Episode #133: If You’re Not Willing to Smell It, Then I’m Not Willing to Fill It!

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Are you ready for some of the best people in the beer industry?  You see them all the time when you visit your favorite brewery.  They make sure your experience doesn’t suck when you are there.  Of course, we are talking about the beertenders and tasting room managers!  We have a full panel of the “Front of the House” folks who serve you.  We are joined by Marta Swanson from Second Chance Beer Co., Shannon Lynnette from Burning Beard Brewing, Jacob Nikos from Small Bar and Societe Brewing, and Dylan Brown from Alpine Brewing Company.

Interview

First off, sit back and enjoy this show, there are a lot of ways this show goes.  As for the questions we actually ask, we start with the beers they all started with.  From there we wonder how they feel about the retail life and dealing with people.  We also ask what is it they do when someone comes in for the first time.  That morphs into how important it is how a bartender greets people compared to how a beertender greets people.

We take a break and come back in the middle of a joke.  We do get back on topic with a question on how can you correct someone who is talking to their friends but giving incorrect information about the industry.  We get into some of these beertenders’ special customers and how they treat them well.  What about party busses?  Does the Voice of San Diego Podcast Network know what they got when they asked us to join them?  We also get into the conversation of what is the appropriate pick-up window for online beer sales.  I wonder what do they look for when they hire a beertender.

Listener Questions

Andy Newbom – How can we move from asking “Whadda ya want!?” to more “Hi!  Have you had our X or Z before?” aka service rather than order taking.

Josh – What is a polite way to ask about clean draught lines?

ChewYourBeer

  • What’s the worst way of ordering a beer?
  • When I visit a brewery, I always pay cash, I tend to tip every time I order a pint, $1-2 bucks, is this ok, or should I tip at the end?
  • When I get an ”AWESOME” beertender, I tend to tip them personally (this is for you) & let them know they made my experience amazing, is this ok?

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, and Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast!

Where to find our guests:

Second Chance Beer Co.:
FaceBook: facebook.com/secondchancebeercompany/
Instagram: @secondchancebeer
Twitter: @2ndChanceBeerCo
Website: www.secondchancebeer.com

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

Societe Brewing:
FaceBook: facebook.com/societebrewing/
Instagram: @societebrewing
Twitter: @SocieteBrewing
Website: www.societebrewing.com

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

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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Episode #131: The Smörgåsbord show!

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In this week’s show, we are all over the place due to some last minute changes.  We are joined by Rudy Pollorena Jr from Craft Beerd.  We start this Smörgåsbord show with talking about Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.  Drinking a classic beer automatically makes us talk about the current IPA culture in San Deigo and how this pale stands the test of time.  We rant a little about a new Goose Island commercial and the new “four ingredients” Budweiser commercial.  During the rant, therealmatatat texts us and we find out there may a new tap room that has opened up from a brewery in Santa Clara, Golden State Brewery.  If our listeners know anything about them, please let us know.  We then talk more about our collaboration beer with Longship Brewing.  We then get to the news.

  • NEW BREWERY ALERT!  Attitude Brewing Company will be opening in Barrio Logan on 1985 National Avenue (same building as Iron Fist.)  Kurt Bach wanted to open in Portland, but it is more saturated than San Diego per capita.  Also opening Attitude Gourmet Wraps, Burgers and Beers and plans on more locations in the future.  Hopes to open in December.
  • NEW BREWERY ALERT! Northern Pine Brewing located at 326 N Horne St in Oceanside.  From their site – NPB is a brewery built around the passion for quality craft beer, being outdoors, giving back, and sharing what you love with people. They have brewed beer and it is in tanks and stated they are mere weeks away from opening.
  • San Diego Distillery has had a fire.  News reports claim $300k damage and it seems the fire started at or near one of the stills.  We wish Trent and his family some good vibes and we hope to have more information soon.  There is a GoFundMe page here to help.
  • We have a race to see who will be the next brewery to open – Deft and Wild Barrel both have beers in the tank and are about to open – social media suggests that Wild Barrel may open September 30th. They also have a bottle club you can join – $300 gets you 20 bottles!
  • Sore Eye Sudsmas is coming up!  The goal this year will be 5,000 pounds of food.  It will be at Societe again and they will be releasing some really cool specials if the goal is met.  You can RSVP for this event on Facebook and the date is December 9th.  See you all there!

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, 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, Ryan Fowler, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, Scott Schmalbach, Brian Goold, Matt Landes, Cyrus B, Ben, and Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast!

