CCBA Spring 2019 Conference, San Diego

While I was still under the weather, Esthela and Brandon had the chance to interview several integral members of California Craft Brewers Association at their annual Spring Conference. If you’re not aware, The California Craft Brewers Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association representing the craft and specialty brewing industry in California. Formed in 1989, the CCBA is the oldest state trade association representing craft breweries. The CCBA is committed to protecting the growth, quality and variety of California’s craft brewing industry.

The primary  function of the CCBA is to monitor legislative activity at the state Capitol and provide a single and coherent political voice representing the interests of all of California’s craft breweries. They also provide a lot of resources and services to the members of the association.

They start off with Leia Bailey, the Managing Director of the CCBA and Laurie Navas, the Marketing & Events Manager. They discuss the origin of the association, what their roles are, and some of the important work the organization does on a daily basis.

In the middle segment Brandon and Esthela are joined by Chris Cramer: Co-founder/Co-owner of Karl Strauss Brewing and the current Chair of the CCBA. They discuss the importance of protecting the craft beer/indie beer friendly regulations that we currently have in California and how the association fortifies the strength of the craft industry here in CA.

In the final segment they are joined by Tom McCormick, the Executive Director of the CCBA. Tom mentions several bills they are addressing currently, specifically A.B. 1713, and A.B. 205; you can follow those links to get updates and more information.  There is a video below about another bill they are opposed to, if you’d like to help, contact your representative to voice your opposition for A.B. 860.

Want to get a good feel for the CCBA and the events they offer? Attend the CA Craft Beer Summit in Long Beach, happening Sept 12th and 13th. Want to have a blast at a tremendous beer festival, join us at Summit Beer Festival on September 15th!

As Chris Cramer said, grab a California craft beer and hit the play button!

2019 Rhythm and Brews Festival

Aaaaand we’re back! I’m alive again, thanks for everyone that wished me a speedy recovery, I appreciate it. A big shout out to Esthela and Brandon who soldiered on without me while I was ill!

This show was recorded live at the 2019 Rhythm and Brews Festival, in Vista. Thank you to the SD Brewers Guild for inviting TIBS! out to record at the event!

Brandon and Esthela interview a cavalcade of members of the #SDBeer industry including:

We love live shows at festivals and it sounds like Esthela and Brandon had a blast at this year’s event! Grab yourself a great #indiebeer from one of the amazing breweries featured in this episode and hit the play button!

Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival

The 9th MVCBF happened on April 27th and I hope you were there for all the fun and revelry! Our long touted favorite festival of the year arrived, dominated your taste buds, and left only foot prints on the ole SDCC Stadium practice field. David returns for some fun in the sun with us, it’s been a while since you’ve heard his voice!

We start with a segment that features Twan from the future Museum of Beer, Charlie from High Style Brewing, MVCBF event head, Robert Esparza. We dip into some details regarding the Museum of Beer, what High Style is all about, and some great news about the future of this awesome festival.

Our middle segment features David and Esthela holding it down without me, I had some “fun” work emergencies going on during this time. They had a bunch of fun yucking it up with Pat McIlhenney, the founder of Alpine Beer Co, Larry Monasakanian, the sales manager from Fall Brewing, and a pair from the SD Indie Beer Madness Champion, Burning Beard, Dylan Brown and Shannon Lynnette!

Then we jump into fun with Kevin Lewis and John Marshall from Thr3e Punk Ales and Tyler Tucker from Bitter Brothers. We discuss collabs, medals, drink a few beers, get some love confessions on “tape”, and other fun #SDbeer topics!

We close it out with a segment that has Kevin and Mia from Groundswell and Cassie and Paul from Abnormal. We talk about Abnormal’s Ambassador membership, a new head brewer at Groundswell, Abnormal’s explosion of canned products, some their and our favorites from the festival, have a surprise guest (it’s live and shit happens!) and generally have a ton of fun closing out the festival!

Get on that play button and let your ears be happy!