Episode 20: Miralani Maker’s District MEGA Show Part 2

Aaaand we’re baaack! Here’s the promised second half of the Miralani Maker’s District MEGA Show!

To finish up our tour of the District, we start with Mr. and Mrs. G from Mr. G’s Salsa! They make great, fresh, flavorful salsas, offer salsa flights, and make some food items to enjoy with and around your salsa.

We then close out the interviews with Samantha and Robert from 2Kids, Sam also acts as a “cat herder” for the District and speaks to that role a bit.

This show was super fun for us, yes, also long and dynamic, but mainly fun! Open another #indiebeer and get comfortable for the conclusion of The MEGA Show!

Episode 20: Miralani Maker’s District MEGA Show Part 1

Hello and welcome to The …, oh wait, I’m typing! This show was a long time in the making and we’re stoked it finally came to fruition. I straight up stole this idea from What’s on Draft Speed Dating episode. The concept, simply, was how many makers could we really cram into one TIBS!; luckily, the awesome Makers were all on board!

It was such a big episode, we’re breaking it into 2 parts so it doesn’t rival the run time of the Titanic.

The format of this episode is very similar to the WOD episode we’re doing an homage to, quick interviews, get ready for a barrage of information to entice you into visiting the Maker’s District! We start with one of the kindest people I’ve ever met, Mr. Peacock from TapCraft LLC,; he’s so nice, he lets Travis join him on The Show as well! Then we’re joined by Charlie Echo Winery, Setting Sun Sake, Serpentine Cider, Lost Cause Meadery, Good Seed Food Company, and Thunderhawk Alements.

We have a blast talking to these makers in rapid succession. What was clear is that each maker is extremely passionate about their craft and proud to be located within the District.

We also had segments planned with Protector and Align Brewing, the guys at Protector just got too swamped to join us and Andrew from Align fell ill and had an ill child as well. Andrew took the time to answer our interview questions in writing, so I got to read them on the air for you.

Get comfortable with a delicious #indiebeer for Part 1 of the Miralani Maker’s District MEGA Show, Part 2 is coming out really soon, like in a few hours soon!

Episode 18: Brooklyn Brewery Arrives in CA

This is it, this is the apex of my podcast career! I have recorded roughly 170 shows in my life and if you’ve ever had thoughts like, “I wonder when those TIBS! people will reach their peak.”, it just happened, last Monday. Personally, I wasn’t expecting to crest so early with The Indie Beer Show, but, the universe decided it was time!

To say our anticipation was high to have Steve Hindy and Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery on The Show would be an understatement of epic proportion. When the opportunity arose to sit down with these two craft pioneers there was wasn’t even a nanosecond of hesitation.

As with every single member of the indie beer industry that’s been a guest on our show, Steve and Garrett were engaging, genuine, and have a depth of knowledge we should all desire to attain.

There’s a few moments in this show where our overzealous, mouth breathing, fanboy, inner children slip out, but for the most part we hold it together and have a blast discussing Brooklyn Brewery’s arrival in California.

It is with the utmost levels of gratitude that we offer this podcast to you. Hit the download button, you’ll want to have this one stored for perpetuity!

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 #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!