Ale Tales Taproom in East Village

New year, who dis? We’re back from a great holiday break with an exciting preview for you guys!

We were lucky enough to get to hang out in the extremely soon to be open Ale Tales Taproom in East Village! This awesome new bottle shop/craft beer bar/restaurant will open at 1520 J Street any day now!

We had a blast getting 2020 started with the opportunity to see and feel this new killer #indiebeer spot early. You guys are going to really dig hanging out here soon; whether you want a pint from the 50+ taps (all installed by TapCraft, where our studio is!), a bottle to drink onsite or take home, or a bite to eat, Ale Tales has you covered. Add to that, they are 1/2 mile from PetCo Park!

Jump right into the first show of 2020 and thank you for being listeners, we truly appreciate it!

The Open and Closed Case of Insurgente Brewing

If you are not aware of the difficult situation one of our favorite breweries south of the border is facing, Insurgente, please check out Beth Demmon’s article in SD Magazine. Here’s a few excerpts to give you an idea of the complexity of the situation:

“October 5, 2019, officials from the city and Baja California’s new controlling party, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), shuttered the tasting room and halted production of the brewhouse, citing a lack of numerous operating permits, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.”

“Ivan Morales, co-founder of Insurgente with his brother Damian, disputes this. “We have all the required permits, although they’re accusing us of not having them.””

Insurgente has turned to their supporters for help, many have began using the hashtag #freeinsurgente to show their support for the difficult situation. There was a recent event at Machete to support Insurgente and Esthela (with Beth) was able to sit down with Ivan Morales. At the time of this discussion, Insurgente had obtained permission to reopen, unfortunately, that only lasted 2 or 3 days, and they have since been closed again.

Insurgente, in response to the most recent closing posted this:

It is evident that we are being subjected to harassment by the municipal authorities and [Mayor] Arturo González Cruz, who does not tire of seeking excuses to close us, the company said on Twitter.

Jaime Bonilla, Governor of Baja CA, who has been accused of making this situation personal due to his brother living across the street from the brewery, is not backing down, he gave the following statements in an LA Times article by Wendy Fry:

“Like I don’t have anything else to do as governor of the state than to worry about this brewery,” said Bonilla. “No one respects the laws in Tijuana. They don’t seem to understand this is a new government and they can no longer get away with whatever they want like they have for the past 30 years.”

“Read my lips. They are not going to be opening the brewery there,” said Bonilla, definitively.”

We are hopeful our friends at Insurgente find a way to navigate the complex governmental situation and reopen soon; we’ll certainly keep you up to date. They are facing a situation that is only made more dire by the history of inconsistent and corrupt governmental members and institutions in Mexico. To that end, I want to remind you, when this recording was made, Insurgente was brewing beer and about to reopen their tasting room.

Live at The Rabbit Hole for the SDBeer Holiday Food Drive

This week we are at The Rabbit Hole to talk about the #SDBeer Holiday Food Drive! Brandon and Esthela hold it down in my absence.

They start the show with a rundown of how the food drive started at the party, for the record, the effort runs through the end of the year. You can take food to Societe or you can donate directly to the San Diego Food Bank here.

Then they jump into a segment with patron of the show, Roger! It’s always fun when we can get one of our friends of the show on the show. Backed up with James from The Rabbit Hole to discus their awesomeness. A significant amount of Paul Segura love is thrown in there for good measure!

This will also be our last show of the year. We are going to take a few weeks off to enjoy the holiday season and time with our families. We want to thank everyone that listens for their support and hope we brought you a significant amount of education/entertainment this year. If you haven’t heard me say it directly lately, thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! This show would not be possible without you. We’re sending you wishes for happy holidays and a magnificent New Year!

We will return January 21st, see you the friends!

Mobile West Canning

Have you ever even thought about how all the tiny breweries get their products in those perfect pint cans (other sizes too)? Well, Mobile West Canning is the answer for many of your favorite #SDBeer breweries!

Before we dive in with MWC, we have 2 awesome members of Pinks Boots on to discuss their hop blend for next year’s Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. Hit this link to get your hops reserved (you don’t have to pay for them yet) so that you’re ready!

Then we dive into all things Mobile West Canning, you’ll be surprised at all the options they can offer and the different products they package! They also now offer cans and sleeving as well!

We had a terrific time hanging out with everyone for this Show and I hope it translates to your ears!

 

Live at Obrien’s Pub

There are several craft focused entities in San Diego that garner significant credit for being part of the early spark that lead to the Capital of Craft moniker being placed on our city, Obrien’s Pub is one of those places and we were honored to sit down with Tyson and Kristina Blake. Supporting the local beer industry since ’94, Obrien’s is currently celebrating their 25th anniversary and we were lucky to get to try a few of the collaboration beers they did to honor the occasion.

Tyson way overdid and planned a secret 3 course pairing meal for us to enjoy on The Show! We were understandably excited by the proposition and massively satiated by the meal before the night concluded.

Strap in, this is a long one; luckily we record digitally because we would have had to change a few tapes, back in the day!

PS: Another reminder to come out the #SDBeer Holiday party on December 7th at Societe Brewing!