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Scenes from the 2017 Halloween Beerwalk Edition

Ever since the very first Beerwalk in Japantown, we’ve tried our best to make each and every Beerwalk.

They’re fun, and the local weather is nearly always picture perfect. Plus we get to hang out with good folks, and we get to explore different pockets of the South Bay and shop and dine at new-to-us stores and restaurants, all while enjoying a variety of tasty beers.

And the Beerwalks just seem to be get better and better.

The latest Beerwalk in Willow Glen – the annual Halloween edition that took place yesterday – was likely our most favorite yet.

It was another sold-out affair.

Catching up with friends Peter of Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Jim and Matt.

So many folks dressed up in fantastic costumes.

Catching up with The Beerwalk’s Cindy.

So grateful for this person – I’m talking about in the photo below vs. the photo above.

My fortune from Zoltar: “Beer is in your future.”

Mark, Kevin of Ballast Point, Matt & Jim.

Kevin brought Ballast Point’s newly released Fathom IPA, launched earlier this month.

This jacket from the Bella James store simply had to come home with us.

Justin of GearTooth AleWerks – stationed at BRUNI Gallery – brought their Conveyor IPA and Cogzilla Double IPA. He shared that their next new beer will be a smoked porter.

Derek of Hapa’s Brewing Company poured their Red and the recently released Pilsner.

Robert of Sonoma Springs Brewing Company – stationed at Park Place Vintage – poured their Subliminal Gold IPA…

and their limited release Thor Helles Bock.

Our friends Terry and Amanda helped pour on behalf of Golden State Brewery.

Stationed at Whatnots & Dodads, they poured Golden State Brewery’s latest offerings – Oktoberfest and their just released 3-Way Unfiltered Triple IPA.

Catching up with The Beerwalk’s Charlie.

Rosanna holding down the fort at 20twenty cheese bar.

Nicole and Miriah of Hermitage Brewing Company with Spider-man…

pouring the latest Hermitage releases – Galaxy Single Hop IPA and Flower Sour.

The Beerwalk in full swing at the 20twenty cheese bar outdoor patio.

Alas, we had to leave early and couldn’t get to the other breweries and shops, but we were heartened by the fact that the next Beerwalk is only five weeks away, set to take place Saturday, Dec. 2 in Japantown, 2pm-5pm.

And before the upcoming Japantown Beerwalk, there’s a Sour Walk – part of the Mini Beerwalk Series – set for Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, 5pm-9pm, in downtown Campbell.

Both events are circled on my calendar.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

2017 Halloween Beerwalk Edition

The popular Halloween edition of Beerwalk is set for Sat., Oct. 28 in Willow Glen from 2pm-5pm.

For the sixth straight year, folks will be dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoying beer tastings – including offerings from a half-dozen San Jose breweries – at a variety of local shops throughout downtown Willow Glen.

Based on past Beerwalks – not to mention the latest weather updates predicting a gorgeous afternoon – no doubt plenty of fun and good times will be had by many as usual.

Participating Breweries

  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • Anchor Brewing Co.
  • 10 Barrel Brewing
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Hapa’s Brewing
  • Ballast Point
  • Goose Island
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Elysian
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Geartooth Alewerks

Tasting Locations

  • 20twenty cheese bar
  • Atelier Salon & Barber Shop
  • Bay Area Phone Doctor
  • Bella James
  • Castlerock Realty
  • Eye Luv Lucy Optometry
  • Details Clothing Co.
  • Gold Star Jewelers
  • Goosetown Lounge
  • Haute Tan Airbrush Tanning
  • Island Inspired
  • Main Street Burgers
  • Mariette Chocolates
  • Ohana Board Shop
  • Park Place Vintage
  • Round Table Pizza
  • The Source Willow Glen
  • Whatnots & Dodads
  • Willow Glen Diamond Company
  • Bruni Gallery

Early bird tickets are still available through the weekend and go up to $35 starting on Monday. Tickets include tastings, souvenir glass and passport.

Check-in starts at 1:30pm (until 4:30pm) at Goosetown Lounge (1072 Lincoln Ave.).

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the Halloween Beerwalk Eventbrite page.

The Cider Junction Grand Opening Celebration

The Cider Junction bistro & bottle shop – located in Willow Glen at 820 Willow St., Suite 100 – will celebrate their grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11am to 4pm.

