Join us on June 4, 2023

Join us at Almaden Lake Park for the first running of the Beer City Half in San Jose. The Beer City Half Marathon includes a half marathon, 10k, 5k distances, as well as our new Questicorn – a unicorn-themed 1.5 mile fun run/walk. The post-race celebration offers you a selection of brews from the great San Jose-area brewers. There are special tasting tickets for those who want to attend for the beer only.

Every Half Marathon, 10k, 5k racer receives a finishing medal, shirt, a special Beer City tasting glass, as well as access to the beverage tasting. Questicorn questers receive a finishers medal and can purchase shirts separately.

Get all the details and register here.

Beer Tasting

Beer City Half offers our runners over 21 years of age a selection of beer, kombucha, and hard tea from local San Jose brewers like Camino, S27, and Strike, as well as from some of the Beer City Sonoma All-Stars, like Cuver, Third Street Aleworks and Lagunitas. There will also be non-alcoholic Hop Water from Almanac Brewing. Your tasting is part of your registration. No need to be another tasting ticket!

Guests wishing to take part in the beer tasting only can purchase Tasting Only tickets here to have access to all the beer and other refreshments. You will receive a wristband at registration.

Beer will be served in 7oz Beer City Festival tasting glasses for you to take home (without a beer in them still).

Also, there will be bubbly water and sodas, as well as snacks for everyone, including Bellwether Farms yogurt, OCHO bars, and fruit.

Get all the details and register here.

San Jose Beer Trail

When the Beer City San Jose Beer Trail is mapped out, you’ll be able to visit 10 of our Beer City Brewers and Taprooms and join a month-long party with the chance to earn prizes, special honors and the coveted Key to Beer City.

The best thing is that you collect Beer City tokens as you go, and get to try some of the brews which will be at the event.

Be sure to follow us so you’ll know when the beer trail is open for business.


The Beer Trail is free. Registration to Beer City is still required.



Can everyone come for the music and food?

Yes, everyone of all ages can enjoy the music and food. The tasting area is reserved for our ticketed guests.

Do you have a designated driver ticket?

We will sell dd tickets for $20 cash at the door.

Are children allowed?

For the Beer City tasting area, everyone must be 21 and over. 

Where can I park?

There is a parking lot off Winfield Boulevard at the East Entrance.

Is the event rain or shine?

Yes, this event is rain or shine.

Are pets allowed?

Yes, pets are allowed. Dogs must be on-leash the entire time.

What about Covid-19?

Beer City will follow all restrictions from the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County. 


Almaden Lake Park

6099 Winfield Blvd San Jose, CA 95120

Park Website



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