I don’t think I’ll ever get tired visiting breweries and talking to the folks there who make the beer. This time, my travels took me to San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing, where I spoke with Brewmaster Peter Licht and Head Brewer/Cellarmaster Greg Fillipi.
Hermitage is not your typical brewery. For starters, 75% of what they brew is made under contract and sold under a different label. If you ever see “Brewed in San Jose, CA” on the label of a small California brewery, chances are it was brewed at the Hermitage facility. Hermitage has their own line-up, but what they’re really known for is their single hop IPA-series, a fun and tasty way to explore hops in their many forms, and some highly underrated barrel-aged sour ales. I’ll have a lot more to say about Hermitage in an upcoming writing assignment, but for now, I’ll leave you with a few pictures from where the Hermitage magic happens.