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
Clever Hoppy Name, Tabula Rasa & Mulligan by Second Chance
Swami’s & Ponto by Pizza Port
Islander by Coronado
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
Blazing World by Modern Times
June Gloom by Gravity Heights
Hopcondido by Escondido
Goofy Regular by Duck Foot
Electric Youth, Prince of Zamunda, & Dream Trails by Thunderhawk
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!
This week is a special one for us, we got to sit down with Doug and Brandon from Societe Brewing Company! Of course that meant Brandon was pulling double duty as both a host of The Show and a guest of The Show!
I’m finally back behind the mic, Esthela is with us as always, and we have a big announcement in the beginning of the program!
We kind of talk about the new distribution deal that was just announced, the deal wasn’t signed at the time of recording so they didn’t talk about the specifics. We discuss some upcoming changes and what will remain the same; extremely flavorful, high quality, #indiebeer . Here’s a little video about that announcement:
We finish off this episode with a good discussion about the upcoming 7th anniversary party that will go down on July 27th! Last year they didn’t throw a big party and the public demanded an epic celebration this year. Listen to hear some of the details regarding that upcoming soiree and get your tickets here!
Get yourself a nice cold indie beer, maybe a fresh Societe crowler, and hit the play button!
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!
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!
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!
This is the second part of Burgeon Beer Co. episode, make sure you’ve listened to the first part, or don’t, I’m not the boss of you.
In this almost half of The Show we dive into the deep pool of news this week has to offer. Among other things, we cover Modern Times raising $1 million seemingly overnight, Constellation coming out of their Ballast Point honeymoon period, a future Karl Strauss food truck and expanded plans for San Marcos, the amazing results of the LA International Beer Competition, and the San Diego International Beer Festival results.
Yes, we complain about the drive up to Carlsbad, at least to each other, but it was a very worthwhile trip, even in rush hour traffic. Burgeon is quickly becoming one of San Diego’s favorite breweries and you could see it in the packed tasting room on a random Wednesday night! Thank you to Matthew and Anthony for taking the time to hang out with us!
I hope you took a small break after the first half of this Show to grab a Reclaim the Wild, but even if you didn’t, hit that play button!
I don’t know if you guys have noticed but we’ve been having a freaking blast over here lately! This week is no exception; we sat down with Matthew and Anthony from Burgeon Beer Co. for a delightful conversation!
We discuss the whirlwind the last year has been for this up and coming brewery, their charitable efforts to plant 25,000 trees (and other community support), ask them some questions from you guys, the greatest people on earth, and generally have a ton of fun!
Later in the show we talk about Matthew’s role as the San Diego Brewers Guild president, what their effort is about, and how it’s gone for him so far.
We’ve got a mountain of news for you this week, so much so that we has to split this show into 2 parts as well. Jump into part one and the second half will be waiting for you when you’re ready. Cheers!