Third Annual Sore Eye Cup Announcement Party

SHawnandtheCupThe time has come to anoint the third Sore Eye Cup winner! Come celebrate all that is awesome about San Diego craft beer! I’m super stoked to throw this year’s party at the legendary Toronado! We’ll take over the new side and have a great afternoon. They’ll be running the $12 burger & pint special for all of you terrific people. Nate is working on a special burger for the party. Come hang out, have a great burger, drink some amazing SD craft beer, and witness the Sore Eye Cup being handed to this year’s winner! Everyone in attendance will also have a chance to win 2 tickets to Treasure Chest Fest and 2 VIP tickets to San Diego Baconfest!

I’ll announce the winner of the Cup at 3pm.

RSVP on the event page so I know you’re coming!

The 3rd Annual Sore Eye Cup Vote Down

The Prestigious Sore Eye Cup

The Prestigious Sore Eye Cup

Welcome to the vote down of the 3rd Annual Sore Eye Cup! The search for San Diego’s best regularly produced craft beer continues and now it’s your turn to voice your opinion. We will honor the winning craft beer with an actual cup (over 64oz capacity)! At the announcement party we’ll fill it up with the winning beer and the winning brewery will drink from the cup right then, as is tradition! The winners can then bask in the glory of victory and have bragging rights for an entire year!

Beers nominated must are brewed here in San Diego County by a recognized brewery. They are beers the brewery makes year round; seasonal, special versions, one offs and casks are not allowed in this contest.

Voting has completed! Thank you to everyone that participated! Due to an unprecedented tie for 10th, we will have 11 finalist beers move on to the judging round!

Ladies and gentleman, your 2015, Sore Eye Cup Finalists!

  • Apprentice by Societe
  • Pupil by Societe
  • Duet by Alpine
  • Pure Hoppiness by Alpine
  • .394 by AleSmith
  • Speedway Stout (first Sore Eye Cup winner) by AleSmith
  • Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point
  • Oatmeal Stout by Benchmark
  • Table Beer by Benchmark
  • Black House by Modern Times
  • 2am Bike Ride by Fall

Congratulations to everyone that made the finals. We’ll be judging the beers very soon!

Join us on August 23rd, 3pm, at Toronado  for the announcement party!




The Third Annual Sore Eye Cup – San Diego’s Best Craft Beer

soreeyecup2014Welcome to the launch of The 3rd Annual Sore Eye Cup, an award for the best regularly produced craft beer in San Diego! Last year was a resounding success, Nelson from Alpine Beer Co. won and is the only beer not eligible for this year’s award. We will honor the winning craft beer with an actual cup (over 64oz capacity)! At the announcement party we’ll fill it up with the winning beer and the winning brewery will drink from the cup right then, as is tradition! The winners can then bask in the glory of victory and have bragging rights for an entire year!

Here are the rules: Beers nominated must be brewed here in San Diego County by a recognized brewery (If you’re a homebrewer I’m more than willing to try your beer, anytime, maybe even trade for some of mine). They must be beers the brewery makes year round; seasonal, special versions, one offs and casks are not allowed. The beers do not need to be packaged (cans or bottles), just made all year long and available for growler fills (so we can get some to judge). We’re looking for craft beers that are available to everyone in SD.

Nominate your favorite beer(s) by emailing me at, tweet me (@mkbain) , tag your nomination #SoreEyeCup in Twitter, comment on the post in Facebook, or comment right here on this post. Nominations are open until the end of June, and then we will move into the voting round. The top ten beers, as voted by you, the best followers on earth, will be blind tasted/judged by our panel of 10. The judges range from craft beer enthusiasts to certified beer judges. We are truly looking for the best regularly produced craft beer San Diego has to offer. The best craft beer, as chosen by us, will be awarded the esteemed Sore Eye Cup and receive all the prestige and glory one blog can bestow upon a brewery! There will be an awesome party in August to celebrate the amazing craft beer culture we have in San Diego and announce the 2015 winner of the Sore Eye Cup!

Get me your nominations and get ready for the vote down! Voting will begin Monday, July 6th and run until Sunday, August 2nd.

