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!
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.
Mike (socalbrewcrew) calls in again!
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This episode was recorded at Resident Brewing Co.
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