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‘For Pete’s Sake’ Brewfest at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, Plus Q & A with Peter Cogan

Peter Cogan, photo courtesy of Hermitage Brewing Company
Peter Cogan, photo courtesy of Hermitage Brewing Company

The local brewing community – about 20 breweries at last count – will be coming together Saturday, Nov. 19 at CEFCU Stadium (aka Spartan Stadium at 1257 S. 10th St., San Jose) to rally support for a good person and a good cause – Peter Cogan, the longtime distribution manager for Tied House and Hermitage Brewing Company, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Presented by Hermitage Brewing Company in partnership with the San Jose State University Spartan Athletics Department, “For Pete’s Sake” Craft Brewfest will take place from 2:30pm to 6:30pm – in effect an epic tailgate party to be followed by the 7:30pm game time kickoff between the San Jose State Spartans and Air Force football teams. It’s the final home game of the season for the Spartans.

Tickets – $40 if purchased in advance and $50 for any remaining on the day of the event – include a 5-oz. taster to sample brewery offerings, unlimited tastings and a 50 to 30 yard line game ticket. You’ll need code “FORPETESSAKE16” to purchase tickets.

Below is the current list of participating breweries:

  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • Tied House Microbrewery
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Red Branch Cider Company
  • Rabbit’s Foot Meadery
  • High Water Brewing
  • Uncommon Brewers
  • Almanac Beer Co.
  • Santa Cruz Ale Works
  • Discretion Brewing
  • El Toro Brewpub
  • Bison Organic Beer
  • Faultline Brewing Company
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
  • Seabright Brewery
  • Sactown Union Brewery

Hermitage Brewing and Tied House Brewery & Cafe national market manager Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez shares how this one-of-a-kind event came about:

“As soon as we heard the news of Peter’s lymphoma, we knew we had to do something, and a beer festival seemed like the perfect fit. SJSU Spartan Athletics has been wanting to work on a beer fest for a while, so it was perfect timing.

“Less than 24 hours after putting the word out about the festival, we had 20 breweries signed up and also had every volunteer position filled. Everything seemed to click easily.”

As for the quick response from the local brewing community, Carolyn shares:

“Do I really have to put in writing that Peter Cogan is special? Ugh. Okay, but don’t tell him I said anything nice about him. Ha!

“Peter has been around the South Bay brewing scene for almost as long as Tied House. He is the first to volunteer when a brewery needs help with something, whether it be an event, a delivery, anything.

“What’s the saying about 90% of life is showing up? Well, Peter always shows up, and when he does, he’s on time and brings along his British wit and charming accent.

“He and his signature “Brew Crew” t-shirt and khaki shorts have been working tirelessly to support the local brewing scene for years. After years of Peter helping everyone else out, it’s our turn to give back. There are very few people in the area more well-known or well-liked in our profession.”

I recently caught up with Peter to get an update on his health; he also graciously took the time to share a bit of his background and to answer some beery questions, including his thoughts about the upcoming beerfest.

Can you share a bit of your background?

I was born in London but raised in the West Country of England, specifically Plymouth, Bristol and Torquay where I lived from age 11 to 18. Sixteen days after my 18th birthday, I left home and moved back to London to work as a chef at the Savoy Hotel.

How did you get into craft beer? Any craft beer “Aha!” moment/experience?

After moving to California in late 1986, I was drinking the typical beers back then – MGD, Corona and stuff like that. I guess my “Aha!” moment came when I heard about a brewery opening just down the street from where I lived. I went there a day or two after it opened and was awed at how crazy busy it was. Eight beers on tap of varying styles? Amazing! I think for the next couple of months I didn’t drink anywhere else.

You’ve told me before your story of how you became a part of the Tied House team. Can you please share the story with me again?

As a regular customer they found out I used to be a chef back in England, so I was “recruited” to help them with events like New Orleans By The Bay at Shoreline where I would grill catfish and alligator sausage all day and be paid in Hurricanes.

Then I worked an event at Squaw Valley as a fundraiser for MS (the Tied House has been sponsoring this event for more than 25 years), and while I was on a chairlift with one of the owners and the GM, they asked if I would be interested in selling beer for them because I was very outgoing and had the English accent. How could I refuse them with a job interview like that?

