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Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Opens Second Location in Cupertino

Photo credit: Steins

After a series of soft openings, along with some last-minute construction updates, Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant officially opens today in Cupertino (10088 N. Wolfe Rd., Ste. 130).

Located just down the road from the new Apple campus, the Cupertino site marks the second location for Steins restaurant.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of today’s grand opening is set to take place at 3:30pm with complimentary appetizers and beer tasters to be served afterwards.

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Owner Ted Kim and executive chef Colby Reade have retained the original Mountain View location’s beer-focused beverage program (30 draft beers; 20 year round staples and 10 rotating seasonal brews) and made-from-scratch food menu.

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The interior features an updated industrial-inspired atmosphere. More below from a recent media release:

The Space

Steins again enlisted Marc Dimalanta of D-Scheme Studios to head the architectural design of the new space. The restaurant interior boasts a 6400 ft² dining room accented with bright copper, reclaimed wood panels and filament bulbs glowing on metal-worked light fixtures for an industrial interpretation of the classic European beer hall. The space’s earth-toned metal highlights are juxtaposed with a lush living wall designed by Habitat Horticulture to bring a touch of the traditional outdoor biergarten inside.

Paired with an accompanying 1568 ft² al fresco patio, the entire restaurant space is reservable and can also accommodate smaller private events as sectioned parties.

Photo credit: Steins

The Beer

Akin to its Mountain View location, Steins Cupertino employs an innovative direct-draw beer  draft system designed for dispensing each pour under optimal conditions for near-perfect flavor and consistency. Guests can expect a great international beer list with a focus on local craft brewers. Steins offers 30 draft beers; 20 year round staples and 10 rotating seasonal brews.

In addition to the myriad craft and import beers on draft, Steins Cupertino offers  a robust wine program as well as a full-bar and seasonal craft cocktails.

Upholding a high standard of beer service, all front-of-house staff must successfully complete Steins’ stringent beer training program. Additionally, all bar staff must successfully complete and pass the Cicerone Certified Beer Server program.

Photo credit: Steins

The Food

Executive Chef Colby M Reade (Hawthorne Lane) parallels the quality characteristic of Steins’ ambitious beer selection with an all-scratch kitchen featuring New American comfort food. The opening menu at Steins Cupertino includes favorites like the Steins Burger made from a house-ground blend of dry-aged short rib, brisket and sirloin, the Fresh Baked Pretzel with caraway beer mustard and the Sonoma Lamb Trio’s brown butter green beans and salsa vert.

The kitchen will open with lunch, happy hour, and dinner with brunch to follow shortly.

Photo credit: Steins

About Steins

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.

The Steins concept is a modern American take on the classic German biergarten, infusing rustic elements of nature with brilliant contemporary architecture. Each location offers the perfect escape for guests to drink and be merry.

With locations in Mountain View and Cupertino, Steins is open everyday from 11am – 11pm and until 11:30pm on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.steinsbeergarden.com and visit the restaurants on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant 4-Year Anniversary Celebration, Plus Q & A with Owner Ted Kim and Executive Chef Colby Reade

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A photo from last year’s anniversary celebration at Steins

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain is celebrating its four-year anniversary with a BBQ celebration – featuring a pig roast and a slew of special draft beers – on Saturday, March 25.

The BBQ will be available beginning at 11am (Steins opens at 10am with their regular menu as well).

BBQ Menu for Outdoor Patio Guests

There’ll be a walk-up window for guests sitting outside.

  • Choices of meat: Ribs, roast pig, spicy pork sausage
  • Choices of sides: Baked beans, mac & cheese, cole slaw.

Pricing for outside:

  • $8: Your choice of one protein and one side
  • $14: Choice of 2 proteins and two sides
  • $20: All proteins and all sides
  • Note: Extra sauces will be available outside only

Pre-Fixed BBQ Menu for Guests Dining Inside

For guests dining inside the restaurant, there’ll be pre-fixed BBQ plates available for $16.

