This week marks the commencement of the Brewer-in-Residence program at Hill Farmstead Brewery. The Brewer-in-Residence program is an extension of our experiences and travel, of our friendships borne from our explorations. We will offer invitations to our brewer friends to live and work alongside us for an extended duration of time. The invite-only program is more than a singular interaction, but it is an immersive experience for the Resident and a chance for all of us to continue learning and sharing educational opportunities. It is an idea borrowed from Shaun’s tenure in Denmark as head brewer at Nørrebro Bryghus. Nørrebro’s guest brewer program brought brewers from around the world to Copenhagen for a week in order to craft a beer while absorbing the brewing culture and knowledge of the region.
Our first Brewer-in-Residence is our friend Tim Clifford, co-owner and brewer at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) in Capitola, California. Tim, an accomplished homebrewer in California, opened SARA as a mixed-fermentation brewery and has a dedicated vision toward the beers he likes to brew and drink. Over the course of twelve days, Tim will work with and alongside us as we host him at the brewery. We will brew a number of beers together and will experiment and explore and push boundaries with various ingredients, processes, and techniques.
After Tim’s tenure here concludes, we will continue the program by inviting another Resident into the brewery. We are not, however, soliciting inquiries about joining the program at this time. Check back here for more reflection on the SARA Residence as it continues, as well as for foresight into the future of the Brewer-in-Residence program at Hill Farmstead.