On To The Finishing

This is what we have done in 30 days. In early April we literally had no walls. We've covered the entire space with drywall backing, installed the bars, kitchen hood, water heater, garage door, and tiled over 7000 tiles. We are on to the finishing work. 


Marble & Steel Our full bar and open kitchen counteres are framed in powder coated black steel, and toped with white marble.

Marble & Steel

Our full bar and open kitchen counteres are framed in powder coated black steel, and toped with white marble.

Garage Door We have a beautiful new garage door that opens directly in to our brewery. The natural light it brings to the space is really nice too.

Garage Door

We have a beautiful new garage door that opens directly in to our brewery. The natural light it brings to the space is really nice too.

Water Heater We ordered a brand new water heater and its all plugged into the water system. It was an interesting day running the exhaust tubing to the roof.

Water Heater

We ordered a brand new water heater and its all plugged into the water system. It was an interesting day running the exhaust tubing to the roof.

7000+ Tiles After three straight weeks of tiling we have put down over 7000 tiles to water proof the kitchen, bar, and brewery. 

7000+ Tiles

After three straight weeks of tiling we have put down over 7000 tiles to water proof the kitchen, bar, and brewery. 

Kitchen Hood Finally got this giant piece of equipment off of our floor and into its right place. Everything in it's right place.

Kitchen Hood

Finally got this giant piece of equipment off of our floor and into its right place. Everything in it's right place.

Signs The outdoor signs are here, welded and powder colored black. We just order the vinyl stickers and they should be up soon.

Signs

The outdoor signs are here, welded and powder colored black. We just order the vinyl stickers and they should be up soon.


New Beers

As always the beer recipes are flowing. we are making many test batches especially with the anticipation of the brewing equipment going in soon. This month we brewed a beer in memory of a lost friend, experimented with spices from Thailand, tested out the viability of new dual purpose hops, bottled 5 gallons of an ale to age for 6 months, and foraged from local trees for a fruit beer. Stop into the homebrew shop anytime to talk about beers, and what we have in planning.

Full Swing Ahead A final gravity reading on our bohemian pilsner. This beer is in memory of Jay Johnson, and will be poured seasonally in his honor.

Full Swing Ahead

A final gravity reading on our bohemian pilsner. This beer is in memory of Jay Johnson, and will be poured seasonally in his honor.

Victim of Passion We climb trees a lot. This month the loquat is perfectly in season. It's little known but grows all over the city. This time we came down with 25 pounds of fruit and their going into a galaxy hopped saison soon.

Victim of Passion

We climb trees a lot. This month the loquat is perfectly in season. It's little known but grows all over the city. This time we came down with 25 pounds of fruit and their going into a galaxy hopped saison soon.

OIL AS EMBERs We often travel down the street to 4505 meats for some meat, but occasionally we smoke some barley for our beers too. This time around we made a smoked ale, and we're aging on black cardamom that we brought back from Thailand. 

OIL AS EMBERs

We often travel down the street to 4505 meats for some meat, but occasionally we smoke some barley for our beers too. This time around we made a smoked ale, and we're aging on black cardamom that we brought back from Thailand. 


Food Program

Eric Ehler has officially joined Black Sands as our head chef. He brings a wealth of experience in the kitchen and we are really excited to have him on. He has worked atSerpentine in the Dogpatch, started his own popup restaurant Seoul Patch, and more recently has served as the culinary director of Luke's Local. Most importantly he shares our entrepreneurial, and creative spirit and we are stoked to have him on board. The food will be new American style, influenced by the flavors from cultures that have shaped San Francisco. Modern San Francisco drinking food:

Short rib and brisket burger. Caramelized onion mayo.

Short rib and brisket burger. Caramelized onion mayo.

Korean fried chicken wings with cashews and fresh peas.

Korean fried chicken wings with cashews and fresh peas.

Croque madam grilled cheese with crab sauce and fries egg.

Croque madam grilled cheese with crab sauce and fries egg.

Duck fat fries with chicken skin chips

Duck fat fries with chicken skin chips

Crispy rice salad with asparagus and fresh radish.

Crispy rice salad with asparagus and fresh radish.

Nori chips with smoked trout dip.

Nori chips with smoked trout dip.

Ramen deviled eggs.

Ramen deviled eggs.

Hand pulled cold noodles with pork belly and soft boiled egg.

Hand pulled cold noodles with pork belly and soft boiled egg.


Cocktails

Our drink program is well underway. We have attended multiple tastings to narrow our collection of signature cocktails. Working closely with our friend Matthew Wyne, he has creatively infused each cocktail with ingredients directly from our homebrew supply store to lend a unique flavor profile to each recipe. Here are just a few to wet your appetite. 

Booth of London:  Gin, Mosaic hopped Tonic, fresh lime wedge. 

Booth of London: 
Gin, Mosaic hopped Tonic, fresh lime wedge. 

The Michelle: Irish whisky, dry vermouth, fresh kiwi, mosaic hopped honey, and grapefruit hopped bitters.

The Michelle:
Irish whisky, dry vermouth, fresh kiwi, mosaic hopped honey, and grapefruit hopped bitters.

The Millers Daughter:  Irish whiskey infused with roasted barley, fresh Bosc pear and clarified milk. this one is undeniable. 

The Millers Daughter: 
Irish whiskey infused with roasted barley, fresh Bosc pear and clarified milk. this one is undeniable. 


Events

Some exciting things going on lately. Last weekend we had a large pop up sample sale to open the space up. We hosted a collection of clothing lines in a large sample sale inside our raw space. If you came by it was a cool opportunity to see our space in action. 

We are also heading to the National homebrewers conference in mid-June to catch up on industry trends and share beer with homebrewers from all over the country. We will be pouring our homebrew beer at the club night for the SF Hombrewers Guild, so if you are headed to san diego for NHC come say hi!

Black Sands is also the official sponsor of the latest SF Homebrewers Guild SMASH competition. Over 45 entries are being dropped off for tasting and judging over the next few weekends. The judging will happen soon and a winner will be announced at one of the upcoming guild meetings. The winner will have their beer brewed on our system for all to taste.