The Indie Beer Show – Episode #7 – Live at The Rabbit Hole

Here at TIBS!, we love to mix it up with our fans and record our shows live when possible. The good folks at The Rabbit Hole invited us out for a night of fun on the back patio; you know, in the corner, where we belong!

Twenty or so of the finest individuals that the amazing indie beer community has to offer joined us for a fun night, under the sails! We began with Stephen, the general manager; discussing the change over from True North, North to The Rabbit Hole, what got him excited about craft beer in the first place, what he enjoys about running a restaurant, and the step by step world domination of the Social Syndicate.

We were then joined on The Show by Nickie Pena from Paradeigm to discuss the latest SD Craft Beer Economic Impact study and some great things about SD Beer Week and the SD Beer app!

We close out the interview section of the show with James, the beer program manager, to talk about his philosophy on beer lists, what he loves about his job, which distributors and breweries he likes working with the best, and the best way to get your beer in front of him to sample.

There’s also news, and jokes, and fun! Why are you still reading this? Grab a Burgeon Treevana (Sore Eye Cup Champion), Resident Chasing Citra, or Chasing Galaxy to be in tune with The Show and hit the play button!

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #6 – Bruce Glassman Brings Us Beer and We Drink It!

In a complicated string of events, much too boring to type here, we ended up recording this episode in a very nontraditional location. Thankfully the indie beer gods saw it wise to provide us an under construction brewery to use for our own shenanigans. I want to personally thank Steve from U 31 for welcoming us into his space and allowing us to enjoy this unique building, way before anyone should.

Bruce Glassman, award winning author and publisher, came to TIBS! bearing 8 delicious gifts for us to sample while discussing his accomplishments and contributions to the San Diego beer journalism world.

We started with a great array of Brut IPAs from Duckfoot, Council, Burning Beard, and Wild Barrel. In a never before seen outcome, each of us chose a different beer as our favorite, completely proving all of these beers are exceptional!

Then we dove into Festbiers (’tis the saison) from the lager king of SD, Gordon Biersch, next in line for the lager thrown (and sharpening their sword), Eppig, the greatest brew pub North county has to offer, Bagby, and the gold bar standard, Karl Strauss. Each and every one of these beers are incredibly high quality and massively enjoyable, exactly what they are supposed to be!

We also discover the secret to getting clean pours out of those awesome crowlers we all love! You’re welcome world!

Thank you to Mr. Glassman for taking the time to hang out with us for a few hours, and even more so, for bringing an array of delightful SD beers for us enjoy on The Show!

You can check out Bruce’s article here, ¬†grab an indie beer, we suggest a Festbier or a Brut IPA to be on theme, and hit the play button!

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #5 – Sin Fronteras Brewing

It’s a terrific day here at TIBS!, we’re finally sharing the time we got down to Sin Fronteras (Without Borders) for a long visit and recorded a show for you! If you have not had a chance to check out the burgeoning craft beer scene in Mexico, I suggest you investigate ahora mismo! When you decide to go south of the border for adventure, make sure you add Sin Fronteras Brewing to your mandatory list. The brewing side is coming soon, but they currently have a great selection of Mexican and American indie beers for you.

This is an amazing place to spend a day of drinking and fun! They are located directly on top of a cliff, at the water. Calling this a beautiful place to drink is an understatement. There is also a very famous surf store (K38) and 2 food places all within the same complex. They also has two suites you can rent out if you would like to spend the night. It’s a very special place, that has no direct comparison, to anywhere in the States. We were lucky enough to take a bus down with 10 of our fans/friends, which made transportation a breeze, and added to how special the day was! A giant shout out to Robert Esparza, the owner of Sin Fronteras, for welcoming us into his establishment and setting up the bus, we truly appreciate how much fun we had!

Out first guest on the show is Mariano from Armor Cerveceria, he breaks down their beers and where you can find them in Mexico. In contrast to SD breweries, their best selling beer have nothing to do with the hop profiles. They bring in their water in 5 gallon jugs, talk about brewing the hard way!

Later in the show we are joined by Alonzo from Silenus Cerveza Artesanal, for a longer conversation. They have been around for about 6 years and share a brewer with Thr3e Punk Ales, Ivan Maldonaldo. Alonzo discusses how they started, the current beers available, their avoidance of hazy (“Make clears IPA again!”), and their focus on drink-ability.

We break down our Top 3 beer drinking towns, of course, my number 1 is no surprise to anyone!

Grab an indie beer, one from Mexico if you want to be on point, and hit the play button!

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #4 – The Great American Beer Festival

GABF is a special time of year for the independent brewers/breweries in our country. With the promise of recognition for greatness, representatives of the entire craft brewing industry descend on Denver with a thirst like a they were lost in the Sahara Desert for months. We were lucky enough to be granted media access to the largest craft beer festival we’ve ever seen! Denver excelled at being one of the greatest beer towns, or cities in general, that I have visited.

The festival itself was insane, calling it gigantic doesn’t seem to be enough, I need a bigger word, one with way more syllables to convey the enormity properly! Esthela and myself had a blast, enjoyed a bunch of Denver beer places outside the festival, and brought back a plethora of micro interviews from the festival floor.

Please note: due to the nature of the extreme varied conditions in which these recordings were made, there will be a lot of volume and recording quality variances, be prepared for that, especially while listening through headphones.

Grab a medal winning beer, maybe one of the 16 medal winning beers this year in San Diego, get comfortable, and hit the play button! 

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #3 – It’s Time for Nacho!

In this episode we are joined by Ignacio Cervantes (Nacho), the head brewer from The Bellmarker! We returned to one of our favorite spots, The Project Bar and Grill for this recording. We get to try some of his beers, including one that is a collaboration with a Show member! We discuss him moving on from Pizza Port, why he joined The Bellmarker, and what he’s enjoying about his new position. We also break down our Top 3 Secret Craft Spots, discuss Esthela’s adventures at CCBA (including wishing some bad karma on a thief), thank our awesome Patrons, and most¬†importantly, have some fun!

Hit the play button and enjoy!

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #2 – Our First Bottle Share!

One of the greatest things for us is actually hanging with our fans, in person. For TIBS #2 we threw a bottle share at Project Bar & Grill to get back to the best part of this show, fun!

We got to introduce David to many of our hard core fans in person, Travis is with us again, we break down our Top 3 brewery tasting rooms, drink many listener and show beers, and play a game with a 4 pack of Back to the Filter on the line!

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Get comfortable, grab your favorite indie beer and hit the play bottom!