Episode #32: Regents Pizzeria

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I was going to release Part 2 of Episode 30 this week.  However, I will be up in Fresno this week recording with The Perfect Pour podcast so Part 2 of the beer snobbery show will fill that void next week.  Enough about that, let’s get back to our current guest, Regents Pizzeria.

Interview:

This episode is full of food and beer talk.  We start the first half of the show by talking mainly with Bill Vivian, co-owner of Regents.  We talk about the food, which not only includes pizza, but also hot wings and some really good pork belly bites.  We do start talking about their pizza, they do both Chicago- and New York-style pizzas.  I mean come on their motto is: “Eat More Pizza, Drink More Beer, Be More Happy”.  Bill talks about where they learned to make those pizzas.  Like I said, they also do hot wings.  Brian, who loves his spicy foods, takes on the for the team and does the entire lineup of Regents’ hot wings:

  • BBQ
  • Buffalo
  • Jalapeño – 8,000 Scoville units
  • Habanero – 350,000 Scoville units
  • Ghost Peppers – 1,000,000 Scoville units
  • Scorpion – 2,000,000 Scoville units

We then talk to Cary Reutter about their craft beer program.  We talk about their “Ferrari” beer system and how they keep it running to serve the best beer.  Cary talks about their “Home Tabs”.  We discuss their cask nights and their Tap That Cask nights.  Regents also have a Dr. Bill inspired bottle list.  Those bottles will be beer that is generally older and aged well.  We mention some events going on at Regents, one being Halloween costume party with Societe and events during San Diego Beer Week.

We then dive into the beers that got both Cary and Bill into craft beer.  And we almost forgot to ask Cary about whether or not they will continue to buy Saint Archer and Lagunitas beer after the buyouts.

Regents Pizzeria:
Twitter: @RegentsPizza
Instagram: @RegentsPizzeria
Facebook: Regents Pizzeria

In The News:

AleSmith Reforged XX and Council Imperial Beatitude go on sale last week on Brown Paper Tickets.  Contrary to what was said on the podcast, the Council Imperial Beatitude is still on sale.  The Alesmith Reforged was on sale until their party.  You may want to see if you can buy it at the Alesmith tasting room.

Stone’s Pour it Black Festival will be on October 18th.

New Segment:  What’s Tappening!

We talk about the beers we have drunk by looking at our Untappd feed.  A small shout-out to Chill Puck, a container you put in the freezer and then attach to your canned beer to keep the beer cold.

 

This episode was recorded at Regents Pizzeria.

Music:

All music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!

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.

Episode 31: SD BeerTalk 1st Anniversary Party

SD BeerTalk's Anniversary Collaboration Berliner Weisse - Pomegranate, Watermelon, Passion Fruit

SD BeerTalk’s Anniversary Collaboration Berliner Weisse – Pomegranate, Watermelon, Passion Fruit

 

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This episode was recording during our 1st Anniversary Party at Common Theory.  We talk about one of the biggest news weeks for craft beer.  We will release part two of Episode 30 next week.  Now onto the news…

In The News:

Lagunitas sells 50% stake of the company to Heineken.  Story from The Press Democrat and the open letter from Tony Magee.

We talk about the story and how this affects their craft beer status.  We both agree with and disagree with this sale.  It’s good for the company that can now (hopefully) treat their employees with better wages and benefits.  But we dislike that now they are no longer a craft brewery by defined by the Brewers Association.  We discuss Mr. Magee’s blog post and find it very interesting that someone who would never sell out to “big beer” decided to sell out to Heineken cause “they had good laughs.”  We also give out opinions on buying Lagunitas beer in the future and its similarity of whether or not we buy Goose Island after their sale to AB-inBev.

Saint Archer sells 100% stake to Tenth and Blake, MillerCoors US craft beer division.  Story from the Union Tribune.

