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San Jose Area Beer Events for Oct. 22-27, 2012: Harry’s Hofbrau, California Cafe and More

Enjoying good beer in the South Bay
Enjoying good beer in the South Bay

The following is a collection of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events and beer lineups may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Oct. 22, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their weekly beer tasting event, this time entitled “Attack of the Pumpkin (Beers)!” 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. From their recent newsletter: “We welcome back one of our all-time favorite breweries: Lagunitas! We are doing this in style. Tapping of Fusion 10 at 4:20 p.m., plus get a Lagunitas mason jar while supplies last. Then from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. taste 6 incredible beers with the amazing Rudy from Lagunitas. Tasting 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. $12/person or free for members.”

Tues., Oct. 23, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Oct. 24, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Bear Republic Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Wed., Oct. 24, 2012: Palo Alto’s Rose and Crown hosts an all-day Lagunitas Brewing Company event. 547 Emerson Ave., 650-327-7673. From a recent Twitter update: “All Wednesday we will be having a Lagunitas party, pouring Brown Sugga, Fusion 10, Daytime and IPA. Lagunitas crew will arrive at 4:20 p.m.”

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434. From a recent Facebook update: “Now get ready for [the] annual Schneider takeover! Ceramic handmade mugs will be available for you to take home and a lineup of amazing German beers. Eisbock, Edel, Original, Hopfen, Aventinus, and a tap X Nelson keg refermented in the keg 6 months. We will have Bavarian Pretzels made in-house to purchase. Get your lederhosen ready mein friends. Prost!”

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: It is an Original Gravity Public House pumpkin patch event in downtown San Jose. 66 South First St. From the Facebook event page: “Come out Thursday for the Original Gravity Pumpkin Patch! We will be hold a pre-carved jack-o-lantern contest. The top three will be selected to haunt our back patio leading up to Halloween. Winners will also be given 2 free beers of their choice and fed! We will also be tapping some really cool specialty pumpkin ales. Sound like fun? Thought so. Hope to see you all there pumpkin heads! Pouring Uinta – punk’n, Timmerman’s – Pumpkin Lambicus, Shipyard – Smashed Pumpkin, Dogfish Head – punkin, Midnight Sun – Treat, The Bruery – Autumn Maple.”

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Oct. 26, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., Oct. 27, 2012, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.: O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub in downtown San Jose hosts their monthly beer event featuring Deschutes Brewery. 25 North San Pedro Street, 408-947-8007.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012: The next SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sun., Dec. 9, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring Strike Brewing Company. Check out this Facebook event page for the details.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events for Oct. 15-21, 2012: Wine Affairs, Morgan Hill Brew Crawl and More

Stein-holding competition taking place at the Downtown Campbell Oktoberfest this past weekend
Stein-holding competition taking place at the Downtown Campbell Oktoberfest this past weekend

The following is a collection of craft beer news and events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events and beer lineups may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

Recent beer news

There is still time to check out the remaining Oktoberfest events taking place in the South Bay. For the article list, click here.

Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell recently posted “some little known facts” about its head brewer Russell Clements on their Facebook page:

  • Name: Russell Edward Clements
  • Hometown: Colts Neck, New Jersey
  • Personal Background: B.A. Philosophy Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • How I Got Started Crafting Beer: I worked above a Brewery as a Baker in Asheville N.C. and started helping out since I was already a shepherd of yeast.
  • Brewing Philosophy: To continually expand my knowledge of integrating the art and science of brewing all while having a safe and fun time.
  • Favorite Brew: Any Beer that is clean and balanced.
  • Favorite Quote: “Too much of everything is just enough.”

To catch up with a recent article on Wine Affairs, click here.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Oct. 15, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their weekly beer tasting event, this time entitled “Attack of the Pumpkin (Beers)!” 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. From their recent newsletter: “You be the judge of which pumpkin inspired brew is best – the fresh and organic Uinta Punk’n or perhaps the classic spicy Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin. Tasting these and more Mon., 10/15/12 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $10/person.”

