Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that craft brewing is booming in Silicon Valley—mix thirsty twenty- and thirtysomethings, long hours spent coding, and the need to blow off steam, and a nice hoppy ale looks like a wise business model. Ideally, food will be present too, whether it’s from a proper kitchen onsite or a movable feast set out by food trucks. Here are a few of our favorite taprooms and brewpubs, going from north to south on Caltrain—what better way to pubcrawl the Peninsula?
Devil’s Canyon (San Carlos station): The tasting room opens once a week for Beer Garden Fridays, when it partners with Off the Grid’s fleet of food trucks. (Could be Korean fried chicken, could be barbecue, could be tacos.) Try this: Hades Habañero Ale.
Courtesy of Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company
Tied House (Mountain View station): The granddaddy of them all, this brewpub’s been in business since 1987—it’s one of the oldest in California. Try this: The award-winning Alpine Gold blonde ale.
Courtesy of Tied House
FireHouse Grill & Brewery (Sunnyvale station): Typical sports-bar food, and if there’s a game on, rest assured it’ll be on here. Try this: Hops on Rye.
Faultline Brewing Company (Lawrence Station): Predates the last tech boom (ca 1994), Faultline serves burgers and barbecue and pastas, with the occasional Indonesian twist (go figure). Try this: Faultline Special Bitter, an English amber ale.
Courtesy of Faultline Brewing Company
Golden State Brewery (Santa Clara station): Funded via Kickstarter, Golden State unveiled its own taproom in Memorex’s old headquarters last February. It’s open every day but Monday, and food trucks often stop by on weekends. Try this: Heritage Honey Ale (yes, it’s made with honey, but it’s not sweet).
Courtesy of Golden State Brewery