Episode #83: Tasting Room Del Mar

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Tasting Room Del Mar sounds like a place only your rich uncle (or aunt) wants to go to.  In reality, it’s no where near that pretentious.  Sure, it’s classy.  Sure, they have high quality food, beer, and wine.  Sometimes you need a spot that’s not a dark, crowded, loud craft beer bar.  There’s plenty more to say about TRDM, but I’ll let our host, Executive Chef, Steven Lona tell you more about why you should head up to Del Mar and try out this new dining experience.  Another awesome part of this show is we are recording in the wine (and beer) cellar at Tasting Room Del Mar.

Interview

It starts with the origin story of this restaurant being a Bruegger’s Bagels with a glass door to the Starbucks next door.  They turned it into almost the restaurant it is today.  As it is with many places, the original plan did not work once implemented.  It went from a lounge-like feel to what it is today, a restaurant feel.  Beagle moves the conversation more to what Steven’s origin story is and the beers he enjoys.  During that conversation we start talking about Russian River and the Pliny vs. Blind Pig talk.  Magically we have a bottle of Blind Pig from our awesome listener Ryan!  Steven continues the beer conversation on how he seems to have some of the best and most sought after beers early in his beer drinking life.  You can’t talk about beer in San Diego without eventually talking about Nate Soroko.  With Steven being a chef as well, the two got along really well.  Speaking of chefs, TRDM also has a celebrity chef, their Chef de Cuisine Jenny Goycochea.  You might know her from her multiple appearances on Cutthroat Kitchen on Food Network.  We move onto a conversation about beer.  We first ask Steven about how he picks the beers. That leads into a talk about getting beers on tap from people like Societe and how hiring Michael Peacock to help with their draft system was a major plus.  Also being a new restaurant with a new draft system didn’t hurt either.

We take a break and I ask if there is any type of duality with TRDM in that it seems to be a wine bar that also has craft beer.  Steven does a great job explaining what the plan was from the beginning.  While looking into wine and beer pairings, Brian asks about their Surrender Series of meals.  In short, you let TRDM pick the food, beer, and wine for you.  You just sit back and relax and enjoy a night out.   Because of the growth of beer brunches and dinners and so forth, Steven talks about a few pairings that surprised him.

Listener Question:

Neil Halpin: What’s the best beer and food pairing they’ve ever had?

In The News!

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev’s ZX Ventures Group Purchases Popular Homebrew Supply Company Northern Brewer/Midwest Supplies.  Chris Farley (founder) says “nothing will fundamentally change.”  Read more on Brewbound.
  • Firestone Walker Says Farewell to Wookey Jack, Double Jack and Opal Saison.  Not immediately gone, but will diminish over the next few months.  More info found on The Full Pint.
  • This month, the California Craft Brewers Association became the first craft-beer trade association in the country to establish a benefits trust intended to help small brewing companies reduce the cost of providing benefits packages to their employees.  More than 700 craft breweries now active within the state, however breweries must have 10 or more employees to qualify, while those with over 100 already have access to large group rates.  Plans available include medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.  Read this article over at San Diego Reader.

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, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, and Eddie Martin!

Where to find our guests:

Tasting Room Del Mar:
Twitter: @tastingroomDM
Instagram: @tastingroomdelmar
FaceBook: facebook.com/tastingroomdelmar/
Website: www.tastingroomdelmar.com

This episode was recorded inside the Wine & Beer Cellar at Tasting Room Del Mar!

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Episode #82: Resident Brewing Co.

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Beagle is back and we are interviewing Resident Brewing!  This brewery opened up in Downtown San Diego with well-known homebrewer Robert Masterson inside The Local, a restaurant they partnered with.  Robert still has his full time job, so his right hand man is Craig Nelson.  Oh and be ready to play a certain drinking game that returns on this episode!

Interview

We start with the basics and ask when they opened.  We find out they were late on opening due to some issues with their electrical.  They talk a little about their water system and how they use a CLT (Cold Liquor Tank) and a HLT (Hot Liquor Tank.)  We find out that The Local was rebuilt and was a smaller restaurant.  They bought out the spot next door which allowed The Local to expand and allowed the brewery to use a bigger basement for its storage and production.  This is Downtown after all, not a whole lot of space.  This also makes serving growlers interesting, The Local and Resident have separate licenses.  This means to fill a growler, it has be to done downstairs using a separate tap system from the two upstairs.  The conversation turns into a talk about serving your beers at bars where you might now know how well the bar cleans its lines.  Resident will educate a new bar who wants to serve their beers.  As is par for the course, we talk a little about the newest trend, cloudy IPAs.  Love or hate them, they are everywhere, including Resident.  However there are right ways and wrong ways to do it.  Brian asks what Robert’s goal is with Resident, what does he want to bring to San Diego beer?  That delves into a conversation about low alcohol beers and how Robert likes to impart flavor over getting drunk.  We then move over to Craig and ask what his brewing background is.

After a short break (in which we chatted with a bunch of Societe folks) we come back and get technical with asking them about their “capacity.”  After that we talk about one of Robert’s well known homebrewed beers.  It’s their Vacation Coconut IPA, aka R&R Coconut IPA which was the winner of the 2013 American Homebrewers Association homebrewing contest.  Both Brian and myself do not care for coconut, but I actually found I could drink a pint of it.  We move onto another beers they brew and how they do it.  That leads me into asking Craig if he collaborates with Robert on recipes.  Next up is a beer a listener gave us, Monkish’s My First Canning Line DIPA.  Thanks to Mathew Garcia, therealmatatat.

We take another break (to do the news for a previous episode) and come back to talk about a few barrels sitting in the brewery.  We find out that they will be barrel aging beers and bottling their first release.  We switch gears and go to our voicemail.  Mike talks about 32 North so we back him up and Brian gives us some updated information for 32 North as well!  Finally, make sure to keep up with Resident Brewing on their social media, all the links are below.

Voicemail!

Mike (socalbrewcrew) calls in again!

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, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan D, and Eddie Martin!

Where to find our guests:

Resident Brewing Co.:
Twitter: @residentbrewing
Instagram: @residentbrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/residentbrewing/
Website: www.residentbrewing.com

This episode was recorded at Resident Brewing Co.

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Episode #81: Maker Faire Smörgåsbord 2016, Part 2

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Ready for Part 2?  Are you sure, this is our longest show to date.  Before we get into the episode we start with some important breaking San Diego news.

In the News!

  • SR76 Beer Works will be opening up in Harrah’s Southern California Resort, this will be the first tribe-owned brewery and the first beer-manufacturing facility within a hotel. Brewer Brian Scott from Karl & Mission.
  • Stone lays off about 5% of their workforce.  Slowing of their brand and an increase in “hyper-local” trends resulted in this outcome.  More about this on the West Coaster and Brewbound.
  • We talk little bit about the controversy of Karl Strauss winning Mid-Size Brewery of the Year at GABF.

After the news we get back to Episode 81, Part 2.  We are joined by Tom Keliinoi from What’s On Draft to help out with Brain being in New Jersey.  We recap a little bit of what Maker Faire is and then get into what Tom does.  Part of that was the Kickstarter that was successfully funded.  We move onto some topics Tom wanted to talk about.

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that Anheuser-Busch InBev NV would pay $6 million to settle charges that an Indian unit of the beer giant made improper payments to Indian government officials and then chilled a whistleblower who reported the misconduct.  WSJ Article.  SEC Article.
  • This Technology Is About to Revolutionize Beer-Making.  The formation and collapse of tiny bubbles dramatically changes the chemistry, engineering, and cost of beer-making.  MIT Technology Review Article.

We take a break and come back with Erika Raye from White Labs.  We talk about this 45 million year old yeast.  They had an Indiegogo campaign for the beer they are selling, which you can now buy here.  We talk more about Tom’s sexy brewers calendar and who might be in it.  There’s a some more random conversation with Erika and then we take another break and come back with more Erika.  She helped brew a Pink Boots beer with Carli from Rock Bottom La Jolla.

