2019 San Jose Beers Made By Walking

Beers Made By Walking Tapping 
July 14th, 3:00pm-5:00pm
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Entry is free, but tickets are required. Get tickets here.

Calling all South Bay Area craft beer enthusiasts! On Sunday, July 14th, from 3:00pm-5:00pm, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles will tap three place-based craft beers that were inspired by a hike we organized at the Salt Pond Restoration Area in San Jose earlier this year. The beers are part of a collaboration between the museum and Beers Made By Walking, a program that invites brewers to make beer inspired by edible and medicinal plants from nature hikes!

Camino Brewing, Clandestine Brewing, and Uproar Brewing joined us for the hike around the South Bay Salt Ponds where we identified edible native plants, invasive plants, and learned about the importance of the wetlands area. The three breweries are making beer inspired by what they learned on the hike and we will tap the beers at the closing of our H2oh! exhibition. The event is free, but RSVPs are required, so sign up now!

The event will begin at 3:00pm with an artist talk from Beers Made By Walking founder, Eric Steen, about how beer and art can build a sense of place. Brewers from each brewery will also talk about how their beer was inspired by the hike in San Jose. Beers will be served following the talk.

The Beer List:

Camino Brewing - Alviso FrescaInspired by the salt ponds and the salty plants that line the Salt Pond restoration area in Alviso, this is a lightweight Gose-style ale perfect for a sunny walk in the hot weather. The beer is made with cucumber, mint and lime for an extra refreshing character. Gose-style beers are also known for a light tartness and saltiness so we used Pickleweed, which grows near the salt ponds, to give this beer extra salinity. 4.8%

Clandestine Brewing - Don't Call Me DodderOur beer was inspired by the visual aspects of our walk, mostly the bright orange color of the Dodder plant, a parasitic plant that grows attached to other plants and looks like a tangled mess of orange twine. This beer was made with Bravo, El Dorado and an experimental hop. It also has a unique ingredient giving the beer an orange hue: beets! We will also have a side dish of mustard seeds that you can add to the bottom of your glass before filling up. 6.5% ABV

Uproar Brewing - Dead End IPAAn herbaceous IPA with lemons to mimic the Pickleweed plant that we saw and tasted on our the hike. On top of that, we also dry hopped the beer with actual Pickleweed in a firkin! We also used Ekuanot hops, which are known to have a peppery quality, inspired by the peppery mustard plant that grew all around the salt ponds. I named the beer Dead End because I used to live in Alviso and would take 1st Street into Alviso, where it dead ends next to the Salt Ponds. 6.1% ABV

Here are a few photos from our hike:

From earlier this year:

Salt Pond BMBW Hike in San Jose, CA

  • May 11th, 10:00am-12:30pm: Camino Brewing, Clandestine Brewing, Uproar Brewing
  • 1751 Grand Blvd, San Jose | Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • RSVP is required - Register here
  • Info about the July 14 BMBW tapping coming soon

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) has teamed up with BMBW and three local breweries for a public hike on May 11th along the area of the South Bay Salt Ponds near San Jose. The hike is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Hikers will be accompanied by local craft brewers from Camino Brewing, Clandestine Brewing, and Uproar Brewing. After gaining inspiration from the walk, the breweries are tasked with creating new hike-inspired beers that will tap later this summer. These place-based beers serve as drinkable, landscape portraits of the trail.

The hike takes place on May 11th, from 10:00am-12:30pm along the trail of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Led by Dave Helsing, the Restoration Project’s executive project manager, hikers and brewers will learn about the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast and about the native and invasive plants that inhabit the area. The water-based theme of the hike coincides with the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles exhibition H2Oh!, which runs April 20th-July 14th.

For those who aren’t able to attend the hike but want to taste the beers--the beers will be served during a special tapping event at the Museum on July 14th, from 3:00-5:00pm. More information will be available soon. Visit the SJMQT website for updates.