Black Hammer Brewing

     After last month's “trip” to Belgium, we’re keeping it extremely local this month and featuring a selection of beer from San Francisco brewery Black Hammer Brewing.

     Black Hammer Brewing focuses on superbly balanced lagers, ales and hard seltzers at their brewery in San Francisco, California. They may be the only Burner Brewery in existence today, as their name comes from the nickname of co-founder, Jim "Hammer" Furman, semi-portmanteaued with the name of Burning Man's iconic Black Rock City. Their quest is to promote radical inclusivity as well as radical self-expression, through their brewery & beer, staff, locations, guests and events, and to ensure that everyone feels welcome and appreciated.  They began their craft brewing journey aiming to perfect the science and precision of traditional lager brewing, but have opened the brew kettle to crafting a vast array of beer styles old and new, especially within the hazy IPA, hard seltzer, blended sour and barrel-aged spaces.  So although they remain committed to a relentless pursuit of stylistic perfection and unparalleled holistic brewing balance, they are having-way-too-much-fun-for-it-to-be-legal thumbing their nose at the Reinheitsgebot every chance they get.                

     Black Hammer Brewing also understands the importance of limiting gluten intake for those with gluten sensitivities, allergies, and celiac disease (co-founder Jim Furman was diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity in 2021). And since they also know that small-batch craft beer is delicious, and a fundamental component of a happy and fortuitous life,  they want everyone to be able to enjoy tasty brews without worrying about gluten issues. So in mid-2017 they implemented their BHB Gluten Elimination Program, instituting manufacturing and testing processes to ensure that gluten levels in their beers labeled “gluten-removed” contain less than 3 ppm gluten, well below the established FDA threshold of 20 ppm* used for labeling foods “gluten-free”. Gluten is removed after fermentation using an industry-standard enzyme, Clarity-Ferm, which Black Hammer has found effective for wheat-free beers less than 8% ABV with zero effect on flavor, aroma or texture, so they apply it to all their brews falling within those limits.

 Cheers to Beers!

Black Hammer Brewing Cuddle Puddle

Origin: San Francisco CA

Bursting with juicy Cryo Citra, Idaho 7 and Azacca hops, this is one of the smoothest hazies we’ve ever brewed. We get pink guava, peach ring, passion fruit, mango, Valencia orange, lime and lychee.

Beer style: Hazy IPA

6.0% ABV | 21 IBU | Gluten-Removed

Black Hammer Brewing Playa 

Origin: San Francisco CA

This far too easy to drink lager is engineered with Bohemian pilsner malt, flaked maize and Mittelfrüh and Saaz hops.

Beer style: Mexican Lager

5% ABV | 22 IBU | Gluten-Removed

Black Hammer Brewing Pale Blue Dot

Origin: San Francisco CA

Tart and bursting with berry goodness. Whole bean Tahitian vanilla gives this bright purple beer depth and roundness without overwhelming the delicate blueberry notes. Blueberry Sorbet in a can.

Beer style: Blueberry Vanilla Berliner-Weisse

4.7% ABV | Gluten Removed 

Black Hammer Brewing Bock Party

Origin: San Francisco CA

Flavors of fig, chocolate and toffee combine with earthy Hallertauer hops for the ultímate Bavarian dark lager.

Beer style: Doppelbock

8.4% ABV • 24 IBU 

Black Hammer Brewing Sparkle Pony 

Origin: San Francisco CA

Our flagship beer is Sparkle Pony, a Belgian-style blonde ale with a kick. Subtle fruity esters, smooth malt body and bright noble hops.

Won a Gold Medal in the 2022 California Craft Beer Competition and the 2018 Denver International Beer Competition.

Beer style: Belgian Blonde

6.9% ABV • 24 IBU • Gluten-Removed

Black Hammer Brewing Zoom Boom Romance 

Origin: San Francisco CA

Brewed with Pilsner and Honey Malt, steeped with Coriander and Grains of Paradise. Beautiful, spicy notes of cracked pepper and sage meld with flavors of coconut, melon and pear for a sweet finish.

Beer style: Belgian Tripel

9.0% ABV

Black Hammer Brewing Dulce de Leche Stout

Origin: San Francisco CA

Brewed in collaboration with the owner and head chef of 25 Lusk, Matt Dolan, this magnificent stout was brewed with ginger, coriander, and pepper spice accented by a slowly crafted dulce de leche, revealing a thick ale kissed with spice in a winning relationship with that beautiful lightly salted caramel.

Beer style: Pastry Stout

11% ABV • 50 IBU 

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