Episode 154: 2018 SD Homebrew Festival and Competition


It may seem like déjà vu, however, Episode 154 is from the 2018 San Diego Homebrew Festival and Competition.  Last week you heard from the 2017 festival and this week we are very happy to give you more homebrewers.  We start the show off with a voicemail and the news so that, after a short break, we come back with the exciting stuff.

We are first joined by Jose Alcantar and Paul Silva from their homebrew team called Battle Brewing.  They discuss their homebrewing history and then we get into their brewing equipment and process.  As usual, we ask them what beers got them into craft beer.  That question turns into a surprising homebrew clone of the beer they mention.

After another break, we come back with Michael Lettieri from his homebrew company Fallback Option.  We learn more about the name of his brewery and the names of the beers.  We ask Michael what his entrance into craft beer, but we mainly get into what he drinks while he brews.  Brian wonders what the process of brewing his Softcore Cinematographer, a tart sour ale with raspberries.

Another break, another homebrew team.  We are joined by Brandon Holt and Kevin Holt, a father/son duo.  While we loved their hazy IPA, it was not one of the winners.  We found out the first duo we interviewed ended up winning most of the awards.  Back to these two, we ask how their hazy IPA was made and find out some of the different variations they have made.  We find out they are members of QUAFF.  We wonder if they are going pro or not and then find out what they drink during brewing.

After the final break, we come back with Darrel Brown who was “Best in Show” in 2017.  He is the owner of Savagewood Brewing.  We ask how he opened as compared to what we talked about the last time we talked with him.  We wonder what has been the biggest surprise opening up as he did, taking over an existing brewery.


Luis Fraire – Asks what exactly is beer oxidation?  What does it taste like?

In the News

  • Intergalactic is not closing!  They never were or did. They are having a Grand Re-Opening celebration on March 24th.  They may move to a smaller location next door to the current tasting room.
  • Oceanside Ale Works is under new ownership.  Mark Purciel has sold the OAW to Richard Bell, his fiancé Leah Dardis and brewer Lance Jergensen.  They were going to open Papi Chulo Brew Works and were looking for a turnkey brewery.
  • Finest Made assets are up for sale, including the lease of the spot.
  • Greg’s birthday bash at The Brew Project!  March 15th 7 PM, first 2-3 people to email us and can be there between 7-8 PM get their beers on the house.

I Do Declare!

Thank you, The Perfect Pour, Colin Salmon, Ken Lierman, Chris Bush, Tony Bagz, Tom Keliinoi, 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, James Ramsay, Christa Mitchell, Johnny Rivera.

This episode was recorded at the San Diego Homebrew Festival and Competition.

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