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Marty Mendiola’s Second Chance

Dec 4
Photo courtesy of Rock Bottom

Second Chance Beer Company Co-Founder Marty Mendiola (Photo courtesy of Rock Bottom)

Long time head brewer for Rock Bottom La Jolla and former President of the San Diego Brewers Guild Marty Mendiola is setting off to start Second Chance Beer Company. Opening in 2015, the brewery will be located in the Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego County and feature his English Brown, Irish Red and Robust Porter recipes.

Under the auspices of Rock Bottom, Marty’s earned a hearty share of accolades from the two major brewing competitions: the annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and the bi-annual World Beer Cup (WBC). His Longboard Brown won Gold at the 2012 WBC and 2009 GABF, Silver at the 2010 WBC and Bronze at GABF 2013. Moonlight Porter earned Gold medals at GABF 2013 & 2011, and a Silver award in 2010. Two different Red recipes: Rudolph’s Red and Ragtop Red won as well, with a 2010 Gold World Beer Cup award and two GABF Bronze medals (2013/10), respectively.

Three World Beer Cup awards and seven Great American Beer Festival medals is a very respectable amount of hardware for a small brewpub brewer. Larger breweries tend to hold the recipes of their brewers as proprietary. Even if Marty’s beers aren’t the exact same as his Rock Bottom recipes, it’s a safe bet that the beer brewed at Second Chance will be world class.

As San Diego County nears 100+ breweries, Marty and his business partner, Curtis Hawes, are optimistic in regards to over-saturation and competition. “Marty has been brewing in San Diego since before brewing was cool,” says Hawes. “He has over 15 years’ professional experience here, he attended the UC Davis Master Brewers Program…If you look at places like Denver and Portland, you see there is always will be room for another great brewery…” Marty adds, “[the] Carmel Mountain / Rancho Bernardo area is far from saturated.” Keep an eye on Second Chance’s Facebook page for updates.

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San Diegans Win 16 Medals at the 2012 World Beer Cup

May 5

The Karl Strauss crew celebrates their 2012 World Beer Cup Gold Medal for Red Trolley Ale. Photo: Ryan Lamb

San Diego brewers earned 16 medals at the 2012 World Beer Cup. The winners were announced at the Gala Awards Dinner/Ceremony, which took place immediately following the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference. Out of 95 categories of beer, San Diegans won 5 gold medals, 3 Silver medals, and 8 Bronze medals. In total, 799 breweries entered 3,921 beers from 54 countries. 218 judges from 27 countries determined the winners. The SD winners and their categories are listed below.

 – Winning Beer and Brewery – Award

Coffee Beer – Bacon & Eggs by Pizza Port Ocean Beach – Gold
Irish-Style Red Ale – Red Trolley Ale by Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Gold
Imperial India Pale Ale – Poor Man’s IPA by Pizza Port Carlsbad – Gold
English-Style Brown Ale – Longboard Brown by Rock Bottom La Jolla – Gold
French-and-Belgian-Style Saison – Carnevale by The Lost Abbey – Gold

Old Ale or Strong Ale – Decadance 2010 Old Ale by AleSmith Brewing Co. – Silver
Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale – Two Tortugas Belgian Strong by Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Silver
American-Style Black Ale – Tarantulas 2.0 by Pizza Port Ocean Beach – Silver

Barelywine-Style Ale – Old Numskull by AleSmith Brewing Co.  Bronze
Chocolate Beer – Odin’s Raven by Alpine Beer Co. – Bronze
American-Belgo-Style Ale – Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Co.  – Bronze
Imperial India Pale Ale – Palate Wrecker by Green Flash Brewing Co. – Bronze
Experimental Beer – Where There’s Smoke by Manzanita Brewing Co.Bronze
American-Style Brown Ale – Great American Brown by Pizza Port Carlsbad – Bronze
American-Style Stout – A.B.L.E. American Stout by Pizza Port Ocean Beach – Bronze
Belgian-and-French-Style Ale – Gift of the Magi by The Lost Abbey – Bronze

Congratulations brewers!

Full list of winners can be found here.
Further reading: Peter Rowe’s post on SDUT 

Special thanks for the backup from Pete Rowe, Brandon Hernández, and Jeff Hammett during the awards ceremony. SD has some awesome beer media! Post updated 5/6 1:55a.m. with corrected number of breweries and beers entered from the BA press release.

