World Cup of Beer 1st and 2nd Place Win!

World Cup of Beer 2013

Ian, Heather and Robert with ribbons from World Cup of Beer 2013

 

We spent last saturday at the 2013 World Cup of Beer Awards celebration over at Linden Street Brewery in Oakland. The annual homebrew competition is hosted by Bay Area Mashers and this year took in over 600 submissions.

Earlier in the year we had submitted seven different beers for judging against some pretty impressive competition and we’re pretty pleased with the results.  We took home a 2nd place award in the spiced beer category with our New Mexican Green Chile Pilsner and we received 1st place in the dark lager category with our Schwarzbier!

It was a great day for us and we had a great time hanging out with so many other talented homebrewers and friends. Cheers!

SF Beer Week 2013 Events

Our SF Beer Week schedule is up! Euphemia Ales will be participating in two events this year.

 

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Speakeasy’s Beer Week Brewery Blowout

February 15th 12:00pm – 4:00pm @ Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
Three groups of homebrewers will be brewing an upcoming unreleased Speakeasy beer on their homegrown systems. Swing by and try one (or all) of Speakeasy’s special brews on tap and learn to make beer too!
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SF Barrel Walk – A Homebrew Walking Tour

February 16th 12:00pm – 4:00pm @ Mission District, SF
Home brewers are opening their backyards and garages. See how homebrew in San Francisco gets made, while we’ll all be brewing batches of the same beer so that we can fill a barrel and age it for next year’s beer week.

This is a private event. You will need to register in order to participate.  If you are interested in attending, please email us.

Our First Ribbon!

After years of brewing for ourselves, friends and family, festivals and charity events, we finally decided to enter our beer into competition.  So, in early October we shipped off four of our beers to be judged in the 34th annual California State Homebrew Competition.

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The competition was held by the Northern California Homebrewers Organization and the awards ceremony was hosted at Anchor Brewing Company in the Potrero district of San Francisco.  Rounding out the end of the homebrew competitive season,  The California State Homebrew Competition is one of the oldest in the state.

This year’s competition consisted of 14 categories and had 386 beer entries.  We submitted beers to the Mixed Style, Dark Lager, Brown and Specialty categories.  After all the judging was done  we ended up with a great surprise.  We had won our first award,  a second place ribbon in the mixed style category for our California Rye Common beer.

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We were definitely excited for this win. It was also a great chance for us to get comments on all the beers that we submitted. Since we probably are our biggest critics, we are always looking to make better beer. This was a great experience for us, and it was an honor to be recognized among such a talented group of homebrewers.

For a full list of winners go here: 34th Annual California State Homebrew Competition Winners.

Fillin’ cans with the Can Van

I got to spend an awesome friday morning helping out on the canning line of the Can Van. Seeing the canning process up close and personal really gives you appreciation for the logistical nightmare they’re trying to solve.

For those that are not familiar with the Can Van, they provide a mobile canning line for small breweries and brewpubs who might not have the capital or space to install a dedicated line. When installing a canning line, breweries not only have to worry about the canning line itself but also the truck loads of cans needed. Companies like Ball only sell cans in volume, and storing a years worth of cans isn’t feasible for most breweries in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Can Van solves this issue by buying blank cans in bulk and applying a wrap around label to the cans inline. Their canning line is partitioned into enough pieces to fit through any door way and can be parked next to a brite tank.

The Process

The process for canning starts with taking blank cans off pallet and sanitizing the with StarSan.

Cans are then placed on a conveyer belt which leads the to a head that flushes them with CO2 and then a head that fills them. Cans are flushed and filled in sets of four.

Lids are placed on top and then enter a seamer one at a time.

Next cans were washed and checked for low fills. I always assumed a scale was used for checking for low fills but the simplest solution of seeing how the cans floated was the preferred method.

Cans were hand dried and labels applied.

Cans were packaged into cases and placed on pallets.

I was really impressed by the Can Van’s quality control. All the cans were checked at each step. Samples were continually taken and will be checked is one month for shelve life. Cans were cut up to the monitor seaming.

It was great to see the analytical approach to quality control and future additions to the system. I look forward to seeing the system in the coming years to see how it changes!