Sore Eye Sudmas 4

Come 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. This event is part of Societe Brewings’s amazing, annual food drive. San Diego Food Bank will be the benefactor, so your help is staying right here in SD!


You can donate through PayPal by clicking here! Every cent will be directly converted into food for the San Diego Food Bank.

This year we have 26 locations throughout San Diego County currently collecting food! Alpine Brewing Tasting Room, 32 North, Green Flash, Pariah, Eppig, Longship, Rouleur, Hess (all 3 locations!), Plan 9 Alehouse, Second Chance (both locations!),Thr3e Punks, Groundswell (both locations!), Lost Abbey/Port, Thorn (both locations!), Burgeon, Arcana, Savagewood, County Wide/Tap CraftToolbox Seven Caves, and Rip Current San Marcos! Collection bins are at all the above locations until December 8th.

You can donate through PayPal by clicking here! Every cent will be directly converted into food for the San Diego Food Bank.

RSVP for the actual party on December 9th at Societe Brewing at 5pm! There will be tons of giveaways; win a prize for wearing the ugliest holiday sweater. You’ll receive an entry into the raffle just for showing up and a bonus entry for every 50lbs of food donated at Sudsmas. When we match last years total of 3,573 lbs, all attendees will be able to purchase all Societe merchandise for 50% off until the end of the party! More importantly, when we cross this year’s goal of 5,000lbs, Societe will put a keg of The Patriarch – a Feral Boysenberry Ale! (You’ve never had or heard of that one, no one has!)

Most Needed Food Items:

Canned Chicken & Tuna, Dry & Canned Beans, Cereal, Rice, Nuts & Seeds, Peanut Butter, Canned Soup, Canned & Dried Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Powdered Milk, and Infant Formula

Nutritional Choices:

Tuna in Water, Low-Sodium Canned Beans, Low-Sugar Whole Grain Cereal, Brown & Wild Rice, Unsalted Almonds, Low-Sodium & Low-Fat Canned Soup, Flax Seeds, No Sugar Added Peanut Butter, Canned Fruit in Water or Juice, Low-Sodium & No Salt Added Canned Vegetables, and Low & Non-fat Powdered Milk

We are unable to accept: Glass jars or homemade food products

Ready for the best part? It’s free for the the best people on Earth, all of you!

Want to donate a gift for the raffle to help out the San Diego Food Bank? Email me at

Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark is the 5th Annual Sore Eye Cup Champion!

Benchmark Brewing wins the Sore Eye Cup with Oatmeal Stout!Last Saturday, at Quad AleHouse, nearly one hundred people witnessed history as Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark Brewing Company was crowned the champion of the 5th Annual Sore Eye Cup! The ravenous, San Diego indie beer fans and industry members, were elated to see Matt and Rachael (owners of Benchmark, pictured above) drink from the mighty depths of the new Cup!

Benchmark, who’s motto is “Beer flavored beer!”, has placed highly in past years and I am beyond stoked they finally took home the Cup! Here’s the official description of Oatmeal Stout:

Rich and creamy, this beer is a mouthful that can satisfy any beer lover. The flavor is chocolaty, roasty, and reminiscent of coffee with cream. The oatmeal provides a luscious body while the roasted character helps create a clean finish. This stout has been called “life changing” and at 4.8%ABV you can tuck in.

Located at 6190 Fairmount Avenue Suite G. San Diego, CA 92120, just a few blocks from Home Depot, with big “Craft Beer Here” flags at their driveway, their tasting room is an inviting atmosphere to enjoy all their excellent offerings. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to stay up to date and watch out for details of their soon to be Bay Park tasting room! Visit them soon for your chance to see the Sore Eye Cup in all its glory.

Thank you Quad AleHouse for being a great host of the party! An even bigger thank you to TapCraft LLC for being this year’s sponsor!

Want to see video of the announcement? Of course you do! the Union Tribune was onsite and blasted it out on Facebook live, click here!

Another thank you to Tim Stahl , who took all the photos featured in this article and gallery! I really it appreciate man!

One final congratulations to Benchmark Brewing, you have all the glory and prestige I can bestow upon an amazing indie beer brewery for one entire year!

5th Annual Sore Eye Cup Finalists!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, the Sore Eye Cup finalists for 2017!

Clever Hoppy Name & Mulligan from Second Chance
Freight Damage from Division 23
Clearly Juice from Pariah
Windows Up from Alpine
Chasing Citra from Resident
Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark
Aurora Hoppyalis from Karl Strauss
Hop-Fu! from North Park
Dankness Visible from Burning Beard

Come out to the announcement party on Saturday at Quad Alehouse for your chance some amazing prizes and to find out who wins this year’s Sore Eye Cup!