It’s been rumored for months, we’ve been talking about it on the show for months, are we surprised?  Short answer, NO.  We do talk about the size effect of this sale to MillerCoors and what it will do to San Diego craft beer as a brand.  We discuss how there were signs leading up to this announcement, the major one being that they switched their distribution company from Stone Distribution to Crest, a company owned by MillerCoors.

Greg Koch is stepping down as CEO of Stone Brewing to become Executive Chairman.  Story from the Union Tribune.

Wednesday the Lagunitas story came out, Thursday the Saint Archer story came out, there’s no way last week would have any more breaking news.  Well it did and it leaves Stone Brewing without a CEO (for the moment.)  Stone will be posting the requirements they are looking for and then will chose a successor to Greg.  Greg will still be around and will still be the face of Stone.  However Greg realizes that his skill set is no longer what the CEO of the 9th biggest craft brewery needs (8th is you believe Lagunitas is no longer craft) and that it would be better for Stone to find a new CEO.

That not all folks!

We chat with Daniel Cady from Twisted Manzanita and ask him how it’s going since we last talked in Episode 11.  We come back during a conversation about good ole San Diego beers that people tend to forget about.  Then we talk about a project that Dan started that Twisted Manzanita may not know about, a sour beer.  We get Dan’s opinion on the Fat Cat “merger” with Twisted Manzanita.  We ask Dan about the new Twisted Manzanita location opening up in North Park.  Dan talks about the merger and why his opinion might differ from what you might think from a craft beer brewer.

Next we have an impromptu appearance by Brian Mitchell and he asks Brian Beagle why his Chinout Stout is so good.  They continue talking about Beagle growing his homebrewing set up.  We talk a little about the Mash Heads Homebrew Club.  Next we have on Paul McGuire from San Diego Hop Addict.  He writes a blog that reviews mainly San Diego breweries and their hops.

This episode was recorded inside Common Theory.

But wait!  There’s even more!

We thought we were done, but Steve Kozyk from Kilowatt walked in the door so we decided to interview him.  Brian Beagle had left the party so you hear my one-on-one interview with Steve.  We get an update on the brewery and talk about the collaboration beer.

Music:

All music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!

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.

Episode 30: How to Be a Better Beer Snob, Part 1

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Are you a beer snob or know someone who you think is a beer snob?  We go over the “How to Be a Better Beer Snob” article from Thrillist with Alex and Jake from Intergalactic Brewing and Rob from 2kids Brewing.

Interview:

We start the conversation asking can you legally use distilled alcohol in beer.  Can really you use items soaked in distilled alcohol in your beer if you were the person soaking the items?  And you heard it here first, Bourbon bottle-aged beer!  We drink beer that tastes like Bakersfield, whatever that means?  The Sore Eye Cup awards are done for 2015 and the winner is Speedway Stout from AleSmith!  Speedway is now in the Sore Eye Cup Hall of Fame.  Then we finally go into the list of how to be a better beer snob.  In part 1 of the show we touch on nine of the fifteen topics in the article.

  • Find a local brewery that everybody loves, then shit all over it
  • Talk often and proudly about your cellar
  • Memorize every beer term possible
  • Bring good beer to every party
  • Call your bartender by name, every time
  • Instagram the shit out of your beer
  • Attend at least one beer dinner a month
  • Champion a local brewery, then turn on it unexpectedly
  • Inquire frequently about tap cleaning

Alex Van Horne:
Twitter: @GalacticBrew
Instagram: @galacticbrew
FaceBook: Intergalactic Brewing

Jake Collins:
Instagram: @jakewilliamscollinsthefirst

Rob Dufau:
Twitter: @2kidsbrewing
Instagram: @2kidsbrewing
FaceBook: 2kids Brewing

This episode was recorded inside 57 Degrees Wine and Beer.

Music:

All music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!

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.

 

Episode 29: The Craft Beer Attorney, Candace Moon, Esq.

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This episode is good for anyone who might want to open a brewery or who might already own a brewery.  We talk to Candace Moon, Esq. who is also known as The Craft Beer Attorney.  We talk about her rise in the craft beer world and why it is good to make sure you have someone who can look out for your interests as a brewery owner.