The first 100 patrons will receive commemorative glassware. San Jose City Councilmember Dev Davis will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The celebration will also serve as a fundraiser for the North Bay fire victims. All proceeds from a special cider flight from Sonoma and Mendocino County cideries – including sales of Alluvium Pilsner and Megathrust IPA from Santa Rosa’s Seismic Brewing Co. plus raffle tickets – will be going to the cause.

We were able to check out Cider Junction a couple of weeks back when they first opened their doors.

Cider Junction has 26 ciders on tap.

It was great to see on the menu the latest offering from Sunnyvale’s Red Branch Cider Company – the deliciously sweet, hibiscus-infused Flor De Jamaica.

Cider Junction also has 6 beers on tap – all California breweries.

Included on tap was one of my all-time favorites: Ophion Golden Strong Farmhouse Sour from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company.

The mixed cheese and charcuterie board. Yummy!

A super enjoyable cider flight.

Cider Junction owners Claudia Derp and Tracy Smith.

We first met Claudia and Tracy earlier this summer at the Willow Glen Beerwalk in July. We were originally struck by their wonderful energy – along with those of all their supportive friends and family.

It was great for us to see that Claudia and Tracy have been able to infuse the same wonderful vibes into Cider Junction.

We loved visiting Cider Junction – such a great space with tasty plates, attentive service and a diverse selection of ciders and beer.

With an expanding menu and 2/3 of their taps in constant rotation, we’ll be visiting often for sure.

Their hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 4pm-10pm
  • Friday: 4pm-11pm
  • Saturday: 11am-midnight
  • Sunday: 11am-8pm

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

2nd Annual Ciderwalk in Downtown Willow Glen

This year’s Ciderwalk – a follow-up to last year’s inaugural event – is set for Saturday, July 29 from 2pm to 6pm in downtown Willow Glen.

A quick peek at the weather forecast calls for a bright, sunny day, a perfect backdrop for sampling ciders while visiting the local businesses in the area.

A partial list of the participating cider companies and tasting locations was recently announced:

Cider Companies

  • 101 Cider House
  • Angry Orchard
  • Far West Cider Company
  • Golden State Cider
  • Rider Ranch Ciderworks
  • Red Branch Cider & Brewing Company
  • Stella Cidre
  • Troy Cider
  • Krazy Farm Cider Company
  • Mission Trail Cider Co
  • South City Ciderworks
  • Strongbow Cider
  • Wildcide
  • And more…

Tasting Locations

  • 20twenty cheese bar
  • Bay Area Phone Doctor
  • Bella James Women’s Boutique
  • Bruni Gallery
  • Details Clothing Co.
  • Eye Luv Lucy
  • Goosetown Lounge
  • Gold Star Jewelers
  • Main Street Burgers
  • Mariette – Premium Chocolate
  • Ohana Board Shop
  • Park Place Vintage
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Three Sisters/Our Secret
  • Vin Santo
  • And more…

Early bird tickets for Ciderwalk are available through this week for $30 and go up to $35 next week. Tickets include a custom glass, passport and cider tasting at each location. A limited number of tickets will be available for $38 at the event.

For additional information – and to purchase tickets – visit the Ciderwalk Evenbrite page.

And check out my previous post from last year to learn about the origins of Ciderwalk.



5th Annual Halloween Beerwalk in Downtown Willow Glen

beerwalk-willow-glen-2016

The next Beerwalk installment in the popular, ongoing series is the annual Halloween edition, taking place – once again – along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Willow Glen for the fifth straight year.

The event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2pm-6pm. You can expect another big turnout, and as in previous years, there’ll be lots of folks dressed in their best, creative Halloween gear.

Check-in is from 1pm-5pm at the parking lot of Goosetown Lounge (1072 Lincoln Ave.).

