Pure Project

Fresh off their 4th anniversary, we had a the opportunity to sit down with Mike Czech and Chris Leguizamon from Pure Project to talk about their brewery that has been cranking out exceptional beer since the day they opened.

Known for their murky IPAs by most, we’re here to tell you that they have a deep bag of phenomenal products that you need to be exploring.

One #SDBeer TIBS! really enjoys from Pure is pictured above, Log Cabin, a barrel aged imperial stout with cocoa and maple syrup. We appreciate the restraint on the sweetness in a time where some beers are competing with the caloric content of ice cream, this beer brings enough to the table to be present but not enough to overwhelmed the subtleties of the barrel.

Strap in, this episode lands heavily on the longer side but we had a blast handing our with Mike and Chris, enjoy!

The Women’s Show 2020

This is Esthela’s annual Women’s Show where we give some of the coolest humans in the San Diego craft beer industry the opportunity to be on The Indie Beer Show together! She hosts a great panel this year that includes:

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

Burning Beard Brewing Anniversary Preview

Coming up on February 29th, the jewel of El Cajon, Burning Beard will be celebrating their 4th (or 1st if you’re a leap year stickler) anniversary with a giant party!

It’s always a great time when we get to sit down with some of our favorite people; we’re joined by Shannon, Jeff, and Mike for a great night of discussion revolving around all things Beard, with an emphasis on the upcoming shin dig! Speaking of the party, make sure to get your tickets here, really soon, the event is on the brink of being a sell out.

If you aren’t going to whoop it up in El Cajon, consider coming and seeing us record live at The Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival!

Grab a great #SDBeer, maybe this terrific triple IPA, Dr. Gonzo from BB, and hit the play button!

Booze Brothers Brewing Co. and the new SD Brewers Guild President

This week we have a great guest for you, Kris Anacleto, who cheekily refers to himself as Mr. Manager from Booze Brothers/Owl Farm, the new president of the  San Diego Brewers Guild!  We get to discuss his role in both beer brands and what it’s like for his peers to support him being involved with the guild, leading to his new position.

We had a terrific night hanging out with Kris; the full TIBS! team was present for this recording, and we really dig it when that’s possible!

If you haven’t been to Booze Brothers before, definitely get up there very soon, they are making great beer and have a very comfortable tasting room to enjoy it in. They also recently opened a second tasting room, located at 606 Mission Ave, in Oceanside.

Here’s your reminder to jump in and have some fun with us during our #29DaySDBeerChallenge leading up to Indie Beer Madness!

We hope you enjoy this episode!

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival Preview

It’s time for us to talk a little more about one of our favorite #SDBeer festivals, the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival! This will be the 10th year of this terrific event and you should go check it out if you can.

We are joined by festival organizers Robert and Amber Esparza  to talk about some of the highlights of this year’s occasion, including what adds extreme value to the entrance cost, it comes with food. It all goes down on leap year day, Febuary 29th, if you don’t have plans, you do now!

We will be live podcasting at the fest; this will our second live show of the year and we’ll talking all things MVCBF and #indiebeer. Want to come out for the first live show of the year, join us for The 3rd Annual Women in beer Show, led by Esthela, at Border X of Febuary 19th.

In this episode we also got to try the new Societe Brewing beer, The Scamp, which is delightful! We hope you enjoy this episode and have a chance to give us a high five at MVCBF!

The Original 40 Brewing Co.

When the opportunity presented itself for us to sit down with one of the younger but impressive breweries in #SDBeer, and Sore Eye Cup champion, The Original 40 Brewing Co., we did not hesitate!

On a wonderful Wednesday night in the TapCraft Studio, we had the company of head brewer, Chris Gillogy and owner, Steve Billings to discuss how the first 7 months of OG 40 has been going.

We taste through several of their beers, talk about some upcoming additions to the menu, and have a grand old time hanging out with good friends!

We’ll be launching a #29DayChallange on Feb 1st to get you hyped for the return of Indie Beer Madness! Yep, we can’t wait to celebrate #SDBeer with another good old bracket showdown. We’ll also be using #RoadToMadness if you guys want to follow along! We’ll be at a different brewery each day to let you know why we think they’re awesome.

Get yourself a Chrispy Boi and feel the good times as you listen to this episode!

Pacific Beach AleHouse

Have you been to PB AleHouse lately? This long standing member of #SDBeer has often been overlooked but we’re here to tell you that their beer is quality is high and you should give them a visit the next time you’re in the area.

We sat down with head brewer, Dan Emjen to discus his brewing philosophy, what’s his position is like, and sample several of his enjoyable beers.

We’re back in our studio at TapCraft for this one and it sure felt good to be home again! We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!

 

Ale Tales Taproom in East Village

New year, who dis? We’re back from a great holiday break with an exciting preview for you guys!

We were lucky enough to get to hang out in the extremely soon to be open Ale Tales Taproom in East Village! This awesome new bottle shop/craft beer bar/restaurant will open at 1520 J Street any day now!

We had a blast getting 2020 started with the opportunity to see and feel this new killer #indiebeer spot early. You guys are going to really dig hanging out here soon; whether you want a pint from the 50+ taps (all installed by TapCraft, where our studio is!), a bottle to drink onsite or take home, or a bite to eat, Ale Tales has you covered. Add to that, they are 1/2 mile from PetCo Park!

Jump right into the first show of 2020 and thank you for being listeners, we truly appreciate it!

The Open and Closed Case of Insurgente Brewing

If you are not aware of the difficult situation one of our favorite breweries south of the border is facing, Insurgente, please check out Beth Demmon’s article in SD Magazine. Here’s a few excerpts to give you an idea of the complexity of the situation:

“October 5, 2019, officials from the city and Baja California’s new controlling party, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), shuttered the tasting room and halted production of the brewhouse, citing a lack of numerous operating permits, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.”

“Ivan Morales, co-founder of Insurgente with his brother Damian, disputes this. “We have all the required permits, although they’re accusing us of not having them.””

Insurgente has turned to their supporters for help, many have began using the hashtag #freeinsurgente to show their support for the difficult situation. There was a recent event at Machete to support Insurgente and Esthela (with Beth) was able to sit down with Ivan Morales. At the time of this discussion, Insurgente had obtained permission to reopen, unfortunately, that only lasted 2 or 3 days, and they have since been closed again.

Insurgente, in response to the most recent closing posted this:

It is evident that we are being subjected to harassment by the municipal authorities and [Mayor] Arturo González Cruz, who does not tire of seeking excuses to close us, the company said on Twitter.

Jaime Bonilla, Governor of Baja CA, who has been accused of making this situation personal due to his brother living across the street from the brewery, is not backing down, he gave the following statements in an LA Times article by Wendy Fry:

“Like I don’t have anything else to do as governor of the state than to worry about this brewery,” said Bonilla. “No one respects the laws in Tijuana. They don’t seem to understand this is a new government and they can no longer get away with whatever they want like they have for the past 30 years.”

“Read my lips. They are not going to be opening the brewery there,” said Bonilla, definitively.”

We are hopeful our friends at Insurgente find a way to navigate the complex governmental situation and reopen soon; we’ll certainly keep you up to date. They are facing a situation that is only made more dire by the history of inconsistent and corrupt governmental members and institutions in Mexico. To that end, I want to remind you, when this recording was made, Insurgente was brewing beer and about to reopen their tasting room.