Episode #92: Thank You Cos!

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The holidays are here and we thought it’s a perfect time to thank one of the nicest and most inspiring brewers in San Diego, Cosimo Sorrentino.  For those who did not hear he is leaving Monkey Paw Brewing and South Park Brew Co.  He has done what he wanted to for San Diego beer and wants to find a new city to go to and foster its beer culture.  So we just wanted to do a show where we say Thank You and wish Cos good luck on his future endeavors.

Interview

We learn that Cos has brewed over 200 recipes since joining Monkey Paw.  Cos talks about what he has done and how Nick Norton and Scott Blair will take over the responsibility of the breweries.  Beagle asks Cos what his favorite beers were to make and drink.  Since Cos will be here until February or so, he has some collaborations coming up.  There is a dinner at O’Brien’s Pub on January 22 and he will be brewing with Tom Nickel.  Next up is most on why Cos is leaving San Diego and what he thinks of the status of the industry is here.

We take a short break to eat some food and come back and talk “hazy” and “juicy” IPAs.  After opening some Societe beer, Cos talks about how he uses them as an example for anyone wanting to start their own brewery.  We also get into the differences in different types of sour beers.  That runs into a talk about how Societe treats their beers and how we go to places with good lines. It’s not guaranteed that the “craft beer bar” you go to actually cleans their lines regularly.  Eventually we are also joined by Jocobo Mendoza and Bill Batten as well.

In The News!

  • On December 1st, Barrio Logan brewery Border X was named the $5000 winner of the Startup Brewery Challenge. The biannual competition is staged by national craft beer website Brewbound.com and Craft Brew Alliance. The competition took place at Mission Bay’s Paradise Point resort during a Brewbound Session. Favela says the cash prize will roll into the brewery’s operating expenses, which includes next month’s upgrade from a three- to ten-barrel brewhouse. The brewery is also investing in bottling runs.  More on the story here.
  • ‘Bad Beer’ Battle Threatens to Pull Apart Boston’s Biggest Craft Brew Chain – Beginning Jan. 1, Craft Beer Cellars (Boston, MA) is being more proactive about defining the brands of beer allowed on their shelves. And the brands of beer that are not. Some CBC franchisees are not happy. There are 28 stores across 13 states in the CBC chain, and 11 more planned. A handful of franchise owners have said they plan to take action to protect their collective interests.  More on the story here.
  • The beer festival scene in San Diego – San Diego Beer Plexus had a lengthy conversation about how the scene has changed.  Both a brewer/owner and a festival organizer weighed in on the topic.  Two main topics, should a brewery donate or sell the beer to a festival AND can a festival make a profit while still donating some proceeds to charity?

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, Eddie Martin, and West Coaster!

Where to find our guests:

Cosimo Sorrentino:
Instagram: @costhebrewer
Twitter: @costhebrewer

Monkey Paw Brewing:
FaceBook: facebook.com/monkeypawbrewing/
Instagram: @monkeypawbrew
Twitter: @monkeypawbrew

South Park Brewing:
FaceBook: facebook.com/southparkbrewco/
Instagram: @southparkbrewco
Twitter: @southparkbrewco

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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Episode #91: Pacific Beach AleHouse

Pacific Beach AleHouse’s Tap List with Chef Eric and Brewer Jonathan.

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From the ashes this podcast comes to life.  Don’t worry, nothing happened to us, but I can’t say the same thing about Pacific Beach AleHouse which had a fire rip through their kitchen in February of 2015.  We’ll touch more on that and other topics with their Head Brewer Jonathan Reilly, their General Manager Johnny Leal, and their Head Chef Eric Leitstein.

Interview

As we said above, we start off talking about the fire.  More importantly we talk about what happened after the fire.  Johnny and Eric talk about the motif of the restaurant and what has changed since the fire.  We want to apologize if you can not eat while you listen to this, Chef Eric starts talking about the food they have.   We also find out that every employee had a job while the restaurant was rebuilding, that’s something we did not focus enough on during the show.  Our burgers show up so we take a break to scarf them down.