Participating breweries include:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Company
  • Almanac Beer Co.
  • Anchor Brewing Company
  • Ballast Point Brewing
  • Discretion Brewing
  • Drake’s Brewing Co.
  • Elysian Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Golden State Brewery
  • Goose Island
  • Knee Deep Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • New Bohemia Brewing Co.
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Strike Brewing Co.
  • Tied House Brewery

Tasting locations include:

  • 20twenty cheese bar
  • Atelier Salon and Atelier Studio
  • Bay Area Phone Doctor
  • BellaJames Women’s Boutique
  • Details Clothing Company
  • Eye Luv Lucy
  • Goosetown Lounge
  • Gold Star Jewelers
  • Kool Kids Couture
  • Main Street Burgers
  • Mariette – Premium Chocolates
  • Our Secret/Three Sister Shop
  • Over/Under Sports Bar
  • Park Place Vintage
  • Peninsula Beauty
  • Realty World Castlerock
  • Round Table Pizza – San Jose, Lincoln Ave
  • Underground Clothing
  • Willow Glen Diamond Company

Tickets include beer tastings, custom glass and a passport, and can be currently purchased online for $30 but go up to $35 during the week leading to the event.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the event page. Proceeds to benefit The Bay Brewers Guild and the Downtown Willow Glen Business Association.



Beerwalk Halloween Edition Returns to Downtown Willow Glen for Fourth Straight Year

Beerwalk in downtown Willow Glen
Beerwalk in downtown Willow Glen

The fall Beerwalk – the annual Halloween edition – returns for the fourth straight year to downtown Willow Glen on Sat., Oct. 24 from 2pm-6pm. From the event page:

“Stroll Lincoln Avenue in Downtown Willow Glen and discover all the shops, art galleries, and great restaurants, all while sipping on great beers and enjoying the social enthusiasm of shopkeepers and beer lovers alike.”

In addition to pointing the spotlight on neighborhood communities, Beerwalks also shine the spotlight on many Bay Area breweries. Participating South Bay breweries at the Willow Glen Beerwalk include Faultline, FireHouse, Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley Brewing and Strike. Other breweries include 6 Rivers, 21st Amendment, Anchor, Ballast Point, Drake’s, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Speakeasy, Almanac, Heretic, Coronado, New Bohemian, Napa Smith and Cider Brothers.

Tickets can be purchased online for $35. There will be a very limited number of tickets for sale the day of the Beerwalk for $38. Heads up: Beerwalks continue to grow in popularity, and recent Beerwalks have sold out. Expect another large turnout at this upcoming Beerwalk.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.

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Upcoming Beerwalk Visits Downtown Willow Glen

The Beerwalk in Willow Glen
The Beerwalk in Willow Glen

The next installment of The Beerwalk is set for Sat., Oct. 25 from 2-6pm in downtown Willow Glen – “San Jose’s local treasure.” It’s the third straight fall that The Beerwalk will have taken place in downtown Willow Glen. From the event page:

“Stroll Lincoln Avenue in Downtown Willow and discover all the shops, art galleries, and great restaurants. All while sipping on great beers and enjoying the social enthusiasm of shopkeepers and beer lovers alike.”

In addition to pointing the spotlight on neighborhood communities, Beerwalks also provide a spotlight on a number of mostly Bay Area breweries, including many from the South Bay.

Participating breweries at the upcoming Beerwalk include:

  • Santa Clara Valley
  • Hermitage
  • Strike
  • Faultline
  • FireHouse
  • Lagunitas
  • Drake’s
  • Almanac
  • 21st Amendment
  • Speakeasy
  • Anchor
  • Karl Strauss
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Hangar 24
  • Headlands
  • Stone
  • 6 Rivers
  • and more

Local businesses include:

  • Goosetown Lounge
  • 20twenty cheese bar
  • Vin Santo Ristorante
  • The Dailey Method WG
  • Bay Area Phone Doctor
  • Fusion Hair Studio
  • Haute Tan Airbrush Tanning
  • Bare Wax Lounge
  • All Natural Day Spa
  • Jorcal Hat Co.
  • Details
  • Sereno Group
  • Realty World Castlerock
  • Kool Kids Couture
  • Eye Luv Lucy Optometry
  • Grace on the Avenue
  • Bella James
  • Mariette Chocolates
  • Underground
  • Stript Wax Bar
  • Three Sisters/Our Secret
  • Round Table Pizza

For this Halloween Beerwalk edition, there will be a costume contest, raffles and prizes, and an after-party at the soon-to-open 20twenty cheese bar, offering folks a sneak peek during the soft opening weekend inside one of Beerwalk co-founder Jordan Trigg’s recent business ventures. 20twenty cheese bar is set to feature 20 beers and 20 wines plus bottles to accompany an assortment of 100 cheese selections.

Beerwalk tickets are $30 if purchased online and in advance. If tickets are still available on the day of the event, they can be purchased for $35 at the door. But fair warning: Last year’s event eventually sold out the day of, and folks had to be turned away.