Nominated beers:

Pure Hoppiness, Duet & Captain Stout from Alpine
Nut Brown, X, .394 & Speedway Stout from Alesmith (first Sore Eye Cup winner)
The Pupil, The Apprentice, The Publican, The Widow & The Butcher from Societe
Idiot IPA from Coronado
Pale 2.0 from Stone
Gavel Drop & Pirate’s Breakfast from Council
Mosaic Session & Red Trolley from Karl Strauss
Sculpin, Big Eye, Grapefruit Sculpin, Black Marlin & Victory at Sea from Ballast Point
Table Beer & Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark
Pure and Simple, Brewer’s Special Brown & Zumbar from New English
Black House, Blazing World & Fortunate Islands from Modern Times
Cali Creamin’, Boo Koo IPA, Kismet & Sin Tax from Mother Earth
Continental Breakfast Stout from Butcher’s
Board Meeting Brown from Port
Judgement Day from Lost Abbey
Lupulin Lust from Rip Current
Claritas from Hess
IPA & Double IPA from St. Archer
Jetty IPA, Swami’s, Kook, Chronic & Ponto from Pizza Port
Double Stout, Hop Head Red, West Coast IPA & 30th St. Pale from Green Flash
Beeruccino & Batten Down Brown from Helm’s Brewing
Vanilla Porter from Latitude 33
Infinitude & San Diego Nut Brown from San Diego Brewing
The Cruiser & Octo Rye from Pacific Brewing
Fenris & Blunderbus from Barrel Harbor
2am Bike Ride & Plenty For All from Fall Brewing
Founding Father’s Nut Brown & The Daily Stout form Legacy Brewing
Orion’s Stout & Subspace Session from Intergalactic
Peanut Butter Milk Stout & Hop Highway from Belching Beaver

The Fifth Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival

After a year of hiatus, last Saturday, April 4th, San Diego welcomed back the best homegrown craft beer festival we have with open arms. Benefiting It’s All About the Kids Foundation, we even got to do some good while having a ton of fun. Everything that makes this event superior returned improved and ready to rock.

IMG_7556Let’s start with the venue change, moving to the old Chargers’ practice field at Qualcomm turned out great. Free parking, the trolley and most importantly grass! As a seasoned craft beer festival attendee I can assure you it’s much more comfortable than the usual blacktop setting. I would suggest more events pay attention to what these guys do but that would dilute the supremacy of MVCBFF, so I’ll have the judge strike it from the record and instruct the jury to ignore.
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Sore Eye Sports 5th Anniversary!

Sore5SportsCan you believe Sore Eye Sports is 5 years old? Thank you to everyone that has or does support my efforts! Join me on April 11th, in the Pig Pen, at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, to celebrate five years of fun and friendship. I’m brewing a one off collaboration beer with the Home Brewing Co. to share with you! Hanis will fire up the outdoor kitchen and create us something amazing to dine on as we enjoy a great Saturday afternoon. Bring cash for that so you don’t have to wait in the real food line. The party and one pour of the collaboration beer are free. Yes, I said free beer! More details as they become reality, and always remember fun matters! RSVP to the Facebook event page so I know you’re coming!

Check out the Three B Zine pod cast from Monday night where I talk about this party among a lot of other awesome San Diego craft beer stuff!

I have had amazing luck with my site and I owe it all to you, my followers! I hope you will join me for a small taste of my appreciation. After two years of covering the Clash at Clairemont for a local newspaper, my blog started one day on a suggestion from my wife that I could; I had never even considered it. Since then, I’ve had a blast covering all sorts of events, learning more about photography and more importantly made some great friends. Whatever it is you have in the back of your head that you want to do I suggest you go for it! Why not now?

Sore5GlassUpdate: The first 50 people to show up at the party will receive the glass pictured below free! It will also have an 8oz pour of the collaboration beer I brewed with Home Brewing Co. inside it! Get clicking on that RSVP button!






Update 2: I’ll be giving away 3 bottles between 2 and 3pm. The first 50 people that get a free glass will also get 3 entries in to the drawing for each of these: Woot Stout 2.0 – Santa’s Little Helper – Veritas 15! You will not be able to open these at Carnitas Snack Shack , you have to be there (and 21 or older) to win, and they will be warm to discourage shenanigans. That’s right, you get a free glass with free beer in it and a chance to win even more free beer! It’s my way of thanking you for 5 years of support!


2015-04-09 18.54.30-1Update 3: I will also be giving away 4 of these cards. What are these cards, you ask? They’re 25% discount cards for Carnitas’ Shack Shack, off all food purchased, for life, or as long as you can keep track of the card!

Hanis is taking some of the Ryelk (the collaboration beer I brewed with Home Brewing Co. ) to braise up some dogs for us to chow down on!

We’ll also tap a keg of Fall Brewing Company Unicorn Stampede!

Dennis Enarson Haro SDv2

Dennis Enarson just released this video to promote the second version of his SD frame. This man is arguably San Diego’s best BMX rider! He destroys all terrain, makes extremely technical tricks look like child’s play, and the whole time he’s clearly having the time of his life. The bike world would instantly elect him mayor, if there was such a thing.

Beautifully filmed and edited by Christian Rigal, his exceptional work stands up to the amazing riding of Mr. Enarson. When these two team up you know your about to witness excellence on all fronts.

Watch this, pick up your jaw, and watch it again!

