What better way to welcome the weekend than #InternationalBeerDay. It’s a day for us to come together and celebrate everything cold, hoppy, and delicious. It’s also a chance to indulge in endless bar snacks. Soft pretzel, anyone?
We’ve pulled together a list of the best spots in South Bay and beyond for you to imbibe. Take a look:
Fieldwork Brewing Company, San Mateo
Founded in Berkeley, this brewery recently opened a spot in San Mateo. They focus on exceptional, honest beer-making and source only the best local ingredients for their clever concoctions. Make sure you grab a crowler, for refreshment on the go.
Try: Tangeberry Parfait, a Kettle Sour Ale. A blended fruit parfait with a tart, creamy, and fruity finish.
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, San Carlos
This large and lively spot features live music, fire pits, and food trucks in addition to a wide selection of beers to choose from. They have a rotating series of seasonal selections, in addition to taproom mainstays like their barrel aged scotch ale, rye IPA, and amber ale. Devils Canyon is also home to Beer Kitty, a reclusive feline that prowls the bar when she pleases.
Try: Full Boar Scotch Ale. Caramel, chocolate, and just the right amount of smoke.
Blue Oak Brewing Company, San Carlos
Founder Alex took the leap from homebrew to microbrew and opened up his San Carlos stop to create a cozy, backyard environment. Blue Oak focuses on true-to-style beers including Belgians and lagers, but customer feedback plays a role in which beers are experimented with next. Pop on in, and let your voice be heard.
Try: Pandora’s Box, a double IPA with vanilla bean. Hoppy and sweet, a perfect treat.
Freewheel Brewing Company, Redwood City
Extra points for this spot. In addition to cask-conditioned ales and top notch session beers, Freewheel specializes in English-inspired pub food with California flavor. What does that even mean, you ask? Well, it means fish and chips battered in IPA with caprese salad on the side.
Try: Mind the Gap, an "English-American” keg IPA. Bitter, smooth, and a little sweet.
Hapa’s Brewing Company, San Jose
Named as a nod to the Hawaiian word for “mixed”, Hapa’s Brewing delights in combining the unusual. You can find beers infused with oddities - like a kettle mango sour. Or you could stick with the traditional hoppy pilsner. Whatever your after, it’s likely Hapa’s has you covered. Pets are welcome, too, so bring Fido the next time you meet up with friends.
Try: Hungry Dog, a classic West Coast IPA. Your traditional IPA infused with citrus and tropical flavor. The perfect end-of-summer drink.