When the staff opened Social Kitchen & Brewery on Sunday night the line waiting to get in stretched for nearly a city block. Nine up and coming hombrewers, looking to make the professional leap, managed to draw an insatiable crowd for the Breweries of Tomorrow, Nanobrewery Festival in San Francisco. The turnout and feedback left the organizers stunned and brewers ecstatic.
The doors opened up at 5:00pm and the Social Kitchen staff moved festivalgoer’s inside as fast as possible. Once they swapped $15 for a commemorative glass they tore into the wide range of beer from 510 Brewing, Beltane Brewing, Bosworth Brewery, Elizabeth Street Brewery, Local Brewing Company, Orange & Black, Pacific Brewing Laboratories, Petaluma Hills Brewing Company and Van Houten Brewing. Attendees also received tickets for two pours from the Strong Beer Social menu offered by Rich Higgins, the Social Kitchen brewmaster.
The breweries were spread out in groups of three near the front door, by the kitchen and up on the mezzanine, which kept the crowd moving and wait times for beer minimal. Brewers were able to field questions from inquisitive drinkers who had a lot of beer to choose from.
- Bosworth Brewing had Redwood Best Bitter, Mish Mash IPA & Pond Hopper Brown ale.
- Orange & Black brought a firkin of Bitter.
- Elizabeth Street Brewery offered a stout called Daddy’s Chocolate Milk.
- Van Houten Brewing poured a California Common.
- Local Brewing Company tapped a corny of Sutro Tower Stout.
- Pacific Brewing Laboratories brought a Hibiscus Saison.
- Beltane Brewing went with an Imperial IPA, Belgian Strong & Dubbel.
- Petaluma Hills offered a Porter, Belgian Blonde, a Honey Nut Brown, and a Stout.
- 510 Brewing poured an Imperial Red (IRA) and a Peppermint Porter.
Left to right: Travis Smith, Dean Hoffman & Xon Cisneros of 510 Brewing with Bryan Hermannson & Patrick Horn of Pacific Brewing Laboratories.
Left to right: Alan Atha of Beltane Brewing, Regan Long from Local Brewing Co. & JJ from Petaluma Hills Brewing.
Left to right: Richard Brewer-Hay of Elizabeth Street Brewery with the Bosworth Brewing crew, Antony Field, Caroline Field & Justin Lokitz.
James Davids & Kim Sturdavant of Orange & Black.
Johnny & Creek of Van Houten Brewing Company.
The beer supply lasted into the evening in light of the huge demand and generous pours. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the 200 pieces of special glassware that disappeared by 6:00pm, when the price of admission dropped to $10 as a result.
Due to the tremendous turnout you can expect this event to continue in 2012. The need for advance tickets and a larger venue will be evaluated. In the meantime, organizers want to thank attendees for their patience and for coming out to support your Bay Area brewers.