Choices include:

  • Pig and ribs with cole slaw and baked beans OR mac & cheese
  • Pig and sausage with cole slaw and baked beans OR mac & cheese
  • Ribs and sausage with cole slaw & baked beans OR mac & cheese
  • All with housemade Maker’s Mark BBQ Sauce

Beer List

Steins manager Lynna Nguyen has provided a sneak peek to some of the beers to be tapped:

  • Allagash Hibernal Fluxus 2016 Belgian-Style Stout
  • Avery Oak-Aged Samael’s Barley Wine
  • Cascade Cranberry Sour Ale
  • Clown Shoes Hammer of the Beast Imperial Stout and Barleywine Ale
  • Elkhorn Slough Vierra Golden Ale
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015 Imperial Stout
  • Lagunitas WTFarmhouse Sour Farmhouse IPA
  • Logsdon Oak-Aged Bretta Farmhouse Ale
  • The Bruery Poterie Anniversary Ale (Old Ale)

Included on the tap list will be the winner of last year’s annual Steins homebrew competition – Lower Ground American Stout brewed by Scott Wilson. All proceeds from this beer will go to a local charity of Scott’s choice.

Lynna – who’s been with Steins since the beginning – shares:

“We have come so far and worked so hard to make this restaurant what it is today. I am so proud of everyone and all that we have accomplished together. There is actually still a handful of us that have been here since the beginning, too.

“To watch this place develop into what Ted envisioned is amazing. I am so thankful and blessed to be a part of this company. This year is a big year for us. As you know, we are opening our Cupertino location soon, hopefully in Summer 2017! We are so excited for this expansion of our company and are looking forward to the journey.”

Q & A with Ted Kim and Colby Reade

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Throwback photo of Ted Kim and Chef Reade from Dec. 2012

Steins owner Ted Kim and executive chef Colby Reade graciously took time out of their very busy schedules to share some thoughts about reaching the 4-year milestone.

How does it feel to reach the 4-year mark?

Ted Kim: It’s a very humbling experience. We started this endeavor hoping for the best but being realistic about the crushing odds that all new restaurants face.

Four years later, to see the success and impact we’ve been able to have as a business and on the community is nothing short of amazing.

Chef Reade: It’s great! You know, Ted and I always joke about it, how it sometimes seems like we just started. It’s funny like that, but then we think about certain experiences and memories, and we realize that it was a while ago.

For us, we know that there’s always room for improvement, and that’s the key that keeps us young and looking forward.

What have been your greatest highlights?

Ted Kim: Steins marriages and babies! Four years in we’ve seen our first marriages and babies being born from staffers who met and fell in love at Steins. Very, very cool stuff.

Chef Reade: We strive for consistency with our dishes, and one of the things I’m proudest of is the kitchen crew we’ve built. We have two amazing sous chefs – brothers Paco Guzman and Cheke Guzman. Paco worked at Johnston’s Saltbox in San Carlos, and both have worked at Pixar and Google. They’ve been with us the last couple years, and now they have chefs under them. I couldn’t take on our new Cupertino restaurant without them.

I’m constantly amazed by how many dinner items we sell other than burgers and sandwiches. We have a really good spread. Our lamb trio – we go through 3-4 whole lambs a week – steaks, seafood… there’s really nothing I want to push more. The burgers are still most popular, but we’ve tweaked the menu and fine-tuned it enough to sell everything according to our expectations.

What’s the latest on Steins Cupertino?

Ted Kim: Coming Summer of 2017. We are hiring key management positions, so interested parties can visit our Facebook page for more info.

Aesthetically, Cupertino will be have an updated modern look. The food menu will be the same but with differing specials.

The beer list will be different as well. Same 30 taps of beer, but the selection will ride heavily on the respective bar manager’s preferences. Both are fantastic and I’m looking forward to seeing the varying directions they decide to go. You can definitely count on a great list either way!

Chef Reade: It’s coming faster than you think. From a kitchen perspective, we’ll open and start with the same menu as the Mountain View restaurant. We’ll let that run while taking a look at what the community wants.

Two pigs again for this year’s anniversary BBQ celebration?

Chef Reade: Yes, we’ll have two 80-pound pigs.

Anything else to add?

Ted Kim: We’ve officially launched our catering program. We received a lot of requests for it and finally decided to formalize our offerings. The reception has been great so far.

The Mountain View Oktoberfest was another stunning success. Every year seems to grow exponentially, and we’re already gearing up for 2017.

We also expanded and offered more hosted events throughout the year – the summer beer series, various pop-up dinners and pairings as well as showcasing some amazing new breweries. We even had a champagne brunch, flower-arranging class!

Chef Reade: Look out for a special spring Asian-French fusion dinner featuring Hitachino. It’s set for Wednesday, April 26 at 5:30pm. It’ll be our most formal dinner to date with six courses.