Where to find our guests:

Rudy from CRAFT BEERD:
Website: www.craftbeerd.com/

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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Episode #130: Circle Nine Brewing & TapCraft

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We have a double dose of interviews for you in this episode.  To give you a little behind the scenes on this show, we wanted to interview TapCraft but we wanted a really cool place to do the interview.  When we asked owner Michael Peacock about where to do that show, he suggested one of the breweries where he installed their tap system, Circle Nine Brewing.  We thought it was a great idea, now we can feature not only TapCraft but also the newest brewery in the Kearney Mesa area, Circle Nine.

Interview

We start the interview with Circle Nine.  We are joined by Darren Baker and Andrew Campbell who are both co-owners and brewers.  We wonder where their love of craft beer came and then go into how they plan on differentiating themselves from the rest of the industry.  This leads into a discussion about lagers and how they visited Japan and joined in on a 400-year old festival where they gained some of their notoriety.  Two of Beagle’s loves are construction and the program at SDSU, of course, we ask them how it was building the brewery and how the SDSU program helped them.  From there we ask them what trends they like and do not like, and of course the biggest trend today is the “haze craze.”  We take a short break and come back with Circle Nine to talk about some of their beers.  We end with some side conversations and then come back with TapCraft.

Now with TapCraft, we come back with Michael Peacock and Travis Hudson.  After the break, we are trying to remember who has graduated the SDSU craft beer program and where they are.  Once we are officially back, we wonder where Peacock got his love for craft beer and how he ended up teaching the draft systems class at SDSU.  During this, we find out all the different things that can be put through a draft system, one of them you might not believe it unless you heard it on here.  We get Peacock’s train of thought when he goes to a bar or brewery and then orders a beer.  That turns into a discussion of beer finance and a question for breweries and bars that asks the question of if they know how many pints of beer they are losing to incorrect pouring and too much foam.  Since there was some real world news with a lawsuit pertaining to cleaning a draft system, we do talk about that with Peacock.  You can read about this lawsuit here and here.

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, 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, Ryan Fowler, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, Scott Schmalbach, Brian Goold, Matt Landes, Cyrus B, Ben, and Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast! (Nate, Jeff, & Chris).

Where to find our guests:

Circle Nine Brewing:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/circle9brewing
Instagram: @circle9brewing
Twitter: @circle9brewing
Website: www.circle9brewing.com

TapCraft:
FaceBook: facebook.com/tapcraftsd/
Instagram: @tapcraft_llc
Twitter: @TapCraft_SD
Website: www.tapcraft.net

This episode was recorded at Circle Nine Brewing.

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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.

SD BeerTalk Short: In the News #2!

In the News:

  • Helm’s for sale, looking for $500k which buys everything, including the OB tasting room.
  • We’re doing a collaboration beer with Longship for SD Beer Week!  Once the beer is brewed, we will let you know when to come to Longship and vote for our beer!
  • Little Miss is indeed trying to lease their OB tasting room. It was found that during the permit process that the ABC, SDPD, a State Assembly member, and additional OB residents held private meetings without Little Miss representatives and made the decision that crime had risen (not true) and the cause was an increase of alcohol licenses and decided not to approve LM’s permit.  Sounds like no future tasting will be allowed as well.
    • Joe Lisica left Little Miss. Possibly for not coming on board with the current brewing strategy of LM.
  • Stone Brewing is now a fully national brand, they just entered West Virginia, marking availability in all 50 states.

This episode was recorded at Circle Nine Brewing.

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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 #129: Saturation of Craft Beer in San Diego, Part 2

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The Show

We are so happy to have recorded another panel of industry people to talk about the current saturation (or lack thereof) of craft beer in San Diego.  We are joined by:

Questions asked on the show

  • What are your thoughts on the current saturation of craft beer in San Diego?
  • Do you feel the overall current environment of the industry is a bubble that’s about to burst or a mature industry having a few struggles with its identity?
  • What do you think were the biggest factors to your success or failure?
  • What do you think about the recent boom in tasting rooms?
    • Do you think that is good for the industry in general?
  • Have you been encouraged by “The Rising Tide” of independence being important to consumers?
  • How much impact has “Big Beer” had in securing SKU and shelf space in retail establishments with their last five years of purchasing craft breweries?
    • Why are we not talking about the fact that ABInbev bought five percent of craft beer in the last three years?

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, 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, Ryan Fowler, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, Scott Schmalbach, Brian Goold, Matt Landes, Cyrus B, Ben, and Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast! (Nate, Jeff, & Chris).

Where to find our guests:

Lightning Brewery:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/lightningbrew/
Instagram: @lightning_brewery
Twitter: @lightningbrew
Website: lightningbrewery.webhop.org

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

URGE Gastropub:
FaceBook: facebook.com/UrgeGastropub/
Instagram: @urgegastropub
Twitter: @urgegastropub
Website: www.urgegastropub.com

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

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

This episode was recorded at URGE Gastropub & Common House – San Marcos.

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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.