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COMIC-CON “CRAFT/ART” EVENT Wednesday 7/23/14

COMIC-CON “CRAFT/ART” EVENT TO CELEBRATE SAN DIEGO VISUAL ARTS, CRAFT BEER WEDNESDAY

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SAN DIEGO – A new event celebrating San Diego’s visual arts and craft beer communities will be held on Comic-Con Preview Night, Wednesday July 23rd, at Stone Brewing Tap Room in downtown San Diego.

CRAFT/ART was created to showcase two of San Diego’s most dynamic communities on the international stage: craft brewing and visual arts. The event is timed to coordinate with Preview Night of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con so as to allow creative professionals and visitors to interact with local attendees. Event sponsors include IDW Publishing, a national publisher of art books, comics and comic strip collections, and Craft Beerd, a prominent designer of San Diego craft beer art & apparel.

CRAFT/ART will feature live sketching by some of the top artists in the arena of comics and entertainment. Confirmed artists include:

Moritat aka Justin Norman, comic book artist best known for his work on The Spirit, Elephantmen, and DC’s All Star Western;

Jen Vaughn, cartoonist and creator of Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective;

Eric Johnson, comic book artist and co-creator of Rex Mundi;

Rafael Navarro, cartoonist and creator of Sonambulo and Guns A’ Blazin';

Jeromy Cox, veteran comic book artist, illustrator, and co-creator of Vampyrates.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase original sketches as well as bid in a silent auction for donated art, books, and merchandise items. Donated items include mounted prints from Stone Brewing Company, a piece from comic book artist Carlos D’Anda, and books from IDW Publishing.

CRAFT/ART is free and open to the public; however a suggested $5-10 donation can be made at the door. All proceeds from the event will be donated towards youth scholarships for the Media Arts Center San Diego’s (MACSD) annual Summer Youth Media & Tech Camp. Media Arts Center San Diego, based in San Diego’s vibrant North Park community, promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists. MACSD has set a goal to raise $7,000 this summer for 30 youth scholarships.

“San Diego is home to talented artists and exceptional craft beer, and we are proud to feature both at CRAFT/ART on July 23rd,” remarked David Lizerbram, attorney at David Lizerbram & Associates and lead organizer for CRAFT/ART. “We encourage all Comic-Con attendees to come join us for a fun, social evening with local artists and craft beer professionals.”

Following the 10PM closure of Stone Brewing Tap Room, the CRAFT/ART organizers will continue their event next door at Rare Form, an American bar and restaurant, 793 J Street, until midnight.

The volunteer organizers of CRAFT/ART are: David Lizerbram, attorney at David Lizerbram & Associates; Sarah Gaydos, Editor, IDW Publishing; Jeromy Cox, veteran comics artist, illustrator, and co-creator of Vampyrates; and Vince Vasquez, Senior Policy Analyst with the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

Event Details

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7PM-midnight
Location: Stone Brewing Tap Room, 795 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (alongside PETCO Park, and five blocks away from the San Diego Convention Center)

Members of the media are welcome to attend the event, and event organizers will be available for interviews.

Event registration can be found online at Facebook Events: CRAFT/ART.
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I’ll be there and hope to see you too!

Cheers Tasters!
Dr. Q

 

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The 2nd Annual Sore Eye Cup!

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The 2nd annual Sore Eye Cup, an award for the best regularly produced craft beer in San Diego, is upon us!

I spoke with San Diego sports and craft beer blogger Brian Beagle of Sore Eye Sports who was excited to share his story about his blog’s (Sore Eye Sports) second annual people’s choice competition.

Dr. Q: Who won last year?

Sore Eye Sports: Last year was a resounding success, Speedway Stout from the mighty Alesmith dominated the competition with an average score of 47 out of 50 and is the only beer not eligible for this year’s award.

Dr. Q: What does “The People’s Champ” win for being named the best?

Sore Eye Sports: We will honor the winning craft beer with an actual cup (over 64oz capacity) they can lord over all other breweries in town, drink their amazing suds out of, smash in total victory, or all the above!

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Dr. Q: So, how can the craft beer tasters out there help?

