Episode #36: Bine & Vine 4th Anniversary

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Geoi is back for more craft beer knowledge.  You might remember him from Episode 5.

Interview:

It’s Bine & Vine’s 4th Anniversary and they have a special beer made for them.  We talk with Geoi Bachoua, the owner of Bine & Vine Bottle Shop.  Geoi gives us a refresher on what Bine & Vine is and how it came from a small Pharmacy in Imperial Beach to what it is today.  We discuss his passion for beer and why that passion makes for a quality bottle shop.  Geoi makes sure his beer is the proper temperature and makes sure they are not light- struck.  We take a short break and talk about Bine & Vine’s website where you can buy beer and wine and have shipped. (Not all states are allowed.)

We then delve into the anniversary beer that New English brewed for Bine & Vine.  The beer is the New English Adams Ave. Imperial Porter, you should be able to find bottles at Bine & Vine fairly soon after this show airs.  This Imperial Porter also has coffee from Dark Horse.  One of the differences in this beer compared to other coffee beers is that put the coffee in the mash.  Also this beer is hopped with nugget hops which allows for the San Diego bitterness you are used to in SD beers.  This beer is a good one to cellar for a year or two.

We continue the conversation and start talking about the question of “Can a brewery expand and get bigger AND brew the same or better beer than before expansion?”  Of course that brings up the Green Flash purchase of Alpine.

Into the News:

Ballast Point is going public and starting an IPO.  $172.5 Million possible starting value – Ticker they are going for is PINT.  Jack White will maintain his 50.9% of the company so the fear of a hostile take over is very unlikely.  Article from the West Coaster.

What’s Tappening

We talk about our past week (or so) of drinking.  You might like what Geoi adds to the segment.

Another new segment called I Do Declare!

In this segment we want to talk about people or breweries whom we want to focus on that are not necessarily in the news.

BIG NEWS!

We are going to be recording at the San Diego Beer Week Brewers Guild VIP Fest!  Come check us out if you are attending the festival.

Where to find our guests:

Bine & Vine:
FaceBook: Bine and Vine
Twitter: @BineandVine
Instagram: @BineandVine

This episode was recorded inside 57 Degrees Beer & Wine Bar.

Contact us!

Voicemail: In North County: (760) ­919-­4004.  In North Park: (619) ­900-­6000
Facebook:  facebook.com/sdbeertalk
Twitter: @sdbeertalk
Instagram: @sdbeertalk
Untappd: @sdbeertalk
Email:  feedback@sdbeertalk.com

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 #35: Second Chance Beer Co.

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This week we interview Marty Mendiola and Curtis Hawes from Second Chance Beer Co.

Interview:

We talk with Marty about his history in San Diego craft beer.  Starting with an education at UC Davis and their Brewing Program back in the late 90’s.  He then worked with Rock Bottom La Jolla for 15 years.  You can listen to our interview with Carli Smith where we talk little bit about Marty.  The brewing system at Second Chance is done by Premier Stainless and is a 30-barrel system.  Marty estimates a possibility of 2,000-2,800 barrels a year.  Marty talks about the collaborative attitude of San Diego craft brewers that helped Marty with his new brew system.

We move on to the number of breweries and craft beer bars in the Rancho Bernardo area.  However, it is very important to have food trucks in an area where you are a little off the beaten path.  We talk about other brewers and their annual production and why Second Chance wants to keep it on the low end.  We then delve into why Marty wants to go into canning his beer and possibly some one-off bombers.  We are also joined by Ryan Flinn from Mobile West Canning.

We talk about San Diego Beer Week events for Second Chance.  Finally we ask them the question everyone gets, what beer got you into craft beer.

Into the News:

ABInBev buys SABMiller for around $106 Billion.  The best article we found was from Good Beer Hunting.

Marty brings up the concern that the California Craft Brewers Association has with the merger.  Article from the CCBA.

What’s Tappening

We talk about our past week (or so) of drinking.

New segment!  Things I totally forgot about – by Greg

Where to find our guests:

Second Chance Beer Co.:
FaceBook: Second Chance Beer Co.
Instagram: @secondchancebeer

This episode was recorded inside Second Chance Beer Co.

Contact us!

Voicemail: In North County: (760) ­919-­4004.  In North Park: (619) ­900-­6000
Facebook:  facebook.com/sdbeertalk
Twitter: @sdbeertalk
Instagram: @sdbeertalk
Untappd: @sdbeertalk
Email:  feedback@sdbeertalk.com

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 #34: Kill Devil Spirit Co.

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You are listening to San Diego SpiritTalk Radio!  We are doing something a little different this week with our guest Kill Devil Spirit Co.

Interview:

We are joined by Ray Digilio and Baker (Daniel Baker) from Kill Devil Spirit Co.  We talk about them opening in San Diego and how the craft beer boom is helping or hurting them.  We discuss that some distilleries are actually just buying “neutral” spirits and then putting their own label on the bottle.  While there are not a lot of distilleries in San Diego, or California for that matter, what you need to look for is “Distilled and Bottled By:” on the bottle.  The “Distilled and Bottled By:” term differentiates base spirits made by the company you are buying from.  Then there’s something about Ray’s tent???

