Episode #160: 2018 Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival


We are back at the Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival, an annual podcasting tradition.  Like most of the festivals run by PushPins Media, it was really laid back and flowed really well.  As with previous festivals, we were given the VIP time to go around and try the beers, spirits, and food that was being served.  Once General Admission came in, it was time to get to work!  We do want to warn you, at times this show is drunk and pointless.  Enjoy the show!

In the News

Tyson Blake – Chef and General Manager of O’Brien’s Pub

Just as we were getting into the news, Tyson from O’Brien’s Pub pops in.  We decided to drop the rest of the news (which we talked about in Episode 159 anyway) and get to the guest.  We wonder what dish he brought to hopefully go back-to-back with the best plate at the festival.  There is a beer dinner on May 20th with Second Chance Beer Co.  Tickets can be bought at the pub only.  Hint: There is a beer dinner with Eppig Brewing too on April 22nd, we are not sure if there are tickets left though.

O’Brien’s Pub:
Twitter: @OBriensPubSD
Instagram: @obrienspubsd
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/obrienspubsd/
Website: www.obrienspub.net

Tyler Tucker – Head Brewer of Bitter Brothers Brewing

Tyler joins us to talk about how it was to be hired right before their second anniversary.  We wonder if Bitter Brothers is really a family atmosphere.  How did they treat him with their current lineup if beers?  We then delve into the Green Flash news, from a few weeks ago, but what is interesting is we start wondering who will take over the Cellar 3 location.  We finish it up with some future events for Bitter Brothers.

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

Alex Van Horne – Owner and Head Brewer of Intergalactic Brewing & Larry Monasakanian – Sales Guru of Fall Brewing & Aaron Mayer of What’s on Draft

The next guests on the show are Alex from Intergalactic and Larry from Fall.  We ask Alex how his Grand Reopening was and how he was able to stay afloat instead of selling the brewery.  After drinking some beers from our own coolers, Aaron Mayer from What’s on Draft joins us.  Most of this segment is talking about the beers we open up.

Intergalactic Brewing:
Twitter: @GalacticBrew
Instagram: @galacticbrew
FaceBook: facebook.com/IntergalacticBrew/
Website: www.intergalacticbrew.com

Fall Brewing:
Twitter: @fallbrewing
Instagram: @fallbrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/fallbrewing/
Website: www.fallbrewing.com/

What’s On Draft?:
Twitter: @whatsondrafttv
Instagram: @whatsondraft
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/whatsondraft/
Vimeo: vimeo.com/whatsondraft

Abraham and Jesus – Creative Creature Brewing & Zach – Pariah Brewing 

I swear we have a schedule of people that are supposed to come on the show during festivals like this.  We jump right in with the guys from Creative Creature Brewing and talk about where they are opening and when.  We get our scheduled guest on to talk about Pariah Brewing and their latest release, Mamba Mode.  We wonder how they clean the draft lines.  We get into some future events for Pariah.  Immediately we switch over to our next guest.

Creative Creature Brewing:
Instagram: @creativecreaturebrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/creativecreaturebrewing/
Website: www.creativecreaturebrewing.com

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

Dylan Brown – Alpine Beer Co. & Rudy – Craft Beerd

We try to interview Dylan, but hilarity ensues.  Eventually, we do finally talk to Dylan and since this was before the foreclosure, we talk about it as a good thing for San Diego.  We ask Dylan about what else is going on at Alpine.  It seems to be a trend of this show, we are joined out of the blue by Rudy Pollorena Jr. of Craft Beerd.

Alpine Beer Company:
Twitter: @AlpineBeerCo
Instagram: @AlpineBeerCo
Facebook: facebook.com/alpinebeercompany/
Website: www.alpinebeerco.com

Craft Beerd:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/craftbeerd/
Instagram: @craftbeerdart
Website: www.craftbeerd.com/

Karen Barnett – Owner of Small Bar

We come back with a first-time guest of the show.  Brian is a frequent customer of Small Bar and has a lot of questions for Karen.  Most of the questions are about her food options, including Steak Night.  Esthela asks how the beer list is chosen.  We can’t have Karen on the show without having her talk about her stance on the number of tasting rooms and bars around town.  Specifically, she talks mostly about Normal Heights and North Park, but it isn’t the only spot in San Diego that is packed with beer spots.

Small Bar:
Twitter: @smallbarsd
Instagram: @smallbarsd
Facebook: facebook.com/smallbarsd/
Website: www.smallbarsd.com

Michela Potenza – Brewer of Hoppy People

A special bonus interview is Michela who is a brewer from Hoppy People in Switzerland.  She happened to be in town attending the festival.  We ask her how much she brews and how the culture is out in Switzerland.  We were very happy to have her on the show to get a perspective on another region of the world.

Hoppy People:
Facebook: facebook.com/Hoppy-People-585183538250886/
Website: www.hoppypeople.com

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Tony Bagz, Tom Keliinoi, Ryan DeBusk, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, 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, Christa Mitchell, Johnny Rivera, Theresa Lopez, Tyler Ferguson, and NEW! Queso!

This episode was recorded live at Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival.

Where to find our new host:

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

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