Sore Eye Sports: We are truly searching for the best craft beer San Diego has to offer on a continual basis. We are in the voting stage of the contest. You can vote for up to 3 nominated beers daily. The 10 beers with the most votes move on to the final round, live judging by my panel of 10 judges to choose a winner. Ten beers enter but only one can attain victory!

Dr. Q: How can people vote?

Sore Eye Sports: Voting runs through August 3rd, 2014. All you have to do is visit Sore Eye Sports to vote. Judging will be on Aug 14th. The award party will happen on Aug 22nd at 6pm at the Handelry Hotel. Come celebrate San Diego craft beer and find out who wins the prestigious Sore Eye Cup. You can RSVP by clicking here.

Sounds like a good time is to be had, don’t forget to nominate and vote.

Cheers Tasters!
Dr. Q
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

“Cork and Craft” is coming to Rancho Bernardo

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Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA
7/16/2014

“Reviving the age old trade of the wine negociant, Abnormal Wine Company carefully selects, sources, vints and bottles the most sought after wines from around the world. Influenced by tradition, Abnormal Wine Company has developed new, and sometimes one of a kind, methods of bringing fabulous wine to its North County community.”

This is how Rancho Bernardo urban winery AWC describes itself. Officially. AWC is “a small artisan winery where each and every bottle is vinted, bottled and labeled by hand.” However, in the community which it has served, AWC has been not only “a small artisan winery” but a tasting room, gathering spot, laboratory, and classroom.

I recently had a chance to chat with Matt DeLoach, cofounder, AWC, about the past, present, and future of the RB winery which is soon to launch its Winery, Brewery and Restaurant “Cork and Craft” in Rancho Bernardo.

Dr. Q: What is Abnormal about your company? What was it’s inception?

Matt: Its co-founders are pretty abnormal guys. The culture from the start has been to deviate from the norm. Traditionally, wine is regarded as a very snobby industry; one that looks down on those who aren’t properly educated to “truly appreciate a good wine”. While we appreciate the history behind wine, in the end, it is just fermented grape juice. To most people, that is good enough. Just like any other beverage or food they consume, they want it to be approachable and flavorful. We decided to focus on that concept rather than following suit with most of the other wine companies that are chasing the wine “experts”. We prefer to craft our products with a more general audience in mind.

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Dr. Q: What are some of your company’s past successes?

Matt: Our biggest success to date has been proving our business model: that the general public wants a wine brand that is approachable, dependable, and doesn’t maintain the traditional status quo.

Dr. Q: How did you decide to expand into the cosmopolitan eatery that will be Cork and Craft?

Matt: Food was initially an intimidating path for us to take. We deliberately avoided it until we felt we were really ready. After gathering feedback for 2 years from our customers, the addition of quality food is the next natural step for us. It opens up the doors for us to experiment with pairings and provide a more engaging environment that enables our patrons to spend more time with us.

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Work in progress.

Dr. Q:How did you decide to expand into beer production?

Matt: Wine was never our only passion; we are big lovers of craft beer. We saw a great opportunity to do something different with wine and wanted to focus on that in the beginning. It’s been over two years now and we are excited to start exploring what we can do with beer. We aren’t going to let the boring wine/beer dichotomy stop us. The same mentality that allows us to innovate on great wine drives us to try fresh ideas in the craft brew world.

Dr. Q: What can people expect from the new iteration of Cork and Craft? How will wine, fine dining, and craft beer come together to make a new experience?

Matt: A complete experience. We have focused our energies into creating a space that enables our customers to be involved in all facets of our business; winemaking, brewing, and culinary arts. Our expanded location now lends itself to a much more dynamic atmosphere where everyone can see what’s going on at all times. The winemaking, brewing and food is front and center. A constant show.

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Dr. Q: Anything else you would like people to know?

Matt: In the months to come. we will be making a large push into providing education about wine, beer and food. We have put together a great team and set of resources to present our culture and methods to the public. We would love to hear from everyone on what they feel any of these industries are lacking. We are striving to engage people by being as open as possible.  From our online tools to our open air kitchen, brewery and winery, Abnormal is dedicated to providing a rich experience for your mind and your palate.

