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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The SFHG’s 2013 highlights + what’s coming up in Jan and Feb!

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!


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 (the small, 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: More competition details, instructions for entering, and an RSVP to let us know you’re entering can be found here:
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 from 12-3pm
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
Initial details and styles for all the competitions in the SFHG’s 2014 Homebrewer of the Year series can be found here: We’re organizing three BJCP-AHA certified competitions in 2014. Instead of doing a fourth club comp late in the year, we’ll help with running the 36th Annual California State Homebrew Competition.

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And into 2014 we go!


The San Francisco Homebrewers Guild had an amazing 2013!

We grew rapidly and currently have over 150 dues paying members, we started holding regular monthly meetings at Anchor Brewing Company, we organized four BJCP/American Homebrewers Association certified homebrew competitions for our members, we did a three month BJCP training course for about 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 comps, we made a great club showing and had a blast in our first foray to the Northern California Homebrew Festival, and we put on several great events in between all of that.

This February, during SF Beer Week, we’ll be two years old…we’re still babies, man! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen in 2013!

Cheers and Happy New Years, here’s to a fab 2014!

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The SFHG “Loop The Bay” brewery bus tour was a blast!

We had an awesome SFHG brewery bus tour this December! We got 40 SFHG members and friends on the bus. Highlights included Freewheel’s bitter and their great cask system, Drake’s bourbon bbl aged Jolly Roger barleywine and brandy bbl aged Drakonic, and Linden Street’s black lager and beer garden. Between stops we did free raffles of a whole bunch of beer and a couple keggles, too!

We’re looking forward to next year’s 3rd annual brewery bus tour already and plan to move it from Dec (as we’ve done the last two years) to a date earlier in the year. The holidays are just a little too crazy for people to get away and get on the brew bus. Look for the 2014 bus tour to be a few months earlier.

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