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Silicon Valley Beer Week: 170 tastings, tap takeovers, restaurant events

From Belmont to Dublin to Gilroy, Silicon Valley Beer Week is upon us, with a whopping 170 events on tap through July 30.
Major events include the Taste of San Jose Kickoff Party (4:30-10 p.m. tonight, July 21, at Forager Tasting Room on South First Street); the San Mateo County Brewery Festival (1-6 p.m. July 22 at Code 30 in Redwood City); the Los Gatos BrewFest (noon-5 p.m. July 22 at Jack Rose Libation House); and the grand finale, the KraftBrew Summer Fest (1-6 p.m. July 30 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose), a multicultural celebration of brews and food.
The 10-day schedule shows South Bay restaurants increasingly joining in with paired dinners, menu deals, tap takeovers and meet-the-brewmaster events. Here’s a sampling:
— Scott’s Seafood in San Jose will devote the rooftop patio to a multi-course beer pairing dinner (July 24).
— 71 Saint Peter in San Jose will match Hess beers with bar bites (July 21-22).
— Taplands in Santa Clara is making doughnut breakfast sandwiches and serving them with coffee beers (July 22).
— Armadillo Willy’s will throw Burger Bashes and tap takeovers at its Dublin, Cupertino, Santa Clara, San Jose, San Mateo and Sunnyvale locations (July 22) and Los Altos (July 29).
— Ludwig’s German Table in San Jose is offering a “Beer and Schweinshaxe Special.” That’s a barbecue-finished ham hock, with a potato dumpling (July 28-29).
— SmokeEaters in Santa Clara is serving up Ice Cream Sundae Stouts (July 23).
— Dry Creek Grill in San Jose has created dishes to pair with Mission Brewery beers (July 24).
— Mosaic Asian Fusion in San Jose will hold four nights of beer and food pairings (July 26-29).
— At Faultline Brewing in Sunnyvale, there will be nightly “Roadhouse ‘You Pick’ BBQ” meals (all dates).
— Rosie McCann’s at Santana Row in San Jose is pairing Lagunitas with its corned beef-topped Irish Burger (July 25).
— At Stuft Pizza in Milpitas, buy a pint and get a free slice of pizza (July 26).
— Fibbar Magees in Sunnyvale is doing brats and Coronado beer (July 25).
— Cin-Cin Wine Bar in Los Gatos will line up small plates with Strike beers (July 25).
— Nom Burger in Sunnyvale is pairing crabcake burgers with craft brews (July 28).
— Rock Bottom in Cupertino is offering a Fish & Chips & Beer special (July 22-23).
Restaurants scheduling tap takeovers include Henry’s Hi Life in San Jose (boilermakers); Grill 57 in Los Gatos (Bear Republic), Kyoto Palace Japanese Steakhouse in Campbell (Golden State), Willow Street Pizza in San Jose (Hermitage), Jack Rose Libation House in Los Gatos (Knee Deep), 4th Street Pizza Co. in San Jose (Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Anchor), Bourbon Pub in Santa Clara (New Bohemia), Original Gravity in San Jose (20-plus sours), Pizza California in North San Jose (blind tastings of six IPAs), Pizzeria Delfina in Palo Alto (Calicraft), Sammy G’s Pizzeria in San Jose (NorCal vs. SoCal), the Farmers Union in San Jose (Altamont, Mission Trail Cider); Steins Cupertino (Bruery, Calicraft); The Refuge in San Carlos; and Trail Dust BBQ in Morgan Hill (Alvarado Street, Temescal).
Find the full lineup of beer festivals, walks and other events at www.svbeerweek.com.

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