How’s it been working with Tied House (and Hermitage) all these years?

Fantastic. I realized many years ago that one of the secrets to a good life is to be happy at work, and the owners and staff at both places have been instrumental in my happiness.

They have always encouraged me in whatever aspect of the business I happened to be in at the time and have always listened to me with any suggestions or criticisms I might have.

I will never be a millionaire, but I will be happy.

How has it been seeing the growth of the local beer scene these past years?

It’s almost like a runaway train. The movement has gathered so much momentum that I can’t keep up anymore. I could try 5 new beers a day for a year and barely make a dent in what is available out there.

As much as I love my IPAs, I grew up drinking European Pilsners, and when I find a good one (or Kolsch), I am like a kid in a candy store.

What does the upcoming beerfest mean for you? How is it seeing all the support from the local brewing community?

I used to run the beer side of the Small Brewers Festival of California in Mountain View from the early 90s until its last year in 2004, so I understand what it takes to put on a festival – the organization, the coordination between brewers, volunteers, equipment rental companies, cities to pull permits, charities…

I am humbled by how quickly all of these breweries offered their time and beer to support me and the LLS. Some brewers I have known more than 20 years, some only a few, but each and every one of them agreed to help no questions asked. I am going to be giving out a lot of hugs on the 19th.

Special thanks to Carolyn for putting this together.

How are you doing, Peter?

Overall, pretty damn good. I feel fortunate that so far chemotherapy hasn’t been too hard on me, although the third round has been a bit tougher.

I have a PET scan scheduled for the 16th to see how things are progressing, followed by another three rounds of chemo.

I didn’t want to see my hair fall out so before I started chemo, I had my signature ponytail cut off and donated it to Pantene so they could use it to make wigs for women with breast cancer.

I have been able to work part time so I am not sitting at home feeling sorry for myself. My brother Dave supplied my mantra for this adventure, and it is simply: “Kick Cancer In The Balls!”

Trust me. With the support I have from everyone, cancer has no chance.


For details about ‘For Pete’s Sake’ Brewfest and to purchase tickets, visit www.sjsuspartans.com/ot/petes-sake-brewfest.html.

4th Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest

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.


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.


  • $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.


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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2016 Oktoberfest Events in and around San Jose and Silicon Valley

2015 Mountain View Oktoberfest

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

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

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

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

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

Where: Courthouse Square, Redwood City

More info.: www.redwoodcity.org

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

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

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

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

Sat., Sep. 10: Jack Rose Libation House

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

Where: 18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Los Gatos

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

Sat., Sep. 10: Gourmet Haus Staudt

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

Where: 2615 Broadway, Redwood City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where: 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale

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

Thurs., Sep. 29: Geektoberfest

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

Where: 201 S. Market St., San Jose

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

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

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

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

More info.: TBA

Sun., Oct. 2: OktoBRAfest

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

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

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

Sun., Oct. 9: San Pedro Square Market

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

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

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

Sat., Oct. 15: Peninsula Oktoberfest

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

Where: 601 Skyway Rd., San Carlos

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

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

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

Where: Downtown Campbell

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

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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Hermitage Brewing Company Releases 408 Session IPA and Villa Street American Red Ale

Hermitage Brewing debuts Villa Street American Red Ale & 408 Session IPA (Photo courtesy of Hermitage)
Hermitage Brewing debuts Villa Street American Red Ale & 408 Session IPA (Photo courtesy of Hermitage)

San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company (HBC) debuted two new offerings last week – 408 Session IPA (5% ABV, 60 IBU) and Villa Street American Red Ale (5% ABV, 45 IBU) – during a release party held on Aug. 19 at the HBC Tap Room (1627 S. First St.). These beers were also available at sister brewery Tied House in downtown Mountain View (954 Villa St.).

Despite a short notice for the release party, the Tap Room attracted a busy stream of customers, especially for a Wednesday evening – a good indication of Hermitage Brewing’s growing popularity. Tap Room manager Joel Wind and the staff provided skillful and knowledgeable service, while brand managers Peter Estaniel and Nicole Marquez were on hand to field any additional questions.

