Did you know that California leads the country in craft beer production?
Did you know that breweries were a significant part of Silicon Valley’s economy over 100 years ago?
There were several breweries, but the largest was the Fredericksburg Brewery.
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You can now visit that old Fredericksburg/Falstaff location and do some wine tasting, as the J. Lohr Winery is located on the site of the old brewery:
We are seeing the re-emergence of San Jose as a center for beer brewers, something that ended about 100 years ago. Here is a great article by Scott Herhold about the origins of the brewery business in the area:
Current NEW craft breweries in San Jose include:
Clandestine Brewing: http://www.clandestinebrewing.com
Strike Brewing Co: http://www.strikebrewingco.com
Mission Creek Brewing Co: http://www.missioncreekbrewingco.com
Santa Clara Valley Brewing: http://www.scvbrewing.com
And here is a nice summary of the history of historic Fredericksburg Brewery: