You might've seen Local Brewing Co.'s Regan and Sarah at Dolores Park, towing their five-gallon mobile kegs spray-painted with logos, giving away homebrew to what they call “focus groups.” They've also been regulars at the SF Underground Market, demystifying the art of homebrewing in free workshops.
It's been a long road, but the founders and aspiring entrepreneurs of Local Brewing Co. are finally showcasing their beers during SF Beer Week where they've always wanted to be: in San Francisco bars. On Saturday, they premiered their 1776 IBA, an American-style India Black Ale made in collaboration with ThirstyBear Brewing Co. It's the first time Regan and Sarah have been able to sell their beer, brewing a whopping 3,700 pints to serve the public. (Scroll down for a list of bars serving it this week.)
Local's SFBW collaboration meant scaling up from its usual five-gallon batches of homebrew to 15 barrels, equivalent to 645 gallons. “Our mobile kegs were three gallons,” recalls Regan. “For SF Beer Week, one keg is 13 times that size. “
Named for the year the city's first presidio and mission were founded, the all-organic India Black Ale tastes, according to Local, like a “medium-bodied, hoppy IPA-style beer,” despite its porter coloring. The hoppiness can be attributed to Lagunitas Brewing Co., which donated 22 pounds of hard-to-find Amarillo hops.