Episode #88: Border X Brewing

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Going back to our roots as a podcast, we head over to Border X Brewing in Barrio Logan for an interview.  This brewery, like many in San Diego, has had a past full of excitement, “meh” reviews, moving around, and learning.  We talk to Martin Favela, the co-owner and one of the original brewers.  Today he handles more of the owning and less of the brewing, more on that in a little bit.

Interview

Both Brian and I are quite surprised with the tasting room we walk into.  You can tell it was built keeping the culture of South Bay and Barrio Logan in mind.  Starting out with the interview we talk about how the business has changed since Day 1 for Martin and the business.  Part of that was that the original location was down in San Ysidro (Otay Mesa) and now they are in Barrio Logan.  We go into why they moved and how they ended up with a brewery and two tasting rooms for a short time period.  While talking about brewing their beers, we go off on a tangent about blending beers and if blending is used for the good of the beer or to hide problems.  We do get back to Martin and ask him more about the bars they brew at Border X.  That goes into a little bit about their most popular her and their distribution methods.

After a short break we come back and have a little unofficial talk about Brian possibly brewing beers with George Thornton from the Homebrewer, all would be single malt variants.  We make fun of the fact that San Diego doesn’t follow the brewing rules when it comes to recipes and how this is directly affecting competitions like GABF.  After officially coming back on air we get back to some questions about the brewery and where they get their hops.  We then go into our other segments.

In The News!

  • Monkey Paw brings on new head brewer.  Nick Norton will be the head brewer of Monkey Paw. Worked at Stone Liberty Station. As for South Park Brewing, Scott Blair is promoting cellarman Ryan Traylor to assistant brewer to help him out.  More about this over at West Coaster.
  • Sore Eye Sudsmas is back!  It will be at Societe Brewing on December 10th.  Come celebrate the holidays! You have supported me all year and this is my chance to give back to you by throwing a great party at one of the most exceptional breweries in our city, Societe Brewing! Bring non-perishable food to donate to the food drive. Our food drive bolsters Societe Brewing’s Annual food drive. San Diego Food Bank will be the benefactor, so your help is staying right here in SD! RSVP here!

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, Eddie Martin, and NEW! West Coaster!

Where to find our guests:

Border X Brewing:
Twitter: @borderxbrewing
Instagram: @borderxbrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/borderxbrewinglogan/
Website: www.borderxbrewing.com

This episode was recorded at Border X Brewing.

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Episode #87: Drunk Beer History, IPA

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In The News!

  • Green Flash opens their brewery in Virginia Beach.  Around 40,000 barrels in its first year in operation. Immediate help toward East Coast distribution, then add focus on shipping International.  More on this at the San Diego Reader.
  • Beachwood BBQ is releasing their Invasion Species West Coast IPAs, I’ll let them, talk about it on their FaceBook page:
    • Invasive Species coming for you November 22nd because you have a choice when it comes to your beer. #choosecraft #truetobeer #drinkindependent #independentbrewery
    • Bottle Release:
    • Nov 22nd
    • 11:30am Long Beach and Seal Beach
    • $11 Invasive Species 4 pack
      • -India Pale Ale
      • -Grapefruit IPA
      • -Habanero IPA
      • -Mango IPA

The Show!

We are doing this a little different than a normal show.  This is our first edition of Drink Beer History!  You wouldn’t want the first one to be about anything other than IPAs, would you?  Will Keizer from Premiere Stainless joins us, gets fairly drunk, and then tries to explain the story of the IPA.  Usually I put a lot of text on the page, this time I’m leaving it up to the show to fill in the details.  Enjoy!

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, Eddie Martin, and NEW! Ryan Lamb (Thanks West Coaster!)

Where to find our guests:

Will Keizer:
Instagram: @ibleedhops
FaceBook: facebook.com/ibleedhops

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

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project!

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Episode #86: The New Kids Festival 2016

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We are recording live at The New Kids Welcoming Party at Marina Village in San Diego.  Robert and Gus invited us to show our talents off inside this intimate venue while the festival was going on.  We shared the airwaves that night with local musician and KUSI reporter Brad Perry  You can find his music at Brad Perry Music.  During the time we had we started with talking a little bit about San Diego Beer Week and what we have done and what our plans were going forward.  We recorded on Thursday, so there was still three more days of Beer Week.  Almost right away we have some bourbon and whiskey dropped off and we have our first guest.

Trent Tilton – San Diego Distillery

Might as well start the festival with a bang and Trent helps us out with that.  San Diego Distillery makes all their bourbons and whiskies from beer recipes, some old homebrew recipes and some bars you’ve already heard of made from a few well-known San Diego breweries.  We also find out a little bit about how they make their spirits and some of the rules distilleries have to follow that are different from breweries.

