Episode 148: Wild Barrel Brewing with Dr. Bill Sysak

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We have a returning guest, now at a new brewery. We welcome Dr. Bill Sysak back on the show.  The last time we had Dr. Bill on the show, he was with Stone Brewing and he was on to talk about the SDSU Business of Craft Beer program.  Since then Bill has left Stone and started up Wild Barrel Brewing along with his head brewer Bill Sobieski, business partner Chis White, and another silent business partner.

Interview

We will be drinking through the entire lineup of beers, so get out your notepads if you haven’t made it up to Wild Barrel yet.  While we are drinking his beers, we do talk a little about what the beers at Wild Barrel are meant to be and what purpose they serve to consumers.  We then get into the Nitro beer talk, is it something good or bad for the beer?  Even though Dr. Bill has been on the show before, we still wanted to hear what his history was with craft beer.  When we get to their hazy IPA, of course, we have to talk about the haze craze.  We continue the conversation with their other IPAs and find the different styles they do for all the different palate out there.

After a break, we come back with more beers.  We are drinking their San Diego Vice series of beers.  We talk a lot about the base beer vs. the fruited varients.  At some point, there is a break in the beers getting to the table, so we move into the equipment that Wild Barrel purchased.  We get more beer and then Brian wonders how Dr. Bill “started the bottle share.”  We continue with the Vice beers and get into a conversation about how well or poorly breweries add adjuncts into their beers.  We get into the homestretch and drink their stouts.  Before the news, we get into their statistics of the brewhouse.  We also open up some listener beers.

In the News

  • The Brewers Association announced that founder and past president Charlie Papazian will exit the BA on January 23, 2019.  That day is also his 70th birthday and will mark 40 years building the craft brewing community.  Find more here.
  • Booze Brothers Brewing to debut Owl Farm brand.  Owl Farm is a project that has been in the works for the past two years and offers a constantly rotating line of fermented beverages that are less traditional than the beers sold under the Booze Brothers name.
    • Peachy Monkey – 6.4% – Peach Brett Ale
    • Gin Gose – 4.5% – Gin inspired Gose (berries, coriander, lemon peel & dill)
    • Blackberry Cruiser – 5.6% – Blackberry Lemon Ale
  • Future brewery alert!  KO Underground is located at 1320 Fifth Avenue – the restaurant and bar are currently open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 PM – 10 PM, and Sundays from 12 PM – 5 PM.  They’re installing a 7bbl brewhouse with one 7bbl fermenter, and one 7bbl bright tank that will be used by owner/head brewer Erick Villar to produce rustic Saisons and varieties of hoppy ales. Grand opening when the beer is ready.
  • New Cidery Alert! Bivouac Ciderworks becomes the first cidery in North Park! Located at 3986 30th Street they will focus on dryer ciders and also offer food and cocktails.
  • We will talk more about the water issues caused by Constellation Brands in Mexicali and the opening of Ballast Point in Disney Land next week.

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Tony Bagz, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, Scott Schmalbach, Brian Goold, Matt Landes, Cyrus B, Ben, Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast, Rock Out Scholarship Fund (Shawn Coady), Gwynntelligence (Padres Jagoff), Carlos Lee, Liz Bauer, James Ramsay, and NEW! Christa Mitchell.

This episode was recorded live at Wild Barrel Brewing.

Where to find our new host:

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Wild Barrel Brewing:
Twitter: @WildBarrelBrew
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Website: www.wildbarrelbrewing.com

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Episode 147: Thunderhawk Alements

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In Episode 147, we are joined by Bill Lindsay & Jonathan Barbarin from Thunderhawk Alements.  This fairly unknown brewery is inside the Miralani Makers District which includes three other breweries, two wineries, sake, mead, cider, food, coffee, and possibly spirits soon.  Also called Beeralani, this stretch of Miramar has a lot for craft enthusiasts to try.

Interview

We first wonder what is Thunderhawk’s ethos as a brewery.  That easily leads to Bill and Jon’s background in homebrewing.  We sidetrack a little bit into if you should use bad beer in cooking, save it by aging it, or just toss it.  Then realize our glasses are empty.

After a short break, we come back to Beagle talking about how many breweries there are and Jon discusses how that number led them to open how they did.  We eventually ask another question and wonder what the statistics are of the brewhouse.  We find out that one of the versions they have of their Saison is one that includes pine needles.  We talk more about their other beers and find out which ones are popular and which style of beer they did not have on tap when they opened.  Greg wonders if the market segment they had in their business plan is what came true.  The conversation morphs into talking about crowlers.

