Episode #122: Beer with Pleasant Strangers, Growler Hour, and Friends!

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We gather a bunch of old and new friends on this episode.  We welcome long-time guests (and co-hosts) Ryan DeBusk and Travis Hudson on the show.  Adding to the craziness that is this show, we also have new guests Chris Vascellaro, Matt, and Alex Mortensen from Growler Hour and Joel Manahan from Beer with Pleasant Strangers podcast.  We start with drinking the 40oz. to Freedom Mexican Lager from Alesmith in collaboration with Sublime.  Eventually, after some heavy beers, we get into our topics for the night.  Be warned that we do side track during all of these topics.  After the topics, we get into our news segment.

Topics

  • Bottle Logic Fundamental Observation Batch 3 release going into a conversation about general can or bottle releases.  Are lines getting too crazy and are they worth it?
  • Beer as a “status symbol.”  Are people only buying the beer to post on social media and really don’t care about the beer?
  • From listener Johnny:  “More skateboard talk please or taco shop talk for #TacoTuesday”

In the News!

  • New Brewery Alert!Deft Brewing (5328 Banks Street, Suite A, Bay Park), a 1950s gable-roofed former fishing-boat factory in a cul-de-sac a block off Morena Boulevard, Linda Vista and Friars Road.  Owners Morris and Robin Nuspl, Morris will be head brewer with Mike Finn as assistant brewer.  Two barrel brewhouse to start and building up to 10-bbl eventually.  On track to open around Labor Day.
  • Thr3e Punk Ales (259 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista) brewery and tasting room will finally be open August 6th!
  • Alta Brewing (1983 Julian Avenue, Barrio Logan) should be opening by early August in Barrio Logan. Brent Stampf will be head brewer, comes from Green Flash, Stone, and La Jolla Brewing.  Classic IPA styles will be brewed like the ones he brewed before.

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, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Ryan Fowler, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, and Scott Schmalbach!

Where to find our guests:

Ryan DeBusk:
Instagram: @rdebusk

Travis Hudson:
Twitter: @IndieBeerLuv619
Instagram: @indiebeerluv619

Growler Hour:
Twitter: @growlerhour
Instagram: @growlerhour
FaceBook: facebook.com/GrowlrHour/
Website: www.growler-hour.com

Beer with Pleasant Strangers:
Twitter: @beerwps
Instagram: @beerwithpleasantstrangers
Website: www.beerwithpleasantstrangers.com

This episode was recorded live at Benchmark Brewing.

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Episode #121: Benchmark Brewing

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No anniversary party, no podcast collab, and no recorded presentation, this podcast is back to our roots as we interview Rachael and Matt Akin from Benchmark Brewing.  We get into their ethos of “Beer Flavored Beer” and how they stay the course in this hazy world.

Interview

Per usual, we ask them about their beer that got them into the craft.  From there we easily move into how they feel they are different from the rest of the 140 breweries in San Diego.  To be fair to them, they were brewery 71 when they opened, however, their “Beer Flavored Beer” mantra is the same driving force when they opened as it is today.  That, of course, leads into a talk about hazy beers and how Matt hates beer lines.  We talk about a seasonable beer that is on tap right now that you should go and buy right now.  It even comes in cans!  We delve into what sells well and what trends they see in the industry.

After a short break, we come back to some pre-roll.  Everyone is joking about what seemed to be a complete hoax with a new brewery opening up in Napa Valley.  In actuality, this brewery will exist and not a hoax, that brewery will be Barrels and Sons Brewery, aka Sons Beer.  If you want to read the article everyone is referencing, read it here.  After the fun, we get into the statistics of Benchmark and find out some cool news about their distribution and their new tasting room.  “The logo” does come up in the conversation.  We then move into some listener beers and the news topics.

In the News!

