Everyone’s favorite night is back - Beer Night in San Diego! This week we are joined again by good friend of the show Chris - AKA Average Beer Dude. Together, we sample some new local beers including a brand new World Beer Cup recipient. Tune in as we break down some of the huge hardware recently brought home for San Diego breweries. Hear who won awards at World Beer Cup as well as in Los Angeles and San Diego recently. Plus, again, we dive in to a new WBC Award winning beer from North County. We also discuss the lack of hop forward beer winners from San Diego and why we don’t see more hoppy winners from competitions. We also ask why we don’t see more folks flocking to pick up award winning beers and should locals shift their focus on what they reach for from local breweries? Plus, why do breweries enter competitions and what do these awards do for local breweries? All this plus much more including coming around on “haze”, why icy mugs are dumb and should stop, love for crowlers and their longevity, a new pasta themed t shirt, discussing fair food and attending the county fair, having a rattlesnake as a roommate, social media culture and how it affects beer drinking and tons more. Don’t miss out on another Beer Night in San Diego loaded with laughs and beer education for everyone!
Beer Night in San Diego is back! This week we are joined by special guest Chris - AKA Average Beer Dude for the evening. Join us as we take a dive into the “styles box” and all signs point to Brown Ale Night in San Diego! Tune in to hear all about the history of brown ales, food pairings and much more about this under appreciated style. We also sample numerous brown ales on the show including a traditional english brown followed by a ton of great local options. While we sample these beers, learn more about Chris and his journey into the beer community. Also, tune in as we discuss some news stories in beer including a new brewery tasting room opening, the head of a big beer brand and his horrible sour grapes are discussed and we break down the details on a ton of upcoming new cans when we dive into one of our favorite segments, New Can Alert! We also play a brand new edition of Fact or Fiction LIVE! All this plus much more including sliding into DMs and going viral, donuts, what beers are high trade beers from San Diego, barrel aged browns, dopey beer laws, the return of the Can Robot, rising beer prices, hard to read cans, another Goldeneye Challenge is thrown out and tons more! Don’t miss out on this super fun and super informative local beer podcast episode!
Beer Night in San Diego is here! Everyone favorite night in San Diego! This week we are joined by 3 great folks who represent not only great breweries but also important players in the San Diego Brewers Guild - Matt from Burgeon Beer, Kris from Booze Brothers and Paige Executive Director of the San Diego Brewers Guild. Tune in as we hear each of their stories and how they found their way into the world of local beer as well as the motivation behind wanted to join the Brewers Guild to support local beer. Also, hear a quick history of the guild and how the original mindset still holds true today. We also learn about some of the laws the Guild has worked on being updated regarding local beer. We also hear straight from both brewery owners as well as from the Guild just how the Guild supports local breweries in San Diego and learn more about their Tap Into Knowledge series. Hear about upcoming projects our guests are excited about including details on the brand new SD Beer official app! Of course we also dive into a discussion on the incredible upcoming event Rhythm and Brews. Hear all about the festival including live music, incredible local food as of course - the best of the best in local beer. Hear about some great beers that will be available, hear some history on the event and tons more about this great yearly beer festival. Also, hear an awesome exclusive Lyft code just for this event. We also hear about some other great events coming soon from the Brewers Guild. We also hear our guests’ thoughts on the current climate in San Diego beer and their thoughts on the new hyper local mindset for breweries. Plus get the final word on the possibility of marijuana and beer joining forces, and get a look at whats new at both Burgeon and Booze Bros. All this plus much more including meeting your heroes, a new Brewers Guild Collab beer is coming, craft beer from San Diego available in Japan and beer vending machines, Rhythm and Brews after party, personal donut and beer pairings, we get into some deep North County convo and someone one hosts temperature raises a bit, beer marketing and tons tons more. Don’t miss this episode loaded with knowledge and laughs!
