Episode #34: Kill Devil Spirit Co.

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You are listening to San Diego SpiritTalk Radio!  We are doing something a little different this week with our guest Kill Devil Spirit Co.

Interview:

We are joined by Ray Digilio and Baker (Daniel Baker) from Kill Devil Spirit Co.  We talk about them opening in San Diego and how the craft beer boom is helping or hurting them.  We discuss that some distilleries are actually just buying “neutral” spirits and then putting their own label on the bottle.  While there are not a lot of distilleries in San Diego, or California for that matter, what you need to look for is “Distilled and Bottled By:” on the bottle.  The “Distilled and Bottled By:” term differentiates base spirits made by the company you are buying from.  Then there’s something about Ray’s tent???

California Distillers Guild tried to help distilleries by putting a bill through California’s Congress for direct bottle sales.  It was denied originally by Governor Brown, but eventually later in 2015 the Bill passed and will be signed by the Governor.  Distilleries will then be able to make cocktails and have bottle sales after January 1st.  One thing Kill Devil might do is allow people to come to the distillery and allow home distillers to brew at their place.  It is illegal to home distill.  Ray and Baker discuss their distillery process with a custom, patented vapor method and a no-waste system.

Kill Devil distills the following: (in order of appearance in the show)

  • Rx Vodka – This “neutral” spirit is made by Kill Devil
  • Ugly California Moonshine – A 90 Proof “pre-barrel aged” whiskey.  You can barrel age it yourself to make it whiskey.
  • Valor West Coast Gin – A gin with Chinook hops and California grapefruit.
  • Ugly California Rise & Shine – Their moonshine with Dark Horse custom-roasted coffee.

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We talk about the San Diego Distillers Guild which is made up of:

  • Kill Devil Spirit Co. (Spring Valley)
  • Twisted Manzanita Spirits (Santee)
  • Ballast Point Spirits (Everywhere)
  • Old Harbor Distilling Co. (Downtown – by Mission Brewing)
  • Liberty Call Distilling Co. (Spring Valley)
  • Malahat Spirits Co. (Miramar)
  • The California Spirits Company (San Marcos)
  • San Diego Distillery (Spring Valley)
  • Kalifornia Distilleries (Temecula)

Into the News:

Mother Earth building second brewery in Namba, Idaho.  Article from the West Coaster.

Green Flash Taking Alpine Beer Company’s Popular Double IPA Nationwide.  Article from BrewBound.

Green Flash bottled Alpine beer in Green Flash-style bottles.  Some people are not happy about this, some don’t care.  Photo below from Bine & Vine:

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What’s Tappening

We talk about our past week (or so) of drinking.

Where to find our guests:

Kill Devil Spirit Co.:
Twitter: @killdevilspirit
Instagram: @killdevilspiritco
FaceBook: Kill Devil Spirit Co.

This episode was recorded inside 57 Degrees Wine and Beer.

Contact us!

Voicemail: In North County: (760) ­919-­4004.  In North Park: (619) ­900-­6000
Facebook:  facebook.com/sdbeertalk
Twitter: @sdbeertalk
Instagram: @sdbeertalk
Untappd: @sdbeertalk
Email:  feedback@sdbeertalk.com

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 #33: Brown Bag Beverage

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This week we talk with Susie Baggs, the Chief Beverage Officer of Brown Bag Beverage, a local San Diego beer distribution company.

Interview:

We start the interview talking with Susie about Brown Bag Beverage and what her focus is with the company.  We then delve into the big issue of craft breweries selling out to bigger breweries.  We also talk about “pay for play” that big breweries do (or don’t do because it’s illegal) and how bars are persuaded to serve “crafty” beer.  We are also joined by long-time listener and BBB employee Travis Hudson.  Some of the breweries that BBB are supporting:

We delve into Susie’s responsibilities at BBB and how she is growing and running the company the way she wants to.

Into the News:

We start on a high note and talk about 2015 GABF and how San Diego won 19 medals (20 if you count Karl Strauss’ Costa Mesa location).  Article from the West Coaster.  San Diego medals are:

  • Very Small Brewery of the Year: Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
  • Coffee Beer: Gold—Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout, New English Brewing Co., Sorrento Valley; Bronze—Bacon & Eggs, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach
  • India Pale Ale: Gold—Revolver IPA, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Santee
  • Session India Pale Ale: Gold—The Coachman, Societe Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa
  • Wood & Barrel-Aged Sour Beer: Gold—Veritas 015, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos
  • American-Belgo-Style Ale: Gold—Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa
  • Bock: Gold—Break Line Bock, Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
  • Scotch Ale: Silver—Black Lagoon Scottish Strong, Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
  • Oatmeal Stout: Silver—Scripps Pier Stout, South Park Brewing Co., South Park
  • Session Beer: Bronze—Guillaume, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach
  • International-Style Pale Ale: Bronze—San Diego-style IPA, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., La Jolla
  • Imperial India Pale Ale: Bronze—Teahupo’o, Breakwater Brewing Co., Oceanside
  • American-Style Amber/Red Ale: Bronze—Shark Bite Red, Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad
  • Double Red Ale: Bronze—GRAMBO, Pizza Port, Solana Beach
  • French- & Belgian-Style Saison: Bronze—Saison, URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon
  • Other Belgian-Style Ale: Bronze—Witty Moron, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station
  • Export Stout: Bronze—Z-Man Stout, Pizza Port, Carlsbad
  • South German-Style Hefeweizen: Bronze—Windansea Wheat, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Pacific Beach
  • Chile Beer: Bronze—Serrano Pale Ale, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Scripps Ranch

Chuck Silva leaving Green Flash and starting Silva Brewing Co.  Article from the West Coaster.

ABinBev buys Golden Road.  Article from Brewbound.

Modern Times opening a brewery/restaurant/coffee shop in LA.  Twitter post by Modern Times.

What’s Tappening

Susie Baggs:
Twitter: @BrownBagBev
Instagram: @brownbagbev
FaceBook: Brown Bag Beverage

Travis Hudson:
Twitter: @CraftBeerLuv619
Instagram: @craftbeerluv619

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 30: How to Be a Better Beer Snob, Part 2

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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:

After a short introduction about some current topics, we move onto Part 2 of Episode 30.  If you are wondering where Part 1 is, you can find it here:  Episode 30, Part 1.  Why was there three weeks between the shows?  There was tons of craft beer news and we did not want to wait on releasing those episodes.  Plus, come on, you like waiting!

The topics we cover on this part are:

  • Demand appropriate glassware
  • Talk frequently about your RateBeer status
  • Engage in elaborate trades
  • Keep a beer diary
  • Speak frequently about your trip to Belgium
  • Always try to make other people better

After talking about the beer snobbery, we delve into the number of breweries in Miramar (Beeramar).  If you are a new brewery, do you not open it in a place like Miramar where there is tons of competition or you do open because people can stumble between breweries.  We then delve into nano-brewing and how well Jake and Rob did compared to their first-year projections.

P.S. We are feeling pretty good at this point in the recording.  Surprisingly we are still coherent, but you can tell we are slurring our words.

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 #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.