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Black Hammer Brewing Co: Crafting Flavorful Experiences in the Heart of San Francisco

Black Hammer Brewing Co: Crafting Flavorful Experiences in the Heart of San Francisco
Photo Courtesy: Black Hammer Brewing Co.

Nestled amidst the bustling streets of San Francisco, Black Hammer Brewing Co stands as a gathering spot of creativity, community, and exceptional craft beer. The taproom has been described as “Cheers on LSD,” an enticing endorsement. 

Founded by Jim “Hammer” Furman and Kevin Jackey, this beloved brewery has become a staple in the city’s vibrant beer scene, offering a diverse selection of brews that cater to every palate. 

Brewing Innovation: Gluten Removal and Beyond

At the heart of Black Hammer Brewing Co.’s mission is its dedication to inclusivity and innovation. Recognizing the growing demand for gluten-free options in the craft beer market, the brewery launched its Gluten Elimination Program (GEP) in 2017. Through meticulous testing and cutting-edge brewing techniques, Black Hammer Brewing Co. has successfully crafted gluten-removed beers that maintain the same exceptional flavor and quality as traditional brews.

The science behind gluten removal is fascinating and complex. By employing proprietary manufacturing processes and industry-standard testing programs, the brewery ensures that the gluten concentration in all its beers is less than 20 ppm, meeting the FDA threshold for “gluten-free.” They employ a hard-working enzyme to break down gliadin, the gluten protein responsible for adverse reactions in individuals with gluten sensitivities, into more easily digestible compounds. The result? A range of gluten-removed brews that are not only delicious but also accessible to a broader audience. 

(TLDR: Black Hammer Brewing takes out the key molecule in beer that causes tummy aches. Same flavor, just without the gluten.)

About the Brews 

At Black Hammer Brewing Co, there’s a magic touch that sets their brews apart: the removal of gluten without compromising on taste or quality. It’s a feat that seems almost too good to be true – enjoying award-winning beers that go head-to-head with traditional brews, all while being entirely gluten-removed. Yet, it’s a reality that Black Hammer has mastered. Their beers consistently stand out in blind taste tests, competing directly with non-gluten-free counterparts and emerging victorious. It’s a testament to their dedication to craftsmanship and innovation, proving that beer lovers with dietary restrictions need not compromise on flavor or experience.

At Black Hammer Brewing Co, the lineup of brews is as diverse as the cast of characters in a beloved sitcom. Starting with the Core Beers, patrons can indulge in Kaleido, the West Coast IPA boasting a burst of sunshine. Cuddle Puddle, the Hazy IPA, offers a tropical explosion of flavor. Playa, the Mexican-Style Lager, provides a smooth sip perfect for lazy days, while Sparkle Pony, the Belgian-Style Blonde Ale, adds brightness and bubbly to any occasion.

The seasonal beers steal the show as guest stars, with Ascendance elevating taste buds with ripe cantaloupe and tangerine peel notes in a DDH Hazy IPA. Bock Party brings richness and indulgence with fig, chocolate, and toffee accents in a Doppelbock. Boots and Cats, a Hazy IPA brewed with 100% Pink Boots hops, sets the party vibe with a funky beat.

Then there are the archive beers, rare gems that make occasional appearances. Basic Witch, the Pumpkin Pie Sour, conjures Halloween with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg flavors. Breakfast of Champions, a Breakfast Milk Stout brewed with Cocoa Puffs and Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, offers a nostalgic and indulgent experience.

Embarking on a Tasty Adventure

Black Hammer Brewing Co has left its mark on San Francisco, not just at its flagship brewery on Bryant St., but also at Wilkommen, its cozy German beer garden tucked away on Market St. Both spots, proudly owned by Black Hammer Brewing Co, offer their own unique vibes, inviting patrons to dive headfirst into the city’s bustling craft beer scene.

