Events Calendar

What is a Homebrew Hangout?




April Homebrew Hangout - Local Hops and Rhizome Pick Up

Featuring: Kyle Wynette of Tavistock Hops

Date: Wednesday, April 26th

Time: 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: @ Short Finger Brewing Co. - 20 Hurst Ave. Kitchener ON

We are super excited to have Kyle Wynette from Tavistock Hops in the house to talk local hops. Kyle is going to give a brief run down of Tavistock Hops and how they got started and the historic hop yard Tavistock is built around. Additionally the evening will feature an info session on proper practices for growing your hops from a rhizome, best practice to keep your hops healthy, and harvesting and drying techniques. This event will be a double header evening as it will also be the date for picking up your fresh Tavistock rhizomes which are available for pre-order through the SFBC site.



Featuring: Kathy Yan Li, certified mead judge and all around mead lover

Date: Wednesday, April 12th



Date: Sunday, April 2nd


February Homebrew Hangout 

Featuring: True Grist Homebrew Club - We brewed a gruit... it was interesting.

January Homebrew Hangout Hazy Cambridge IPA

Featuring: Barncat Artisnal Ales




Date: Saturday, Dec 31st

Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm

We did it, it was awesome! Thanks to everyone that came out.

October Homebrew Hangout Cider Edition

Date: Thursday, October 27th

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Featuring: KW Craft Cider - mixed cider/beer fermentation collabs

Location: The Boat House  57 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener, Ontario

Thanks to the boat house and KW Craft Cider for a great evening and some great ciders!

Sept Homebrew Hangout featuring Half Hours on Earth

Time: 2:00-5:00pm

This event featured "mmmDandy" a Sour Cherry Creamsicle Ale brewed as a collaboration between SFBC and Half Hours On Earth. We were pleased to be able to bring the first ever keg of HHOE beer to Waterloo Region, and to share it with a great group of people down at The Bent Elbow.

August 24th - SFBC Locals Only Beer Dinner with Elora Brewing Co.

Wednesday August 24th @ Elora Brewing Co.

The event featured 5 beers paired with 5 courses. 3 of the feature beers were collaborative brews between SFBC and Elora Brewing Co. The focus was on using local ingredients to brew our beer and then pairing those beers with locally sourced food. The high light brew was a tie between the King's Peach - peach saison and the "New Berlin Weiss" - tart Berliner Weiss both using Escarpment Yeast Labs yeast.

July 17th - SFBC The War of 1812 Homebrew Competition Award Ceremony & Tap Takeover

What a great Sunday afternoon. Thanks to everyone that came out and Jane Bond for hosting. Congrats to all the winners in the competition!

Location: Jane Bond - 5 Princess St. W Waterloo.
This event will run from 2:00-5:00pm

June 29th - SFBC Homebrew Hangout Featuring Grand River Brewing

This hangout featured a Simcoe - Maris Otter SMSH collab brew between Rob and the head brewer of Grand River Brewing Peter Collins. Peter did an excellent talk about recipe development. Thanks to Grand River brewing for hosting our first even in Cambridge.

May 25th - SFBC Homebrew Hangout Featuring Short Finger Brewing Co.

This hangout starts at 7:00pm @ the new SFBC location!  The location, 20 Hurst St. Kitchener, was first announced at the April 27th Homebrew Hangout. This homebrew hangout will be an invite only event for all those that have ordered and supported SFBC through the opening process. If you have shared a pint with Rob and Kat in their kitchen, now we can share a pint in the new space before it is officially open. The night will feature a blind tasting of a special SFBC brew and everyone is encouraged to bring a bottle or two of their homebrew to share.

 April 27th - SFBC Homebrew Hangout Featuring Great Lakes Brewery

Hosted by @ Kick Off  and bartended by Bill. The event featured a collaboration brew between SFBC and Great Lakes Brewery. The crew from GLB came out including head brewer Mike Lackey. 

March 15th - What Ales Ya - Irish Style Beer Tasting.

We helped host a Irish beer tasting at the Princess Cafe46 King St. North, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2W8

Tickets were $30.00/ person and the tasting featured beers from Innocente Brewing, Together We're Bitter Brewing Co-op, Descendents Brewing, Beaus, and a specialty one off beer just for the Princess Cafe by Wellington Brewery.

For further details click here.

March 30th - SFBC and Together We're Bitter Ethiopian Beer Dinner

In lieu of a regular Homebrew Hangout, we were happy to cohost our first Beer Dinner with the fine folks from Together We're Bitter Brewing. The fun kicked off at the East African Cafe, 30 Ontario St. S. Kitchener ON, at 7:00pm and featured 3 courses and 4 beers. We wanted to do something special to welcome TWB into the community. 

March 6th - SFBC Sub-Zero Homebrew Competition Award Ceremony and Tap Takeover @ Jane Bond. Collab tap-takeover between Short Finger Brewing Co. and Block 3 Brewing Co. as well as the official award ceremony. 

Feb 24th - Homebrew Hangout at B@THEMUSEUM, (featuring 2 collab beers and a talk on dry hopping by Kevin Freer, head brewer of Four Fathers Brewing Co.,) 

January 27 - Homebrew Hangout at The Princess Cafe (featuring Richard, Angus and Nate from Escarpment Yeast Laboratories)

November 25 - Homebrew Hangout at Jane Bond (featuring Steve Innocente from Innocente Brewing Co. and 3 one-off cask collaboration brews between SFBC and Innocente.)

October 26 - Homebrew Hangout and SFBC Harvest Homebrew Competition awards night at Abe Erb

October 18 - SFBC Harvest Homebrew Competition judging at Wellington Brewery 

September 30 - Homebrew Hangout at TWH Social (featuring George Eagleson from StoneHammer Brewery)

August 26 - Homebrew Hangout at Abe Erb (featuring head brewer, Rob Cundari)

July 29th - Homebrew Hangout at The Bent Elbow

June 20th - The Canadian Homebrewers Conference at Lansdowne Brewery 
At our inaugural event, Owner and founder Rob Hern gave a featured talk on the importance of continued education in homebrewing.