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Local Homebrew Star Jamil Zainasheff To Open East Bay Brewery

By Jay Brooks
Saturday, November 6th, 2010 at 1:06 pm in On Beer.

Jamil Zainasheff over the last ten years has become something of a rock star in the homebrewing community, and especially the Bay Area, co-authoring two books on beer and homebrewing: “Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew” (with John Palmer) and “Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation” (with Chris White). He also hosts the Jamil Show on The Brewing Network and has a website online entitled Mr. Malty. I had always heard that Jamil had no plans to turn pro, but that appears to be not the case, after all.

This Thursday on an episode of Brewing TV, Zainasheff announced that he was starting a 30-bbl brewery in the East Bay. The brewery will be called Heretic Brewing, but the website is just a place holder for now.


Jamil says he’s hoping that his first beers will be available beginning in February or March of next year. Initially, the beer will be available in kegs only, and will then make either 750 ml or 22 oz. bottles once they’re up and running. It’s always great news to see a new brewery opening in the Bay Area, and we wish the best of luck and look forward to trying his commercial beers.

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  • Liz Zainasheff

    Just wanted to let you know that Heretic Brewing is in distribution! They have beer on tap at E.J. Phair located in old town Pittsburg, California.