Home brew clubs, in my opinion, are really keeping the craft beer revolution alive and kicking as it unites enthusiasts alike. And this is where our story of Clandestine Brewing really beings.
Originating from “The Worts of Wisdom” home brew club, now owners and founders Adrian, Rob, Colin and Dwight met and instantly became close friends. It took basically no time for these friends to open up a small tap room near the Home Depot in San Jose…which only by word of mouth would you be able to find this hidden gem of the South Bay.
Now the first taproom would be best described as if your walking into a home brewers garage – a one barrel system that was housed in the area as the seating. While it might be small, this entire facility was built with their own eight hands. From the brewing system to their cold room, the Clandestine Brewing Tap Room is truly a labor of love and passion -which the same craftsmanship applies to their beer. Rob, or the Beer Bloodhound as I call him, has definitely done his research and has found some incredible styles – that when mixed with each brewers own recipes, I guarantee you won’t find beers like this anywhere else. Gratzer or “Smoked Beer,” the Hokus Smokus? MUST. TRY.
Clandestine Brewing recently expanded their hours, and now offer crowlers and growlers fills as well! If you’re in the San Jose area, keep an eye out for Clandestine Brewing – they may have been a South Bay secret in the beginning, but as their logo says, the secret is out.