Familyhood Reunion Anniversary!

What do you think when you think of Home?

We think of you.

WE WILL BE HAVING A VIRTUAL B-DAY THIS YEAR. STAY TUNED FOR NEW DETAILS TO FOLLOW.


Home Brewing Company is celebrating it’s 5th anniversary with brews and merch!
The Homebrewer: Supplies & Resource celebrates it’s 8th and we’re giving you deals on Deals on DEALS!!

Now we like to think of ourselves as classy folk,
so we’ve decided to base a theme off of traditional anniversary gifts and even extended to the United Kingdom for some inspiration.

5th Anniversary gift is Salt: As enthusiasts of those malty European brews, this is inspired by UK tradition.
Salt signifies value and essential to life (Just like our love of beer and camaraderie with you all)

8th Anniversary gift is Wood: Symbolizing a durable, long-lasting and solid relationship.
(Which we feel like we have with you all <3)

So what does our anniversary look like you might ask?


Friday: PAR-TAY time! All day we will be releasing some of our favorite brews that bring us joy. Jacob is also brewing away to bring you some of the best Home Brewing Company has to offer 😉

  • Anniversary Gose
    Gose with French Oak

    A celebration of our 5th & 8th anniversary combined for your drinking pleasures
  • Positive Pils
    Dry-Hopped German Pilsner

    Caution: Drinking this brew may give you a positive outlook
  • Tarty Boys #5
    Blood-Orange Pineapple Super Sour

    B.O.P.S.S.
  • Country Boiz
    Hazy Pale Ale with Pure Idaho & Idaho 7

    More noize for our Home boiz

Introducing our newest installment to Home Brewing Company:

Nomadic Phases: Specialty Bottle Series

We often pull aside small portions of our larger batches to experiment with various other aspects of the brewing process and myriad ingredients. In the past we have released these as simple blank bottles, with a simple tag that only lists the name of the beer and it’s abv. These are some of our favorite beers, and we love opening them for special occasions. It’s time that we gave these beers the attention that they deserve, so we are rolling out a new bottle series dubbed Nomadic Phases. This series of beers will feature various styles and various ingredient/process experiments. The binding factor will be that they are all special to us, and fantastically interesting and delicious.

  • Nomadic Phases with Nectarines – 6.4%
    Saison with French Oak, Nectarines, Peaches & Brett Lambicus
    This bottle features a  portion of our saison fermented with nectarines, peaches, french oak, and wild yeast that we brewed in collaboration with Nomad Donuts. We then bottle conditioned that beer with Brettanomyces Lambicus. The result is a slightly drier saison, with accented notes of stone fruit and white pepper. The first beer – and namesake – for our Nomadic Phases Bottle Series.

Saturday: Getting down to the nitty gritty and do some good ole’ fashion learning, with copious amounts of beer of course.

12-4p – Live Streaming  Brew Day with the Home Crew:
The crew is brewing something small and special on our own 5 gallon Anvil Foundry.
Watch and ask questions while laughing along with the crew on all of our brewing quarks.
(Instagram Live)

3p – Virtual Cheers:
With our glasses held high and shout “Salute” to you all who have made our brewing dreams possible.


– The Homebrewer: Supplies & Resource –
June 22nd – June 27th
15% OFF SITE WIDE SALE!!

*For pick up items only – Not to be combined with other offers – Some restrictions may apply

As we reminisce on the laughs, the feels and all the beers, we would not be where we are today without you.
We have a jam packed weekend planned just for you! We hope you will join us on our very special Familyhood Reunion.
<3

Know Your Ingredients: Malt Workshop

Learn more about the beer making process & ingredients.

This hands-on malt workshop covers in depth the malting process and how the choice of different malts can dramatically effect your beers.
Class includes one 8oz. pour from Home Brewing Co.
Class length 1 hours

w/ Special Guest Instructor:
Graciela Cervantes: International Beer Judge, Quality Control Manager, Distributor for Rheinphaltz Malt.

Topics will include:

  • The Malting Process
  • Methods for Sensory & Quality Analysis
  • How to do the ASBC Malt Analysis at Home
  • Tools and tips to for choosing the malt bill of your next recipe

RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE ($5 presale | $7 day of)

 

 

 

Beer Off Flavors Workshop

Learn about the beer off flavors, how to identify them, and how to correct them.

A large part about improving yourself as a brewer is understanding how to identify off flavors, how they are created, and how to avoid them. These skill sets are also important for bartenders, servers, restaurant/bar owners.

