Little Breweries Draw Big Crowd

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.

The Bay Area’s 1st Nanobrewing Festival

(Event Recap on BACB)

Nine homebrewing operations from across the Bay Area are converging during SF Beer Week to serve craft beer and launch small businesses during the Breweries of Tomorrow Nanobrewing Festival. It’s the first festival, co-sponsored by Social Kitchen & Brewery and, designed to feature and support homebrewers with entrepreneurial aspirations. The event will take place on February 13, from 5-9pm at Social Kitchen & Brewery in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood (1326 9th Avenue).

Admission to the event is $15 at the door. Attendees will receive a commemorative glass, two tickets for beer produced by Social Kitchen & Brewery, and unlimited samples 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. Food will be available for purchase from the Social Kitchen & Brewery menu.

Breweries of Tomorrow is a unique opportunity for beer lovers to sample the work created by the Bay Area’s next generation of professional craft brewers.” – Brian Stechschulte, editor of

About the sponsors:

Social Kitchen & Brewery is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood at 1326 9th Avenue. Rich Higgins is the brewmaster and certified master cicerone who believes that beer plays a role in the kitchen and deserves a place at the table. He brews accessible beers that are food-friendly and full of flavor. is a guide and news source created for Bay Area citizens and visitors that was launched at the dawn of 2011. The site features maps, an event calendar, news and info about the breweries and brewpubs who make beer, the bars, stores and restaurants who lovingly serve it, and the local beer bloggers who absorb and document the foamy landscape.

About the brewers:

510 Brewing was founded by three friends in Fremont, CA: Dean Hoffman, Sam Cisneros, and Travis Smith. 510 Brewing will be Fremont’s first production brewery and aims to have a production warehouse in southern Fremont’s industrial area. They have a tendency to create big beers and experiment with fruit beer, spiced beer, sour beer, and wood aged beer.  Their flagship beer will be an Imperial Red and a Porter that will be supplemented with seasonal selections throughout the year.

Beltane Brewing is based in Marin and was founded by Alan Atha, the current President of the Sonoma Beerocrats home brewing club. Beltane Brewing aims to bring old-world style into the new world via the art and science of brewing techniques learned from both. The current beer lineup: Rumplestiltskin Double IPA, Black Moria Double Black IPA, Luminesce Belgian Style Triple, Automne Eve Belgian Style Double and Ode to Oud Bruin

Bosworth Brewery is an Anglo-American craft brewery focusing on British style ales with a West Coast influence. Their beers are subtle yet complex session ales intended for the social drinking style of a traditional pub. Their team of 2 Brits and 2 Americans has been developing, learning and drinking their way towards opening a nanobrewery in the Bay Area. Antony has been a home brewer for nearly 20 years and for the last 5 has been developing and refining the recipes. In addition to lots of hands on practice they’ve all studied at the Siebel institute and Antony also completed the Brewing and Packaging course at UC Davis. They’ve been holding beer tasting &
pairing events for friends as well as collecting ribbons at state and
National homebrew competitions.

Elizabeth Street Brewery is the residence of Alyson and Richard Brewer-Hay located in the family-oriented San Francisco neighborhood of Noe Valley. The Elizabeth Street Brewery is a brewpub in planning that’s for the people and by the people. They continue to build out a business plan, determine locations and work on recipes. Their dream is to open a full-scale family brewpub/restaurant in the Noe Valley area in the near future.

Local Brewing Co. was founded by Regan and Sarah. They’ve been homebrewing for six years and are currently making the first step toward opening a small brewery and taproom in San Francisco. Local Brewing Co. specializes in session beers with character – the kind of brews you can enjoy more than one of, and won’t get bored with. Designed for drinkability, their beers are tailored to people who want something outside the norm, but not too extreme. Each recipe is an SF original, fine-tuned with feedback from SF locals. Their tanks might be small, but their passion for craft beer is huge.

Orange & Black currently brews in the Inner Richmond District of San Francisco.  James Davids is a wine maker and works at San Francisco Brewcraft and Kim Sturdavant is currently a brewer at Marin Brewing Company. Their goal is create California beer inspired by the beers of England and Belgium. They mix and match ingredients while keeping focus on traditional styles such as bitters, pale ales, porters, and Belgian singles. They see no reason to remain completely faithful to tradition, however… just to be inspired by it. They brew on a one-barrel set up and use open top fermentation.

Pacific Brewing Laboratories was founded by Bryan Hermannsson and Patrick Horn in 2010 on Clara St in San Francisco. They pursue their love of craft beer by brewing 10 gallon batches at a time, which allows for experimentation with unique and exciting ingredients, such as hibiscus flower, szechwan pepper corn, lemon grass, and chamomile. They’re currently working on plans to open a local SF brewpub.

Petaluma Hills Brewing Company was founded by JJ. He’s been homebrewing for almost 20 years, moving from extract to all-grain only 10 years ago. For the past several years he’s developed eight recipes for ales that are very drinkable, ranging from a mild Northern English Brown and ESB to a Porter and a Stout with a couple of Belgian styles thrown in. A few years ago, people started asking him when they could buy beer, so it seemed the sensible to start a brewery. When he’s not brewing he’s working on computer-animated films.

Van Houten Brewing (say “van-HOW-ten”) is a family owned and operated small artisan brewery Based in the town of San Anselmo that will soon be serving San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Founded by a husband and wife team, Johnny is the head brewer and Creek is the CEO. Johnny started home brewing with his dad in 2001. In the process of trying to recreate some of their favorite hard-to-find English ales using clone recipes – they discovered the joy of making their own beer and drinking it fresh from the cask.  It’s their Dutch and British blood that informs their philosophy of innovation on traditional styles
and original beers brewed by simple, honest means. Their current
selection includes British and Belgian Ales, German Lagers and a
California Common.