August was a month of planning and progress. Our primary task right now is giving our building a strong foundation to make our customers, the neighborhood, and the beer safe. While we plan for a safe and secure foundation under the building, we've also expedited the opening of our homebrew shop. Black Sands is brewery created by homebrewers for homebrewers and we are opening a pop up homebrew supply store this Saturday, September 6th!
The Homebrew Shop
The Black Sands homebrew supply store will provide a central location for home brewers in San Francisco to get all the ingredients and equipment that they need to brew quality, great tasting beer at home. We have everything from advanced brewing equipment to beginner kits. If you are an experienced homebrewer, we will provide all the hops, yeast and grains to make the beer you love to make. If you are a beginner, we have the knowledge, recipes and information to get started and have fun doing it.
Hours and Operation
Initially the pop up shop will be open on weekends from 10am-6pm. We will be gauging customer needs and potential additional hours during the weekdays. Our head brewer Cole Emde will be running the homebrew shop and available for help, advice and assistance. The shop will be at our location, towards the back of our building on pierce street. So come stop by, grab some homebrew supplies, Black Sands beer recipes, or just to say hi!
Weekends - 10 am to 6pm @ 185 Pierce Street.
Look for the Sign and Benches!
Beer has just a few basic ingredients; water, malted grains, hops and yeast. Our homebrew shop will provide a variety in all these categories from all over the world. We are carrying 5 base malts, and 18 specialty malts from North America, Europe and even the Patagonia region. Our hops selection will include all the major staples from Yakima Valley and Europe, as well as rare and new upcoming varieties from New Zealand and Australia. Our yeast selection includes the necessary staples of dry and live cultures with a great selection from local california yeast producers GigaYeast. The Black Sands homebrew shop will have everything for local homebrewers to make their favorite recipes at home, and the variety to experiment with new things as well.
Supporting Different Levels of Experience
Homebrewing can be done with very little experience, but is also a complex hobby that can keep even the most advanced brewer interested. We'll carry all the basic equipment to brew beer at home, as well as some nice bells and whistles that will make the advanced brewer's life a little easier to brew, clean, store their beer. Beginner brewers can pick up a starter kit, and a custom recipe, while advanced brewers can get upgraded equipment and advice for improving their process or recipes. The Black Sands homebrew shop is a place for learning, sharing, and making homebrewing a fun and easy hobby for everyone to enjoy. We welcome all levels of experience, so stop by if you're an expert, or just interested in getting started.
Brewery + Bar Updates
As you may know our construction has been delayed due to foundation issues with the building. The good news is the landlord has started construction, permits have been pulled and work is ongoing! We look forward to continue our construction and tenant improvements to buildout the full brewery and bar in the coming months. Shoring is complete and new drilling has started to start the work on replacing the foundation. We'll be getting a new concrete slab, a deeper functional basement and seismic updates to make the building safe for generations to come!
Thanks and hope to see you at our Homebrew pop up!