Episode #72: Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co.



As we have learned over the last 70 episodes, San Diego is not only home to amazing independent beer, but also amazing independent spirits.  Now we have amazing independent sake coming very soon!  We interview Josh Hembree and Keldon Premuda from Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co. and talk all about why Sake is their life and why they chose to open in a craft beer city.  Is Sake craft beer, or is it something else?


Like I said above, we start the conversation about why Josh and Keldon decided to open up a craft sake brewery versus a regular brewery.  Josh has some brewing experience but didn’t have the best first batch, luckily he has spent over three years perfecting his recipes and brewing procedures.  We move into the entire brewing process for sake, while similar to brewing beer, there are differences due to using rice and koji in place of malt and yeast, even though Setting Sun also uses yeast.  There are still some unknowns about craft sake and all the variations they plan on releasing, dry-hopped, brown rice, jasmine rice, rauch sake, and fruited sake.  We ask how many craft sake breweries are in the US.  After a short break, we come back and ask about Beeramar and why they chose their location.  We delve into their distribution model and how they will be serving their sake in their tasting room.  That flows into talking about collaborations with breweries.

In the News!

  • Three key executives leave Ballast Point.  CEO Jim Buechler, CCO Earl Kight, and General Counsel Julie Buechler.  Great article on Good Beer Hunting.
  • Shout out to Coronado Brewing and Stone Brewing celebrating their 20th Anniversary.
  • Little Miss Brewing is brewing! 7949 Stromesa Ct (Miramar Rd off Dowdy)

I Do Declare!

Thank you The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Tait Campbell, Ken Lierman, Amy (and Rudy) Pollorena, Chris Bush, Mitch Tantrum, Tony Bagz, Aaron Graham, and Tom Keliinoi!

Where to find our guests:

Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co.:
Twitter: @settingsunsake
Instagram: @settingsunsake
FaceBook: facebook.com/SettingSunSakeBrewery/
Website: www.settingsunsake.com

This episode was recorded at Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co.

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