A sample from SJ Beer Walk

After a sold-out event in February, SJ Beer Walk is back again for a springtime version of the slow-moving brew parade 1 to 5pm, this Saturday.

Since the Beer Walk takes place on the pedestrian-friendly streets of San Jose’s Japantown, attendees will be able to sample a wide range of beers served inside the neighborhood’s restaurants, art studios and shops. The event is a benefit for the Japantown Business Association (JBA) and Iwaki-Hisanohama Hanabi Taikai relief fund. Hisanohama is a town near the Fukushima nuclear plant damaged in the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami last year.

SJ Beerwalk is all about beer but it is also an effort to provide an outlet for the community to come together to explore the neighborhoods and small businesses. This time, there will be more beers on tap, with IPA offerings from Firehouse, Rock Bottom, Strike, Faultline and Campbell Brewing. Also look for Kirin, Napoli and Primo. There will be more participating businesses and pourers this time around to speed up the lines and serve the beer faster.

There will also be more registration locations with full bars and ticket scanning to accelerate the check-in process. Most important of all: more bathrooms.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 at Jack’s Bar & Lounge or online at sjbeerwalk. In the case the event does not sell out, tickets can be purchased the day of for $36 (but that’s a gamble). Registration begins at noon. A raffle will be held at 5:20pm. For more information go to sjbeerwalk.