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The idea for the Camino Brewing Company was conceived while founders Allen Korenstein and Nathan Poulos cycled 1,900 miles across Europe on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. Not wanting their European adventure to end, they returned to San Jose to make their dream come true by opening up a Camino-inspired brewery. Allen and Nathan have deemed themselves "gypsy brewers."
The flavors that Korenstein and Poulos enjoyed along the Camino de Santiago inspired the Camino Brewing Company's beers. Ten different varieties are always on tap, ready to be enjoyed with friends, colleagues, or travel buddies. The industrial tasting room is bright and clean, with accents and decor that celebrate the memories made along the trail.
Camino brewers strive to create a product that's fresh and balanced, with a goal to find the best combination of sweet, bitter, hop, and malt flavors to keep guests coming back for more.
The Camino Brewing Company continuously receives rave reviews for their friendly, hardworking staff and excellent craft beer. In terms of food, the brewery partners with local restaurants and food trucks, so there are always options available. For example, the various rotating food trucks offer Taco Tuesdays, fried chicken dinners, and even Filipino street food. Snacks are also available for purchase, such as soft pretzels with dipping cheese or a charcuterie and cheese box.
Inside, there's plenty of seating, making it a popular brewery for large groups. When the weather is right, enjoy the warm California sunshine, cold beer, and live music events on the outdoor patio. With a fun children's nook, the tasting room is also family-friendly. Pets are welcome, too. Parking can be very difficult here, so be sure to plan ahead.
Enjoy a look inside Camino Brewing Company by checking out this short video clip from their April 2018 grand opening.
Overall, locals consider the Camino Brewing Company one of San Jose's best breweries.
Cover image by Evan Dvorkin is made available on Unsplash.