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Roundup of Top South Bay Beer Events for SF Beer Week 2015, Part 1

Japantown beerwalkers in 2012
Japantown beerwalkers in 2012

SF Beer Week kicks off this Fri., Feb. 6 with the Opening Gala at SF’s Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavilion, where over 80 Bay Area breweries will be pouring their finest offerings. As a testament to the Opening Gala’s popularity, tickets sold out in just twelve days back in December. Participating South Bay breweries include:

  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • El Toro Brewing Company (Morgan Hill)
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Hermitage Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Palo Alto Brewing Company
  • Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Strike Brewing Company (San Jose)

SF Beer Week runs through Sun., Feb. 15 and features hundreds of beer-related events, over 700 at last count. As in years past, there is a plethora of beer-related events taking place in the South Bay.

The following is a list of some of the standout, predominantly South Bay-centric events scheduled throughout this opening weekend. These are the events that I would love to attend if I could clone myself.

Note: Some of the events will require tickets to be purchased ahead of time. Visit the SF Beer Week website for the complete schedule of events.

SATURDAY, FEB. 7

Fibbar Magees, 156 South Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale: Lagunitas Extravaganza, 11am-11:30pm. A tap takeover features 15 Lagunitas offerings, including a vintage Imperial Stout (2013) and the release of their annual special SFBW Fusion beer (Fusion 27).

Market Beer Company, 100 N. Almaden Ave., San Jose: Walker’s Wild Ride, 11:30am-1:30pm. Market Beer Company, located inside the San Pedro Square Market, is the first Bay Area stop for Firestone Walker co-proprietor David Walker and barrelmeister Jeffers Richardson. They are bringing their collection of specialty Barrelworks sour beers.

Rose & Crown, 547 Emerson St., Palo Alto: Sour Sunday in PA (Part 1), 11:30am-11:30pm. Get pucker faced with Rose & Crown yet again at their annual sour beer event, with offerings from Russian River, Bear Republic, Palo Alto Brewing, The Bruery, plus more on tap and in bottles.

Beerwalk: Japantown, Jackson St., San Jose: Japantown Beerwalk, 2-6pm. The award-winning Beerwalk series returns triumphantly to Japantown, the site of the first ever Beerwalk three years ago, and will feature offerings from a number of local breweries, including Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Strike, Gordon Biersch, Faultline, FireHouse and more. The first 60 to check in the day of the event will receive a complimentary tour of the nearby Gordon Biersch bottling and production facility. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance at Jack’s Bar & Lounge or online.

Wine Affairs, 1435 The Alameda, San Jose: 6th Annual Double Blind Double IPA, 2-8pm. Always a fun event, come out and blind taste 8 Double IPAs and help determine the best in show. Admission is $15 per person.

Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, 935 Washington St., San Carlos: Mavericks Brewing Tunnel Vision IPA Release, 2-5pm. Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company hosts the 2nd Annual West Coast Craft Can Invitational (16 confirmed breweries) which will showcase some of the Bay Area’s finest canned beers. A special beer launch features Half Moon Bay’s Mavericks Brewing and their newest canned beer Tunnel Vision IPA in 16-oz. cans. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.

Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose: Annual Stone Tap Takeover with Secret Ruination Firkin! 5-11:30pm. A special tap list of Stone beers will include a cask of Ruination conditioned with secret ingredients for which you will have to come out to find out.

SUNDAY, FEB. 8

Mission Creek Brewing Company, 777 The Alameda, San Jose: Bangers and Beer: An Ode to the Perfect Pair, 12-4pm. Mission Creek Brewing, California’s first Whole Foods store with in-store brewery, looks to honor the perfect pairing that is sausage and beer by pouring their own Mission Creek beers, along with other local beers, to be paired with items from an exclusive menu highlighting their made-in-house sausages.

Oak & Rye, 303 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos: Pizza & Beer Pairing, 12-3pm. The popular and well-regarded restaurant Oak & Rye will be making special pies (all you can eat) to pair with offerings from Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues and Ballast Point. Tickets are $30 and gets you unlimited food and 8-oz. pours of up to 9 beers. Tickets can be purchased online.

Bierhaus, 383 Castro St., Mountain View: Meet the Brewers: Clandestine Brewing, 1-5pm. Meet the founders of Clandestine Brewing and enjoy an afternoon of their beers. Plus there will be raffle prizes.

San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose: Lagunitas Beer Parade, 1-4:30pm. Enjoy offerings from Lagunitas inside the Market or out in the patio as you roll through the Market Bar (1-2pm), Garage Bar (2-3pm) and Market Beer Company (3-4:20pm) for special releases that are typically available only at the brewery. There will be live music and giveaways.

The Brew Hub inside Whole Foods Market Cupertino, 2099 Stevens Creek Blvd.: Sierra Nevada Off-Flavor Tasting Panel, 1:30-6pm. Expand your skills towards understanding beer flavors and aromatics by participating in this sensory training event. Registration is $35 and includes beer for the flavor tasting and two Sierra Nevada beers: barrel-aged Torpedo and barrel-aged Narwhal (6 oz.). Tickets can be purchased online.

Santa Teresa Golf Club, 260 Bernal Road, San Jose: Meet Strike Brewing – A Talk and Tasting, 3-5pm. Come learn more about Strike Brewing Company, including how they built their business and what the future holds. A $5 tasting fee includes 4-oz. samples of 5 of their beers. There will be $4 pints and bottles of their beers as well.

WEEK-LONG SPECIALS

Several establishments are celebrating SF Beer Week with week-long specials. Highlights include:

Mixx, 420 Castro St., Mountain View: Mixxing with Firestone: 4 Course Pairing Menu. Chef Joel Whitaker will prepare four courses to pair with four of Firestone Walker beers, including Pale 31 baby crab cake with Pale 31, butter lettuce wedge with mustard vinaigrette with Double Barrel Ale, salmon with Thai curry with Union Jack IPA and a scoop of housemade Wookie Jack sorbet with spiced cake bite with Wookie Jack. $40.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd.: Beer and Dessert Pairing. Each dessert bite created by chef Gaston Alfaro has been paired with one of brewmaster James Costa’s seasonal beers (4-oz.), including Mavericks gingersnap mascarpone tart paired with Brown Ale, mini bleu cheese cheesecake with candied bacon and a maple bourbon reduction paired with Double Bore IPA, spiced poached pears paired with PaPa Juice Barleywine and beeramisu paired with Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout. $20.

