With a myriad of Bay Area breweries and bars taking part in festivals, tap takeovers and other San Francisco Beer Week events – local homebrewers and soon-to-launch breweries are also getting their time in the spotlight.
More than 20 homebrewers and breweries-in-planning will pour their beers for charity at the second annual Hops for Housing event, raising money for the San Francisco Tenants Union‘s counseling clinic and political advocacy. The event will take place at Beatbox in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on February 12 from 5:30 to 9 pm.
Organized by the Sirwisa Brewing Collective — a Bay Area group of professional and hobbyist brewers — Hops for Housing is unique in that most of all the beers being poured aren’t readily available to the public. California law AB 1425 allows homemade alcohol to be sold for fundraising events, making much of what will be available at tonights event available for consumption.
According to Sirwisa’s president, Ross Halligan, “close to 50 unique beers not available anywhere else during beer week” will be on tap.
Among the unique beers featured at the event are a spiced porter, smoked American amber that uses honey malt, a sweet stout dry hopped with cacao nibs, a traditional kolsch brewed with fresh-pressed Pinot Grigio grape must, a black lager, Brett IPA, milk stouts, a jalapeño double IPA and a Belgian dark ale with syrah pumice.
Homebrewer Micaela Healy from Gone Boating Brewing says Hops for Housing follows the community-theme that their brewery likes to be involved in. “We were drawn to the event because we really enjoy using our beer to give back to our community,” said Healy.
“I really get a thrill out of serving homebrew to the general public, it’s fun to share and get feedback from non-brewers,” said homebrewer Matt Murray of Lone Mountain Brewery. “Getting to hang out with my fellow brewers is also great, we thrive off of sharing and comparing our beers and brewing techniques.”
Turnout for last years Hops for Housing event was around 300. Halligan says this year they’re expecting 400 people.
“This years event is different in that we have seven breweries in planning as well as homebrewers,” said Heather Dominey, member of Sirwisa and a counselor for the SF Tenants Union. Dominey proposed the idea originally of Hops for Housing after AB1425 passed in California.
“These breweries in planning are on track to opening up breweries of their own in the Bay Area within the year,” said Dominey. “Many have already signed leases, broke ground on their spots, or are in the final steps of finalizing their licenses. This will be for some the first chance to pour under their brewery brand.”
Regan Long, co-founder and CEO of Local Brewing [an SF brewery-in-planning looking to open its doors in 2015], says supporting neighborhood community has been a “key component of [Local Brewing] since its inception five years ago.”
“And, as residents of SF for over 20 years, we can identify with the cause,” said Long. The brewery plans to feature its Local IPA, Local (SF) Lager and Brannan Black Lager at the festival.
“We all live and rent in SF!” said Ryan Dalton, a brewer with Method Brewing [SF brewery-in-planning looking to open its doors in 2015]. “We’re also big fans of integrating the homebrew and professional brewing communities, so we jumped at the chance to showcase some beers and to meet some other brewers.”
Tickets are available online and at the door. For more information, visit the events Eventbrite page.