Los Gatos Brewing

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Los Gatos BrewingLos Gatos Brewing

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

163 W Santa Clara St
San Pedro Square
San Jose, California, 95110
United States

(408) 292-9928

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Added by bradybeer on 01-12-2011

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of UncleDaddy
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Rayek
3.51/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

To be honest, after a long day of traveling, just about any beer would have tasted good to me. I was in the mood for something light and refreshing, and Log Gatos' Kolsch did the trick. It wasn't the best example of the style I've ever had. It lacked the mild white wine quality you get from a good Kolsch yeast. There was definitely more a of a Blonde Ale vibe to my palate. Nonetheless, it did its job as a refresher. The Cask ESB was more true to style. It was served at a nice cellar temp, and carried light carbonation, plus an earthy black tea bite from the hops.

If more radical beer is what you're in the mood for, this isn't the pub for you. Despite just two locations, Los Gatos has a very corporate feel that leans toward the safe side. It honestly reminded me of a BJ's or Rock Bottom, with its safe beer and seemingly focus-group approved food menu.

That said, it was nice to find a place brewing its own beer so close to my hotel. If I'm back in San Jose again, I'll probably be back here too.

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Photo of johnhkelm
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Personally, I really enjoyed this place. Pretty typical sports bar setting but some interesting items on the menu that weren't necessarily typical pub fare.
While a bit limited in brews, I found their Hefe wonderfully spicy and their Lager absolutely perfect. Too bad they don't or didn't have a house IPA while I was there, I would have liked to see what they did with this style. Also missing was a stout and anything heavy. They did, however, have a guest stout on tap along with a belgian brew,

Definitely worth a stop next time you are downtown SJ...only a couple of blocks from the HP Pavilion for you hockey fans,

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Photo of GeneralZod
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | food: 3.5

Compare to most of the dives downtown. This is refreshing. LGB recently expanded their territory from Los Gatos to here. Very clean with plenty of seating. A lot of tvs.

Unfortunately, the beer quality is poor. Besides the Heff, everything else was a disaster. It simply did not taste good. The Octoberfest was the worst. It was a nasty sweet and bitter taste.

It was a busy saturday night, but there was only one waitress on staff for the entire bar area. I gave them a 2.5, only because she was hot.

Poor. Only 4 of their beers on tap. Heff, Oct, pilsner and pale ale. Most breweries have at least 6 to 8 to choose from.

The entrees were much better than the appetizer.
We tried the sausage, quesadilla, and chicken wings. The wings were too greasy and the sausage was flavoerless. The oven roasted half chicken entree was the only bright spot for food.

Would only go back as a last resort if other places are too busy.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2

went here pre-hockey game on a Saturday night in January 2011. Apparently it's a new sister to the original in Los Gatos. Menu was interesting and based predominantely on Mediterranean food. However, the exceution was piss poor. I waited what seemed like an eternity to get a table for my daughter and myself, and that is ridiculous. They told me 20-30 minutes and it ended up being 45, and then they seated us at the counter. We ordered two appetizers only - a meze plate and a slaume plate. Each ran about $10 and was mostly fltabread. a couple green olives (no black or any other type, super lame!!!), maybe some red pepper here and there. Hummus...three kinds. The salami tasted like run of the mill Gallo. The prosciutto was cut too thick, but was good. They pre-serve you some nice, crusty bread with a concoction of parmesan chees, red pepper relish, pesto, and red pepper flake infused olive oil. It looks horrible and I have no idea who came up with that awful crappy looking mess, but they need to be fired.

Now on to the beer. They apparently have some standards like a lager, amber ale, and a couple other things. They had some "seasonals", three to be exact, and get this: Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest and Marzen??? Is this Gordon Biersch, ferchrissakes??!! Those are your Winter seasonals? WHat a crock of shit. I had the Oktoberfest. It was an oktoberfest beer, nothing special and even had an off bitterness that I couldn't place and didn't like.

Verdict: Until this place gets its act, and brewing, together, it sucks ass...go to one of the two British pubs or El Cubano around the corner instead...

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Photo of bradybeer
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

A new outpost of Los Gatos Brewing located in downtown San Jose (begs the point why they didn't name it San Jose Brewing). Walking in the bar is to the left and the dinning straight ahead. The interior is wood and resembles the Los Gatos location in its atmosphere ($$$). I sat at the bar and noticed only three house beers on tap with three unimpressive guest beers (Stella etc.). The three on tap where the Wheat, Pils, and Oktoberfest. I tried the Oktoberfest, which was too sweet and reminded me of the Los Gatos location's version-hard to finish the beer. The Pils was decent, but not something I would go out of my way to have again. I hope that they will have location specific beers and stretch out of the middle of the road brews at their home location.

Service was good and $6 for two pints at happy hour was a very good price. Didn't try the food but I am sure it is as good as the Los Gatos location.

All in all, if the beer isn't distinguished from the Los Gatos location by kicking up the beers a notch in quality then I am likely not to return.

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Los Gatos Brewing in San Jose, CA
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