The Craft Beer Scene Flourishes in South Bay

California is a mecca for craft beers and the South Bay has always been a haven for beer lovers, but now more than ever, it is a great time for hop lovers to be in the 650. The artisanal craft beer craze is flourishing in the South Bay and craft breweries are innovative, experimenting with fruit, coffee and chocolate beers and beyond.

Whether you’re sipping pints from the Ale Arsenal in San Carlos or checking out the facilities at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View, the torrent of craft-beer purveyors give you endless options.

Have you heard? Bay Meadows Delaware Social Street will soon become a regional hot spot of action-filled spaces ranging from The Biergarten and bocce ball court to a bandshell for events and entertainment.  Kick back after work and meet friends (or set up your own tournament!) for a game of bocce next to a Biergarten that will surely become a favorite happy hour destination for the whole neighborhood.  Modeled after the Biergarden in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, you’ll enjoy mentally transporting yourself to the modern streets of Bavaria.  The outdoor setting will offer plenty of space to hang out with colleagues, friends and family while living your life in motion and enjoying your favorite brew.

Don’t miss our Beer Garden at the upcoming Bay Meadows Peace, Love and Green event on Saturday, April 12th. Grab a few friends and your tickets here to enjoy live music, lawn games and brews in Bay Meadows Park.

In the meantime, we’ve listed a few favorite spots in the South Bay where can you mingle with friends around a revolving beer menu of great craft brews and original hops:

Try the unexpected: Craft beer hops up the spirit at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City and our local San Mateo hotspot, Grape and Grain, gives them some healthy competition. Check out the Grape and Grain specialty beer menu here.

Ale Arsenal, Downtown San Carlos
Loaded with 25 hand-picked rotating craft beer taps, covering a wide range of flavors. With the love of malt, hops and barley, they have created a selection that any beer enthusiast can enjoy.

Bier Haus, Mountain View
For burgers and the best beer selection on tap in Mountain View, try out this biergarten – equipped with 250 seats of authentic benches imported from Germany, 18 rotating beers on draught and 40 bottles.

Original Gravity Public House, San Jose
San Jose’s most talked about craft beer bar and your one-stop shop for 25 rotating quality brews taps and impressive bottle list. They also have a great selection of food offerings to soak up the suds.

Bair Island Tap + Eatery, San Carlos
Bair Island is a local neighborhood tap house and eatery featuring numerous taps of locally brewed craft beers and wines vented by local wineries. The name refers to a marsh area directly east of San Carlos covering 3,000 acres, and includes three islands.

Steins Beer Garden, Mountain View
Your friendly neighborhood beer garden where you’ll get tons of local beers, rotated by the different flavors of the week. The food is delicious and made from scratch. Steins is for beer lovers everywhere.

If you are looking to meet other 650 hop lovers, join Meetup and catch a local group outing.

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