Episode #59: Pensacola Bay Brewery

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I went on a trip to visit some family in Pensacola, Florida.  I was lucky enough to get in contact with Mark Robertson, the Owner and Brewmaster for Pensacola Bay Brewery.  We start the show though with In The News!, What’s Tappening!, and I Do Declare!  You’ll hear two other voices during those segments, we recorded it during our interview with Jeff and Mike from Burning Beard Brewing.

The Interview:

This microbrewery in Pensacola, Florida has been opened for over five years.  Mark talks about the history of the brewery and being in the Historic District of Downtown Pensacola.  We talk about Mark’s history as a homebrewer.  I then ask about what the scene is like there and what a Navy City like Pensacola is like for a craft brewery.  We are interrupted by a truck so we take a short beer break.

After getting back we talk about distribution and how PBB is keeping their radius at 180 miles.  Mark talks about how having one beer that sells well is great and how that limit in mileage helps when there are problems.  We delve into Cigar City and their merger and talk about the fears of the craft beer lover with these types of business moves.  Going to a more positive topic we delve into their water and if the water profile in Pensacola affects what they can brew.

We take another break and come back and Mark talks about his gateway to craft beer.  Mark also talks more about different styles of beers, like White IPA, Black IPA, and is a session IPA really just a Pale Ale?  Somehow the conversation moves into sports.  Back to beer, Mark explains why they replaced their tap system.  Sorry for the construction noises from across the street.

What’s Tappening!

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

In The News!

Mikkeller Brewing San Diego is now open!  We were honored to be invited to the Friends and Family night last Friday.  There are some really good beers coming out of the new brewery, including some in the Beer Geek series of beers.

Oceanside Brewing Co. opened as well, they are brewing 18 beers.  Also visit their FaceBook page for more info.

ChuckAlek has opened their North Park Biergarten on April 21st.  It has inside and outside seating and is located behind Tostadas Mexican Restaurant on Herman Ave.

I Do Declare!

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

Where to find our guests:

Pensacola Bay Brewery:
Twitter: @pbbrew
Instagram: @pensacolabaybrewery
FaceBook: facebook.com/pbbrew/
Website: www.pbbrew.com

This episode was recorded at Pensacola Bay Brewery.

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Episode #58: Live at MVCBF, Part 2

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We are live at the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival!  We start with a pre-show recording so I can catch you up on this last week’s news. Check out the news topics below.

The Interview:

We continue our live show at MVCBF and start with Dylan Brown, who works in the tasting room at Alpine Beer Company.  We talk about the transformation of the tasting room from the tiny room to taking over the Pub area.  Brian then reveals the “Back Hole” of the tasting room.  Dylan then talks about some of his favorite things about Alpine.  We are shortly interrupted buy someone taking Brian’s wife for more drinking.  Then we talk about why cans are better for beer.

We end with Dylan and then Alex Van Horne and Jake Collins from Intergalactic Brewing Company (Episode 15).  Alex is the owner and brewmaster and Jake is an assistant brewer and an employee who does everything.  We start by talking about the new tasting room and the new VIP room that will be opening up.  Find out what it takes to get into the VIP room, the answer might (not) surprise you.  We ask Alex for this top 3 (then top 5) breweries in San Diego.  Since Jake also is important, we ask him about some of his favorite beers.  This leads us into talking about Regents Pizzeria (Episode 32) and how thee are some “fake” craft beer joints.  Brian lists some of his favorite craft beer bars.  Eventually we dive into Brian’s new FaceBook beer group.

We are stopped in our tracks when a man is pushing his father in a wheel chair and the farther is a World War II veteran.  We appreciate the sacrifice and honor it takes to be a veteran of any war.  We are back to the new tasting room and then get into bad flavors in beer.  The bad flavors could be the brewery or the bar it goes into.  Alex and Jake talk more about selecting bars they distribute to and how they can be picky.

In The News!

Mikkeller Brewing San Diego is now open!  We were honored to be invited to the Friends and Family night last Friday.  There are some really good beers coming out of the new brewery, including some in the Beer Geek series of beers.

Green Flash Cellar 3 is starting a new Barrelmaster Reserve Series.  Lustrous Frumenty is the first beer to be released.  Between 600 and 1,800 bottles will be produced and released on May 21.  Each 750-milliliter bottle will go for $24.  More info on West Coaster.

Duck Foot Brewing has released bottles.  They now have The Looker, ChocoNut Lust, and The Contender in 22 oz. bottles.  Find them at Duck Foot or at a local bottle shop.

I Do Declare!

