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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Congrats to the winners of the SFHG porter competition!

Congrats to the winners of the SFHG’s BJCP certified Tribute to America single category Porter competition. Great beers, everyone!
1st – Randy Swanson
2nd – Dermot Stratton
3rd – Karlo Berket

Winners of the SFHG Porter comp at the Griz Memorial Block Party

Winners of the SFHG Porter comp at the Griz Memorial Block Party

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The SFHG presents a Griz memorial plaque to SF Brewcraft

The SFHG presented a memorial plaque to the fellas at SF Brewcraft and Griz’ wife, Barbara, at November’s Griz Memorial Block Party. The plaque and the event turned out really nicely. Look for the plaque at SF Brewcraft next time you’re there.

Here’s a nice shot of the plaque, posted here by Richard Brewer-Hay of Elizabeth Street Brewery fame:

Here’s a set of other photos from the event, including a bunch of Griz in his younger years!

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The SFHG makes a great showing at the 2013 CA State Homebrew Comp!

The SFHG represented well at the CA State Homebrew Comp held at Anchor Brewing. For one, we sent a big group of judges and stewards to help with the competition, but we also send a big congrats out to the SFHG members who took ribbons home! Our VP Kevin Inglin, Jen Jordan, and Daniel Owens together took home nine ribbons!

Kevin at 2013 CA State Homebrew Comp 2013 CA State Homebrew Comp Judging

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The SFHG’s Ladies Knock ‘Em Dead in the HAZE club’s Queen of Beer Homebrew Competition!

The Queen of Beer Homebrew Competition results are in and the SFHG’s ladies brought home a ton of ribbons! Rachel Cunningham’s Stockholm Syndrome Porter placed third in the Browns & Porters category. The Black Tang Wit IPA that Jen Jordan and Rachel made together took third in the Specialty category. Jen also took ribbons home in the Belgian/Saison and European/Amber categories. As Rachel says: “Real Women Brew Beer!”

Huge congrats to Rachel and Jen!

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