Episode #56: SDSU Craft Beer Education Camp & Dr. Bill Sysak

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Tonight we were joined by two awesome guests, Giana Rodriguez the Program Director for SDSU’s Business of Craft Beer program, and Dr. Bill Sysak, Stone’s Craft Beer Ambassador, helps Stone educate their employees, and an Instructor in the SDSU Business of Craft Beer program.  You might also know Dr. Bill from the many food pairings or bottle share events he has been at.

The Interview:

We let each guest introduce themselves and start the show with Dr. Bill talking about his extensive beer knowledge.  He has had over 50,000 beers and has a cellar of 2,500 rotating beers.  He has traveled many times to Belgium and Germany and many other countries with good beer.  We then talk more about the SDSU Business of Craft Beer program and about the brand new Craft Beer Education Camp that SDSU is putting on in July and August.

We also brought some beers for Dr. Bill to dissect and give us some feedback on.  Dr. Bill has such a diverse palate and knowledge of beer, it is fun to give him beers to talk about.  The beers we brought were:

We continue the talk about the Craft Beer Education Camp and talk more about why it is a great program not only for a person looking to get in the industry but also for a company who wants to have knowledgable employees.  If you want to sign up with the Certificate program, find the links below and sign up or get on the waiting list.  Even better, join the mailing list to find out when the next day of registration is.

After the break, we open up another beer and this leads us to as about cellaring beer.  Depending on the type of beer will depend if you should age it or not.  Dr. Bill continues taking more about how you should age a beer and how to properly check a beer to know if it should continued to be aged or drink it now.  One of the places he recommends while researching aging beers, if it’s a Belgian style, try The Burgundian Babble Belt.  Talking about different styles, we ask Dr. Bill if there is a beer style he does not care for.  The answer probably won’t surprise you.  We then talk about glassware and ask if different glassware is really needed for different styles.  After some more beer tastings, we ask Dr. Bill a listener question and then finish it out with who is his favorite brewery or breweries.

Listener Questions!

Travis Hudson – craftbeerluv619 (Instagram) – What is the most prized bottle in Dr Bill’s infamous cellar?  Is there a difference between a beer nerd and a beer geek?

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Amy (and Rudy) Pollorena, and Chris Bush!

Where to find our guests:

SDSU’s Business of Craft Beer program:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/SDSUCraftBeer/
Instagram: @sdsucraftbeer
Twitter: @SDSUCraftBeer
Website: neverstoplearning.net/craftbeer

SDSU’s Craft Beer Education Camp:
Website: neverstoplearning.net/beercamp

Dr. Bill Sysak:
Instagram: @masterpairings
Twitter (Stone): @bistrobeer
Twitter (Personal): @masterpairings

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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Episode #55: Bitter Brothers Brewing

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One of the newest breweries in San Diego is Bitter Brothers Brewing and we are glad to interview them.  We are joined in this show by Bill Warnke, co-founder and President, and the Head Brewer John Hunter (not Josh as was said a few times.)

The Interview:

We get the history of the name of the brewery from Bill.  The term Bitter has a duel meaning which you will hear about.  We then dive into the technical specs of the brewery and found out how they built out the brewery.  Opening a brewery today requires to make sure you can brew as much beer as possible to keep up with demand and grow at the same time.  The talk about the brewing system of Bitter Brothers moved into talking about John’s history.  He started homebrewing at 14 and started his professional career at 21 (or 22).  John has worked for Karl Strauss, White Labs, 32 North, and has consulted in the industry as well.  John is the brewer who created such beers as Peanut Butter Cup Porter from Karl Strauss and Landfall from 32 North.

We talk to Bill about his culinary background and how his time spent at Lightning Brewery helped him find beers that pair well with food.  Lightning is not the only influence for Bitter Brothers, the “big brother” brewery for Bitter Brothers is Societe Brewing. We delve more into the location of the brewery and why they chose Morena Blvd and Bay Ho.

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Amy (and Rudy) Pollorena, and Chris Bush!

In The News!

The Routine released their new album Black Tropics on February 26th, songs all on SoundCloud, digitally purchased on BandCamp or buy CDs at their shows.

Toolbox is being distributed all over California with California Craft Distributors, full story on The Full Pint.

Where to find our guests:

Bitter Brothers Brewing:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/BitterBrothersBrewingCo/
Instagram: @bitterbrothersbrewingco
Twitter: @bitter_brothers
Website: www.bitterbrothers.com/

This episode was recorded at Bitter Brothers Brewing.

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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 #54: Craft Beerd 3rd Anniversary!

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We liked Rudy Pollorena Jr. so much the first time that we invited him back!  Rudy is from Craft Beerd, a graphics art company that embodies the style of craft beer.  That minimizes what Rudy has done over the last three years, please check out his artwork and you can buy prints on various forms of apparel and other canvases like glassware and wood.

