Episode #124: Green Flash, Cellar 3, & Treasure Chest Festival

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We are back at Green Flash!  In Episode 41, we recorded at Cellar 3, this time we are at Green Flash’s Miramar location up in their conference room upstairs.  We are joined by Erik Jensen, the Brewmaster, and Dave Adams, the Director of Beer Education.  Please enjoy this show with one of San Diego’s oldest breweries.

Interview

Since this is the first time we’ve had Erik on the show, we do wonder what his introduction into craft beer was.  Dave chimes in as well but Erik takes this question away with a few stories he has from the past.  Eventually, we get to our second question and wonder what differentiates them from other breweries in Miramar.  Part of the conversation goes into “Best By” dates and having shelf stable beers, which means they do not care for hazy beers as much as other breweries do.  After talking about things like dissolved oxygen in beer, we take a break.

After the break, we come back with some rapid fire questions to speed things up.  Then we get into the Treasure Chest Festival and the homebrewing contest that will be part of the festival.  We open a four-month old beer from Green Flash and Dave goes back to the reasoning that controlling the D.O. in their beers is very important and how it is hard to tell the public that age is not the only factor when buying an IPA.  We go to wonder what the hardest beer is to make.  Then we spend some time on the IBU talk and how it really isn’t a good measurement for ordering a beer.

In the News!

  • New brewery alert! Alta Brewing is soft open – located at 983 Julian Ave San Diego in Barrio Logan, they opened today with 5 beers
  • Savagewood Brewing is looking for a spot, possibly in Rancho Bernardo
  • Treasure Chest Festival, August 27th at Cellar 3 – Over 20 options of rare beer, cask, and barrel-aged creations from Green Flash, Cellar 3, and Alpine Beer Co. with unlimited tasting – Food pairings prepared by some of our favorite local restaurants – Behind the Craft: culinary demos and bonus tastings taking place throughout – results of the homebrew contest announced by me
  • Magnetic Brewing forced out by eviction
  • Thr3e Punk Ales hired Ivan Maldonado from Fall Brewing

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tastrom, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, 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, and (NEW!) Cyrus B!

Where to find our guests:

Green Flash Brewing:
FaceBook: facebook.com/GreenFlashBeer
Instagram: @greenflashbeer
Twitter: @GreenFlashBeer
Website: www.greenflashbrew.com/

Green Flash Cellar 3:
FaceBook: facebook.com/greenflashcellar3
Website: www.greenflashbrew.com/cellar3/

Dave Adams:
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/daveadams.greenflash
Instagram: @grizzly_adams_had_beard

This episode was recorded live at Green Flash.

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Episode #123: Cutwater Spirits

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San Diego SpiritsTalk Radio is back for another show.  Well, okay, not really, but San Diego BeerTalk is at Cutwater Spirits this week for a look back in time with someone who has been around the industry since the 90s.  We are with Yuseff Cherney from Cutwater Spirits, he was formally the COO of Ballast Point and was the first employee of Home Brew Mart.  In addition to Yuseff, we are joined by Jenny Mann, the San Diego sales rep and overall awesome person, and Nicole (Ganz) Wood, the marketing mastermind of Cutwater.

Interview

Since Yuseff has a ton of history in the industry, we start off “A long time ago in a city so, so close to here…” and talk about how he got into the industry with Home Brew Mart.  From there it was a natural transition to continue to work with Jack White when Jack started Ballast Point.  After a quick look into his Ballast Point life, the conversation turns into the move to Cutwater.  Yuseff talks about how it was internally when the sale of Ballast Point happened.  Some of the emotional struggles all employees had at BP when their hardcore fans turned their back on them.  Luckily, the conversation turns back to being positive.  Yuseff goes into some of his stories where he’s met some of the great craft beer pioneers and was more “craft beer fan” and less “craft brewery worker.”  Right before we take a break, you’ll hear why Ken Grossman is “God.”

After a break, we get more into Cutwater and what their ethos is.  You might have heard some cans opening up during the show, we take a small side conversation about their RTE (Ready To Enjoy) cans and where it can be hard to get people to get into them…until they try them.  I wonder if their business plan has changed since the sale.  That leads into talking about how some distilleries choose to buy their base spirits and add their own flavors after the fact.  We then get into some of the specifics of distilling.  Brian wonders what Cutwater has that people can get right away at the distillery and things that might be more special release.

In the News!

  • Karl Strauss is distributing beer starting with Benchmark and Black Plague.
  • Sapporo buys Anchor Steam for $85M – Sold to Griffin Group in 2010.  Griffin Group was two former execs of Skyy Vodka but as if many private equity firms, it seems they wanted to get rid of Anchor after seven years of ownership.
  • Sore Eye Cup winner is Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark Brewing!  Congratulations to Rachael and Matt Akin!  Listen to our interview with them on Episode 121.

Voicemail

Joel from Beer with Pleasant Strangers

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I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Mitch Tastrom, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, 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, and (NEW!) Brian Goold and Matt Landes!

Where to find our guests:

Cutwater Spirits:
Twitter: @CutwaterSpirits
Instagram: @cutwaterspirits
FaceBook: facebook.com/CutwaterSpirits/
Website: www.cutwaterspirits.com

This episode was recorded live at Cutwater Spirits.

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Episode #122: Beer with Pleasant Strangers, Growler Hour, and Friends!

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We gather a bunch of old and new friends on this episode.  We welcome long-time guests (and co-hosts) Ryan DeBusk and Travis Hudson on the show.  Adding to the craziness that is this show, we also have new guests Chris Vascellaro, Matt, and Alex Mortensen from Growler Hour and Joel Manahan from Beer with Pleasant Strangers podcast.  We start with drinking the 40oz. to Freedom Mexican Lager from Alesmith in collaboration with Sublime.  Eventually, after some heavy beers, we get into our topics for the night.  Be warned that we do side track during all of these topics.  After the topics, we get into our news segment.

Topics

  • Bottle Logic Fundamental Observation Batch 3 release going into a conversation about general can or bottle releases.  Are lines getting too crazy and are they worth it?
  • Beer as a “status symbol.”  Are people only buying the beer to post on social media and really don’t care about the beer?
  • From listener Johnny:  “More skateboard talk please or taco shop talk for #TacoTuesday”

In the News!

  • New Brewery Alert!Deft Brewing (5328 Banks Street, Suite A, Bay Park), a 1950s gable-roofed former fishing-boat factory in a cul-de-sac a block off Morena Boulevard, Linda Vista and Friars Road.  Owners Morris and Robin Nuspl, Morris will be head brewer with Mike Finn as assistant brewer.  Two barrel brewhouse to start and building up to 10-bbl eventually.  On track to open around Labor Day.
  • Thr3e Punk Ales (259 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista) brewery and tasting room will finally be open August 6th!
  • Alta Brewing (1983 Julian Avenue, Barrio Logan) should be opening by early August in Barrio Logan. Brent Stampf will be head brewer, comes from Green Flash, Stone, and La Jolla Brewing.  Classic IPA styles will be brewed like the ones he brewed before.

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, 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, and Scott Schmalbach!

Where to find our guests:

Ryan DeBusk:
Instagram: @rdebusk

Travis Hudson:
Twitter: @IndieBeerLuv619
Instagram: @indiebeerluv619

Growler Hour:
Twitter: @growlerhour
Instagram: @growlerhour
FaceBook: facebook.com/GrowlrHour/
Website: www.growler-hour.com

Beer with Pleasant Strangers:
Twitter: @beerwps
Instagram: @beerwithpleasantstrangers
Website: www.beerwithpleasantstrangers.com

This episode was recorded live at Benchmark Brewing.

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Episode #121: Benchmark Brewing

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No anniversary party, no podcast collab, and no recorded presentation, this podcast is back to our roots as we interview Rachael and Matt Akin from Benchmark Brewing.  We get into their ethos of “Beer Flavored Beer” and how they stay the course in this hazy world.

Interview

Per usual, we ask them about their beer that got them into the craft.  From there we easily move into how they feel they are different from the rest of the 140 breweries in San Diego.  To be fair to them, they were brewery 71 when they opened, however, their “Beer Flavored Beer” mantra is the same driving force when they opened as it is today.  That, of course, leads into a talk about hazy beers and how Matt hates beer lines.  We talk about a seasonable beer that is on tap right now that you should go and buy right now.  It even comes in cans!  We delve into what sells well and what trends they see in the industry.

