Not really a review, but a note that they are closed all day on Sundays! What kind of crap is that? Man was meant to drink on Sunday.
From a brief discussion with the staff that was doing some preparations and seeing the place, I'd also comment that this is not a pub. This is an upscale restaurant that happened to throw beer-making into their offerings. It is expensive and a bit on the snooty side, so don't go there expecting a comfortable drinking atmosphere. Oh, and beers are $5 each!
I stopped by last night (Saturday night) for dinner after the Cal vs. Stanford football game. The crowd was upscale, as befits a restaurant that is decidely upscale. I was by myself and had to wait a few minutes for an empty seat at the bar. the emphasis of this place is food, the beer is secondary. That should not detract from the beer, but be warned that they serve asian food and the place is for the trendy types in San Jose.
They had a light, Bud style (not sampled), a wheat, IPA, Pilsner, and a stourt. The Pilsner was tasty, but it was not a dead ringer for Pilsner Urquel. The IPA was OK, but nothing to write home about. The wheat had a little bite to it, and I seemed to taste a little more malt. I recall thatthe list said that it had been hopped withAmarillo hops. The stout was serviceable, but not a world class stout. the brewing is actually done at their Saf Francisco store, with the beer brought down to San Jose in kegs.
I had grilled ahi (tuna) for dinner and it was super. Grilled ahi ought to be red in the center just like a steak, and this was. many of the other items on the menu were Thai or Indian. The wine list looked good, and they seem to pour alot of high tech martinis as well.
If you're looking for a brewpub serving what we know as pub grub, this isn't it. If you want to visit a place inSan Jose with some good beer, and have non-beer-geek friends with you, this may be the place to go. On a scale of one to four mugs, give this one a three.