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New brewery in Santa Cruz opens with a focus on European style lagers

NuBo – short for New Bohemia Brewing opened in March 2015 in Santa Cruz.  Dan Satterthwaite was the brewer at the Gordon Biersch brewpub in downtown San Jose.  He did a great job with the GB lagers.  I’m looking forward to making a trip to Santa Cruz to check newbohemianout this new brewpub.
Check them out at New Bohemia Brewing.

Downtown San Jose – ISO Beers


A new tap room has setup shop in Downtown San Jose with a clean, modern austere interior. ISO Beers opens with over 30 taps along the stainless wall of minimalist tap handles. Bare light bulb filaments are protected by wire baskets overhead. There is an outdoor patio that is currently sparsely furnished, but looks to be a great place to enjoy a glass of the many beers on tap.

There is also a wall of refrigerators with many more beers in bottles in the back.

You can bring food into ISO Beers – we walked over and brought back Ike’s Sandwiches then ordered a pint.
Ike's Sandwiches
The full tap list is at ISO Beer Menu, updated regularly. This is a solid new tap room with a great selection of taps in Downtown San Jose! Can’t wait for the patio to be fully filled out and sunny days to enjoy the view.

More here.


2014 California State Fair Homebrew Competition

The upcoming CA State Fair competition has added three categories:

  • 14D Specialty IPA – Rye IPA, Belgian IPA, White IPA, Black IPA, Spiced IPA, Fruit IPA, etc.
  • 29 Chili Beer
  • 30 Session Beer < 5%

Drop off location:
MoreBeer Los Altos is a drop off location so no need to worry about shipping entries to Sacramento. Entry registration is due May 2nd with entries being submitted by May 16th.

Rubicon Brewing Company will brew one of the gold medal winning beers.

For more information, visit the NorCal HomeBrew Competition site