Another Article About the Homebrew Club and Hop Dogma

March 9th, 2013 by Steve Travis

Your Half Moon Brewer takes up his usual spot at that bar

Thanks to the Half Moon Bay Patch for posting this great write-up of the club! We’ve already received lots of emails from new prospective members around the area! Should be a full house on the 14th! Check out the article here.

Homebrew Club and New Breweries in the News

March 8th, 2013 by Steve Travis

Just a couple of guys having a brew… no big whoop.

Homebrew club meeting next week! Hope to see you guys there! In other news, the HMB Review did a nice article about Dan and Ethan’s Hop Dogma and the newly opened Hwy 1 brewing company! Check it out!

New Events Calendar

February 14th, 2013 by Steve Travis

Calendar_Image_Jul_s640x427Since I’ve taken to helping out coordinate messaging and events for the club, I decided I’d put up an event calendar here on the site. The link to the calendar is located to the right side of the homepage as both a button and under the “Pages” navigation. Currently I have listed all the club meeting dates but also plan to buff it out out with other events going on around the area such as beer fests, special events at local pubs and breweries and anything extracurricular that the club might be hosting or going to. Cheers!

We Have a Homebrew Club!!

February 13th, 2013 by Steve Travis

I was very pleased with the turnout for the first ever meeting of the “Yet to be named coastside homebrew club” last week! We had 12 people show up and all were pretty excited about the idea of the club and even more excited about the space! We’re going to meet again on March 14th Add to your calendar and continue to do so on the 2nd Thursday of each month with agenda to follow. Here’s a few shots of the amazing club space and soon-to-be tasting room for Hop Dogma Brewing Company! One very exciting item on the agenda will be the official club naming contest! So come with your ideas for a great name for the club which will be voted on during the meeting. More to come!



New Homebrewer’s Club!

January 25th, 2013 by Steve Travis

pintglassWe’re finally going to do it! We’re starting a homebrewer’s club here on the Coastside! If you’re in or around the area and want to help kick off a great new club, feel free to drop me a line or just come on out on February 7th! I’ve been busy updating some local on-line entities with the calendar info. Here’s the entry I’ve posted on a few event calendars:

Calling all homebrewers or folks interested in becoming a homebrewer! We are a new club starting here on the Coastside. We plan to meet monthly to discus tips, techniques and tall stories! Our meeting place is a must-be-seen-to-be-believed space in El Granada outfitted specifically for homebrewing and homebrew tasting!


When: February 7, 7:30PM

Where: 30 Avenue Portola, Suite 1B, El Granada, Ca gmm_ios_icon

Meeting Agenda, Thursday Feb 7

  • Welcome and intro to the club
  • Tour of the brewing and tasting space
  • Discuss club guidelines and decide permanent meeting times/dates
  • Club naming contest
  • What’s it take to be a world-class brewer?
  • National Homebrewers Conference Information
  • How can you be involved in the club?
  • Social time!

If you have questions, feel free to contact Steve Travis at

Hope to see you there!

Yeah, So I’ve Been Busy…

January 18th, 2013 by Steve Travis

They have just a few beers on tap at Perrin Brewing

They have just a few beers on tap at Perrin Brewing

The last few months have been hectic to say the least and had not left much free time for brewing. However, the hullabaloo has calmed down and I’ve finally been able to get in there and brew up a backstock of beers! Not the least of which is an old favorite of mine based on the “Fire in the Hole” recipe from MoreBeer. This is an oak-aged Irish red ale that’s heavy on the hops, but due to the grain bill and oak, produces a very balanced brew. Brewing with oak and barrel aging has been the rage for a while now, I know. I’ve done several oak-aged brews in the past and didn’t think all that much about them, just considering it another flavor to play with along with the hops and grain. Now, you can score French oak, American Oak, light toast, dark toast, you name it. I hope to experiment further with this, but have been a bit wary, as adding oak to any beer really alters my idea of how and when to drink it. To me, it almost becomes an after-diner beverage, or something to have along with a fat steak.

I’ve been up to a few other things as well, including visiting Michigan and catching up on several new breweries there… again. These include, Perrin Brewing Company in Comstock and The rebirth of the Grand Rapids Brewing Company in downtown Grand Rapids. It’s actually kind of nuts how fast and often new breweries are popping up in this region. I was also able to visit several of the breweries already established there that I also love. This includes Hop Cat, Harmony Brewing, Brewery Vivant, Schmohz, and scored a tour of the brewing facility at New Holland Brewing Company, which I’ll hopefully have the time to write up later.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. Hopefully have some more interesting things to say in the coming weeks including a new brewery here on the Coastside, Highway 1 Brewing Co, opening next month! Happy brewing everyone!

Brew Day!!

November 4th, 2012 by Steve Travis

20121104-164325.jpgIt was over 70 degrees in the HMB today with perfect clear skies. I could think of NOTHING better to do than crank up some Good ‘Ol Grateful Dead and fire up the brew rig for a lazy session! Good times were had.

Who’s Up For a Presidential Brew?

October 17th, 2012 by Steve Travis

Beer has long been at the nexus of politics and the common people. You could make a pretty good argument that the American Revolution wouldn’t have got off to the start that it did had a few of the founding fathers not been communing down at the pub all those years ago. It should, therefore, be no surprise that our modern presidents enjoy a beer or two from time to time. It’s another thing entirely for a president to set up a brewery in the White House. And now, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we now know what President Obama’s been brewing! In these polarizing times, perhaps we can agree on one thing – Beer is good for America!