03/07/2012 08:16 pm ET Updated May 07, 2012

Handmade: Brewlab

San Francisco hosts a lot of startups with some more hidden jewels than others. Enter Brewlab, started by Sam Gilbert and Emily Ford, two beer enthusiasts that wanted to share the passion for home brewing. The club is mostly word of mouth to help cultivate community members' craft and making access to beer fans to taste the local goods. Batches are created roughly every five weeks, with members receiving a six pack every completion cycle. The organization doesn't sell the beer but relies on member donations to keep the process going. Brewers have access to equipment, bottles, and other members to help and inspire each other to create new brews. From names like The Shadow of Mordor, a Russian Imperial stout to Chile Pepper Thunder Fuck, a flavored Belgian pale ale, this club has a lot of character. For more information check out In this slide show we follow Sam Gilbert, Emily Ford, Matt Smith, and Tollef Biggs showing the process of creating their "Rare Bird" ESB (Extra Special Bitter). By Iann Ivy

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