The average beer consumer should also be aware of how to identify these flaws, and how to politely address the issue if they are served a flawed beer. Not all flaws are equal, and some “flaws” are acceptable to a certain degree in many styles. This course will serve as a building block for building your overall beer knowledge and appreciation.

This 1.5 hr class will provide samples of a control beer that has been dosed with the chemical compounds that we associate with the most common off-flavors in beer production and draft dispense. Includes:

*6* Off-flavors
1 control beer
Guided tasting/instruction

Must be 21, or older, to attend. Valid ID MUST be present at tasting.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE

Intro to Homebrewing

An intro to homebrewing your own delicious beer.

    • Designed for beginning through intermediate brewers
    • Learn key terms
    • Overview of the ingredients and what they contribute
    • How different beer styles are created
    • The basic brewing process
    • Tips and Tricks for a successful brew day
    • Emphasis is on partial grain AKA extract AKA extract with grains brewing.
    • Saving the universe through homebrew!
    • Class Length – 1.5-2 hrs

 

View our intro to brewing video here.

Reserve Your Seat Here

Intro to Kegging Homebrew

This class covers the entire process of kegging homebrew — from equipment needs to the carbonation process, serving methods and troubleshooting. We’ll also look at home draft systems and their maintenance. This class is designed for brewers of all levels.

Topics will include:

Demonstration of the kegging process
Options for carbonation
Overview of draft systems — from picnic taps to commercial and DIY kegerators
Basic principles of draft system balance and maintenance
Filling bottles and growlers from your tap
Troubleshooting common issues

Class includes two 8oz. pours from our tasting room

Class length 1.5 hours

RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE

Intro to Homebrewing

  • An intro to homebrewing class that will get you making your own delicious beer!
  • Designed for beginning through intermediate brewers
  • Learn key terms
  • Overview of the ingredients and what they contribute
  • How different beer styles are created
  • The basic brewing process
  • Tips and Tricks for a successful brew day
  • Emphasis is on partial grain AKA extract AKA extract with grains brewing.
  • Saving the universe through homebrew!
  • Class Length – 1.5-2 hrs

View our intro to brewing video here. Reserve Your Seat Here

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Wyeast Now in Stock

We have expanded our offerings from Wyeast Labs. We have always carried their American Ale, Pacman (Rogue), and Denny’s Favorite, but we are now carrying the following strains in addition:

German Ale, British Ale, Whitbread, Ringwood, Northwest, Kolsch, Belgian Abbey Ale II, Forbidden Fruit, French Saison, Belgian Saison, Roeselare Blend, and Trappist High Gravity.

You’ll find them in the yeast fridge sharing two blue containers. Click here for more info about each individual strain.

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NHC 2013 – Philadelphia, PA

Last week was the 35th Annual National Homebrewer’s Conference. This year hosted by the great beer town of Philadelphia. We (or I, George) was lucky enough to attend, and am very happy to report back on the overall experience. The location was perfect, the seminars were fun and informative, and beer tourism was phenomenal, and in fact, really made the trip for me.

Philly boasts some of the coolest beer bars & beer-centric restaurants you could wish for. We arrived on Tuesday, two nights before the conference began, and our first order of business was to visit Monk’s Cafe, a cozy Belgian-beer-lover’s paradise. In fact, Michael Jackson commented that it was America’s best Belgian beer bar, and many would argue that this is still true. There certainly isn’t anything quite like it in San Diego, although if you combined the tap list at Small Bar, with the bottle list at Hamilton’s Tavern, you would get kinda sorta close. You’d be missing moules frites, however (sad face). There is also a good offering of German beer bars in the city. Bru Carft, and Brauhaus Schmidtz being the two we had the pleasure of checking out. Again, we simply don’t have these sort of options in San Diego. Occasionally you can count on a solid Kolsch at Tiger!Tiger!, or Blind Lady Ale House, but there aren’t any places with the consistent selection of these Philly beer spots.

Food wise, we enjoyed the above mentioned spots, but other standouts included The Farmer’s Cabinet. Rag time piano, lots of wood, and an ecclectic beer list featuring many fantastic Northern European breweries (Haandbryggeriet of Norway, for instance). A large group of fantastic homebrewers with large hearts enjoyed an outstanding meal there.

The conference itself offered a solid variety of topics to satisfy the interests of any homebrewer. Topics included, sensory analysis (presented by San Diego’s own Kara Taylor of White Labs), Cider (again, San Diego great, Chris Banker of QUAFF), hops, hops, oh and one that talked a little about hops, mash chemistry, building a walk-in cooler, a “going pro” panel, mead and chocolate pairing, and more. You can view the details/presentations from previous years here. As of this posting 2013’s notes are not available yet, but they will be shortly.

