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.

Jack in the Box – Jack’s Munchie Peel Through Sore Eyes

Jack has done it again! His new Munchie Peel and win game takes the amazing value of the Munchie MealĀ and adds the awesomeness of winning free stuff! If you’re not familiar with the Munchie Meal it’s a meal that’s only available after 9pm and offers inventive takes on the traditional fast food. I really dig the meals in general and adding a chance at winning great stuff is just more encouragement to make it a late night foody call.

The first way to win is to buy one of the meals, peel the sticker, hit up the site, enter your code and see if you’ve won! You can also just enter at that site for your chance, you don’t actually have to buy anything. With one in 4 entries winning you have a great chance of taking home some terrific prizes.
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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