Who Is Sayre Piotrkowski?

I am a certified cicerone and a proud Bay Area Beer Evangelist.  In this capacity I have done consultation, education, pairing and promotional events for a broad variety of clients including Duvel USABar CrudoZare Fly TrapBar Tartine, and Craftsman Brewing Company, as well as Chef’s Sarah Kirnon and Chris Kronner and the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Currently I am the East Bay Sales Manager for HenHouse Brewing and Distribution, oversee the sales and account relations for five elite California brewers and one cider-maker in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Prior to my current position I was Beverage Director and General Manager at Hog’s Apothecary in Oakland, CA.   In 2015 the readers of Visit Oakland, voted Hog’s the town’s top restaurant!  Before Hog’s I spent most of 2012 and 2013 as the Beer Director at St. Vincent Tavern and Wine Merchant.  According to the SF Chronicle St. Vincent is one of “San Francisco’s Top 100 restaurants,” At St. Vincent we operated an entirely “brewery-direct” draft beer program, sourcing every beer we pour on tap from local brewers small enough to distribute their own product.  This “Loca-Pour” ethos seems to have become something of a calling card for me. Prior to St. Vincent I served as Co-Beer Director and the public face of the Monk’s Kettle which was named San Francisco’s “Best Beer List” by 7×7 Magazine in each of the two years I held that position.

Prior to honing in on beer I was blessed to have the opportunity to work under two of the country’s top young chefs: Russell Moore at Camino in Oakland, and David Myers at Comme Ca in Hollywood.

In early 2010 I joined with 4SP Films and Drink Me Magazine to produce The Original Swagger Stagger – A short film that went on to win the Slow Pour film festival and was screened at the Great American Beer Festival.

“One of the country’s top beer sommeliers”

– Eater.com

“Beer guru”

– San Francisco Magazine

“Working with Sayre is a surprise.  It is easy to underestimate his understanding and creativity because I have not encountered anyone else who “gets it” as fundamentally as Sayre. His choices of pairings show subtle and fundamental appreciation for the sensations of taste.  His understanding of beer components makes him a pleasure to work with.”

– Brian Hunt, Master Brewer, Owner, Moonlight Brewing Company

“Talking about (and drinking) beer with Sayre is much more than an education; 
It’s a geography lesson, a chemistry lecture, and an inculcation to a hidden universe of taste and sensation that you had no idea existed. “

– Adam Savage Host of “Mythbusters”

“Sayre is a veritable encyclopedia of beer knowldge and food paring expertise – I’ve never met anyone in the beer world like him.”

– Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier, 2011 International TOP|SOMM , Best Young Sommelier in America

“Sayre is the beer guy every wine director should have on speed dial”

-Chris Wright, Wine Director, Delfina Restaurant Group



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