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Handmade Tea Soap Giveaway April 21, 2017 07:30 3 Comments

Tea Soap Collection - Green Tea Soap - Chai Tea Soap

That’s right, we are giving away our latest and greatest: The Tea Time Soap Collection! Why you ask? Well, we are in love with their new look! If you are fans of ours, you will know that we have been making tea soap since the beginning. But I always felt that there was something not quite right about the packaging.  After months of deliberation, I had an ‘AHHA’ moment and I knew what the packaging needed…. it needed to look like tea!  Now, each soap is packed in a tea bag (which I think is pretty damn cute!) And guess what, you can win a set! All you have to do is one of the following.  If you do all three, you have three chances of winning. Here’s the details:

The contest will run on April 26 from 9:00am to 11:59pm( PST).

  1. Sign-up for our VIP newsletter. Don’t worry, I won’t be emailing you everyday (you can do that right now!!!) Here you get deals and specials before everyone else. If you already are signed up, you are entered into the drawing automatically. (Make sure you confirm you signed up in your email or your entry doesn’t count.) Most importantly, you get 10% off for just signing up!  That's a gift right there!!!

  2. Like our Facebook Page and tag a friend on the giveaway post.  Tell them in the comments why you appreciate them.

  3. Like our Instagram Page and tag a friend on the giveaway post.  Tell them in the comments why you appreciate them.

So good luck everyone! I’m so excited to send (the winner) a set!


Eligibility… The promotion is open to any legal U.S. residents residing in any of the 50 United States, who are 21 years of age or older.

All the comments posted after 11:59 PM PST on April 26 will not be eligible to win.

WINNING AND NOTIFICATION… One winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries from the giveaway post. The winner will be declared in the post the day after the contest ends and he/she should contact us within one week to claim their prize.  The winner will also be contacted by us!


Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife: What's Up With Hops? April 11, 2017 14:15 2 Comments

In this episode, we discuss everything I've learned about hops; how they grow, what they do to beer, and how to use them in other ways! 

I'd love to hear how you use hops! 


Provisions Sutter Creek: A Great Place to Taste Local Beer April 03, 2017 00:00

We were in Sutter Creek, CA recently, and we happened to stumble on a great taproom called Provisions.  It's a family owned specialty food store / draft beer bottle shop / taproom that’s also a live music venue.  It’s all set up in an historic 147-year-old building. And the best thing (at least for us) it's kid friendly!

Provisions Sutter Creek

There's two main rooms to Provisions. On one side you have your specialty food store that has a collection of amazing foods and bottled beer. In the adjacent room, there's a taproom.  If you choose to eat food you purchased from the store in the taproom, they'll happily put the food on platters.  The taproom has a great selection of local beers from the Amador County and Sacramento area.  We had a lot of fun trying the different beers and the kids were entertained by playing various games that you can borrowed.

Provisions Sutter Creek

In the evenings, they have live music. Check their Facebook page to see who's playing. When we were there, they were having a record listening party of the great musicians that died in 2016. It was a great way to tribute some amazing performers. The owners were exceptionally friendly and very informative about the local sites in the area and beer.  

Sutter Creek Provisions

Our team at Handbrewed Soaps (Eric and I)  give Provisions 4 stars for their beer selection and a rating of 4.5 stars for the overall experience!  (See our rating system standards!) So if you're in the area, go check them out.



5 Ways to Incorporate Beer Into Your Wedding March 29, 2017 00:00

5 ways to incorporate beer into your wedding

You love each other, and you love beer!  So why not combine them on your wedding day?  Here are some fun ways to do it:

1)   Invitations: Think coasters, beer bottle labels

2)   Venue: Get married in or have your reception in a brewery! Better yet, create your own beer garden! Hey Oaklanders, Ale Industries rents out their brewery!

3)   Bouquets / Boutonnieres:  Hops are a great addition to any bouquets or boutonniere.  Try adding some wisps of grain as well!

4)   Gifts: Give your wedding party (or all of your guests) something they can use for weeks to come... beer soap (of course I had to plug them)!  We even make custom labels!  You can buy them in quantities of 26, 50 or 100!

