Today is the 51st birthday of Steve Donohue, former brewmaster at Firehouse Grill & Brewery in Sunnyvale, California. Steve is an unsung brewer who deserves more accolades and fame. After Firehouse, He spent some time brewing at Hermitage Brewing while working on opening his own place. Steve’s brewery, Santa Clara Valley Brewing was open and, not surprisingly, seemed to be going gangbusters, but unfortunately he closed during the pandemic. Join me in wishing Steve a very happy birthday.
Steve at last year’s 22nd Celebrator anniversary party at the end of SF Beer Week.
Steve with Peter Cogan from the Tied House, during the 2009 Celebrator party.
Hermitage assistant brewer, Steve, Peter Licht and me during a visit to the Hermitage Brewery in San Jose a few years ago.
Pete Slosberg with Steve.
Steve Altimari, brewer at High Water Brewing, Steve and Steve Shapiro, from Beer by Bart.
Note: Last two photos purloined from Facebook, taken by Arie Litman.