The Suncoast Barley Mashers (SBM) are registered as an official "club" with the American Home Brewers Association. However, the group does not function as a club, but rather as a guild. It's organization is styled on the old world guilds, in which levels are assigned to members based upon knowledge, experience and ability, with the caveat that all members help each other and no member is less important than another. Education, sharing, and mentorship are used to improve the brewing skills of members. The guild also strives to foster an atmosphere of camaraderie with other guilds and with professional craft breweries in the Suncoast area.
We strive to increase our knowledge and ability in the craft of brewing by exploring beer styles, studying the chemistry and mechanics of brewing and processes of the craft, improving our ability to taste with discernment and recognize areas for improvement... and to have fun while doing it.
We believe it's important to be a part of the beer community, so we have chosen not to have a main meeting location. We are a Pinellas County based guild, but find ourselves meeting all over Tampa Bay.