Psycho Donuts, 2006 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell: A Psycho Donut Walks into a Firestone… Firestone Walker, Hella Hot Hot Sauce and Psycho Donuts are teaming up to create an 805 Apricot Blonde Ghost, Union Jack Glazed and Chocolate Merkin.

As you can see, there are options galore. What SF Beer Week events do you plan to attend this weekend?

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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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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.

SATURDAY, JULY 26

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.

MONDAY, JULY 28

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.

TUESDAY, JULY 29

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30

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.

THURSDAY, JULY 31

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.

FRIDAY, AUG. 1

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 Events during SF Beer Week 2014

Photo from the previous Beerwalk in Willow Glen (2013). The upcoming Beerwalk in Japantown kickstarts the many SF Beer Week events taking place in San Jose.
Photo from the previous Beerwalk in Willow Glen (2013). The upcoming Beerwalk in Japantown kickstarts the many SF Beer Week events taking place in San Jose.

SF Beer Week is nearly upon us, and there are many, many events taking place throughout the greater Bay Area. Below are the 30 or so events, including the event descriptions (or parts thereof), that are taking place in San Jose.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8

The Beerwalk in Japantown San Jose, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • $30 in advance at www.thebeerwalk.com or $35 at the door.
  • The Beerwalk is hitting the streets of Japantown San Jose again for 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…
  • Ticket includes beer samples, custom glass, and passport.
  • Plus first 60 to check in the day of the event receive a complimentary tour at the Gordon Biersch Bottling Plant.

Wine Affairs: Double Blind Double IPA Tasting, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Join us for our FOURTH Annual Double Blind Double IPA Tasting! 8 fresh and hoppy Double or Imperial West-Coast-Style IPAs on draft.
  • Why Double Blind? We want to make it less of a guessing game and more about the flavors, aromas, and over-all finished product of each beer. Once the results are revealed you may be shocked at your favorites!
  • Why Double IPA? With so many delicious styles of IPA we decided to even the playing field by featuring only Double or Imperial West-Coast-Style IPAs.
  • Tasting available from 4pm-8pm and results will be revealed as soon as scores are calculated after 8:30pm.

Original Gravity Public House: An Evening with The Bruery, 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Orange County’s The Bruery is one of our favorite producers of extremely diverse and complex craft beer.
  • Come explore some of the most exquisite brews around as we let The Bruery take over 10 of our taps.
  • From sour to strong, sweet to spiced you will definitely find something to ponder and appreciate this evening.
  • Pouring: Breyian Batch 1000, White Oak (2013), Six Geese-A-Layin, Oude Tart, Oude Tart w/ Cherries, Rueuze, Tout Mais Le Coller, Melange 3, Tart of Darkness (2013), Humulus Lager

SUNDAY, FEB. 9

Original Gravity Public House: Walker Wild Ride, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Known simply as the Lion, David Walker is Co-Founder of the infamous Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, CA.
  • David brings the British elegance and Old World authenticity to their wonderful California inspired beers.
  • Come join us for a lunch and Q&A session with Mr. Walker and Jeffers, head of their Barrelworks program.
  • We will be tapping Velvet Merkin (2013), Lil’ Opal as well as other stand outs and surprises from their extremely diverse portfolio on draft. We will also be releasing a very limited quantity of XVI Anniversary and 2012 Double Double Barrel Ale in bottles for on site consumption that day as well.
  • Come join us for the only stop in the South Bay for Walker’s Wild Ride!
  • Pouring: Lil Opal, Velvet Merkin (2013), Velvet Merlin, Double Jack, DBA, Pivo

Wine Affairs: Dogfish Head: Fresh Hops & Fresh Beats, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

  • ***Vintage: A Vinyl Swap***
  • Presented by Fat Headphones & On The Corner records. Come dig for records: everything from Funk, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, Latin, and Afro-Funk!
  • Featuring Dogfish Head musically inspired brews! Tapping kegs of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew Imperial Stout and Robert Johnson’s Hellhound and much more!
  • DJ Jeff Jagged and DJ Fat Headphones will be spinning worldwide rare grooves and all that is strange, funky, and soulful.

[Update 2/7/14: Unfortunately, it was announced earlier today that the following San Jose Co-op Brewpub event has been canceled.]

Hermitage Brewing Company (location) and San Jose Co-op Brewpub (host): Brewing Startups in Silicon Valey: Incubation, Entrepreneurship and the Cooperative Movement, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Are you… a homebrewer interested in starting your own brewery, … a beer geek that has thought about opening their own taproom, … interested in participating in a democratically run business? Come hear about the newest generation of local brewers to join the local craft beer scene.
  • The San Jose Cooperative Brewery & Pub, Inc., as a guest of and partnering with Hermitage Brewing Company, invites you to beer tasting and panel discussion of brewery entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley.
  • Panelists include representatives from Hermitage Brewing Company, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Clandestine Brewing, Lincoln Court Brewing, and the San Jose Cooperative Brewery and Pub. The event will end with a brief discussion of San Jose Cooperative Brewery and Pub’s efforts to open California’s first cooperatively owned brewery (membership shares available on site).
  • Your $25 ”tuition” includes drink tickets good for two beers or a paddle of four six oz. tastings, a brewery tour, live music, one complimentary taco, and food available for purchase from the No Way Jose food truck.
  • Attendees who become a member who join the co-op on site will be entered into a raffle for a selection of awesome beer swag!