The first two courses will feature an unfiltered cold sake followed by a scotch distilled from the well-known Hitachino Nest White Ale. Four Hitachino beers will round out the rest of the dinner.

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Another throwback photo of Ted and Chef Reade from Dec. 2012




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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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

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Celebrates 2nd Anniversary, Plus Q & A with Owner Ted Kim

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, March 2015
Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, March 2015

Local beer aficionado Ted Kim and his team opened Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View (895 Villa St.) two years ago. To commemorate their second anniversary, Steins will throw a celebration on Sat., March 28 from 12-7pm that features BBQ, live music and a beer competition.

Executive chef Colby M. Reade will be roasting a whole pig in the outdoor beer garden, as well as grilling vegetables, BBQ chicken, house-made sausages and ribs. Guests can enjoy a tasty meal for $5 per protein with house-made coleslaw, assorted house-made pickles and an assortment of sauces.

The celebration also features five live bands from 12-5pm and specialty beer kegs, such as North Coast Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve 2013, Allagash Special Hoppy Blonde and Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight.

Judging will begin at 5pm for Steins’ inaugural homebrew competition. The contest is a legitimate one – it is a BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) sanctioned event. One entrant will win a contract with a local nanobrewery and have their beer sold on tap at Steins. All the proceeds will go to the charity of the winner’s choice.

Steins owner Ted Kim was gracious in taking time recently to share his thoughts on reaching the two-year milestone and provide additional details about the upcoming celebration.

Congrats on the two-year mark! How do you feel about it?

Enormously grateful and thrilled that we’ve made it two successful years. The endeavor has been a large one, but I feel that I’ve accomplished what I set out to do, and it’s been extremely fulfilling.

What have you learned in the past two years that was surprising or unexpected?

The beer universe is so much larger than I ever expected! I’ve met super talented brewers and very passionate beer lovers during my time here, and I’m still amazed at how beer is able to impart a deep sense of joy and community among people.

Anything super special we can look forward to?

I’m excited about all the fun projects we have in the works. In addition to a ton of seasonal beer events, the home brew competition is something we hope will become a big success and turn into an annual event.

We’ve also been scouring the beer-scape acquiring “ageable” beers that we plan to cellar for up to 20 years! We’ve received awkward glances when we’ve asked about ageable beers from our reps. Apparently, this sort of thing hasn’t been done before. All the more reason to give it a try!

Every five years we’ll tap several and share with our customers. Really excited to see how these beers age and what they’ll taste like!

How did the idea of the Steins homebrew competition come about? Have you gotten a good number of applicants?

We’ve always tinkered with the idea of hosting a home brew competition. We regularly meet so many home brewers, and eventually it just made sense. Once announced, the competition filled up really quickly. We hit capacity a few weeks after announcing the competition.

There is a great sense of community when talking to home brewers. Folks are proud of the rich beer cultured being formed in the Bay and excited to partake in it.

For our competition, we will be producing the winner’s beer at a local nano-brewery and serving at Steins with all proceeds being donated to a charity of the winner’s choosing. We hope the competition spurs greater interest in home brewing!

What special beers will we see on tap on Saturday?

Still working on a couple great specialty kegs, but here is what we have for sure so far:

  • Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black
  • Allagash Special Hoppy Blonde
  • Almanac Valley of the Heart’s Delight
  • Almanac Farmers Reserve Strawberry
  • Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Barrel Aged Grand Cru
  • The Bruery Melange #3
  • Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra
  • North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2013
  • Palo Alto Brewing Barrel Aged Cuvee
  • Palo Alto Brewing Barrel Aged Sour Porter
  • Speakeasy Joe’s Ale of Strength

Anything else you’d like to mention?

Mountain View has been especially good to us. We really could not have come as far as we have without all the great locals in the area and regulars who come through our doors. Big thanks to everyone who has helped us reach two amazing years!

WHAT: Steins Two-Year Anniversary Celebration

WHEN: Saturday March 28, 2015 beginning at noon

Food | 12:00 p.m. until it runs out

Live music | 12 – 5:00 p.m.

Beer judging | 5 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, 895 Villa Street Mountain View, CA 94041

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Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant Announces New Menus for the New Year

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Thanks to a carefully curated draft beer lineup, a knowledgeable staff and an ongoing schedule of tap takeovers and other special beer-centric events, Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View (895 Villa St.) continues to enlighten the uninitiated to the joys of beer as well as engage the bona fide beer geeks.

