Episode 141: The Hopscotch, Duct Taped Together Episode



This week we are joined by Travis Hudson, Ian Cheesman, and Liz Bauer, one of our patrons and owner of HopsBauer.  In this show we go over some of the best breweries in 2017.  After everyone goes through their list, we take a break and go through the entire West Coaster 17 in ’17: Best of San Diego Beer 2017 list.

  • Best Brewery
    • Which production brewery (without a restaurant) was the best in 2017?
  • Best Brewpub
    • Which brewpub (brewery with a restaurant) was the best of 2017?
  • Best Overall #SDBeer
    • Of all the beers, which was the best beer of 2017?
  • Best IPA
    • Which San Diegan IPA was the best in 2017?
  • Best Lager
    • Best bottom-fermented beer of 2017?
  • Best Barrel-Aged Beer
    • Which barrel-aged beer was the best of 2017?
  • Best One-Off Release
    • Which one-off or specialty beer was the best of 2017? This may be a can, draft or bottle release that was a one-time limited run in the 2017 calendar year.
  • Best Collaboration Beer
    • Which was the best collaboration beer of 2017? (beer brewed between two or more breweries)
  • Best New Establishment
    • What’s the best new craft beer spot that opened in 2017?
  • Best Bottleshop
    • Which liquor store/bottleshop was the best place to pick up #SDBeer to-go?
  • Best Homebrew Supply
    • What store is the best to pick up supplies for homebrewing?
  • Best Beer Selection & Tap Rotation
    • Of all spots serving good beer in San Diego, which one had the best beer selection and tap rotation of 2017?
  • Best Beer Event
    • Of all the San Diego Beer events (festivals, beer pairing dinners, etc), which one stood out in 2017?
  • Best Beer Bar
    • Which beer bar stood out most in 2017? (ages 21+, beer-centric spot, may serve food)
  • Best Beer Restaurant
    • Which restaurant serving San Diego beer stood out most in 2017? (no brewery on site, all ages, food-centric spot, serves beer)
  • Best Beer Artwork
    • What was your favorite piece of beer art in 2017? This can be a can design, t-shirt, poster or anything creative.
  • Best Brewer
    • Who was the best brewer of 2017? Can be a professional or home brewer.

In The News

  • Alesmith “Order of the Anvil” club. $375. Onsite (not online) Registration opens Friday, Dec 8th, 2017, closes Sunday, Dec 17th.
    • Ten (10) 750mL member-exclusive bottles for the year
      • Five (5) unique beer releases; Two (2) bottles of each release guaranteed; Options to purchase additional pending availability
        • Three (3) Barrel-Aged Speedway Stouts
        • One (1) Sour (AleSmith’s very first release of this style!)
        • One (1) Special Release currently being worked on by Specialty Brewer, Collin Field
    • Priority access to public bottle sales (see full details in section below)
    • Choice of work shirt or zip-up hoodie, branded with club logo
    • Limited edition “Order of the Anvil” snifter glass
    • Limited edition club branded bottle opener
    • Limited edition embroidered club logo patch
    • Exclusive access to members-only events
    • Options to purchase other member-exclusive merchandise
    • Membership Card
    • Extended 90-day pickup window for both member-exclusive and public release bottles
    • Use of designated trustee to pick up bottles on your behalf
    • First right to renew membership for following year

Where to Find Our Guests:

Travis Hudson:
Twitter: @IndieBeerLuv619
Instagram: @indiebeerluv619

Ian Cheesman:
Twitter: @iancheesman
FaceBook: facebook.com/ian.cheesman.7/

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Tony Bagz, Tom Keliinoi, Nick Shields, Ryan DeBusk, West Coaster, Dave V, Roger Smith, Captain Eli, Craftbeeray, Vance Arthurs, Bill Benzel, Alana Gomez, Patrick Zacharias, Greg Nagel, Neil Halpin, John Allegretti, Scott Schmalbach, Brian Goold, Matt Landes, Cyrus B, Ben, Hoppy Craftsmen Podcast, Rock Out Scholarship Fund (Shawn Coady), Gwynntelligence (Padres Jagoff), Carlos Lee, Liz Bauer, and NEW! James Ramsay.

This episode was recorded live at Benchmark Brewing.

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