The interview is mainly done by Brian, my voice was very weak that night.  Mainly due to Festival of Funk and Open Forum that Cosimo put together.  You can hear the entire open forum on SoundCloud.

The Interview:

Rudy starts off with talking about himself and how Craft Beerd was started.  Rudy talks more about what put him on the map and that was the “crossword style” Beer Matrix where the names of breweries intersect on the design.  Brian then moves the conversation onto some of his favorite items like the Craft Beerd San Diego Breweries playing cards.  Each card has a logo of a brewery and was a collaboration with Craft Company.  Next Brian asks about the Pocket Brewery Guide which is a small guide that lists many of the breweries in San Diego which you can take with you and take notes.  Moving onto the next item, Rudy talks about the gold logo’d glassware that was around for a short period of time.  And then back to a different version of the matrix.  This version will be the last one since it is impossible to put 110 breweries on one shirt/poster/whatever.

Speaking of wearables, Rudy talks more about his decision making over the last few years when choosing hoodies.  You’ll find out what it takes to find the perfect hoodie for his brand and his customers.  We then move onto the main reason for the show, to talk about the 3rd Anniversary of Craft Beerd.  The party will be held at Machete Beer House on Sunday March 20th, 2016 form 3PM to 8PM.  Craft Beerd was also featured on the March 2016 cover of West Coaster!  At the anniversary party you can buy a limited edition Craft Beerd t-shirt and 20-ounce can glass.  Rudy coins the term #SouthBeerdUprising a twist on #SouthBayUprising.

In The News!

Burning Beard Brewing has opened up in El Cajon!  Find out more at their website.

Twisted Manzanita Ales has closed down after five years.  Twisted Manzanita Spirits will still be functioning.  More about this on the West Coaster.

Council Brewing is having their first beer dinner on March 20th, 2016 at 4:30PM.  You can buy tickets on Brown Paper Tickets.

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Amy (and Rudy) Pollorena, and Chris Bush (new patron, not mentioned)!

Where to find our guests:

Craft Beerd:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/craftbeerd/
Instagram: @craftbeerd
Website: www.craftbeerd.com/

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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Episode #53: Mikkeller San Diego

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We are lucky to have set up this podcast with Mikkeller San Diego while their COO Jacob Alsing was in town from Denmark.  We are also joined by Mikkeller SD’s head brewer Bill Batten.  Sit back and enjoy this short and sweet episode with, what we hope, is the next great San Diego brewery.

The Interview:

We start with Jacob discussing this history of Mikkeller and the owner and head brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø.  We then get into how Mikkeller ended up opening in the old AleSmith brewery.  Bill touches on how the layout of the brewery has changed since it was AleSmith.  Jacob talks more about what the focus of Mikkeller SD will be.  Brian says that Mikkeller is bringing the world to San Diego, but Jacob disagrees and sees it the other way around.  We get more into recipes and what it is like for Bill to take recipes from Mikkel and translate it to the old AleSmith brewing system and to U.S. measurements.  We delve into the brewing staff that they have hired, Chris, Daniel, and Ben.

The Grand Opening will be April 16, 2016 with a big party and a 10k Mikkeller Running Club run!

Listener Questions:

Chris Bush – Will you continue your tradition of collaboration, and bringing guest brewers to San Diego?  Can someone please kidnap Shaun Hill and bring him here?

Mike Lindeblad – Will there be a bottle shop?  How about the running club?

Paul McGuire – Do they expect to have any guest beer?

Alex Van Horne (Intergalactic Brewing) – When are they going to ask me to brew with them?

Rudy Pollorena (CraftBeerd) – Being in San Diego, are there different styles of beer you are going to brew outside of your norm?

Finn Parker – With the common misconception that Mikkeller only makes extreme beers, how are they going to influence the minds and palates of the public moving forward?

Robert Esparza – Ask him if he wants to join us at Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival as my guest.

Amy June – Ask them why we are not getting any of the extreme beers that they are so known for. I know he is the “gypsy brewer” so those collabs are often way out of left field. But if they are going to just add to the IPA game, I won’t be in a hurry to visit.

Jay Sanders – What beer they are most looking forward to releasing to the SD community?

Travis Hudson – Do brewers have good luck charms it superstitious things when they brew?

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, & Amy (and Rudy) Pollorena!

Where to find our guests:

Mikkeller San Diego:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/mikkellersandiego/
Instagram: @mikkellersd
Twitter: @mikkellersd

This episode was recorded at Mikkeller San Diego.

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All music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!  Also be sure to check out their new album Black Tropics!

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.