Episode #64: Aztec Brewing Company

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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.

The Interview:

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.

I Do Declare!

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!

Where to find our guests:

Aztec Brewing Company:
Twitter: @AztecBrewery
Instagram: @aztecbrewery
FaceBook: facebook.com/AztecBrewery/
Website: www.aztecbrewery.com

This episode was recorded at Aztec Brewing Company.

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Episode #63: Four Friends of the Hopocalypse

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Enjoy this rad intro video to the podcast made by What’s On Draft!

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We are joined by some of our beer friends!  We are joined this show by Alex Van Horne from Intergalactic Brewing Company, Will Keizer from Premier Stainless Systems, Josh Hembree from Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co., and Tom Keliinoi from What’s On Draft.  We are also joined by the Four Horsemen of the Hopocalypse from Drake’s Brewing; Green Label (DIPA), White Label (White DIPA), Red Label (Blood Orange DIPA), and Black Label (TIPA).

The Questions:

Do we care about Budweiser changing their name to “America” for the summer?

What types of cans do you like?  12 oz., 16 oz., or Crowler?

Borrowing from The Perfect Pour, if you only had $20 which beers would you buy?

Favorite breweries in San Diego?

Does money made from a “Big Beer” sale used to create a new “craft” brewery matter?  Does where the money comes from make a difference?

Are Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaigns a good idea?

Speaking of campaigns…

What’s On Draft is doing a Kickstarter to help create their second season.  GO FUND THEM!

Also, Intergalactic Brewing is doing an Indiegogo to help get a crowler machine and start a cask program.  GO FUND THEM!

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Amy (and Rudy) Pollorena, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, and Aaron Graham!

Where to find our guests:

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

Premier Stainless Systems:
Instagram: @premierstainless
FaceBook: facebook.com/PREMIER-STAINLESS-SYSTEMS-314651066376/
Website: www.premierstainless.com

Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co.:
Twitter: @settingsunsake
Instagram: @settingsunsake
FaceBook: facebook.com/SettingSunSakeBrewery/
Website: www.settingsunsake.com

What’s On Draft:
Twitter: @whatsondrafttv
Instagram: @whatsondraft
FaceBook: facebook.com/whatsondraft/
Website: whatsondraft.tv

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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Episode #62: Ska Brewing

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This is a San Diego BeerTalk first, we have our first phone interview with Dave Thibodeau from Ska Brewing.  Ska is a brewery that has been open since 1995 (a year before Stone) and has been serving the Colorado beer scene.  Like many 20+ year old breweries, they have expanded their reach and even distribute beer.  Also sound like a certain San Diego brewery?

The Interview:

Since Ska was nice enough to send us some beers, we had already dove into them before talking to Dave.  So naturally Dave starts talking about some of the beers we were drinking.  That leads us into our first listener question.  Dave then talks more about the history of the brewery and how they started.  It leads us into the Ethos of the brewery and their really cool looking website.  A little talking about geek culture and then onto their awesome World Beer Cup bronze award for True Blonde. (PDF)

We ask Dave how the scene is in Colorado.  He compares it to San Diego and how collaborative breweries can be.  We then lead into more listener questions.  After the questions Dave gives us a great surprise and tells us that he listens to the show and enjoys listening to it!  Thanks Dave!  We try wrapping it up, but then get talking about their distribution here in San Diego, which just happens to be Stone Distribution.  Ska also just happens to distribute Stone in Colorado.  A perfect match in craft beer.

Listener Questions!

Jay from Hops Highway – @sdhopshighway – Ask them which Ska brew is the most popular here in San Diego.

Mike Sardina – @SocieteMike – How it’s possible that Abby (@AbigigailSD) can be that awesome…

Abby Heilbron – @AbigigailSD (SkaBrewAbby) – Top five concerts Dave has ever attended?

ChewYourBeer – @TPSSponge – Is “NoDoubt” Ska music? If yes, before or after the Stefani fame?

Cody from Three B Zine – @ThreeBZine – Ask them some of their favorite ska records of all time.

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Amy (and Rudy) Pollorena, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, and Aaron Graham!

Where to find our guests:

Ska Brewing:
Twitter: @skabrewing
Instagram: @skabrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/skabrew
Website: www.skabrewing.com

This episode was recorded at a super secret location.

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Episode #61: Burning Beard Brewing

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We begin the episode talking about some current news about World Beer Cup.  During the news, our interview for next week’s podcast calls us so we have to cut it short, but the rest of the news will be at the end of the show.  Enjoy the interview with Jeff Wiederkehr and Mike Maass from Burning Beard Brewing.

