Are there regional preferences within the Bay Area that Six Rivers Brewing co-owner Meredith Maier can identify? Actually, yes. She says, "We're selling a ton of Macadamia Nut Porter," in the South Bay, whereas beer drinkers in the Santa Cruz area prefer the more traditional Sasquatch Double IPA. (Photo: Courtesy of Six Rivers Brewery)
Many beer drinkers are stubbornly loyal to one brew, or maybe a short list of seasonal favorites. But if you’re in a spirit to try something new, check out this year’s Silicon Valley Beer Week, which wraps up Sunday.
The region and the concept are generously defined to include food pairings, seminars, brewmaster dinners, and tap takeovers at a wide range of venues in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Alameda Counties.
Nick Veronin is the managing editor of Metro Silicon Valley, the force behind beer week. “I like talking to brewers and learning about the beer,” he says. "I’ve come to appreciate over the years just how complex this process [of brewing] is."
The least you can do as a consumer is stretch your taste buds to try some of what those brewers are experimenting with. Here's a short list of ideas: