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.


The Indie Beer Show – Episode #9 – Blend-O-Matic

Sometimes we’re lucky and get invited to some fun stuff, this was not an exception! The amazing people over at Second Chance had us come out for the release of Blend-O-Matic, a new, revolutionary collaboration with the juggernaut, AleSmith. In an extremely unique concept, they brewed 2 completely different beers, one a hazy IPA, the other a brut IPA, with the intention of being physically blended. The combined, result is available on draft, but what pushes this collab into the stratosphere of awesomeness is that you can purchase mixed 4 packs (2 cans of each beer) of 16 oz cans and combine the beers at your whimsy! I’m a fan of the 50/50 combination that is available at 2nd Chance, but maybe you like 60/40, or gasp 30/70!

We were hanging out on the Beer Lounge patio in North Park, first joined by Marty Mendiola, the Co-founder and Brewmaster of Second Chance, and Peter Zien, CEO & Owner of AleSmith. These guys are both integral to the history and success of #SDBeer and we were still a little star struck that they sat down with us. Personally, I didn’t even mention Speedway Stout being the only member of the Sore Eye Cup Hall of Fame until after we were done recording with Peter. It was a great time to get to hang with these two legends, who clearly have a great friendship, as you’ll hear!

In the second segment we have Ryan Crisp, Director of Brewery Operations and Colin Field, Specialty Brewer from AleSmith. We discuss the origin story of the brut IPA side of the Blend and many other terrific things currently happening inside the mega complex on AleSmith Court. Yes, if you didn’t know, the street where they are located is literally named after the brewery.

We close out the show with Rudy from CraftBeerd (and now Jolly Spaceship) and Virginia Morrison, CEO and Co-Founder of Second Chance to talk about the art work and the overall collaboration spirit behind the Blend-O-Matic endeavor.

This show was a lot of fun for us and I hope that translates to your ears! I’m done typing; hit the play button!

The Indie Beer Show – Episode #8 – Mc Stouty Stouts

We had so much fun recording #6 in a construction site that we decided we should do it again! A big thank you to Steve at U31 for letting us this space once again. We invited over some friends of The Show, Morgan Tenwick, Jen Mann, and of course Travis Hudson, Mr. #stout365, for some “drinking a bunch of stouts” fun in a slightly creepy location! We also break down our Top 3 got to beers, beers we can drink anytime, anywhere.

We began our sampling with SD staples and Sore Eye Cup champions; I’m not sure I had ever really drank Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark, Tabula Rasa from Second Chance, and Speedway Stout from AleSmith in sequence but each remains a beacon of light in a sea of awesome stouts. The time tested quality of each of these beers and breweries really underlines the legitimacy of their Sore Eye Cup victories.

Then we’re totally invaded and show jacked by the What’s on Draft crew! They’re on to discuss all the great things you can expect to see in the Sexy Brewers calendar. You get to hear my honest, first reactions to each month’s picture and hear some behind the scenes stories about the shots, it’s like Pop Up Podcastio, you get all the fun without those annoying visuals. The calendar benefits Life Sharing, a charity close to Tom’s heart.

We squeeze in some older (aged) stouts, a few barrel aged bottles, and just for the record,  we also consumed a bunch of OTL Lager and 2 crowlers of Eppig beers. This was one of our heavier drinking episodes in a while and I really enjoyed it!

Grab your favorite stout, or go to beer, and push that play  button!

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!