This coming Friday and Saturday (July 18/19, 2014) Cork and Craft will host a job fair for their new restaurant “. Check out the image below for more details.

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Cheers Tasters!
Doctor Q

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Beer & A Movie: Starship Troopers x Arrogant Bastard

Movie & A Beer is back!

This week we begin our trek through the mind of influential film maker Paul Verhoeven. Starting us off? Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 masterpiece STARSHIP TROOPERS.

Cody at Three B Zine and Eugene at Reviews Galore have their reviews and pairings. Check them out, and come right back, I’ll wait.

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Starship Troopers, originally, came to life as a military science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein… but that had nothing to do with the 1997 Academy Award nominated (seriously?!) American military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, just the name was licensed, fun fact.

Another fun fact, in an AV Club interview from 2007, director Paul Verhoeven says his satirical use of irony and hyperbole is “playing with fascism or fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society… of course, the movie is about ‘Let’s all go to war and let’s all die.'”

Therein lies my movie experience and review.

To bring you up to speed the movie is, on the surface, about Johnny Rico a.cocksure boy from Buenos Aires who joins the military to follow a girl. A different girl joins up to follow him, and Dougie Howser joins up because he’s a psychic, literally.

The enemy? Bugs, space bugs. They’re infiltrating our solar system, and our planet!

Now it’s personal!

Speaking of personal, I first saw this movie in Marine Corps JROTC boot camp. Our Marine Corps instructors loved the film because, and I know now, of Verhoeven’s ability to make the movie seem about ‘Let’s all go to war and let’s all die’ when in reality it was about fascism. In reality, the film was a social comentary on The New World Order. To me, even at that young age, the irony of the movie, and the irony of our Marine instructors loving it was mind blowing.

In the film, you join the mobile infantry to become a citizen, being a citizen means killing bugs, saving the planet, and getting access to things like citizenship rights like procreation, being involved in the democratic process, or getting an education. Sound familiar?

Meanwhile this is all starting in the context of Buenos Aires subtly hinting that this future fascist world takes place in a new world order where a one world economy is rule. Moreover, this has lead mankind to be xenophobic and must stop the spread of subhumans at all cost. Couple these ideals with a young Neil Patrick Harris dressed, essentially, as a Nazi SS officer and you have an action movie, purposefully cheesey, in a vain attempt to highlight the evils of fascism and fascist propaganda. Moreover the bugs are actually retaliating, or reacting to me more accurate, because of actions taken by humans on earth. Sounds like NAFTA and its ongoing aftermath.

Speaking of fascist propaganda, I paired this beer with a classic…
Arrogant Bastard. The name says it all, really, but the label makes my point for why I paired it. It’s in your face, definitely propaganda, maybe a bit fascist, definitely being ironic.

As the good folks at Stone assert:
“This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.”

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The Good:
The movie delivers what is promised, war, bug killing, and plenty of it. The Academy Award nominated special effects hold up really well. The story flows really well, even if, and this is true, the acting was bad ON PURPOSE.

The Bad:
I’d say the acting, but that was the ironic look the director was going for, such a hipster.

The Ugly:
This movie is pretty damn gory,  between bug deaths, human deaths, and all the maiming in between, this movie is Not for the faint of heart.

All in all, whether you’ve seen the movie before or not, do yourself a favor. Go on Netflix and watch this original 1997 masterpiece from the whole “I’m being ironic with my portrayal of fascism” approach. Maybe that lense would break the heart of my former Marine Corps instructors who loved the gung ho “kill em all and let God sort em” out attitude that, ostensibly, this film is about.

Cheers Tasters!
Doctor Q

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“One Bra-zillion Coconuts” by Mostra Coffee Roasters

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Brazil just lost by a touchdown in their semi-final match against Germany in The FIFA World Cup, but that doesn’t make the upcoming release from San Diego based coffee roasters “Mostra” any less sweet. “One Bra-zillion Coconuts” by Mostra Coffee Roasters is the latest in their signature series of 2014 coffee roast variants. Brazilian coffee beans, vanilla beans, and toasted coconuts have gone into this cold brewed coffee to make something that tastes of “Almond Joy” candy bars, or, as this lucky Taster surmised from his early preview, something more along the lines of liquid Samoa Girl Scout Cookies!

