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Emails: Looking for a good beer pub in San Jose

By William Brand
Saturday, January 19th, 2008 at 3:39 pm in Uncategorized.

Allagash beer glassHi William, Just curious, is there a good beer pub in the san jose area……….Doug

Wow. What a great question Doug. The only places I’m familiar with are brewpubs, Tied House, 65 N San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA 95113, 408-295-2739. It’s in downtown San Jose and Firehouse Grill & Brewery, 111 South Murphy Ave in Sunnyvale, 408.773.9500. This used to be Stoddard’s Brewery.

In San Jose, here are two I have in my 2008 Good Pub List

Mission Ale House, 97 East Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113, 408-292-4058. I’ve never been to this place, but it comes highly recommended. In downtown, not far from San Jose State, large stock of craft beer.

Trials Pub, 265 North 1st St., San Jose, CA 95113, 408-947-0497. This is another place I haven’t visited, but people tell me it’s got a large stock of British beers, many taps including a cask ale or two, usually. Beer list on the web leans heavily toward conglomerate beer: InBev, Scottish & Newcastle, Guinness. Critics point out it’s very small and in a crappy area. Food is straight from the UK bangers & all.

Last month, I did a pub crawl for KQED, which six people from Silicon Valley won in an online auction. They suggested a few places down their way, which I haven’t visited yet. but… hey… one of the six had these on his Blackberry.

Morgan Hill Tobacco, 408-776-7667. They sell cigars, but they have a decent stock of beer, these people said. They all like Ayinger Weissbrau and the place stocks it.

Another was: St. John’s Bar & Grille , in Sunnyvale, 510 Lawrence Expressway, 408-738-8515. I called them; they have an all right stock on tap: the Gordon Biersch beers, Coors Blue Moon, Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, Sierra Nevada, etc. Not spectacular but ok, seems to me.

OK Doug and readers of this blog. here’s your mission if you care to accept it: When you find a good beer pub around San Jose, let me know. I’ll post it on my blog and put it in my pub list. Best. wb.

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