For more info. and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

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Upcoming San Jose, South Bay Beer Events: Oct. 15 – Oct. 31

Good beer enjoyed in San Jose

The following is a roundup of many of the local beer-centric events taking place throughout the rest of this month in the South Bay.

Wed., Oct. 15 – Fri., Oct. 17

Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant is having a tap takeover with Drake’s Brewing from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 5pm-9pm each day. Drake’s Hausfest Lager will be one of the featured beers.

Thurs., Oct. 16

Market Beer Company (inside the San Pedro Square Market – the building on the corner of St. John and Almaden) will host their first “Locals Only” tap takeover event showcasing select draft beers from four local breweries, all from San Jose – Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, Strike Brewing, and Clandestine Brewing. The event starts at 5pm.

This week’s edition of Thursday Beer Night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose features the South Bay debut of Golden Road Brewing out of Los Angeles. The tap list promises to be stellar, with opportunities to meet a brewery representative and take home glassware. Beer Night starts at 6pm.

Join Campbell Brewing Company for a special evening as guests will toast brewmaster Jim Turturici at 7pm for his recent medals from the Great American Beer Festival, including a silver medal from this year’s GABF for his Mastiff Barleywine in the Barley Wine-Style Ale category and a gold medal from last year’s GABF for his Scottish Ale in the Scottish-Style Ale category.

These medals complement a silver medal from this year’s World Beer Cup for his Romanov Imperial Stout in the British-Style Imperial Stout category.

There will be opportunities to sample his winning beers in the brewery as well as enjoy the latest seasonal beer – Weizenbock.

Fri., Oct. 17

Good Karma Vegan Café celebrates their 8th anniversary with a celebration featuring a number of offerings from owner and beer aficionado Ryan Summers’ personal beer collection. The party starts at 6pm and on tap will be rare, specialty and cellared kegs from the following breweries:

  • Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
  • Cellarmaker
  • Crooked Stave
  • Almanac Beer Co.
  • The Bruery
  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Firestone Walker
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Jolly Pumpkin
  • Port / Lost Abbey
  • Avery Brewing
  • North Coast
  • Dogfish Head Beer
  • Stone Brewing
  • Struise
  • Goose Island
  • Plus a surprise or two to be announced

Sat., Oct. 18

The next quarterly installment of “Pints for Non Profits” takes place at Original Gravity Public House starting at 1pm. Three local non-profit organizations will be paired with three California breweries, and a percentage of proceeds from beer sales this day will be donated to the respective non-profit.

  • Veggielution paired with Lagunitas Brewing
  • UNAREP paired with Firestone Walker
  • Aspiranet paired with Ballast Point Brewing

Sat., Oct. 18 – Sun., Oct. 19

Downtown Campbell celebrates Oktoberfest featuring German food, beer and wine, live music and arts and crafts.

Mon., Oct. 20

Wine Affairs weekly beer tasting event features a Germany vs. USA tap takeover on all 12 taps. The event takes place from 4pm-10pm.

Tues., Oct. 21

Bay Area Beer Socials has teamed up with Stone Brewing for a pre-Halloween pub crawl in downtown San Jose.

Approximate beer schedule:

5:30pm – Market Beer Company

6:30pm – The Farmer’s Union – a cool new place with fantastic food!

7:30pm – Good Karma – More fantastic food and cool ambiance!

8:30pm – TBD

Thurs., Oct. 23

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose presents a number of beers from Shipyard Brewing, including Monkey Fest IPA, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Barrel-Aged Double Old Thumper and Barrel-Aged Pumpkinhead. The event starts at 6pm as usual.

Scott’s Seafood San Jose hosts a rooftop beer dinner starting at 6pm featuring select beers from Lagunitas.

  • Check-in: Daytime with Smoked Salmon Crostini and Calamari
  • Getting Started: Hop Stoopid with Dates Stuffed Marscapone
  • Round 2: Copper Ale with Spinach, Mandarin Oranges, Toasted Almonds, & Goat Cheese tossed with a Poppyseed dressing
  • Main Course: Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ with Mahi Mahi and Pineapple relish served with Coconut rice & Bok Choy
  • Sweet Finale: Imperial Red with Pumpkin Cheesecake

Tickets are $45 and available via Eventbrite.

Sat., Oct. 25

The latest installment of Beerwalk takes place in Willow Glen from 2pm-6pm, and it’s the Halloween edition.

