Downtown Mountain View‘s Tied House Microbrewery has a big reason to feel special this year. They poured their first pints back in January 1988, so 2013 marks their 25th anniversary year. The credit for their enduring run rests on the quiet yet very supportive leadership style of its founder, Lou Jemison, who opened Tied House after being inspired by the brewery restaurants that he visited during a trip to Germany in 1986. He especially enjoyed the idea of customers being able to view the brewery machinery and the brewing process.

Upon reflection, Jemison shares, “Being part of creating a quality, locally produced and locally consumed product in a friendly, open setting is what I am most proud of.”

To celebrate reaching the 25-year milestone, Tied House has decided to spread the love and partner with the South Bay’s Beerwalk folks to create an event highlighting downtown Mountain View and its retail and dining scene. This Saturday, 1-5pm, beerwalkers can enjoy samples from roughly 20 breweries while visiting local businesses and strolling through the Castro Street neighborhood.

Participating breweries include, among others, Speakeasy, Firestone Walker, Anchor, Santa Cruz Ale Works, Lagunitas and Almanac as well as the South Bay’s Strike, Faultline, Gordon Biersch, Hermitage, Tied House and the brand-new San Jose-based brewing company Santa Clara Valley Brewing. Tasting locations include Tied House, Steak Out Burgers and Beer Garden, Jane’s Beer Store and the recently opened Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant. The list goes on: Ava’s Downtown Market, Savvy Wine Cellar, Scott’s Seafood, Molly Magees, Books Inc. and more.

Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance at or $35 the day of. Check-in starts at noon at Tied House, and proceeds benefit the Bay Brewer’s Guild and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce’s SOAR scholarship program.

Tied House director of brewing Ron Manabe takes a broader look at the last 25 years: “It has been 2-1/2 decades since we first opened our doors. Mountain View has changed dramatically and become the heart of Silicon Valley. Creativity drives our brewers to make great beer. It is that same spirit that has made Mountain View the hub of Silicon Valley and the center of the tech industry. After all, what better way to close a deal or come up with a new big idea than over a beer?”

Beerwalk Mountain View
Saturday, June 1; 1-5pm; $30 954 Villa St., Mountain View