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

Where to find our guests:

Alex Van Horne:

Twitter: @GalacticBrew
Instagram: @galacticbrew
FaceBook: facebook.com/IntergalacticBrew/
Website: www.intergalacticbrew.com

Jake Collins:
Instagram: @jakewilliamscollinsthefirst

This episode was recorded during the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival.

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Episode #58: Live at MVCBF, Part 1

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We are live at the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival!  We start with a pre-show recording that we recorded a couple days ago so we can talk about current events, like the Top 50 Breweries of 2015 from the Brewers Association.  We get a couple voicemails from ChewYourBeer about a certain stout he brewed, for more information listen to the last 3-4 episodes of The Perfect Pour.

The Interview:

We start the MVCBF with Doug Hasker from Gordon Biersch.  We talk more about his freedom after GB lifted the Reinheitsgebot limit for his brewing.  Doug is now able to brew a lot of new beers.  We also talk about boring part of brewing, the paperwork.  We also touch on how hard it can be to grow a brewery, keep the love, and not close down due to some mistake.

Next up is Paul McGuire from SD Hop Addict.  Paul talks about his travels to Oregon and the breweries he enjoyed during his trip.  Paul has also been able to to travel to Dallas and will be going to Southeast Asia in the future.

We kick Paul out so we can talk to Carli Smith from Rock Bottom La Jolla.  We talk to Carli about some her upcoming beers and what is it like brewing on her system.  Carli brings up the International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day.  We mention her partner in crime, her assistant brewer Ben Webb.  Carli finally talks about how Instagram is easy and Twitter is not, especially when trying to find a conversation.

Finally, we move onto our interview with Karl Prohaska from Mad House Comedy Club and Shot and a Beer Podcast.  We start with his chef job at Mad House and what he is serving at the festival.  We move onto his podcast and how he came to create the show and what type of guests he has.  That bring up how bad customers can be and how horrible Yelp is for many restaurants and companies.

I Do Declare!

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

Where to find our guests:

Doug Hasker – Gordon Biersch:
Facebook: facebook.com/GBSanDiego/
Twitter: @GordonBierschSD
Instagram: @SDGordonBiersch
Website: www.gordonbiersch.com/

Paul McGuire – SD Hop Addict:
Twitter: @pdmcguirelaw
Instagram: @sdhopaddict
Website: www.sdhopaddict.com

Carli Smith – Rock Bottom La Jolla:
Twitter: @carlismithsd
Instagram: @carlismithsd

Chef Karl Prohaska:
Twitter: @ChefSunBear
FaceBook: facebook.com/karl.prohaska.7

This episode was recorded during the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival.

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Episode #57: Offbeat Brewing Company

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In Episode 57, we interview a few brewers that have a lot of experience in San Diego craft beer.  We talk with Tom Garcia the owner and brewmaster for Offbeat Brewing Company and Brandon Uhl their head brewer.  Both of these two have quite a resume and you’ll find out how hard they work to brew you beer.

The Interview:

As usual we start with asking Tom about his start in brewing and how the brewery came to be.  That leads into how he met Brandon and how this team of brewers came together.  You’ll learn how “brewing the hard way” is not some marketing term for this brewery due to their brewing system.  It is quite amazing how experience can help these brewers brew very clear and very solid beers with a process that is the exact opposite of automated.  We also talk a little about how being in Escondido is different from being in another area of San Diego.

We take a short beer break and come back and talk about their first beer, Bear Arms Brown.  Speaking of the names of the beers, we wonder where their naming comes from.  With a name like Offbeat, I guess it makes sense to create some interesting names.  Oh ya, and there’s a mural on the wall that you have to see in person.  We continue to talk about the brown ale and the process of how it is brewed which is different from many breweries.  We also continue the conversation about being in Escondido, close to Stone, hurts or helps their business.

After another beer break we talk yeast.  Offbeat likes using White Labs 007…Yeast!  White Labs Yeast!  Sorry for the bad Bond joke.  Brian talks about how he believes will improve his homebrew and how that relates to pros.  We then ask Brandon and Tom about what their thoughts are on the San Diego beer scene.  Can We then get to listener questions.

Listener Questions!

David Lotz – Why don’t you brew properly in 4/4 time, why must we drink in the random offbeats?

Paul McGuire – sdhopaddict (Web page) – Do you guys feel you are different enough from Stone that you don’t think there’s anything wrong with being close to them?

Questions I do not know who asked them – Do you plan on brewing a stout consistently?  Why do you use peppercorns in your IPA?

I Do Declare!

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

What’s Tappening!

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

Where to find our guests:

Offbeat Brewing Company:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/offbeatbrewing/
Instagram: @offbeatbrewing
Twitter: @offbeatbrewing
Website: offbeatbrewing.com/

This episode was recorded at Offbeat Brewing.

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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.