San Diego Distillery:
Facebook: facebook.com/sandiegodistillery/
Website: www.sddistillery.com
Instagram: @sddistillery

Brian Mitchell and Steven Sabers – Pariah Brewing Company

After a break, while we let Brad play some music, we come back and talk with Brian and Steven about Pariah Brewing Company.  Apologies for the audio, the room was very packed when we had them on the mic.  We talk about when they think they will open. Also get heavily into their ethos as a brewery and their thoughts on brewing, bottling, and growler fills.  Part of that is really what the Brewery Igniter program gave them and what needed to be changed for them to properly brew the way they want to brew.  Brian talks a little about the water profile and why growlers really can be a pain in the butt to fill when a brewer wants their beer to be drank at its best quality.

Pariah Brewing Company:
Facebook: facebook.com/Pariah-Brewing-Company-200403883320154/
Instagram: @pariahbrewing
Twitter: @pariahbrewingco

John Hunter – Bitter Brothers Brewing Co. & Shannon Lynnette – Burning Beard Brewing Co.

After another music break, we come back with John from Bitter Brothers Brewing Co.  We are also joined by Shannon from Burning Beard Brewing Co. as well, because why not.  John brings us a gift of a Russian Imperial Stout called Little Sister, again because why not.  He talks a little about it and where you will see it next, the 1st Anniversary at Bitter Brothers.  Shannon talks about how she came to work at Burning Beard.  She is very passionate about beer tending and how a proper beer tender should act, pour beer, and have the correct knowledge to serve beer properly.

Bitter Brothers Brewing Co.:
Facebook: facebook.com/BitterBrothersBrewingCo/
Website: www.bitterbrothers.com/
Instagram: @bitterbrothersbrewingco
Twitter: @bitter_brothers

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

Robert Esparza – Push Pins Media

We were going to end the show, but we are then joined by Robert Esparza from PushPins Media, the creator of Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food FestivalSan Diego Bacon Fest, and of course New Kids.  Brian luckily brings up the tacos we had at the festival from Taste and Thirst.

This episode was recorded live at SD New Kids!

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!

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Episode #85: West Coaster Magazine 6th Anniversary

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San Diego Beer Week has started!  We are joined by Ryan Lamb, Mike Shess, and Dominic Aljundi from West Coaster Magazine.  West Coaster just passed their sixth anniversary and are still going strong!  We discuss what they have planned for San Diego Beer Week and few other topics…not everything is about beer though.  More on that exclusive news in a little bit.

Interview

As is customary with the show, we start at the beginning and ask how the West Coaster was started.  It’s not only breweries that start small, this magazine couldn’t have been started without some help from some of the key brewers back in 2010.  We talk a little about the first issue.  They talk about their first big story as well.  That moves into how they expanded their magazine into Los Angeles and Orange County.  However, they were too early and due to very long hours, that magazine is not still around.  They quickly learned they needed more help and hired an intern.  It just so happens that she walked in the room as we were talking about it. Nickie Peña joins us to talk about how she got started with West Coaster and what she learned to help her job today at White Labs.  Another customary topic is the big beer buyout topic which seems to pop up when there’s a room of media people.  After that talk we do need to take a break.

After the break (and some nachos) we talk about the What’s on Draft Sexy Brewers Calendar and Brian’s Sore Eye Sudsmas.  Getting back to the West Coaster crew, they wanted to break some news about a new project.  We open up a bottle of wine, yes WINE, from J.Brix using all San Diego grapes from McCormick Ranch Vineyard.  The wine is the 2015 Rougarou Carignan and can be bought online.  The reason we are talking about wine is the same crew who produces West Coaster is now going to release San Diego Beverage Times, a new magazine dealing with wine, spirits, and beer in San Diego.  West Coaster will not change and not go away.  The debut of the magazine will be December 1st online and in printed form.  Links to their social media are below.  Nickie comes back on the mic and asks them what the most interesting beverage stories they’ve found so far.  We then move onto some listener questions.

Listener Questions:

Jones Jay (thatjayjones): Every year during SDBW or right after, there is a huge announcement that shakes the town i.e. 2014 Green Flash/ Alpine merger 2015 Ballast. What will be the HUGE announcement this year?

Robert Esparza (mvcbfsd): How do you guys feel about the San Diego craft beer seen has changed since you guys started?

Ian Cheesman (iancheesman): What does Dr. Q’s beard smell like?

Dean (deanriehm): Does the craft beer industry/scene have a diversity problem? It appears awfully white.

In The News!

