Meet the SFHG leadership candidates, election this Tuesday!

SFHG elections are this Tuesday at our April monthly meeting at Anchor from 6-8 pm!
The SFHG is holding elections for new leadership at the monthly meeting on April 15th, 6:00-8:00, at Anchor Brewing.

This newsletter contains info on our amazing group of candidates! We have an excellent candidate for every position (except BJCP Chair) and even created a new Outreach Chair position for an interested Guildee.

Chris & Kevin are really excited and super confident that the SFHG is headed for an ever greater future with this team of badasses!

If you have questions, please email Chris

Who’s running for President and Vice President?

Michael Stearns for President!

Michael is a dedicated and award winning homebrewer. He’s also been a core member of the SFHG since the early days, he’s been a very positive additions to just about every event, meeting, and competition we’ve done. He’s an MBA and a Senior Manager who works with clients at a big company, which means that he’s got all the management, organizational, and people skills required to rock in the role of SFHG Pres! Mike has Chris’ and Kevin’s full confidence and support. We look forward to a bright future for the Guild with Mike at the reins!

Jamie Simpson for Veep! 

“I started brewing with my Dad back in 2003 but got serious about becoming a better brewer in 2010. That’s when I switched to all-grain and started concentrating on process, understanding ingredients, and honing recipes. My first competition was also my first SFHG experience, the White House Honey Ale Comp in 2012. I’ve since participated in everything I could including a brew tour, the picnic, brew collaborations, homebrew shares, and the NCHF. I’ve won some club awards and developed the courage to enter outside comps as a result. By day I’m a high school special education teacher, a science teacher, and a leader in my department. I organize, plan, and manage projects for a living and can bring those skills to this position. I love talking shop, meeting new people and already feel that I represent the SFHG pretty much wherever I go. Being the next SFHG VP would provide me the opportunity to support our guild in an even more official capacity as well as help it continue to maintain and grow its traditions that have now become a part of who I am as a homebrewer in San Francisco.”

Steve Kondrick for Outreach Chair

“Though I’m pretty new to homebrewing (about 7 months now), I’m finding I have a passion for learning all that I can about it and the Guild has done so much good for me that I’d like to return the favor. I’m organized, thorough, helpful, a snappy dresser (pause for feigned laughter), and look forward to working with other members of the Guild and receiving their feedback to make every meeting, event or hootenanny as interesting, informative & entertaining as possible to help us all learn and grow as brewers. I have a degree in Marketing Management, that should come in handy as the SFHG Outreach Chair. It’s all new and interesting to mem so I want to help make it continuously interesting and involving for YOU!”

Note: We made this new custom Chair position just for Steve! It will involve a variety of jobs including helping with the SFHG web presence, community outreach, and assisting with events. Like all leadership members Steve will “own” at least one event this year and will play an important role in the SFHG. 

Rachel Cunningham for Treasurer-Membership Manager

Rachel has done a killer job as an interim Treasurer-Membership Manager for the last couple months. She’s helped to reorganize the Membership spreadsheets, has begun a drive to get members to renew and brought in $1,500 in just the last week, she’s obtained an EIN tax number for the SFHG, and is working to get us 501(c)(3) status as a real nonprofit! Rachel has already shown skill and determination in this role and has the full confidence and endorsement of Chris and Kevin for the position.

Dermot Stratton for Competitions Chair

Dermot has been a core member of the SFHG from early on. He’s an talented award winning brewer and beer judge who wants to get involved in organizing and managing the SFHG’s competitions. Dermot recently completed the SFHG’s BJCP training course and took the BJCP exam, which we all expect him to pass with flying colors. He’s also been managing the SFHG’s “SF Brewing Water Project” for which he’s collected brewing water from breweries and homes around SF and sent it to a lab for testing. When the project is complete his results and advice for adjusting SF brewing water for brewing particular styles will be published on a special SFHG website that will be a great resource for the whole SF brewing community.

Chris Cohen & Kevin Inglin for Board Membership
This election isn’t a mic drop situation for us, we’re not going anywhere! Both of us plan to continue to be very heavily involved with the SFHG as active event organizers and advisors to the new leadership. You can’t get rid of us that easily.

Jen Jordan for Secretary

Our 2014 Homebrewer of the Year who JUST STARTED A NEW GIG WORKING FOR ANCHOR (freakin’ congrats!!!) is throwing her name in the ring for SFHG Secretary! Jen’s been a core member of the SFHG for some time. She’s a dedicated member of the Guild and local brewing community. Her colleagues in the SFHG helped her make the decision to change careers and go into brewing, now Jen wants to give back to the community by helping to run the Guild!

I’m worried about the future of the SFHG, where are Chris & Kevin going?

