Episode #98: Magic Factory from Council Brewing

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NEW BREWERY ALERT!  Well sort of, we are at Magic Factory from Council Brewing.  Magic Factory is a brewery, they have a separate brewing license, but they don’t actually brew beer in this location.  If you are confused, don’t worry, so were Liz and Curtis Chism at first.  You’ll hear why on the show.

Interview

Like we just said, this seems like a new concept and even the TTB wasn’t sure at first how to handle this.  Liz and Curtis explain how they had to give back their license temporarily to create the Magic Factory.  The conversation moves into running Council for the last two years and how they feel very strongly about their staff and keeping everyone focused on working for them by trying to have everyone be full time.  We come back to the reason we are interviewing them and talk more about Magic Factory and open Council’s first bottle sour, Nicene.  They go through and explain all the hardware they have in Magic Factory, all the barrels, Foeders, and tanks.  Council is also doing some cool work and collaborating with breweries like Alvarado Street, Modern Times, and Toolbox.

We take a short break and come back with more beer.  We open up a future release called Lickable Staves.  That flows into one of their most popular beers, Beatitude and how it is made.  Curtis and Liz then talk about how cool it is to have distribution in multiple states and countries.  I bring up that Deadlock is one of those beers I have brought up to the Perfect Pour, so we also open a bottle on the show, a listener also wonders if they will brew more of it, see below. And we find out another future beer called Broken Wand and how it is made.  From there we go onto more listener questions.

Listener Questions

Mike Saharan – Can Deadlock be year round?  If you would blend two of the Beatitudes, which ones would you blend?

Ian Cheesman – Is there any fruit that is totally off the table to go into their Beatitude series? If so, what did it ever do to you to earn such scorn?

Nick Corona – If they could go back and change one thing during their first year starting up, what would it be?

In The News!

  • Engineering Students Design Experiment to Test Whether Beer Can Be Brewed on the Moon – A team of UC San Diego engineering students is hoping to find out. They are finalists in the Lab2Moon competition being held by TeamIndus, one of the four teams with a signed launch contract to send a spacecraft to the moon as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge. The experiment will test the viability of yeast on the moon—and result in a freshly brewed batch of beer.  Find out more in this article.
  • On the Tracks Brewery closes after 5 year (opened in ‘11), becoming the first to do so in ‘17.
  • Speedway Stout is now available in 16oz cans from Alesmith! The only member of the Sore Eye Cup Hall of Fame makes its way into smaller packaging. Now, let’s demand 12oz!
  • Hildegard IIIPA from Benchmark releases on Feb 11.

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, Eddie Martin, West Coaster, Roger Smith, and Captain Eli!

Where to find our guests:

Council Brewing:
Twitter: @councilbrewing
Instagram: @councilbrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/councilbrewing/

This episode was recorded at Council Brewing‘s Magic Factory.

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Episode #97: Little Miss Brewing

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We are at our first brewery of 2017!  We went over to one of the newer breweries in San Diego, Little Miss Brewing.  We are joined by their Head Brewer Joe Lisica, Assistant Brewer Mike Morbitzer, and Sales Representative Ian Erskine.  We hope you enjoy the wealth of knowledge this group of guys has in the industry.

Interview

Usually we start with the history of the brewers, but in this case we get right to the reason they decided to build a tasting room in a brewery where there was not going to be a tasting room.  We then get into what is their intro into craft beer.  From there it’s easy to move into their history in brewing industry.  Joe has a lot of history in this industry and there happens to be a little name dropping going on.  We change direction and talk about how their brewery is not separated from the tasting room and if that is legal.  Speaking of the tasting room, the guys discuss where the armed forces them came from and how some of the props were acquired.  After talking about hazy vs. clear beers, we do get into their lineup and find out what they are all about.

After a break we come back with some Fieldwork Brewing Co. beers given to us by Matthew (therealmatatat). From there we continue the discussion of their beers.  After some tangents we get back to the real talk and we ask them about their two new tasting rooms, one on Adams Ave. and one in Ocean Beach.  Since we were running late this night, we move into our news topics.

In The News!

