The 8th Annual Meet the Brewers Festival last Saturday was the usual of mostly South San Francisco Bay breweries. Held on the grounds of San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing, the usual suspects like Strike Brewing, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Almanac Beer, Hermitage Brewing, Freewheel Brewing, Discretion Brewing, Red Branch Cidery and New Bohemia were all pouring some fine brews. Notable newcomers showcasing their latest concoctions include Steel Bonnet, Geartooth Alewerks, Brewery Twenty Five, and Golden State Brewery. If I didn’t give a brewery a mention, it was because I just didn’t get around to their stand. Breweries typically bring their A-game to any beer festival, but usually there’s always a misfire or two. Not Saturday. Everything my wife and I sampled was solid to excellent. Biggest surprise? Strike Brewing, long known for straightforward Session Ales was pouring “Stand Up Triple IPA”, a dynamite Triple IPA. Sorry, no fancy tasting notes, I was just enjoying the brews and community. I’ll leave you with a few snapshots from the afternoon.