New Belgium Lips Of Faith tap takeover August 29th

August 29th Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, CA. New Belgium Lips Of Faith tap takeover.
On Tap: Tart Lychee, Biere de mars, Cocoa Mole Ale, Red Hoptober, Somersault, Super IPA, Peach Porch Lounger, Biere de Garde, Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout, Berliner weisse, Prickly pear saison, Fat Tire, Super Cru, Abbey Grand Cru, Matt’s Ale

Cocoa Mole Ale
Chile beer- ABV 9%- this was an amazing strong spicy ale. It is full flavored, complex and spicy. It’s only for those who can handle such a bold intense flavored brew. It smells of chiles. It is nice drinking real mole.

Red Hoptober
Red Ale- ABV 6% – a very good red ale

American blonde ale- ABV 5.2% this is always a great summer beer light crisp and refreshing

Super IPA
Imperial IPA- ABV 9%

Peach Porch Lounger
Saison- ABV 9.4%

Biere de Garde
ABV 9%
Ale brewed with orange peel. The scent is if a strong ale and oranges. You can taste the orange peel in every aspect of this ale the initial taste, with it in your mouth and the carry through to the after taste. The color is very light see through but very orange. Half way through my glass I’m feeling the beer more then normal and that when I looked up the ABV and to my surprise it’s a 9% for being such a light color and consistency it’s surprisingly strong.

Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
Imperial Stout- ABV 9% very dark black in color with a brown solid lacing. You cant see through the beer at all. Strong dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts in the flavor

Berliner weisse
ABV 7%

Prickly pear saison
Saison- ABV 8.5%

Super Cru
Belgian strong pale ale- ABV 10%

Abbey Grand Cru
Belgian Strong Dark Ale- ABV 9.5%

Matt’s Ale
Abbey Dubbel- ABV 7%





Melange a Bruery SF Beer week Tuesday

2-12-13 Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose Melange a Bruery- the Bruery tap take over. On Tap: The Bruery Hottenroth, Melange 3, Saison De Lenete, Sour in the Rye, Loakal Red, Mischief, Smoking Wood, Humulas Lager, Autumn Maple, Rugbrod

hottenroth – German -style tart wheat beer- ABV 3.1% the smell is very yeasty. A very cloudy yellow light golden color. The flavor is very flat with not much kick.


Melange 3 – blend of three bourbon barrel aged strong ale- ABV 15% – a very dark black color. The smell is a strong strong oak aged flavor and smells like a stout. The flavor strong, sweet, and smooth


Saison De Lenete – Fresh hippiness and wild rustic Brett character – ABV 6.5% -The scent is very musky strong. The flavor is like a strong white Belgian ale
The color is a cloudy golden color


Sour in the Rye – sour rye ale aged in oak barrels – 7.76% – a very darker orange golden color with a soils white lacing. The sent is sour and floral. The flavor is very sour at first and the turns very sweet, it had a sweet almost honey and floral flavor. This is one of the best sours I have ever had


loakal Red – 75% American red ale , 25% Ale aged in American oak barrels- ABV 6.9%- The smell is very hoppy like a IPA. The color is a dark amber brown color. The flavor is hoppy like a American pale ale for sure is isn’t overpowering but most hops


Mischief Hoppy Belgian-style golden strong ale – ABV 8.5% – a very light yellow color. Mch lighter color then I thought it would be from the description. It has light hoppy scent. A very dry tart flavor it’s a strong flavor but very light notes of hops


Smoking Wood – Smoked Imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels – ABV 13% – a pitch black color. A strong oak aged smell. Extremely strong smokey flavor


Humulas Lager – Imperial pale lager with 4lbs. Of hops per barrel- ABV 7.4%- a dark golden color with a light white lacing the smell is of hops like an IPa and the flavor is strong of hops like a American pale ale almost IPA


This night we have a bunch of people with us my drinking partner Jesse, my co workers Alex and Matt and Alex’s wife Kat then later my Cousin Tim I haven’t seen since I was a kid and were now grown up and meeting for beer. He came up from the OC for SF beer week. Tim’s sister and best friend showed up later that night. It was a good night of beer The Bruery never fails to please and amaze