Interview:

We start with talking about Candace’s rise in craft beer and where she started.  You might have heard of the person who was her first client.  We then discuss more about how Candace built her firm and how she has built many good relationships.  I then reveal that I don’t know who Bruce Springsteen is.  Well, I know who he is, but apparently I don’t know what he looks like or many of the songs he sings.  I make Brian and Candace feel old.  Once I am embarrassed by my lack of popular music, we move on to the big topic of any brewery, TRADEMARKS!  The next big issue for breweries is actually opening your doors, we talk about the possible problems that occur even before you can start making money.  If you do open your brewery, Candace talks about how to make a brewery work when you have partners and friends and family.

Brew Law 101

Then we talk about Candace and Stacy’s new book, Brew Law 101, California Edition.  It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to open a brewery.  It’s not light reading, think of it as a textbook for opening a brewery.  We then dive into some of the laws of brewing and her role in the San Diego State’s the Business of Craft Beer.  We finalize the show by again talking about the rumor of Saint Archer being bought by Coors/Miller and the fake buyout of Arizona Wilderness by Hess Brewing.

Candace Moon, Esq.:
Twitter: @CraftBeerAttny
Instagram: @craftbeerattorney
FaceBook: Craft Beer Attorney

This episode was recorded inside the firm of The Craft Beer Attorney.

Music:

All music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!

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.

Episode #28: Bacon Fest

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We hope you like bacon.  If you do then you will love this episode!  If you are vegan, we apologize in advance.  We interview Gus Thompson and Robert Esparza from San Diego Bacon Fest.  This team is also the proud organizers of the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival.

What: San Diego Bacon Fest

Where: Liberty Station – Preble Field, 2600 Cushing Road, San Diego,CA, 92106

When: September 5th, 2015

How: Buy tickets here.

Interview:

We start the episode with the usual questions of how our guests started their craft beer journey.  Gus and Robert then went into what they are calling San Diego Bacon Week!  It’s a full week of bacon events leading up to Bacon Fest.  And Bacon Fest is a great festival highlighting bacon in not only food, but also craft beer, craft spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks.  Talking about spirits, we discuss the growing number of distilleries in San Diego and how this will most likely grow down the road.  San Diego may also be the home to a big number of award winning distilleries.

Going back to craft beer, San Diego has banned beer at most beaches, we hope that is a short term law and will be reversed.  San Diego has always been a great place to sit at the beach in the sun and crack open a few for fun.   We then talk about how Bacon Fest started slow and had issues, but this team has grown and created some of the best San Diego craft beer festivals around.  They talk about what makes a good festival.  That takes us into a conversation about The Routine and how some festivals don’t give bands the correct stage to perform on.

Moving on we open up a couple bottles of year-old Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA.  We also talk about the Little League World Series and how San Diego’s Sweetwater Valley Little League has made it to Williamsport, VA.  And big thanks to Sycuan Casino for helping the families of the kids get to Williamsport and for the donation of water for Bacon Fest!

And finally, you’ll learn how the term “Food from a white, kidnapper’s van” comes into discussion.  Thanks Gus and Robert.

Are you ready for Bacon Fest?!?!

In The News:

  • Mike Hess NOT merging with Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. – There was a social media post that claimed that Mike Hess Brewing was going to buy a share of Arizona Wilderness Brewing.  This hoax was to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.  But has this hoax hurt the entire idea of raising this money for charity.

Our Anniversary Party!

September 12th, Noon-Whenever @ Common Theory.  Special 1st Anniversary three-brewery beer will be served.  Home Brewing Co.Intergalactic Brewing, and Kilowatt Brewing Berliner Weisse bread with yogurt cultures.  We have plans of having multiple version of this beer on tap with different fruits.  We are also planning on having some music from a few members of The Routine if we can swing it.  Please RSVP by going to our 1st Anniversary page.

This episode was recorded inside Taste & Thirst.

Music:

All music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!

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.