You will be missed, Griz

GrizThe San Francisco homebrewing community lost a legend on September 23rd. On Monday night our friend Greg Miller, better known to all as Griz, owner of SF Brewcraft, passed away in his sleep. Griz was a true character, a gregarious and opinionated guy who forgot more about brewing over the years than most of us will ever know. During his 40+ years in the homebrew supply business many Bay Area brewers, both pros and homebrewers, got their starter brew kit from Griz and learned the basics in his class or from his worksheets. We all owe Griz a debt of gratitude for showing us what true passion for brewing looks like and for infusion mashing the SF homebrew community with his hoppy free spirit. Let’s all raise a glass to Griz tonight and dedicate our next brewing adventure to his memory.

Griz was a brewer-philosopher and he left us not only with many great memories, but with loads of fantastic quotes about how you shouldn’t be “anal retentive” when you brew (a little funnier than the old “don’t worry, relax, have a homebrew” quote, if you ask me), “you can’t brew a lager,” and how it was good and comforting to be connected to a craft that mankind had been undertaking for thousands of years, “but turn off your goddamn cell phone before you start because it’s a creative artistic endeavor…where you can iron yourself out.” For Griz, brewing was therapy, it was his meditation. I believe that many dedicated homebrewers know exactly what he means when he says that.

I don’t know exactly what the first bit of the quote below means, but I get the overall gist and it feels profound only two days after Griz’ passing. I think Griz grabbed and rode exactly the wave he wanted to in his life and he rode it all the way home.

“When the bullshit-choking chain gets pulled, ride that wave all the way to the shore. You only get so many of those in a lifetime. And when you grab it, don’t feel guilty about it. Grab on to it and ride that wave as far as it’ll take ya.” – Griz

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6 Responses to You will be missed, Griz

  1. mixed heritage beer company says:

    If you didn’t take your first lesson on how to brew from Griz you missed something truly unique and special. No matter how many times I read forums, or learn some new technique, I always default back to his wise words of, “don’t over think it”. Then I take a deep breath and just do what feels right.

    He will be missed.

  2. Pete says:

    The quote you mention is a reference to this video. Rest in peace Griz, we will never forget you.

  3. Ben says:

    RIP Greg. You’re a legend.

  4. Glenn Miller says:

    Griz wrote by hand recipies from memory. Always included was a special instruction, trick of the trade which he highlighted “Mucho Importante”.
    His mentoring and instruction yielded more than 200 gallons over the many years.
    A local legend. One of a kind.
    Riding that train…to The Spirit in The Sky.

  5. Jesse says:

    I learned all I knew from him, watched him recite so many recipes on the fly. He will truly be missed, and the world is a less knowledgeable and less happy place without him.

  6. A huge loss to all of us, but he did make his mark. When I went to their free Monday class several years ago he told us, “If you are having a problem with a batch, call me. I got a call on a Friday evening recently and walked a guy through an issue they were having with the mash.” Who else has been in business for 30 or 40 years and still tells you to call them personally if you are having a problem?

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