The 408 Session IPA appeared to be the favorite of the evening – many bottles were purchased to take home. I understood why – great aroma and flavor from the Equinox hops with a distinctive smooth, yet solid, mouthfeel. As much as I enjoyed the 408, I preferred the Villa Street American Red Ale, at least on this particular evening. The citrus aroma and flavor from the Galaxy hops provided a bright complement to the sweet malt for an enjoyable hoppy red.

Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez, the director of marketing for both Hermitage and Tied House, provided me insights as to how these beers came to be. “We wanted to come up with a project that would shine some light on the South Bay and its vibrant brewing community, which is why we jumped at the chance to brew the ‘408.’ ‘Villa Street’ was an obvious choice for a second name since HBC’s sister brewery, Tied House, has been located on Villa Street since 1987.”

She continued, “The other reason for these beers is that we heard a lot of requests for smaller beers from Hermitage, so these two are our answer. I’m really proud of the entire concept, the look of the labels and the end product. I worked with graphic designer Marcel Miranda, and he created exactly what I envisioned. The hops I chose to have the brewers dry hop these beers with turned out to be great choices, too. The Galaxy hops make the red ale very interesting, and the Equinox hops are perfect for adding an extra layer of flavor to the IPA.”

Carolyn added that both beers should be going into a year-round rotation. They can currently be enjoyed on tap at the HBC Tap Room and available in 22-oz. bottles at the Tap Room and at your local bottle shop.

Below are the descriptions of both beers from Hermitage Brewing Company and head brewer Greg Filippi.

408 Session IPA

408 is the area code for San Jose and the surrounding areas, home to Hermitage Brewing. Our 408 Session IPA pays respect to the rich brewing tradition of the Silicon Valley.

Head brewer Greg Filippi says this of the new release:

408 Session India Pale Ale pours a brilliant golden color like summer sunshine in your hand. Hop aroma wafts from the glass before your lips make contact for the first sip, enticing you with a sense of what is to come. There are no frills here, with just enough of a malt backbone to help the hops stand up and take center stage. The hop flavor is smooth and pleasant, with a subdued bitterness and a nice green grassy character underscored by notes of tropical fruit. The beer finishes dry and smooth, fading cleanly off the palate and leaving you yearning for the next sip.

Villa Street American Red Ale

Villa Street American Red Ale is an homage to sister brewery, Tied House, which has been on Villa Street in Mountain View since 1987. It is a beautiful American red ale, dry hopped with Galaxy hops.

Head Brewer, Greg Filippi, says this of the new release:

Villa Street Red pours a deep copper to red color with ample foam in the glass. The aroma is immediately hoppy, with notes of pine and citrus and undertones of sweet caramel malt. The hop character continues strongly into the flavor with a classic west coast style of resinous pine and subtle grassiness, with hints of grapefruit citrus brightening things up. The finish is moderately dry for the style, but the sweet malt lingers on the palate with just a trace of hop deliciousness.

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Hermitage Hosts Peach Sour Release Party, Tied House Offers Peach Sour Beer Pairing Menu

Hermitage Brewing Company hosts Sour Peach release party on July 30, 2015
Hermitage Brewing Company hosts Sour Peach release party on July 30, 2015

Officially a part of the Silicon Valley Beer Week festival of events, Hermitage Brewing Company is all set for their Peach Sour release party on Thurs., July 30 beginning at 4pm at their Tap Room (1627 S. 7th St.).

Peach Sour will be available on tap and in 750 ml. bottles (limit of two bottles per person) with Mediterranean fare from Brothers Gow Chow, who will be debuting their new appetizer, Hermitage beer-battered onion rings with tzatziki sauce.

Head brewer Greg Filippi shared his descriptive beer and tasting notes with me earlier today.

Filippi stated, “Peach Sour spent about two years in a blen­d of American red and white wine barrels­ before we added the peach in the spring­ of 2015. We then added about 1000 poun­ds of fresh peach puree and let that inf­use for another four months.”

