By William Brand
Monday, February 2nd, 2009 at 12:34 pm in what's on tap.
Big changes at Tied House San Jose If you live in the South Bay and like good beer, you’ve no doubt visited Tied House, 65 N. San Pedro St, in downtown San Jose. It’s a large, barn of place in a design that in New York they call a “floor through.” You can enter on either San Pedro or the next street. They’ve always offered a long list of very drinkable beer; but I’ve never been a big fan.
That’s changing fast. The owners, who also operate Tied House in Mountain View, have hired Peter Licht, the longtime former Coast Range head brewer, as their head brewer in San Jose. Peter’s injecting new life into the pub. Among other things, he’s putting on a different cask ale every Friday. A reader and frequent poster to this blog, expressed shock at the improvement in the beer. He said the next beer on”Firkin Friday” will be a black IPA.
He also said he was told Tied House has just signed a contract to brew “exotic beers” for BevMo, to be sold under another name. “Interesting…I’ve never really think of Tied House as a destination for exotic beers,” he says.
Well, with Peter Licht at the helm, you can expect some interesting twists and turns. Tied House, by the way, is one of the original American brewpubs. The first one in Mountain View opened in 1988. The original head brewer was Cheuck Tom, who was masterbrewer at San Miguel in the Philippines, then at Anhueuser-Busch. So the beer from the start was excellent.
A second brewpub in Alameda on the Estuary opened in1989, but closed during the big craft beer downturn in the 1990s. San Jose opened in 1991.