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Edible Silicon Valley Spring 2014 : Page 23

away from Strike, could San Jose—considered a beer desert in the thriving Bay Area brewing scene—become a beer destination? Perhaps. As Erhlich recalls, “One of the impetuses for creating Strike is that we didn’t see the San Jose area as a great destination for beer lovers, such as San Francisco, Portland or San Diego. The nature of the craft beer enthusiast is to try a lot of things. So even if they drink something from another brewery around here, eventually they’ll try something from Strike. There’s a symbiotic relationship between breweries in the same geographical area, to a point.” Whether or not San Jose transforms into a beer destination, Strike Brewing will remain a genuinely local South Bay brewer. Derrick Peterman is a brewing enthusiast living in Campbell and is endlessly exploring all the great beers and breweries of Northern California. An avid runner as well, he writes a blog of his adventures of beer (mostly) and running (sometimes) at “Ramblings of a Beer Runner” ( Strike Brewing Tasting Notes Blonde: The crisp-tasting beer has this nice grassy, slightly earthy vibe, making it a refreshing “lawn mower” beer. IPA: A dry IPA with a light toasty malt that allows the resiny, grapefruity fresh hops to shine through. Very drinkable and enjoyable without the assaulting the palate like so many IPAs. Brown: My favorite Strike beer is their Brown, with plenty of roasty toasty and slightly nutty flavors. Imperial Red: A very clean, dry Imperial Red Ale with lots of roasty flavors and slight notes of toffee from the generous amount of dark malts used in the brew. It’s lightly hopped for an Imperial Red, with an earthy finish. Imperial Stout: This dry Imperial Stout is a bit smokey with notes of vanilla to enhance the strong espresso and dark choco-late flavors. It’s drinkable, yet rich and sophisticated. spring 2014 23

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