Episode #17: Coaster Bar & Grill

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Dive bar?  Craft beer bar?  Or Both?  We talk with Darren Renna from the Coaster Bar and Grill in Mission Beach.  You can find Coaster Bar & Grill at 744 Ventura Place, San Diego, CA 92109.

Interview:

Daren talks about the history of the Coaster Bar and Grill (aka Coaster Saloon).  We talk about how the bar went from 10 taps to 20 taps to 32 taps to 52 taps currently.  Is it hard to fill 52 taps with good craft beer, or are breweries begging to be included on the list?  We talk about the fire and rebuilding the Coaster and how Darren’s family played an important role in not only rebuilding the Coaster Bar & Grill, but also the Coaster roller coaster and Belmont Park.  Is being by the beach a good thing or bad thing when it comes to craft beer and are bigger, newer bars that have opened up recently hurting business for the Coaster?  As usual, we ask Darren where he got his craft beer love and what was his gateway beer.

Music:

All music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!

Logo:

Our logo was created by Craft Beerd artist Rudy Pollorena Jr. If you like craft beer and want to show your passion, check out his art and buy some merch.

Episode #16: Banger Brewing & EC Craft Beer Invitational

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This week San Diego BeerTalk Radio turned into Las Vegas BeerTalk Radio.  I was in Las Vegas for a conference all week so I decided to reach out to a few breweries.  One of them had the time to talk to us.  Banger Brewing is a fairly new brewery in Las Vegas, about 1.5 years old.  They are in the heart of Old Las Vegas on Fremont Street.

Interview:

We talk with Eddie Quiogue one of the co-founders of Banger Brewing.  We talk about the start of the brewery and how five guys who knew each other making beer in their garage decided to open a brewery.  We discuss the Las Vegas craft beer scene and how Banger Brewing was accepted into the culture of craft beer and the culture of the Vegas scene.  Eddie talks about their beers and how they produce beers with many different flavors and using fresh ingredients.  We talk about Fremont Street and its history and how a craft brewery can fit into an alcohol-soaked, costume-wearing, mass market area like Fremont Street.  It’s very interesting to see the perspective of a brewery that is not in San Diego.

Bonus Content:

I have included nine “man on the street” interviews from the EC Craft Beer Invitational.  This is a festival we went to on March 15th that took place in El Cajon.  We have been struggling on whether or not to release these interviews.  The audio is listenable, however the wind was blowing very strong that day and in some of the interviews it is hard to hear the people.  We have decided to release the interviews on the back end of this episode so that you can turn off the podcast if you do not want to listen to it.

The nine people I interviewed are:

Robert Esparza, Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival and San Diego Bacon Fest

Dave Gostenhofer, Shirts on Tap

Cosimo Sorrentino, Monkey Paw Brewing and South Park Brewing

Hollaine Hopkins, The Lupus Foundation of Southern California

David Crane, Doggie Beer Bones

Tyler Carter, San Diego Brewing Co (Tyler is now with Council Brewing)

Steve Farguson, Absolution Brewing Co  (Also have some help in this interview from some festival fans!)

Amanda Mitchell, Craft beer fan and festival goer

Bill Newton, SanTan Brewing

Music:

All music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!

Logo:

Our logo was created by Craft Beerd artist Rudy Pollorena Jr. If you like craft beer and want to show your passion, check out his art and buy some merch.

Episode #15: Intergalactic Brewing

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We are back to interviewing some brewers.  We talk to Alex Van Horne and Jake Collins from Intergalactic Brewing.  We talk about where they came from, how it was opening a brewery with very little money, and about their 2nd Anniversary party.

NOTE:  The first four minutes of the podcast had some audio issues.  That was fixed during the podcast, I apologize to your ears.

Interview:

We talk to Alex and Jake about how they got to where they are today.  Alex talks about finding a place for the brewery and going through all the permits and paperwork that is involved in opening the brewery.  Starting the brewery with only $25,000 is possible, if maybe highly unlikely.  Jake talks about his roots and how he fell into this band of geeky brewers.  Alex might be young, but we get into many topics that many seasoned business owners have a hard time explaining.  We talk about growing as brewery, making sure your customers are happy, and increasing your production and the downsides of trying to grow too fast.  We talk about trademarks and how Intergalactic actually does not have the trademark for their name.  That also moved into the conversation about Samuel Adams v. Fezziwig’s (Arcana Brewing) and  Bells v. Innovation Brewing.  Alex and Jake talk about the the Brewers Association and the rankings of our breweries in San Diego.  Is being in San Diego a bad thing for your taste buds, do IPAs from other states taste bad or is it just that we are used to super-hopped beers?  Also talk abut Rye beers and some crazy dry-hopping.  And of course we talk about brewing beers and different flavors and procedures.  Alex and Jake are not only geeks and nerds about Sci-Fi, but also brewing.  If you are a beer geek, you will love this episode.

Music:

All (most) music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!  This episode’s theme song from the movie SpaceBalls, you can find the song here.  May the Schwartz be with you!

Logo:

Our logo was created by Craft Beerd artist Rudy Pollorena Jr. If you like craft beer and want to show your passion, check out his art and buy some merch.