Fundraiser Features Homebrewers Competing with Offbeat Ingredients

Rooibos, cardamom and mole are just a few of the exotic ingredients that six homebrewing groups will be offering up in a competition during “Momentum,” a photo auction and benefit or the International Development Exchange (IDEX) on June 14th at the Mission Cultural Center. This San Francisco based nonprofit “promotes sustainable solutions to poverty by providing long-term grants and access to resources to locally run organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America.”

Each homebrewer was asked to design a beer using ingredients from one of the assigned countries: Guatemala, Mexico, India, Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Professional judges and the public will vote on the resulting beers.  The homebrewers include Artisan Brewing, Euphemia Ales, Gone Boating, Happenstance Brewing, Poplar Brewing and Sonnenbrau.

If you’re always on the lookout for new and interesting beer flavors, check out this event and support a good cause. For more information and tickets go to:

Here’s what you can expect from the brewers:

Euphemia Ales

Brewers: Ian Dunbar-Hall, Heather Dominey, Robert Kwan, Scott Hightower
Country: Nepal
Beer/Ingredient(s): Belgian Wit with Turmeric.


Poplar Brewing

Brewers: Ross Halligan and Gearoid Murphy
Country: South Africa
Beer/Ingredient(s): Nelson Sorgum and Rooibus brew.



Brewers: Mike Sonn and Sarah Sonn
Country: India
Beer/Ingredient(s): Kokum Wheat using German Wheat Yeast.




Artisan Brewing

Brewer: Aaron Bryan
Country: Guatemala
Beer/Ingredient(s): Oak-aged Belgian Saison brewed with Guatemalan Cardamom.


Gone Boating Brewing

Brewers: Micaela Healy and Matt Dunne
Country: Mexico
Beer/Ingredient(s): A Chocolate Mole Ale and Golden Nopalito Ale


Happenstance Brewing

Brewer: Kevin Bailey
Country: Zimbabwe
Beer/Ingredient(s): Unknown