Welcome to the vote down for the 7th Annual Sore Eye Cup!
You will be choosing the top 10 beers that will be judged by our panel of amazing humans with exemplary taste.
This is how it works: you can vote for up to 5 of your favorite beers daily, now through July 19th at 2pm. After each vote, you’re technically blocked for 22 hours. If somehow you have difficulty voting, email me your votes.
Border X does things in a unique way, and we respect that here at TIBS! They focus on flavor profiles that other breweries wouldn’t consider. I’m here to tell you that their beer quality is also steadily improving, give them a visit if you haven’t lately!
We had a great discussion about their current state of affairs, got to enjoy several of their beers, and really enjoyed The Show! Enough reading, hit the play button!
San Diego Magazine is an institution here in our hometown, discussing local issues and topics since 1948, yes, you read that right. One of their biggest events each year is the Best of San Diego Party! The Best of San Diego Party presented by Valley View Casino & Hotel is the ultimate summer celebration. The event brings together the top local restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries and businesses as featured in San Diego Magazine‘s Best Restaurants and Best of San Diego issues.
Guests can expect unlimited bites and sips from more than 100 vendors along with live bands and entertainment, interactive art installations, lounges, aerialist acrobats, fire performers, pop-up shops, dancing and more. Get your tickets to this amazing event here.
On this show, we are joined by the Digital Media Director of SD Mag, David Martin, who you will recognize as the former producer of TIBS!
We also have Larry from Fall and Mark from Coronado on to discuss something amazing, San Diego Magazine has made 3 Best Of San Diego collaboration beers to celebrate this year’s Best Of! We can’t remember the last time there was a 3 brewery collaboration for an event, hit us up if you do.
I straight up ripped the images of the cans from Instagram, so, it the image quality doesn’t stand up to your screen resolution, you know who to blame.
It was really cool to have David back for another episode, we had a blast discussing the collaborations and some other fun things about his life, including his current albums recordings.
All that’s well and good Brian, but where can I get the beers? Well, you can get Eppig’s at Eppig right now, here’s where you can get the rest: The big collective public debut will be on July 19 when Coronado introduces the three canned beers—with can design spearheaded by Fall’s Dave Lively—at a special event hosted at the tasting room in Bay Park. On July 20, Fall will be pouring the Watermelon Berliner Weisse at its North Park tasting room. All three beers will be poured at San Diego Magazine’s Best of San Diego party on August 16 at Liberty Station. Cans of all three varieties will be released to retail outlets throughout San Diego on July 19.
Grab yourself a favorite #sdbeer, or if it’s after 7/19, a Best of San Diego Beer and hit the play button!
We love it when we get a chance to hang out with our listeners, so, every now and again, we plan an event to do just that! Call it a housewarming party for new home at TapCraft Studios, or call it a good ol’ fashioned excuse to drink some indie beers with the coolest people on the planet, like we did!
There’s no official guest for this episode but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some guest stars to discuss! Perennial San Diego beer podcast guest, and writer for the West Coaster, Ian Cheesman joins us and we close out the show by having the one and only, Travis Hudson grill us in a trilling round of Name is Your buzzer!
We talk about some of the standout beers we were drinking, a bunch of beer news and current beery topics, and have a fantastic time sharing beverages and a joyous occasion with some of our friends.
Thank you once again to Tap Craft for letting us use you facility permanently, supporting our Show, and sponsoring The Sore Eye Cup!
Get yourself an #indiebeer that you want to share with a friend, and that friend, then hit the play button!
If you have been paying attention to the food and beer scene in San Diego you will have heard of Fifty-Two East Eatery before but if you haven’t, we’re here to tell you to recognize this rising star and get yourselves out to Santee, yes Santee, for great beers, exceptional cocktails, and phenomenal cuisine. On a perfect evening to be on the patio, we recorded a live show with Adam the owner & chef and Kristina Blake their beer buyer. The overall topic of the show is beer and food pairing, something that 52 East does well; when you’re there, don’t hesitate to ask for advice on what drinks pair well with their dishes.
Crammed amidst what feels like miles of cables when we’re setting up The Show, awkwardly placed trays of food and beers in positions that made both Abel and me apprehensive delighted our senses as Adam lead us through several pairings he put together from his current menu. I mean, look at those waangs, smoked and then glazed in honey sriracha sauce, sticky and delightful. We wanted to just stop The Show and devour these, but displaying a level of restraint that I’m still astonished by, we only consumed one tray – these are the sacrifices we’re willing to make for you guys (when we know there’s more pairings coming)!
The sun was setting as we were served the final and ultimate dish from 52 East, the House Bacon Board, described on the menu as “assorted house made bacon, mustard, pickles, potato salad, brussels slaw, and pretzel bites”. The unassuming description of this bacuterie monument is a metaphor for 52 East, under promise and over deliver. If you happen to be one of the bazillion people in the world that would refer to themselves as baceterian, you simply must go and purchase this tribute to the enigma that is bacon. Sorry the photo does not do this masterpiece justice, you’ll just have to trust me on that.