5)   Honeymoon:  Go where the beer is!  Oregon is a great place to go. I mean isn’t there a brewery on every street corner? Well at least in Bend, Oregon there is.  And there’s plenty of hop fields to visit as well!

Let us know how you incorporate beer into your wedding!


Photo Credit:  celebration society

Confessions of a Homebrewer's Wife: Three Ways To Involve Kids On Brew Day March 24, 2017 00:00

Brew day is a family event around here and the kids love to be involved.  Believe it our not, there are things they can be involved with:

They mill the grains, add the ingredients, and even taste the wort. They certainly have a blast.  These brew days create many memories. They allow our family to slow down from the hustle and bustle of life, and enjoy one another while making great beer!

We'd love to hear how you involve your kids on brew day!




Confessions From A Homebrewer's Wife: What Does Brewing Beer Mean? March 17, 2017 00:00

I'll be honest, as a homebrewer's wife, I often get lost in the process of brewing beer. From the recipes to the equipment, I get a little overwhelmed. So, I've decided to start a support group for the significant other of the homebrewer.  Brewing beer (especially as a family) is one for the coolest things.  Because it's an all day affair, it allows us to unplug and spend time together. But there are definitely issues that arise (such as storage issues, waste issues, etc.) that I would love to discuss with others.  If you find yourself in a similar situation, please join me on this journey... I'd love to hear your thoughts on this great hobby!



Beer Soap and Wine Soap Coming To A Town Near YOU! March 13, 2017 00:00

Local Shops that carry Handbrewed Soaps Beer Soap and Wine Soap

Can’t find beer soap or wine soap in any local stores near you?  Well, hold up! Handbrewed Soaps would like to introduce three stores that have joined the Handbrewed Soaps Wholesale Family.  

Meet Clever Element based out of Carlsbad, CA.  This shop started because the boss lady Andreea strongly believes in the power of opportunity- opportunity for artists, both locally and around the world, to self-sustain through their craft, and to grow and share their passion with the world. Her store provides this opportunity by welcoming in artists from California to artisan co-ops from India, Guatemala, Romania, Nepal and more. 

Meet HYDEN YOO out of Venice, CA!  Hyden Yoo is the creative head of his namesake label since 2008.   The Hyden Yoo Brand is known for subtle detailing, clean lines, with special attention to fit and fabric at accessible price-points. 

And last but not least, meet Feather Boutique out of  Senoia, Georgia.  Where Shabby Chic meets Country Couture, this store is described as the best western boutique in town.

So, Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!  If you live in these areas, go mosey on over and say hi. While you’re at it, support these awesome stores by buying something… Mother’s and Father’s Day are around the corner! 😘  Find other stores near you by clicking HERE!

4 Uses For Spent Grain February 27, 2017 13:26

Spent Grain Brewing Beer with Handbrewed Soap

Brewers are always faced with the question, “What do I do with my spent grain?” If you are anything like us, we hate to throw it away. So, we’ve provided you with some alternatives to keeping that spent grain out of the landfill.

Compost: Most cities have a compost program where a company will pick up compost for you. If not, start a compost yourself if you have the space in your backyard. Your garden will thank you.

Dog Treats: As long as these grains haven’t come into contact with hops, you’re good to go. (Hops are toxic to dogs.) Dry the grain out, add some peanut butter and BAM... doggy treat heaven!

Bake With Them: You can make bread, pretzels, or pizza crust out of them. It’s high in fiber and protein.

Bathe With Them: Add it to your handmade soap. We use our spent grain in our Spiced Ale Beer Soap. The spent grain acts as an exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells.

We hope this helps you decide what to do with your spent grain!



The BEST Smelling IPA Homebrewed Beer Soap EVER!!! (AKA Fierce Soap Meets Beer SOAP) February 23, 2017 16:07

IPA Homebrewed Beer Soap with Cascade Hops

‘Get Some’ Beer Soap by far is the best smelling beer soap I've ever smelled.  It’s scent is pretty damn close to Abercrombie & Fitch's Fierce Cologne. Think grain, cardamom, lemon, orange and fir. YUM!!!

