Barrel Aged Reserves

About two years ago we had the fortune of getting Travis Camacho to takeover our barrel program. Since, Travis has been experimenting with coconuts, viognier grapes, cherimoyas, Buddha’s hands, and playing with every type of barrel he can get his hands on. Drake’s Barrel House, in San Leandro, has been offering these unique and rare […]

Hop Chef: The Crowd Favorite

Hop Chef Champion Brewer Competition (Saturday, April 16th) was a resounding success! The whole day was an excellent representation of the craft beer community, with a tremendous outcry of support for each other’s beers, and a commitment to having fun and getting to hang with the people that make our jobs possible! We had a kick […]

Hop Chef: The Mint Feud

So then, there’s us. The entire week before the Hop Chef ingredient drawing, our Brewmaster John Gillooly joked about how much he wanted mint as his secret ingredient. In other words, mint was the one ingredient he absolutely did not want. Low and behold, we drew mint. “Mint is terrible,” commented our Barrelmaster Travis Camacho. […]

Hop Chef: Imaginary Beach Party

Social Kitchen & Brewery is known for their #forkyeah comfort food, inventive cocktails, and their award winning craft beers. Last year Brewmaster Kim Sturdavant won a gold medal at GABF for his “Mr. Kite’s Pale Ale.” Since then, Social Kitchen has drawn beer geeks, and foodies alike to the Sunset district of San Francisco. Kim […]

Hop Chef: Speed Date

In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood. Since their opening, they’ve expanded their production and joined us in San Leandro as our friendly neighbor brewery, all while enticing the beer world with their witty names and delicious brews. We got […]

Hop Chef: Sweet Child of Lime

Bear Republic has earned a reputation for producing daring and bold brews. Located in Cloverdale, Bear Republic Brewing Company was established in 1995 by the Norgrove family and they’ve been developing their handcrafted brews ever since. With a very busy brewing schedule, it took a little bit of finagling for them to fit their Hop Chef […]

Hop Chef: Trappist Yeast and Meyer Lemons

Triple Voodoo is a premium craft brewery located in the historic Dogpatch. They specialize in combining Belgian and West Coast style brewing, making some unique and interesting brews. They’re using their signature brewing style to tantalize our taste buds for Hop Chef. Head Brewer Phil Meeker got Meyer Lemons as his Hop Chef Ingredient. Although […]

Hop Chef: Fawlty Towers

Iron Springs is a locally owned and operated pub and brewery found in Fairfax, California. Priding themselves on making nearly everything from scratch, Iron Springs has been lovingly serving up hand crafted beers and food for over 10 years. Their commitment to using the finest ingredients and delivering beers with unique characteristics makes them a […]

Hop Chef: The Devil’s Milkshake

There’s no way we could hold a secret ingredient competition without having the awesome ThirstyBear Organic Brewery onboard! ThirstyBear has been serving up their critically acclaimed Spanish tapas alongside their tasty organic brews to the good people of San Francisco since 1996. We got to spend some time hanging out with Brewmaster Brenden and assistant […]

Hop Chef: Chili Peppers?

Knee Deep Brewing was founded in June of 2010 in Nevada. Now six years later and move to Auburn California, Knee Deep has earned a reputation for unique blends, and a creative outlook on brewing. We stopped by Knee Deep and were able to talk Hop Chef with Brewmaster Dean Roberts. Dean was unable to attend […]