Sore Eye Sudsmas

ugly_christmas_toilet_santa_sweater_1Come celebrate the holidays! You have supported me all year and this is my chance to give back to you by throwing a great party at one of the most exceptional breweries in our city, Societe Brewing!

Bring non-perishable food to donate to the food drive. San Diego Food Bank will be the benefactor, so your help is staying right here in SD. For every food item you bring, you will receive an entry ticket into a drawing for gifts! If you bring in 25lbs of food or more I will double your entries into the drawings! We brought in 317 pounds last year and I know we can smash that record this year. (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!) Continue reading

SD BeerTalk Radio – I’m Now A Co-Host

SDBeerTalk_Light_BackgroundHello amazing people that support me! I’ve had a very busy quarter and I wanted to catch you guys up on some awesome news. Three months ago I was invited by Greg Homyak to join San Diego BeerTalk Radio as the new co-host. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to spend more of my time discussing the amazing craft beer we have here in the Capital of Craft. Since I joined, we’ve recorded 11 shows, some of which were split over two parts. I’m going to go through them from most recent to my first show and give you my thoughts on how it went. You can find us on our website, in Itunes, and in most pod cast applications. Make sure you subscribe to our show in your favorite format to keep up with the latest episodes.

Our most recent episode, #31, was recorded live at Common Theory during our first anniversary party. If you weren’t there you missed out on some great berliner weisse variations from Intergalatic and Kilowatt. Shout out to Home Brew Co., Intergalactic, and Kilowatt for brewing a 3 way collaboration, yogurt berliner. It was a truly excellent beer and the watermelon, pomegranate, and passion fruit variants were delicious. This was the first time we pushed our podcast through a monitor so the people watching us could hear everything we were saying better. I have to say it was awesome and I hope we do that more often. Having the interaction with the “crowd” was super fun. We discuss the big news from Lagunitas, St. Archer and Stone among many other topics. BTW, you are always welcome to come witness our shows, we encourage an audience!

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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!

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

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 Meal 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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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

The 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup Vote Down – The Search for San Diego’s Best Craft Beer

The Prestigious Sore Eye Cup

The Prestigious Sore Eye Cup

Welcome to the vote down of The 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup, an award for the best regularly produced craft beer in San Diego! Last year was a resounding success, Speedway Stout from the mighty Alesmith dominated the competition with an average score of 47 out of 50 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) they can lord over all other breweries in town, drink their amazing suds out of, smash in total victory, or all the above!

Let’s get to it! Below is a list of the 51 nominated San Diego craft beers. You can vote for up to 3 beers, once per day. Don’t see your favorite beer on the list? It’s not too late, simply email me and nominate your favorite, regularly produced, suds. Voting will run for one month establishing our ten finalist beers that will be judged by our panel and awarded the Sore Eye Cup!

Voting has closed, please click here to see who made the finals!

Click here to get details on the award party, August 22nd at the Handlery Hotel!

The 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup – San Diego’s Best Craft Beer

The Prestigious Sore Eye Cup

The Prestigious Sore Eye Cup

Welcome to the launch of The 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup, an award for the best regularly produced craft beer in San Diego! Last year was a resounding success, Speedway Stout from the mighty Alesmith dominated the competition with an average score of 47 out of 50 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) they can lord over all other breweries in town, drink their amazing suds out of, smash in total victory, or all the above!

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 regular beers the brewery makes year round; seasonal, special versions, one offs and casks are not allowed. We’re looking for beers that are available to everyone in SD.

Nominate your favorite beer(s) by emailing me at, tweet me (@mkbain) or tag your nomination #SoreEyeCup in Twitter or Facebook. Nominations are open until the end of June, and then we will move into the voting round. The top ten beers (at least), 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!

Current Nominated Beers:

– Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark Brewing Co.
– The Apprentice, The Pupil & The Butcher from Societe Brewing Company
– Lupulin Lust & Vanilla Storm from Rip Current
– Beeruccino, Hop The RIPA & Wicked As Sin from Helm’s Brewing Co.
– Nelson & Duet from Alpine Beer Company
– Sculpin & Big Eye from Ballast Point Brewing
– Go To IPA & Levitation from Stone Brewing Co.
– West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Company
– Nut Brown, X-Extra Pale Ale & Wee Heavy from Alesmith Brewing Company
– Dark Seas & Shipwrecked from Mission Brewery
– Ponto from Pizza Port Brewing Co.
– Voyager English Ale from Arcana Brewing Company
– American Strong Ale from Culture Brewing Co.
– Gavel Drop from Council Brewing Company
– Habitus & Grazias from Mike Hess Brewing
– Riverwalk Blonde & Gillespie Brown from Twisted Manzanita Ales
– Cali’ Creamin’ & Kismet from Mother Earth Brew Co.
– Shake Your Money Maker from Acoustic Ales
– Peanut Butter Milk Stout from Belching Beaver
– Gatling Gun from BNS Brewing
– IPA from St. Archer Brewing Co.
– Zumbar & Brewer’s Special Brown from New English Brewing Co.
– Blue Bridge Coffee Stout & Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing Company
– Marzen from Gordon Biersch
– Tower 10 IPA from Karl Strauss
– Vanilla’s Porter & Camel Corps IPA from Latitude 33 Brewing
– Elemental Pilsner & Thunderweizen Ale from Lightning Brewery

R Gang Eatery’s First Beer Dinner

RGang-01Has it really been a month since I posted an article? So sorry for my lack of attention to you, the awesome readers that support my efforts. Sometimes I can get so busy doing fun stuff I forget to talk about it; I’ll try (and probably fail) to be more regular with new content for you.

RGang-3R Gang Eatery is a great little restaurant that does amazing things with limited space and an even smaller kitchen. Recently, they brought Matt Morrison on as Chef (former sues chef of The Handlery and Stone Liberty Station) and one of his first actions was to set up a tremendous beer dinner with nano brewery (now micro brewery) super star, Mike Hess Brewing. Fresh off winning a gold medal at the World Beer Cup for Habitus, Hess is hitting their stride and finally released their first canned beers. Full pints await the alumithusiast in five varieties, Jucundus, Claritas, Grazias, Habitus, and Solis #27. Continue reading

San Diego Chefs Salute Tommy Gomes

TommyGomesSunday, February 23rd, The Handlery Hotel, hosted a terrific event honoring a great man, Tommy Gomes from Catalina Offshore Products. Tommy is the favorite purveyor of local seafood of many chefs here in San Diego and an advocate for dock/farm to table. They all got together in a banquet hall to celebrate him with amazing dishes, craft beer and great times. Continue reading