When my husband bathe’s with this beer soap, I always joke with him that he might be ‘gettin’ some’ that night (wink wink)!

To top off this amazing scented soap, we add homegrown cascade hops as an exfoliant. Believe it our not, we grow 11 different varieties of hops in our backyard

So get a bar of our 'Get Some' IPA Beer Soap and let me know how your evening goes 😳… and while you're at it, try our Tobacco IPA and or Unscented IPA. We’ve also conveniently packaged them in a Three Pack for you! 

Bathe responsibly,

Brewtiful Thought Thursday: Beer and Mirrors February 16, 2017 00:00

Beer Quote

Free Valentine Day Cards: Beer Theme February 10, 2017 08:00

Looking for free Valentine Day cards that have a beer theme?  Well, Handbrewed Soaps has you covered. Attach these to a bottle of beer or hand them out at work with a bar of beer soap (wink, wink)!  We have two different types of cards to choose from:  Beer Mine (Download HERE) or I'm So Hoppy You Are My Valentine (Download HERE)!

Beer Mine Valentine Handbrewed Soaps

Hoppy Valentine Beer Valentine Handbrewed Soaps

We wish you a Hoppy Valentines Day!  Let us know how you use these cards!



Brewtiful Thought Thursday: Beer and Goats February 09, 2017 20:52

Beer Quote, Inspiration

HOPS AND DOGS February 06, 2017 00:00

Hops and Dogs

This is a Public Service Announcement: HOPS ARE TOXIC TO DOGS!!!

We are now a proud owner of an Australian Cattle Dog! His name is Otter…(because he looked like one when he was born) and we’ve added Pop to his name because who in my generation didn’t like Otter Pops?

Otter-Pop is an amazing dog. He’s really good with the kids, especially our one year old. He trains quickly, and hasn’t peed or pooped in the house to date (I just jinxed it!)

As you know we grow and harvest hops. Hops and dogs don’t mix. When a dog ingests hops, the hops can cause Malignant Hyperthermia. That’s two big words for 'your dog can over heat RAPIDLY and die.' If you think your dog has eaten hops, get them to a vet pronto. Your dog may be vomiting, or having seizures.

On brew day, make sure you keep your unused hops away from dogs, and be conscious of spent hops that you may put in your compost. Dogs like those grains, so if you are adding spent hops to the mix, keep your dog away!

If you grow hops, cage them off. We’ve found that our dog LOVES digging them up.

Interested to hear the precautions you take!

Brewtiful Thursday Thoughts: Don't Give Up February 02, 2017 00:00

Handbrewed Soaps Brewtiful Thoughts

Don't Give Up EVER!!!

Feature Friday: Old Yak Bazaar January 27, 2017 00:00

Old Yak Bazaar and Handbrewed Soaps

Picture Create: Localwise

Meet Wen (the boss lady) and Tenzin (the boss dude) of the Old Yak Bazaar. They own this awesome alternative trading company that has a curated selection of artisanal fair trade and indie designs in Berkeley, CA.

The journey of the Old Yak began as Wen and Tenzin traversed the Indian subcontinent to meet with fair trade producers and visit back alley rural workshops. Countless train and rickshaw rides later, the duo launched their online shop in Minneapolis in December 2013 and opened their first retail shop in Berkeley, California in October 2014.

They are committed to the principles of fair trade, sustainability, and all things handmade. Drop in for a visit, you’ll find something you’ll like, you’ll even find Handbrewed Soaps!

Old Yak Bazaar and Handbrewed Soaps




I've been asked by many people what my favorite motivational resources are, so here they are.

My all time favorite motivational goal-setting book is Do You: 12 Laws Access The Power In You To Achieve Happiness And Success by Russell Simmons.  This book offers practical steps to live a life that you want, whether it be in your business, your health, or your family. The bottom line is be you and don't apologize for being you. It takes a lot of work and perseverance  to reach your dreams. As long as you stay true to yourself, follow your path, and work hard, you'll get there!