Just before we come back from the break some sports-ball watchers are having a ton of fun, that might be a reoccurring theme for the rest of the show.  When we do come back we talk more food, specifically the burgers we both ate.  We talk a little about pairing those burgers with their beers.  How about doing a garlic fries taste-off between PB AleHouse and Gordon Biersch.  We ask Eric more about food and of course fish tacos come in the conversation.  We head back to Jonathan to talk beer as we go through the beers.  We have listed the beers we had below.

Those are:

  • Slomo Saison
  • Law Street Lager
  • 858 Blonde
  • Rockfish Red Ale
  • Grand Ave. IPA
  • Soledad Stout – on CO2, Nitro, and an Oatmeal Coffee version

We take another break and come back with the Oatmeal Coffee version of Soledad Stout.  We then move onto our segments.

In The News!

  • Lightning Brewery up for sale.  Jim Crute opened with the notion that 10-20% of his beer would be sold out of his tasting room, while the rest would be wholesale. In reality it must be the exact opposite.  More about this story here.
    • 5,500 sq.ft.
    • 30 bbl flexible brewhouse.
    • 350 bbls of fermentation space.
    • 140 bbl of brite beer capacity.
    • 22 and 12 fl.oz. bottlers.
    • Furnished tasting room w/ outdoor area.
  • “Office Bud-E”  Do you always want a cooler full of beer at your office and have it automatically order more when it gets empty?  Well then, get your Goose Island, Golden Road, Bud Lite machine today! 180 beers, connects to wifi, and set up by phone app.  Only available in New York City, Los Angeles, & Chicago right now.  Find out more about this product here.
  • Not Really San Diego – Congratulations to Silva Brewing on the soft opening!

 

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, Eddie Martin, and West Coaster!

Where to find our guests:

Pacific Beach AleHouse:
Twitter: @pb_alehouse
Instagram: @pb_alehouse
FaceBook: facebook.com/PacificBeachAleHouse/
Website: www.pbalehouse.com

This episode was recorded at Pacific Beach AleHouse.

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Episode #90: Burgeon Beer Company

The sink in the Men’s bathroom at Burgeon.

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This week are at San Diego’s newest brewery, Burgeon Beer Company.  At least they will be the newest for about a week or two, this is San Diego after all.  This brewery has only been in soft opening for over a week as you listen to this.  The build-out and the tasting room looks amazing, the guys did a great job.  Oh speaking of those guys, we interview the entire crew, the Head Brewer & Co-Founder Anthony Tallman, the President & Co-Founder Matthew Zirpolo, and the Director of Operations & Co-Founder Derek van Leeuwin.

Interview

First thing is that we are very surprised to see how the tasting room came out.  To be honest, we thought we were walking into yet another “hole in the wall” industrial garage type brewery.  This is not anywhere near that, but it did them three years to open up.  We learn some of the troubles they had opening up their brewery which seems to be a lot of many breweries face.  Landlords that don’t want you to change their offices, business plans that span 400 pages, many meetings with investors which don’t always go your way, but eventually it all works out.  We do get more into their brewery history, Anthony talks about his homebrewing history with Derek and how they went from QUAFF to professional.  Anthony did start his professional experience with a few well known places in San Diego, Rough Draft and Backstreet Brewery.

After a break we get back and it was time to get to know Matt a little more.  How did he go from copy machine salesperson to president of a brewery?  That leads into what Derek is there for and how he is the guy they does everything.  Brian then goes into the six beers they have on tap during their opening week.  Those are:

  • Common Cream Ale
  • Sapling Rye Amber Ale
  • Burl Brown Ale
  • Lot 19 Pale Ale
  • Thuja IPA
  • Moo Moo Farm Stout (also on Nitro)

After another break we get into our topics and voicemails!

Listener Questions!

