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North Coast Brewing Company Beer Soap

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North Coast Brewing Company Beer Soap

Eric and I were first introduced to North Coast Brewing Company through a local pub that us teachers frequented on Friday nights back in 2004. North Coast’s Blue Star Wheat was our ‘staple’ on those occasions. We often pondered where this mystery brewery was (most of us used maps or had to PRINT out directions to go anywhere back then! It was archaic times!) Thinking the bartender would know, we asked if he knew where North Coast Brewing Company was located. All we got was a smart-ass replied of, “ Probably on the NORTH COAST!” About a year later, Eric...

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5 Ways To Love Yourself in 2016

Brew Your Best Life Brewtiful Thoughts

  To welcome in the New Year, we have a candle lighting ceremony. It's a way for us to acknowledge and say goodbye to the previous year and a big hello to the up and coming one. As a person lights a candles, he/she says what they are thankful for in 2015 and what they inspire to be/ do in the coming year. In past years, this has been a jovial experience where you get to listen to your friends talk about past accomplishments and future aspirations in a very "Facebooky" type of way. This year however, was refreshingly different....

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Why We Went from Brewing 10 Gallon to 5 Gallons of Beer!

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Why We Went from Brewing 10 Gallon to 5 Gallons of Beer!

Eric walked into the house from our backyard proclaiming, "I'm not going to brew 10 gallon of beer anymore, I'm only going to brew 5!"  Hum, I thought.  What does this mean for Handbrewed Soaps?  I mean, I need beer (twitch, twitch!) You'd think I would have started screaming, "What the hell are you thinking? We'll drink that beer before I can make soap out of it!!!!" But I didn't want to come off as desperate.  So I took a moment before I replied (this COULD BE a pivotal point in our business) and calmly ask, "Why?"     "Because it's freakin' cold...

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Dear Self Letters Really Do Inspire!

Brewing Up a Business

Dear Self Letters Really Do Inspire!

   We are back at it this week! It feels so good to back in the soap studio! Today, we are putting some intentions down on paper for the 2016 year! I started by writing a letter to myself expressing how proud of myself I was ( how often do I do that? ) "Dear Self, Happy New Year!  You have accomplished most of the things you set out to do in the beginning of last year all while being pregnant and having a baby.  I know you have more things you want to do, but I just wanted to take...

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Meet the Team Behind Handbrewed Soaps

About Us Brewing Up a Business

Handbrewed Soaps is a family operation! As we have expanded, we've enlisted more family members and friends to help! As they say, to raise a business, it takes a village! Beer Brewmaster: Eric Swihart: The talent behind the homebrewed beer.  When he's not brewing, you can find him teaching middle school band and orchestra here in Oakland!   Eric enjoys the outdoors, playing with his kids, and playing in his band Fast and Vengfully. He is also the mastermind behind many of our slogans, video ideas, and other Handbrewed Soaps shenanigans!  Soap Brewmaster: Alyson Swihart:  That's me!  I'm the soap maker!! When I'm...

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