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Getting Vertical with Deschutes, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Tapping some special kegs for this event with Deschutes.
  • Starting with a vertical of Abyss 2013, Abyss 2012, Black Butte XXV, Black Butte XXIV, class of ’88 Goose Island collab, and much more!

MONDAY, FEB. 10

Wine Affairs: Chimay Red White & Blue, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.

  • Showcase Chimay’s Red, White, and Blue with Trappist Cheese brewed/made by Trappist Monks in Belgium.
  • Back in 1862, those monks developed the production of Belgian beers and Trappist cheese in order to provide for their needs and those of their foundations, as well as to support employment in their region. Today monastic tradition of natural brewing still is part of those monks’ life and Chimay beers are sold only for financial support of the monastery, community needs and good causes.
  • Showcase three Chimay Trappist Cheeses each washed with different Chimay beers (the RED, WHITE, and BLUE).
  • Join us to have a taste of those fantastic Chimay Ales and Cheese! $18pp

Good Karma Vegan Café: Sante Adairius and Prairie Artisan Bet the Farm!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • We’re honored the folks from Prairie will be around this year to team up with what we believe to be the BEST brewery in the Bay Area, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales!
  • Rumors of West Ashley, Cask 200, BA Cellarman, BOMB!
  • Variations and more are likely to bless the palates of beer lovers who make the journey to downtown San Jose for an unforgettable evening of incredibly authentic farmhouse ales- a light tapas menu will support the tap list, incorporating the artistry of many of the brews.

Original Gravity Public House: Port/The Lost Abbey Night with Tomme Arthur and David Johnson

  • Come meet Tomme Arthur the award winning Co-Founder & Director of Brewery Operations and David Johnson Director of Distribution for The Lost Abbey!
  • We will be pouring some exceptional beers for this event including the infamous Cuvee de Tomme! Here is the lineup, we are excited to see you there!
  • Pouring from Lost Abbey: Deliverance, Cuvee de Tomme, Red Barn, Devotion, Judgment Day, Serpents Stout
  • Pouring from Port Brewing: Mongo, Wipe Out, Board Meeting, Midnight Expression

The Table: Brewmaster Dinner: Los Gatos Meets Santa Clara, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

  • $65 (excluding tax & gratuity)
  • Join The Table at 6:30pm on Monday, February 10th when the Los Gatos Brewing Company’s Kent Wheat and Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Steve Donohue host an exclusive dinner for 50 guests featuring 4 courses of unique micro brews paired with a seasonal, farm-to-table menu as local as these two breweries. Reservations are required: www.thetablesj.com/the-menu/. Limited Seating.
  • First course: Los Gatos Brewing Company ‘coquettish blond’ kolsch, potato terrine, pickled spring onions
  • Second course: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company ‘electric tower’ ipa, mustard green dumplings, mandarin butter
  • Third course: Los Gatos Brewing Company seasonal firkin, braised veal belly, stinging nettle velouté
  • Fourth course: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company ‘peralta’ porter, chocolate pot du crème, coffee bean saltine

TUESDAY, FEB. 11

Wine Affairs: 21st Amendment Presidential Debate, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • What’s more American than Chicken & Waffles and a good ol’ fashioned Presidential Debate?!
  • In honor of President Washington born 2/22/1732 and President Lincoln born 2/12/1809 we are featuring 21st Amendment’s Sneak Attack Saison and Brew Free or Die! IPA.
  • And for those who can’t stand politics, we’ll have Bitter American Pale Ale. Come vote for your fave prez by drinking beer!
  • PLUS the Waffle Roost food truck will be parked outside from 5pm-9pm.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: Gordon Biersch Pale Ale Tapping Party, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Come celebrate the tapping of the Brewers Select Pale Ale.
  • First ever pale ale done at GBSJ there will be live music, donations for local charity, raffle prizes, and meet the brewers.

Good Karma Vegan Café: Get High-Westified & SF Fusion 20 Release Party!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • The Bay Area’s biggest Lagunitas Tap Takeover for SF Beer Week!
  • Showcasing the release of SF Fusion 20 (we can’t wait to try it, we helped make it!) as well as High-West Bourbon Barrel Aged Cap-Stout, 2013 So-Co Sour Stout, 2012 Brown Shugga, 2013 Hairy Eyeball, Fresh Fresh Fresh Maximus, Sucks, and IPA!!!
  • Steal the glass and make merry!!!

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12

Original Gravity Public House: Ballast Point 25 Tap Takeover, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Ballast Point is doing the honors of taking over all 25 of our taps for SF Beer Week 2014! This is the first time we have let anyone have all of us and we couldn’t be happier to host them.
  • Variations on Sculpin and the infamous Barrel Aged Victory at Sea are here as well as staples and other rarities from their amazing liquid catalog!
  • Raffles for glassware and brewery swag, food specials and a meet and greet with the ever so charming guys from the brewery Sam Loeffler and Matt Wilson!
  • Pouring: Sculpin, Habanero Sculpin, Sculpin w/ Grapefruit, Sculpin (Nitro)
  • Pouring: Victory at Sea, Victory at Sea (Barrel Aged)
  • Pouring: Sextant (Nitro)
  • Pouring: Big Eye, Big Eye w/ Ginger
  • Pouring: Calico, Calico w/ Guajillo
  • Pouring: 3 Sheets (2012), Sea Monster (2012)
  • Pouring: Wahoo, Black Marlin, Fathom, Longfin Lager, Pescadero Pils, Reef Rye, Tongue Buckler, Pale Ale, Dorado, Piper Down, Black Steamboat, Even Keel

Wine Affairs: Vintage! Vintage! Vintage!, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Can beer age just like the wines? Find out yourself with Fuller Vintage Ale from 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
  • 2010, 2011, 2012 Tasting notes from Fuller:
  • 2010 – An initial fruit aroma with notes of Pears and Orange giving through to some more floral notes is followed by a clean, full, almost liquored initial palate. The finish is dark orange, satisfying and alcohol warming.
  • 2011- Early tasting of the beer as recently bottled has been most encouraging; an opening fruit aroma of Maraschino cherries is underlaid with some Mandarin Orange notes. These are carried through to the initial palate before being enhanced with a fruit malt and alcohol warming after palate. Already this beer could be drunk but we expect it will continue to develop into another Classic Fuller’s Vintage.
  • 2012-The early initial tasting notes for this rich brew are already revealing what we hope will be another truly Vintage beer. An initial aroma of ripe autumnal fruits with slight notes of Rosehips leads on to a smooth almost lush middle palate with just a hint of spice. There is a pleasant hop bitterness which is then finished with a satisfying alcohol warming on the after palate.

Good Karma Vegan Café: Almanac Farm to Barrel – South Bay Home Turf Tap Takeover!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • We are proud to showcase San Jose’s best brewery and barrel program, from sweet to sour!
  • Almanac will be sharing their extensive Farm to Barrel projects from early numbered sours, to fresh releases through 10 taps!
  • Fruited sours, spiced barley wines, and aged stout come together under one roof to blow minds!

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Knee Deep Showcase, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Meet Jeremy and the crew from multi GABF award winning Knee Deep Brewery in Auburn CA.
  • We will be showcasing the entire lineup of great hoppy beers, some darks, and maybe some new favorites.

Kukar’s House of Pizza: Santa Clara Valley Brewing Tap Takeover and Secret Barrel, 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Join us for a night of beer and pizza with home-grown head brewer Steve Donohue from Santa Clara Valley Brewing.
  • Only blocks from the Peralta Adobe and the original site of San Jose’s famous electric tower…
  • We’ll have Electric Tower IPA, Peralta Porter, Little Orchard Saison, and New Almaden Imperial Red, with a [special] appearance by Steve’s new Oyster Stout and a super-secret one-off 8-gallon Woodinville Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Peralta Porter spiked with who-knows-what.

Grapevine: Beer, Wine, Cheese, Fruit and Chocolate Pairing, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Join us for a golorious evening of beer, wine, cheese, fruit and chocolate from Mariette – Premium Chocolates.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13

SmokeEaters: Double IPA Tap Takeover, 12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Smoke Eaters will be featuring some of the best Nor Cal and So Cal Double IPAs. Tapping with “Keep the Glass,” Hopocalypse, Pliny the Elder, Palate Wrecker, Denogginizer, Ruination, Double Jack.

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Roots of XVII Anniversary with Matt Brynildson, 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Beer nerds rejoice!!! Firestone Walker is bringing back its wildly successful “roots of” Festival at Harry’s Hofbrau.
  • We will be deconstructing Firestone Walker’s Anniversary beer, with all the components on draft. That’s right Stickee Monkey, Parabola, Helldorado, and several other rare beers will be on draft.
  • This year in addition to the mind numbing line up of beers from Firestone Walker, the Wizard himself Brew Master Matt Brynildson (AKA Merlin) will be in attendance.
  • Matt will be holding a seminar during the event where he will be going over Firestone Walker’s coveted Barrel Aging Program, the blending of XVII, which will then be followed by a Q&A session.
  • Only the first 150 people will be admitted to this seminar.
  • So be sure to join us for an epic night of beers, live music, information, and fun!!!!
  • Beers will start pouring at 6pm and the seminar will start at 7pm.

Jack’s Bar: Specialty Beer Cocktails, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

  • Join us for a night of merriment! 3 signature beer cocktails crafted by Jack’s amazingly talented bar tenders.

Wine Affairs: Allagash and Tapa Pairing, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

  • The day before Valentine! Beat the crowds and treat that special someone or stir up a new romance. Featuring a four course Prix Fixe Tapas and specialty Allagash pairing.
  • Now taking Reservations: 408-977-0111
  • $55/person includes four courses each with Allagash pairing

FRIDAY, FEB. 14

Original Gravity Public House: Pucker Up! Valentine’s Day Sour Fest 3.0, 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Back by popular demand it is our biannual Sour Fest at Original Gravity! Grab your sweetheart and come indulge yourself in 15 diverse and rare offerings from around the world.
  • Whether it’s the fruity funk of brett to the dry and citrusy lacto we will have whatever your sour little heart desires.
  • If you are in the mood for sweet as well, be sure to head across the street that day to our good friends at Good Karma for their Sweet Beer Fest and the ultimate sweet and sour experience!
  • Pouring: Allagash – Midnight Brett, Anderson Valley – Featherleggy Bulrusher, BFM – SQRT 225th Anniversary Sour Historical Saison, The Bruery – Sour in the Rye (2013), Heretic – Miscreant, Freigeist – Rhubarb Gose, Mikkeller – SpontanSeabuckthorn, Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. – St. Louis Gueze Fond Tradition, Struise – Weltfreude (2011), Trois Dames – Oud Bruin
  • Specialty Timed Tappings: Almanac – Valley of the Hearts Delight (5pm), The Rare Barrel – Shadows of Their Eyes (5:45pm), Specialty TBA – (6:30pm), Russian River – Temptation (2013) (7:15pm), Extremely Rare/Specialty TBA (8pm)

Good Karma Vegan Café: St. Valentine’s Barrel Aged Sweeties!, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • On Valentine’s Day, we pull out ALL the stops! Big, sweet, burly barrel aged beers are on parade!
  • Across the street, OG will rock the sours, and we rock the sweet- it’s the best way to experience both profiles!
  • We’ll have a host of yummy desserts to pair with such sugary concoctions, and we guarantee, you WON’T be disappointed!
  • Pours of Grey Monday, Black Tuesday, Mocha Wednesday, ECLIPSE Variants, as well as a host of Aged Firestone Barrel Projects, Deschutes, Lost Abbey and MORE!