  • Coronado buys a majority stake in Monkey Paw.  With the addition of CBC building the Imperial Beach location, a small kitchen in Knoxville, and SouthNorte coming soon, this is another part of a growing brand.  Gets MP beers out to a much bigger audience.  And yes, they are still independent as long as CBC does not sell out.
  • ChuckAlek will see their collaboration beer with Samuel Adams released in the Brewing the American Dream Collaboration Pack. It’ll be a 12-pack featured five breweries who won the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program.
    • ThreeNinety BockRoc Brewing Co. (Rochester, NY)
    • Desert KaleidoscopeBosque Brewing (Albuquerque, NM)
    • Time Hop Porter – ChuckAlek Independent Brewers (Ramona, CA)
    • Boston Tea Party SaisonWoods Beer Co. (San Francisco, CA)
    • Oats McGoatsBrewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge, CO)
    • And…Boston Lager
  • Mother Earth Brewing Co. expanding their Nampa production facility to help with infrastructure and “fermentation improvements” as well as the expansion of the brewery’s packaging areas.  Hired Luis Lapostol as Lead Brewer (SLO Brewing) in Vista. Expanding distribution to Brazil, Georgia, Rhode Island.  And full coverage now in Oregon and Utah.
  • New Brewery Alert! Viewpoint Brewing Company in Del Mar is finally open! Located at 2201 San Dieguito Dr, Del Mar, CA 92014 – Del Mar’s first brewery offers food, 5 beers brewed on-site (so far), and wine.
  • Green Flash Homebrew Contest – More information and tickets ($25) can be purchased here.
  • Sore Eye Cup party – Will be August 5th at Noon at Quad Alehouse! Come down and have some beer and see who wins the cup!  Then after this party, you can go to…
  • SD BeerTalk Anniversary Party  – To be held at Half Door from 3-6PM.  More details to come.

Win a Hessfest 7 VIP Ticket!

  • Winner is…Eric Zuazo!  Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and you should have received an email with our thanks.  If anyone is looking to buy tickets to HessFest, please email us and we have a promo code for you.

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, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Ryan Fowler, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, and Scott Schmalbach!

Where to find our guests:

Benchmark Brewing:
Twitter: @BenchmarkBrew
Instagram: @benchmarkbrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/Benchmarkbrewing/
Website: www.benchmarkbrewing.com

This episode was recorded live at Benchmark Brewing.

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Episode #120: Mapping the Hop Genome

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This episode is very different from any other show we have done.  We were lucky enough to be invited to a presentation about mapping the genome of hops.  This presentation was held in collaboration between Pacific Biosciences of California, the USDA, Oregon State University, and Sierra Nevada Brewing.  The presentations you will hear are from John Henning (USDA) and Dr. David Hendrix (Oregon State University.)

Here are some interesting websites you can reference:

In The News

  • Modern Times is now 30% employee owned and is now in an ESOP.  Hoping to be 100% employee owned as fast as possible.  Read more about the program here.
  • On that note, Modern Times is looking for people to come to an Encinitas City Council Meeting to help them get approved for their new tasting room.
    • Date: Thursday, July 20th
    • Place: Council Chambers, Civic Center, 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024
    • Time: 6 PM
  • Upcoming brewery alert! Circle 9 Brewing slated to open in late July/early August -7292 Opportunity Road, Kearny Mesa.
  • New Brewery Alert! Escondido Brewing Company – 649 Rock Springs Road, Escondido – one-and-a-half barrel – Fridays 4 to 8 PM Saturdays from 2 to 8 PM.
  • Not Ironfire, Hess Brewing is teaming up with City Tacos to bring you a unique location in Imperial Beach. Just steps from the pier, hoping to be open in early ’18.  Story found here.
  • Official San Diego beer is “72 and hoppy” and will be brewed by Beer from Bay City with help from San Diego Tourism Authority.  Story found here.

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, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Ryan Fowler, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, and Scott Schmalbach!

This episode was recorded live at Loft 94 at Hollywood Casino and at The Brew Project.

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Episode #119: Super Mega Pod Part 1 with Three B Zine

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Are ou ready for the Super Mega Pod?  We are joined by the guys from Three B Zine so we can start this collaboration podcast on our show and then move over to their show on Part 2.  We are joined by Cody Thompson and Tom Prichard from 3B as well as Travis Hudson, who has been on both shows many times as a guest or co-host.  Our part of the show is very similar to a normal show, but this time Beagle creates a game for us to play.  The games continue on Part 2 of this collab show, check it out over at Three B Zine!

Interview

Since we did not want to change the show too much, we ask the standard podcast question when it comes to beer podcasts, what beer got you started in the craft.  We then want to know how Three B Zine started.  We also wonder how Tom got onto the show and how he started his blog.  We then ask what advice would give someone wanting to start a new blog, podcast, or video series on independent beer.  We open a few beers and we get into what is the best burger in San Diego.  We end with a game!

Before, In-Between, or After

Three B Zine posted their first show on July 11th, 2013 and SD BeerTalk posted ours on August 5th, 2014.  Did these following breweries open up before, in-between, or after the postings our first shows?