We take another break and come back with a challenge from Jon.  He will serve us a Smoked Coconut Porter that both Greg and Beagle are skeptical about.  In the meantime, we have a social media question and then get into the news.

Social Media Question

  • jsaunders44 – Which bars or parts of town will I start seeing their beers on tap? Or they going the retail/cans distribution route first? This beer is so muy Bueno! Especially #electricyouth & #nightpiercer

In the News

  • Green Flash laying off more employees and restructuring their distribution. 15% of the workforce will be let go. Distribution will drop from some states too.  More information here at West Coaster.
  • Embarcadero Brewing National City’s first brewery?  No ordinances yet so they are having to create them.  Once they get the licenses, they plan is to contract brew at Bay Bridge Brewing, initially packaging exclusively in kegs with a plan to start bottling soon after.
  • The Bell Marker will open in the old San Diego Beer Co. location downtown.  Estimating January 22 and their brewer is Noah Regnery from Pizza Port San Clemente.  Artisanal Brewers Collective owns it as well as other LA spots. Tony Yanow is part of ABC, he is from Golden Road.

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Tony Bagz, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, Scott Schmalbach, Brian Goold, Matt Landes, Cyrus B, Ben, Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast, Rock Out Scholarship Fund (Shawn Coady), Gwynntelligence (Padres Jagoff), Carlos Lee, Liz Bauer, James Ramsay, and NEW! Christa Mitchell.

This episode was recorded live at Thunderhawk Alements.

Where to find our new host:

Esthela Davila:
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Thunderhawk Alements:
Twitter: @Thunderhawkbeer
Instagram: @thunderhawkalements
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Website: www.thunderhawkbeer.com

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Episode 146: Alpine Beer Co. Tasting Room Live Show

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We are back with our second live show in two weeks.  This time we make the trek over to the Alpine Beer Co. tasting room and are joined by Shawn McIlhenney and Dylan Brown.  We are very appreciative of the fans that came out during a day and night where San Diego actually had weather.  The drive to Alpine is not one that is easily made when rain is pouring down on you.

Interview

Since we have been out to Alpine before, we skip all the introductory questions and get straight to what beers are currently flowing and which one are being brewed.   Beagle has a nagging question about a rumor he’s bee hearing about from the industry.  Assuming they are not pulling our leg, this rumor confirmation should make a lot of people happy.  We wonder if much has changed in the last year since our last show.  That leads to a talk about the history of the tasting room and the brewery as there is a lot of history inside those walls.  Beagle then asks about how they came to be a brewery that utilizes the number of hops they do, but not one that focuses on IBUs and bitterness.  We delve into the Green Flash purchase and how that looks like from the inside another year later.  Beagle wants to get into a few of the special releases but we decide to take a break in between.

After the break, where we enjoyed some Duet cupcakes from Esthela and continue the talk about the rare beers Alpine produces.  We find that not all the special release come out well, depending on how long the beer is aged.  Esthela asks if Alpine has any collaborations coming up.  The conversation moves into the current state of the industry and they feel Alpine is safe from any major changes.  Somehow we find out that Helm’s was purchased by someone, but that someone is mainly going to be producing weed soda.  We wrap the show up with some future events at Alpine and the news, including a very important message about the creation of CANCER FIGHTER.

In the News

  • Bitter Brothers 2nd Anniversary will be two days long.
    • January 20th – Backlot BBQ
    • January 21 – Family Dinner pairing – $75
      • Kyle Weigand, The Lodge at Torrey Pines
      • Davin Waite, The Wrench & Rodent
      • Tyson Blake, O’Brien’s Pub
      • Miguel Valdez, The Red Door
      • Elizabeth Olson, Born & Raised & Ironside
    • Bottles of 2017 & 2018 Little Sister (BA Russian Imperial Stout) available for pre-purchase
  • Congratulations to Paul Sangster of Rip Current, he is the new president of the SD Brewers Guild!
  • Setting Sun Sake has a comic book!  It is drawn by Kyler Suchey and can be bought as a package with a bottle of their Bock Sake.
  • We have a sponsor!
  • Rouleur just released CANCER FIGHTER with Brian Trout and Miguel Loza.  Since it was released on January 13th, you can go grab a pint or two now and help Sarah Loza with her fight with cancer.