Tues., Oct. 16, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose hosts a Firestone Walker Beer Tasting event. 66 South First Street. From their Facebook event page: “Come out and meet Tony from the fantastic Firestone Walker Brewery. He will be pouring 4 of their beers on the patio from 6-9 p.m. $12 per person. Pouring the Pivo Pils, Velvet Merlin, Oaktoberfest and Double Jack. Don’t miss out!”

Tues., Oct. 16, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Oct. 17, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Blue Frog Grog Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Oct. 18, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Oct. 18, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Oct. 19, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., Oct. 20, 2012, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Downtown Morgan Hill hosts their inaugural Brew Crawl.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sun., Oct. 21, 2012: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring Strike Brewing Company.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012: Save the date – the next SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events: Sep. 17-22, 2012

Kevin Olcese on his last day at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose this past Thursday. He will take the reigns at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City, where up to 28 taps have already been installed
Kevin Olcese on his last day at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose this past Thursday. He will take the reigns at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City, where up to 28 taps have already been installed

The following is a collection of craft beer news and events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events and beer lineups may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event and/or beer.

Recent beer news

Kevin Olcese, who has successfully worked to bring good beer to San Jose and the South Bay, has left his general manager position at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose. His last day was this past Thursday. He will now work at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City, which has recently added up to 28 taps.

Larry Hoang recently left the assistant brewer position at Rock Bottom in Campbell. He will be the beer manager at the soon-to-open Liquid Bread Gastropub in downtown Campbell.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Sep. 17, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their weekly beer tasting event, this week featuring Boulder Beer Company. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “Hoopla! Not only is it a fun thing to say, it’s also a delicious brew by Boulder Beer. Recently available in the South Bay, Boulder brewing will be here pouring their line-up this Monday, 9/17 from 6pm-8pm. $12/person or FREE for members.”

Tues., Sep. 18, 2012, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: A taco and beer pairing event takes place at Gordon Biersch San Jose. 33 East San Fernando St., 408-294-6785. “Join Head Brewer Jeff Liles in the bar for a pairing of our signature handcrafted beers and a delicious taco bar! Discover how different types of beer pair perfectly with the spices and flavors of everyone’s favorite Mexican dish. Bring your friends and don’t forget to ask for a complimentary tour of our onsite brewery. See you then!”

Tues., Sep. 18, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Sep 19, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Sep. 20, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Sep. 20, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Sep. 21, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., Sep. 22, 2012, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Peter B’s Brewpub hosts the 2nd Annual Monterey Beer Garden, which will feature a number of South Bay breweries.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Thurs., Sep. 27, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Strike Brewing Co. brewmasters dinner.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sun., Oct. 21, 2012: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring Strike Brewing Company.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012: Save the date – the next SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events: Sep. 10-16, 2012

Good beer enjoyed at San Jose's Original Gravity Public House. They celebrate their official grand opening Sat., Sep. 15, 2012
Good beer enjoyed at San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House. They celebrate their official grand opening Sat., Sep. 15, 2012

The following is a collection of craft beer news and events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Recent beer news

Check out the recent video review of Hermitage Brewing Company’s Single Hop IPA: Sorachi Ace by South Bay beertubers The Beer Heads.

Speaking of Hermitage Brewing Company, premier South Bay beer blogger Peter Estaniel of BetterBeerBlog has joined the team at Hermitage Brewing Company as brand manager. Check out his recent post where he shares this exciting news.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Sep. 10, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts a Firestone Walker event. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “If you make it to ONE beer tasting this year – let it be this one! FIRESTONE WALKER will be here THIS MONDAY, Sept 10th with a crazy “Double Double” takeover. Featuring their flagship Double Barrel Ale, our first ever CASK with unfiltered DBA, and a keg of Limited Release Double DBA. And yes, Double Jack Double IPA will be here too. Kegs will be tapped at 5pm so hurry in! (Note: Have no fear – Football games WILL be on our tvs!).”

Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: There is a Festbier (amber ale) wooden barrel tapping event at Gordon Biersch San Jose. 33 East San Fernando St., 408-294-6785.

Tues., Sep. 11, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Sep. 12, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.: Restaurant James Randall in Los Gatos hosts a beer dinner event featuring Firestone Walker Brewing Company. To read yesterday’s article about this beer pairing dinner, click here.

Wed., Sep 12, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Ninkasi Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Sep. 13, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Sep. 13, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Sep. 14, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Fri., Sep. 14, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.: Palace Cafe in Sunnyvale hosts a 5-course beer pairing dinner featuring beers from Strike Brewing Company. 139 South Murphy Ave., 408-774-6111. The current cover photo of the Strike Brewing Facebook page lists the 5-course menu and beers. RSVP to (408) 774-6111; only 30 tickets available.

Sat., Sep. 15, 2012, starting at 11 a.m.: Original Gravity Public House in downtown San Jose celebrates their official grand opening. Check out the Original Gravity Grand Opening event page on Facebook for the stellar details. 66 South 1st St. From bar manager and event coordinator Rob Monroe: “Original Gravity is having it’s official grand opening and we will be going off all day and night with brewery reps in the house and some insanely cool kegs to make you giddy with joy. Lagunitas and Firestone Walker will also be repping hard pouring 2 of their beers from jockey box taps on our back patio and we will be doing an hourly tapping of some seriously specialty and limited kegs. In addition to all of that, we will also be rolling out our full food menu including our gourmet grilled cheeses, poutine and other surprises as well. There will have OG and Brewery swag handouts all day long as well. You literally have zero excuses to not be in attendance with all of your friends and in fact after reading this lineup, you may need to excuse yourself from any previously made plans.”

Sat., Sep. 15, 2012, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.: The Los Gatos Brewing Company 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration takes place. 130G North Santa Cruz Ave., 408-395-9929. “Los Gatos Brewing Company is having a 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration!!! Join us for tasty German food, cold beer, live music and tons of fun!!! This is an outdoor event. Our restaurant will also be open with a special Oktoberfest menu!” For complete details, visit their Facebook public event page.

Sat.-Sun., Sep. 15-16, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Sat., Sep. 22, 2012, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Peter B’s Brewpub hosts the 2nd Annual Monterey Beer Garden, which will feature a number of South Bay breweries.

Thurs., Sep. 27, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Strike Brewing Co. brewmasters dinner.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sun., Oct. 21, 2012: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring Strike Brewing Company.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012: Save the date – the next SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

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San Jose Area Beer Events: Sep. 3-9, 2012

Recent tap takeover event at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
Recent tap takeover event at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose

The following is a collection of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Sep. 3, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts an “End o’ Summer Beers” beer tasting event. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “Celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer! Featuring fresh hop ales, summer wheats, and refreshing saisons. $10/person or FREE for Members!”

Tues., Sep. 4, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Sep 5, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Karl Strauss Brewing Company. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Sep. 6, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., Sep. 6, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., Sep. 7, 2012: Tied House Brewery & Cafe in Mountain View hosts September’s First Firkin Friday. 954 Villa Street. 650-965-2739. “A firkin is a cask filled with real ale. (Firkin refers to the size of the cask as well.) A different cask ale is concocted and tapped at 5 p.m. every first Friday of every month. Join us to try real ale and taste the difference. We donate the profits from the sales of firkin pints to local non-profits because we are dedicated to our community.”

