Could football, as we know it, even exist without beer? Interesting question, though there’s no need to entertain the thought, as the South Bay and Peninsula are home to plenty of great microbreweries and craft beer pubs. Gordon Biersch, a pioneer in the microbrew movement, was founded in Palo Alto and is now headquartered in San Jose. Around the corner from GB’s downtown restaurant is Good Karma—home to vegan comfort food and a large (and hoppy) beer selection—and Original Gravity, where gourmandizers can order duck dogs and all kinds of great brew. San Jose is also home to some up-andcoming breweries, including Santa Clara Valley Brewing and Hermitage. On the edge of the city’s historic Japantown, you won’t find anyone calling themselves a “gastronomist” at the neighboring pubs of Teske’s Germania and Trials—just great beer and hearty food. Head south to Campbell, recently named one of the West Coast’s coolest suburbs by Sunset Magazine, to find the upscale pub Liquid Bread. And trek north to Mountain View, home to Google and Castro Street, a gourmet ghetto where the tech elite dine and sip on suds at the likes of Steins, Bierhaus and Tied House.

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