SAN JOSE — It’s not often the case that going to a beer festival also means being able to stroll around one of the trendiest areas of town; with boutique shops, fine dining and a glass of craft beer in hand.
But that’s exactly what the latest Beerwalk will be bringing together this Wednesday, July 29 at Santana Row in San Jose, Calif., during Silicon Valley Beer Week. 20 craft breweries — including South Bay destinations, like Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Hermitage, Strike, Gordon Biersch and Fautline — will be posted along Santana Row throughout various shopping destinations at Santana Row.
This latest incarnation of the South Bay’s Beerwalk follows the same formula as past versions: Beerwalk attendees check in and receive a signature 3 ounce beer glass with a map of tasting destinations. Attendees then make their way around Santana Row, where different breweries will be posted at Santana Row stores and restaurants, such as Tommy Bahama, Hotel Valencia, El Jardin, and Madewell. Breweries will be pouring each attendee one pour per person at each station.
Jordan Trigg, co-founder of the Beerwalk, said a big goal of the Beerwalk at Santana Row is to “get people into downtown districts, pop into a boutique they wouldn’t normally go to, or a book store or toy store,” and “see what makes each business district unique.”
“I definitely like to focus on the local breweries the most,” said Trigg. “We started Beerwalks about four years ago or so back in 2012… to help raise money for the downtown areas and various nonprofits. Now Beerwalk is finally its own non-profit.”
This particular Beerwalk will raise funds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and Bay Brewers Guild. Trigg says the Beerwalks have raised $40,000 this year alone for the non-profits the events benefit.
Tickets are available for $30 at the Beerwalk website and at the event itself for $38. The event runs from 6 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, July 29. Visitors can check in as early as 5 pm at the Santana Row Park between Left Bank and Lark Creek Blue.