  • Karl Strauss Brewing (for example)
  • Pariah Brewing (another example)
  • La Jolla Brewing
  • 2kids Brewing
  • Abnormal Beer
  • Alesmith Brewing – Miramar (new)
  • Amplified Ale Works – Pacific Beach
  • Border X Brewing
  • Arcana Brewing
  • Bay City Brewing
  • Benchmark Brewing
  • Modern Times Beer
  • Wavelength Brewing
  • BNS Brewing
  • Bolt Brewery
  • Mike Hess Brewing – North Park
  • Booze Brothers Brewing
  • Toolbox Brewing
  • Chuck Alek Independent Brewers
  • Culture Brewing
  • Council Brewing
  • Division 23 Brewing
  • Dos Desperados Brewery
  • Fall Brewing
  • Fallbrook Brewing
  • Groundswell Brewing
  • Helms Brewing
  • Karl Strauss Brewing – 4S Ranch
  • Legacy Brewing
  • O’Sullivan Brothers Brewing
  • Pizza Port Brewing – Bressi Ranch
  • Quantum Brewing
  • Stone Brewing – Liberty Station

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, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Ryan Fowler, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, and John Allegretti!

Where to find our guests:

Cody Thompson:
Twitter: @ThreeBZine
Instagram: @threebzine_podcast
FaceBook: facebook.com/ThreeBZine/
Website: www.threebzine.com

Tom Pritchard:
Twitter: @hoptologysd
Instagram: @hoptologysd
FaceBook: facebook.com/HOPTOLOGYSD-452920484718488/
Website: www.hoptologysd.com

Travis Hudson:
Twitter: @IndieBeerLuv619
Instagram: @indiebeerluv619

This episode was recorded live at The Brew Project.

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Episode #118: Longship Brewery’s 1st Anniversary

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We have another anniversary show, that’s two in a row!  Last week we got the opportunity to celebrate with Societe and this week we were invited to help celebrate a newer brewery, Longship Brewery.  We are joined by their owner and head brewer Dan Jachimowicz, the tasting room manager and event coordinator Ryan Celeste, and assistant brewer Chuck Nation.  Due to the nature of the party, where all three of these guys had to make sure their patrons were being served, we started with the first news topic and then interviewed Dan.  We ended up doing the rest of the news in between the other interviews.

In the News!

  • Ebullition Brew Works is now open.  It is located at 2449 Cades Way Suite D, Vista, CA 92081.
  • The BA launched a new seal to support independent breweries.
    • Logo (and idea) was a year in development
    • As of the recording, there are 883 breweries signed up (approx. 17%)
    • Nominal fee is not enforced right now, could be in the future
    • “Six viewpoints” video and op-ed in Chicago Tribune
      • Brands featured in the video: Elysian, Wicked Weed, 10 Barrel, Four Peaks, The High End, Devils Backbone
  • From the UT – The Lemon Grove City Council has hopped on board with other cities across the county, unanimously agreeing to change its zoning laws to allow alcoholic beverage manufacturing in certain areas of the city. A zone change would mean Lemon Grove will allow breweries, wineries, distilleries, brewpubs and wine bars in certain industrial and commercial zones. A final vote will be on July 18th.
  • Ironfire is opening up two tasting rooms, one in Temecula’s “Old Town” and one in SD, most likely Imperial Beach. No address for the San Diego location yet.  Story from the West Coaster.

Interview

Dan joins us and talks about his start in craft beer.  We ask him why he chose to theme the brewery around Vikings.  Dan then delves into some of his most popular beers.  That conversation goes directly into how craft beer drinkers like everything new and shiny and Dan talk about how they try to please every type of drinker.  Dan ends the conversation with a very heartfelt, emotional statement about his patrons and what they mean to him.

After a break and some more news, we are joined by Ryan.  Ryan talks about the tasting room and if dogs and kids are allowed.  Beagle runs down the beer list and asks Ryan to explain the beers and explain what each one is.  Since Ryan is also the events coordinator, Ryan goes into some future event and goals they want to do now that the first year is in the past.  I wonder what is something Ryan thought he was comfortable with before working for Longship but then realized he knew nothing about.

After another break, we come back to finish up the news segment.  Just as we are closing down the show, our last guest Chuck shows up.  We ask Chuck how he got started with Longship and what he does for Longship.  We ask him about some of the beers he’s brewed at Longship as well.  Beagle wants to know what Chuck drinks when he’s had a long day and what he will drink for this hot summer.  We also wonder what differences he has found brewing on a professional system.  We end the show with what Chuck would tell a non-craft beer drinker to get them into craft beer.

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, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Ryan Fowler, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, and John Allegretti!

Where to find our guests:

Longship Brewery:
Twitter: @longshipbrewery
Instagram: @longshipbrewery
FaceBook: facebook.com/LongshipBrewery/
Website: www.longshipbrewery.com

This episode was recorded live at Longship Brewery.

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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.