I was about to start this post with something like “We’re really lucky to be able to travel for beer and speak to so many awesome people.” But luck has nothing to do with it. As beer media, our job is to showcase craft beer everywhere — it’s a part of our business model to travel as far and wide as we possibly can to find the best beer the world has to offer and then to document the stories behind it.
In October, we made our way out west to California. We’d reached out to 21 breweries from San Diego and Los Angeles in advance to set up interviews, and we managed to get a solid response, doing 7 podcasts in total (including one with a craft beer event company focused on diversity). A 33% hit rate isn’t too bad, especially in a market that we had yet to touch — shout out to the seven breweries we weren’t able to connect with.
Our first stop was San Diego, a place I personally had never been before. Scott and I have a mutual friend who lives there, so we all stayed with him and his wife, who were super gracious and took really good care of us, especially when it came to beer. It was in San Diego that we finally got our hands on Pliny The Elder, and we visited more than a few brewpubs to really soak up the scene.
Our first podcast was with Head Brewer Daniel Drayne of Half Door Brewing Co. Based in a dope corner spot with a yuuuuuge wrap around patio in downtown San Diego, Daniel gave us the lowdown on his come up (working for Coronado Brewing Co, who we sat down with next), his feelings on the local scene and a ton more. Their beers–at least the ones we had–were mostly hazy, which was right up our alley. Also, the food was amazing.
The hospitality from everyone we met in San Diego was so warm and genuine. To get to speak to people who are continuing to build the legendary beer scene out there was quite the honor. My only regret is we didn’t get to take any beers home (they don’t package).
And if you enjoyed the highlights, check out the full convo via Apple Podcasts. Tons of great episodes from Cali coming up over the next 6 weeks. And check out some of our latest videos below. Cheers!