The Glorious Return of The Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival

After a year on hiatus, the greatest craft beer festival our city has to offer gloriously returns, bigger and better than ever! The Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival will rock the Q on Saturday, April 4th! Lacking the eloquence to thoroughly evoke the fervent elation within you this news should bring, you’ll just have to trust me when I say this is a festival you must attend.

For a $45 ticket you will get unlimited (no, that’s not a typo) tasters from at least 35 craft breweries, 3 cider makers, 4 distilleries and unlimited small plates from at least 18 amazing food vendors. I say at least because that’s what’s been confirmed so far, there might be more. Yes, all of that, one ticket price, with, wait for it…, free parking! You don’t even have to drive, there’s a trolley stop outside the gate! Three bands will provide music as great as the beer and food being served. Three Bzine will be onsite podcasting all day and I’ll be joining them at one (or several) time(s)! This festival has always been a favorite of mine and is what lead me into blogging about craft beer. Continue reading

Awesome Stuff That Happened In 2014 In A Totally Biased List

SESv12014, the most recent year to end! Sore Eye Sports had an amazing year full of fun and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I attended a ton of events, hosted some myself and more importantly, made a lot of new beer friends along the way. I’m truly grateful for all the support from you guys and hope 2015 is the best year this planet has ever seen!

Let’s get into the stuff I seriously enjoyed and will stick with me as we move ever faster into the future. No data, polls or any other outside information source was used or considered when making this list; I’m just writing down what I remember as being awesome!

Last year started with big news for my buddy Albert Mercado. After years of dedication and amazing BMX skills he got bumped up to the pro teams for both Shadow and Kink! Al’s a genuinely epic human on and off the bike. Here’s his most recent edit from New Year’s: Continue reading

San Diego Beer Week Through Sore Eyes

logo-c828f31f1295cc3d6a4236564c4e6032San Diego Beer Week is huge and on the horizon. There are more events than one person can possibly attend so I decided to talk about some highlights for me. The official list of events can be found here. There’s even a handy online planner you can create for yourself here. This article is in no way a complete list of the events available, these are my favorite sounding events. Each day I’ll recommend something that will be expensive and amazing as well as something that’s free (other than what you eat/drink) and amazing. One of the good things about beer week is the variety of events allows you balance this long, long week with your wallet.

Thursday, 11-6. Beer Week Eve gets the super long week started! My favorite of the night is Rare Local Taps at Ritual. Cuvee de Tomme leads an impressive tap list head first into the 10 day week! Continue reading

Sore Eye Sportsmas 3

Ugly_sweater_17Come celebrate the holidays! You have supported me all year; this is my chance to give back to you by throwing a great party at one of the most exception breweries in our city, Societe Brewing! Sore Eye Sportsmas happens on Wednesday, December 10th at 6 pm.

Bring non-perishable food to donate to the San Diego Food Bank, helping people right here in SD. For every food item you bring, you will receive an entry ticket into a drawing for gifts! (food donation is not required, at all, however, shame and ridicule will fall upon those that think helping others isn’t cool – yes, you have to be there to win)

Here is what they need us to donate:
Canned Meats (Tuna, Chicken) – tuna in water
Dry or Canned Beans – Black, Pinto, Kidney, Low Sodium
Cereal – Low Sugar, Whole Grain or Bran
Rice – Brown, Wild Rice
Nuts and Seeds – Almonds, Unsalted, Flax seeds
Peanut Butter – No Sugar Added
Canned Soup – Low Sodium, Low Fat
Canned or Dried Fruit – Packed in water or own juice
Canned Vegetables – Low Sodium or No Salt Added
Powdered Milk – Low or Non-Fat
Pasta – Whole Grain
Infant Formula

They are unable to accept: glass jars, including baby food, home-canned, or baked products.

grillfellas_vector_logoGrill Fellas BBQ will be on hand, so come hungry. They have also donated a fully cooked tri-tip as one of the gifts for the drawing! The winner can decide to take this amazing gift home or donate back to the party and they’ll cut it up for everyone.

The first 100 people that show up will receive a free taster pour from me personally!


Bring a wrapped gift ($10 maximum value) to participate in the Secret “Holiday Guy That’s Not Specific” gift exchange. Cannot be alcohol – think funny, weird or random.

Contests for best holiday costume and ugliest holiday sweater! (possibly more!)

Ready for the best part? It’s free for the the best followers on Earth!

These tremendous people have also donated gifts for the drawing, thank you to all of them in advance:

San Diego Bacon Fest
The Homebrewer
Musashi Designs
Helm’s Brewing Co.
Crazed Imaginations
Brew it Yourself

If you’re interested in sponsoring a gift to be given away at the party or making a dish to share with this awesome group of humans, email me @

Feel free to invite anyone, this is a public event! Get RSVPed here!

More details on exactly what all the gifts are soon.