He continued, “The beer pours a hazy golden color with ­orange-copper hues. The aroma of sweet ­summer Peach greets you strongly as you ­take the first sip, mingling with the ea­rthy funk that one would expect from som­ething that spent years living inside a ­barrel. The beer is not overly sour bu­t refreshingly tart. Peach lingers in t­he back of the flavor, along with a dry,­ white-grape note and plenty more barrel­ derived funkiness. The finish is smoot­h and reminiscent of a buttery chardonna­y, then fades cleanly off the palate.”

On the same day, sister company Tied House in Mountain View (954 Villa St.) will be offering a special beer pairing menu available throughout the day.

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
Cucumber, red onion and basil oil

Santa Rosa Plum Braised Chicken
Fresh honey-roasted pattypan squash and
Baby carrots with wedge cut sweet potatoes

Blueberry Bread Pudding
Marianne’s vanilla ice cream
Topped with buttered rum peaches

The cost is $42 for the three courses and a glass of Peach Sour ($30 without the beer). To make reservations, call Tied House at (650) 965-2739.

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Saratoga and Mountain View Host Festivals Featuring Local Breweries

Inaugural Saratoga Brews & Blues

The first annual Saratoga Brews and Blues Fest takes place Sat., Sep. 6 from 3-7pm at Wildwood Park, located at 20764 Fourth Street in Saratoga Village near the corner of Big Basin Way.

This inaugural event features offerings from local breweries Hermitage Brewing Company, Santa Clara Valley Brewing and Faultline Brewing Company. There will also be offerings from Paso Robles’ Firestone Walker and wines from Cooper-Garrod Estate Winery and Guglielmo Winery.

The musical lineup includes harp player Aki Kumar, guitarist/vocalist Little Jonny (aka Jon Lawton), harmonica player Mark Hummel, tenor saxophone player and vocalist Terry Hanck.

Handheld Catering will offer up sliders and brats, stuffed tater tots and vegetarian fare, along with cold treats from Kona Ice.

Tickets are $30 per person and include music and one complimentary glass of wine or beer (glass is yours to keep). For more info. and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.

The 43rd Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival takes place Sep. 6 and 7 along Castro Street in downtown Mountain View. The times are 10am – 6pm both days, and admission is free.

In recent years, Tied House (954 Villa Street, Mountain View) has brewed a special batch for this festival. This year’s beer is Tied House California Common, a straw-colored, sessionable ale with a light malt and not-too-hoppy flavor – sure to be a perfect match for many while soaking in the warm 80-degree weather. Complementing the California Common on tap will be Tied House’s flagship beer, Cascade Amber.

Tied House also hosts their monthly Firkin Friday special today with a 5pm cask ale tapping of their Cascade Amber infused with strawberries.

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Tied House Announces 49 Cent Red and Gold Half-Pint Specials

Tied House

Downtown Mountain View’s Tied House Microbrewery & Cafe (954 Villa St.) will celebrate the upcoming NFL season by opening its bar at 9:30am on Sundays with breakfast specials available starting at 10am and lunch happy hour from 11:30am to 1pm. All Sunday games will be televised thanks to DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket package.

During all San Francisco 49ers games, Tied House will offer 49 cent red (Cascade Amber) and gold (Alpine Gold) half-pint beer specials.

As Tied House’s biggest seller, Cascade Amber is an American Amber/Red Ale coming in at 5.2% ABV. The cascade hops used in brewing this ale provides a smooth, creamy balance and a brilliant clarity.

Alpine Gold is a blonde ale coming in at 4.6% ABV with a balanced bitterness and a smooth, clean finish.

Other drink specials include the Bloody Hail Mary ($4), which will be offered all day on Sundays during the season, and the ongoing 3 for $3 weekend beer flights.

For more information, visit www.tiedhouse.com.

About Tied House: Tied House has been family owned and operated since 1987, brewing award-winning beer for over two decades. Awards include multiple California State Fair, World Cup of Beer, and Great American Beer Festival accolades. For four years running, Tied House has won first place in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 for their Ironwood Dark English Brown ale at the California State Fair, beating over 50 other breweries for the accolade. In 2013, Tied House celebrated twenty-five years in the Mountain View community.