Fri., Sep. 7, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Mon., Sep. 10, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts a Firestone Walker event. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “Mark your calendar: If you love beer, make sure to be here on Monday, Sept 10th for a Firestone Walker Event that is sure to be EPIC. Details to follow…”

Wed., Sep. 12, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.: Restaurant James Randall in Los Gatos hosts a beer dinner event featuring Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

Fri., Sep. 14, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.: Palace Cafe in Sunnyvale hosts a 5-course beer pairing dinner featuring beers from Strike Brewing Company. 139 South Murphy Ave., 408-774-6111. The current cover photo of the Strike Brewing Facebook page lists the 5-course menu and beers. RSVP to (408) 774-6111; only 30 tickets available.

Sat., Sep. 15, 2012, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.: The Los Gatos Brewing Company 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration takes place. 130G North Santa Cruz Ave., 408-395-9929. “Los Gatos Brewing Company is having a 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration!!! Join us for tasty German food, cold beer, live music and tons of fun!!! This is an outdoor event. Our restaurant will also be open with a special Oktoberfest menu!” For complete details, visit their Facebook public event page.

Sat.-Sun., Sep. 15-16, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sat., Sep. 22, 2012, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Peter B’s Brewpub hosts the 2nd Annual Monterey Beer Garden, which will feature a number of South Bay breweries.

Thurs., Sep. 27, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Strike Brewing Co. brewmasters dinner.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sun., Oct. 21, 2012: Morocco’s Restaurant in Mountain View hosts a beer dinner featuring Strike Brewing Company.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Sat., Nov. 17, 2012: Save the date – the next SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events: Aug. 27-Sep. 2, 2012

Lips of Faith tap takeover at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
Lips of Faith tap takeover at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose

The following is a collection of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., Aug. 27, 2012, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their End of the Month Beerfest with discounted drafts and bottled beers. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111.

Tues., Aug. 28, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., Aug. 29, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts a special New Belgium Lips of Faith tap takeover. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434. “Here it is the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the taplist for our tap takeover: La Folie (2012), Cocoa Mole, Alpine Collaboration Super IPA (new release), Peach Porch (new), Tart Lychee, Kick (2011), Prickly Pear Saison, Berlinerweiss (archived), Matt’s Ale (archived), Lost Abbey collab, Super Cru (2011), Abbey Grand Cru (2011), Bier De Mars (aged), Red Hoptober (new great seasonal), Ranger IPA, Fat Tire. This event took over 3 months to get together and is going to be great! We have a banjo band playing jams; the West Coast Ranger team will be here and of course free appetizers. This is just the first in many upcoming large tap events so keep an eye out; the next one should be Knee Deep.”

Wed., Aug. 29, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Schmaltz Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., Aug. 30, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Thurs., Aug. 30, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Campbell hosts the Chef and Brewer’s Autumn Dinner. 1875 South Bascom Ave., #700, 408-377-0707. The Campbell Rock Bottom Facebook page currently has a photo of the menu. “Please call 408-377-0707 to make reservations. It’s just $50 per person and that includes tax and gratuity! A credit card number will be required when making reservations and cancellations must be done at least 48 hours in advance.”

Thurs., Aug. 30, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Black Diamond Brewing Co. beer dinner.

Fri., Aug. 31, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Fri., Sep. 14, 2012, starting at 7 p.m.: Palace Cafe in Sunnyvale hosts a 5-course beer pairing dinner featuring beers from Strike Brewing Company. 139 South Murphy Ave., 408-774-6111. The current cover photo of the Strike Brewing Facebook page lists the 5-course menu and beers. RSVP to (408) 774-6111; only 30 tickets available.

Sat., Sep. 15, 2012, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.: The Los Gatos Brewing Company 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration takes place. 130G North Santa Cruz Ave., 408-395-9929. “Los Gatos Brewing Company is having a 20th Anniversary/Oktoberfest celebration!!! Join us for tasty German food, cold beer, live music and tons of fun!!! This is an outdoor event. Our restaurant will also be open with a special Oktoberfest menu!” For complete details, visit their Facebook public event page.

Sat.-Sun., Sep. 15-16, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Sat., Sep. 22, 2012, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Peter B’s Brewpub hosts the 2nd Annual Monterey Beer Garden, which will feature a number of South Bay breweries.

