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Bio+Beer Event Illuminates the Science Behind the Sauce

Bio+Beer Event Illuminates the Science Behind the Sauce

Behind-the-scenes knowledge can ruin the magic sometimes. There’s a reason “watching how the sausage gets made,” especially taken literally, could ruin your day. But that seems unlikely to happen with something as beloved as beer. After all, learning how grains become liquid sunshine has turned more than one beer fan into a brewer.

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Review: IPAs May Get All the Buzz, but These Stouts Stand Out

Review: IPAs May Get All the Buzz, but These Stouts Stand Out

When evenings dim and the weather takes an autumnal turn, thoughts turn to darker, heartier beers. But a recent shopping trip for Bay Area stouts turned into a bit of a treasure hunt. Stout’s suffering, I’m told, because beer drinkers just want “hops, hops, hops.” Fortunately, the four stout ales I did find exemplify the variety and quality of this plucky category.

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The Trims Guide to San Jose

The Trims Guide to San Jose

With regular appearances at the Blank Club and other local music venues, the Trims have been a fixture in San Jose’s rock scene since their debut in 2009. We caught up with band members Bryan Aguirre (guitar), Gabe Maciel (vocals) and Billy Brady (drums) to…

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Jeff Chang’s New Book ‘Who We Be’ and the Failure of America’s Race Conversation

Jeff Chang’s New Book ‘Who We Be’ and the Failure of America’s Race Conversation

For decades now, Jeff Chang has been a student of the complex and interconnected issues of race, class and inequality in America. It only took him two books and subsequent book tours to realize that he was uniquely qualified to say something meaningful on the subject. And what he has to say isn’t exactly heartening.

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Review: Top Gluten-free Beers in a Blind Taste Test

Review: Top Gluten-free Beers in a Blind Taste Test

Gluten-free is more than a buzzword for people who suffer from celiac disease or who are gluten-intolerant. Having to negotiate the minefield of the standard American diet on a daily basis—pass on the cake, no pizza—is enough of an inconvenience for them. But the prospect of life without beer is truly tragic.

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Review: San Jose Stage Company’s ‘The Rainmaker’ Does the Classic Justice

Review: San Jose Stage Company’s ‘The Rainmaker’ Does the Classic Justice

Known for its innovative sets and strong ensemble acting, the San Jose Stage Company lives up to its reputation in a new production of a classic of American theater, The Rainmaker.

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Review: Paper Plane Stands as Cocktail Connoisseur’s Paradise

Review: Paper Plane Stands as Cocktail Connoisseur’s Paradise

A library of hard-to-find and small-batch spirits, knowledgeable bartenders and delightfully tasty bar bites make Paper Plane a cocktail connoisseur’s paradise.

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Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano Bring a ‘Golden Moment’ to SAP Center

Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano Bring a ‘Golden Moment’ to SAP Center

World famous figure skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano—both Olympic gold metal winners from the Bay Area—are joining forces with more than a dozen other Olympic skaters to benefit childhood literacy with Golden Moment at the SAP Center. Yamaguchi is best know for her gold…

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Review: Ramen in Nordstrom? New Ramen Spot Raam Delivers

Review: Ramen in Nordstrom? New Ramen Spot Raam Delivers

A little ramen while you shop? Bowls of noodles may not be the first thing you think of while browsing through clothes at Nordstrom in Valley Fair mall, but the department store’s newest eatery, Raam, occupies a spot smack in the middle of the second floor.

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Seeing Things Gallery Is ‘Living in the Eighties’ with New Show

Seeing Things Gallery Is ‘Living in the Eighties’ with New Show

Christine Benjamin says she never really fit in at her high school. It was the end of the ’70s and she really didn’t like disco or big hair. But the ’80s—which bookended her college years—that was a decade she could get behind.

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