Valley Brews

Head Brewer Greg Filippi (left) and Brewmaster Peter Licht (right) manage Hermitage Brewing Company's barrel aging program.

Head Brewer Greg Filippi (left) and Brewmaster Peter Licht (right) manage Hermitage Brewing Company’s barrel aging program.

Have you noticed something different in your grocery store’s beer section or the taps at your favorite bar? You are drinking (seriously delicious) beer that is created in your hometown. The beers taste and wash down great, but everyone has a part in supporting this industry and in understanding the incredible opportunities it brings to all. Craft beer is poised to transform San José and impact our social lives and cultural experiences just as it has for Portland and San Diego. Even if you are not a beer lover, you may be curious to find out about its potential impact on our communities, social lives, and potential for job creation.

Wrap up the month of May by spending the last Friday of the month drinking some of the best hand-crafted beer in San José at the Valley Brews fundraiser that will benefit the New Leaders Council of Silicon Valley, the local chapter of New Leaders Council, a nonprofit that empowers the next generation of progressive innovators of Silicon Valley. San José is going through an artistic, beer, and social renaissance. It is the community’s job to support these young leaders who are motivated to make sure communities are flourishing in creativity, progress, and entrepreneurship. Craft beer brings people and communities together.

The panel “Pushing the Boundaries of Beer in the Valley of Craft Delights,” presented by NLC Silicon Valley, is an impressive mix of civic leaders, industry experts, and local craft brewers. They will discuss craft breweries’ role in shaping vibrant cities and role as a nexus for arts, music, conversation, and mobilization. The panel will also cover how to start a successful craft brewery and how local craft brewers (artists in and of themselves, who make people’s taste buds sing) are pushing the boundaries of craft brewing in sustainability, diversity, and innovation. Get to know your city’s craft brewers. Sipping on that craft beer at Valley Brews is going to change where you drink, who you meet, and where you and your neighbors work. This fundraiser is a great way to learn about the burgeoning craft beer scene and how everyone can be a part of it in its infancy.

strike-brewingTaste buds and brains cells will be invigorated. Drink the hoppy, fragrant brews of Strike Brewing Company, Camino Brewing Company, Hermitage Brewing Company, and Santa Clara Valley Brewing (set to open the doors of its own brewery this month). Listen to the leaders of these breweries talk about beer and their experiences, network with political and social entrepreneurs, and toast to NLC Silicon Valley’s 5-year anniversary. San José Mayor Sam Liccardo is a guest speaker and Kim Walesh, Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development for the City of San José, will be speaking on the panel, as well. This event is co-hosted by Kaiser Permanente.

May 29, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95116
Reserve Tickets (scroll down ticket page to order*)

*For special discount offer, select two $60 Content Magazine Members tickets. Limited to the first ten pairs of tickets.

Written by Anna Bagirov

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