February 7th, 2016
It’s Superbowl 50 today, but we know some of you take your beer as seriously (or even more) as football! We’re open, at least until 3. Come on down – you can squeeze in mash steps and hops additions between the plays, but don’t miss the commercials!
If you want to come down after 3, call to make suer we’re still here!
December 19th, 2015
We now stock White Labs Clarity Ferm! Simply add a vial when you pitch your yeast, and eliminate chill haze from your beers!
This natural enzyme slightly changes specific proteins which cause chill haze in beer, resulting in a much clearer finished beer. This will not affect head retention or color, either. Incidentally, Clarity Ferm also chops up gluten proteins and results in a gluten-reduced beer – when used correctly, gluten levels will test below 10 ppm.
Come grab a vial for your next brew and try it out!
December 8th, 2015
Okay, so you can’t drink and drive (dangerous), you can’t brew and drive (complicated), but you can listen to people TALK about beer and drive! A couple new podcasts are out there for you to check out:
Uber-brewers Drew Beechum and Denny Conn, Authors of the book Experimental Homebrewing, have hooked up with Brew Cribs to produce the Experimental Brewing podcast. These two guys are chock-full of pertinent and reliable brewing information, and you’re sure to learn something new in every episode. Free on iTunes.
Barley & Me
A locally produced podcast, host Ben Rice travels to breweries with a guest in tow and reviews beers, then discusses the art and business of beer with brewery owners and master brewers. Ben has been all over town, interviewing brewmasters and often bringing comedians with him. A great listen!
Free on iTunes.
November 12th, 2015
Annie Johnson, our favorite brew-lebrity, is going to be here at BFD this coming Saturday, November 14th, giving Sacramento News and Review‘s own Nick Miller his first homebrewing lesson. Annie and Nick will be brewing an easy mini-mash beer, and this is a great time to come meet Annie and say hello.
If, for some reason you don’t know Annie yet, she is the 2013 AHA Homebrewer of the Year, and a 2012 Pilsner Urquell Master Homebrewer. She is now the Master Brewer at PicoBrew.
Annie is always happy to lend advice or taste-test and assess one of your own creations. Bring a bottle, or bring your recipe design, and get some feedback from one of America’s top brewers!
Brewing starts at 10 am.
October 14th, 2015
The American Homebrewer’s Association Learn to Homebrew Day is here again! Hosted by our resident homebrew club, Underground Brew Squad, this is your opportunity to meet a wide range of brewers, from newbies to 20+ year veterans of homebrewing, ask questions, check out a wide array of brewing equipment and methods, and just generally hang out with a great group of enthusiastic people. Members of other clubs from around the region will be brewing too! Come by and have something off the grille!
The holidays are just around the corner, so it’s time to decide if you’re asking Santa for brewing equipment. And remember – most of Sacramento’s successful craft brewers started as homebrewers – so can you!
UPDATE – In addition to our UBS brewers, the Backyard Brewskis will be bringing their sweet 15 gallon system!
Saturday, November 7th. 10 am to 5 pm