Thurs., Sep. 27, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Strike Brewing Co. brewmasters dinner.

Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Gordon Biersch Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012: California Cafe in Palo Alto hosts a Lost Coast Brewery brewmasters dinner.

Sat.-Sun., Nov. 17-18, 2012: Left Bank Brasserie Santana Row hosts a prix fixe meal paired with beers from Drake’s Brewing Company as part of their Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series, La Fête de la Bière. 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100, 408-984-3500.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events: July 23-29, 2012

Enjoying good beer in the South Bay
Enjoying good beer in the South Bay

The following is a collection of recent San Jose area beer news and a list of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Beer events this upcoming week

Mon., July 23, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: San Jose’s Wine Affairs features Black Diamond Brewing Company including a pre-release of their imperial FRACAS. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111.

Tues., June 24, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.

Wed., July 25, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Palo Alto Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.

Thurs., July 26, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts their weekly Pint Night. Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.

Thurs., July 26, 2012, starting at 6 p.m.: Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown offers up their weekly $2 Pint Night. Check the Jack’s Bar & Lounge Facebook page for updates. 167 East Taylor St., 408-287-5225.

Fri., July 27, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Sat., July 28, 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: California Beer Festival takes place in Santa Cruz and features a number of South Bay brewing companies.

Sat., July 28, 2012, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Bay Area Brew Festival will take place in San Francisco’s Fort Mason and will feature beer South Bay brewing Companies.

Looking ahead: Save the date

Sat., Aug. 11, 2012, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Campbell.

Left Bank Santana Row Summer Beer Pairing Series: July – October, 2012

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events: July 16-22, 2012

Widmer Brothers beer event at a recent pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
Widmer Brothers beer event at a recent pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose

The following is a collection of recent San Jose area beer news and a list of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Recent beer news

  • Check out the recent articles on Bobby’s Liquors (the South Bay’s premier bottle shop for hard-to-get bottled beers) featuring the soon-to-open ISO: Beers craft beer bar and tasting lounge, as well as the upcoming Summer KraftBrew Beer Fest 2012.

Beer events this upcoming week

  • Mon., July 16, 2012, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.: San Jose’s Wine Affairs features Belgian beers to help kick off Belgian independence week. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111.
  • Tues., June 17, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.
  • Wed., July 18, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Napa Smith Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.
  • Wed., July 18, 2012, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: A Perfect Finish Wine Bar beer tasting event in honor of the Summer Kraft Brew Beer Fest. 55 South First Street, 408-288-6000.
Widmer Brothers beer event at a recent pint night at Harry's Hofbrau
Widmer Brothers beer event at a recent pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau
  • Fri., July 20, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.
  • Sat., July 21, 2012, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.: The Summer KraftBrew Beer Fest 2012 will take place in downtown San Jose on Post Street between Market and South First Streets.

Looking ahead: Save the date

  • Wed., July 25, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Palo Alto Brewing Co. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.
  • Sat., July 28, 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: California Beer Festival takes place in Santa Cruz and features a number of South Bay brewing companies.
  • Sat., July 28, 2012, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Bay Area Brew Festival will take place in San Francisco’s Fort Mason and will feature a number of South Bay brews.
  • Sat., Aug. 11, 2012, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: SJ Beerwalk takes place in downtown Campbell.
Mike McKee of Widmer Brothers at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
Mike McKee of Widmer Brothers at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose
San Jose beer fans Carlos and Gary at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
San Jose beer fans Carlos and Gary at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose
San Jose beer enthusiasts (left to right) Joe, Russ, David, and Antony at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
San Jose beer enthusiasts (left to right) Joe, Russ, David, and Antony at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose
San Jose beer fans Noreen and Jim at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
San Jose beer fans Noreen and Jim at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose
The spotlight shines on general manager Kevin Olcese at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
The spotlight shines on general manager Kevin Olcese at a recent Widmer pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events for June 18-24, 2012: Successful Gordon Biersch Imperial Pilsner Brau Launch and Inaugural Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest

