Episode 167: Council Brewing Santee


We have a few three-time guests on the show this week!  We headed over to Council’s new tasting room and brewhouse in Santee, CA.  It is about 11 miles East of their Kearny Mesa tasting room and brewhouse.  The Santee location used to be Finest Made Ales (aka Butchers) and Manzanita Brewing.  We are joined again by Liz and Curtis Chism (and baby Olivia.)

There’s some pre-show banter but then we get into it and Liz breaks down how this spot became Council’s new Santee location.  From there we find out that Council has a really cool item they bought to help with buying beers to go and their strategy with their future of bottle and can sizes.  We take a small break to get more beer.

We come back with kombucha talk.  Council is producing their own kombucha that generally stays under 1% ABV.  We ask more about their last year and what trends have they seen in their fourth year.  Esthela wonders what beers will be brewed at Santee versus beers at Kearny Mesa.  That transitions to the amount of beer they may produce with the new system.  After mentioning one of their really amazing tasting room managers, Liz talks more about hiring people from the area and how it helps build confidence from patrons.  We then go over the details of the grand opening of the Santee location which will be three days, June 8-10, 2018.

In the News

  • Brian Kelly joins Cervecería Transpeninsular. He was at Burning Beard prior and did a 3-year stint at Coronado Brewing before that.
  • #Societe6 coming up.
    • Starting at Noon on Wednesday, June 6th, patrons can buy a 6th Anniversary glass for $10 which includes the first fill and every fill after that is $1 until June 30th!
    • This year’s new beer is a Hoppy Pilsner called The Mistress. Includes Saphir, Sterling and Hallertau Blanc hops.
    • And big news, Societe will start filling 32oz. Crowlers!

Special Guest!

We are joined by Joel Geier from Brewery Travels and Sommbeer.  The last time he was on the show, he had just been in San Diego for a few weeks on vacation.  Now he’s been in San Diego for just about three months and has his report card on his experience in the Capital of Craft.

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, 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, Theresa Lopez, Tyler Ferguson, Queso, Oscar Barron, Amy Spackman, and NEW! Three Frogs Beer Company!

Where to find our guests:

Council Brewing:
Twitter: @CouncilBrewing
Instagram: @councilbrewing
Instagram – Santee: @councilbrewingsantee
FaceBook: facebook.com/councilbrewing/
Website: www.councilbrew.com

This episode was recorded live at Council Brewing – Santee.

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