Step into the Bryant St. location in SOMA, and you’re greeted with an atmosphere buzzing with energy. Here, a revolving lineup of brews on tap, from classic lagers to wild experimental concoctions, awaits your taste buds. And let’s not forget Growler, the brewery’s four-legged ambassador, ready to shower you with tail wags and doggy kisses.

As one of our guests expressed in a Google review, “I absolutely loved the presence of Growler, the beloved brewery dog. It added an extra layer of warmth and hospitality to my visit, making it even more enjoyable. Black Hammer Brewing Co truly knows how to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, including furry friends!”

Black Hammer’s Castro beer garden, Wilkommen, invites patrons to experience the essence of a traditional German beer hall with a modern twist. From the moment guests step through the door, they are greeted by the warm ambiance of rustic decor in the dining hall. The indoor sausage garden and beer hall offer a cozy yet lively atmosphere, perfect for gathering with friends or enjoying a solo pint. 

Both spots host a lineup of events to spice up your visit. Swing by Bryant St. for weekly trivia showdowns every Wednesday at 7 PM, where brains and brews collide in the name of good times. Meanwhile, Wilkommen’s got its own party agenda, from their monthly host to the global brain-bending phenomenon, Puzzled Pint, to Mug Club Fill Days on Tuesdays and Wolfman Jeff Trivia (Night)™ Ltd. on Wednesdays. It’s a riot of fun, laughter, and maybe a little friendly competition.

And for those days when you’d rather kick back at home, fear not! Takeout and delivery are just a Grubhub order away, bringing the full Black Hammer experience right to your doorstep. So, whether you’re in the mood for a night out or a cozy evening in, Black Hammer Brewing Co has got you covered, one delicious sip at a time. Cheers to that!

Celebrating Community and Craft

At Black Hammer Brewing Co., they don’t just brew beer; they create a community. From their flavorful brews to the cozy ambiance and friendly staff, there’s a unique charm that keeps drawing people back. Scan the reviews on platforms like Google, and you’ll find a mix of voices, each echoing the sentiment of warmth and inclusivity that defines the Black Hammer experience.

It’s not just about the beer—it’s about the connections made over a pint, the laughter shared at events, and the sense of belonging that permeates every corner of their spaces. And now, with their wholesale distribution spreading nationwide, more folks than ever can get a taste of the Black Hammer magic.

So whether you’re a seasoned beer aficionado or just looking for a laid-back spot to unwind, Black Hammer Brewing Co. welcomes you with open arms. It’s more than a brewery; it’s a home 

where everyone’s story is celebrated, one sip at a time.

Unleashing Flavorful Fun Across the Nation!

In addition to thriving in its local community, Black Hammer Brewing Co. has been making waves in the craft beer scene with its strategic distribution efforts. Right now, you can find their fantastic brews gracing the shelves of select spots across California, including beloved retailers like BevMo and Costco.

But hold on to your hats because there’s big news! Black Hammer Brewing Co. just announced they’re going nationwide. Yep, you read that right – now, you can snag their delicious gluten-removed brews from sea to shining sea!

With their sights set on growth and innovation, Black Hammer Brewing Co. is gearing up to make a splash on a national level. Armed with their knack for crafting top-notch lagers, ales, and hard seltzers, they’re ready to bring joy to beer lovers all across the country. 

Investing in Flavorful Futures: Limited Time Opportunity on StartEngine

For a limited time, beer enthusiasts and investors have the exclusive chance to become part of Black Hammer Brewing Co’s exciting journey. Through the crowdfunding platform StartEngine, individuals can seize the opportunity to become stakeholders in the brewery’s flavorful future, supporting its mission of inclusivity and innovation.

From its humble beginnings to its nationwide acclaim, Black Hammer Brewing Co. has remained steadfast in its dedication to crafting exceptional beer and nurturing meaningful connections within the community. As the brewery sets its sights on the horizon, it warmly invites both beer aficionados and investors to raise a glass and toast to the vibrant spirit of San Francisco’s beloved brewery as they expand into nationwide distribution.


Published by: Khy Talara

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