Episode #111: Saturation of Craft Beer in San Diego


The Show

Episode 111 is quite a different show than what you are used to.  In this episode, we have a panel of people in the industry and the subject for the show is if there is saturation of the craft beer industry in San Diego.  We are joined by:

Questions asked on the show

  • Does San Diego have too much craft beer currently?
  • At what number of breweries would be too much for San Diego county?
  • What do you think was the most important decision you’ve made as a business owner that led to your success?
  • How did you fund your brewery?
  • What is your distribution triangle?  (In-house, distribution, bottle/can sales)
  • Do you think by standing apart from every other brewery and offering something different has been key to your success?
  • What leads or guides your new beer development process?
  • Has your growth been consistent or peaks and valleys when you look back?
  • Has anything changed within the comradery between brewery to brewery relationships in the last two years?
  • What do you think would be a sign in San Diego that we are reaching saturation?
  • Knowing what you know today, would you do it again?

In The News!

  • Mother Earth Brewing Co. to open Mother’s Provisions – they will serve beer, wine, cold brewed coffee, small plate food items, cheese, and charcuterie. Will be located at 204 Main St. in Vista.  Some hubbub about the name, yes, they have a relationship Brothers Provisions.
  • Wicked Weed cancels The Funkatorium Invitational after more than 50 breweries pull out due to ABInBev purchase – a reimagined festival will happen in August.
  • ABInBev decides they will keep all South African hops to themselves and not allow any to go to market. Modern Times hardest hit by this news in SD.
  • After a 9 month hiatus, Small Bar wins the battle with city and will open the patio!
  • Buy tickets to the 10th Anniversary of Pink Boots Society Festival. It happens on June 3rd at Liberty Station.
  • Stumblefoot Brewing has new owners! Bill Randolph sold the brewery outright to Cameron Rentch and Cory Schmelzer.  While they redesigned the brand’s logo and website, they decided to keep the Stumblefoot name.

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, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Best Friend Vance, and Bill Benzel!

Where to find our guests:

Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment:
Twitter: @acousticales
Instagram: @acousticales
FaceBook: facebook.com/Acoustic-Ales-Brewing-Experiment-443458239035205
Website: www.acousticales.com

Coronado Brewing Company:
Twitter: @CoronadoBrewing
Instagram: @coronadobrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/coronadobrewingcompany
Website: www.coronadobrewing.com

Andy Newbom:
Twitter: @brewbom
Instagram: @brewbom
FaceBook: facebook.com/andy.newbom/
Website (Book): www.coffeespanish.com
Website (Personal): www.andynewbom.com

Groundswell Brewing Company:
Twitter: @groundswellbrew
Instagram: @groundswellbrew
FaceBook: facebook.com/GroundswellBrew
Website: www.groundswellbrew.com

Barrel Harbor Brew Co.:
Twitter: @BarrelHarbor
Instagram: @barrelharborbrewing
FaceBook: facebook.com/BarrelHarborBrewingCompany
Website: www.barrelharborbrewing.com

This episode was recorded at At Ease @ Barrel Harbor Brew Co.

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One thought on “Episode #111: Saturation of Craft Beer in San Diego

  1. Hi guys!
    Love the podcast and the topic! Every issue you discuss in regards to distribution falls in line with what we are doing. Would love to chat more to raise some awareness and/or field any questions that you may have in regards to it.

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