Dan Gordon of Gordon Biersch Brewery enjoying a glass of Imperial Pilsner Brau during the June 15, 2012 Imperial Pilsner Brau launch party in San Jose
Dan Gordon of Gordon Biersch Brewery enjoying a glass of Imperial Pilsner Brau during the June 15, 2012 Imperial Pilsner Brau launch party in San Jose

The following is a collection of recent San Jose beer news and a list of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Recent beer news

  • A successful launch party featuring the new limited release Gordon Biersch Imperial Pilsner Brau (6.5% ABV, 50 IBU) took place this past week at the Gordon Biersch brewery and bottling facility in San Jose with co-founder Dan Gordon. “This is an intensely hopped, robust Pilsner that emphasizes the noble hops from central Europe including Hallertau, Tettnang, Spalt and Saaz. It has been brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516. Our IPB is naturally carbonated and unfiltered.”
  • Los Gatos Brewing Company and brewmaster Kent Wheat hosted the inaugural Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest 2012 at their San Pedro Square location in San Jose yesterday, June 16, 2012. The heat did not deter people from coming out to enjoy fresh beer. A huge turnout had the opportunity to sample beer from nine breweries, including Tied House, Hermitage, Magnolia, Drake’s, Strike, Los Gatos Brewing, Seabright, FireHouse, and Faultline at Los Gatos Brewing’s outdoor patio.
Glassware and drink tokens from the inaugural Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest in San Jose on Saturday, June 16, 2012
Glassware and drink tokens from the inaugural Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest in San Jose on Saturday, June 16, 2012
Brewmaster Kent Wheat of Los Gatos Brewing Company - the mastermind of the inaugural LGBC Firkin Fest 2012 in San Jose
Brewmaster Kent Wheat of Los Gatos Brewing Company – the mastermind of the inaugural LGBC Firkin Fest 2012 in San Jose

Beer events this upcoming week

  • Mon., June 18, 2012, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.: San Jose’s Wine Affairs releases Parabola from Firestone Walker. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111. “The most aggressive beer from their Proprietor’s Reserve Series, the 2012 Parabola is a bourbon-barrel aged Imperial Stout released just last month. We have 24 bottles and one keg we’ve been hoarding for this special occasion. Keg will be tapped at 5pm sharp and bottles will be available all day! To-go and club discounts apply. Three bottle limit per customer.”
  • Tues., June 19, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Rock Bottom Campbell taps their Summer Honey Ale. Passed appetizers, $3 Summer Honey Ales, keep the glass (while supplies last), and meet and greet with the brewmaster.
  • Tues., June 19, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Gordon Biersch San Jose taps their limited time Summerbrau, “a golden, refreshing Kölsch-style beer from Cologne, with just a hint of fruitiness.” Live music on their patio and complimentary passed appetizers.
  • Tues., June 19, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.
  • Wed., June 20, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Knee Deep Brewing Company. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.
South bay beer fans Joe (left), Antony (center), Russ and David (right) at a recent pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
South bay beer fans Joe (left), Antony (center), Russ and David (right) at a recent pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose
South Bay beer enthusiasts Joe (left) and Antony (right) at a recent pint night at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose
South Bay beer enthusiasts Joe (left) and Antony (right) at a recent pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose
Jack's Bar & Lounge in Japantown, San Jose
Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown, San Jose
The taps at Jack's Bar & Lounge in Japantown, San Jose hosts weekly Thursday pint nights
The taps at Jack’s Bar & Lounge in Japantown, San Jose hosts weekly Thursday pint nights
  • Fri., June 22, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Looking ahead: Save the date

  • Sat., June 30, 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: The 3rd Annual Santa Cruz Hop N’ Barley Festival takes place in Scotts Valley.
  • Sat., July 21, 2012, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.: The Summer KraftBrew Beer Fest 2012 will take place in downtown San Jose on Post Street between Market and South First Streets.

