Bitter Brothers Goes Low with Pacesetter

Bitter Brothers Brewery is the first San Diego , independent brewery to produce a low calorie beer. This trend is picking up steam and BB has a well timed innovation, that leverages the enzymes that are used in producing brut IPAs, to make a flavorful beer with just 2g of carbs, 95 calories, and coming in at a paltry 4% abv.

Beers for the health conscious drinker is a market that is exploding right now in craft. The biggest sign is Sierra Nevada’s purchase of Sufferfest. This is the first acquisition for the SN, that’s how strongly they feel about the potential growth in this space.

Tyler, the head brewer at Bitter Brothers, joins us on The Show to discuss Pacesetter as well as some of their other fine offerings. The beer quality at this brewery is at an all time high, if it’s been awhile since you’ve visited, you should go by soon!

I really enjoyed Pacesetter and wouldn’t hesitate to order it. It has a quality on the finish that makes you want to take another sip, and another, and you get the point! This is episode 24, if you’re keeping track, and it’s time to hit the play button!

The Womens’ Show

This is Esthela’s annual Womens’ Show where we give some of the coolest humans in the San Diego craft beer industry the opportunity to be on The Show together! She takes the wheel to discuss current issues from the female perspective, enjoy a bunch of amazing beers, and discuss their favorite places to grab a drink!

We’ve got some great guests for you in this one, Zana Martorana, beertender at Duck Foot and Home Brew Co., Virginia E Morrison, CEO and co-founder of Second Chance Beer Co., Jes Pierce, beer liaison at Ale Tales, Samantha Olson, head brewer of Fourpenny House, Samantha Dufau, owner and head brewer at Two Kids Brewing Co., and Lia Garcia, tasting room manager of Societe Brewing.

Prepare your ears for a terrific departure from the usual Show as these wonderful people fill your ears with knowledge, advice, and remind you that #SDBEER is not just about bearded dudes. Packed with highlights, laughter, and plain old good times, I really enjoyed listening to this episode!

Help us celebrate International Women’s Day with a great episode, #23 btw! Grab a beer from one of the incredible establishments our guests work at, get comfortable, and hit that play button!

San Diego Distillery

You’re about to listen to Episode 22! We’re getting rid of episode numbers in our show titles, so, moving forward, our titles will only focus on our guests or topic of The Show!

Trent and Maria were great hosts; they had Esthela and me out on a night they were not open. On this particular cold and rainy night, it was fun to have the entire facility to ourselves!

Yes, San Diego has several distilleries, if you were not aware, many are displaying similar zeal and creativity to distilling spirits that we’re conditioned to expect from our local brewers.

SD Distillery is a shining example of how, sometimes, the long term dedication to a passion project develops into a unique and respected business.

I walked away from this interview with two main thoughts. Maria and Trent’s love of distilling, aging, and blending is very obvious when in their company. Their use of indie beer as the wash for some of their distillation gives them a level of connection with the local beer industry that few will fully understand; getting the white into a barrel for aging is only the beginning, the aging and blending process can take years longer.

Gently pour some of your favorite local bourbon or whiskey into that Glencairn glass you haven’t used in far too long, hit the download button and enjoy something a little different from us, here at TIBS!

Episode 21: Gravity Heights

Almost exactly a year ago we did a preview show with the terrific humans behind Gravity Heights. On that show, they laid out an ambitious plan of building a ground up, elevated, brew pub experience. We were impressed with their intentions and design.

Fast forward a mere 12 months and they are now open and thriving! The place is freaking impressive, to say the least. We anticipated the beer under Skip Virgilio’s control would be stellar and he delivered in that department, big time. Especially for first batch beers, Gravity Heights offers a notable variety with quality that stands up to the striking build out.

The food, Brian, what about the food? Well, let me tell you, it’s exceptional as well. Get the blackened sichuan wings, you’ll thank me later.

We had a blast talking to the GH crew, yes, we discussed our “bet”, but overall we’re just stoked they’re open and delivering on their promise to bring something relevant to San Diego, which is no easy feat nowadays.

Congrats to Gravity Height on a successful launch! Hit that download button and get this Show into your ear holes!

Episode 20: Miralani Maker’s District MEGA Show Part 2

Aaaand we’re baaack! Here’s the promised second half of the Miralani Maker’s District MEGA Show!

To finish up our tour of the District, we start with Mr. and Mrs. G from Mr. G’s Salsa! They make great, fresh, flavorful salsas, offer salsa flights, and make some food items to enjoy with and around your salsa.

We then close out the interviews with Samantha and Robert from 2Kids, Sam also acts as a “cat herder” for the District and speaks to that role a bit.

This show was super fun for us, yes, also long and dynamic, but mainly fun! Open another #indiebeer and get comfortable for the conclusion of The MEGA Show!