Big Magic: Create A Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert Klein, is my second favorite book. The author talks about creativity as a living entity. Elizabeth discusses how to tackle what we most love and how to get rid of the stuff that we fear. She shows habits and approaches to following your dreams. Most importantly, we learn how to embrace our curiosity on a daily basis.

Living Forward: A Proven Plan To Stop Drifting And Get The Life You Want by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkhavy, is a resource that provides a roadmap for you to achieve your goals.  Interestingly enough, the first exercise the authors asks you to do is to write your eulogy as you would want to be remembered. Then you ask yourself are you living that life that you described.  From there, they provide you with tools to plan how to get there. It's very powerful.

If reading and audiobooks are not your thing, I highly recommend an online class that also provides a roadmap for achieving your goals.  Danielle Vincent's, 2017 Goal Workshop, provides a series of videos and activities that create an action plan for you to reach your goals and dreams.  I found her plan works best for me.  I especially appreciate how she discusses the importance of affirmations to achieving goals. 

So that's it!  Those are my go-to resources for the year. Let me know what you’re reading and again happy 2017th.


Hey everybody today is our birthday! Not just mine, but Eric’s as well. I know it's kind of weird, huh?  Yes, we were born on the same day four-years apart, and it gets even weirder because we met on our birthday.  It’s kinda a long story, but here is the synopsis. We were just two teachers working at the same school, that happened to fall in love, get married, have three kids, started brewing beer, then started making soap and the rest was history. 

To celebrate our birthday we want to offer FREE SHIPPING through the entire month of January. That means you can buy one bar of soap or 20 bars of soap and they are all shipped to you… FREE!  That’s right!  FREE!!!!!   We also are having a huge sale as well.  Check out our SALE tab and you can get an additional 10% off by signing up for newsletter by clicking on the Discount tab!

So.. happy birthday to us means happy birthday to you!


A Great Way To Set Goals For the New Year January 06, 2017 09:04

Intentions create reality

I love the New Year.  It's a chance for me to hit the reset button. After a month and a half of holidays that may include binge eating, binge tv watching, and binge drinking,  New Year’s give me a time to reset, get back on the horse, and start fresh by setting some intentions for the next year. During the holiday season, our family is lucky enough to get two weeks off (as you know Eric is a teacher and I work for a great organization called Music in Schools Today.) So our family is fortunate enough to be able to take some time off from our daily grind, be together, travel and have a chunk of time where we sit down as a family and set some goals for the new year.

We all know that the odds of New Year's resolutions actually occurring are like 10% . Most goals and resolutions fail because there is no meaning behind them.  Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to fit into those jeans you've been wanting to get into, or is it more about having the energy to chase a dream, a goal or maybe your toddler around the house?  Why do you want to come home at a decent time from work?  Is it because you think you work too much or is it really because you want to make more meaningful connections with your friends, your partner, your kids or work on a hobby?  What is truly the reason why you want to make a change in your life?

So where is my rants leading to? Well, on New Year's Eve my friends and family to a little activity.  First, we envision our future selves: what are we doing, where are we living etc. Then we take turns lighting candles and sharing small intentions that we believe might take us to our future selves. What you hear are somethings like this:

  • I want to eat healthier and exercise daily so that I can do things with my daughter without being winded

  • I want to take my mom on a date and get to know her outside of our routines

  • I want to disconnect from social media more often to read more books

  • I want to come home from work by 5 o'clock so that I can play music

More than anything, it's really cool to see what other people are thinking, hoping and planning for. What you choose to do with this exercise after you do it, is up to you. I like to write mine down (usually adding more), and sometimes I like to put dates by it to get the intention done by a certain time.  There are times when I don't address an intention. However, by writing it down, I can always revisited and add that intention to next year's list if I so desire.

If you're looking for a more structured way of goal-setting I can recommend a few books or free resources. I would also love to hear some of your goals for 2017. I think more than ever, it's important to support each other. So from us here at HandBrewed Soaps, we wish you the best 2017 has to offer.