Many of the seminars include samples of beer, but there are many other opportunities to fill your glass throughout the weekend. The Pro Brewer’s Night is a great opportunity to sample pro beers from nearby and from around the country. Club Night is the zaniest of all, and is essentially a rager done in all the nerdy glory that only homebrewers can accomplish. Clubs from near and far offer samples of their brews for all to try.

The weekend is wrapped up with a banquet, which includes the awards ceremony for the National Homebrewer’s Competition. Rogue provides the beers, and Homebrew Chef Sean Paxton creates the menu.

All-in-all I highly recommend making the trip out to NHC every year if you can. Next years will be hosted by Grand Rapids, MI. So we will see you there.

My account of the weekend is a summed up version of an all out action packed visit, so please include any of your favorite moments below.

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Our License to Brew Beer

Today we received our packet from the ABC. Included is a checklist of forms to complete, and a nifty sign to post in our window. Essentially we are now in the protest phase of our application. The sign in our window will remain for 30 days, and we are required to send out notifications to nearby residences. The community has 30 days to make any protests. At that point it is up to us to negotiate/explain/placate any and all concerns. It’s an important process designed to empower the community.

So are we so nervous? Well, there is small, and vocal, portion of our community that opposes absolutely every application, forcing applicants to spend money on rent, lawyers, and delayed start dates. We can’t afford much of this.

The SD Police Department is also vocal in this process. As they should be. They are the ones that we all rely on to keep our streets & sidewalks safe, and they are grossly underfunded and overworked. They are likely to impose as many restrictions as they can. We will be reaching out to them in the coming days so that we can begin the dialogue.

For now, we will post below a copy of the letter to our neighbors that we have posted next to our sign. It will answer some basic questions about our goals/vision.

Dear Neighbors,
We are excited to announce our plans to begin brewing on the small scale. Our plans for our brewery are a little different than most, so we hope you will take the time to read the Q&A below in order to learn more. Most of all, we are honored to have this opportunity to play a long lasting, sustainable, and positive role in the growth of our beautiful neighborhood.
We invite you to come in and chat with us about our plans. You can also email us at brew@thehomebrewersd.com.

Q: What is The Homebrewer?
A: We are a resource center for homebrewers. We provide the equipment, ingredients, and knowledge for those interested in making their own beer at home. Our emphasis is on educating the community about how to make quality, great tasting beer, and how to appreciate the rich history and many styles of beer with respect and responsibility.

Q: Do you intend to become a bar?
A: Absolutely not. Our favorite bars are nearby, and within walking distance of our shop, you should go check them out. We will not serve the quantities or have the operating hours of a bar.

Q: So then why do you need this license?
A: This license will allow us to brew examples of certain styles, showcase specific ingredients, and demonstrate different brewing techniques. This will better enable us to inform/educate all of our customers and the community at large. We hold regular classes about how to brew beer at home, and this will allow us to serve you all better in this regard.

Q: What will the atmosphere be like?
A: Our beer showcase room will feel more like a small winery than a bar/”tasting room.” Our staff will be trained to discuss the different aspects/qualities or beer making, and our goal is to educate and inform the average consumer and the homebrewer of every skill level.

Q: What kind of beer will you produce?
A: We would like to create beers that you can enjoy with your favorite family dinner. This means low to moderate alcohol levels, and flavors that are ideal for food pairing.

Q: What is your ideal customer/transaction?
A: We hope you will come in, try a few examples of different beer styles/brewing techniques. Ask our knowledgeable staff about how those beers were created, what foods they will pair with, and which beers like it you should look out for at nearby establishments. If one of our beers is ideal for your next meal, we hope that you will take a refillable bottle of it home to share with your friends and family.

Q: Are you willing to listen to any concerns?
A: Certainly. Our neighborhood and it’s future is an ongoing community effort that requires the input and consideration of every one of us. We all of have valid points about what our neighborhood should look like in the future, and it is all of our responsibilities to take the time to share our views and listen to the views of others. We want our business to play a positive, long-lasting role in our neighborhood, and we want every individual to feel empowered about the direction we are all taking. We only ask that you keep an open mind to our dreams, vision, ideals, and opinions about how to create sustainable, walk-able, friendly, and economically viable neighborhoods.

Sincerely,

The Homebrewer – (George, Molly, Chris, Doug, Francisco, Robby)