Episode #15: Intergalactic Brewing

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We are back to interviewing some brewers.  We talk to Alex Van Horne and Jake Collins from Intergalactic Brewing.  We talk about where they came from, how it was opening a brewery with very little money, and about their 2nd Anniversary party.

NOTE:  The first four minutes of the podcast had some audio issues.  That was fixed during the podcast, I apologize to your ears.

Interview:

We talk to Alex and Jake about how they got to where they are today.  Alex talks about finding a place for the brewery and going through all the permits and paperwork that is involved in opening the brewery.  Starting the brewery with only $25,000 is possible, if maybe highly unlikely.  Jake talks about his roots and how he fell into this band of geeky brewers.  Alex might be young, but we get into many topics that many seasoned business owners have a hard time explaining.  We talk about growing as brewery, making sure your customers are happy, and increasing your production and the downsides of trying to grow too fast.  We talk about trademarks and how Intergalactic actually does not have the trademark for their name.  That also moved into the conversation about Samuel Adams v. Fezziwig’s (Arcana Brewing) and  Bells v. Innovation Brewing.  Alex and Jake talk about the the Brewers Association and the rankings of our breweries in San Diego.  Is being in San Diego a bad thing for your taste buds, do IPAs from other states taste bad or is it just that we are used to super-hopped beers?  Also talk abut Rye beers and some crazy dry-hopping.  And of course we talk about brewing beers and different flavors and procedures.  Alex and Jake are not only geeks and nerds about Sci-Fi, but also brewing.  If you are a beer geek, you will love this episode.

Music:

All (most) music is from The Routine. Check them out and go to a show!  This episode’s theme song from the movie SpaceBalls, you can find the song here.  May the Schwartz be with you!

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 #14: Craft Beerd

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Episode 14 is all about artwork and more specifically craft beer artwork.  Rudy Pollorena Jr. is the creator of Craft Beerd and he is one of the the biggest and best artists in the San Diego craft beer scene.  We talk about his two years as Craft Beerd and where he came from and how he got into the craft beer scene.

Interview:

It’s Rudy’s 2nd Anniversary and we discuss his start in the industry and how he became Craft Beerd.  Not only did he celebrate his 2nd anniversary of Craft Beerd but he also got married to his lovely finance Amy in the same week.  We talk about his competition in San Diego and whether they will stick around or not.  And does competition matter when your brand is not a clothing company, but a craft beer art company.  We find out if the booths at festivals work or if online is the way to go.  Does taking a San Diego brand to other cities work?  Is the trademark dispute with Bells and Innovation Brewing something to worry about?  Is growing a beard a trend and is it going away?  And some tips and tricks about growing a beard and how to keep it looking good.

Thanks Rudy, I learned a few things about my beard!

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 #13: West Coaster Magazine, Part 2

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San Diego craft beer is not just about the breweries.  I interview Mike Shess from the West Coaster Magazine, who with his partner Ryan Lamb, single-handedly created the first magazine focusing solely on the craft beer scene in San Diego.  This 3-hour interview has been split into two parts so save your sanity.

Interview:

Even though we talked for 3 hours, we could have kept going for another two.  Lucky for you we decided to stop.  In part 2 we talk about some of the South Bay and Tijuana breweries.  We discuss the fact there is now over $600 million of economic impact to San Diego from the brewing industry.  This brings up the common question of will the “bubble” burst?  We talk about our best new breweries and I try to get Mike to tell me his worst breweries, but I end up calling out a certain brewery with no current home.  Is San Diego the best beer city?  Some Top 10 list says Yes and some say No.  Who the fuck cares???  I review the Reader On Tap festival and talk about the upcoming beer fests, Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival and CityBeat Festival of Beers.  For some reason we talk about the artwork in the room where we record.  And finally, yes finally, we talk about what excites Mike and what get’s him out of bed.  Thank you so much for listening and please take Mike up on his offer, email him and mention the show, he will give you a treat.

#dudewheresmyphone

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 #13: West Coaster Magazine, Part 1

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San Diego craft beer is not just about the breweries.  I interview Mike Shess from the West Coaster Magazine, who with his partner Ryan Lamb, single-handedly created the first magazine focusing solely on the craft beer scene in San Diego.  This 3-hour interview has been split into two parts so save your sanity.  You will hear the next part next week.

Interview:

Even though we talked for 3 hours, we could have kept going for another two.  Mike loves to talk beer and with the help of a few members from the San Diego Craft Brew Society, we talked about many interesting things.  We talk about the beginnings of the West Coaster and the beginnings of a few new breweries in San Diego.  The West Coaster has a list of breweries and we discuss about the 100th brewery in San Diego and why some don’t like the answer.  Mike talks about beer in media and how San Diego needs to do a better job of covering the craft.  Would the West Coaster sell out to a big magazine corporation like Conde Nast?  Best taco shop in San Diego?  And what the heck is “Dude, Where’s My Phone?”  Find out in part one of Episode 13.

#dudewheresmyphone

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 #12: Kings of the Craft

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Episode 12 is a little different from other episodes, we interview Eduardo Castro Fonseca and Steven Moyer from Kings of the Craft.  Kings of the Craft is a documentary that is going to air on KPBS starting on May 21st.

Interview:

We talk about the documentary and how it has come together, who is on the show, and how it grew from a school project to full fledged documentary.  We also talk about the KickStarter campaign that will start March 1st to help fund some of the work that has already been done on the show and the possibility of a second season.  At least one of the rewards for pledging on KickStarter will be Bullets2Bandages, a .50 caliber bullet that is turned into a bottle opener.  We also happen to talk about San Diego and how it has become THE best place for craft beer.  And that damn Super Bowl commercial comes back to life too, Eduardo and Steven talk about what they thought of the ad and if it was a good thing for craft beer or not.

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.