Sore Eye Sudsmas Returns December 10th!

soreeyessudsmasbannerCome 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. Our food drive bolsters Societe Brewings’s Annual food drive. San Diego Food Bank will be the benefactor, so your help is staying right here in SD! RSVP here! Continue reading “Sore Eye Sudsmas Returns December 10th!”

Live SD BeerTalk Radio Show at Alpine Pub!

AlpineBoardCome join us as at 7pm on Tuesday, December 29th, while we rock the Alpine Pub! We will be doing a live show right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle that is Alpine Beer Company ! We’ll have a few giveaways and some other fun for you but nothing will compare to how awesome the beers that flow from these taps are. We will be broadcasting our audio live through our new PA speaker so you’ll be able to hear everything going on and interact with us. Come see the show get recorded live and help us fill the pub with fun! You can RSVP here!

$1 Billion for Ballast Point and the Birth of #IndieBeer

20140711_173830Just in case you were camping in one of the few places left without internet access, Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits was purchased for $1,000,000,000.00 (yes, $1 billion) by Constellation Brands, owners of Modelo, Corona, and many other beer, spirit and wine companies. The dollar amount is an estimate as the actual workings of the deal are cash and debt absorption. This purchase price is very high based on usual formulas used for acquisitions. Ballast sold their company at a premium price, roughly $3,500.00 per barrel produced when recent craft brewery purchases were closer to $1,000.00 per barrel. For more details on the statistics and the actual press release, please read this West Coaster article.

Individual brands of the spirit side, like Fugu Vodka and Devil’s Share Whiskey, are still owned by Jack White and Yuseff Cherney, but the Ballast Spirits trademark was purchased by Constellation. Indications are that Jack and Yuseff will start a new company to continue, making this a complicated issue of the purchase. It makes sense to me, since Constellation has many more spirit companies than beer, that this trademark was enticing for them.

Many people in San Diego found this news shocking and little bit of a punch in the gut. I’m one of them. I completely understand this is a staggering, life changing amount of money. I recognize that the workings of the deal state intent to leave Ballast untouched and allow them to continue making the exceptional beer they currently produce. I’m proud of them for their amazing hard work, development of a valuable business, and their integral contributions to the overall San Diego craft beer industry and community. Continue reading “$1 Billion for Ballast Point and the Birth of #IndieBeer”

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 Sudsmas”

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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