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Incoming San Diego Beer events for 5/4 – 5/10

May 4

Here’s what’s coming up beer-wise in the next few days.

Wednesday 5/4

5P – Alpine’s Caption Stout on nitro and Token Imperial Porter @ O’Brien’s. The Mira Mesa pub will be continuing their Alpine week through the 7th, and there should still be some other Alpine beers available from the Sunday tasting.

7P – Local Art and Beer (L.A.B.) @ TapRoom. Once a month on the first Wednesday, TapRoom opens it’s doors to local artists and allows them to display their stuff. While PB isn’t considered a art hub of San Diego, TapRoom doesn’t care. Rightfully so, because while at one  L.A.B. event we learned about URT, a neat little clothing creator here in town. This Wednesday SD artists Corey Gautereaux and Kyle Curtis will be on display with local featured brewery Coronado Brewing Co.

7P – Cask Night @ Phileas Foggs feat. Karl Strauss Double Dry Hopped Pintail Pale Ale. Phileas Foggs has been recommended by a few of our readers as a must-see craft beer destination in Poway. We’re going to try and make this event. Also, is it just us or is Karl Strauss kicking it up a notch with creative beer production?

Weekly Wednesday Events
Beer-Centric Wednesdays @ Sessions Public
$3 Local Pints @ Breakwater Brewing Co.
$3 Local Brews @ La Jolla Brew House

Thursday 5/5

5P – In addition to the other Alpine beers still pouring from Sunday’s tasting and Wednesday’s tappings, come get some Exponential Hoppiness @ O’Brien’s!

Weekly Thursday Events
$3 Featured Pints @ All Pizza Port locations

Friday 5/6

430P – Before the Padres vs Diamondbacks game, there will be a Beer Festival at PetCo Park. Details are scare on this one, and an email last week to our Padres media contact returned with a reply indicating it was still being thrown together. We were told to expect many of the same from last year, such as Ballast Point, Stone Brewing Co., and Coronado.  TapHunter is running a 30% off deal for tickets to this game if you enter the promo code TAPHUNTER when buying tickets.

5P – Firkin Friday w/ Ballast Point @ Hamilton’s will feature a cask of Rum/Oaked Sextant Stout.

5P – Odin’s Raven Imperial Stout gets tapped @ O’Brien’s.

Saturday 5/7

630PRock Bottom La Jolla will be hosting a beer pairing dinner. This collaboration effort between Brewmaster Marty Mendiola and Senior Chef Alberto Lucatero will feature Marty’s beers paired with 4 courses containing ceviche, pozole, and “Jalisco-style pork”.  There’s tons more info on their website. $38 and reservations are required by calling 858-450-9277

Sunday 5/8

10A – Can Cancer w/ TailGate @ PetCo. Local beer company TailGate will be hosting it’s family-friendly benefit tailgate party before the Diamondbacks game. There will be food, games, raffles and TailGate beer for adults. Benefits to support Breast Cancer research. You can buy tickets and find more information by clicking here.

Monday 5/9

6P – Blind Lady Ale House and MIHO Gastrotruck are teaming up every Monday for the month of May. This Monday, BLAH will screen Career Courier whilst slinging brews while MIHO serves food outside (BLAH’s kitchen will be closed.)

Weekly Events

$3 Pints @ Eleven
$3 Local Pints & $1 Pulled Pork Sandwiches @ All Pizza Port locations
$3 Local Pints @ Toronado

Tuesday 5/10

7P – Vegan Beer Dinner @ Stone Bistro & World Gardens. Part of the ongoing Master Pairings series featuring the ‘Bistro’s Executive Chef Alex Carballo and Bistro Beer Czar “Dr.” Bill Sysak. First course: an Asian trio of Quinoa, Sake Poached Buckwheat Udon Noodles and Avocado Roll paired with Dieu de Ciel’s Derniere Volonte and Iron Fist’s Spice of Life; Second course: Housemade Soy Ricotta Cheese & Zucchini Cannelloni paired with Stone Levitation Ale; Third course: Sweet Potato-Stuffed Chili Relleno paired with Malheur 12; Dessert: Cantaloupe Napoleon with Cucumber Granite paired with Bailleux Cuvee de Jonquilles.

