This is something you really need to know about, and I’m giving you a good 10-day heads-up. I’m talking about Silicon Valley Beer Week (July 28-Aug 3), which resembles a mashup between a beerfest and the sponsored after-work talks/mixers that are so popular here in the Southbay and Peninsula. Which means both fun and educational, and better than just a big rented hall with a bunch of folding tables and empty taps too often found at other beerfests.
For starters, it’s not really a beerfest at all, but a whole bunch of events going on throughout the week, at 80 different venues, from San Jose to San Carlos. That’s right, 80 venues, and a couple hundred events. Curious about Belgian tripels? Drop by Refuge in San Carlos on Tuesday, July 30, for a tasting of six tripels on tap. There’s fancy events such as the $45 Ballast Point Brewmasters Dinner at California Café in Los Gatos, with a four-course dinner paired with selections from the San Diego-based brewery. Or stop by Mosaic in San Jose to imbibe and be educated by the rep from Northcoast Brewing. Or there’s this musical event at Good Karma Vegan Café in downtown San Jose: BYOV (bring your own vinyl) and fermented food pairing, with reps from Whole Foods and Lagunitas.
There’s something for every beer and food lover here to enjoy, and my only complaint is that there’s too much going on at the same time, so you’ll inevitably miss out on an otherwise can’t miss event. (There’s something like 40 events listed for Thursday, Aug 1.) And wait, yes, there is a beerfest, on Saturday, Aug 3, 1-7pm, in downtown San Jose. The KraftBrew Fest features more than 45 American, Belgian and German craft beers, $10 for general admission, and $50 for a Z-Pass that gets you in an hour early (plus some swag). Anyway, just check out the events list: http://www.svbeerweek.com/events/ and thank me later.