Episode #68: North Park Craft Beer Block, Part 2

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Just over a month ago Greg and Tom (from What’s on Draft) went to the Craft Beer Block inside the SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park.  The festival promotes the arts while raising money for North Park Main Street, the non-profit organization committed to the revitalization of the North Park Business Improvement District.  Festivals are also so great because we have a ton of brewing talent to choose from and we some great interviews.  In total there was around three hours of interviews so we broke it all up into two shows.  Enjoy Part 2!

The Interviews:

Winslow Sawyer – Pure Project Brewing  (website)

We get an update about Pure Project and the Brewery Ignitor program which now includes Amplified Ale Works in Miramar.  We talk a little bit about bottle releases and how Pure’s release was done al little different than normal.  This goes into a conversation about can and bottles and putting dates on them and Winslow’s fear of shelf turds.  We finish off the interview with the $20 Challenge from Perfect Pour.

Marc Truex and Brian Hutchins – Belching Beaver Brewery (website)

After a little bit of joking around (see Old Gregg & Old Gregg Part 2) we ask the guys what’s gong on at “The Beav.”  They have been busy as a beaver, a new restaurant in Vista and a new production facility in Oceanside.  But even more they are opening a tasting room in Ocean Beach.  We talk a little but about the OB beer scene and the North Park beer scene before “The Beav” showed up.  Finally we ended with the $20 Challenge.

Mike Beebe – Mike Hess Brewing  (website) and Greg Hoover – Fall Brewing (website)

We talk about their gold and getting to their Millionth can to come off the canning line.  We are also joined by Greg from Fall Brewing.  We get updates about both breweries.  We delve into the Solis “one off” West Coast IPA from Mike Hess and how it’s a great idea to number them and change up the ingredients.  Then we go off on talking about North Park.

Kelsey (Ball) Eck – Council Brewing Co.  (website)

Kelsey comes on and talks little about what’s going on with Council since Liz and Curtis came on.  We talk a little about their anniversary parry and anniversary beer (which has now past.)  Kelsey moves on to talk about some collaboration beers and the many different spaces they use around their Kearny Mesa location, like their “Magic Factory” where their Beatitude series is made.  Tom asks Kelsey about her favorite brewery in San Diego.  Kelsey moves onto talking more about their “Magic Factory” and some of their sour and barrel-aged beers.  Continuing the beer talk, Kelsey talks about what makes a great selling beer and how they let their employees brew a batch.  We finalize the interview with the $20 Challenge.

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