As we are talking Eric March from Star B Ranch sneaks in.  So we move the conversation to him and ask him about his hop farm and buffalo ranch.  We wonder how hops are growing in San Diego since it was once said there was no way for it to work.  We also wonder who buys the hops from him.  Eric talks about making sure the hop growers are all doing it the right way.  Just like how one bad brewer can spoil the bunch, one bad hop grower could spoil people’s thoughts on hops grown in San Diego.  After some more hop talk we take another break.

We come back and are joined by Fede Savinon from Hoppy Beer Hoppy Life.  At this point Tom had to leave so I’m flying solo for this part.  We talk about Fede’s fourth anniversary and how he was able to collaborate on 10 beers.  Not only does he collaborate on beers, but he has done a few collaborations with breweries to make special artwork for them.  We ask more about his creative process.  As we are all tired after working for two days, we take another break.

We have our final interview with Chris Herr and Joe Connolly from Golden Coast Mead.  Since not everyone knows about mead, we ask a few basic questions.  What is with people always saying they get headaches from mead?  We also wanted to know more about their background and talked about how they got to work for GCM.  As it usually does, that flows into their brewing system.  We find out more about their sour mead production.  We ask if aging mead is a thing for the buyer.  We get into a talk about distribution and how dumb it can be.

It’s a really long show, we hope you enjoy it all.

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

Eric March – Star B Ranch:
FaceBook: facebook.com/Star-B-Buffalo-Ranch-Hop-Farm/224796880912457
Website: www.starbranchandhopfarm.com

Fede Savinon – Hoppy Beer Hoppy Life:
Twitter: @HBHL2011
Instagram: @hoppybeerhoppylife
FaceBook: facebook.com/hoppybeerhoppylife/
Website: hoppybeerhoppylife.com

Chris and Joe – Golden Coast Mead:
Twitter: @GoldenCoastMead
Instagram: @goldencoastmead
Instagram: @goldencoastmeadmakers
FaceBook: facebook.com/goldencoastmead/
Website: hoppybeerhoppylife.com

This episode was recorded live at Maker Faire!

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, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan D, and Eddie Martin!

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Episode #81: Maker Faire Smörgåsbord 2016, Part 1

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We are live at Maker Faire San Diego!  We spent two days there showing off what we do to the public.  Of course we decided to record a show and interview a few other people.  We were in the beer exhibit that was on show at the Museum of Man next to BEERology.  Part one of the show was all recorded on Saturday with my co-host Travis Hudson, a.k.a. @craftbeerluv619.  Let’s just say the first day was a little strange.  We started mainly with just the two of us and no guests AND NO BEER!  Hopefully you enjoy a lot of conversation between Travis and myself.

We start with a big disappointment from Travis that we could not 10 listeners to call in.  Luckily the shaving of the beard will happen whenever Travis figures out when and where.  It is for charity after all.  That leads into a conversation about parents, alcohol, and kids.  Which of corse brings the conversation of kids inside breweries, should they be allowed to be in there?  Another question, should we make hats?  Since we are sober, we decide to talk about cannabis and fish bowls, no it’s not what you think.

We changed up our recording setup by color coding our microphone setup so the mic cables and mic condoms match.  Mostly it’s to keep the mics organized and to know which mics are used by who.  We take a short break and come back talking about the drop in beer sales for some of the bigger brands.  We take another break pretty quickly and come back to talk about Belching Beaver’s collaboration with Deftones to crate Phantom Bride IPA.  We find that it will be sold at Bevmo which then makes us think of beer sold at Costco.  Costco stores their beer room temperature and the secret is that you do not need a Costco membership to buy alcohol at Costco.

After another break we come back a lot more “happy” with our stomach full of beer.  We get some exclusive information from Larry Stein that he no longer owns Steins Pub and The Ugly Dog Pub.  The random things you hear at festivals and beer gardens. We talk a little about Travis’ social media question which Cody from Three B Zine responds to.  We take another break and when we get back we start talking about South Bay and specifically Chula Vista.  It’s perfect timing when finally we interview George from The Homebrewer and Home Brewing Co.

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George Thornton – The Homebrewer & Home Brewing Co. 

