The State of San Diego Craft Beer – 2015

20160316_163026The state of San Diego Craft Beer in 2015 was complex, diverse, and amazing.

Before we really dig into it, lets handle some overall house keeping in regards to this article. I will be counting Ballast Point and Saint Archer as craft beer for 2015 as they were for the majority of the year. Most of the statistics I will be throwing out come from National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) reports, the Brewers Association resources, and West Coaster SD brewery list and articles. NUSIPR is the leading authority on providing these statistics, the Brewers Association is considered the governing board of craft beer on a national level, and I think we can all agree that West Coaster is a good source for anything regarding San Diego craft beer. If you see any issues with accuracy, do not hesitate to email me or comment below.

2015 was a year of prosperity in SD craft beer. Overall, we saw a 17% increase in the regional economic impact, going from $726.6 million in ’14 to $851 million, a 17.5% gain in total breweries in operation (from 97 to 114), which exceeded the national brewery growth of 15%, and a massive, 20% rise in total jobs, which were at 4,512, up from 3,752; the national average job growth was 5%. There were 17 breweries that opened their doors in ’15, just to add another “17” to this paragraph. Twenty one breweries embarked on or completed major expansions; I’m categorizing opening a satellite tasting room and/or a significant increase in production capacity a major expansion. The biggest expansions of the year were accomplished by Ballast Point and AleSmith. Three breweries also announced plans to build remote locations: Mother Earth in Nampa, ID, Green Flash in Virginia Beach, VA, and Stone Brewing in both Berlin (now online) and Richmond, VA. Continue reading “The State of San Diego Craft Beer – 2015”

Four San Diego Craft Breweries in top 50 for 2015

BA-top-50The Brewers Association just released their top 50 breweries of the year report (based on sales). Four, amazing, San Diego breweries made the list! They also put together this awesome map of the breweries’ locations, click it open to be able to read it.

Ranking highest, and a shock to no one that pays attention to the industry here in SD, is Stone Brewing coming in at the 10th spot, although they fell one spot, and traded places with Minhas Brewing in Wisconsin. With the biggest rise up the list, Ballast Point comes in at 11th, rising from 31st in 2014. Rising a respectable 7 spots from 2014, Green Flash finished 2015 as the 41st largest craft brewery. Karl Strauss makes the list at 46th.

In the list of the 50 biggest breweries (not just craft), Stone comes in at 15th, Ballast Point lands at 17th, and Green Flash gets the nod at 49th!

Wait, man, you told us Ballast Point wasn’t craft anymore, what gives? Well, you’re totally right, but we’re counting them for 2015 because 10/12ths of the year they were still independent. Next year they will no longer be considered craft. Locally, they were removed from the San Diego Brewers Guild due to their sale to Constellation Brands and no longer meeting the current definition of craft beer, as determined by the Brewers Association.

Congratulations to all the San Diego breweries that made the list. I think it’s pretty amazing that we have more of the top 50 breweries than any other region in the USA, more data backing up that we are the Capital of Craft! Heck, only Colorado, as a state, had more top 50 breweries than our hometown, and only by one.

In conclusion, San Diego craft beer continues to be the most successful region in the country. We have world class beer here in our city and the country/world is noticing. Continue supporting your favorite breweries, it’s working to drive the success of our entire area!

For the complete Top 50 list from the Brewers Association, click here.

Sore Eye Sudsing

20160214_122153.jpgHey you, yes you, don’t look over your shoulder! I’ve been stuck in this #indiebeer conversation for some time and I’m here to say, no, that won’t be the focus of my blog; it did, however, consume all my time for a bit. This is the beginning of my blog returning to what it has always been about, drinking amazing, craft beer, and more importantly, fun!

img_20160211_202729.jpgI’ve had some awesome beerventures lately and I wanted to share some of them with you. First up, have I said publicly that I’m in the SDSU Business of Craft Beer certificate program? Well, if not, I just did! I’m coming to the end of my second class, Beer Styles 1, and have been having a blast so far. I’m in the program to deepen my knowledge of craft beer and the business surrounding this amazing community/industry. The picture you’re looking at is an example of the beers we sampled one night. If you’re interested in craft beer I can’t recommend the program enough, get enrolled today. Continue reading “Sore Eye Sudsing”

First video episode of SD BeerTalk

The awesome guys at What’s On Draft TV filmed our episode about them and pushed it out on their Vimeo channel. Thanks to them, you can see exactly how we do our show. We talk about what WODTV is about, their upcoming launch, the party this Saturday at Culture OB, and then they flip the script and interview us about having a show. Grab a great #IndieBeer , get comfortable and enjoy!


SD BeerTalk Radio about #IndieBeer and 10 Barrel

SDBeerTalk_Light_BackgroundLast week, while recording a show with the What’s on Draft TV guys, Greg and I took sometime in the middle of the show to address some hot topics, mainly #InideBeer and our opposition to 10 Barrel. We also squeeze some current beer news in there. Have a listen and let me know your thoughts on any of the topics we discuss.

There are definitely those outside of San Diego that are seriously vocal about opposing the hashtag, and that’s their right as Americans. I’m stoked the conversation has grown but want to remind everyone we’re talking about beer and hashtag here; I think we can take the seriousness down a peg. I’m fully aware this conversation is not for everyone, but for those that produce, support, and love craft beer this is an important discussion and I hope that aspect of the situation continues.

The message of knowledge and supporting quality, independent breweries (when you can/want) is what’s important here, not a perception of what you think #IndieBeer is or should be. We’ve made a decision about what we want to support, nothing more (or less).