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San Jose Area Beer News and Events: May 28-June 3, 2012

San Jose beer news and events

The following is a collection of recent San Jose beer news and a list of craft beer events in San Jose and the greater South Bay for the upcoming week and beyond. As events may change from time to time, please do check with the establishment directly, especially if you are extra excited about a particular event.

Recent beer news

  • Brewmaster Steve Donohue worked his last day at Sunnyvale’s FireHouse Grill & Brewery this past Friday, May 25, 2012. Fortunately for South Bay beer fans, Steve will stay local. Stay tuned as he shares his next steps in the coming weeks.
South Bay brewmaster Steve Donohue on his last day at FireHouse Brewery
South Bay brewmaster Steve Donohue on his last day at FireHouse Brewery
  • Hat tip to San Jose beer enthusiast Jim for sending several tips on upcoming South Bay beer events.
  • Check out the recent Q&A with Brewmaster Peter Licht of Tied House and Hermitage Brewing as he shares his thoughts on the South Bay craft beer scene as well as how he got into craft beer and his start in brewing.

Beer events this upcoming week

  • Mon., May 28, 2012: San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts their End-of-the-Month Beerfest from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. featuring discounted bottles and draft beers. 1435 The Alameda, 408-977-0111.
Wine Affairs in San Jose hosts weekly beer events currently on Mondays
Wine Affairs in San Jose hosts weekly beer events currently on Mondays
  • Tues., May 29, 2012, 4 p.m. – closing: The Counter in Santana Row, offers a “Mix-It-Up” 4 mini burger & beer pairings, including Devil’s Canyon Full Boar Scotch Ale and Lagunitas IPA. 3055 Olin Ave., 408-423-9200.
  • Wed., May 30, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Catch live music and good beer at Poor House Bistro with “Blues & $2 Brews” featuring Uinta Brewing Company. 91 South Autumn Street, 408-292-5837.
Poor House Bistro in San Jose hosts weekly beer events currently on Wednesdays
Poor House Bistro in San Jose hosts weekly beer events currently on Wednesdays
  • Thurs., May 31, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m.: Harry’s Hofbrau (San Jose location) hosts their weekly Pint Night, this week featuring Evil Twin Biscotti Break (Imperial/Strong Porter). Check the Harry’s Hofbrau Facebook page for updates. 390 Saratoga Ave., 408-243-0434.
Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose hosts weekly beer events currently on Thursdays
Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts weekly beer events currently on Thursdays
Jack's Bar & Lounge hosts weekly beer events currently on Thursdays
Jack’s Bar & Lounge hosts weekly beer events currently on Thursdays
  • Fri., June 1, 2012: BevMo! stores host weekly Beer Tasting events on Fridays. Check your local BevMo! store for details.

Looking ahead: Save the date

  • Sat., June 9, 2012: Monterey Beer Festival. Expect South Bay breweries, including Firehouse, Tied House, Hermitage Brewing, and Strike Brewing to participate in this beerfest.
  • Fri., June 15, 2012: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: An Imperial Pilsner Brau Launch Party takes place at the Gordon Biersch brewery and bottling facility in San Jose. 357 East Taylor Street.
  • Sat., June 16, 2012, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Los Gatos Brewing Company hosts the LGB Firkin Fest 2012 at San Pedro Square, San Jose. Their Facebook event page has additional information, including the definition of a “firkin,” a list of the participating South Bay breweries, and a link for purchasing tickets online.
  • Sat., June 30, 2012, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: The 3rd Annual Santa Cruz Hop N’ Barley Festival takes place in Scotts Valley.
  • Sat., July 21, 2012, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.: The Summer KraftBrew Beer Fest 2012 will take place in downtown San Jose on Post Street between Market and South First Streets.

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