The Best Pancakes in the Whole World! December 19, 2016 00:00

Oatmeal Pancake Hangover Cure

Now that's a strong statement, "The Best Pancakes in the Whole World!!" But it's the truth! I'm not one for homemade pancakes! They tend to be thick and too dry for me.  I envision myself looking like a dog trying to get peanut butter off the roof of my mouth when I eat them! So I've been sticking to a boxed mix, preferring Krusteaz. But last weekend, while camping with the fam, Aunt Sharon broke out with THE BEST PANCAKES EVER!!!! Homemade, from scratch, the moistest (is that a word?) pancakes! So here I introduce you to ....homemade Oatmeal Pancakes!!!

Oatmeal Pancake Hangover Cure

Ingredients for about 12 pancakes:

2 cups of oatmeal

2 cups of buttermilk

3 eggs

2 Tbs sugar

4 Tbs oil

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

Step 1: Soak oatmeal in buttermilk over night!

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients!

 Step 3: Add in wet ingredients including oatmeal mixture!

 Step 4: Cook

Step 5: Eat and Enjoy! And please let me know what you thought of this recipe!!

Oatmeal Pancake Hangover Cure


Holiday Beer Bottle Decorations December 13, 2016 12:24

Holiday Beer Bottle Decorations...  Quick, easy, and SUPER Cute!  All you need are beer bottles and a sharpy marker.  Let us see your creations in the comments below!

Cheers Alyson

Handbrewed Soaps Shipping Deadlines 2016 December 11, 2016 00:00

Make sure you get Handbrewed Soaps shipped to you in time for Christmas! Here are the deadlines to make that possible!

Shipping Deadline Handbrewed Soaps 2016

5 Beer Jokes To Tell At Your Next Holiday Party December 09, 2016 00:00

Beer Jokes

It’s December and that means the holiday parties are in toe… Mingling with old (and new) friends, eating AMAZING food, wearing horribly ugly sweaters, and trying your friend’s newest homebrew!

This year, Handbrewed Soaps wants to make sure you are the life of the party. So we’ve provided you with five of the COOLEST (wink, wink) beer jokes to tell at your next Holiday party!

  • A Roman walks into a bar and holds up two fingers. “Sir, can I have five beers please?”

  • Where do monkeys go to grab a beer?..... The monkey bars!

  • A duck walks into a bar and says, “Give me 200 beers! Put it on my bill!”

  • My doctor told me to watch my drinking, so now I drink in front of a mirror.

  • Did you here about the guy explaining his way out of being drunk? “No! For the last time, stop asking me if I’m drunk. I am NOT drunk. Who would name their kid drunk?”

We wish you a Happy Holidays Season! Drink On (safely of course!)



Healthy Christmas Drinking Tips December 07, 2016 13:31

Healthy Drinking Tips

Party, Party Party…December is the time for Parties! And with parties, usually come booze. So stay safe and follow some of these drinking tips to avoid the dreaded HANGOVER!

  • Plan ahead – Determine how you are getting to and from the party. Is there going to be a designated driver? Are you going the Uber/ Lyft/ or catch a cab?

  • Drink water – It’s important to stay hydrated. Drink a glass of water in between each beer or cocktail.

  • Eat Food- Make sure you are not drinking on an empty stomach.

  • Pick one type of drink, and stick with it- Mixing different types of drink that have different alcohol content is asking for trouble because we react differently to various alcohol rates. So play it safe…

Still have a hang over? The best way to deal with a hang over is to eat and drink. A little mild exercise, and you’ll be cured in no time!

We wish you a Happy Holidays Season! Drink On (safely of course!)


Buy 3 Soaps Get An Additional 1 FREE!!! November 27, 2016 07:16

Free Soap you say?  Hells YAAAAA! 

November 28 is the day. All. Day.  For every three soaps you buy, you get an additional bar of soap for FREE.  All you have to do is tell us your choices in the special instructions at checkout!  It's that easy!

So you may be asking yourself...  if I buy a three bar gift set, will I get an extra free bar? YUP.  If I order a six pack of soap, will I get 2 additional bars for free?  YUP, again.  The bottom line is: if you buy gift sets or single bars, we just add the total amount of bars in your order and give you an additional free bar for every 3 bars purchased.  It's that simple!

So rack up those free bars of soap, think multiples of 3!