2022 Downtown Gilroy Halloween Beer Crawl

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After a 2 year hiatus due to COVID-19. HeadQuarters homebrew club members were thrilled to participate in the Downtown Gilroy Halloween Beer Crawl this year.

As in previous years, the club setup a booth and served beers which members brewed.

Excitedly, the ‘crawl’ sold out, this year.
So congratulations to the Gilroy Downtown Business Association.

We served a varied selection of member beers, including the following.

  • Blonde Ale
    5% Basic American style Blonde Ale brewed with Godiva hops.
  • Guava Lava
    4.3% Kettle-soured wheat ale with Guava puree added to the primary.
  • Cold IPA
    6.9% Hoppy, light colored, light bodied, fairly bitter beer fermented at cool temperatures to insure a crisp, dry finish. Dry hopped with equal amounts of Sorachi Ace.
  • Golden Rat Funky Tripel
    8% American sour beer, recipe based on a Belgian style Tripel (Michael Tonsmeire recipe from American Sour Beers, Calvados Sour Tripel), 11 Club brews combined and aged in a Cognac Oak Barrel.
  • Farmhouse Ale
    8.8% Boulevard Tank 7 -inspired farmhouse ale, fermented with Lallemand Brew Belle Saison yeast.
  • Double IPA
    7.3% Classic double IPA generously hopped (Cascade, Simcoe, CTZ, Magnum, Centennial) and dry-hopped (CTZ, Simcoe, and Centennial).
  • Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter
    8% Strong English style porter with a bit of rye, vanilla and bourbon added.

All offerings were well received.

Along with all the guests in their best Halloween costumes.
There were a number of new breweries and even another homebrew club!

  • Ulysses Fregoso, from Hillside Brewing Co. in Santa Cruz, presented some of their offerings including a Belgian style wheat beer, hazy IPA and black IPA.
    The brewery’s story is detailed in the Edible Monterey Bay BEHIND THE BREWS Sizzling Sabores article.
  • Jimmy & Micheal, from homebrew club Alestake, were pouring their homebrews.
    Their aspiration is to go Pro.
    Given the quality of their beers, they should be successful in the endeavor.

Everywhere we went, attendees complemented us on our beers.

Some photos just after setting up.


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