Tabula Rasa is the 4th Annual Sore Eye Cup Champion!

20160806_152358In a crowded, world renown, craft beer bar last Saturday the Sore Eye Cup champion was announced to zealous, sweaty, San Diego, indie beer fans. This year, Tabula Rasa, from Second Chance Beer Co. , is that victor! They reign for a full year as the Sore Eye Cup winner, and with that comes all the glory and prestige a local blog can bestow upon an amazing brewery. 2nd Chance’s motto is Seize. Sip. Enjoy. and boy did they ever seize the cup, sip from its mighty depths and enjoy the spoils of triumph with us on Saturday.

tabula RasaLook at the can on the left. Second Chance self distributes Tabula Rasa in pint cans so you can easily get your hands on some, something that you should certainly do very soon! I also suggest you visit their awesome tasting room/brewery in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Plenty of space to enjoy their offerings, play an intense game of darts, or lounge around. I’ve enjoyed both of my visits their and think you would dig hanging out there too!

SoreEyeCupSecondChanceTo review, more than seventy people nominated 82 beers for the contest. We had 14,111 legitimate votes to get us to the top ten beers. Both of those statistics exceeded previous contest records. The beers were picked up the day before judging, during something I call the Sore Eye Tour. The top ten beers were judged by people ranging from craft beer fanatic to Advanced Cicerone. Those judges chose Tabula Rasa as San Diego’s best, regularly produced, indie beer for 2016!

Thank you to our host, Toronado, and our sponsor, Craftshack.com, I couldn’t have done it without you!

 

The Fourth Annual Sore Eye Cup Vote Down!

SoreEyeCup2015Voting has concluded for the 4th Annual Sore Eye Cup! The search for San Diego’s best, regularly produced independent beer moves into the final round. We will honor the winning craft beer with an actual cup (over 64oz capacity)!

At the announcement party we’ll fill up the Cup with the winning beer and the winning brewery will drink from it right then, as is tradition! The winners can then bask in the glory of victory and have bragging rights for an entire year! The announcement party will be Saturday, August 6th at 2pm, at the legendary Tornado. Feel free to add yourself and your friends to the Facebook event.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016, Sore Eye Cup Finalists!

.394 from AleSmith

Aurora Hoppyalis from Karl Strauss

Dankness Visible from Burning Beard

Nelson from Alpine

OG High PA from Thorn Street

Pupil from Societe

Nut Brown from AleSmith

Seize the IPA from Second Chance

Tabula Rasa from Second Chance

The Cake is a Lie from Intergalactic

 

The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #9

SDCraftgraphicFinalIf you haven’t read my article, The State of San Diego Craft – 2015, you should. This will be a series of posts where I share the complete and full statements from 20+ amazing individuals that contributed to my work. This is it! The final post of statements that were shared with me while authoring my biggest article to date. I truly appreciate each and every person that took the time to write me and contribute to my work. When I started this process, I had no idea I would still be publishing these when it was time to start voting for the Sore Eye Cup (that happens tomorrow, by the way!), but there’s no way I would leave these amazing individuals out! Let’s jump in with one of my good friends, Tom for HoptologySD.com.  Continue reading “The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #9”

The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #8

SDCraftgraphicFinalIf you haven’t read my article, The State of San Diego Craft – 2015, you should. This will be a series of posts where I share the complete and full statements from 20+ amazing individuals that contributed to my work. There’s still 6 statements you haven’t even heard about. Today we’re going to dive into three! First up we have Giana Rodriguez, she’s the program director of the SDSU Craft Beer Certification program, of which, I’m a student. I really enjoy her call for maintaining quality throughout the entire process of creating the amazing beer we have grown accustomed to in San Diego. Continue reading “The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #8”

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

SoreEyeCup2015Welcome to the launch of The 4th 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 AleSmith won for the second time in three years and is now the only member of the Sore Eye Cup Hall of Fame! While Speedway will not be eligible for the Cup moving forward, it will always hold the esteem of being the first multi winner and the first member of the Hall. The reward of dominance, this honor is bestowed upon AleSmith, for perpetuity, without the possibility denial!

We will honor the winning craft beer with an actual cup (over 64oz capacity)! 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 (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 beers the brewery makes year round; seasonal, special versions, one offs 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 get some to judge). We’re looking for superior craft beers that are available to everyone in SD.

Nominate your favorite beer(s) by emailing me at SoreEyeCup@gmail.com, 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 the end of June, and then we will move into the voting round. Voting will run form July 1st – 16th.

The top ten beers, 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 and cicerones. 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! There will be an awesome party on August 6th, 2pm, at the legendary Toronado to celebrate the amazing craft beer culture we have in San Diego and announce the 2016 winner of the Sore Eye Cup!

Current Nominations:

Hop Boxed, Duet, Nelson, Hoppy Birthday and Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Co.
.394, X Extra Pale and Nut Brown from AleSmith
Mosaic Session Ale, Red Trolley & Aurora Hoppyalis from Karl Strauss
Plenty for All, Green Hat, Magical & Delicious Beer Named Sue, Mittens & 2am Bike Ride from Fall
Brewer’s Special Brown, Pure & Simple, Explorer, and Zumbar from New English
Blazing World & City of the Dead from Modern Times
The Cake is a Lie from Intergalactic
Lupulin Lust from Rip Current
Grapefruit Solis, Habitus, My Other Vise, and Claritas from Hess
Harlot, Pupil, Publican, Apprentice & Coachman from Societe
Boo Koo from Mother Earth
Octo Rye from Pacific Brewing
West Coast IPA, Tangerine Soul Style, and Passion Fruit Kicker from Green Flash
Swami’s, Kook and Ponto from Pizza Port
Arrogant Bastard from Stone Brewing
Stingray IPA and Islander from Coronado
Tabula Rasa and Seize the IPA from Second Chance
Dark Seas and Plunder from Mission
Bear Cookie from Bear Roots
Table Beer, IPA, Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark
Gavel Drop and Bully Pulpit from Council
Dankness Visible, Holy the Voyd, Banksy, Circle of Hops, & Hopmata from Burning Beard
Weiss from ChuckAlek
Fenris IPA from Barrel Harbor
Three Beagles and Stout Your Engines from Bagby
5pm Session from Abnormal
Sour Superintendent from Division 23
Vanilla Porter and Blood Orange IPA from Latitude 33
Elemental Pilsner from Lightning
Devotion, Inferno, and Judgement Day from Lost Abbey
Board Meeting, Mongo, and Shark Attack from Port Brewing
Infinitude from San Diego Brewing
OG HighPA from Thorn Street
San Diego Pale from Bay City
Cucumberliner and Purple Drink from Toolbox