East County is about to heat up when the family that founded Alpine Beer Co. nearly two decades ago launches their second family fermentable business, Mcilhenney Brewing. That spot, which has been erected in the same pair of suites where their first business was born, is scheduled to open the last week of May, but we were able to sit down with Pat, Val, Shawn, Jamie and even infant brewer-in-training Cameron ahead of that arrival to find out what to expect when San Diego’s most anticipated brewing project in some time debuts. Along the way, we take a trip down memory lane for some very candid accounts of different chapters of the Mcilhenneys’ lives and times in the brewing industry. It’s a can’t-miss episode if ever there was one. Do yourself a favor and take a listen.
After years of patronizing Align Brewing, homebrewer and entrepreneur Guillermo Nasser was offered the opportunity to purchase it. And that’s just what he did, taking over the longest-tenured brewery in the Miralani Makers District and embarking on a mission to pay homage to its past while making the business his own, tweaking existing recipes and brewing brand-new beers. In this episode, we find out how he handles that balancing act, how Align 2.0 has been received by fans and what’s coming up for the business, including a charity beer raising funds to fight brain cancer. We also find out about Nasser’s other business, Collective Culture, which also deals with fermentation sciences.
SMaSH for Stache | Single Malt & Single Hop Pale Ale (5.6%)
Mercurial | English-style IPA (7.4%)
We had a truly rad time spending an evening with Andrew Schwartz, the Flavor Commissioner for Modern Times Beer. Listen in as we find out what’s new with the nation’s 40th largest craft brewing company, learn about some of the many collaboration beers Andrew’s been a part of, and cover all manner beer topics including how Modern Times manages to release well over 200 beers per year and get them into some of the best-looking cans around.
He’s logged more than 250 beer podcast episodes, was the driving force behind establishing The Indie Beer Show and brought together the crew that will now be taking over for him as he retires from beer media. Find out why he’s bidding the show adieu, what’s next for him and what’s next for the show while taking a fun and touching trip down memory lane with the entire crew and enjoying some beers that are very special to Mr. Beagle. It’s a good time with good people, lots of laughs and even some tears. Cheers to you, Brian! You done good.
What We Drank:
Niña Salvaje, Kettle Sour Ale (5%) | Mujeres Brew House (collaboration w/ SouthNorte Beer Co.)
Juice Maze, Hazy IPA (7%) | The Original 40 Brewing
Smylex, Hazy IPA (7.5%) | Pariah Brewing
New Traditionalists, West Coast IPA (7.5%) | Burning Beard Brewing (collaboration w/ Mcilhenney Brewing)
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