We love live shows here at TIBS! and this one was super fun! Let us know when you’re headed to 52 East Eatery, we’re all looking for more excuses to cruise out to this gem of Santee. Grab yourself an #indiebeer that pairs well with whatever you’re about nibble on and hit the play button!
We like to change things up when we get a chance here at TIBS! This week we’re joined by a great indie brewery from Colorado Springs, Goat Patch Brewing Co. We connected through this odd, ancient technology called a telephone. On The Show! we have Johannah Murphy, the general manager, Darren Baze, founder/owner/head brewer, and Justin Grant founder/owner. Right off the bat it was clear they love their craft but don’t take themselves too seriously. They rolled with all of our jokes without hesitation!
Fortunately, we had four Goat Patch Brewing beers with us to sample during the show. The beer quality, which is clearly the most important aspect of any brewery, is completely on point. I was very impressed, all the beers we sampled could easily be sold here in San Diego.
We are incredibly impressed by the support they show their local community. You’ll hear me get a little stuck on the subject; mainly because the amount of support they provide compared to the amount of beer they produce is very high. We, here at The Indie Beer Show, commend Goat Patch Brewing Co. for this aspect of their business!
If you’re ever out in Colorado, maybe you’ll be at GABF with us, make sure you check out Goat Patch, I know we will! Grab a delicious indie beer and hit the play button!
The San Diego indie beer industry has a minor league that many overlook; homebrewing, started from a passion for one of the world’s greatest beverages can lead to professional success.
QUAFF is the homebrewers’ club in San Diego that is unequaled. More than 35 breweries/cideries/meaderies have been founded by people that were members of this group at one point or another. Their pursuit of excellence is as admirable as it is triumphant. Their largest competitor in recent history is enormous; The Brewing Network is a national home brew origination. I’ve heard many people joke that it’s SD vs USA every year for the honors of Homebrew Club of the Year, but our “team” is the reigning champion, 3 years running.
This show is packed with history, descriptions of what the club does, memories (and beer) of members that are no longer with us, nominations for Mt. QUAFFmore, and a ton of fun squeezed in their too!
One of the more commendable qualities of QUAFF is their community support. The #Cheers4Sarah effort began last year to help a member’s family after their daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Sarah has recovered from treatment, so her father Miguel is now using the effort to help 2 other families that have children diagnosed with cancer. The beer will be released on June 22nd at Gravity Heights and then available at the following locations:
Notorious Burgers Carlsbad 6955 El Camino Real Suite 107 Carlsbad, CA 92008
Brazil by the Bay 3676 Kurtz St. San Diego, CA 92110
Hamilton’s Tavern 805 16th St. San Diego, CA 92101
Hoboken Pizza & Beer Joint 1459 Garnet Ave San Diego, CA 92109
Draft Republic – La Jolla 4282 Esplanade Ct. San Diego, CA 92122
Deli Stop 13173 Black Mountain Rd San Diego CA 92129
North Park Brewing 3038 University Ave San Diego CA 92104
Obrien’s Pub 4646 Convoy St San Diego, CA 92111
Amplified Ales 1429 Island Ave San Diego CA 92101 & 4150 Mission Blvd #208 San Diego CA 92109
Small Bar & Grill 4628 Park Blvd San Diego CA 92116
Bottlecraft 2252 India St San Diego CA 92101 & 437 Highway 101 Suite 107 Solana Beach CA 92075
Machete Beer House 2325 Highland Ave National City CA 91950
Grind House Ale 2163 Logan Ave San Diego CA 92113
Corbins BBQ 6548 El Cajon Blvd San Diego CA 92115
Fourpenney House Brewery 8323 La Mesa Blvd La Mesa CA 91942
Hoffer’s Cigar Bar 8282 La Mesa Blvd La Mesa CA 91942
Woodstock Pizza College 6145 El Cajon Blvd Ste 3P San Diego CA 92115
Whiphand Bistro 935 J St San Diego CA 92101
Urge RB American Gastropub 16761 Bernardo Center Dr San Diego CA 92128
Iron Pig Alehouse 1520 Garnet Ave San Diego CA 92109
“Beer Cats Fine Craft Imports Titans Craft Beer Taproom & Bottle Shop” Japan
Cork and Craft 16990 Via Tazon San Diego CA 92127
Miss B’s Coconut Club 3704 Mission Blvd San Diego CA 92109
Bar Sin Nombre 253 3rd Ave#100 Chula Vista CA 91910
Rip Current Brewing North Park 4101 30th St San Diego CA 92104
The Ugly Dog Pub at 6344 El Cajon Blvd San Diego CA 92115
Grab yourself a homebrew, if you access to one, and hit the play button!
Welcome to the launch of the 7th Annual Sore Eye Cup, an award for the best, regularly produced indie beer in San Diego!
If you’re familiar with this contest, I hope you’ve noticed you’re on The Indie Beer Show site; I have finally united the search for San Diego’s best indie beer with the podcast! A big shout out of thanks to the other hosts of The Show for being on board with The Cup!