After a short break, we come back to some pre-roll.  Everyone is joking about what seemed to be a complete hoax with a new brewery opening up in Napa Valley.  In actuality, this brewery will exist and not a hoax, that brewery will be Barrels and Sons Brewery, aka Sons Beer.  If you want to read the article everyone is referencing, read it here.  After the fun, we get into the statistics of Benchmark and find out some cool news about their distribution and their new tasting room.  “The logo” does come up in the conversation.  We then move into some listener beers and the news topics.

In the News!

  • Coronado buys a majority stake in Monkey Paw.  With the addition of CBC building the Imperial Beach location, a small kitchen in Knoxville, and SouthNorte coming soon, this is another part of a growing brand.  Gets MP beers out to a much bigger audience.  And yes, they are still independent as long as CBC does not sell out.
  • ChuckAlek will see their collaboration beer with Samuel Adams released in the Brewing the American Dream Collaboration Pack. It’ll be a 12-pack featured five breweries who won the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program.
    • ThreeNinety BockRoc Brewing Co. (Rochester, NY)
    • Desert KaleidoscopeBosque Brewing (Albuquerque, NM)
    • Time Hop Porter – ChuckAlek Independent Brewers (Ramona, CA)
    • Boston Tea Party SaisonWoods Beer Co. (San Francisco, CA)
    • Oats McGoatsBrewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge, CO)
    • And…Boston Lager
  • Mother Earth Brewing Co. expanding their Nampa production facility to help with infrastructure and “fermentation improvements” as well as the expansion of the brewery’s packaging areas.  Hired Luis Lapostol as Lead Brewer (SLO Brewing) in Vista. Expanding distribution to Brazil, Georgia, Rhode Island.  And full coverage now in Oregon and Utah.
  • New Brewery Alert! Viewpoint Brewing Company in Del Mar is finally open! Located at 2201 San Dieguito Dr, Del Mar, CA 92014 – Del Mar’s first brewery offers food, 5 beers brewed on-site (so far), and wine.
  • Green Flash Homebrew Contest – More information and tickets ($25) can be purchased here.
  • Sore Eye Cup party – Will be August 5th at Noon at Quad Alehouse! Come down and have some beer and see who wins the cup!  Then after this party, you can go to…
  • SD BeerTalk Anniversary Party  – To be held at Half Door from 3-6PM.  More details to come.

Win a Hessfest 7 VIP Ticket!

  • Winner is…Eric Zuazo!  Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and you should have received an email with our thanks.  If anyone is looking to buy tickets to HessFest, please email us and we have a promo code for you.

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, 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, and Scott Schmalbach!

Where to find our guests:

Benchmark Brewing:
Twitter: @BenchmarkBrew
Instagram: @benchmarkbrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/Benchmarkbrewing/
Website: www.benchmarkbrewing.com

This episode was recorded live at Benchmark Brewing.

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Episode #120: Mapping the Hop Genome

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This episode is very different from any other show we have done.  We were lucky enough to be invited to a presentation about mapping the genome of hops.  This presentation was held in collaboration between Pacific Biosciences of California, the USDA, Oregon State University, and Sierra Nevada Brewing.  The presentations you will hear are from John Henning (USDA) and Dr. David Hendrix (Oregon State University.)

Here are some interesting websites you can reference:

In The News

  • Modern Times is now 30% employee owned and is now in an ESOP.  Hoping to be 100% employee owned as fast as possible.  Read more about the program here.
  • On that note, Modern Times is looking for people to come to an Encinitas City Council Meeting to help them get approved for their new tasting room.
    • Date: Thursday, July 20th
    • Place: Council Chambers, Civic Center, 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024
    • Time: 6 PM
  • Upcoming brewery alert! Circle 9 Brewing slated to open in late July/early August -7292 Opportunity Road, Kearny Mesa.
  • New Brewery Alert! Escondido Brewing Company – 649 Rock Springs Road, Escondido – one-and-a-half barrel – Fridays 4 to 8 PM Saturdays from 2 to 8 PM.
  • Not Ironfire, Hess Brewing is teaming up with City Tacos to bring you a unique location in Imperial Beach. Just steps from the pier, hoping to be open in early ’18.  Story found here.
  • Official San Diego beer is “72 and hoppy” and will be brewed by Beer from Bay City with help from San Diego Tourism Authority.  Story found here.

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, 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, and Scott Schmalbach!

This episode was recorded live at Loft 94 at Hollywood Casino and at The Brew Project.

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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.