IDEX Fundraiser, Come Taste 6 Unique Beers

We’re completing with 5 other homebrewers for street credit at the IDEX Fundraiser at the Mission Cultural Center. IDEX identifies, evaluates, and grows the best ideas from local leaders and organizations to alleviate poverty and injustice around the world.

For the Fundraiser each of the six breweries was randomly assigned a region where IDEX is actively fighting poverty, and had to develop a beer around that region.

Expect to see 6 distinct beers using native ingredients and other standards. Euphemia Ales will be showing off a Belgian Wit with turmeric!

Drinks and appetizers are FREE! Of course, tips are encouraged to help support IDEX and our grantees!

  • When:  Thursday, June 14th 6 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street, CA 94110
  • Who: A diverse range of socially conscious professionals interested in celebrating and supporting IDEX’s efforts.
  • Tickets:  Get them ahead of time for a discounted price!

There is a sliding scale of $20 for Students and/or Young Professionals, $45 for Professionals, and $65 for Executives. Available at the door with a $5 increase.

Purchase them on Eventbrite now

Homebrewing Demo at Speakeasy Brewery

Where: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers (map)

When: Noon-3pm, Firkin Friday, February 17th

Ever thought about learning to brew but don’t know where to start? Come participate in our homebrewing demonstration at Speakeasy Ales and Lagers during Firkin Friday of SF Beer Week. The Euphemia homebrewers will be brewing up three homebrew versions of Big Daddy IPA along with Pine Street Brewery and Artisan Brewing.

Come ask us the hard questions and see the basics. We’ll have three groups brewing the same recipe on different systems. Artisan Brewing will be rocking the extract/mini-mash batch that can be done in any apartment. Euphemia Ales will showing off an all-grain brewing system.  Pine Street Brewery will have the big guns out with a three-tier gravity system. All three variations are great examples of what you can do in your own home!

The homebrewing demonstration will be followed by “Meet the Brewers” of the SF Brewers Guild and live music. So come on down and support Speakeasy with $3 beers!

Touring Anheuser Busch Farfield Brewery

A member of our homebrew club organized a great tour of the Anheuser Busch Farfield Brewery yesterday. Since he works at the brewery, we received a great 2 hour behind the scenes tour.

The Farfield brewery has a 4 million! BBL production capacity and is actually one of the smaller A-B breweries. The LA Brewery can produces 12 milling BBL a year and the St. Louis Brewery can produce about 16 million BBL a year. Which is a truly amazing feat.

I wish I had taken more photos but I spent most of the time in awe of how the brewery operated.

One of the first places we stopped was the finishing fermentors.

There are 140 of these 1,600 BBL fermentors which span three floors of the building.

Beer is finished on birch wood in these fermentors. The birch wood is stored in these torpedo shaped canisters.

There brewery is incredibly energy efficient both in reclaiming water and also energy. All not brew water is used in atleast two processes. For example, the water from the last clean in place (CIP) cycle on a tank is saved and used as the first cycle on the next tank to clean. The brewery also has a bio-digester to generate methane to power the brewery, a giant windmill, and is planning on installing solar panels.

The brewery was automated in 2004 and now only needs 5 people per brew shift to operate everything. All brewing and tank transfers are controlled from a center control room in the brewhouse.



Touring Social Kitchen Brewery

While it has been open only one year, Social Kitchen Brewery is quickly becoming a mainstay of San Francisco beer. Social Kitchen hosted the Nanobrewery Festival during San Francisco Beer Week. As seen by the picture below, it was well attended. They probably turned 200 people away after filling the brewpub.

Brewmaster Rich gave us a great tour of their 15 BBL system.