Thursday, November 5

The Business of Beer the (Re)volution at SCU - Santa Clara

The Food and Agribusiness Institute at Santa Clara University regularly hosts food industry related events. Last year, I went to their farm tour and had a great time (here's the post). They recently had a Business of Ice Cream event which I was not able to attend and I heard there were lots of ice cream samples served. Last week, I did attend their Business of Beer event. Tickets were $30 or $7 off with SCU student ID.

The panelists from left to right were:
Ron Lindenbusch (CMO of Lagunitas)
Blaine Landberg (Founder of Calicraft)
Moderator: Kevin Weaver (Beer Editor at All About Beer Magazine)
Emily Thomas (Owner of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing)

They spoke about their start in brewing, what the beer industry was like when they started, what it's like now, and where they see it moving. There was also some talk about the differences in the craft beer industry vs the mass produced beer industry. All in all, an informative panel session for those who enjoy craft beer.

There was a taco buffet served throughout the event. I made mine into an open face taco plate to be eaten with a knife and fork along with my IPA. 

After the speakers finished, the tasting lines opened. The event was crowded but lines moved quickly so there was time to get multiple pours if anyone wanted. Here are the ones I tried.

I forget what type of beer this was from Eight Bridges Brewing. They brought their own keg rigged from a cooler. There was a bit too much foam in my glass but it was buttery and tasty foam. Not too bad of a beer. I'm guessing it was their Pilsner.

I totes love Buzzerkeley Sparkling Ale which I had previously tried at Spread Deli in Campbell. According to the owner, the sparkling ale was a happy accident made by brewing beer with the wrong yeast - champagne yeast. The result is this light and zesty brew as advertised.

21st Amendment brought cans of various flavors. I chose the watermelon wheat beer since I like it nice and light. This tasted fruity, acidic, and light. There is just a touch of watermelon taste.

I wasn't too keen on the Dust Bowl IPA I tried. Most of the sample s at this event were IPA which is too bitter for me.

The SCU Food and Agribusiness puts on great events. I enjoyed this one a lot and look forward to events in the future. Many of the events are open to the public. I'll try to share it on my Facebook Page in the future.


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