South Bay Beer Abundance

Along the peninsula and all around the San Jose beer scene, the South Bay contingent of SF Beer Week is in full bloom. Check out these enticing listings already live — and expect more to come:

The Downtown San Jose Beerwalk is a community fundraiser that highlights the city’s exciting art studios, unique local shops and creative restaurants along with great local beers. Stroll around on 2/10 with a passport, a custom glass and many choice craft brews to sample at this favorite Bay Area beer promenade. When was the last time you explored downtown SJ?

On 2/17, look for the 9th Annual Meet the Brewers festival, a remarkable assemblage of 30 invited craft brewers from within 150 miles of San Jose. With live music and local eats available, this classic event at Hermitage Brewing Co. will include the brand new official South Bay Collaboration beer — brewed onsite by local brewers to celebrate the local brewing community and SF Beer Week. Enjoy the collab and check out many other enchanting beers. (purchase)


Sometimes you want to explore a certain zone of tastes and sensations. At San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House, you can delve into the sour rainbow at Sour Fest 10.0 (2/17), showcasing a curated collection of mouth-watering sour, tart and funky beers both on draft and in bottles.   

Or mix and match sours and bourbon barrels stouts at The Rose and Crown English Pub in Palo Alto for Barrel Aged and Sour Day with Mussels (2/11). A local chef prepares tasty mussels to pair with beers selected for their impeccable barrel pedigrees.

But perhaps the best-known style showcase in Silicon Valley is the 6th Annual Serpents and Stouts, (2/11), where Zymurgy meets Herpetology! Imagine giant snakes and massive Imperial Stouts converging at Ale Arsenal in San Carlos. Tickets go fast, though the list of name-drop stouts will persist throughout the evening — after the reptiles and their handlers go home. (Or stop by the next day for a jaw-dropping collection of Almanac Beer Co. creations in a human-only environment.)

Born in the SF Bay

New beer’s in the kettle at Santa Clara Brewing

No matter what the forecast, San Jose’s Santa Clara Valley Brewing will be hazy on 2/10 as this juicy double IPA emerges at the Alum Rock Double IPA Can Release. It’ll be on draft too, so you can relax and savor this batch on site before taking your fresh cans home. 

Belmont’s compact Alpha Acid Brewing Co. goes big every year with a release of their barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. Sample the variations — from brandy to vanilla-bourbon to Caribbean rum — at the Barrel Constrictor Tap Takeover & Bottle Release (2/10). And did we mention Jeroboams?

Nearby, join in on a lazy afternoon of beers paired with… Girl Scout cookies? It’s a celebration of the release of Strike Brewing Co.’s two Big Wall Imperial Stout versions and Willie Haze, a New England style IPA, on 2/10. All are cookie compatible.

And Along Came Something Savory

Speaking of pairing, “liquid bread” loves cheese! At San Jose’s 20twenty cheese bar, the Beer and Cheese Pairing (2/15) presents four beers selected to pair perfectly with four varieties of cheese in a tasting led by the talented house cheesemonger.

Armadillo Willy’s BBQ has invited a series of select breweries to complement their fare. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Night (2/10) presents the SF brewery that brought you Big Daddy IPA, including a special collaboration you haven’t tried yet.

The latest & freshest at South Winchester BBQ

At Half Moon Bay’s Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen, Sierra Nevada Beer Brunch (2/18) is shaping up as an entertaining sojourn with irreverent breakfast items to pair with hard to find Sierra brews, as you relax and enjoy the last day of the week that was.   

Visitors Welcome

South Winchester BBQ presents the Triple Threat: Cellarmaker, Green Cheek & Highland Park on 2/10, with brewers coming in from these exciting breweries for the San Jose event. Culinary collabs will include audacious moves like Vastness of Space BBQ Sauce.

Harry’s Hofbrau has enticed the medal-bedecked Firestone Walker Brewing Co. gang to bring selections from their Proprietor’s Reserve and Vintage collections as well as Barrelworks Wild Ales to San Jose — dubbed Firestone Walker Friday (2/16).

Love a Mystery?

How well do you know your local IPAs?  TAP’T Beer & Kitchen challenges all hopheads to try six IPAs blindfolded in Name That IPA on 2/16 in Sunnyvale. ID all six local creations and take home a prize. Vote for the best one and you may be able to enjoy it there all February.

At Armstrong Brewing Company in South San Francisco, 2/17 is different. For other SF Beer Week evenings, Armstrong proclaims their intentions to release a new porter or to play trivia over chocolate. But on this evening, come in for a genuine Mystery Event. All we know is that beer will be involved!

From the SF Peninsula to the Santa Clara Valley, the brewers and beer purveyors of the South Bay Area region are putting their best game together for the big week. Watch as it all emerges on the SF Beer Week Schedule, currently the best show in town!