The Interview:

Burning Beard is (currently) the only brewery in El Cajon after the closure of URBN St. Brewing.  Burning Beard was going to be Prometheus Brewing but that name is taken by Elysian.  Before the purchase there was an agreement but after AB bought them, it was back to the drawing board.  We ask them what Burning Beard means to them.  That leads into a talk about the people who work there and how they hired Shannon Rogers as their tasting room manager.  We discuss how having a great beertender means a lot to having a good time as a consumer.

We take a break and go into a ton of listener questions.  Finally we ask them the questions they ask when they interview possible new employees.

1) If you were a song, which would you be?

2) What season best represents the mood we can expect from you behind the bar?

3) Rank your top 3 Halloween costumes of all time.

4) What is the furthest you have ever driven in one day? Where did you go? And why did you go there?

5) Name something that shouldn’t scare you but does.

6) Bacon or Sausage. Note: the correct answer is BOTH.

7) Name your favorite film genre.

8) If you were a piece of candy, what kind would you be? Why?

9) What was the last movie that made you cry?

10) What was the last book that you read?

11) Cake or Pie? What flavor? Could you bake this (Cake/Pie)? Can you bring it on your first day?

Listener Questions!

Tim Stahl – Why did you build a brewery so close to my house and why is your beer so damned good?

Tom Keliinoi – Ask if they think they expect more breweries in that area, i feel like South Bay / East County is coming up fast.

Robert Esparza – If they’re coming to San Diego Bacon Fest!

Anthony Fusco – What’s that smell???

Abby Heilbron – How does Shannon keep her locks so beautiful?!!

Amy June – Favorite color?

Doug Pominville – What’s the one style you wish breweries made more of?

Michael Cardoza – Why can’t you keep up with your IPA demand?  Where does the tasting room get its upbeat energy..! Shannon Lynnette?

Abby Heilbron – Actually, Mike brings up a good question? Who do I high five for curating such a badass jukebox?!

Howell Glen – Ginger or Mary Ann?

ChewYourBeer – Has your beard ever caught fire?

Jeff – SD Brew Review – I would like to hear about their plans for sours, wild ales, Abbey ales, and other unique creations.

Travis Hudson – What influences your beer recipes and/or do you have any brewing superstitions?

In The News!

World Beer Cup awards were announced.  San Diego breweries took home 14 medals.  You can find the complete list here.

We missed talking about Downtown Johnny Brown’s closed back on April 29th.  Article from West Coaster.

True Craft from Greg Koch and Steve Wagner. $100 million committed and “a small group of craft breweries” who are interested. Not many details, we’ll dig in more later.

I Do Declare!

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

Where to find our guests:

Burning Beard Brewing:
Twitter: @beard_aflame
Instagram: @burning.beard.brewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/BurningBeardBrewing/
Website: www.burningbeardbrewing.com

This episode was recorded at Burning Beard Brewing.

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Episode #60: SUDS County 2, The Boil Over

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We are joined by Sheldon Kaplan and Kevin Tostado from SUDS County 2, The Boil Over.  Sheldon is the Creator, Producer, and Director of both SUDS County 2 and the first film they did, SUDS County, USA.  Kevin is also a Producer of SUDS County 2 and SUDS County.  Oh ya, we have a drink off with three version of Xocoveza and our friend ChewYourBeer’s homebrew of Chocotaso.

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The Interview:

We ask about the first film, SUDS County, USA, created in 2012, and why Sheldon decided to create an independent film about San Diego’s beer scene.  Sheldon saw what was on the horizon when Ballast Point won Small Brewery Award in 2010.  This easily moves into a conversation about how San Diego’s beer culture is influencing what brewers around the world are brewing.  We talk about the Reinheitsgebot and if it still relevant 500 years later.  That moves the conversation into fruited beers and scaling a fruited beer to mass production.  We mention the homebrew club QUAFF and the number of breweries opened by members of QUAFF.

We come back from a break and talk about Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch and how they are not Indie Beer.  We open up the second version of Xocoveza and Sheldon talks about pairing beers.  We get back into the documentaries and how the financial structure is different going from SUDS County 1 and The Boil Over.  For The Boil Over they are doing a Kickstarter for it.  There are plenty of really cool rewards you can obtain.  Sheldon explains more about what The Boil Over is going to be about.

In The News!

Totally missed Midnight Jack Brewing opened in March.  Sorry guys!

The Cellar and Loft by Mission Brewery a new two story addition to the Wonder Bread building.

Amplified Ale Works Miramar open for business.

I Do Declare!

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

Where to find our guests:

SUDS County:
Twitter: @sudscounty
Instagram: @sudscounty
FaceBook: facebook.com/SudsCounty/
Website: www.sudscountyusa.com

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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