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Events Featuring Local Breweries during Silicon Valley Beer Week

The CineBrew Mart - a truly local event
The CineBrew Mart – a truly local event

Silicon Valley Beer Week (SVBW) kicks off today and runs through Sat., Aug. 2. Local restaurants and businesses will present a seemingly endless number of beer-related events and specials to celebrate good beer and to help cement the South Bay and Silicon Valley as a bona fide beer region.

Among the many terrific events throughout beer week are the ones that stand out for their all-encompassing local vibe, where local businesses feature local breweries.

The following list is a sampling of such events.


The CineBrew Mart takes place on Sat., July 26 at downtown San Jose’s Camera 12 theaters (201 S. Second St.) and hits a trifecta on local participation thanks to the efforts of Camera 12, San Jose Made (SJMADE) and Hermitage Brewing Company.

For $25, watch as many movies as you can from among 12 being shown that day, and enjoy a beer-tasting event from 1pm-4pm featuring members of the Bay Brewers Guild, including Hermitage Brewing Company (San Jose), Strike Brewing (San Jose), Santa Clara Valley Brewing (San Jose), Gordon Biersch (San Jose), Campbell Brewing, Faultline (Sunnyvale), Tied House (Mountain View), Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz) and Santa Cruz Ale Works.

In between movie watching and beer tasting, be sure to do some local shopping courtesy of SJMADE. To purchase tickets, visit www.cinebrewsj2014.eventbrite.com.


Rootstock Wine Bar in Los Gatos hosts Strike Brewing from 5pm-8pm. Strike will pour four of their offerings, and Rootstock will provide a food pairing with each beer. There will be an opportunity to meet the brewer as well. The cost of the event is $25. Rootstock requests RSVPs. Call (408) 354-7668 or email info@rootstocklg.com.

Wine Affairs in San Jose presents a beer-and-food pairing event featuring beers from Santa Clara Valley Brewing. The event takes place from 6pm-10pm.

Downtown Mountain View’s Tied House Brewery and Cafe celebrates SVBW with a special menu pairing new items with carefully selected beer flights. The food-pairing selections, available from July 25 to Aug. 2, include:

  • Mary’s Heritage Chicken: Free range, California raised chicken, brined, grilled, over cauliflower puree, green bean hash paired with Hoptopia IPA, Ironwood Dark and Villa Street Pale Ale ($14.50)
  • Oatmeal Stout Braised Lamb Shank: Smoked mozzarella polenta, mustard greens paired with Maltopia (Silver, Cal State Fair 2014), Ale of the 2 Tun (Gold, Cal State Fair 2014), Oatmeal Stout ($18.95)
  • Pan Seared Salmon (market price): Parsnip puree, French lentils, watercress salad paired with Alpine Gold, Single Hop Citra IPA, Single Hop Mosaic IPA
  • House Made Sausages: Smoked mozzarella polenta, braised broccoli rabe paired with Maltopia (Silver, Cal State Fair 2014), Single Hop Citra IPA, Cascade Amber ($12.25)

Faultline Brewing Company in Sunnyvale will feature a particular beer each day of the week at happy hour prices all day and provide a special appetizer and entrée pairing menu. Monday celebrates Faultline’s Hefeweizen and includes the following appetizer and entrée pairing options:

  • Appetizer: Smoked Salmon Sour Dough Canapés – House smoked salmon, atop sour dough toast with dill & lemon cream
  • Entrée: Beer battered Scallop, Shrimp & Chips – Our classic FBC beer batter with scallop and shrimp, and house-made pomme frits and jalapeno tartar sauce.


An all-San Jose event takes place at 7 Stars Bar & Grill as they host a #DrinkLocal Tap Takeover featuring Strike, Hermitage and Santa Clara Valley Brewing. Starting at 6pm, there will be raffles throughout the evening, and representatives from each brewery will be in attendance to answer any questions about their beers.