The focus on beer quality should be no surprise to those who know owner Ted Kim, a passionate beer enthusiast. Since the opening of Steins early last year, Kim and his team have actively sought ways to improve the customer experience, and their efforts have been paying off as evidenced by the often bustling restaurant. Many are repeat visitors ostensibly drawn to the ambience, service, drinks and the offerings of executive chef Colby M. Reade and his modern American gourmet comfort food.

In time for the new year, Chef Reade has created new dishes that feature made-from-scratch cooking with seasonal ingredients and local products.

Sample Lunch Items

  • Italian Beef: Slow roasted sirloin / smoked provolone / spicy veggie relish / herb aioli / housemade hoagie roll (15)
  • Pulled Pork: 18-hour smoked pork / classic slaw / grandma’s pickles / willie’s not-yet-world-famous BBQ Sauce (14)
  • Breakfast for Dinner 2.0 (a Steins favorite slightly revamped): Smoked pork belly / honey mustard waffle / 5 min egg / au jus (20)

Sample Dinner Items

  • Brunswick Stew: Pulled chicken / smoked pork / hush puppies / mixed peppers (25)
  • Pork Steak with Jalapeno Grit Cake: Dry rubbed country pork steak / anson mills grits / old fashioned slaw (23)
  • Jambalaya: Tasso ham / smoked chorizo / pulled chicken / pork belly / spicy creole sauce (24)

Full menus are available online.

Dinner Hours

Monday – Friday |  5:00 p.m. – close
Saturday & Sunday | 4:00 p.m. – close

Lunch Hours

Monday – Friday | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Brunch Hours

Saturday | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday | 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Happy Hour

Monday – Friday | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Steins Beer Garden Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary with Weekend Celebration

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in downtown Mountain View (895 Villa St.) celebrates their one-year anniversary this upcoming weekend, March 29 and March 30. There will be good food, live music from local bands and DJs, raffle with prizes, and, of course, quality beer.

The specialty and rare kegs to help commemorate the celebration include the following list for Saturday:

  • Lagunitas Brewing Co – High West Rye Barrel-Aged Cappuccino Stout
  • Calicraft Brewing Company – Buzzerkeley Sauvignon Blanc Barrel-Aged Sparkling Ale
  • Drake’s Brewing – Rakish Ryewine
  • Allagash Brewing Company – Interlude
  • Allagash – James Bean
  • North Coast Brewing Company – Old Rasputin XV
  • Avery Brewing Company and Russian River Brewing Company – Collaboration Not Litigation Ale
  • Avery brewing Company – Tweak
  • Port Brewing / The Lost abbey – Deliverance
  • Lost Abbey – Cuvee de Tomme
  • Cismontane Brewing – Marea Roja
  • Cismontane Brewing – The Mesa
  • Mad River Brewing Company – 24th Anniversary Ale
  • Port Brewing/Lost Abbey – Bourbon Barrel Aged Santa’s Lil Helper
  • New Belgium Brewing – New Belgium Loves Leopold “Butters” Stotch

Sunday’s list of specialty beers includes the following offerings from Hangar 24:

  • Helles Lager
  • Orange Wheat
  • Tailslide
  • Slow Roll
  • Hammerhead
  • Pugachev’s Cobra

Apart from the specialty beers listed above which will be regularly priced, all other beers will be $1.00 each from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on both days. Brewers and representatives from the various breweries will be present to mingle with guests and answer any questions. For every specialty beer sold, Steins will give out raffle tickets for chances to win gift cards and Steins Beer Garden 1-liter steins.

Executive Chef Colby M. Reade has crafted a special beer-and-food pairing for guests dining inside as well as an a la carte BBQ menu.

FOOD-AND-BEER PAIRING MENU

$50, includes 10 oz. servings of each beer

Bite

  • Tomales Bay Oysters with Smoked Tomato Hot Sauce and Kolsch Mignonette
  • Beer Pairing: Calicraft Brewing Company Cali Coast

Entree

  • Smoked Pork Loin with Stone Fruit Compote and Yukon Gold Potato Hash
  • Beer Pairing: Tap Brewing Company It Ale Camino

Dessert

  • S’mores House made Marshmallow and Graham Crackers with toasted nuts and Malted Chocolate Milk Ice Cream
  • Beer Pairing: High Water Brewing Company Campfire Stout

BBQ MENU (11am – 6pm)

Appetizers

  • Grilled Chili Lime Corn
  • BBQ Oysters with House Made Hot Sauce

Main

  • BBQ Plates with all the Fixin’s
  • 1/2 Chicken or Country Pork Steak with Willie’s Not-Yet World Famous BBQ Sauce
  • Baked Beans, Cole Slaw and Corn Bread

Dessert

  • Strawberry Shortcake

WHEN

March 29 & 30 (Saturday & Sunday)
Saturday hours: 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday BBQ: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant: 895 Villa Street Mountain View, CA, (650) 963-9568

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 offers the perfect escape for guests to drink and socialize, and the Beer Hall offers an ideal environment for guests to “eat, drink, and be merry.” Steins is open every day, Sundays 9:30am-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.

