Silicon Valley Beer Week 2017

Kick to Start: Forager Hosts Silicon Valley Beer Week Kickoff Party

The annual beer extravaganza's VIP Party will help benefit local nonprofits

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Forager intends to make good use of its huge venue for the Beer Week kickoff party. Photo by Greg Ramar

On Friday, July 21, Forager will do what it does best—highlight local craft culture by serving up live music and the best beers in the valley. The tasting room and eatery is kicking off Beer Week with a beer garden featuring specialty offerings exclusively from San Jose breweries.

The $20 general admission fee covers a tasting flight of seven 3-ounce pours, as well as four hours of live music and tipsy mingling in the warm, rustic ambiance of the vast venue. There will also be a VIP lounge for those who want to support local nonprofits, and the $40 admission grants early-bird entry to the beer garden and exclusive access to the Brewers' Lounge, where guests can pick the brains of local brewmasters. VIP members will also get a taste of Chef Lee Hernandez's seasonal selection of small plates.

Forager has worked with more than two dozen local breweries since it opened this February. With 16 taps in rotation, the cafe/bar/arts venue is on a mission to bring unique, regional flavors to the heart of Silicon Valley.

Each ticket purchased helps support the Metro C2SV Community Fund, which is administered by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Over the years, the Metro C2SV Community Fund has donated more than $50,000 to local nonprofits that include: ArtSPARK, Bill Wilson Center, Black Girls CODE, Children's Discovery Museum, Cinequest, East Palo Alto Kids Foundation and many other causes that benefit the local community.

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