day,” a signal that good beer continues to grow more popular in the South Bay.

TL Beer Garden
769 N. Mathilda Ave., Sunnyvale

[This post was shared on SanJose.com.]

Battle of the Breweries Charity Chili Cook Off at Faultline Brewing Company

A couple of days ago, I attended a worthwhile and fun event hosted by Faultline Brewing Company with the toddler, my brother, and a cousin. In Faultline’s words via their Facebook page:

Please join us tonight for our Battle of the Breweries Chili Cook Off! Our friends at Gordon Biersch, Tied House Microbrewery, Santa Cruz Ale Works, FireHouse Grill & Brewery, and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery will be competing for the best chili. $25 gets you 8 chili tastings & 8 beer samples. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society!

On to some pictures:

I.P.A. (6.4% ABV) from Rock Bottom Brewery, Campbell.

Pale Ale (5.8% ABV) from Firehouse Brewery & Grill, Sunnyvale.

Czech Pilsner (5.60% ABV) from Gordon Biersch, San Jose.

My bro’, cuz, and toddler.

My cousin’s beer samplers and chili tastings all lined up.

Pale Ale (5.2%) from Faultline Brewing Company, Sunnyvale.

Ironwood Dark (English Brown Ale, 4.9%) from Tied House Brewery & Cafe, Mountain View.

Red Ale from Santa Cruz Ale Works.

A particular highlight was the chance to chat a bit with Rock Bottom Brewery’s brewmaster, Scott Guckel. How fortunate that our table was right next to his station; perhaps not so fortunate for him. :)

The toddler took a hold of the camera and took these two photos of us.

Some more event pics.

A friendly person from the table next to ours offered to take a picture of us, and by this time, Peter from the BetterBeerBlog had joined us. He’s been recently featuring on his informative blog the seasonal beers from many of the breweries at this event.

The toddler got his hands on the camera again and took the rest of the pictures below.

A worthwhile cause. Well organized. Perfect table location and weather. Tasty chili. Delicious local, craft beers. Good company and conversation. Fun.

Per the usual these days at these kinds of events, we were among the early arrivals and departures, but we had a wonderful time.

None of us had been to Faultline before, but we’ll certainly be back.

Always Grateful,


P.S.: Here’s an update from Fautline:

Thank you to everyone who came or participated in our Chili Cook Off, we were able to raise $3,500 for the American Cancer Society! Congratulations to Santa Cruz Ale Works for taking home first prize in the chili competition.