Brewing Beer from Native CA Plants

Learn to make beer from  garden ingredients! This MeetUp is a special beer making workshop at the Middlebrook Center in downtown San Jose. Led by Brewmaster Rick Riebhoff, we will make unique beers using freshly picked plants from the garden. The type of beer we’ll create is most similar to the older traditional Farmhouse Ales that use various spices, fruits, herbs, and flowers from the garden to add a more complex flavor.

Beer Samples, Appetizers and Garden Food will be available. Everyone is welcome to add to our buffet for a community Pot Luck.

Depending on the plants in the garden at the time, we will be making an elderberry porter (using elderflowers and elderberry juice) and possibly a farmhouse ale (lighter, Belgian-type ale) with local honey, herbs, maybe some elderberry or apricot, yarrow.

For all Urban Farm MeetUps at the Middlebrook Center we ask you for a $10 suggested donation that will go directly to the California Native Garden Foundation to support their ongoing work in school gardens, restoration of native plants and the enrichment of our community.

The Urban Farmers Coop events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch into a project at the hosts location.

What to bring:

Potluck item: that either contains something that you have picked from your yard, something that you would like in the future to come from your yard, or something that you have made.

Crop Sharing item(s): Food items you have harvested from your yard to exchange with other members (if you have any)

Some good positive energy


1) Demo and instruction

Rick will be in the process of making a batch of beer and will talk about the ingredients and the steps. During this time Rick will have samples to taste from previous batches

3) Pot Luck and Socializing

Finally we will all spend some time to socialize and eat the wonderful food from our gardens. During the pot luck we will have time to discuss the following:

Q & A about gardening/ farming. Anyone can ask anything about a gardening or farming topic for others in the group to give their insights.

News and updates from our members: each member share progress on urban farming projects.

Future MeetUps, Volunteers for future hosts, Ongoing discussion on our Urban Farmers coop group.

Crop Sharing-- Everyone that has harvested something from your yard please bring it and exchange it. Take what you DID NOT bring.

About Urban Farmers Cooperative
The Urban Farmers Cooperative events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch in on a project at the host's location. Here is what we do:

We meet to help out a fellow host farmer

We do some work, exchange ideas, and learn something at the same time

We bring food from our gardens and share all the wonderful foods we are raising

After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring

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  • Diane R

    This is another nearby event that is really nice. [gardenshare_sunnyvale] Re: Local Garden Share at Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale - Sunday, July 27,[masked]a - 12noon

    July 21, 2014

  • Diane R

    Lara asked me about the solar dehydrator that Dave built. it's based on a "hot tin roof" and it works great for us. There are several different designs out there. The theory behind this one, makes a lot of sense to me

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Diane R

    Great meetup! thanks to the organizers, venue and Rick the brew master. Still thinking about the bourbon barrel aged beer we sampled So delicious! Looking forward to more events at Middlebrook, including the fundraiser that sounds really great!

    July 20, 2014

  • Jon B.

    A super fun MeetUp with great beer, yummy food, cool people all in a beautiful garden setting. Rick's demo was awesome-a very informative and engaging talk Thanks to all at Middlebrook Center/ CNGF for making this possible. Thanks to all who came, participated and brought the delicious food. Looking forward to more events and demos at this wonderful spot.

    July 20, 2014

  • Judy P.

    Sorry, have to miss this one..

    July 17, 2014

  • martin

    This sounds like fun. :)

    July 7, 2014

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