United States > California > San Jose
brokensail (1002) Orange County, California | February 9, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Well, this is quite the location. You have to keep an eye out from the road as you will need to go through a chain link fence gate and navigate through the heavy truck traffic all the way to the rear of the complex to where the brewery is. Also, but aware of the biggest fucken speed bumps Iíve ever seen. If you drive a car that is low to the ground, you may do some damage.
Brewery/tasting room are a pretty typical warehouse space. But it definitely feels more industrial than usual. They have a lot of beers on, at least a dozen. I think everything on tap was Hermitage branded stuff, but these guys are one of the biggest players in the contract brewing game, so maybe other stuff shows up here? They had some random cases of heavily discounted bottles available, too.
I ordered two flights and I was pretty let down by most of the beers. The IPAs were particularly poor. The Boysenberry sour was surprisingly good, though. The flights are normally cheap, but if you include the "specialty beers", then add on another $4-5 a pop, it seems.
Kind of a neat place and lots of stuff to try. Unfortunately the house beers are just not worth drinking for the most part.
t0rin0 (1470) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 12, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited October 11, 2014.
This is a large building in the back of an industrial complex, and I do mean industrial complex. Itís a bit confusing since the front of the building has signs all over it that say no parking and that youíll be towed. Then there is this little sandwich board that mentions a brewery tasting room. Drive through to the back and find a place to park among the semis. They have a very large barrel warehouse next door to the tasting room.
During my visit they had 8 beers on tap; 4 seasonals and 4 hoppy beers. They are still doing their single hop IPA series and they had 3 on tap at the time along with the regular IPA that you can get at Bevmo. The tasters are rather large, maybe 6 oz. The Citra IPA was probably my favorite of the bunch. I didnít care for the imperial pumpkin ale personally.
Fun fact: Hermitage was started by Tied House. I assumed that Tied House just stopped brewing and started letting Hermitage make it but as it turns out the people at Tied House wanted to expand so they build Hermitage. Now Hermitage contracts a LOT of beers. Apparently they also contract the Coastal Fog beer, which is only found at Bevmo.
jlulensk (32) san jose, California | August 22, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Super awesome. Tasting room is part and parcel with the brewery, which is always a cool feel. They contract brew for a ton of Bay Area breweries, and for their line of beers they specialize in single hop beers and kick it. Go!
bytemesis (461) Sunnyvale, California | January 24, 2014| Updated February 8, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 13/20
Not so easy to find, but worth a stop. 8 taps running, most devoted to Hermitage, but one or two will be Tied House beers. Taster flights of everything were like six bucks. Growler fills cool, outside growlers cool. Small fridge with maybe 8 bottles for off sale. Fairly spartan accommodations - basically a few tables and barrels with chairs around them. A couple set up outside as well. Small bar. Interesting artwork on the walls. Easy viewing of the barrel room, which is full of stuff from places like Almanac and Cali Craft, who contract brew here. Staff very friendly and reasonably knowledgeable about the product. Basically a great place, if only the beers were better than mediocre.
LQBC (15) California | November 24, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting room hours are very limited. Both Tied House and Hermitage beers are available for tasting, and Growler fills. The warehouse location is funky, and the staff are knowledgeable. Prices for the Tied House beers are very good, Hermitage are more expensive. Big on hop bombs.
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