  • Sierra Nevada recalls 8 beers because a bottle flaw could hurt drinkers – 12-ounce bottles in 35 states, a bottle flaw that could cause glass-related injuries.  Pale Ale, Hop Hunter IPA and Torpedo Extra IPA, which were bottled and packaged at its brewery in Mills River, N.C., between early December and mid-January.  More info in this Washington Post article.
  • Genomics of Beer – John Henning (USDA), David Hendrix (Oregon State U), Thanks to Pacific Biosciences!  We’ll be releasing the presentation soon, stay tuned!
  • Align Brewing Company (Was Pacific Brewing) has started their build out! Follow them on Facebook or Twitter for more info.
  • Kilowatt OB Tasting Room Opens January 27th! find them at 1875 Cable Street, Ocean Beach.
  • 32 North Closes Liberty Public Market Tasting Room – Steve (owner) stated he is eager to reassign time and resources spent on Moniker General toward a new barrel-aging facility and taproom hybrid. Unlike the Liberty Station taproom, it will be his alone, allowing for greater freedom over the space.
  • Indian Joe delays opening until 3/2/17 – they received some larger fermentors (60 bbl) earlier than expected, so more construction.

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, Eddie Martin, West Coaster, Roger Smith, and Captain Eli!

Where to find our guests:

Little Miss Brewing:
Twitter: @littlemissbrew
Instagram: @littlemissbrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/littlemissbrewing/

This episode was recorded at Little Miss Brewing.

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Episode #96: Feedback from Our Listeners

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Beau from The Brew Project wanted us to do more bottle shares.  We agreed and decided to do a bottle share and a show all at once.  We also decided it was a good time to get to some listener feedback that we have been neglecting the last few months.  We start out with fixing some misinformation we gave out during our Year in Beer 2016 episode about Thunderhawk.  After that we move into a Twitter conversation about consistency versus quality beer.  We then move onto the news in which Tom from What’s on Draft joins us.  I checked, you can still buy their Sexy Brewers Calendar.  We are also joined by John Hunter from Bitter Brothers who talks about their 1st Anniversary Barrel-Aged Little Sister.

After a break we come back and continue the news.  We are joined by Travis Hudson (craftbeerluv619) and Beth Demon from San Diego CityBeat.  We talk about some feedback about the Drunk History show with Will Keizer and some feedback some of the breweries you should people visit on their vacations in San Diego.

In The News!

Green Flash lays off an unknown amount of workers.  We’ve heard around 25-30 for this round with more rounds to come.  Also The Full Pint reports:

  • Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, CA has temporarily halted production for the past month. (Alpine was temporarily offline for maintenance)
  • Alpine Beer Company terminated assistant brewer Kevin Brown
  • Founder, CEO and President Mike Hinkley has stepped down from the President role and that COO Chris Ross has stepped in.

Follow up on Encinitas, January 5th was a Planning Commision meeting where there was some opposition to Culture’s license. However they unanimously voted in favor.  No issues yet for Modern Times or Saint Archer.

Voicemails!

We get the backlog of voicemails out of the way from Neal, ChewYourBeer, and Mike from SoCal BrewCrew.

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, Eddie Martin, West Coaster,  Roger Smith, and Captain Eli!

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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Episode #95: Omar Passons

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This show will be a little different from our other interview shows.  We are joined by Omar Passons who is a lawyer that always wants to make sure the “little guy” is not taken advantage of.  This includes breweries and making sure they don’t get taken advantage of by governmental regulations.  Please enjoy this show as it is a break away from just talking about brewing.

Interview

One thing that doesn’t change with an interview is that we generally start with the history of the guest.  We get Omar’s personal history as well has his beer history.  We ask him how his education and background come to guide his actions in helping not only the brewing industry in San Diego, but also in areas of San Diego like homelessness and foster care.  We move onto advocacy and unfortunately it comes out as an example with the 10 Barrel arriving in San Diego.

After a short break Omar continues the conversation about advocacy and then moves into a talk about the “Enhanced Food Service Options” amendment to the county code.  Omar talks about how the average person can help and how it can be hard for everyone to understand that not everyone in government is in it for the right reason, some are in it for their own reasons.  We then get into some social media questions and it gets a little strange for a bit and then it gets a little real for a bit.

In The News!

