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

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!

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

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

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The Third Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival

The Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival happened last Sunday and I am thrilled I had the chance to cover this event. A great day full of amazing craft beer and local chefs sharing their best with us all to help out an awesome charity, Wounded Warrior Homes. They provide long term housing and assistance for our wounded and traumatized soldiers, contact and support them if you are able.

The festival itself was laid out very well with ample room to move about, socialize and have fun. The bands played happy rocking music with Geezer’s performance topping the day for me. There were tons of great breweries, some of my favorites included San Diego Beer Co’s fresh hop filter, Hangar 24’s Columbus IPA, 1/2 Arrogant Bastard 1/2 Ruination from Stone and the Big Black Stout from Pariaha. The big winners on the food side for me were Slater 50/50’s burger with egg, the beer snowcone from Gaijin, tri tip from Baker’s Shakers and Pubcakes. The event was a great success judging from the reaction of my friends, the staff and the crowd in general. I will update the article when all the numbers are in and I will be at every beer/food event Karl, Matt and the staff of the Handlery Hotel host from now on.


Agnarchy sent over this video of some backyard snowboarding. These guys are makin the most of the dust of snow and a tow rope, make sure to follow Agnarchy for snowy awesomness.

The Wiley One – Naked

If you don’t remember me talking about The Wiley One last summer then check this out.  Here they are with their follow up single “Naked”.  Have a listen and then get over to Itunes and buy this!


Lurkhard Commercial!

Our friends over at Lurkhard just dropped this commercial featuring Chuck Donnatin. Check it out then get over to and cop some gear!

Didn’t get enough Chuck? Check this out…

My First Filming “Job”

My friend, Madame Kate , has an awesome blog project going that I was asked to help with. She is portraying herself as 5 different women on 5 different dating sites and blogging about the experience. The overall goal is for her to show her clients the multiple styles and looks she is capable of creating. You should check out her blog and follow along.

I am a photographer, let me say that clearly. I haven’t shot video other than while I was at X Games last year. I was brought in to film this first date, there will be more soon! So have a look at something that is waaay out of my comfort zone and was fun to do.

What’d you think? I think I need to work on smooth camera moves, but that’s me.