The San Francisco Homebrewers Guild had an amazing 2013. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen! It seems crazy, but this February during SF Beer Week we’ll be just two years old. Here’s to a fabulous 2014!
Check out some of the highlights of what we accomplished this year, then go below that to see what’s coming up in Jan & Feb - including an important update regarding the styles we’re accepting for our homebrew competition scheduled for SF Beer Week in February, just one month away.
Highlights of what the SFHG accomplished in 2013!
- We doubled in size. The SFHG grew from 80 annual dues paying members to over 160 in just one year!
- We began holding regular monthly meetings at Anchor Brewing Company, featuring excellent guest speakers from the local homebrew community and pro brewing industry.
- We organized and judged four BJCP/AHA certified homebrew competitions for our members as part of the SFHG Homebrewer of the Year Competition Series.
- Thanks to help from Master BJCP Judge Lee Shephard (aka the Brewing Network’s “Dr. Homebrew“), we conducted a three month BJCP judge training course for 20 of our members, 12 of whom took the BJCP exam and are awaiting their results!
- A bunch of our members started winning ribbons at outside competitions.
- We made a great club showing and had a blast in our first foray to the Northern California Homebrew Festival.
- Three SFHG members brewed with local pro brewers for the Pro-Am comp at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.
- And last, but hardly least, we organized a huge slate of great events including our SF Beer Week Pi Bar Homebrew Share, an SFHG picnic in Golden Gate Park, a second Pi Bar Homebrew Share, we brewed “Jim’s SweetBody Stout” collab beer with Cerveceria de MateVeza and had a release party, we celebrated the life of local homebrew legend Griz, and we went on our annual brewery bus tour!
Here’s what’s coming up for the SFHG this Jan & Feb!
January Monthly Meeting at Anchor Brewing’s Taproom
Tuesday, Jan 21st, 5:30-7:30 PM
At our first monthly meeting of 2014, the SFHG Pres Chris Cohen and Veep Kevin Inglin will briefly review what we accomplished in 2013, discuss our goals for 2014, and will recognize our 2013 SFHG Homebrewer of the Year competition series winner. Our monthly meetings are for members but we invite non-members to come check us out, we just ask that visitors toss $5 in a bucket to support the Guild. It’s well worth the Anchor beer and homebrew you’ll get to sample!
SFHG’s BJCP-AHA certified “Griz Tribute” Big and Small Homebrew Competition
Beer due at SF Brewcraft on Sunday, Feb 9th
ANNOUNCEMENT: we will also be accepting English Milds
) as well as Barleywines (the big). We originally announced this competition a year ago to give plenty of notice so members could make barleywines, however, we’ve had many new members join recently and want to give everyone the opportunity to enter the competition and earn points toward winning the SFHG Homebrewer of the Year award. It’s late-ish notice, but you do have time to make a Mild. It’s a very low gravity (2.8-4.5% abv) quick to make beer, but you better brew it ASAP so it’ll be ready! Here’s some history for the style and a great recipe by Jamil Z: http://byo.com/stories/issue/item/1893-mild-ale-style-profile
. More competition details, instructions for entering, and an RSVP to let us know you’re entering can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Homebrewers-Guild/events/158914622/
All SFHG club competitions are for dues paying members only and are free to enter. Each member can enter only one beer (either a barleywine OR a mild in this case). If you submit a barleywine, you must specify whether it is American or English style. We will award ribbons at a Homebrew Share event during the final weekend of SF Beer Week.
SF Beer Week Homebrew Share at Pi Bar!
Sunday, Feb 16th at Pi Bar
It’s our annual SFBW Pi Bar Homebrew Share! This is how we launched the SFHG exactly two years ago in 2012. Crazy, right?! This event is for SFHG members and a guest who loves you. You’re strongly encouraged to bring homebrew to share with the crowd. We’ll be awarding ribbons for our “Griz Tribute” Big and Small homebrew competition (English Milds & any Barleywine!). We’ll also be awarding a People’s Choice ribbon, so bring enough to share since no one can vote for you if they don’t get to try your beer! As always, it’ll be $15 for unlimited pizza and salad, which Pi cranks out at a high rate. Can’t wait for this!
SFHG’s 2014 competition details available now