Our home brew supply store pop up has successfully opened and has been operating for four weekends in a row now. Weekend hours are keeping us busy writing new recipes for home brewers, teaching people the process and filling orders for customers. We also opened an online store where customers can place their orders during the week and pickup first thing on Saturday morning. The pop-up is doing great, and driving a lot of traffic to black sands, creating a great local community of craft beer makers.
Teaching People to Brew
We built out a Learn to Brew to help teach people the process of making beer at home. We introduce the process, ingredients and equipment people will need, and provide downloads of instructions, and checklists to help get started. We are building digital and physical tools for homebrewers that are available on our site as well as in the homebrew shop.
Many New Recipes
With the homebrew store open, we are not only making our test recipes for the brewery, but also creating a number of seasonal recipes to give away to homebrewers at our shop. We make new ones daily to help customers make new styles of beer that they want to try. We also have written detailed instructions for beginners and more advanced brewing processes that are available on our learn to brew page. Recipes for black sands that are in the works now are a vanilla coffee stout and a session black IPA named after the wiggle.
Weekends - 10 am to 6pm @ 185 Pierce Street. Look for the Sign and Benches!
Construction has Started
After a few months of getting additional permits, drawing up new architectural and structural engineering plans the work on the foundation has started. Starting work seems like the beginning, but believe us it is extreemly exciting to be breaking ground. Right now the floor is being ripped out and soon we will be pouring a brand new concrete floor for the brewery. If you walk by you will see the temporary wall that has been erected to contain the construction work. This weekend we are sponsoring a local artist to make the wall more aesthetically pleasing, and discourage graffiti.
The Black Sands homebrew shop is gaining exposure, and we are already being invited to special events around the city to lend our homebrewing expertise. The SF craft beer festival has invited us to participate in their festival and help teach people how to sharpen their senses by tasting and feeling different beer ingredients. We will be running the Sense Lab at the festival on October 18th at Fort Mason.