  • SD Brewing is open in North Park, 3052 El Cajon Blvd, joins Eppig in the Brewery Igniter – Blonde and SD IPA brewed onsite
  • Official soft opening of Indian Joe’s is Jan 23rd – 2123 Industrial Ct. Vista, CA 92081
  • Jacked Up Brewery is open (1/4) and its grand opening is Jan 28th – 800 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2508 – they have 4 beers on now – an Amber, Red Rye, Belgian IPA, and a Stout

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, Eddie Martin, West Coaster, and Roger Smith!

Where to find our guests:

Omar Passons:
Twitter: @omarpassons
Instagram: @omarpassons
FaceBook: facebook.com/omar.passons/

This episode was recorded at Intergalactic Brewing.

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Episode #94: 2017 Beer Predictions

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While this may not be the first show you’re listening to in 2017, it is the first one we’ve recorded in 2017.  We decided to do something a little different and do a show with our predictions for 2017.  We are joined by the birthday boy Travis Hudson (craftbeerluv619) and the head brewer at Rock Bottom La Jolla Carli Smith.

In The News!

The 2017 Limited Mikkeller San Diego Beer Release Series (with at least one new beer will being released each week in 2017) that will kick off on Jan. 12 beginning at noon until closing at 10 p.m.  Craft beer fans attending the Jan. 12 event will be able to taste the first three beer releases and meet internationally acclaimed brewer, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, as well as the rest of the Mikkeller brew team. The fresh, small batch-release beers, indicative of the brewer’s Northern European roots, allow Mikkeller to get creative with ingredients and explore new flavors for exciting brews.

The first Mikkeller San Diego new beer releases that will be on tap for the January 12 event are:

  • Fruit Face – a Berliner style Weisse beer brewed with raspberries and coffee
  • Beer Geek Brunch – imperial oatmeal stout brewed with coffee and aged in bourbon whiskey barrels
  • Uklar IPA – India pale ale hop series.

Pure Project 1st Anniversary Party:

Rip Current NP 2nd Anniversary:

  • January 14
  • 4101 30th Street, North Park
  • 12PM
  • No Tickets

Changing of the Barrels, Karl Strauss:

  • PB headquarters, 5985 Santa Fe Street
  • January 28
  • 4PM (VIP) 5PM (GA)
  • SOLD OUT! Go to Pure Project instead!

Jacked Up Brewery (800 W Grand Ave., Escondido) opening! 1.5-barrel nanobrewery, 600-square-foot tasting room’s 10 taps.

Little Miss is opening a second tasting room in North Park!  Brian drove by and found the location with the delicate license to serve alcohol and Little Miss’ name on it.

New English has released Zumbar and Brewers Special Brown in six-pack 12 ounce bottles!  It joins Pure&Simple IPA.

2017 Predictions

Travis: Breweries will start waxing only half the neck and cap of the bottle.

Greg: Two or more breweries will close due to expanding too quickly, tasting rooms or brewing locations, not because of distribution.

Brian: Cans will be unstoppable.

Carli: Societe and Benchmark will continue to make “Beer flavored beer.”

Social Media: Luiz Arroyo (sdbeernerd): More hazy IPAs 😉

Travis: Bobby Mathews will be the next Burning Beard sales rep.  Special release bottles will find a way to be less chaotic to purchase.

Greg: An out-of-town #IndieBeer brewery will open a tasting room or brewpub in San Diego county.

Brian: Less than five breweries will open up as a nano brewery.

Carli: The craft beer bubble that will burst is not breweries but craft beer bars.

Social Media: Mike Pratt (apintofhoppiness): 2017: The Year of #TheJuice.

Social Media: Hops Chaser (hopschaser): Explosion of can releases.

Social Media: Mike (socalbrewcrew): 2017 the year Cutwater outshines Ballast.  Also Stone will get into Spirits in 2017 #crazyprediction

2017 Wants

Carli: More transparency with beer festivals.

Travis: Drink more beers with people and not alone at home.  Also to keep the streak of not drinking pumpkin beers.

Greg: The new beer trend for 2017: Lager-style beers.

Brian: Greater diversity in the brewing industry.

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, Eddie Martin, West Coaster, and Roger Smith!

This episode was recorded at The Brew Project.

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