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Santa Clara Valley Brewing

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Steve Donahue and Tom Clark founded Santa Clara Valley Brewing in 2013 with the goal of “providing our friends and neighbors with a selection of fine handcrafted beers created with the highest quality ingredients.” We’d say they’re doing a pretty bang up job on that, which makes SCVB the first stop on our San Jose brewery tour!

SCVB’s Electric Tower IPA pays homage to the neighborhood’s historic San Jose Electric Light Tower of 1881, one of many so called ‘moontowers’ that illuminated nighttime cityscapes across Europe and the U.S. in the late 1800’s. It packs a heavy wallop of West Coast IPA+ness to remind you not only where you came from but where you’re going…for another beer!

Two other flagships – Peralta Porter and New Almaden Red -compliment a wide selection of experimental  and one off brewskis. Check them out at 101 E. Alma St. in San Jose! CHEERS!

Hop Dogma Brewing Company

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El Grenada, California is a pretty relaxing and peaceful place all right. It’s located on the Pacific Coast just north of beautiful Half Moon Bay. Life seems pretty sweet here from the looks of it. There’s an old western post office across the street from the beach, a beachy gourmet sandwich shop and one of the best breweries on the Pacific Ocean – Hop Dogma Brewing Company.

Hop Dogma swung its doors open on the 4th of July in 2013 after founders Ethan Martini and Dan Littlefield took their “hobby business” into the San Francisco Peninsula brewery big leagues. They are known for brewing small batch, hop forward “adventurous” ales, and we couldn’t agree more with their reputation for brewing quality beers made with the freshest ingredients. Grab a sandwich from across the street and get comfy in this superb ocean view craft beer bar!

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We may be in a little over our heads at Hop Dogma! Beer flight on deck = Waddell Creek Saison, Kara’s Kolsch, Here’s You’re Hefe, Pyros Prost (American Rye with chili peppers), Cornshucker Cream Ale, Walk to Me Pale Ale, We All Grin for Lupin IPA and last but not least Fides in Fermento. CHEERS!

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales was founded by Adair Paterno and Tim Clifford in Capitola, California, along the coast of Monterey Bay just south of Santa Cruz. It’s gorgeous here all year round! Home to 70 wineries, Santa Cruz also serves as a hub for beer making (and beer drinking!). This is our third visit to Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. Can you tell we’re fans?!

Paterno and Clifford describe SARA as “an expression of our many years of beergeekery, the rabbit hole of tasting every beer we could get our hands on, and trusting we could contribute to the canon of those beers on the highest esteem.” We’ll drink to that! CHEERS!

Beer flight on deck = Anais Saison, Simpleton IPA (brewed with Simcoe and Galaxy hops) and of course the Vanilla Joe (brewed with Verve Coffee and vanilla beans)!

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Beermaking in progress!

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