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Located near Spartan Stadium, Hermitage Brewing Company labels itself as a “retreat from the ordinary.” The brewery is fixated on creating high-quality craft beer—especially when it comes to unique flavors, attractive aromas, and excellent character.
Brewing in the same location since 2008, Hermitage Brewing is one of the largest breweries in the San Jose area. There are 16 beers on tap, as well as premium root beer produced on-site that’s awfully tasty. It’s not uncommon to have a wide variety of styles on tap, including IPAs, Hermitage’s single-hops, sour beers, pilsners, ales, stouts, and barleywine.
Check out the video below to learn more about their signature Sour Cherry Sour.
With both indoor and outdoor seating, the tasting room is a welcoming and comfortable place to taste high-quality craft brews. In terms of price, full pours cost anywhere from about $5 for conventional brews to about $13 for a sour beer. No matter which brew you go with, you'll get free pretzels with it.
Try two of their really tastiest beers: Ale of the Two Tun imperial stout and Keep the Heid, which is also known as the Wee Heavy. Tasters, which come in four 5.5-ounce glasses, cost between $10 and $22, depending on the types of beer selected.
Although you may not have heard about Hermitage Brewing, they have been around for a while. Their first brewpub opened in 1987 and is still operating today. The company brews for many other Bay Area breweries—its production volume that puts Hermitage in the top 5% of breweries in the country. The brand's popularity has helped the company rack up a number of awards. For example, their Maltopia Scotch Ale was awarded the bronze medal at the World Beer Cup in 2016. Their Sour Cherry Sour earned a Gold at the 2016 California State Fair and a Bronze at the 2016 LA International Beer Competition.
The brewery acknowledges that they can be hard to find. They are located at the corner of Phelan, behind Caliva, at the end of the fenced-in parking lot. Look for the grain silo. The taproom is open from Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food trucks will typically stop by from Thursday to Sunday. Hermitage Brewing is closed on Mondays.
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