Whenever I'm chatting with someone and they find out that I'm a beer writer for CityBeat, the next question is often, "How can I get a beer writing gig like that, too?" Well, you probably can't, unless you start yet another craft beer blog riddled with typos and asinine observations about the mouthfeel of a random triple IPA. There are a finite number of San Diego-based craft beer publications, so you can have my slot when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers. (Please note: that's not a challenge.)
However, there are an industrious few who have expanded from the standard written beer column and established alternative media outlets covering the local scene. When you can bear to tear yourself away from my excruciatingly witty beer commentary, here are some local podcasts filling the airwaves with bacchanalian banter.
San Diego BeerTalk Radio has been one of my personal favorites even before I got smashed on the air two weeks in a row with Andrew "The Beerdist" Dyer. (Tune into Episodes #66 and #67 for my barleywine-fueled rampages.) Hosts Greg Homyak and Brian Beagle—of Sore Eye Suds fame, a blog that I remarkably have nothing snotty to say about—are some of the most well-connected, authentic and knowledgeable beer nerds in San Diego. Coming up on a two-year anniversary on Aug. 5, you can expect their boots-on-the-ground interview formula to expand to new cities (and potentially new outlets, like radio) as they grow.
"As opinionated as we can be on the show about beer, remember that it is just beer. Drink it, have fun, mingle with friends, family and strangers alike." — Greg Homyak
Three B Zine is a self-supported, three-year-old podcast run by Cody Thompson, Thomas Pritchard and Dustin Lothspeich that's hosted guests ranging from Shawn Dewitt of Coronado Brewing to Cosimo Sorrentino of Monkey Paw/South Park Brewing Company. Its tagline "Live Local" embodies their fierce loyalty to the independent craft beer scene, and perhaps the most refreshing part of their approach is their willingness to include new beer drinkers in the conversation rather than only focusing on appealing to seasoned insiders.
"We want to educate everyone in beer and make it easy and comfortable for everyone to be a part of this awesome community." — Cody Thompson
Two years ago as part of TapHunter's marketing initiative, it launched the Business of Beer podcast to use existing relationships with influencers in the industry and share insights with the San Diego audience thirsty for more beer education. If you haven't checked them out yet, start with Episode #58 with Josh Hembree and Keldon Premuda from the forthcoming Setting Sun Sake Brewing Company for plenty of fermenting-forward revelations.
"There are a lot of people out there that are new to well-crafted beer. Don't judge them or they may never come back." — Andy "The Beerman" Coppock, host of Business of Beer
This is just a taste of what's available beyond the written word, so stay tuned for Part 2 in the Aug. 3 issue on where to satiate your need for more local beer discourse.