This week we travel up North to Vista and talk to Aztec Brewing Company. We talk to Tristan Faulk-Webster a Partner and Tasting Room Manager, Paul Naylor their Brewmaster and John Webster a Partner and Marketing & Creative Director. We get a surprise visit from Ken, a veteran in a DeLorean with beer, what’s not to love about that.
We go around the table and get a little history of of the brewery. The Aztec name has been around for 95 years, but it was left to rot until John found it and brought it back. Paul then goes into his brewing philosophy. Paul talks about what it is like brewing “spicy” beers and why he thinks beer still needs to taste like beer. We move into their brewing system and where it came from. That leads into a praise of Bill Batten and Mikkeller. There are parallels between Batten and Naylor.
After the break we come back to a side conversation about wine and the correlation to a certain off flavor of beer. We get back into with Paul asking about if brewing with the different ingredients commonly associated with Aztec culture is tough to do. We move the conversation over to distribution and ask how it has changed over the years. We get some more beer passion from Paul when he talks about how grateful he is working for a brewery where he can brew for the people. We wrap it up with their Bacon & Beer event, check out the FaceBook event page.
In the News!
Department of Justice Investigating A-B Distributor Incentives. Article from Brewbound.com.
Karl Strauss Named Top California Brewery by California Travel Association. Article from West Coaster.
32 North Brewing opens Liberty Station tasting bar. Article from West Coaster.
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Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Amy (and Rudy) Pollorena, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz,, Aaron Graham, and Tom Keliinoi!
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This episode was recorded at Aztec Brewing Company.
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