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You may recall that Mostra recently collaborated with AleSmith Brewing Company on a variant of their famed “Speedway Stout” utilizing Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee to make a variation that found much success and warm responses in the craft beer community. In fact, Ratebeer.com has JBM Speedway rated at 95/100 by style and 100/100 overall!

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I recently had a chance to sample “One Bra-zillion Coconuts” at Mostra headquarters in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California with Head Roaster Chef Mike Arquines along with cofounder Jelynn Sophia who shared with me where the idea came from to make such coffee.

Dr. Q: What’s new in the world of Mostra?

Jelynn: “One Bra-zillion Coconuts” is the newest release of our “Signature Series” special edition cold brewed coffees.

Dr. Q: Where’d the idea come from to brew that?

Mike: First off, I LOVE coconut, vanilla, “Almond Joy” candies, these flavors were my inspiration. Also, look at what’s hot in the craft beer world. Coconut, vanilla bean, barrel aged beers such as Karl Strauss’ Vanilla Bean Wreck Alley, Vanilla Dark Lord, or Bourbon County Proprietors. I’m a big fan of craft beer, so, naturally, these too influenced me.

I made a batch for the crew and had everyone at Mostra taste it a while back. I kept improving upon it, this went on for weeks. Each batch has gotten better and better. This coffee was a collective effort built by consesus by our team here at Mostra. What I learned was that, from start to finish – nose, taste, smell – this coffee has to taste and smell and finish like a Brazilian coffee bean and vanilla beans and toasted coconuts all at the same time, and it does!

What do you hope is the response for this coffee?

Jelynn: The “Signature Series” is our chance to release a new variation every quarter. It’s our way of giving the community something fun and new to enjoy for the season. Since this cold brew will be available July, August, and September we fell it is seasonally appropriate. “One Bra-zillion Coconuts” is the coffee equivalent of having a Piña Colada at the beach.
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You should start seeing bottles emblazoned with the logo at the top of this post starting July 13, 2014 at specialty shops, restaurants, and bottle shops around the county.

Cheers Tasters!
Doctor Q

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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Westcoaster San Diego – July 2014

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Westcoaster San Diego continues doing the lord’s work of “serving America’s finest beer county” with the July, 2014 issue of the craft beercentric magazine. In this issue recently deceased local legend Tony Gwynn graces the cover. This is both an homage to his memory as well as topical journalism since AleSmith Brewing Company recently collaborated with Mr. Gwynn on 394 Pale Ale.

Also this month Dr. Q returns to the magazine with his column “The Doctor’s Office.” In this month’s column I highlight a somewhat invisible segment of the craft beer community, Chaldean Americans. According to San Diego’s Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce 6 out of 10 food stores are owned by Chaldean Americans, yet Chaldean Americans compose only 2% of the county’s population!

You can learn more by downloading this month’s issue just by Clicking Here, I would recommend using the e-reader.

Cheers Tasters!
Doctor Q

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy Birthday Modern Times

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A little over one year ago many a craft beer aficionado were online pumping cash into a Kickstarter campaign. By many, I mean a lot, like, a whole lot. How many? When the dust settled on April 30, 2013 about 645 backers had surpassed the $40,000 crowd sourcing goal set by Jacob McKean on behalf of his not yet operational brewery behind a strip club and dirty book store: Modern Times. Surpassed is somewhat of an under statement. The backers, this writer included, funded the Kickstarter campaign to a whopping $65,471! In fact, that was the most successful brewery related Kickstarter campaign up until that point! What made the idea of Modern Times so fabulous in the first place? Modern Times founder Jacob McKean asserted in a May, 2013 Beerpulse.com article that the campaign succeeded “…because we’d built a hugely enthusiastic & supportive following in the 15 months leading up to the campaign. The painstaking effort of building that fan base is what made this possible.”