SATURDAY, FEB. 15

Hermitage Brewing Company: Meet the Brewers, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Our 5th Annual Meet the Brewers beer festival is upon us. Join us for the best local breweries from Silicon Valley to the Monterey Bay, as well as San Jose’s best food trucks.
  • $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Tickets at www.meetthebrewers2014.eventbrite.com
  • Tickets get you unlimited beer tasting.
  • All ages welcome.
  • Dogs allowed on lease, outside of brewery only.
  • Designated Driver (NO tasting): $5
  • **Proceeds benefit Can Do MS, a non-profit dedicated to empowering those living with Multiple Sclerosis.**
  • Breweries Attending (Updated November 21, 2013): 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

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: 2nd Annual Stone Tap Takeover, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

  • Last year we had a KILLER taplist for this event and this year it is looking even better!
  • Come enjoy some never before released Stone brews and meet the Stone crew.
  • It’s an all day event so grab a spot and hangout a while!

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose: Annual IPA Day with Younger and Black Label, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

  • By now you know the event, 28 IPA, DIPA, and 3XIPAs on draft all day long! It’s a hop head’s paradise.
  • Pliny the Younger tapping, Black Label Hopocalypse, Boneyard, local IPAs, we promise a full out palate attack of hops. Check our facebook for Younger and Black Label tapping details.

Given the plethora of interesting, one-of-a-kind options taking place not only in San Jose but throughout the South Bay and the nearby regions, who else wishes for the ability to be at two (or more) places at the same time?

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Silicon Valley Beer Events for July 2013: Mark your Calendars Now

Following an initial meeting back in March, the First Annual Silicon Valley Beer Week takes place later this month
Following an initial meeting back in March, the First Annual Silicon Valley Beer Week takes place later this month

With the plethora of beer-related events set to take place this month, punctuated with the First Annual Silicon Valley Beer Week starting on Sun., July 28, July is certainly one for the South Bay record books in terms of both quantity and quality. Some might think of July as Silicon Valley Beer Month.

The festivities include brewery nights and other special events taking place throughout the region, like the Santa Clara Valley Brewing Peralta Porter Release Party at Market Beer Co. (Tues., July 9), Original Gravity Public House’s One-Year Anniversary Party (Sat., July 20), the 2nd Annual Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest (Sat., July 27), and the aforementioned First Annual Silicon Valley Beer Week (Sun., July 28 to Sat., Aug. 3), which currently has 80 scheduled events with still more to come. A number of South Bay establishments will host beer events every day during Silicon Valley Beer Week.

Onwards to the event listings. Most if not all of these dates and events have been culled from Facebook, Twitter, and emails.

MONDAY, JULY 8

6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Wine Affairs Weekly Beer Tasting: This week’s weekly beer tasting features German styles. “While it’s not Oktoberfest yet, we do love the lighter side of German beers as a great escape from this heat! Both classic and unusual styles from the traditional lager to the super-sour Berliner-Weisse. $10 per person or free for members!”

TUESDAY, JULY 9

5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Blonde Bock Tapping Party: It is another tapping party, this time the Blonde Bock in honor of their 25th anniversary – a smooth malty lager with balanced bitterness from Hallertau hops and a kick from its 7% ABV. This event features a silver anniversary national toast, complimentary cake, live music, passed appetizers, and a raffle benefit. Join Gordon Biersch for $2.50 Tuesdays on July 9, 16, and 23, to enjoy fresh pours of their handcrafted beer at a throwback price.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Santa Clara Valley Brewing Release Party – Peralta Porter – at Market Beer Co.: “Brewer and all around nice guy Steve Donohue will be at Market Beer to release Santa Clara Valley Brewing latest beer, Peralta Porter. We will have draft and bottles on hand that are being kegged and bottled on the same day as the event. Also former San Jose mayor and local historian Tom McEnery will be there to give a brief history of the Peralta Adobe (the oldest building in San Jose). Hope to see you all there!”

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., 54 Tap Launch Party at O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub: – O’Flaherty’s celebrates having both the largest craft beer selection in downtown San Jose and winning “Best Irish Pub” 10 years in a row in Metro Newspaper’s annual Best of Silicon Valley survey. “Be sure to join us for $1 beers (all taps) Tuesday, July 9th from 8-9:30 pm for our 54 tap launch party! And here is your chance to win a one month Beer Club membership and an O’Flaherty’s gift basket filled with Jameson, Guinness, O’Flaherty’s gift card, and much more!”

THURSDAY, JULY 11

Starting 5 p.m., Jolly Pumpkin Tap Takeover at Original Gravity Public House: “Featuring seven incredible offerings from Dexter, Michigan’s very own Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, this night will be an absolute delight for lovers of truly hand crafted beer. Come on out and taste the difference oak aging and bottle conditioning can do to the complexity of a beer. Starts at 5pm, see you then!”

Set to be poured: Calabaza Blanca, Bam, Bam Noire, Madrugada Obscura, Oro de Calabaza, IO, and Maracaibo Especial.

FRIDAY, JULY 12

4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hermitage Brewing Company Tap Room Grand Opening: San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing (1627 S. 7th Street) will be opening their own tasting center on site. “You’ve waited and the day has finally come – the Tap Room Grand Opening is here! Come join us as we celebrate the newest addition to our brewery. As a part of the Grand Opening, the Firkin Friday event normally held at Tied House will be tapped at the Tap Room at 5pm.” And “The Tap Room will feature HBC’s award winning beers along with rotating local guest beers.”

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Santa Clara’s Wicked Chicken Wings (2565 The Alameda) has been offering up good beer and they will host a Stone Tap Take Over event on this day: $6 and keep the glass plus $5 refills.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Silicon Valley Sudzers Homebrew Club Brew Day at MoreBeer (991 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos): “For the MoreBeer summer sale, the Sudzers will be doing a brewing demonstration on the  ‘Death Star’ brewing system. Good beer, good food, good fun!”