Beer Night in San Diego has come again! Everyones favorite night of the week. This week we celebrate Beer Night in San Diego with a new “theme to the show”. We break our IPA Hiatus for the week so focus specifically on - New Beers in San Diego! Tune in as we sample and discuss strictly brand newly released beers from our great city. We also dive in to a few news stories including tasting notes on the new Tony Gwynn Jr IPA from AleSmith, hear about a Nor Cal brewery getting sued by Sony, who purchased the brewing equipment from Green Flash’s Virginia Location and more. Also, hear about a brewery acquiring a new bottling machine and when you might see the first bottles released. We also get into the importance of date stamping on cans and bottles and why it should happen with all local breweries. Also, tune in as discuss some topics including changes we have noticed in beer since we became part of the community, we also discuss the difference between when we started in the community compared to young folks just now joining the community and having so much access to great local beer. We also discuss changes we might want to see within the local beer community and pulling back to the “hyper local” model for breweries. We also each reveal what we consider an embarrassing story during our time in the beer community. All this plus much more including shark infested waters, most important aspects of beer tasting, discussion on Sessions compared to “little” or “small”, buying an old restaurant, a brewery owner is called out on Goldeneye for N64, the one style each of us do not like in beer, the return of the OOOO plus tons more on this all New Beer show filled with laughs, information and fun.
Beer Night in San Diego is here again, and this week we are yet again on our IPA Hiatus while we focus on lesser discussed styles. This week we are focusing on Porters for Porter Night in San Diego! Tune in as we dive really deep into the history of porters. We discuss history, food pairings, different variants and we also dissect the long argued over topic “What is the difference between a stout and a porter?” Also, we do a LIVE porter and cheese pairing to test out how this style works with different styles of cheese. We also sample numerous porters both traditional and new school variants, both local and from afar. We also dive into some local beer and food news happening in our great city, including news from Lightning Brewery, a new venue/tasting room from Amplified Ales, a new brewery opening in San Diego as well as DuckFoot expanding into East Village. We also discuss expansion news from a local favorite taco spot as well as an upcoming drive thru pizza place! We also dive into the news that broke about a new IPA “style” coming out of Northern California - Champagne IPAs. Hear about this new style, some details how its made and we discuss our thoughts on this announcement. Plus, don’t miss out on a brand new edition of Fact or Fiction LIVE! All this plus much more including baseball positions, the origination of Brett, we take a trip to the tiki tiki room, the long lost Sierra Nevada porter and stout, late night italian food, long lost Beachwood beers we miss, Yoda and his love of brewing/drinking hazy IPAs and tons more on this incredibly fun and highly educational San Diego Beer Podcast.
This week there was just way too much to discuss so we pulled out an Extra Innings episode loaded with hot takes! Joining us for this Extra Innings episode of Beer Night in San Diego is good friend Mr. Rudy Pollorena Jr - AKA Craft Beerd. Tune in to this extra special episode where we dive into Rudy’s thoughts on the current climate of San Diego beer. And it doesn’t take long for us to jump head first into a big discussion on the recent huge news surrounding Green Flash and Alpine Beer Co. Tune in to get some of our thoughts and opinions on the matter as well as our thoughts and feelings moving forward in regards to where each of us stand on the brands. Plus, to settle things down a bit, don’t miss a brand new edition of Would You Rather? Hosted by Ryan! All this plus much more including the current culture in beer including Instagram culture, why we don’t see people enjoying the classics as often and tons more. You don’t want to miss this one folks, overflowing with “hot takes” on a very touchy subject. On this episode we drink Arizona Wilderness, Alpine Beer Co and Lost Abbey.
This week joining us for Beer Night in San Diego is Mr. Rudy Pollorena Jr himself - AKA Craft Beerd. Tune in as we dive deep to tell his entire story from idea, to execution to where we are today. We break down how he found himself in moving back to San Diego and entrenched in the local beer community and hear how Craft Beerd grew organically to fill a growing demand for high quality beer art shirts, prints and more. Hear the detailed story on the classic “Matrix” design and how it propelled Craft Beerd into the heart of the local beer community. Hear also how the brand was able to expand outside of San Diego to other markets. Plus, hear all about the Hop Stash brand from idea to Kickstarter, and hear the story of why Rudy ended the project. Plus, hear the thought process on why he ended the project as well as the thoughts and feelings in weeks to come after the project ended. And looking towards the future, hear about what is to come from Craft Beerd including a new art brand and hear the inspiration behind this new brand. Also, hear about some other new things Rudy will be working on, including publishing a book and more. We also dive deep into the Craft Beerd 5th Anniversary happening April 21st and we also learn all about the collaboration beer that will be released in cans with Burgeon Beer in Carlsbad. Hear about the recipe, inspiration for the beer as well as the exciting art which was created for the cans and upcoming anniversary tee shirt. Plus, hear some advice Rudy wants to share with folks looking to start a small business. All this plus much more including thoughts on local cans and their designs, video game references and using video games to decompress, Rudy’s thoughts on other growing beer cities, bad gift shop style tees, Nelson hopped beers in San Diego, Rudy’s favorite festivals and tons more. This week we sample beers from Stillwater, Abnormal, Pizza Port X Three Floyds, Fall Brewing and Port Brewing.
