Cherry Season

Congratulations to all our customers who have begun brewing beers with different herbs and spices. More experimentation is taking place every day and we are fortunate to occasionally be on the receiving end of a sampling session.

Thank you to our friend who let us sample his excellent turmeric and mandarin orange beer. If you missed the first round of mandarins, don’t sweat, the next variety will be coming into harvest soon. Just keep watching for them at the markets. The different mandarin varieties come into season at different times and the next ones will be along very soon.

At the moment the cherries are delicious and the cherries only stay in season for about 10 minutes so if you want any buy them NOW! It is easy to buy fruit when it’s in season and prepare it for brewing and then freeze it until you are ready to brew that particular beer. On the chance you are not ready immediately, that is. Cherries generally lend themselves well to darker beers, porters and stouts, as well as meads.

If you have a recipe that is so good you’d like to share it please let us know. We will spread the word.

Published in: on May 29, 2008 at 12:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Telluride Blues and Brew Fest

Hey out there. My friend and I would completely love to go to the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest but it seems like it would cost an arm and a leg for gas. So we thought maybe we would see if anybody else is having the same thoughts and maybe we could get together and rent an 8 passenger van and split up the cost of gas. Seems like it would run a little over 100 dollars a piece with the rental. It would be a blast. Let us know.

Published in: on April 30, 2008 at 1:03 pm  Comments (4)  
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Ginger Beer

Ginger Root is the easiest and funnest introduction to using something other than hops to impart some bitterness and flavor and preservative powers to beer. Many entire books have been written about how amazing ginger is so if you enjoy the flavor of ginger and are intrigued by this we encourage further study.

Right here we won’t be getting into the many and varied uses of ginger, primarily because if you are new to the world of herbs you might think some of the claims to be outrageous or fabricated. For now we shall attempt to focus.

Versatile is the best word to describe ginger. Ginger can be used fresh or dried and can be added to the beer in any way imaginable. Boiled with the wort, added in increments just like hops, “dry hopped” raw during either the primary or the secondary fermentation. How about making a tincture or a simple syrup? Okay. No matter how it is added, ginger is a nice addition to your beers. Or sodas, meads, maybe even your wines.

So go ahead, don’t be afraid, add some ginger to one of your beers and let us know what you think. Let everyone know what you think if you are so inclined.

Published in: on April 30, 2008 at 12:52 am  Comments (1)  

“Rye Not” Summer Rye Pale Ale

“Rye Not” Summer Rye Pale Ale

Hey Folks. Check out the newest beer to our roster. “Rye Not Summer Pale Ale”
The perfect summer beer with an added kick. Do it to it! Keep checking back to this section for new brews.

Published in: on April 28, 2008 at 4:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Barleywine Festigammon

Everybody hightail it on over to Toronado for the Barleywine Festival Feb. 16-23. Go often and be distorted for months to come.

When brewing your own barleywine, keep in mind that it will take a minimum of 9 months to be drinkable. When still young they taste like alcoholic maple syrup and after a year or so you will be waxing poetic about your ambrosia.

Published in: on February 16, 2008 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment  

All Grain Brewing Classes Starting Soon

After a long absence, we are finally going to have all-grain classes again starting Tuesday February 19th. I’ll be in the store every Tuesday after that doing all grain brews until I have to go back to school on April 1st. So if you’re interested in learning how to brew all grain, call us up at the shop (751-9338) and let us know when you’d like to attend. This might be an excellent time to learn as we FINALLY have all grain set ups in stock again. Cheers!!-Tucker

Published in: on February 7, 2008 at 10:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Year’s Clean

Here is a tip to ring in the New Year. Rinse your equipment right after use, and never put anything away before a good hot rinse. Including your bottles soon after emptying them out. This is the only way to go, as even a small amount of beer will quickly turn to mold and make a mess of things.

Soon you are replacing pieces of equipment or boiling everything because it’s all cruddy. With hoses, run hot tap water through it all and afterwards swing it around like a lasso to encourage all the remaining water to exit.

Singing Roger Miller songs or line dancing can be a most enjoyable accompaniment, although not entirely necessary.

Published in: on January 2, 2008 at 8:47 pm  Comments (1)  

Public Glass

Shout out to Public Glass, a facility where the public can take classes and attend workshops on glass blowing. At their holiday party a beer glass came with the admission. Hand blown beer glasses, start your collection today!

Stay tuned to their website, http://www.publicglass.org as there will be more events in the upcoming year.

Published in: on December 20, 2007 at 2:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy Holidays

Have you thought about brewing and haven’t done anything about it yet? On average, it takes 2-3 years of thinking about brewing and talking about brewing before actually brewing. Somewhere down the line you either (1) run into someone who brews so you help them with some stage of theirs and learn from them, or (2) you stroll on into SF Brewcraft and we hook you up with a starter kit complete with recipe and proper instructions. And a free class taught by Griz.

You may be surprised at the superior quality of your beer, or you may have expected the best already. Brewing will relieve the stress from the other areas of your life and reconnect you with history while simultaneously creating a happier future.

Published in: on November 30, 2007 at 1:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Late Night Brewstore

All the mice are out crawling around the CO2 tanks. Beyond Jazz on the stereo. New concrete out in front. Big thank you to EF Gomez for the one day sidewalk. Bring in your wheelchairs for a test ride!

Published in: on October 5, 2007 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment