Juice Maze from The Original 40 wins The 7th Annual Sore Eye Cup!

Photo by Tim Stahl

On Saturday, August 10th, at The Rabbit Hole, The Indie Beer Show crowned a new champion of The Sore Eye Cup! Congratulations to The Original 40 for bringing home the victory with Juice Maze! Many members of The Original 40’s team were present to receive The Cup!

Juice Maze is the first hazy IPA to win The Sore Eye Cup, it comes in at 7% ABV and is double dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic.  IPAs have now taken home the trophy 2 years in a row!

Sore Eye Cup

Located at 3117 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92104, this new tenant of North Park is the youngest brewery to ever win! They just added brunch, which I highly recommend.

A big thank you to Tim Stahl for taking photographs during the event; all of the images in this article are form him!

For all those that attended, thank you!

Let me express my extreme gratitude for those that donated food or funds to our Mama’s Kitchen food drive, we received 5 barrels of food and more than $650!

Thank you to The Rabbit Hole for being terrific hosts of the party!

The biggest thank you goes to our title sponsor, TapCraft Draught, thank you again for making this event possible!

One final, and gigantic, congratulations to The Original 40 Brewing Company! You have all the glory and prestige The Indie Beer Show can bestow upon an amazing indie brewery for one entire year!

Thr3e Punk Ales 2nd Anniversary Preview

Call them punks, call them the spark that started an indie beer invasion of 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista, or call them some of the nicest people in #sdbeer; it really doesn’t matter because all of that is true!

Thr3e Punk Ales is celebrating the completion of their 2nd year in business with a month long party! Check out their events page in FB, they will be updating it with all the options to get your celebrating in before it all ends.

As you can see from the kill shot, we had a great night hanging out with one of the punks! Hit the play button and hear all about them!

Border X Brewing

Border X does things in a unique way, and we respect that here at TIBS! They focus on flavor profiles that other breweries wouldn’t consider. I’m here to tell you that their beer quality is also steadily improving, give them a visit if you haven’t lately!

We had a great discussion about their current state of affairs, got to enjoy several of their beers, and really enjoyed The Show! Enough reading, hit the play button!

7th Annual Sore Eye Cup Finalists!


San Diego, you have chosen the 10 finalist beer for the 7th Annual Sore Eye Cup! This year, our finalists (in no particular order) are:

  • Clever Kiwi by Burgeon
  • Vice Pink Guava by Wild Barrel
  • My Trusty Llama by 13 Point
  • Dawn of the Deft by Deft
  • Hopcondido by Escondido
  • Dankness Visible by Burning Beard
  • Juice Maze by The Original 40
  • Five Finger Discount by 2 Kids
  • Needle in the Hey by Thr3e Punk Ales
  • Smylex by Pariah

Make sure you come to the announcement party on August 10th, at noon, at The Rabbit Hole.

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!

Setting the industry standard for all beverage draught systems, TapCraft is Draughting Quality Beverages.

 

Best Of San Diego Collaboration Beers

San Diego Magazine is an institution here in our hometown, discussing local issues and topics since 1948, yes, you read that right. One of their biggest events each year is the Best of San Diego Party!  The Best of San Diego Party presented by Valley View Casino & Hotel is the ultimate summer celebration. The event brings together the top local restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries and businesses as featured in San Diego Magazine‘s Best Restaurants and Best of San Diego issues.

Guests can expect unlimited bites and sips from more than 100 vendors along with live bands and entertainment, interactive art installations, lounges, aerialist acrobats, fire performers, pop-up shops, dancing and more. Get your tickets to this amazing event here. 

On this show, we are joined by the Digital Media Director of SD Mag, David Martin, who you will recognize as the former producer of TIBS!

We also have Larry from Fall and Mark from Coronado on to discuss something amazing, San Diego Magazine has made 3 Best Of San Diego collaboration beers to celebrate this year’s Best Of! We can’t remember the last time there was a 3 brewery  collaboration for  an  event, hit us up if you do.

I straight up ripped the images of the cans from Instagram, so, it the image quality doesn’t stand up to your screen resolution, you know who to blame.

It was really cool to have David back for another episode, we had a blast discussing the collaborations and some other fun things about his life, including his current albums recordings.

All that’s well and good Brian, but where can I get the beers? Well, you can get Eppig’s at Eppig right now, here’s where you can get the rest: The big collective public debut will be on July 19 when Coronado introduces the three canned beers—with can design spearheaded by Fall’s Dave Lively—at a special event hosted at the tasting room in Bay Park. On July 20, Fall will be pouring the Watermelon Berliner Weisse at its North Park tasting room. All three beers will be poured at San Diego Magazine’s Best of San Diego party on August 16 at Liberty Station. Cans of all three varieties will be released to retail outlets throughout San Diego on July 19.

Grab yourself a favorite #sdbeer, or if it’s after 7/19, a Best of San Diego Beer and hit the play button!

 

Listener Bottle Share Show

We love it when we get a chance to hang out with our listeners, so, every now and again, we plan an event to do just that! Call it a housewarming party for new home at TapCraft Studios, or call it a good ol’ fashioned excuse to drink some indie beers with the coolest people on the planet, like we did!

There’s no official guest for this episode but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some guest stars to discuss! Perennial San Diego beer podcast guest, and writer for the West Coaster, Ian Cheesman joins us and we close out the show by having the one and only, Travis Hudson grill us in a trilling round of Name is Your buzzer!

We talk about some of the standout beers we were drinking, a bunch of beer news and current beery topics, and have a fantastic time sharing beverages and a joyous occasion with some of our friends.

Thank you once again to Tap Craft for letting us use you facility permanently, supporting our Show, and sponsoring The Sore Eye Cup!

Get yourself an #indiebeer that you want to share with a friend, and that friend, then hit the play button!

7th Annual Sore Eye Cup Vote Down!

Welcome to the vote down for the 7th Annual Sore Eye Cup!

The Sore Eye Cup
The Sore Eye Cup holds more than 64 oz of delicious indie beer!

You will be choosing the top 10 beers that will be judged by our panel of amazing humans with exemplary taste.

This is how it works: you can vote for up to 5 of your favorite beers daily, now through July 19th at 2pm. After each vote, you’re technically blocked for 22 hours. If somehow you have difficulty voting, email me your votes.

RSVP for the Sore Eye Cup Announcement Party at The Rabbit Hole on August 10th! Come witness the winner drink their beer directly from The Cup!

What beers will be chosen for the judging table? You decide!

Voting has closed, thank you to all that participated!

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!

Setting the industry standard for all beverage draught systems, TapCraft is Draughting Quality Beverages.

Fifty-Two East Eatery

If you have been paying attention to the food and beer scene in San Diego you will have heard of Fifty-Two East Eatery before but if you haven’t, we’re here to tell you to recognize this rising star and get yourselves out to Santee, yes Santee, for great beers, exceptional cocktails, and phenomenal cuisine. On a perfect evening to be on the patio, we recorded a live show with Adam the owner & chef and Kristina Blake their beer buyer. The overall topic of the show is beer and food pairing, something that 52 East does well; when you’re there, don’t hesitate to ask for advice on what drinks pair well with their dishes.

Crammed amidst what feels like miles of cables when we’re setting up The Show, awkwardly placed trays of food and beers in positions that made both Abel and me apprehensive delighted our senses as Adam lead us through several pairings he put together from his current menu. I mean, look at those waangs, smoked and then glazed in honey sriracha sauce, sticky and delightful.  We wanted to just stop The Show and devour these, but displaying a level of restraint that I’m still astonished by, we only consumed one tray – these are the sacrifices we’re willing to make for you guys (when we know there’s more pairings coming)!

The sun was setting as we were served the final and ultimate dish from 52 East, the House Bacon Board, described on the menu as “assorted house made bacon, mustard, pickles, potato salad, brussels slaw, and pretzel bites”. The unassuming description of this bacuterie monument is a metaphor for 52 East, under promise and over deliver. If you happen to be one of the bazillion people in the world that would refer to themselves as baceterian, you simply must go and purchase this tribute to the enigma that is bacon. Sorry the photo does not do this masterpiece justice, you’ll just have to trust me on that.

We love live shows here at TIBS! and this one was super fun! Let us know when you’re headed to 52 East Eatery, we’re all looking for more excuses to cruise out to this gem of Santee. Grab yourself an #indiebeer that pairs well with whatever you’re about nibble on and hit the play button!

 

Goat Patch Brewing Co.

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!

 

QUAFF Celebrates 30 Years of Homebrewing

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!