SATURDAY, JULY 20

12:30 p.m. – 11 45 p.m., Original Gravity Public House One Year Anniversary Party: It is time to celebrate San Jose’s first establishment to open with craft beer as its focus. “We can’t believe it either, but I guess time flies when you’re pouring beer. Come out and celebrate this special day with us starting at 12:30pm. We just updated the [Facebook] event page with the anniversary beer list (which in our humble opinion is something to behold). Commemorative T-Shirts, food specials, a panel with Jeffers from Firestone Walker, patio firkin pours and On The Corner Music spinning all vinyl on the back patio, this is going to be one for the ages. Hope to see you there!

Specialty tapping times:

1pm (music starts on the patio): Drake’s – Aroma Coma/Prieta

2pm: Very special TBA

3pm: Stone – French/American Oak Smoked Guardian

4pm: Evil Twin – Imperial Biscotti Break

5pm: Panel and Q&A w/ Jeffers from Firestone Walker

6pm (music resumes): North Coast – Barrel Aged Old Rasputin

7pm: Russian River – Supplication

8pm: Firestone Walker – Parabola

SATURDAY, JULY 27

2 p.m. – 6 p.m., 2nd Annual Los Gatos Brewing Company Firkin Fest: “Come check out our 2nd Annual Firkin Fest being held at the Los Gatos Brewing Company at San Pedro Square in Downtown San Jose. Come out, support and drink some firkin beer! Hope to see you all there! For more info. and to purchase tickets: http://lgbcfirkinfest2013.eventbrite.com/.”

“A firkin is a cask which holds nine imperial gallons. Firkins hold cask-conditioned beer. Cask is the container and this was the original method of storing and serving beer. The beer’s ingredients are allowed to mature naturally in the firkin, leaving the beer unfiltered and containing live yeast. The living yeast conditions the beer through a process called secondary fermentation and produces the CO2 naturally. No artificial carbonation allows you to taste the true flavor of the beer. The beer is dispensed either by gravity or by a beer engine/hand pump.

Firkin Fest celebrates this method and allows you to try unique, one-of-a-kind beers from your favorite local breweries!”

Participating breweries include: LGBC, Seabright Brewery, Rock Bottom Brewery, Faultline Brewery, Firehouse Brewery, Strike Brewing Co, Hermitage Brewing Co, Tied House Brewery, Magnolia Brewery, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Boulder Creek Brewing Co., Drake’s Brewing, Peter B’s, Two Rivers Cider, Lagunitas, and more.

SUNDAY, JULY 28

Sun., July 28 – Sat., Aug. 3, First Annual Silicon Valley Beer Week: The week-long Silicon Valley Beer Week will see many events and activities where good beer will be the focus. It is set up to really be “the region’s ultimate beer-lovers event,” highlighting “all venues, restaurants and breweries that are passionate about craft beer.” At last check, there are currently 80 events listed on the Silicon Valley Beer Week website.

“The week will kick off with an exclusive opening party on July 28, feature five days of hosted events throughout the valley and close with the very popular Summer KraftBrew Beer Fest on August 3.

During the five days, beer-lovers can experience a variety of activities featuring their favorite craft beers including tap takeovers, food pairings, seminars, demonstrations, brewmaster’s dinners, new release nights and other exclusive events.

Silicon Valley Beer Week is a celebration of all the vibrant brewing and culinary traditions that the region has to offer. You’re invited to join in the celebration and spread the word about this exciting event to your friends, family and co-workers.”

Keep in mind that there are other South Bay establishments that host ongoing events and specials; the information just is not in the public sphere yet. And keep in mind the many South Bay brewpubs, beer bars and stores that sell good beer.

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South Bay Beer Events: Mon., June 17, 2013 – South Bay Hop Heads Tasting at Wine Affairs and California Cafe Los Gatos Beer Dinner

Wine Affairs in San Jose
Wine Affairs in San Jose

A couple of great South Bay beer events are taking place this Monday evening, June 17, 2013.

Wine Affairs hosts weekly Monday beer tastings that focus on a particular brewery or theme. As their recent newsletter indicates, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Monday, Wine Affairs presents a “South Bay Hop Heads” tasting featuring hop-centric beers from Hermitage Brewing Company, Strike Brewing Company, and the new Santa Clara Valley Brewing. This tasting event is $10 per person or free for beer club members.

Their Facebook event page introduces the beer tasting lineup:

Bottles:

Hermitage Ale of the Imp – Craft brewed in small batches with tons of hops. This will make you silly with happiness, like the jester on the bottle. The hop types remain a secret, but wouldn’t you expect that from a hermit?

Strike Brewing IPA – A generously hopped, highly drinkable beer, perfect for the devoted hop head. Glowing a nice golden hue, dry hopping adds the characteristic deep hop aroma.

Kegs:

Hermitage Single Hop Citra – West Coast in style and aggressively hopped, this Single Hop IPA showcases “Citra” and its lemon, peach, tropical fruity flavors.

Hermitage Single Hop Magnum – Our Magnum IPA showcases the trademark bitterness of the variety at about 70 IBUs, but doesn’t stop there. Our hearty dry hopping lends a beautifully sweet, fruity aroma almost like juicy fruit gum, with evergreen notes reminiscent of pine or maybe fir trees.

Santa Clara Valley Brewing Electric Tower IPA – Built in 1881 to showcase the electrification of the west, San Jose’s Electric Light Tower stood for over 30 years as a shining star above the Santa Clara Valley. Our Electric Tower IPA re-imagines this icon as an intensely West Coast Style IPA. A firm malt base builds support for the abundance of hops, allowing hints of pine, citrus and tropical fruit to shine through and light up your palate.

Notes: Strike Brewing Stout (bottles) also available. And an additional Hermitage keg to be determined.

Also on Monday, California Cafe in Los Gatos will host their next food-and-beer pairing event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Petaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing Company is the featured brewery, and executive chef Leo Lopez has planned a mouthwatering menu that is available on their website:

First Course: Fanny Bay Oyster Shooters
– habanero mignonette, lime segments, micro cilantro
– Lagunitas IPA

Second Course: Dungeness Crab Cake
– lemon aioli, fennel, pickled breakfast radish
– Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale

Third Course: Braised Short Rib
– yukon potato puree, ginger glazed baby carrots
– Lagunitas Maximus DIPA

Dessert Course: Peach Galette
– vanilla bean gelato, salted caramel sauce
– Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down American Strong Ale

The cost of this dinner is $45 per person, not including taxes and gratuity. Call (408) 354-8300 or email losgatosevents@californiacafe.com to make a reservation.