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That’s all well and good, but did Modern Times do what they said they’d do with the loot?

Here’s what they promised…

“1) Pimp the tasting room. We can build a basic, ho-hum tasting room oooooorrrrrrrr we can build a ridiculously awesome tasting room filled with black velvet art, vintage decor, super-nifty lighting, a counter pressure growler filler, and decent glassware. The choice is yours! 

2) Buy used wine & spirits barrels. We’ve got a temperature controlled room ready for our sour program, but we need a bit more cash to buy the barrels themselves. They’re expensive and they take a long-time to start producing revenue, but we’ve got the potential to make some truly devastating sours if you’ll help us.

3) Buy lab equipment. We’ve got a creepy little shack set aside to be our lab, but we can’t afford to fill it with lab equipment. Microscopes and dissolved oxygen meters will help us make better, more consistent beer and avoid quality control problems, but they’re crazy expensive. They’d also allow us to do some of our own yeast wrangling, which could lead to really unique, awesome beers.

Stretch Goal: $65,000

If we hit our stretch goal, I’ll buy a solar hot water heating system for the brewery. It’ll preheat all the water used in the brewing process, preventing the release of 27,540 lbs of CO2 each year while keeping our gas bills low. San Diego is super sunny, making this is an obvious step, but oddly, no breweries that I know of in the area are solar pre-heating their process water. I’d be stoked out of my gourd to be the first, hopefully starting a trend.”

Yes, and then some.

In the last year they’ve stayed true to their values, goals, and unique personality. In a town that is The Craft Beer Capital of The World boasting over 80 operational breweries, many of whom are industry leaders with more GABF and WBC medals individually than some states combined Modern Times has become an “instant classic” as it were. That’s cause for celebration!

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This upcoming weekend, July 12 and 13, 2014, the good folks at Modern Times will celebrate their first year of accomplishments, ascension, and awesomeness by allowing all aficionados of ales access to an array of activities at 2 different parties!

Head over to their Brown Paper Tickets page by clicking HERE to learn how you can get this sweet glass… you’ll be glad you did.

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Cheers Tasters!
Doctor Q

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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Beer & A Movie: Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade x La Folie 2014

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Welcome back to our “Beer and A Movie” series with Craft Beer Tasters, along with our pals Cody Thompson and Eugene Abano. You can check them out at Three B Zine and Reviews Galore

The premise, pair an approachable beer (in Eugene’s case a soda) with a classic movie. By “approachable” I mean get-able. By “classic” I mean “classic.” This way you can easily recreate the experience and join in the fun.

This week we close out the Indiana Jones movie *trilogy with Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. In this movie we learn that titular character, Indiana Jones, isn’t quite the lone gun hero we thought. He is Henry Jones, Jr. a man who has been chasing adventure his whole life, just to gain the affection, or, at least, attention, of his father Henry Jones, Sr.

I’m able to surmise most of these assertions by virtue of watching the first 14 minutes. In fact, much like “Temple of Doom” the first 14 minutes of this film gives us the best Indiana Jones movie never made. A young Indiana Jones, played by Viper Room enthusiast River Phoenix. That’s not entirely true, the first 14 minutes did inspire the creation of the (mostly) great television series “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.” It would’ve been cool to see River Phoenix play Indiana for a whole 2 hours, but the 10 minutes we got were pretty sweet.

Young Indy and his chubby friend look to be purposefully going off course from the rest of their Eagle Scout Troop, unknowingly, in pursuit of some grave robbers. Now. How he knows what these baddies are up to isn’t explicitly stated, but I have an idea as to what lead young Indiana to the deserts of Utah.