Kristen Mendes (mrs_itsthejor):  What is their specialty?  How many beers do they plan to have on tap?  Favorite hops to use?

Johnny V (cookiethree):  Does the head brewer still home brew?

In The News!

  • Brewers Association release their 2016 Year in Review.  The entire review can be found here.
    • 5,005 breweries (as of 11/30/16)
    • 8% growth overall
    • 33% IPAs
    • 16% export volume growth to 446k barrels
    • 1.2 million homebrewers ($1B spending)
    • 63% choose their beer based on food pairing
  • Wild Barrel Brewing purchased URBN St. system.  The equipment was going to auction, but Dr. Bill decided to directly buy it from URBN and still pay the auction fees.  More found at West Coaster.
  • West Coaster 16 in ’16: Reader’s Choice Poll is out!  VOTE!  Vote for your best San Diego beer bars, breweries, and many other things.  Here is the voting page!

Voicemail!

ChewYourBeer (ChewYourBeer) calls in and gives me some crap about my recent Fresno trip.

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, Eddie Martin, and West Coaster!

Where to find our guests:

Burgeon Beer Company:
Twitter: @burgeonbeer
Instagram: @burgeonbeer
FaceBook: facebook.com/burgeonbeer/
Website: www.burgeonbeer.com

This episode was recorded at Burgeon Beer Company.

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Episode #89: Bolt Brewery

BoltBrewery

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We are at Bolt Brewery!  Bolt could be the first brewery to open up after Prohibition in San Diego County, but you’ll hear that discussion on the show.  Brian is out this week due to illness so we bring in our “Designated Pitcher” Travis Hudson, also known as craftbeerluv619.  We are lucky to get both the owner Clint Stromberg and the head brewer Chris Angel.  Are you ready for this episode?  Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Interview

We start where we normally start, the history of the brewery.  However like we said before this brewery has quite the history compared to the other 100+ breweries that have started up in the last five years.  After learning a little bit about the history of the brewery we then go into Clint and Chris and how they found each other.  We find that Chris is like most brewers, he has to wear multiple hats and do many jobs around the brewery.  We move the topic to their tasting room in Little Italy and why they decided to open a satellite tasting room so soon after opening the La Mesa brewery.  So soon after opening Little Italy it is going through its own transition with the kitchen.

After a break we start talking about their trivia night.  After a small tangent we get back to technical details about their brewhouse.  We find out how they transport their beer from one location not the other and get an exclusive on a new toy they are excited to get to help with that distribution.  We discuss their tasting room in La Mesa and how one certain days it would be a good idea to buy some merch from them like sweaters and hats.  Is Bolt Brewery affected with the Chargers?  What the heck is Dan Stouts?  Is it their most popular beer?

We take another break to fill some glasses and come back with some beers Travis and I brought.  This is also where the show starts to get a little random and disjointed.  You’ve been warned again.  Anyway, once we stop drooling over the beer Travis brought we do get into how is their La Mesa brewery doing since it is in East County where it seems to be the place breweries go to die.  We get into the news and open up the Beachwood Brewing Invasive Species.

In The News!

  • Valley Center Brewery has closed.  Valley Center Brewery joins the 2016 class of beer-manufacturer closures that includes Pacific Brewing Company (coming back), Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits and URBN St. Brewing Company.  More information found at West Coaster.
  • Iron Fist is growing (even more!)  Friend of the show & co-owner Eve told West Coaster that they have new investors, Wayne and Cindy Seltzer, they are investors in the Padres and have previous food-and-beverage knowledge.
  • Pure Project is having their first beer can release!  They are releasing our first run of cans on December 9th!  They will be releasing 2 IPA’s, a single and a double.  You can find all the information 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:

Bolt Brewery:
Twitter: @boltbrewery
Instagram: @boltbrewery
FaceBook: facebook.com/boltbrewery/
Website: www.boltbrewery.com

This episode was recorded at Bolt Brewery.

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