  • Cosimo Sorrentino departing Monkey Paw.  Sorrentino tendered his resignation last Friday, stating he feels he is in a place in his career where it is time to move on to the next chapter.  He will stay in San Diego until the end of the year.  More on this story at the West Coaster.
  • Mason Ale Works hires new brewmaster.  Mike Rodriguez (Boulevard/Port/Lost Abbey) leaving to pursue brewery in Santa Cruz. Matt Webster (Port/Lost Abbey) will take over for Mike. Jason De La Torre will be promoted at Port/Lost Abbey.  More on this story at the West Coaster.
  • Modern Times to open Leisuretown in Anaheim.  The brewery, food, and entertainment complex will occupy nearly 32,000 square feet at 554 South Anaheim Boulevard, just across the freeway from Disneyland.  More on this story at the 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:

West Coaster:
Facebook: facebook.com/westcoastersd/
Website: www.westcoastersd.com
Twitter: @WestCoasterSD
Instagram: @westcoastersd

San Diego Beverage Times:
Facebook: facebook.com/sdbevtimes/
Website: TBD
Twitter: @sdbevtimes
Instagram: @sdbevtimes

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project!

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Music:

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.

Episode #84: Jill Davidson from Pizza Port & San Diego Brewers Guild

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It’s San Diego Beer Week and we have a special treat for you, a second episode this week!  We are joined by Jill Davidson, she is the Western Regional Sales Manager of Pizza Port and the Interim President of the San Diego Brewers Guild.  We waste no time in getting into it this week when we crack open a can of Ponto SIPA to begin the show.  Be sure to find all your San Diego Beer Week events here and plan your 10 days of awesomeness.

Interview

Like I said above, we do not hesitate to start the show and right away we start talking about how beers in San Diego are generally more expensive than in other parts of the country.  That leads to location, location, location…and Pizza Port has some of the best locations around the county.  We learn that Bressi Ranch is more than just their newest location, it handles a lot of production of their beer and their pizza dough.  Eventually we get to a real question and ask Jill what the San Diego Brewers Guild does as it pertains the the Brewers Association definition of a craft brewery.  Being a theme of this show, we trail off onto some more tangents talking about New Jersey and a few other topics.  Almost on queue I spill a beer while pouring it so I leave to get some towels.  This allows Brian to ask Jill more about the current job layoffs at Stone.  There seems to have been a major fact that was left out of most media outlets when talking about this issue.  Changing topics I bring up a concern about newer breweries expanding too fast and Jill gives her educated opinion on tasting rooms versus outside distribution.  Brian asks Jill more about a brewery that has been expanding extremely fast, Modern Times.

We take a short break and come back to ask Jill about how important having knowledgeable staff at a craft beer bar, pub, or brewery.  Jill allows us to segue into a question many people have, what is the difference between Pizza Port and Port Brewing.  The conversation goes into talking about a few alumni that have made their way out of Pizza Port and gone onto big things.  After opening up the Bine & Vine 5th Anniversary beer from El Segundo Brewing, we give Geoi some love.  Trying to move the conversation back to Jill, I ask her about the challenges of opening a brewery in San Diego.  I ask one last question about if a new brewery has to join the Guild and can you join while not having a brewery.

You can also find out more about Jill and San Diego Beer Week on Episode 93 of Three B Zine.

Listener Question:

Abby Heilbron (skabrewabby): How does Jill maintain that perpetual smile?

In The News!

  • “Dr.” Bill Sysak just announced his intention to open Wild Barrel Brewing Company in San Marcos in Spring 2017.   He has been working on this new project “over the last couple of years.”  A lot more details are found here on this San Diego Union Tribune article.
  • Barrel Harbor to open 2nd location in Miramar centered around gaming:  Located at 8990 Miramar Road, the tasting room is in the center-interior of a commercial center with direct access to Beeramar’s main artery. The space is 6,600-square-feet on the inside, 900 square feet of which is devoted to a rentable, private mezzanine. The public-area is furnished with 15 custom-built tables that are designed specifically for table-top gaming, a unique angle that hasn’t yet been explored by local brewing companies. Looking to open sometime in November.  More on this over at West Coaster.
  • EPPIG Brewing is currently in soft opening and will be open on November 2nd.

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:

Jill Davidson – Pizza Port:
Facebook: facebook.com/Pizza-Port-Brewing-Company-220902498089476/
Website: www.pizzaport.com
Twitter: @PizzaPortBeer
Instagram (Personal): @_jillstagram

San Diego Brewers Guild:
Facebook: facebook.com/SDBrewersGuild/
Website: www.sandiegobrewersguild.org
Twitter: @sdbrewers
Instagram: @sdbrewers

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project!

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Music:

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.