California Distillers Guild tried to help distilleries by putting a bill through California’s Congress for direct bottle sales.  It was denied originally by Governor Brown, but eventually later in 2015 the Bill passed and will be signed by the Governor.  Distilleries will then be able to make cocktails and have bottle sales after January 1st.  One thing Kill Devil might do is allow people to come to the distillery and allow home distillers to brew at their place.  It is illegal to home distill.  Ray and Baker discuss their distillery process with a custom, patented vapor method and a no-waste system.

Kill Devil distills the following: (in order of appearance in the show)

  • Rx Vodka – This “neutral” spirit is made by Kill Devil
  • Ugly California Moonshine – A 90 Proof “pre-barrel aged” whiskey.  You can barrel age it yourself to make it whiskey.
  • Valor West Coast Gin – A gin with Chinook hops and California grapefruit.
  • Ugly California Rise & Shine – Their moonshine with Dark Horse custom-roasted coffee.

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We talk about the San Diego Distillers Guild which is made up of:

  • Kill Devil Spirit Co. (Spring Valley)
  • Twisted Manzanita Spirits (Santee)
  • Ballast Point Spirits (Everywhere)
  • Old Harbor Distilling Co. (Downtown – by Mission Brewing)
  • Liberty Call Distilling Co. (Spring Valley)
  • Malahat Spirits Co. (Miramar)
  • The California Spirits Company (San Marcos)
  • San Diego Distillery (Spring Valley)
  • Kalifornia Distilleries (Temecula)

Into the News:

Mother Earth building second brewery in Namba, Idaho.  Article from the West Coaster.

Green Flash Taking Alpine Beer Company’s Popular Double IPA Nationwide.  Article from BrewBound.

Green Flash bottled Alpine beer in Green Flash-style bottles.  Some people are not happy about this, some don’t care.  Photo below from Bine & Vine:

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What’s Tappening

We talk about our past week (or so) of drinking.

Where to find our guests:

Kill Devil Spirit Co.:
Twitter: @killdevilspirit
Instagram: @killdevilspiritco
FaceBook: Kill Devil Spirit Co.

This episode was recorded inside 57 Degrees Wine and Beer.

Contact us!

Voicemail: In North County: (760) ­919-­4004.  In North Park: (619) ­900-­6000
Facebook:  facebook.com/sdbeertalk
Twitter: @sdbeertalk
Instagram: @sdbeertalk
Untappd: @sdbeertalk
Email:  feedback@sdbeertalk.com

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 #33: Brown Bag Beverage

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This week we talk with Susie Baggs, the Chief Beverage Officer of Brown Bag Beverage, a local San Diego beer distribution company.

Interview:

We start the interview talking with Susie about Brown Bag Beverage and what her focus is with the company.  We then delve into the big issue of craft breweries selling out to bigger breweries.  We also talk about “pay for play” that big breweries do (or don’t do because it’s illegal) and how bars are persuaded to serve “crafty” beer.  We are also joined by long-time listener and BBB employee Travis Hudson.  Some of the breweries that BBB are supporting:

We delve into Susie’s responsibilities at BBB and how she is growing and running the company the way she wants to.

Into the News:

We start on a high note and talk about 2015 GABF and how San Diego won 19 medals (20 if you count Karl Strauss’ Costa Mesa location).  Article from the West Coaster.  San Diego medals are:

  • Very Small Brewery of the Year: Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
  • Coffee Beer: Gold—Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout, New English Brewing Co., Sorrento Valley; Bronze—Bacon & Eggs, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach
  • India Pale Ale: Gold—Revolver IPA, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Santee
  • Session India Pale Ale: Gold—The Coachman, Societe Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa
  • Wood & Barrel-Aged Sour Beer: Gold—Veritas 015, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos
  • American-Belgo-Style Ale: Gold—Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa
  • Bock: Gold—Break Line Bock, Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
  • Scotch Ale: Silver—Black Lagoon Scottish Strong, Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
  • Oatmeal Stout: Silver—Scripps Pier Stout, South Park Brewing Co., South Park
  • Session Beer: Bronze—Guillaume, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach
  • International-Style Pale Ale: Bronze—San Diego-style IPA, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., La Jolla
  • Imperial India Pale Ale: Bronze—Teahupo’o, Breakwater Brewing Co., Oceanside
  • American-Style Amber/Red Ale: Bronze—Shark Bite Red, Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad
  • Double Red Ale: Bronze—GRAMBO, Pizza Port, Solana Beach
  • French- & Belgian-Style Saison: Bronze—Saison, URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon
  • Other Belgian-Style Ale: Bronze—Witty Moron, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station
  • Export Stout: Bronze—Z-Man Stout, Pizza Port, Carlsbad
  • South German-Style Hefeweizen: Bronze—Windansea Wheat, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Pacific Beach
  • Chile Beer: Bronze—Serrano Pale Ale, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Scripps Ranch

Chuck Silva leaving Green Flash and starting Silva Brewing Co.  Article from the West Coaster.

ABinBev buys Golden Road.  Article from Brewbound.

Modern Times opening a brewery/restaurant/coffee shop in LA.  Twitter post by Modern Times.

What’s Tappening

Susie Baggs:
Twitter: @BrownBagBev
Instagram: @brownbagbev
FaceBook: Brown Bag Beverage

Travis Hudson:
Twitter: @CraftBeerLuv619
Instagram: @craftbeerluv619

This episode was recorded inside 57 Degrees Wine and 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.