R.O.C.K. the Brew

The Official SF Homebrew Competition & Tasting

Join hundreds of San Franciscans as we R.O.C.K. the Brew.  This event features a homebrew competition & tasting, food, silent auction, raffle and music.  Plus, 100% of proceeds benefit San Francisco nonprofit Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K).
R.O.C.K. the Brew is not your typical beer tasting event.  Simply put, it is a way to sample beer in a social and interactive environment that happens to support a really great nonprofit.  Not only will you try a variety of home and craft beers, but you will be able to take your chances on winning airline tickets in our raffle, bid on some outstanding silent auction items and meet some fellow beer enthusiasts.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 1-5pm
Public Works, 161 Erie St, San Francisco, CA
$30 Advance/$40 Door (Includes unlimited tastings)
21+ only please
Pre-Event Raffle
Win a signed basketball by Andre Iguodala of the GS Warriors!
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Want to get in for FREE and make a huge impact?
Become a R.O.C.K. fundraiser and leverage your network to get a free ticket! For every ten pre-event raffle donations you raise, you get a free ticket to R.O.C.K. the Brew! Our pre-event raffle features awesome prizes like an official signed NBA basketball by Andre Iguodala of the GS Warriors and round trip United Airlines travel vouchers. Enter your friends in the drawing by collecting donations on your online fundraising page, and you’re on your way to a free ticket to R.O.C.K. the Brew! It’s really easy to set up and share with your friends. GET STARTED NOW!
We are seeking corporate sponsors.  Download our SPONSORSHIP FORM to learn how you can have this event named after your company.
Want to enter your finest homebrew into our competition?  Complete our HOMEBREW SIGNUP today.
Check out pictures from last year courtesy of Pat Garvey of BrandXSocial.
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Homebrewers, we are looking for you!

Sign up now by completing our Homebrew Signup.  If you have any questions, contact Sarah at sarah@rocksf.org or (415) 890-6587.

Competition Rules

Professional Judges
Event staff will visit each brewer and receive a 5 oz sample for each judge to taste. Each sample will be labelled by style and number as to not reveal the brewer’s identity. Brews will be judged for aroma, appearance, mouth feel, and most importantly flavor. Brews will be selected to proceed to the next round based on scores. Samples will be collected again, and judges will decide on winners. Brewers will receive scorecards and feedback promptly from judges. Judges will include Mike Schnebeck, Head Brewer at Fort Point, and other representative of breweries around the bay area.
The People’s Choice
During the event, attendees will be able to vote for their favorite brew. The winner of this category will be awarded the People’s Choice Award. Votes will be counted and the People’s Choice winner will be announced before the end of the event.


Two awards will be given out by our master judges, and one will be decided by popular choice during the event. Instead of separating our brews in categories by style, we will judge beers on ideological categories. The judges will award brewers who exemplify the casual and extreme themes below.


– Balanced, well-rounded, and proportional
– Pairs well with: hanging out with friends, reading the newspaper, and golf
– Suggested style: Pale Ale, Browns, Ambers, Pilsner, Stout


– Bold, forward, and intense
– Pairs well with: skydiving, tattoos, and sleighing dragons
– Suggested styles: Sours, Double IPA, Bocks, Specialty, Spiced or Fruit flavored

Frequently Asked Questions

How many beers can I submit?
Each brewer will be allowed to submit one beer only. Each submission must meet the minimum 5 gallon batch requirement.
What size brew should I bring?
The equivalent of a minimum 5 gallon batch. While not a requirement, bringing a larger batch will give you the chance to provide more tastes and potentially more votes from attendees. Buckets and ice will be provided.
What should I bring my beer in?
You may bring your beer in whatever form you like ranging from bottles to kegs. You must bring your own tool for dispensing. Event coordinators will provide the glasses and cleaning stations for glasses, but you must provide your own bottle openers, taps, pumps, faucets, or dispensing handles.
The event will be providing buckets with ice to keep your beer cold and each attendee will have their own tasting glass for you to pour your beer into.
How do I decide what category to enter my beer in?
Ultimately it is up to you. Would you characterize your beer as cool, calm, and collected, or does your beer play on the wild side? Style suggestions are just guidelines and not to be strictly followed. If you need help deciding, email or call Sarah at sarah@rocksf.org or (415) 890-6579.
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Homebrewers needed!

Are you ready to R.O.C.K. the Brew? We are looking for Homebrewers to put their brews on the line to be tasted by hundreds of San Franciscans and our panel of master judges.
Sign up now by completing our Homebrew Signup.  If you have any questions, contact Sarah at sarah@rocksf.org or (415) 890-6587.
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Silent Auction/Raffle

Our silent auction and raffle is always huge.  Last year, items included an autographed ball by Steph Curry of the GS Warriors, a dream vacation for two to anywhere you’d like and United Airlines tickets.  If you would like to donate for our silent auction/raffle, contact Sarah at sarah@rocksf.org or (415) 890-6587.
Check out our items received so far.
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R.O.C.K. the Brew attracts the eyes of thousands of young, working professionals of the Bay Area.  With the craft-beer tasting craze in full swing, there are plenty of opportunities to leverage a sponsorship to ensure your company’s image is attractive to younger generations.  Imagine a packed philanthropic beer-tasting event of your own, without any of the work. For details, download our Sponsorship Flyer.  If you would like to sponsor our event, contact Sarah at sarah@rocksf.org or (415) 890-6587.

Premier Sponsor

United Airlines

Gold Sponsor

Becky Layton

Beer Sponsor

Fort Point Beer Co.

Pre-Event Raffle

Andre Iguodola Basketball
Want a chance to win some awesome prizes before R.O.C.K. the Brew and make a positive impact in the lives of our kids? For every $10 donation, you receive one entry into our pre-event Raffle and the chance to win prizes such as an official signed NBA basketball by Andre Iguodola of the GS Warriors and round trip United Airlines travel vouchers. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of proceeds support Real Options for City Kids.
Buy tickets yourself, or better yet CREATE A FUNDRAISING PAGE so that your network can get involved too. Plus, as an added perk, for every ten pre-event raffle donations you raise, you get a free ticket to R.O.C.K. the Brew, the Official SF Homebrew Competition and Tasting event benefiting Real Options for City Kids to be held on April 29th.
We will always gladly accept contributions, but to be eligible for the drawing, be sure to donate by 5pm on Wednesday April 26th when we will be doing a Facebook Live video to select the winners! It could be you! If you aren’t lucky this time around you’ll have another chance to win more prizes at our Event Raffle at R.O.C.K. the Brew.
Pre-Event Raffle