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San Francisco Beer Week 2012 Recap

Posted on by Jenny

San Francisco Beer Week 2012 has come and gone.  But don’t worry, if you couldn’t make it to any of the events, there are plenty of other opportunities coming up in the next few months.  The Strike team was thrilled to be a part of 6 incredible events over the last week.  From the Opening Reception and the first San Jose Beer Walk that kicked off the week [read more here] to the South Bay Brewmasters Dinner at California Café Palo Alto and Meet the Brewers at Hermitage in San Jose… it was a  fun-filled, busy week.

Last Thursday we had the opportunity to be a part of our first beer pairing dinner.  Executive Chef Mark Pettyjohn and Sous Chef Madison Montoto brought together 5 great breweries and 5 incredible courses for one heck of a night. Breweries included Firehouse, Los Gatos Brewing Company, Palo Alto Brewing, Tied House and Strike.  This was another sold out event with over 100 people attending.

My personal favorite was the 3rd course, a Braised Veal Breast with parsnip puree and roasted wild mushrooms (photo below). 



And the dessert was also pretty incredible – both in looks and taste.  It was an Apricot Semifreddo with guava and ginger. 



Meet the Brewers happened this past Saturday and it was a packed house.   We poured the Blonde, Wit and Brown alongside 16 other brewers and 7 food trucks.  Not a bad Saturday. This event sold out quite early with some folks getting turned away at the door. Luckily as brewers we were able to get there a couple hours prior to the doors opening.  All we had to do was lug around heavy kegs of beer and set up our station.  Who knew we’d get so lucky.

We had an absolute blast at every beer week event we went to this year and we can’t wait to participate again next year.

Next up is the Bay Area Brew Fest at Fort Mason on Saturday, March 3rd from 1-5pm.  Get your tickets here  >>

Cheers! – Jenny

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SF Beer Week 2012

Posted on by Jenny

SF Beer Week is off to a fantastic start.  And there are still plenty of events left if you haven’t had the chance to catch one yet.  We started off joining 66 incredible breweries at the Opening Reception this past Friday.  Here’s a few shots from the night, courtesy of Mario Rubio from  










Saturday, we joined 17 other breweries for the first San Jose BeerWalk hosted by Jack’s Neighborhood Bar & Lounge and  Attendance was spectacular with over 500 people turning out on what appeared to be a gloomy Saturday to stroll through Japantown in San Jose.  Each brewery was stationed at a different retail location and we were paired up with Empire 7 Studios.

Last night we joined three other south bay breweries at Wine Affairs in San Jose. Tomorrow we’re looking forward to hanging out at First & Main Sports Lounge in Los Altos where our Brown and Wit will  only be $3 from 4pm on.  If you can’t make it tomorrow, Thursday’s Beer Pairing Dinner at California Café in Palo Alto also looks to be an incredible feast.  Check out this menu and see for yourself.  Our mouths are already watering thinking about the 5 courses that are being prepared by renowned Chef Mark Pettyjohn.  And did we mention that each course comes with two different beers?!  

Cheers! – Jenny

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