Monthly Archives: September 2011

Hopinions: It’s Not All Unicorns and Rainbows

Update: Anchor CEO Keith Greggor issues a public statement in response to Boston Beer Company Lawsuit. You can view the statement on but I’ve also copied and pasted it at the end of Mario’s last piece below. On this … Continue reading

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Parktoberfest at the Lafayette Park Hotel

With Oktoberfest already in full swing in Germany, many of our local breweries and restaurants are getting into the swing of things. BetterBeerBlog friend @WellAndrea has written up a fantastic post encompassing many of the Oktoberfest celebrations in the South … Continue reading

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Oktoberbest at Harry’s Hofbrau, San Jose

Sorry for the late notice, but Harry’s is kicking off their Oktoberfest celebration tonight in San Jose. Who: Harry’s Hofbrau What: Oktoberfest kickoff featuring Schneider (see below for tap list) Where: Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129 … Continue reading

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Drake’s Flocktoberfest is this Friday!

BetterBeerBlog favorite and 2011 Lupulin for Lupus participating brewery, Drake’s Brewing, is having their Flocktoberfest this Friday. Oktoberfest is imminently approaching and Drake’s wanted to bring some of that fun to the Bay Area for those of us not attending. … Continue reading

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Firehouse Brewery Night at Rose and Crown

The Great American Beer Festival is right around the corner. As a final hurrah before the big event, Firehouse Brewery & Grill brewmaster Steve Donohue will be at the Rose & Crown in Palo Alto for a brewery night. This … Continue reading

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2011 Gordon Biersch Festbier Tapping Party Recap

About a week ago, Gordon Biersch unveiled it’s latest seasonal, Festbier. Gordon Biersch brewpubs had tapping parties across many of their locations. Because of it’s proximity to where we live, Mrs. BetterBeerBlog, myself and several friends visited the San Jose … Continue reading

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Announcing: The 2011 Lupulin for Lupus Fundraiser

As if quitting to start my own business wasn’t enough, I’m also organizing fundraisers with my good friends. Friday, October 7th will mark the 2nd Annual Lupulin for Lupus fundraiser. Working with Tied House, this year’s fundraiser will be even … Continue reading

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So I’ve decided to open my own business, now what?

After that bomb-shell of an announcement last Friday, I took the weekend “off” to enjoy some quiet downtime. I know that soon, “downtime” will be a thing of the past as I work towards getting the doors open of the … Continue reading

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The most important blog post I’ve written to date.

I quit. I never thought I’d be uttering those two words but I have. Today marks my last day at my day job, a company that I’ve spent the last 9 years of my life with. As I type, the … Continue reading

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Brewmaster’s Dinner at California Café featuring 21st Amendment Brewery Recap

A few weeks ago, I attended the Brewmaster’s Dinner at California Café in Palo Alto featuring 21st Amendment Brewery. This was the latest dinner in their on-going series of beer and food dinners and I was particularly excited to attend … Continue reading

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