The San Francisco Brewers Guild formed in 2004 as a non-profit 501 (c)(6) during a renaissance in American craft brewing. Our mission is to restore and preserve San Francisco’s brewing heritage and unite those who make local beer with those who love it. The Guild achieves this by:
- Educating the public about craft beer.
- Organizing and hosting events such as SF Beer Week, Brews on the Bay and Meet the Brewers.
- Advocating for the craft beer industry in city government.
- Donating services and product to local charities.
- Partnering with artisan producers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dave McLean – Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery
Ron Silberstein – ThirstyBear Brewing Company
Phil Cutti – Headlands Brewing, Southpaw BBQ
Regan Long – Local Brewing Co.
Mike Schnebeck – Fort Point Beer Co.
Joanne Marino [bio]
SF BEER WEEK
San Francisco Beer Week has been celebrating and promoting the diversity of craft beer in the Bay Area since 2009. It takes place each year during the second week of February and is organized by the San Francisco Brewers Guild. In 2017, over 900 beer events were held at venues throughout the region, from breweries and brewpubs to restaurants, bars, and retail beverage stores. Events include meet-the-brewer opportunities, beer dinners, tastings, special beer releases, collaborative brews, lectures and panel discussions, open brew days, homebrewing demonstrations, beer festivals, and other fun, educational events that connect and resonate with the existing local beer community while introducing many new people to the world of artisan beer.
BREWS ON THE BAY
Members of the San Francisco Brewers Guild unite each fall for Brews on the Bay, a beer festival that takes place aboard the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien. The Liberty Ship is a historical landmark from World War II era and rests at the edge of San Francisco Bay. Guild members pour over fifty different beers all afternoon, while guests enjoy live music, tasty fare from local food trucks, and 360 degree views of San Francisco landmarks, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond.
MEET THE BREWERS
Meet the Brewer events take place each month at different member breweries or bars throughout San Francisco. Beer enthusiasts mingle with local brewers who answer questions or share stories about the trade. Brewery tours often take place during these events.
STORY OF SAN FRANCISCO BEER
San Francisco, ever a city of immigrants, began as something of a brewer’s paradise with 19th century San Franciscans bringing brewing traditions from their home countries during the Gold Rush. Dozens of diverse brewers thrived and beer was arguably the city’s most cherished elixir.
In 1920, a small hiccup called “prohibition” crippled San Francisco’s thriving beer industry, not just by making the stuff temporarily illegal, but by forcing brewers to shift their production into other areas. Unfortunately, most of these shifts were permanent. Even after the 21st amendment was passed, San Francisco, like the rest of America, was dominated by cheap beer with flavor that was (to put it kindly) uniform.
The tide started to shift in 1965, when Fritz Maytag purchased Anchor Brewing and transformed the company into a craft beer forerunner that’s inspired countless brewers across America. In 1972 they released Anchor Porter, the first modern American Porter, and introduced Liberty Ale in 1975, which was also the first modern American IPA, that helped start the craft brewing revolution.
Now in the 21st century, San Francisco’s beer industry and culture is thriving once again. A large number of brewpubs, production breweries and nano-brewers call the city home.