SF Beer Week Events at Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose

There are a couple SF beer week events at Harry’s Hofbrau that I will be trying to make as many as I can here is a list:
TUESDAY – Melange a Bruery
a melange = a mix.  We are mixing things up with our friends from southern California the Bruery.  We will have sours, berlinerweiss, saisons, barrel-aged, lagers, a mix of almost everything!  Members from the brewery will be on hand to talk beer.  The Bruery very rarely does events outside of southern CA so we are very excited to have them with us!
List so far:
Melange #3, Sour in the Rye, Hottenroth, Smoking Wood Rye, Loakal Red, Mischief
Humulus lager, Saison de Lente, Rugbrod, Hottenroth, Loakal Red, and Smoking wood

WEDNSDAY – 28 Tap Takeover with Stone Brewing and Mitch Steele

The BIGGEST event we have ever done!  28 tap takeover with Stone Brewing, they really dipped in to their cellar on this one, and Mitch Steele the IPA man himself will be on hand.  Take a look at this taplist: Stone Pale Ale Stone IPA Stone Smoked Porter Stone Cali Bel … Stone Sublimely Self-Righteouse Ale Arrogant Bastard Ale Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale Stone Levitation Ale Stone Ruination IPA Stone Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Bean Stone “The Tiger Cub” Saison Evil Twin / Stillwater / Stone “The Perfect Crime” Black Smoked Saison Ken Schmidt/Iron Fist/Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout Stone 16th Anniversary Ale w/Green Tea Leaves 2008 Stone Old Guardian Barley aged in Red Wine 2011 Stone Old Gardian Belgo Barley Wine Stone Suitable for Cave Aging aged in Bourbon Barrels 2012 Double Bastard Ale 2011 Stone Anise BELGO Imperial Russian Stout Stone Mixtape Ale vol.2 – CH & HS’s Blend Stone Mixtape Ale vol.3 – Belong to Where You Are, the Neighborhood Blend 2012 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2012 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale Stone/Drake’s collab session IPA 2013 odd year smoked Old Guardian This is going to be insane!

FRIDAY – Firestone Walker Presents: Roots of XVI a component event

We are very excited to have Firestone Walker with us on Friday of beer week with some incredible beers.  Some of the brews have never left the brewery, others have never been poured in our part of the Bay.  We will have live music and brewers from the brewery on site.  This is a don’t miss event for beer week!

SATURDAY – Feb 16th – Barrel-aged, Rare, and Favorites from Ballast Point

If you came to this event last year you know it was a great time!  We are hitting the taps again with our friends from Ballast Point but this year BIGGER.  Brew staff and reps from the brewery will be here to share a pint with.  Check out the taplist: Barrel-aged Victory at Sea, Barrel-aged Black Marlin, Barrel-aged Three Sheets, Barleywine, Habanero Sculpin, Nitro Big Eye IPA, Abandon Ship, Old Barmy, 2011 Sea Monster, Longfin, Fathom IPL, Sculpin, Victory at Sea, More to Come!

Sunday Feb 17th – Annual IPA event with Pliny the Younger and Hopocalypse Black Label

No you are not seeing things we said BLACK label on tap!  If you couldn’t make it to the brewery release of Black Label Hopocalypse,  or need your Pliny the Younger fix, we got you covered.  We are dedicating all 28 taps to hoppiness for your happiness.  After searching far and wide, we have compiled a tap list of some great IPAs, DIPAs, and beyond!  We really would like to thank Drake’s for bestowing the keg of black label upon us.  Get here early to be sure you get a glass, it’s an all day event so find a driver and settle in for the day!

Karl Strauss pint night 1-31-13

Karl Strauss pint night 1-31-13 Harry’s Hoffbrau San Jose, CA

Karl Strauss Barrel Aged Wreck Alley Imperial Stout-
ABV 9.5%- very dark Black in color. Tastes of sweet creamy malts but not much barrel aged flavor to it. It is a strong stout but not as strong as most Imperial stouts.


Firestone Walker Oak Aged Marzen-
ABV 5%- light clear golden color. strong flavor with a crisp bite, I don’t taste the oak except on the back end.