This week Beer Night in San Diego is batting clean up for the week with a grand slam Extra Innings episode! We dive in head first into Whats New at Petco Park this year for baseball season in regards to great local beer and great local food. Tune in to hear about the brand new beer offerings around Petco Park including some special tappings to look out for, new carts on Craft Row and new cans in the park. We also tackle the best beer values when attending a ball game. Hear the beers we had on Opening Day and where you can find us Pre-Gaming for a homestand in San Diego. We also discuss some of the new food offerings this year, and some of our all time favorite choices for ball park eats.
Also, don’t miss out on a brand new edition of “Would You Rather?” hosted by Ryan! This episode we feature Secret Spot Hazy IPA from Duckfoot Brewing, AloHops from Bear Roots Brewing and a very special Barrel Aged Stout from our great friends at Growler Hour. All this plus much more including volunteering at beer festivals, tasting home brew from an award winning home brew team, some deep hot dog talk and lots more on the super fun extra innings version of Beer Night in San Diego!
Beer Night in San Diego is back! This week the IPA Hiatus is back meaning we are focusing on a specific style. So in an attempt to continue education on styles for both ourselves and you the listeners, don’t miss out while we focus on Quads all night long! Tune in as we sample some traditional quads as well as a couple local offerings. Plus, learn some of the history of this style, food pairings and tons more. Also, we dive into some of the local beer news happening in San Diego. First, we scrapped our first story (which was based on Green Flash) and an emergency news segment was recorded and spliced into this episode after the fact to discuss the earth shattering news about Green Flash and Alpine being sold to a new investment group. Hear all the news (released so far) on this tragic and terrible news. More news follows, including information on the upcoming brewery Latchkey Brewing including who is heading up beer operations and more. Plus hear all about Council’s new location and their expansion into Santee. We also discuss Burning Beard and their 2nd Anniversary as well as plans to open a new warehouse just for wild ales and some of their plans. Also, hear all about a new brewery and restaurant that will be owned by New Zealand folks and some great beers that we may see and we also break down plans for a new family friendly location taking over a long abandoned building in the heart of South Park San Diego. Plus, don’t miss our latest version of Fact or Fiction LIVE! All this plus much more including Mike debuting a new Pasta themed t shirt and hates it, discussion on traveling to breweries in Belgium, doing an exorcism on old breweries, difficulty opening in RB, how Tom ferments beers, family friendly location discussion and so much more. Don’t miss it!
Beer Night in San Diego is back! This week we are coming to you live from Bear Roots Brewing Co in Vista and we are joined by Owner and Brewer Terry Little. Tune in as we do a live guided tasting with Terry and learn about the ideas and brewing process behind each of the beers. Hear their story from idea all the way through opening to where we are today, and hear where his brewing passion comes from and how he got his start in the world of brewing beer. Hear about their home-brew shop and how they can assist you in your journey into home brewing. Also, get the breakdown and inside info on the second location coming soon for Bear Roots, their brand new tasting room! Plus, hear why they are staying in the city of Vista before branching out into other markets in San Diego. We also dive in deep to their Bear Cookie and sample the C02 and Nitro versions and learn all about how this popular beer came to be. Plus hear some exclusive news about an upcoming version of Bear Cookie. Plus, hear Bear Roots thoughts on distro and hear news about the bottles they have released recently. Also hear Terry’s thoughts on the reputation behind Vista’s beer community. Hear Bear Root’s approach to the hazy styles and if they will continue these styles. Terry was also voted in as Vice President of the San Diego Brewers Guild so hear all about this new position for Terry and some of his thoughts moving forward as VP. Plus, hear some rad news about the upcoming Rhythm and Brews Festival happening May 5th in Vista. Plus, as VP, hear his thoughts on the current climate in San Diego beer and how the Guild can support local breweries. All this plus much more including, how you can help raise money for a good friend in beer, hear about a one of a kind team building opportunity happening at Bear Roots and how you can help brew a beer, their top notch customer service, public transit traveling to breweries, Mike’s head explodes about an upcoming all Galaxy hopped beer, glitter beers, the growing love of local lagers, Terry leaving Black Plague, details about an upcoming anniversary party, and a collaboration beer is born live on the show and tons more. Don’t miss out!