Uproar Brewery Celebrates On-Site Brewing

Mayor Sam Liccardo (center) cuts the ribbon at Uproar’s brewery operations, with Steve and Christina Vandewater, co-owners of Uproar.

Just in time for the SoFA Street Fair, Uproar Brewing Company officially celebrated the opening of its on-site brewing operation, attached to its restaurant and bar at 439 South First Street.

On hand were Mayor Sam Liccardo David Tran representing City Councilmember Raul Peralez (D3) and Richard Berg, owner of the brewery’s building. Uproar has been operating as a restaurant and bar since it opened in Downtown San José in June, 2017, but was required to brew its own beer remotely, rather than in the brewery operations on-site, pending their federal license. The paperwork is complete, and Uproar is now able to craft its own brews on-site.

Uproar Brewing Company is owned and operated by Christina and Steve Vandewater, first-time restaurateurs and refugees from careers in information technology. Their team includes brewer Jim Turturici, a San José native with 25 years of brewing experience, and chef James Thornton, a veteran of Paper Plane and other San José restaurants.

“Uproar’s new onsite brewery will excite the growing number of residents seeking out locally-brewed beers,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “I’d like to thank Steve and Christina for their continued investment in our downtown and offer my congratulations as they celebrate this important milestone.”

Since June of last year, Uproar has been offering dinner seven nights a week, with weekend brunch service and lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. In keeping with Uproar’s commitment to providing the best of local food and drink, all menu items are made from scratch, in-house, using the freshest and most locally sourced ingredients available.

“San José natives might take the diversity here for granted but having lived in several other places, we don’t,” said co-owner Steve Vandewater. ”SoFA and the surrounding area is especially exciting because it showcases so many different things such as Broadway shows, off-Broadway shows, rock music venues, jazz, opera and ballet, museums and small, independent quirky restaurants. How could we not choose San José?”

The beers provided from Uproar’s 14 taps have included local brews, with one or two of their own beers made at other locations. By the time of the official launch event on April 22, about nine of the Uproar taps will feature Uproar’s made-on-site brews, including a Saison, named Sai San Jose.