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Mountain View’s First Oktoberfest Celebration Takes Place Oct. 5-6, 2013

Mountain View Oktoberfest 2013
Mountain View Oktoberfest 2013

Mountain View’s first ever Oktoberfest celebration takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the outdoor parking lot directly behind Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant (895 Villa St.) at the corner of Bryant St. and Dana St.

And for Steins owner Ted Kim, based on past conversations, hosting a “great, big Oktoberfest celebration” in Mountain View has certainly been on his mind since even before the opening of Steins in late March of this year.

From a more recent conversation, Ted shared how he wanted a family-friendly Oktoberfest event that was also as authentic as possible in order to help distinguish the Mountain View Oktoberfest from some of the others taking place throughout the Bay Area, which meant, among other things, having a beer tent (40 foot x 180 foot), long German-style benches, a stage for bands, traditional Oktoberfest games, and plenty of German food and beer (there will be at least 13,000 liters of German beer).

After running his idea by his partners, Ted went about seeking support from Tied House (954 Villa Street) and then the Chamber of Commerce, and through collaborative efforts, his request for a parking lot permit before the City Council was unanimously approved.

During the early planning stages, he came into contact with Mountain View’s German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) and from them, he received further suggestions, including recommendations on bands and food vendors. Look for GISSV students to take the stage as well.

All of which leads to the upcoming Oct. 5-6 First Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest hosted by Steins, Tied House, and the Chamber of Commerce. They expect over 4,000 guests to join the celebration throughout the weekend, with a very pleasant weather forecast.

There will be live German music with performances by Big Lou’s Accordion (Saturday at 2 p.m.), Joe Smiell Band (Sunday at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), The SF German Band (Sunday at 2 p.m.), and the aforementioned German International School of Silicon Valley.

Examples of entertaining kid-friendly activities include a bouncy house, face-painting, and a pretzel eating contest.

Steins is also teaming up with PayPal, so guests can have an easy paying option when purchasing steins that will have the Mountain View Oktoberfest logo, food, drink tickets, and more (additional information at the end of the article).

Along with Tied House, who will be pouring their seasonal Oktoberfest beer, there will be a variety of German beers under the festival tent, including:

  • Paulaner Pilsner
  • Hofbrau Lager (Original)
  • Andechs Doppelbock
  • Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissebier
  • Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest (Golden Ale)
  • Weltenburger Barock Dunkel
  • Spaten Premium Lager
  • Franziskaner Hefeweizen
  • Franziskaner Dunkelweisse

To enjoy a beer at the Oktoberfest, a Mountain View Oktoberfest stein must be purchased – either $10 for a 0.5-liter stein or $15 for a 1-liter stein.

Drink tickets are $7 for 1 ticket or $20 for 3 tickets. And 1 ticket fills a 0.5-liter stein, and 2 tickets fill a 1-liter stein.

Traditional German dishes will be available for purchase from Teske’s Germania and a number of other food vendors, including Esther’s German Bakery and The Butcher’s Daughter, ranging from $6-$12 depending on the dish.

A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Can Do MS and SOAR, a partner charity with Chamber of Commerce Mountain View, and the German International School of Silicon Valley. 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. Can Do MS is the leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs for people with multiple sclerosis and their support partners.

Note regarding PayPal: PayPal is collaborating with Steins by offering PayPal payments in their restaurant and is the payments solution provider and sponsor of Mountain View Oktoberfest. Guests can receive $5 off their purchase of a MV Oktoberfest branded stein if they pay with PayPal’s mobile app (iPhone and Android). There will be multiple payment areas where guests can purchase steins, drink tickets, and more. With the PayPal mobile app, all attendees need to do is check in to Oktoberfest and complete their purchase through the PayPal mobile app; no wallet needed. If you don’t have a smart phone, there will PayPal Here™ devices to accept credit cards, checks and take cash payments.

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