We’re not going anywhere! Both Chris and Kevin will be on the ballot for Board Member positions and (assuming they receive votes from 50% of the Membership) will maintain very active roles in the SFHG. We’ve loved the two years of leadership we’ve given to the SFHG and we both feel it’s important to make sure the Guild is a robust and democratic organization that doesn’t die when we are no longer able to dedicate so much time to its leadership. We’re both working on opening beer businesses in SF right now, so we see the writing on the wall for the day when we can no longer answer every email and solely organize every single event! By stepping back and spreading the work load among many leaders, the SFHG will become a much stronger organization.

Renew your SFHG membership to ensure you can vote on Tuesday!

Support the SFHG and renew your membership! You can join or renew here:

FYI Rachel Cunningham has obtained a Federal Tax ID for the SFHG and over the coming months will help us become a legitimate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Next thing you know, we’ll be doing a yearly fundraiser event! Thanks Rachel and go with your bad self, SFHG! We couldn’t do this stuff without your membership dues, so thank you to all of our members for your generous support.

Join the SFHG!

Take the leap and join the SFHG! Membership to the SFHG is $45/yr and includes 10% off at SF Brewcraft & 10% off at the Oak Barrel in Berkeley and 10% at MoreBeer locations, plus invitations to all SFHG events. For more info on the benefits of joining, plus our Paypal membership dues link, please go here.

Don’t forget to like us on the SFHG Facebook page and join the SFHG MeetUp page, which is the best spot to keep up to date on upcoming events. 

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Support AB 2609 on behalf of San Francisco’s homebrewers

We need to take action to ensure passage of AB2609, a bill that affects the legality of sharing homebrew and holding homebrew festivals. This bill will correct the poor wording/unintentional consequence of AB1425 passed last year that made it illegal for non-profit homebrewer organizations to host homebrew events in California.

For more info, look here:

Feel free to customize the version of the letter sent from SFHG Pres Chris Cohen below. He sent the letter to Assembly Member Brian Nestande’s Chief of Staff Nanette Farag at, Tom Ammiano (reps the eastern part of SF) at &,
and Mark Leno (reps all of SF) at

April 6, 2014
Honorable Isadore Hall, III
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 942849
Room 3123
Sacramento, CA 94249-00964
Dear Chair Isadore Hall, III:
Subject:  Please support AB 2609
I am the founder and President of the San Francisco Homebrewers Guild. Our club has approximately 200 annual dues paying members and a mailing list of nearly 700 fans of homebrew in San Francisco. We request your support for AB 2609.
Homebrewers love to share with and learn from one another. For instance, the SF Homebrewer’s Guild holds a monthly meeting at Anchor Brewing where we feature talks by pro brewers and share our own creations. We also hold three or four small homebrew competitions each year for our club members. Our ability to continue doing these events and others is threatened by the ABC’s interpretation of AB 1425, passed last year ostensibly to empower clubs like ours to share our creations in a responsible manner. California’s homebrewers have also been fortunate to have larger scale events like the Southern California Homebrewers Festival and the Northern California Homebrewers Festival. These events strengthen the homebrewing community and help individual homebrewers refine their craft – it hardly need be pointed out that the craft beer industry, which is inextricably linked to the success of local homebrew communities, has been a boon to CA’s economy in recent years.
The passage last year of AB 1425 has endangered the ability of the SF Homebrewers Guild to continue operating. It also led to the cancellation of the 24th annual Southern California Homebrewers Association Festival scheduled for early May, and could threaten the 37th annual American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference planned for 2015. The homebrewers of San Francisco, the Bay Area, and California urge you to support the passage of AB 2609 to restore the ability of homebrewer organizations to host events for homebrewers.
Please show your support for San Francisco’s and California’s homebrewing community by passing AB 2609.
Chris Cohen, Esq.
154 Tiffany Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Rockin’ it at the SFHG March Monthly Meeting w/ Jay Goodwin of The Rare Barrel

We had another excellent SFHG Monthly Meeting at Anchor Brewing this March, featuring a talk and Q&A with the brilliant sour beer maker and co-founder of Berkeley’s The Rare Barrel. Jay is a fabulous speaker and he really dazzled the 60+ SFHG members who were on hand by talking about how he got started in the beer biz, how to make a great sour beer, and how he takes a very experimental homebrewer-like approach to making all beer at The Rare Barrel.

Other exciting news – the SFHG will be holding elections for leadership positions at our next monthly meeting. If you’re interested in giving some of your time to our amazing community of homebrewers, please check out the SFHG Charter and put your name in the ring by notifying us at

Meanwhile, check out these great pics from our March meeting at Anchor.

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President Obama liked the SFHG’s Prez Honey Ale Comp label design winner!


