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[whitespace] Stoddard's Brewhouse & Eatery
Two Locations: 200 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell 408.370.2033; 111 S. Murphy Ave Sunnyvale 408.733.7824

Hours: Mon-Wed 11:30am-1am; Thu-Sat 11am-1:30am; Sun 11am-11pm
Crowd Age: 20s-40s
Music: YES: Campbell, live music Thu-Sat; Sunnyvale, reggae Sunday with live bands on patio
Decor: Industrial chic
Signature Drink: Stoddard's Pale Ale
Dancing: Sunnyvale, yes
Games/Amenities: Satellite TVs tuned mostly to sports

Like all good brewpubs, Stoddard's is a hub of social interaction. At cocktail hour, this place vibrates with energy, getting so noisy that one patron was heard to say, "I feel like I'm at a tent revival, and everybody is speaking in tongues." The tongues here aren't just talking--they're also lapping up the dee-licious microbrews brewed by brewmaster Steve on the premises, right there in the brewing hardware on display behind the bar. And beer isn't the only thing on display--several tables offer a view of the open kitchen, where fancy (and fancily priced) food is tossed and roasted. Stoddard's dinner menu feaures entrees like marinated skirt steak with mushroom leek sauce ($19.50), alongside appetizers like fried calamari and rock shrimp ($9.95) and Thai spring rolls ($7.25). The entire motif uplifts the brewpub theme, creating an industrial-chic décor. This is the place you'd expect to see the Rock, decked in one of his hippy shirts, lifting a stein next to your brother the plumber.

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