(What follows is pure speculation)

His father Professor Henry Jones (Sean Connery, his name is given via opening credits) is in a lifelong pursuit of The Holy Grail, you know, the cup of Christ. So he takes a post in the Theology Department at Brigham Young University in 1912. Makes sense, The Church of Latter Day Saints does quite a bit of theological archaeology, categorizing of relics, and documenting of such artifacts. We later find out, from the mouth of Indiana, that these assumptions I just made about his father make sense as “Grail lore is his hobby, he’s a teacher of medieval literature…”

While undoubtedly under the tutelage of his cerebral father our here, Young Indiana Jones, must have heard of the likelihood of artifacts belonging to Coronado being in the deserts of Utah. Young Indiana asserts that the cross is “..the cross of Coronado, Cortez gave it to him in 1520. That cross is an artifact, it belongs in a museum.” Though not explicitly mentioned in the movie, the Cross of Coronado was a jewel-encrusted golden crucifix with a chain; named for Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado who was gifted the cross from Spanish Conquistador Cortez. It was believed to contain a piece of the cross Jesus was crucified on. This item would be something Henry Jones Sr. would be interested in as it may be bundled with other items associated with Jesus, like say, the holy grail!

So, the young Indiana Jones quickly orders a fellow trooper to get the Sheriff while he quickly concocts a plan to retrieve the cross. That plan? Why it’s the old “climb down the rope into a pit within a cave and steal the cross while the bad guys have their backs turned” trick.

Just when Indy is about to make it out he makes a false step, breaking a wooden beam, alerting the grave robbers to his presence. Oh, one strange thing, the main bad guy is dressed like and even looks like our hero, more on this later.

This starts one of the all-time best chases in cinematic history.

A foot chase through the beautiful Utah desert. A horse (and car chase) through the planes. Leading us to our hero fighting the baddies on a moving train and box cars filled with perilous circus animals. Animals such as rhinos, snakes, and lions. The snake box car shows the inception of Indiana’s fear of snakes. The lion box car shows the origin of Indiana’s whip and scar. Fun stuff! Fighting the baddies off throughout the entire train ride Indiana strongly asserts to the baddies, when confronted to hand over the cross that “It belongs in a museum.”

Henry Jones, Jr. makes it home, bruised and bloodied, but cross in hand. He excitedly charges into his father’s office, high off of victory with a world-class bona fide artifact in hand! …just to get brushed off by his faceless father. I think the narrative benefits from the lack of reveal of Henry Jones, Sr. because the faceless father figure shows just how distant these two were and continued to be.

As he is brushed off we hear the bugle charge in the distance. As it gets louder we see that Indiana’s fellow trooper fulfilled his obligation of getting the Sheriff, only problem is the Sheriff is, seemingly, in league with, or at least on the side of the baddies who turn the cross over to a man in a cream suit and Panama hat.

Beaten, Indiana is confronted by the gang’s leader, the one who looks and dresses just like his future self. The man in the fedora gently reminds Indiana “You lost today, kid, but that doesn’t mean you gotta like it.”

With those Fatherly words of advice our hero is given his iconic fedora by the man who just bested him. With eyes pointed down in defeat, the crown is passed to Indiana as the fedora is placed upon Indiana’s head. Just then our young hero begins to lift his head and…

Flash to 1938 where we are on a ship off the coast of Portugal and see a soaked and smiling Indiana Jones who (no doubt was dreaming of his past, a past we just witnessed) lifts his fedora adorned head, and wakes from a haymaker induced daze – just to receive another. The man in the cream colored suit and fedora steps into the moonlight, waves crashing on the deck, to scold Indiana “This is the second time I’ve had to retrieve my property from you.” To which Indiana asserts “It belongs in a museum.”

The movie could have ended after the heroic fight scene and exploding ship leave our hero as last man standing, or floating as it were.

There is about 2 more hours of an amazing film, to be certain, but lets talk about some serious daddy issues hinted at in the first 14 minutes of the film.

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Our hero chose to be called Indiana Jones and not Henry Jones, Jr. Why? Why choose to take the name of your dog, over that of your father. Because you were treated like a dog by a man you would rather not be named after. A little dark, but no more than the rest of the film… Nazis, Knights Templar, rats. Also, why emulate the look of a man who bested you when you were on the cusp of archeological greatness? Because he beat you, he was better than you, and still had the time to teach you a lesson in graceful defeat and a never say die attitude. An attitude that undoubtedly carried Indiana to greatness.

Speaking of greatness, how about that beer?

