The Indie Beer Show – Episode 14: 2018, It’s Over!

It’s the end of 2018! Whether you’re on the woo or boo side of this year coming to its inevitable conclusion, there’s nothing you can do to stop it!

We brought on some friends of the show, Travis Hudson, Beth Demmon, and Ian Cheesman to discuss the main happenings in San Diego #indiebeer for the year. Brandon Hernandez is back in his hosting chair and we give him a proper introduction!

The discussion weaves through brewery closings, major expansions, openings, and we talk about our Top 3 beer events of the year!

It’s a time for reflection and pondering on the occurrences of 2018, with a positive eye on the future. I/we are remarkably lucky to have and thankful for all of you! Without the incredible support of our Patrons and the San Diego indie beer industry and community we would not have been able to start TIBS! I’m astonished with how well the new show has commenced and have an extraordinarily positive viewpoint of the future of the show. The addition of David, and now Brandon, has felt natural and inevitable. Will we reach our full potential? Probably not, but the future sure feels bright over here at The Indie Beer Show! We wish you Happy Holidays and hope 2019 brings you laughter and positivity!

Grab your favorite #indiebeer and hit that download button!

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #13: Brewery Startup Financials 101

In this episode of TIBS! we are discussing a lot of the costs of opening a brewery in San Diego. We are joined by the Finance teacher from the SDSU Business of Craft Beer Certification program, Debra Druther, future 15 BBL North Park brewpub owner, Steve Billings, and Jonathan Barbarin from Thunderhawk!

We go through a great deal of the costs you need to consider when developing your business plan; John and Steve offer their insight on their planned costs and what reality was/looks like it will be. I offer some insight into costs related to opening a Brewery Igniter Program , which underlines one important fact, there is no way to open a brewery without a lot of cash on hand; whatever you’re thinking you would need in your mind right now, double it.

As the show deepens you’ll hear the drastic costs differences between a nano brewery mainly built by its owners and a premium brewpub designed and built by San Diego’s best. Many times there were jokes about if they had really known what the real costs and timelines were going to be, they may never had even attempted to open a brewery. I have often said it takes an almost unrealistic, positive attitude, and extreme confidence in one’s self to overcome the mountain of hiccups and challenges even the best planned breweries encounter, long before they can sell even one pint of delicious beer.

We’re very happy to offer you some insight from “behind the curtain” and highlight some of the vast cost differences between brewery sizes here in SD. Steve and John were both very open in regards to their actual budgets and costs and I thank them heavily. This is one of the aspects of the industry in San Diego that makes it very easy for us to do our jobs; I highly doubt many business owners would “open their books” and tell the public what it cost to build their location.

A giant thank you to also goes out to Debra for offering her expertise and wisdom! Get comfortable with an #indiebeer by your side and hit the play button!
 

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #12 – Live at Deft Brewing Industry Night

We were excited to be invited out to Deft Brewing for industry night! It’s always fun when we get to hang out with members of the #SDBeer world that make all the delicious beer we obsess over!

Also, here’s some giant news from TIBS! central; Brandon Hernandez, Editor at Large from the West Coaster and Chief Marketing Officer of Societe Brewing, has joined us as our new, fourth host! We couldn’t be stokeder (yes, that’s a word now!) on his decision to slum it up with us on a weekly basis. If you see him around, give him a welcome high five!

Back to Deft; we begin the show with the owner, Morris Nuspl, we discuss his brewery, his system, some of the beers we’re enjoying, and how it’s been for the first year of their existence. If you were not aware, Deft celebrate their first anniversary in October.  I really enjoyed the feel and comfort of the tasting room. They have a great patio as well. Most importantly, the beer they are making is stellar, especially if you appreciate classic styles, brewed with super clean flavor profiles. Go check them out if you haven’t yet!

We then turn our focus to brewmaster general, Paul Segura! I often joke about Karl Strauss and Paul being new and it slipped out again during his introduction on this show. I’ll try to let that joke die, the horse has been beaten soundly. We have a great talk with Paul and there’s a lot of Michael Peacock, from Tapcraft LLC, love through in there for good measure.

Grab that #indiebeer that’s longingly looking at you from the cold depths of your fridge and hit the download button!

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #11 – Visiting GABF Winner, Ocean Beach Brewery

Fresh off their gold medal and being awarded Small Brewpub of the year at GABF, we got to sit down with Jim Millea, the head brewer of Ocean Beach Brewery.

Imagine, if you will, that you had just come off 10 full days of #SDBEER week but were still obligated to show up at a local brewpub that you somehow had never visited. That was the mindset I was in entering this show, I was a little worn down to say the least. Then Esthela offered to grab me a Hodad’s cheeseburger (very close to OB Brewery)! That fixed me right up and I was more than ready to tackle another night of drinking and fun!

We are Davidless (is that a word?) for this episode, he had just left for an epic vacation. We put our jealousy aside, because we’re professionals (ha!), and setup our gear on the 2nd floor at OB Brewery.

We discussed how Jim got his start in beer, what lead to him getting the job at OB, and his reaction to winning these prestigious awards! There’s also beers and other fun nuggets in there.

Grab an #indiebeer and hit that download button!

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #10 – Live at Stone Company Store – On Kettner’s 5th Anniversary Party

In this episode of TIBS! we are kicking off #SDBW (San Diego Beer Week) with a live show at one of Stone Brewing’s satellite locations. This was a great way to celebrate the commencement of the eleven days of beer week we set our selves up for!

The Stone Company Store – On Kettner was celebrating their 5th Anniversary and was generous enough to invite us out for some fun. We began the show with Laura Ulrich, Small Batch Brewer. We dig into her history at Stone Brewing and dip into her other role as President of the Pinks Boots Society. If you’re good at math, you’ll hear I mess a stat up by a magnitude of 10! If you do notice, message me you’re funniest, decimal point mistake meme.

We’re then joined by Kris Ketcham, Senior Manager of Brewing at Liberty Station and David Wilson, his assistant brewer. We discuss Kris’ start at Liberty Station, some of his fondest memories (and beers), and what’s currently going on there.

We close out the show with Andrew Snodgrass, shift lead at the Stone Company Store – On Kettner. He has an original beer that sparked his interest in craft, I’ve never heard anyone answer our most asked question like he did! We lament about missing Stone Brewing in South Park, discuss how he got his start at Kettner, where he was when he found out he got his job with Stone, and what he loves about working for the biggest indie beer producer in San Diego.

Cheers to Stone Brewing for having us out and to SD Beer Week! Grab an indie beer and hit that play button.