Faultline Brewing’s focus this day is Pale Ale. Food pairing options include:

  • Appetizer: Shrimp Potato Latkes – Shrimp Potato Cakes with blackberry infused Pale Ale Relish atop of arugula and toasted almond salad
  • Entrée: Fire Braised Chicken Tostada – Tender morsels of chicken fire braised with Fresno Chilies, red onion and corn, on crispy corn tortilla topped with a tomatillo & cilantro salsa served with Spanish style basmati rice


The latest edition of Beerwalk takes place in Santana Row from 6pm-9pm. Offerings from twenty or so breweries will be poured at various shops and businesses throughout the Row.

A number of the participating breweries are Bay Brewers Guild members, and in all, beerwalkers will have the chance to taste beers from Hermitage, Strike, Santa Clara Valley, Rabbit’s Foot, Faultline, Santa Cruz Ale Works, Lagunitas, Almanac, Speakeasy, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Hangar 24, Headlands, CaliCraft, 21st Amendment, 6 Rivers, Ballast Point, Ninkasi, Green Flash and Firestone Walker.

Beerwalk tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 online at www.thebeerwalk.com. In the case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased day of for $35.

Wine Affairs hosts a cider, mead and beer tasting event from 6pm-8pm featuring Sunnyvale’s Rabbit’s Foot Meadery/Red Branch Cider Company.

Santa Clara’s Wicked Chicken will have Santa Clara Valley Brewing Electric Tower IPA and a surprise offering on tap all day.

Vino Locale in Palo Alto will feature a tasting flight of Palo Alto Brewing Company beer, including Hoppy Ending Pale Ale, Atlas Double IPA, Nice Lacing Belgian Rye IPA and Cool Beanz Coffee Porter, to be paired with tapas plates.

Faultline celebrates Stout with the following pairing options:

  • Appetizer: Stout Beer Battered Conch Fritter – Conch marinated in ghost peppers, lime and Maui Sweets, blended into a sweet/ spicy Stout beer batter, than deep fried and served with a cilantro-Jerk pesto
  • Entrée: FBC Cadillac Burger: 1/2 pound burger, with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles, topped with an easy over fried egg on a butter toasted egg roll.


Downtown San Jose’s nomikai presents a “Meet the Brewer and Dinner” event at 6pm featuring Strike Brewing. In addition to their specialty pizza menu, there will be a special dinner menu  – tangy BBQ ribs, summer corn on the cob with sriracha butter and nori fries along with a Strike beer flight featuring Blonde, Imperial Red, and Chin Music Extra Pale Ale for $18. This event offers one of the first opportunities to try Chin Music outside of Strike’s recently opened taproom.

Faultline focuses on Kolsch with the following pairing options:

  • Appetizer: Spicy Beer & Colossal Prawn Ceviche – Colossal prawns marinated in spicy Kolsch beer, lime and lemon zest, Thai chilies atop fried giant pretzel
  • Entrée: Pepper-Pot Stew – Mixed meat chicken stewed with a FBC Kolsch beer, black pepper, three chilies, Creole mire poix and naturally sweet yams.


Hermitage Brewing invites all to celebrate International IPA Day [updated 8-1-14: the official IPA Day is Aug. 7] with an IPA Day event of their own at their Tap Room from 4pm-8pm. In addition to their signature single-hop series of IPAs will be a special cask IPA. The Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine and Smothered Food Truck will provide the entertainment and good eats, respectively.

The focus for Faultline on this day is IPA, with the following options:

  • Appetizer: Pork Belly Buns – Slow Cook “Asian Persuasion” Style pork spiced with sweet plums, ginger, cilantro and coriander rolled in a lightly steamed bun, accompanied with a spicy “IPA” peanut butter dipping sauce
  • Entrée: Beer Smoked Bratwursts Ragout – Smoked Bratwurst simmered with FBC IPA, sweet onions, lemon blossom, mustard powder and ghost pepper, served in a French Baguette boat atop of scallion mash potatoes and sweet and sour apple ragout

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San Jose’s Meet the Brewers and The Beerwalk Events Celebrate SF Beer Week 2014

Tied House - co-host of the annual South Bay Meet the Brewers beerfest
Tied House – co-host of the annual South Bay Meet the Brewers beerfest

Recently announced was the first wave of scheduled beer events for the 2014 edition of SF Beer Week presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild, set to take place from Fri., Feb. 7 to Sun., Feb. 16. Expect many more South Bay events to be listed in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, be sure to consider the following popular events:

San Jose Beerwalk in San Jose

[Note: Purchase tickets before midnight on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, to save $5 on the $30 tickets. Enter discount code: stockingstuffer.]