5th Annual Sore Eye Cup Vote Down!

Welcome to the vote down of the 5th Annual Sore Eye Cup. You’ll be choosing the ten finalist beers that will actually be judged, blindly, by our panel.

You can vote for up to 5 beers, daily (technically, each time you vote, you’re blocked for 22 hours) through July 22nd! RSVP for the announcement party on August 5th at Quad AleHouse!

Who will be named the best, regularly produced, San Diego Indie Beer for 2017?

Voting has closed. Thank you to all that participated in this year’s vote down! The finalists will be announced on August 1st in anticipation of the Sore Eye Cup party on August 5th!



The 5th Annual Sore Eye Cup – San Diego’s Best Indie Beer

Welcome to the launch of The 5th Annual Sore Eye Cup, an award for the best, regularly produced indie beer in San Diego! Last year was a resounding success, Tabula Rasa from Second Chance won. That, along with the only member of the Sore Eye Cup Hall of Fame, Speedway Stout, are the only two regularly produced, indie beers ineligible for this contest. You guys set records for nominations and votes last year, well done!

We will honor the winning craft beer with an actual cup! It will be a new cup this year, I’ll post pictures when it’s ready. 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 licensed, independent, craft brewery. They must be beers the brewery makes year round; seasonal, special versions, one offs, nitro versions 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 buy some to judge). We’re looking for superior indie beers that are available to everyone in SD.

Nominate your favorite beer(s) by emailing me at Sore Eye Cup, tweet me (@SoreEyeSuds) , tag your nomination #SoreEyeCup in Twitter, comment on the post in Facebook, or comment right here on this post. Nominations are open until June 30th at 8pm. Voting down to the 10 finalist beers begins July 5th and runs to July 22nd at 8pm.

The top ten beers, as voted by you, the best people on earth, will be blind tasted/judged by our panel of 10. The judges range from craft beer enthusiasts to certified cicerones. We are truly looking for the best, regularly produced indie 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 on August 5th, 12pm, at Quad Alehouse to celebrate the amazing indie/craft beer culture we have in San Diego and announce the 2017 winner of the Sore Eye Cup!

Get to nominating!

Current nominations:

Beer Geek Brunch, Windy Hill, Raspberry Blush & Spells from Mikkeller SD
Dank Drank, Erotic City, Cleary Juice & Dorcha from Pariah
Aurora Hoppyalis & Mosaic Session from Karl Strauss
Black House, Blazing World, Orderville & City of the Dead from Modern Times
Java Storm & Lupulin Lust from Rip Current
Swami’s & Ponto from Pizza Port
Pugilist, Exciseman, Coachman, Heiress, Butcher, Pupil & Apprentice from Societe
Nut Brown & .394 from AleSmith
Stingray from Coronado
Alpha Mensae & The Cake is a Lie from Intergalactic
Brown & Table Beer from Benchmark
Red Barn from Lost Abbey
Shark Attack Red & Hightide from Port
Cali Creamin’, Sin Tax, ESB, Boo Koo from Mother Earth
Lot 19, Mixed Greens, Noble Miner, Dutchman’ s Pipe & Thuja from Burgeon
Crystal Mess, Green Hat, 2am Bike Ride & Plenty For All from Fall
Mulligan & Clever Hoppy Name from Second Chance
Little Brother from Bitter Brothers
Dankness Visible, Banksy, Hopmata, Rye the Lightning, Circle of Hops, Holy the Voyd & Ingsoc from Burning Beard
Hop-Fu! & Covington from North Park Beer Co
Electric Youth from Thunderhawk
Boss Pour, Mocha Stout & 5pm Session IPA from Abnormal
All the Cheater Hops & Chasing Citra from Resident
Hoptuitus, Umbirx, Habitus & Claritus from Hess
Scripps Pier Oyster Stout from South Park Brewing Co
Bully Pulpit from Council
Pennant Pale & Best Coast from 32 North
Zwicklebier, Hoppy Pils, & Shcwarzbier from Eppig
Patton Porter w/Vanilla & Rosie from Little Miss
Duet & Windows Up from Alpine
Table Beer & Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark
Willy Time Wit & Charley Hustle Red IPA from Mason Ale Works
Stoner Moment & Galaxy Rye IPA from Helix
Explorer ESB, Pure & Simple, Brewer’s Special Brown & Zumbar from
New English
#Buzzwords from Half Door
Seacoast Pils & CoastWise IPA from Corondao
Sacrifice Red IPA from Aztec