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.

There will be a costume contest, an after party at the soon-to-open 20twenty Cheese Bar and prize raffles.

The current list of breweries includes:

  • Hermitage Brewing Company
  • Strike Brewing
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing
  • Faultline Brewing Company
  • FireHouse Grill & Brewery
  • Lagunitas Brewing
  • Drake’s Brewing
  • Almanac Beer
  • 21st Amendment Brewery
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Anchor Brewing Company
  • Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Hangar 24
  • Headlands Brewing Company
  • Stone Brewing
  • Six Rivers Brewery
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Green Flash Brewing Co.
  • Legit Lager
  • Uncommon Brewers

Thurs., Oct. 30

Fans of Heretic Brewing Company are in luck as Market Beer Company hosts a Heretic Brewing Tap Takeover event starting at 5pm.

Fri., Oct. 31

Original Gravity hosts their annual Halloween costume contest starting at 7:30pm. Three categories (Scariest, Funniest and Most Original) will be judged by the staff, and the winner of each will receive a meal (Sausage/Grilled Cheese and Duck Fat Fries) and a beer of choice on draft for one cent.

Participants must bring valid ID and a before-and-after photo with makeup or have a removable mask. The contest kicks off at 7:30pm with the results revealed at 9pm.

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The Next Neighborhood Stop for SJ Beerwalk: Willow Glen

Checking in at a previous Beerwalk in downtown Campbell
Checking in at a previous Beerwalk in downtown Campbell

The next San Jose Beerwalk takes place in downtown Willow Glen this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a focus on seasonal/winter beers.

According to a recent press release, SJ Beerwalk co-founder Charlie Mann of Jack’s Bar & Lounge in San Jose lived and worked in Willow Glen for over 7 years and believes that Willow Glen has one of the best downtown areas in San Jose.

Co-Founder Jordan Trigg (Jack’s Bar, San Jose) explained that the main goal of SJ Beerwalk is to introduce South Bay residents to their local business districts, inviting them to check out shops they otherwise might never have set foot in.

Though the beer is an important focus at these events, the inspiration for SJ Beerwalk truly stemmed from “the desire to create a stronger connection between locals and their communities…”

Beerwalkers will walk along Lincoln Avenue (between Minnesota Ave. and Lester Ave.), making stops to taste beer at twenty-five local businesses, “from exclusive boutiques to unique restaurants.”

The list of participating breweries is impressive:

  • Ninkasi
  • Mendocino
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Santa Cruz Ale Works
  • Lagunitas
  • Firestone Walker
  • Strike
  • New Belgium
  • North Coast
  • Hermitage
  • Crispin
  • Fox Barrel
  • Schubros
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Lost Coast
  • Stone
  • Campbell
  • Faultline
  • Drake’s
  • 21st Amendment
  • Anchor
  • El Toro
  • Karl Strauss
  • Devil’s Canyon
  • Heretic

The pouring locations include:

  • Goosetown Lounge, 1072 Lincoln Ave. (check-in location)
  • Willow Glen Business Association, 1202 Lincoln Ave. (check-in location)
  • Mike’s Bikes
  • Park Place Vintage
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Kool Kids Couture
  • Hay Market
  • Sonoma Tanning
  • ProActive Healthcare
  • Red Dot Fitness
  • Details
  • Bella James
  • Willow Street Wood Fired Pizza
  • Grace on the Avenue
  • Three Sisters / Our Secret
  • Mariette Chocolates
  • Vin Santo Ristorante
  • Gloss Beauty Lounge
  • Adira Dance and Costume
  • Peninsula Beauty
  • Sereno Group
  • Reality World Castlerock
  • Jorcal Hat Co.
  • Underground
  • Goosetown Lounge
  • Footwear Etc.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 online at www.sjbeerwalk.com. In the case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased day of for $35. Registration begins at 1pm. Event runs from 2 to 6pm.

For more information visit www.sjbeerwalk.com. For up-to-the minute information, like the SJ Beerwalk Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sjbeerwalk and follow them on twitter @sjbeerwalk.

SJ Beerwalk’s mission is to provide a social outlet for the community and neighborhoods, while highlighting small businesses and raising funds for the non-profit business associations throughout the great city of San Jose and beyond. Every few months, come walk through a different San Jose business district and visit local stores and restaurants while tasting over 20 beers from local and import breweries.

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