Camino Brewery and Tap Room Opens

Two trends came together in the Grand Opening of Camino Brewing in April – the revitalization of South First and Second Street just south of I-208, and San Jose’s surging brewing ecosystem. The 12th brewing company to call San Jose home, Camino Brewery and Tap Room, opened in a former mechanic’s warehouse at 718 South First Street in April.  Next door to the iconic building that housed Faber’s Cyclery, Camino features the exposed brick, polished concrete and reclaimed wood of a much-used workplace, and offers a selection of beers ranging from the eclectic to the traditional.

The official opening of Camino was presided over by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and California Assemblyman Ash Kalra, who welcomed Allen Korenstein and co-owner and brewmaster Nathan Poulos to San Jose. The 100+ guests toasted the opening with the brewery’s motto: “Beer Brings Strangers Together.”

Camino Brewery’s beginnings were in a 1,900-mile cycling trip taken by Poulos and Korenstein along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail in Spain. Inspired by the journey, local food and drink, as well as friends met along the way, they returned home to become gypsy brewers, brewing beer at several bay area breweries.  They built a local following and raised funds to construct their own brewery and taproom. Camino makes fresh, delicious beer with a focus on quality, flavor, and taste, and has partnered with local suppliers like Chromatic Coffee to make their Cafe Con Leche Sweet Milk Stout with single origin coffees from around the world. Camino beer is distributed by Waterloo Beverages, and is available at 43 Whole Foods markets, Costco, and bars and restaurants throughout the bay area.

“Beer connoisseurs from across the city are excited to welcome Camino Brewery into San José’s craft beer family,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “I thank Camino Brewery for their investment in San José and adding its unique flavor to the growing tapestry of Silicon Valley’s vibrant urban core.”

In addition to Camino, recent additions to San José’s emerging craft beer scene include Uproar Brewing, The Forager Eatery, Clandestine Brewing, Strike, Hermitage, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, and Hapa’s Brewing Company.

From left, David Tran representing City Councilmember Raul Peralez, OED Director Kim Walesh, Mayor Sam Liccardo, co-owners Poulos and Korenstein, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Garden City Construction’s Jim Salata and Suzanne Salata.