As The Beerwalk web page indicates:

The Beerwalk is hitting the streets of Japantown San Jose again for SF Beer Week on Sat., Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Whether you attended any Beerwalks previously, this event is a great way to kick off SF Beer Week.

Tucked away minutes from Downtown San Jose sits the charming Japantown business district. Stroll the streets and discover all the unique boutique shops, art studios, and great restaurants you cannot find anywhere else in San Jose. All while sipping on great beers and enjoying the social enthusiasm of shopkeepers and beer lovers alike.

The Beerwalk was created around more than the idea of sampling great beers, but rather to provide the outlet for our community to come together to explore the neighborhoods and small businesses which help make San Jose the great city it is today.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 at Jack’s Bar & Lounge or online at www.thebeerwalk.com. In the case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased day of for $35. Ticket includes beer samples, custom glass, and passport. Plus, first 60 folks to check-in the day of the event receive complimentary tours at the Gordon Biersch Brewery and Bottling facility.

Check-in registration begins at noon. For more information, visit www.thebeerwalk.com or like us on Facebook at The Beerwalk. To benefit the Japantown Business Association (JBA) & The Bay Brewers Guild.

Meet the Brewers Beer Festival

[Note: Early bird tickets are currently on sale for $30 dollars (reflecting $5 off) until January 1, 2014.]

Tied House Brewing and Hermitage Brewing Company (HBC) will host the fifth annual Meet the Brewers beerfest on Sat., Feb. 15 at San Jose’s Hermitage Brewery (1627 S. 7th Street, San Jose) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a variety of Bay Area food trucks and over fifteen breweries from the South Bay, Peninsula, and Monterey Bay Area.

Here is a current list of participating breweries:

  • Clandestine Brewing
  • Calicraft Brewing
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Uncommon Brewers
  • Strike
  • Campbell Brewing
  • Faultline
  • Rabbits Foot Meadery/ Red Branch Cider
  • Los Gatos Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • The Rare Barrel
  • Peter B’s
  • Seabright Brewing
  • El Toro
  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Tied House

More from a recent press release:

2014 marks the 5th Annual Meet the Brewers beer festival. Join us for the best mobile eats paired with the best local breweries from Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. Proceeds will be donated to Can Do MS, a national non-profit who helps thousands of people living with MS.

Peter Estaniel, Brand Manager for HBC says:

“It’s hard to believe that this will be the fifth year for Meet the Brewers Craft Beer Festival! This event started humbly with a handful of local South Bay breweries, and has quickly grown to include fantastic, small batch breweries from Oakland through Monterey. This is one of the few festivals where craft beer fans will be able to actually meet, and interact, with the men and women behind their favorite craft beers.”

The featured breweries participating in Meet the Brewers 2014 are: Uncommon Brewers, Seabright Brewery, El Toro Brewing, Strike Brewing, Rabbit’s Foot Meadery, Peter B’s Brewpub and more to be announced. Gourmet food trucks will be provided by Moveable Feast.

Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez, Director of Marketing and Events for HBC says:

“The South Bay and Monterey areas are really experiencing a brewery renaissance, and it’s exciting to be able to showcase these new and up-and-coming businesses. What’s even better is the willingness of all the brewers to put in their time and craft to help us celebrate the South Bay craft beer scene. The Bay Brewers Guild will also host a raffle to raise money for their organization. It’s the Guild’s second year participating and having a brewers’ guild dedicated to this area just proves the brewing community in our area is growing. We look forward to seeing what another five years brings for both the festival and the Guild.”

For updates and more info. about Meet The Brewers please visit www.hermitagebrewing.com, or to purchase tickets please click here.

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