7P – The Tipsy Crow on 5th Ave. Downtown will be tapping a cask of Mission Brewery’s Shipwrecked Double IPA. Here’s their description: “A amazingly balanced and hoppy beer, yet finishes as smooth as silk with no hint of high alcohol hotness usually associated with strong double IPA’s. Super citrus and grapefruit aromas and flavors from the generous use of Cascade, Magnum, Centennial and CTZ hops.” With Padres season in full swing, we’re very excited about Mission Brewery opening up next to Petco Park. Shipwrecked is one of their most popular beers, and it’s no doubt the cask version at The Tipsy Crow will be extra delicious.

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The Week in Review

Jan 24

Coronado's Clinton Smith goes through each beer & food pairing

Tuesday, January 18th

Bay Park’s The High Dive hosted Coronado Brewing Co. for January’s installment of Chicks for Beer, the popular beer-centric social meet-up for women.  Five of the peninsular brewpub’s finest were on tap, paired with plates from brie cheese & fruit to Red Devil-infused pulled pork sliders. As The High Dive’s owners have looked to turn the group into a nonprofit organization benefitting breast cancer research, three members of the Susan G. Komen Foundation were also on hand to enjoy a relaxing Tuesday night by the bay.  Coronado fed the flame of the chili-beer trend by bringing their roasted New Mexico hatch chili-boasting Idiot IPA on cask.

For more photos of the event, click over to our Facebook.

Wednesday, January 19th

Senior Brewer Marty Mendiola discusses each of his beers with the San Diego Beer Club members in Rock Bottom's upstairs party room

The San Diego Beer Club met up in La Jolla on Wednesday night to try some of Rock Bottom’s award-winning beers.  Senior brewer Marty Mendiola mingled with the crowd, fielding questions.  San Diego Beer Club is a group of more than 1,000 craft beer fans who regularly convene at bars and breweries for behind-the-scenes tastes of this city’s finest.  Founding father Travis Fawcett was very happy with the contribution of his co-organizer, Camille Segobia, who stepped down from her post following the event.  Travis made a quick observation as the room began to fill: “It looks like we have about 60% new membership tonight, a testament to Camille’s great work.”  He continued, “It looks like I may get some new volunteers for the position.  We’re about to celebrate four years running, and the club is going strong.”

The Grill's Stephen Kurpinsky serves up

Elsewhere in La Jolla, The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines welcomed Ballast Point for a chili beer dinner that Hamilton’s proprietor Scot Blair proclaimed was “the best beer and food event in San Diego. Ever.”  Sparkling comments from the local innovator were evidence of a job-well-done; chili beers have really caught fire, and this flaming fare fought with even the most tolerant of taste buds.  Check out the post on the event, including more photos.

Thursday, January 20th

Brewers listen to comments from David Moore about the new Board of Directors

AleSmith Brewing Company held the most recent meeting of the San Diego Brewers Guild in their newly-expanded tasting room this past Thursday.  On the agenda: the new Board of Directors that will streamline operations with the assistance of various committees.  The financial outlook of the year was discussed, as the planning stages of San Diego Beer Week begin again.  Doug Constantiner and Travis Smith (the latter formerly of the La Jolla Brew House) officially announced the future Societe Brewing Company, coming in 2012.  WC Staff Writer and San Diego Beer Blog writer Jeff Hammett got the scoop on Travis’ previously anonymous partner, with more to come in his February “Beer and Now” column.

Friday, January 21st

WC Launch Party at The South Park Abbey

We hosted our Launch Party this past Friday, and were comprehensively overwhelmed by the response we received.  Our apologies to those who showed up and didn’t get a glass as almost all of them were sold out an hour and a half into the event! We hope to throw another party like this soon, and it won’t disappoint.  The West Coaster IPA is still available at Hess Brewing under the name “Solis Occasus,” meaning “where the sun sets” in Latin.  Big thanks to The Rezsonation and DJs The Office Twins for providing the music, Hess for the beer, SPA for the space, and everyone who came out to support us – we’d love to hear your feedback on our first beer event.

Friday was also O’Brien’s 17th Birthday.  Check out our event preview, including a bit of pub history.

Saturday, January 22nd

ABD's Michael Bowen and Alex McKee in tandem

11 in ’11 members hosted their first beer tasting event of 2011 in coordination with the Best Damn Beer Shop at The Beer Co. on 6th and Broadway downtown.  Close to sixty highly-coveted and rare beers were available to try for $35, a bargain considering the quality available for your ten 4oz. tasters.  We look forward to collaborating with these guys soon.

Click over to our Facebook for more photos of the event.

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