Not so long ago in late 2012, the SFHG held a “Presidential Honey Ale Competition” homebrew festival. One of the categories of competition was for beer label design. The winning beer for that was made by SFHG members Paul Barnes and Colin Elliot, with the label design by Dominique Fougere. Dominique sent a copy of the label and a letter to the White House and recently received a reply back from President Obama! Check it out: President Obama’s Letter to Dominique regarding her award winning Prez Honey Ale homebrew label!

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Congrats to the winners of the SFHG’s Griz Tribute Comp!

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The SFHG’s 3rd annual SF Beer Week Homebrew Share at Pi Bar was tons of fun! Thanks to everyone for coming and congrats to the winners of the Griz Tribute Comp and of the People’s Choice vote. Great crowd, great beer, another super fun get together. Thanks everyone!

Big congrats to our American Homebrewers Association-Beer Judge Certification Program certified SFHG Griz Tribute Barleywine & Mild Comp winners:
1) Karlo Berket – Young Frankenstein American Barleywine
2) Arun Bhalla – Old Methuselah’s English Barleywine
3) Seth Mansergh – ‘Griz’ly Dark Mild
HM) Evan Rusackas – Old Flathead American Barleywine

The winners of the People’s Choice vote at the Homebrew Share were:
1) Open category: Chris Cohen & Tom Tripp for their “10% Milkshake” Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
2) Competition category – Evan Rusackas for his Old Flathead American Barleywine

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SF Beer Week Homebrew Share at Pi Bar on Sunday + help crowd fund projects by fellow Guildees!

Damn, it feels good to be a beer lover during SF Beer Week. I can’t get enough of this beer madness that takes over our fair city every February. The SFHG has our own little addition to the mayhem with our annual Homebrew Share this Sunday (tomorrow!) at Pi Bar from 12-3. We’re turning two years old and we’ll be handing out ribbons for our barleywine & mild comp! We judged them on Tuesday night and the quality of beer our members are submitting to comps just keeps getting better and better. Here are all the details:


SFHG Homebrew Share at Pi Bar, noon to 3 on Sunday, Feb 16th

What: The SFHG is turning 2 and we invite our members and their guests to come celebrate with us! We launched the SFHG during the 2012 SF Beer Week with a similar Share at Pi Bar, one of SF’s premier craft beer purveyors. Homebrewers always show up at the Shares with a dazzling array of great brew ranging from well crafted barleywines to coconut porters and once even a garlic beer. Sampling homebrew doesn’t get much more fun. Definitely bring some homebrew to share if you have some ready (but no kegs, please!). Also, we’ll be awarding ribbons for the Griz Tribute Competition and for People’s Choice. RSVP HERE.
When: Pi Bar is opening early just for us, from 12 to 3 PM on Sunday, Feb 16th, the final day of SF Beer Week. As always, we expect to have a good crowd, so get there at noon!
Cost: $15 to Pi Bar gets you all the pizza and salad you can eat. Have you had their pizza? This is a steal, my friends.

And now a word from our sponsors. Just kidding, sort of, the SFHG Prez & Veep both have some beer soaked crowd funding activity going on and they’d love to have your support. Consider supporting these projects financially or help by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter.

FDR logo

  • SFHG Veep Kevin Inglin, and his wife, Shea, are opening a super cool new business in San Francisco called Ferment.Drink.Repeat. FDR will combine a nanobrewery, taproom, and homebrew shop. They’re even going to let talented local homebrewers (that’s you!) learn to brew on the FDR brewhouse and sell beer in the taproom – it’s a brewery incubator! Check out FDR and support Kevin & Shea here:FERMENT.DRINK.REPEAT on CrowdBrewed


  • SFHG Prez Chris Cohen is Kickstarting the first study guide on the market for the Cicerone Certification Program exams. For anyone considering getting into the beer biz or who wants to raise their beer game, Cicerone certifications are a great way to do it. These study guides will help ensure you pass the test! Check ‘em out here: Beer Scholar Study Guides for the Cicerone Exams

Any SFHG member who is launching a beer related business or crowd funding effort should always let us know. We’ll be happy to help publicize it in our occasional emails. You support the Guild and we’re here to support you, too.

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Huge Jan 2014 monthly meeting at Anchor + Congrats to Jen Jordan for winning SFHG’s 2013 Homebrewer of the Year!

Congrats to Jen Jordan, the SFHG’s Homebrewer of the Year for 2013! We presented Jen with a plaque at last night’s monthly meeting. She earned it by getting 13.5 points in the SFHG’s Homebrewer of the Year competition series – she won tons of ribbons in comps throughout the year! Congrats Jen!

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We had 70+ SFHG members at the January monthly meeting at Anchor Brewing Company, again breaking the record for biggest meeting. We talked about what we accomplished in 2013 and what the big plans are for 2014 plus we got lots of feedback from member’s concerning what they wanted to see in the future.

There’s so much energy in the SFHG, 2014 is going to be awesome!


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