Last year was a resounding success, Treevana from Burgeon Beer Co. took home total victory! That beer, along with the only member of the Sore Eye Cup Hall of Fame, Speedway Stout from AleSmith, are the only two regularly produced, indie beers ineligible for this contest. You guys set even higher records for nominations and votes last year, well done!
We will honor the winning craft beer with an actual cup! At the announcement party, on August 10th, at The Rabbit Hole, we’ll fill it up with the winning beer and the winning brewery will drink from the cup right then, as is tradition! The winners can then bask in the glory of victory and have bragging rights for an entire year.
Here are the rules: beers nominated must be brewed here in San Diego County by a licensed, independent, craft brewery. They must be beers the brewery makes year round; seasonal, special versions, one offs, nitro versions and casks are not allowed. The beers do not need to be packaged (cans or bottles), just made all year long and available for growler fills (so we can buy some to judge). We’re looking for superior indie beers that are available to everyone in SD.
Nominate your favorite beer(s) by emailing us at Sore Eye Cup, tweet us (@IndieBeerShow), tag your nomination #SoreEyeCup in Twitter, comment on the post in Facebook, or comment right here on this post. Nominations are open from Friday, June 14th through Sunday, June 30th at 5pm. Voting down to the 10 finalist beers will happen right here at Indie.Beer , from July 5th to July 19th at 2pm.
The top ten beers, as voted by you, the best people on earth, will be blind tasted/judged by our panel of exemplary beer people . The judges range from craft beer enthusiasts to certified cicerones. We are truly looking for the best, regularly produced indie beer San Diego has to offer. The best craft beer, as chosen by us, will be awarded the esteemed Sore Eye Cup and receive all the prestige and glory we can bestow upon a brewery!
A giant shout out to the returning Sore Eye Cup sponsor, Tap Craft! Remember to contact Tap Craft for all your draft system supply, installation, and maintenance needs!
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Current nominated beers!:
Uncle Pat’s by Bitter Brothers
Needle in the Hey! by Thr3e Punk Ales
Lil Dipa by Mission
My Trusty Lama &
Blue lake Brown by 13 Point
Stoner Moment by Helix
Hazy Daisy by Dos Desperados
Hopmata, New Damage, Dankness Visible, Banksy &
Normcore by Burning Beard
Surf Zombie by Beach Grease
Dawn of the Deft & Double Deft Secret by Deft
Clever Kiwi by Burgeon (current, reigning champion!)
Special Pils & .394 by AleSmith
Legally Red, Clever Hoppy Name, Tabula Rasa & Mulligan by Second Chance
Swami’s & Ponto by Pizza Port
Islander by Coronado
Papa Shaka by Papa Marce’s Cerveceria
Plenty For All by Fall
Milagro by Pure Project
Hop Cloud & Grapefruit Solis by Hess
Sharks with Lasers by Home Brewing Co.
Relay IPA by Thorn
Zumbar & Pure & Simple by New English
Devotion by Lost Abbey
Schlock Purist by Original 40
Boss Pour by Abnormal
Hop Fu! & Bird Park by North Park
The Heiress, The Coachman, The Pupil & The Harlot by Societe
Lebron Haze, Dank Drank &
Smylex by Pariah
Aurora Hoppyalis by Karl Strauss
Ice, Orderville & Blazing World by Modern Times
Red Tide Ryesing & June Gloom by Gravity Heights
Hopcondido by Escondido
Goofy Regular by Duck Foot
Electric Youth, Prince of Zamunda, & Dream Trails by Thunderhawk
Digital Bath by Belching Beaver
Vice Pink Guava, Prince of Dankness & Hipster Latte by Wild Barrel
Endo, Bonkeur Mosaic Pale & Domestique by Rouleur
Bear Cookie by Bear Roots
First Date by Groundswell
Alpha Chief by Indian Joe
Electrocution by Amplified
Windy Hill by Mikkeller
Tropic of Thunder by Stone Brewing
Jambi by Mason
Chasing Citra by Resident
Five Finger Discount & Space Oasis (Intergalactic) by 2 Kids
Maybe you haven’t heard about this brewery in Vista that focuses on poundable beers with a beach, hot rod, motorcycle, skateboard vibe, but they’re here and they are making some pretty tasty beer, get to know Beach Grease Beer Co. They’re tasting room is decorated with everything I just mentioned and is certainly unique and stands out in San Diego.
JamesBanuelos, the founder, joins us on The Show for a great discussion about their inception, what their brand is all about, some of the hickups along the way to where they are now, and generally provides a great context for the overall Beach Grease experience.
We tasted through several of their core beers and were impressed. All the beverages we enjoyed were on message and definitely fit with the poundable motto. We were also lucky enough to help them break in their future podcast space they built on the mezzanine level of the brewery!
We had a great evening hanging out with James and hope that comes through in the recording. Grab yourself a Surf Reaper and hit the play button!