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Silicon Valley Beer Events for June 2013 and Beyond

Enjoying good beer in Silicon Valley
Enjoying good beer in Silicon Valley

The following is a quick listing of upcoming South Bay beer events, including brewery nights and other special happenings taking place throughout the valley at places like Wine Affairs, Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, Jack’s Bar & Lounge, Original Gravity Public House, Tied House Microbrewery, O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, and Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant.

There is also the Third Annual Better Brew Tasting Garden (last year’s event was a resounding success) taking place at this Friday’s SubZERO Festival, this month’s membership drive for the San Jose Co-op Brewpub this Saturday, and the schedule for this year’s remaining three Beerwalks.

Most if not all of these dates and events have been culled from the respective Facebook event pages.

Thur., June 6, 6pm: Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co. Night at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose

Thur., June 6, 6pm-close: Anchor Steam Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale & OBA Night at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Thur., June 6, 5-8pm: Heretic Brewing Tap Room Opening Celebration at Original Gravity Public House

Fri., June 7, 5pm: Firkin Friday featuring Super Hoptopia with Centennial and Cascade hops at Tied House Microbrewery

Fri., June 7, 6pm: Better Brew Beer Garden at SubZERO Festival, SoFA District

Sat., June 8, 2-4pm: Drake’s Beer Club Event at O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub

Sat., June 8, 2-5pm: San Jose Co-op Brewpub Membership Drive at Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant

Mon., June 10, 6pm-8pm: Ommegang and A’Chouffe Beer Tasting at Wine Affairs (kegs to be tapped at 5pm and flights available all day)

Thur., June 13, 6pm-close: Hermitage Brewing Company Hoptopia and Citra Night at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Thur., June 13, 5-11pm: Port/Lost Abbey Tap Takeover at Original Gravity Public House

Thur., June 20, 6pm-close: Goose Island Honkers and IPA at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Thur., June 20, 5-11pm: Allagash Tap Takeover at Original Gravity Public House

Thur., June 27, 6pm-close: Firestone Walker Union Jack and Wookie Jack at Jack’s Bar & Lounge

Thur., June 27, 5-11pm: Uinta Tap Takeover at Original Gravity Public House

July 28-Aug. 3: Silicon Valley Beer Week

Sat., Aug. 3: Summer KraftBrew Beer Fest

Wed., July 31, 6-9pm: 2nd Annual Campbell Beerwalk

Wed., Aug. 28, 6-9pm: Santana Row Beerwalk

Sat., Oct 26, 2-6pm: Willow Glen Beerwalk, Halloween Edition

Keep in mind that there are other South Bay establishments that host ongoing events and specials; the information just is not in the public sphere yet. And keep in mind the many South Bay brewpubs and stores that sell good beer.

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South Bay Beer Happenings for May 2013 and Beyond

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

Below is a list of craft beer and related events taking place throughout Silicon Valley in the near future and beyond.

Friday, May 3, 2013: At 5 p.m., a cask of El Dorado Single Hop IPA from San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company will be tapped at Tied House Brewery and Café in Mountain View as part of their monthly Firkin Fridays. The El Dorado IPA is the latest addition to the Hermitage Brewing Single Hop Series.

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: As part of the American Homebrewers Association “Big Brew” event celebrating National Homebrew Day, the Silicon Valley Sudzers homebrew club will do a brewing demonstration at the MoreBeer! homebrew supply shop in Los Altos. Club members will brew a clone of Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Younger Triple IPA.

Saturday, May 4, 2013: O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub in San Jose hosts their monthly beer club event. This month’s featured brewery is Hangar 24.

Monday, May 6, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Wine Affairs in San Jose hosts their weekly beer tastings with “Cinco de Mayo spicy beers” featuring Ballast Point Thai Chili Wahoo Wheat, scheduled to be tapped at 4 pm. There will also be spicy treats from Rogue, Mikkeller, and Cambridge Brewing. $10 per person or free for beer club members.

Friday, May 10, 2013: San Jose’s Santa Clara Valley Brewing debuts their inaugural beer, Electric Tower IPA, on tap at Rose and Crown English Pub and Restaurant in Palo Alto.

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Following their second public event held last month, the group behind the San Jose Co-operative Brewpub initiative, up to 179 member-owners at last count, hosts their third ongoing information and membership drive. This time, the SJ Co-op Brewpub group has selected Café Stritch in downtown San Jose for the event location.

Saturday, May 11, 2013: Starting at 1 p.m., Wine Affairs in San Jose hosts an “Undercover Shutdown Party.”

Monday, May 13, 2013 – Sunday, May 19, 2013: This week has been designated American Craft Beer Week, also known as “the mother of all beer weeks.” A number of South Bay brewpubs and bars will offer specials and host events to commemorate this week.

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Gordon Biersch celebrates their 25th anniversary with a “Gordon Biersch Big Bands and BBQ 25th Anniversary Bash.” An all-ages event that the whole family can enjoy, admission is $10 and includes a commemorative glass and six tastes of Gordon Biersch brews. There will be live music and plenty of food, root beer floats, and more Gordon Biersch beers to purchase.

[Update received May 3, 2013: The following Brew Benefit event has been indefinitely postponed.] Sunday, May 19, 2013. The South Bay debut of Brew Benefit takes place. Presented by Dishcrawl, this event will feature local breweries and restaurants with proceeds helping a local non-profit. Brew Benefit participants will explore downtown San Jose through beer at six different restaurants and bars, sampling 12 different locally made beers. Stay tuned for more information.

Saturday, June 1, 2013, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: The next installment of the popular and well-coordinated Beerwalk series takes place in downtown Mountain View. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 online.

