Directly next door to PLBC is the Bartender ’ s Union ( Facebook . com / bartendersunion ; ( 408 ) 337-5531 ), a beer bar providing numerous craft beers on tap , as well as a chill environment for patrons to relax with friends and play some billiards .
One other establishment to check out for good food , and stellar craft beer , before you head out of town is Brew City Burgers ( brewcityburger . com ; ( 408 ) 767-2690 ), with a dozen beers on tap , and many can and bottle options as well .
Gilroy is primed to provide many more options for the community and visitors alike . Several more establishmentss are on the verge of opening their doors , including :
• Settle Down Brewery & Taproom ( www . settledownbeer . com )
• Tempo Kitchen & Bar ( tempokb . com ; ( 866 ) 580-1919 ), and
• Bitter TapHouse & BeerGarden ( Instagram . com / bittertaphouse ) Slated to open up in the near future are :
Vines & Pints ( vinesandpints . com ; ( 650 ) 237-9705 ), and Lonely Oak Brewpub & Pizzeria
In Hollister , Mad Pursuit Brewing Company ( mad-beer . com ; ( 831 ) 313- 1300 ) opened their doors to the public over the Fourth of July weekend . The 2bbl — or 62-gallon — pico-brewery offers up several beers made on-site , as well as a number of guest taps from breweries in neighboring counties .
Pour Decisions Taproom ( pdtaproom . com ; ( 831 ) 313-0600 ) is a must see in Hollister for all fans of craft beer . The beer bar that has more than two dozen beers on tap and countless bottle and beer options recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and collaborated with Promised Land to make a triple IPA called To the Moon to commemorate the occasion .
San Juan Bautista is home to Brewery Twenty Five Taproom ( shop . brewerytwentyfive . com ; ( 831 ) 636-7640 ), which pours many brews made on site , as well as provides numerous to-go options . Using their 7bbl , 217-gallon system , the brewery focuses on handcrafted beers that will utilize locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible .
Can ’ t decide between beer and wine ? Check out 18th Barrel Tasting Room ( 18thbarrel . com ; ( 831 ) 623-4049 ). This unique watering hole provides tastes of both the sudsy goodness of craft beer , and the velvety smoothness of wines , all under the same roof .
Before heading out of the area in pursuit of top-notch craft beer , hang around the South County or San Benito County and support the thriving local establishments . You will not be disappointed .
MAIN PHOTO : Kelly Brewing Co . offers 15 taps pouring their beer made on-premises in rotation . TOP RIGHT : Evan Jaques and family , owners of the Running Shop and Hops . NEXT : 18th Barrel in San Juan Bautista : offers a great selection of both beer and wine . NEXT : Promise Land Brewing in Gilroy . NEXT : Fran and Sean Fitzharris of Brewery Twenty Five in San Juan Bautista . BOTTOM : Craft Roots Vegan Bar and Grill : recognized as a top 17 vegan restaurants in America : 15 beers on tap and over 25 beers in bottles and cans . Photo by Krys Pena . All other photos provided by the respective entities .
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