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Tony Bagz, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, Scott Schmalbach, Brian Goold, Matt Landes, Cyrus B, Ben, Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast, Rock Out Scholarship Fund (Shawn Coady), Gwynntelligence (Padres Jagoff), Carlos Lee, Liz Bauer, James Ramsay, and NEW! Christa Mitchell.

This episode was recorded live at Alpine Beer Co. tasting room.

Where to find our new host:

Esthela Davila:
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FaceBook: facebook.com/estheladavila/

Where to find our guests:

Alpine Beer Co.:
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Instagram: @alpinebeerco
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Website: www.alpinebeerco.com

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Episode 145: Pariah Brewing

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It’s 2018 and we are back with a something new and exciting!  Before we get to our guest, we wanted to give a very warm welcome to our new co-host, Esthela Davila!  Esthela is a craft beer enthusiast who not only has a love for everything craft beer but also has been working with PushPins Media which holds the Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival and San Diego Bacon Fest.  Esthela has been on the show here and there as a fan, but we realized she would be a great addition to the team.  We hope she will bring a different perspective to the show, basically a non-white, bearded guy perspective.  Back to our guest, we are recording at Pariah Brewing and have Brian Mitchell on to see what this year has been like since opening.

Interview

Mitchell dives into his favorite beers he’s brewed this year and why is it his beers are different from everyone else.  After a discussion about those beers, we wonder what the future looks like for Pariah and being in the Igniter program.  We take a detour when Liz from Hopsbauer brings a fresh Dopeur from Rouleur Brewing.  We then ask what the customers think of his beers.

After a short break, we find out more about the two LA Lakers beers Pariah has on tap now.  If you have been to Pariah, you’ve noticed the specialized glassware.  Is it worth it to serve the beers in those glasses?  Our newest host brings out a new, unreleased beer from Stone,  Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure Double IPA.  We then get into some tougher questions and wonder how breweries can survive in San Diego when in 2017 there were eight closures, the most in a long time.  We finish up the interview with Pariah’s plans for an anniversary party.

In the News

  • Burgeon 1st Anniversary
    • January 20 – $40 – Ani. Glass, 8 food pairings, 12 4oz. Pours, Raffle
    • Food: Scugnizzi Pizza – El Cevichito – Screamin Petes BBQ – Yummy Cupcakes
  • Pure 2nd Anniversary
    • January 27 – $10 – 2nd Anniversary Teku Glass, Raffle
    • Pay for pours
  • Mikkeller SD new tasting room in Little Italy – Probably at 2021 India St. One block away from Bolt.
  • Silva Brewing signing with Stone Distribution for Central Coast south of SLO.
  • Greg was right! Just wrong about the year, 2 out of town craft breweries will be opening facilities in SD in ‘18 – Melvin and Cismontane.
    • Melvin will be opening a brewpub in downtown and has signed a letter of intent for a 5,500 sq. ft. space in downtown San Diego with the hope of opening a 7- or 10-barrel brewery there next summer.
    • Cismontane is opening Kno (pronounced “new”) Beverage House in Escondido. Located at 239 East Valley Parkway, it will feature an unknown size brewhouse with experimentation and collaboration being the focus. They hope to open in February.
  • Closures
    • Kuracali Beer & Sake Brewery – December 23rd
    • SpecHops Brewing Company – December 31st
    • Oceanside Ale Works – January 6th

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Tony Bagz, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, Scott Schmalbach, Brian Goold, Matt Landes, Cyrus B, Ben, Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast, Rock Out Scholarship Fund (Shawn Coady), Gwynntelligence (Padres Jagoff), Carlos Lee, Liz Bauer, and James Ramsay.

This episode was recorded live at Pariah Brewing.

Where to find our new host:

Esthela Davila:
Instagram: @edavila28
FaceBook: facebook.com/estheladavila/

Where to find our guests:

Pariah Brewing Co.:
Twitter: @pariahbrewingco
Instagram: @pariahbrewingco
FaceBook: facebook.com/pariahbrewingco/
Website: www.pariahbrewingco.com

Support Us!

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We have a Patreon Page!

Pledge $1 or give more, either way, we love our listeners.  We hope we provide some value in your life so you can provide some value in ours.  Value for Value model. Look at the various rewards for even more value we can give our best fans!

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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 newest album Black Tropics and new song Rowdy.

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.