Release & Recipe: RIPA

A homebrewer's Czech lager gets brewed in Escondido's Backyard...Brewery, that is

One of the reasons we developed our annual Homebrew Summer program was so amateur brewers could be teamed with pro brewers and have a one-of-a-kind learning experience through the act of brewing. In the case of our most recent Homebrew Summer pro-am beer release, both homebrewer, Sergio Revas, and Backyard Brewery owner, Bill Carter, came away with memorable experiences. For Revas, it was his first time brewing at a commercial brewery. For Carter, it was his first time brewing a bottom-fermenting beer. That Czech-style pale lager, RIPA, will debut when Backyard’s Escondido tasting room opens for business this afternoon. Make plans to try it out, and whet your appetite for it by downloading the homebrew-scaled recipe for it below!

New pro-am beers will continue to debut each week throughout the summer, so be sure to check back with San Diego Beer News on a regular basis (or subscribe to our free weekly email newsletter and we’ll send all the recipes and release information straight to your inbox). Cheers and happy homebrewing!

Sergio Revas


How long have you been homebrewing and why did you choose to enter this specific recipe for Homebrew Summer consideration?

I’ve been homebrewing for three years and I feel this is the best beer I’ve created to date.

How did it feel to have your recipe selected?

I felt honored to get to be able to brew my beer with a professional brewer. I learned a lot about the importance of proper measurements and timing.

Bill Carter

Owner & Head Brewer, Backyard Brewery

Why did you select this recipe and how was the pro-am brew day?

I had never brewed a lager and thought this was a perfect beer to start with. It was an exciting day for both of us.

What led you to get involved in this year’s Homebrew Summer program?

The homebrew community is very important to the beer scene in Southern California. If it wasn’t for the homebrew community, there wouldn’t be a beer scene here. Most of the first breweries that opened here were started by homebrewers. I feel the homebrew community fuels the commercial breweries today, pushing us to create new and better beers.

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