Eventually we are joined by George and we are so grateful.  You really didn’t want to hear us the entire show.  We talk about the rumor that he is looking for a spot in Chula Vista.  That leads into even more South Bay talk.  More talking about Three Punk Ales, Chula Vista Brewing, NOVO Brazil, and Groundswell.  Their is plenty of talk about what’s going on down in South Bay and even some more discussion about what Travis is doing for work.  There’s a little talking about how bombers may be a thing of the past and if we think Prop C will pass or not.

 

George Thornton – The Homebrewer & Home Brewing Co.:
Facebook: facebook.com/TheHomebrewerSD/
Twitter: @homebrewersd
Website: www.thehomebrewersd.com
Instagram: @homebrewingco
Facebook: facebook.com/HomeBrewingCo/
Website: www.homebrewingco.com
Instagram (Personal): @georgeyesgeorge

This episode was recorded live at Maker Faire!

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, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan D, and Eddie Martin!

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Episode #80: NOVO Brazil Brewing Co.

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Ready for controversy?  Well okay, it’s not really controversy as it is a lot of misinformation.  We delve right into the misinformation and get the “tough questions” out of the way early.  We ate joined by Mauricio Lima, the general manager and assistant brewer, and Gustavo Alvarado, the sales director, event director, and jack of all trades.

Interview

NOVO Brazil, at the very beginning, had a connection to Brazil originally with Cervejaria Wäls.  That was before the buyout from AmBev (now owned by AB InBev) and Wäls is now run by AmBev’s premium division headed by Cervejaria Bohemia.  Miguel Carneiro who was a partner of Wäls until the sell out and then decided to continue with the Chula Vista project by himself.  There is no connection between NOVO Brazil and AB InBev today.  Okay, enough of that, we move on and ask more about the Brazilian flavors that NOVO uses in their beers.  That prompts us to wonder why we aren’t drinking said beer.

After a short break we get some of the Maracuja Passion Fruit IPA and find out that it is a tasty fruited IPA.  We ask more about how the recipes come about at NOVO.  They explain that Miguel does everything at the brewery and on top of that he can jot down a recipe on a napkin and tell his assistant brewers to brew it.  There is a short interruption while their CFO goes up and grabs us some bombers of beer and almost kills himself.  We change the discussion over to their brewing capacity and how they really are not in many areas of San Diego.  That leads to them saying they have reorganized the business and really have started over about 3-4 months ago.  Part of that is that Miguel is not in San Diego all the time due to family obligations and a few lingering obligations with Wäls.  Going back to why they are in Chula Vista (Eastlake) we start talking about if they are members of the South Bay Craft Beer Business Guild and if they use #southbayuprising.

Another break and we come back to talk about their accolades and awards.  One of those was Corvo Negro and Cookie Muncher which Mauricio is nice enough to get us a bottle of Cookie.  While he is gone we talk more about another beer, Chula Pils, their hoppy pilsner.  We don’t want to be too fan boy so we get back to some more questions going back to some negative reviews and how they have changed or not changed because if it.  Gustavo then lets us know some exclusive news that they are going to be doing the “Boys are Back in Town” collab where they find people who grew up in South Bay and left and bring them back to do a collaboration with.

After the news and voicemail Gustavo gives us another exclusive that NOVO will have two new tasting rooms and a public market concept in National City.  No dates just yet but sometime in the near future.  They are keeping all of these expansions in South Bay.  They could not exactly say where they will be, but the rumor is the first tasting room will be some Punks and a certain Alehouse on an Avenue in Chula Vista.

Bonus!

During the next episode recorded at Maker Faire we had Travis Hudson on as a co-host.  He wanted us to makes sure we added a conversation new had about Third Avenue Alehouse‘s First Anniversary.  Listen to the end of the show for the info.

In the News!

Voicemail!

Mike (socalbrewcrew) calls in!

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, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan D, and Eddie Martin!  Also gotta make sure we do not forget the awesome guys at 32 North!

Where to find our guests:

Novo Brazil Brewing Co.:
Twitter: @novo_brazil
Instagram: @novobrazil
FaceBook: facebook.com/novobrazilbrewing/
Website: www.novobrazilbrewing.com

This episode was recorded at Novo Brazil Brewing Co.

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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.