What started as a simple idea among friends to open a small local brewery has blossomed into one of the fastest-sprouting brewing companies in San Diego County. A blend of beermaking prowess, shrewd business planning, top-to-bottom ingenuity and elbow grease has allowed Carlsbad-based Burgeon Beer Co.to become more than even its founders envisioned. The company now boasts outposts in Escondido (The Oasis) and Little Italy (The Arbor). The latter recently debuted with on-site culinary partners The Good Seed Food Co., an outfit known for its beer-pairing expertise. In this episode, Co-owner Matthew Zirpolo, Marketing Director Mackenzie Graham and Executive Chef Jesus “Chuy” de la Torre share an evening of beer-and-food pairing with the crew, while discussing their team and its successes as well as upcoming beers and events.
What They Drank:
Pistil | German-style Pilsner (5.2%)
Juice Press | Hazy IPA w/ Citra, Mosaic & Vic Secret (6.8%)
Treevana | West Coast IPA w/ Mosaic & Amarillo (7.2%)
Mixed Greens | Double IPA w/ Simcoe, Ekuanot, Cashmere, Mosaic, Strata & Nelson Sauvin (8%)
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.
What We Drank:
Cuatro Casas | Dark Lager (5%)
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.
What We Drank:
Artemis, Rice Lager (4.4%)
Star Metal Ultra, Berliner Weisse w/ Guava, Blood Orange, Pineapple & Hibiscus (5.5%)
Dungeon Map, West Coast IPA w/ Nelson Sauvin, Strata, Mosaic & Centennial (7.2%)
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.
Yes, the show beers are available to our listeners, just ask for The Indie Beer Show pack and you’ll get one of each of the beers we’ll be drinking to enjoy along with us.
We’ll be drinking a few of these simultaneously to contrast and compare.
Here are the beers we’ll be featuring on this episode:
Schlock Purist – German Style Pils
Murk Drop – DDH Hazy with
Murk Drop Stone Fruit – DDH Hazy with peach and apricot
Boot Strap Paradox – WCIPA
Molennium Falcon – Stout with spices with
Patsy’s Last Ride – Stout with coconut & Sabro dry hop
This is Brian and this is also my last post the the show. I want to thank every listener, friend, brewery, and especially the Patrons for their support! Being a host of The Indie Beer Show has been one the most satisfying and rewarding endeavors I’ve ever embarked on, cheers to all!
Don’t worry, the show is in great hands, Abel, Esthela and Brandon will soldier on and I am now a Patron of #yourfavoritebeerpodcast. Enjoy this audio version of the OG 40 show and just in case you want to relive the live stream, it’s below as well.