While wine-tasting is practically the official sport of California, craft beer making is big and new breweries are popping up all the time here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Like wineries, many of these startup brewers offer simple tasting rooms where you can sample any of their beers just steps away from where they were brewed.
I pulled together this list of all the Silicon Valley craft beer breweries that have tasting rooms you can visit.
Most of these brewers also offer growler fills so you can take a few pints to enjoy at home. Looking for restaurants or brewpubs that offer full meals? Check out this list of brewery restaurants in Silicon Valley.
1627 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA
Hermitage Brewing Company brews up about dozen robust and flavorful beers including the hop enthusiast's Hoptopia, and their varietal-focused single hop brews. Hermitage is the sister brewery of Mountain View's Tied House and you can taste both brands on tap at the brewery.
Tap room is open Wednesday through Sunday, check website for hours.
101 E. Alma Ave., San Jose, CA
Santa Clara Valley Brewing Company's beers pay tribute to Silicon Valley's past with a number of beers inspired by our history.
The tap room is open seven days a week, check website for hours.
2099 S 10th St, San Jose, CA
Strike Brewing Company is known for their low-alcohol "session" beers--the kind you can enjoy a few of without feeling drunk, such as while watching a sporting event. The brewery's founder, Drew Ehrlich, used to be pitcher for Stanford University’s baseball team, which inspired this brewing interest and baseball-themed branding.
The tap room is open Wednesday through Sunday, check website for hours. Brewery tours are available Thursday and Friday at 5pm. Food trucks come out to the brewery each Friday.
935 Washington St, San Carlos, CA
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company is an award winning local brewer with beers inspired by European traditions. The brewery has been locally-recognized for their sustainable brewing and operations.
The tap room is only open on Friday afternoons. Each Friday from 5-10pm, the brewery hosts the popular weekly food truck meetup, Off The Grid.
Whole Foods, 777 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
While purists will argue this isn't a true craft brewery because it's owned and operated by national grocer, Whole Foods Market, they do have an attractive two-story downtown taproom and brew their beers on-site. The Downtown San Jose location was the grocery chain's first on-site brewery in California. Their second floor taproom features nineteen rotating taps of craft beer, wine, & cider and a short food menu.
The taproom is open seven days a week.
San Jose, CA (Closed for the summer of 2015)
The South Bay's first nano-brewery brews relatively small batches with faster turnaround time.
They are currently closed for the summer of 2015 as they move into a new location. I'll update this post when they announce their reopening.