Naglee Park and Kraftbrew Fest are at it again this time having their summer edition outdoors in good old downtown San Jose. This event is what San Jose needs to get the craft beer scene going in San Jose to get to the next level of beer fest. A $5 entrance fee got you a nice snifter/mini tulip glass with the Kraftbrew logo on it, tickets were sold for a dollar each, and beer tastings ranged from 3 to 4 tickets depending on the serving size. Thee event was from 12pm to 8pm with special launch beers at certain times from The Bruery Tart of Darkness to Dogfish Heads 120 minute ipa yeah 120.
What made this event different from the last Kraftbrew event that was held in January? Well for starters I mentioned the launch beers, they had more beer (American craft, German, and Belgian), it was outdoors which was nice, not as crowded which was also nice, and on the same street you could check out San Jose’s new spot the Original Gravity Public House which features gourmet sausages, and a great tap selection as well as bottle selection. None the less great music was playing all day, and great people were coming up to us shaking our hands, and showing us respect letting us know they are glad we are doing what we are doing which is amazing to hear.
What beers where being tapped? Well a lot to many to name all but some were draft only beers like Ballast Point’s American farm house ale Brother Lavonian, Dogfish Heads 120 minute ipa, The Bruery Tart of Darkness, Lost abbey’s Angel Share, Nitro Double Dog from Flying Dog, and the list can go on but you can’t forget the roo tbeer floats for kids! Lets get to the 120 it’s good to know people because I got two servings I know some of you who didn’t get to try it probably hate me lol but hey what can I say it’s good to know people (cough, cough, Kelly’s lol).
Well the event in my eyes was good it did San Jose some justice to let people know we are not a dead zone for beer and to spread the joys of good beer. If I had to grade the event I would say it was 7 out of 10. Why? Well it sucks to have bottled beers being poured, not enough restrooms, and people seemed a bit confused on what they were drinking. In all due honesty the event needs more servers who know beer to help out some people who seemed lost about what they were buying but hey this was a volunteer gig so you can’t be to mad. Well to the next time Kraftbrew throws an event we are signing out.