Beer LAB: Breweries

Spend an evening under the stars with Content Magazine on The Tech’s private rooftop patio on September 29th from 7:00–9:30pm at Beer LAB. Last year’s Geektoberfest Golden Beaker winner, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, will teach the science behind the suds and how various styles and flavors are created. Guests will learn the art of pairing beer with food—a craft that is not as well known, but is quickly rising in prominence in the food and beverage industry—from Uproar Brewing Company with the assistance of Organicopia. In addition, exclusive craft brews will be available from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Bellpenny Brewing Company, Blue Oak Brewing Company, Camino Brewing Company, and Uncommon Brewers.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

In July 2000, several Half Moon Bay families, spearheaded by Lenny and Christine Mendonca, envisioned a family-friendly restaurant and brewery with drop-dead gorgeous ocean views, great food, live music and dancing, and award-winning beer. The company takes great pride in its hand-crafted beers that are created in the purpose-built brewery adjacent to the restaurant. Expert brewmaster James Costa is in charge of producing the brewery’s always-fresh selection of ales and other varieties, as well as several seasonal brews throughout the year. The Mavericks Amber Ale won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup. The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has set a high standard for craft beer in the Bay Area for the past sixteen years. As a business, they are also dedicated to giving back to the community, supporting education, and maintaining a pro-active, environmentally friendly stance.

Uproar Brewing

Located in the SoFA district of downtown San Jose, Uproar will be a brewery, tap room, and full kitchen open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Their philosophy is that great beer deserves great food—and they intend to prove it. Jim Turturici is their head brewer with multiple World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival medals. Jim is free to make beer styles from any country, and he’s got ideas from England, Belgium, Germany, and the USA in mind. The only rule at Uproar is: “Our beers must play well with food.” Their building is a beautiful combination of high wooden ceilings and old brick walls with an industrial feel. Guests can see the brewery from almost every seat in the house, and an open window lets guests watch the chef and his team work their magic. The question everyone asks is: “When will you be open?” Uproar’s answer is always: “As soon as we can.” It’s not a tease; it’s just hard to predict when the city, county, state, and federal government will all give them the thumbs up to open their doors.


As a boutique style catering company, Organicopia is best known for multi-course food and wine pairings with complete customization of menus. Starting as an in-home private chef, founder Molly Bravo cooked for busy families with no time to shop or prepare nutritious meals for dinner. Over time, she became known for her warm hospitality and genuine love of her craft. In 2015, Bravo was approached by FoodyTV to host a cooking and lifestyle show, filmed in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Bellpenny Brewing Company

Bellpenny Brewing Company is a small, local craft brewery born from 24 years of brewing experience and a lot of heart. Adhering to the techniques and principles that have not changed over the centuries, they strive to bring these respected traditions to the present. Fierce in spirit and stubborn in nature, Bellpenny could have only come to life through the support of friends and colleagues.

Blue Oak Brewing Company

Blue Oak Brewing Company is a small, start-up microbrewery out of San Carlos. The company was founded in 2014, mainly as a dream of leveraging a hobby with professional biotechnology experience into a small business. Founder Alex Porter has been homebrewing for over thirteen years and working in the biotech and food industry for over two decades. Blue Oak brings a scientific approach to small batch beer and looks forward to welcoming new guests into its tasting room all the time.

Camino Brewing Company

The Camino is a journey of connection and self-reflection. Camino Brewing Company loves crafting high quality beer and drinking it with friends old and new. Beer brings people together—it always has—and Camino loves being a part of those connections. Camino is building a place where fellow travelers can congregate and revel in life’s journey. Camino’s tap room, opening in 2017, hopes to draw beer lovers from both near and far to commune with one another.

Uncommon Brewers

Since 2007, Uncommon Brewers has been making what are undoubtedly the most uncommon beers around in beautiful Santa Cruz. Uncommon’s tasting room and kitchen, The Oasis, will be opening in early 2017.

The Content LAB series inspires, creates, and connects the creative community.

$65 – Content Magazine Subscribers (instructions in e-mail) and Tech Museum Members (in advance)

$85 – General Admission (in advance)

$100 – At the Door

Beer LAB ticket includes: VIP access to The Tech rooftop, a commemorative Geektoberfest tasting glass, exclusive beer tasting and food pairings, a brewing class, meet and greet with brewers, and full access to The Tech’s Geektoberfest.

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Thank you to event partners: The Tech Museum, Swanson Family, BioCurious, Uproar Brewing Company, Organicopia, Bellpenny Brewing Company, Uncommon Brewers, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Blue Oak Brewing Company, Camino Brewing Company, Bank of America, Tabrizi Productions, Tommy Aguilar aka “Chale Brown” of Universal Grammar, Chris Reed, SOSKIphoto, and Michael Borja.

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