World’s Biggest Bottle Share on 30th St. – San Diego Beer Week – Nov. 9th

On the 3rd day of beer week, there shall be the sharing of bottles! Join hundreds of your friends during San Diego Beer Week as we set the record for the World’s Biggest Bottle Share on 30th St.! On November 9th, from Normal Heights to South Park, partake in what will be a benchmark beer week event. Spreading the enjoyment of amazing craft beer is what San Diego, The Capital of Craft, is all about! Come celebrate by sharing some of your favorite craft suds at one of 9 stops along 30th. For $20 you get a t shirt, tasting glass (yes actual glass!), unlimited shuttle riding and the guarantee of a great time. This event will be great for inexperienced and experienced craft beer bottle sharer alike. For the aficionados out there, sign up for the special shares after you purchase your ticket to hang with one of our county’s brew masters as they share something special with the few that register fast enough!

Let’s dig into the official press release:
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I was on San Diego Beer Talk Radio

San Diego Beer Talk Radio is a local pod cast hosted by Greg Homyak and Melinda Hooker. Also on the show was Geoi from Bine & Vine and Cody from Three B Zine. Bine & Vine just celebrated their third anniversary with an amazing IPA brewed by Alpine Brewing. We talk about that, the craft beer scene in San Diego in general, the occasional Charger game update, and several other random things that came up along the way. This is episode #5 for SD Beer Talk with much more on the way from them, so make sure you subscribe on Itunes or follow them on Twitter to stay updated.

I had a great time; being on the pod cast was really fun. This was the first one I ever participated in and wasn’t sure what to expect. In the end, it was just like hanging out with my friends, sharing some amazing San Diego craft beer, (and some on my homebrew) and jawing about the scene. It’s a long show, grab a SD craft beer, get comfortable, and hit that play button!

ChukAlek wins Brewing and Business Experienceship from Sam Adams

The good news from The Great American Beer Festival for San Diego continues. ChukAlek was selected for this year’s Sam Adams Brewing and Business Experienceship! Big congratulations are in order for one of our more original breweries! Here’s the official blurb about what that includes:

BOSTON, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Samuel Adams today announced that San Diego County-based craft brewery ChuckAlek Independent Brewers has been selected as the winner of the 2015 “Brewing and Business Experienceship,” a unique mentoring opportunity awarded to one craft brewer annually as part of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program.

Similar to an extended internship, the Experienceship provides hands-on educational and enrichment experiences tailored to the winning brewery’s needs. As part of the program, ChuckAlek Independent Brewers will receive a trip to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery for coaching and mentoring from a variety of Samuel Adams experts and brewers, including those involved in ingredients sourcing, sales and distribution, package design and more. Additionally, winners have the opportunity to brew a collaboration beer with Samuel Adams, and receive funding to attend industry events such as The Great American Beer Festival.
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San Diego Brings Home 14 Medals from #GABF

San Diego, The Craft Beer Capital, continued it’s winning ways at the Great American Beer Festival (#GABF). Here’s a list of the local winners and my thoughts on each beer. There are tons of amazing craft beers I’m not going to talk about, I focus on SD, so here’s the link to the complete results for the serious suds geek to review.

benchmarkLet’s start with the clean sweep in category 14, Session Beers. What is a Session beer you ask? A session beer is a beer that has the characteristics of the style of the beer being made but with a lower alcohol content. These beers focus on drinkability while staying true to the original style. This is a newer category and Benchmark winning Gold was an awesome surprise.

Gold: Oatmeal Stout, Benchmark Brewing Co.
Silver: Guillaume, Pizza Port Ocean Beach
Bronze: Mosaic Session Ale, Karl Strauss Brewing

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Vote San Diego Best Beer Town

SanDiegoBannerMedWe live in the Craft Beer Capital and are always surprised when a poll or article doesn’t put San Diego at the top of their beer town list. We all know we’re head and shoulders above the cities that end up on top of these things and we can do something about this one. USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Beer Town contest is live and we’re getting our ass handed to us by Grand Rapids in the voting right now. I’m not saying Grand Rapids is a sucky beer destination but it doesn’t stand up to San Diego at all, we’re talking about Michigan after all. Let’s change that, you can vote every day until October 13th. Show your support for America’s Craftest City and vote!

4th Annual Treasure Chest Fest

Last Saturday, those that attended the Treasure Chest Fest at Green Flash were treated to a truly successful and marvelous event. In its fourth year, benefiting breast cancer charities, a small beer fest has grown into a national campaign including actual festivals here and on the site of their future Virginia Beach brewery.

Tres1As this is Green Flash’s flagship rare beer event, 19 barrel aged and one off cask beers awaited us. One of the many reasons this event stands out from a typical beer fest, 11 phenomenal San Diego restaurants made pairing dishes; expertly matching the flavor strength of this brewery’s craft beer. Intermixed with the serving stations, many local vendors were present for your shopping pleasure. Continue reading

Nelson Wins The 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup


Cup1Nelson from Alpine Beer Company wins the 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup! We had over 50 nominated beers from more than¬†25 amazing San Diego breweries. You, the greatest followers on earth, voted those down to ten finalist beers that were judged by my panel. Nelson came out the clear winner with an average score of 46 out of 50! Thank you to everyone that nominated SD craft beers, voted, judged or came out to the awards party! I completely enjoy recognizing the excellent craft beer our city has to offer. Check out how happy Pat, the owner of Alpine, is with a heavy pour of Nelson sitting in the Sore Eye Cup. I you were not there you missed tapping and draining one of the freshest kegs I’ve ever tasted. What an amazing night!


Nelson is crowned the best, regularly produced craft beer in San Diego for 2014! Seek it out and the reward will be in your glass!

The 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup Finalists!

Alesmith wins the 2013 Sore Eye Cup!

Alesmith wins the 2013 Sore Eye Cup!

You, the greatest followers on Earth have spoken and selected the 10 finalist San Diego craft beers for the 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup! These are the beers we will judge on August 14th to determine the winner that will be announced at the awards party on August 22nd. Make sure to check into the Facebook event if you’re coming out to celebrate the amazing craft beer we have here in San Diego. Everyone is invited, including you, come out and enjoy some $4 pints and $5 burgers!

Alright, let’s get to it. Ladies and gentleman, the 2014 Sore Eye Cup finalists:

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Duet from Alpine
Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark Brewing Company
PB Milk Stout from Belching Beaver Brewery
Pupil from Societe Brewing Company
Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
Lupulin Lust from Rip Current Brewing Co. 
Brewer’s Special Brown from New English Brewing Co.
Apprentice for Societe
Zumbar from New English

Congratulations to Alpine, Benchmark, Belching Beaver, Societe, Modern Times, Rip Current, and New English for making it to the final round! Emails will be sent to each brewery today! Thank you to everyone that voted, this would not have been possible without you and remember to come out to the 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup awards party on August 22nd!

Beer Camp San Diego – One Festival To Rule Them All

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America is the official title of the craft beer festival that took over North Embarcadero last Sunday, July 20th. The name of the event was easily shortened to Beer Camp by everyone attending, but what can’t be ignored is how amazing this festival was planned, managed, and operated. I have only experienced a staff as prepared for a festival a few times in my life and only at the extinct MVCBFF (please reincarnate this event!). The event layout, the detailed information provided to all attendees, the great (actual glass) sampler snifter, the amount of water stations, the simplicity of finding the breweries you wanted to because they were in alphabetical order, and the large areas left undisturbed by booths to hang out and enjoy the beauty that we so often take for granted in this town are just some of the examples why I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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