Sunday, July 28, 2013 – Saturday, August 3, 2013: The First Annual Silicon Valley Beer Week will take place this week and will feature five days of hosted events throughout the valley.

Saturday, August 3, 2013: The Summer KraftBrew Beer Fest serves as the closing event to the inaugural Silicon Valley Beer Week.

Keep in mind that there are other South Bay establishments that host ongoing events and specials, namely Harry’s Hofbrau, Poor House Bistro, Jack’s Bar & Lounge, Original Gravity Public House, SmokeEaters, and Wicked Chicken, as well as the many South Bay breweries and stores that sell good beer.

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Where to Find Lagunitas Brewing Company Waldos’ Special Ale in the South Bay

Lagunitas Waldos' Special Ale in the South Bay
Lagunitas Waldos’ Special Ale in the South Bay

South Bay fans of Petaluma’s Lagunitas Brewing Company are in for a treat, especially for those who enjoy a good Double IPA on tap.

The well-regarded Waldos’ Special makes its return, and a couple of local beer spots have already made event announcements on their respective Facebook pages.

San Jose’s Wine Affairs hosts a Lagunitas 4/20 Party on Sat., 4/20/13. On tap will be Lagunitas Waldos’ Special ($4.20 for a 9 oz.) and Lagunitas IPA ($4.20 a pint). Keg tapping begins at 1 p.m., and there will be plenty of bottled beers as well. The Grilled Cheese Bandits food truck is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and indie folk band Dream House is scheduled at 4:20 p.m.

Downtown San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House presents Lagunitas 4/20 Waldos’ Special Release on Sat., 4/20/13 featuring five beers from Lagunitas – Waldo, WTF, IPA, Censored/Maximus, and Fusion 16 – plus a mason jar giveaway with a purchase of Waldo. There will be other offerings, including raffle giveaways.

Look for the following places to also have special Waldo tapping parties:

Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose hosts a Lagunitas tap takeover event on Thursday, 4/18/13 as part of their weekly Thursday Pint Nights. There will be a sneak peek of Waldo for the first 42.0 customers starting at 4:20 p.m. The tap list for Lagunitas is as follows:

  • Waldo Special Ale (available to the first 42.0 customers that arrive)
  • Sonoma County Stout (limited release)
  • Fusion 16 (limited release)
  • Cappuccino Stout (seasonal)
  • Wilco Tango Foxtrot (seasonal)
  • Under-Cover Shutdown (seasonal)
  • Censored
  • Dogtown Pale
  • Czech Pils
  • Imperial Stout
  • A Lil Sumpin Sumpin
  • And IPA

A number of these locations will have raffles and prizes to help with the celebrations.

While there are a myriad of events taking place on 4/20, many South Bay beer fans will appreciate the variety of choices on where to satisfy any Lagunitas cravings.

Of note is the cluster of locations – Good Karma, Original Gravity, Market Beer Company, and O’Flaherty’s – pouring Waldo in downtown San Jose; it is by design. “We are trying to make a big stink out of it this year in downtown,” shares Rudy Kuhn, Lagunitas market manager for the Santa Clara County, Central Coast, and Central Valley areas. No doubt that many hop fans will savor the dank, citrusy aromas from the Waldo DIPA.

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South Bay Beer Scene Making News

Bottled beers from South Bay's Gordon Biersch, Palo Alto Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, and Strike Brewing
Bottled beers from South Bay’s Gordon Biersch, Palo Alto Brewing, Hermitage Brewing, and Strike Brewing

South Bay. Greater South Bay. Silicon Valley. Santa Clara County. The San Jose area and its neighbors. Whatever the geographic label, there is a growing number of media outlets filing reports and articles dedicated to beer-related news and events taking place locally.

From newspaper articles and radio reports to blogs and vlogs, coverage of the South Bay craft beer scene is at an all-time high. The extensive coverage is positive as more folks can learn about the various ways to go about enjoying good beer, such as checking out local brewing companies and brewpubs, beer bars, restaurants, stores that sell quality beer, homebrew shops, and homebrew clubs.

On the business side, cheers to the founding entrepreneurs behind Tied House (1988), Gordon Biersch Palo Alto (1988), Gordon Biersch San Jose (1990), Los Gatos Brewing (1991), El Toro Brewing (1992), Stoddard’s Sunnyvale (1993 – now FireHouse Grill & Brewery), Faultline (1994), and Stoddard’s Campbell (2002 – now Campbell Brewing). For the past twenty to twenty-five years, these local establishments have provided customers a chance to enjoy fresh, quality beer throughout the South Bay and its neighboring areas.

And cheers to the relatively newer folks (e.g., brewing companies, beer bars, gastropubs, beer stores, individuals coordinating community-wide beer events, etc.) who are taking up the good beer cause throughout the local South Bay communities and beyond. The early players included places like Rose & Crown (2006), Good Karma (2006), and Wine Affairs (2007) among others. Then came enterprises like Hermitage Brewing, Strike Brewing, Harry’s Hofbrau, Kelly’s Liquors, Bobby’s Liquors, Jane’s Beer Store, Original Gravity, Liquid Bread, Beer Walk, KraftBrew, O’Flaherty’s, SmokeEaters, and more.

These businesses all have a common bond – at least one person in their midst, if not many more, who is passionate and knowledgeable about, and appreciative of, good beer and diligently endeavors to share good beer with others.

On the media front, kudos to the one-and-only Better Beer Blog for modeling the way and providing consistent South Bay coverage since March 2007.

The following are some of the latest examples of the recent coverage spike of the local, South Bay craft beer scene. Expect more coverage in the year ahead as new beer-related developments take place and the public’s appetite for such coverage continues to grow.

Silicon Valley Business Journal

KQED

Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper / SanJose.com

San Jose Mercury News / Contra Costa Times (Bay Area Newspaper Group)

Examiner.com

Better Beer Blog

The Beer Heads

Ramblings of a Beer Runner

Grateful Hubby

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