New Belgium’s 2014 La Folie. Boy oh boy, what a lovely beer. I chose this beer because the bottle reminded me of Indiana Jones and how he can magically travel by map. The beer itself is an old style forged through years of aging, a truly artisan ale, craft beer at it’s finest. According to the good folks at Colorado based New Belgium “La Folie Wood-Aged Biere, is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being bottled. Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, came to us from Rodenbach – home of the fabled sour red. Our La Folie emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Peter’s beloved Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones.”

This movie takes place during World War II and deals with subject material ranging from the days of Christ, to The Crusades and beyond. The beer fits perfectly into that feel of days gone by, something I enjoy immensely about these films.

Back to the movie…

The Good: The father and son dynamic and on screen chemistry of Ford and Connery.

The Bad: I honestly don’t cringe at a single thing in this movie. It’s perfect.

The Ugly:
(Spoiler Alert) When the Nazi bad guy drinks from the wrong cup and ages 100 years in a matter of seconds, yeesh.

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Obviously there’s a whole lot I left out about the film, but I chose to.focus on the film’s prologue as it sets the stage for what is, essentially, a two hour story about the bond and complex relationship between father and son. In the end, that’s when movies are at their best, when they tell universal stories in grand ways. Watch it through this lense on your next viewing, bring beer.

*There are technically 4 Indiana Jones films, but we’re only going to review the one’s filmed in the 1900’s.

Cheers Tasters!

Doctor Q
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Top 10 “Top 10″ List

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What follows are my picks for the top 10 “Top 10 Beer” lists out on the internet. Grab a craft beer, hopefully from off the list, otherwise it was all for naught.

10. “Top Ten Beers Every Beer Lover Should Know”

About.com made a list once, there were 10 items on it.

9. “Top 10 Popular Quality Beers”

Askmen.com doesn’t want you to drink beer unless it is both popular and quality.

8. “Top 10 Beer Brands”

The appropriately named The Top Tens stays true to their mission with this post.

7. “Top 10 Fruit Beers”

Our friends at Fox News posted gayot.com’s Top 10 Fruit Beers list. Inception.

6. “Top 10 (Selling) Beers in America”

This list by SaveOnBrew.com isn’t nearly as great as the social commentary made by its author.

5. “Top 10 Mexican Beers”

San Fran Beat x Digital News Gathering‘s Top 10 list looks as if it was compiled by the selection of Mexican Beers available at a gas station, well played.

4. “Top 10 American Sour Beers”

Paste Magazine really brings it with this one. Solid research and commentary to go with these picks.

3. “Top 10 Best Received Beers In America”

Fox News makes the list again for having the most awkwardly worded article title.

2. “The Top 10 Beers In The World Aren’t What You Think”

Bloomberg.com takes a look at the “Top 10″ list from a different angle. Essentially, the world is out drinking The U.S., so what can be done in a global economy to capitalize on this trend?

And…

#1, as if there was any doubt …Here it is!

Top 10 lists, when compiled together, show just how arbitrary and subjective they can be. Number 6 on the list shows just how absurdly low people’s expectations for quality in beer is in these United States.

I am often asked “What’s the best beer in the world?” I have a favorite brewery, bar, restaurant, to be certain, however my current favorites weren’t my favorite locales three years ago. Same goes for my taste in beer. I leave you with the assertion I always give: we will likely never get to try “the best beer in the world” because it’s some person’s home brew that they make only for themselves, friends, and family. The best beer is the one your friend bought you at a bar that one time. The best beer is the homebrew you and your friends made together, and were never able to replicate. The best beer is the first one (or few) your dad snuck you when you were a kid. The best beer is the one you bought (legally) with your real I.D. The best beer is the one you traded your coveted local release only for, it wasn’t worth it, but you’ll never admit it. The best beer is the one you crack at the end of a long day, any long day. The best beer is the one your friend has to drink after losing (to you) in beer pong. The best beer is the one you find in the crisper when you thought you were all out. The best beer is yet to come!

And, just like that, I snuck my own Top 10 list, into my Top 10 “Top 10 List” …so meta.

Cheers Tasters!
Doctor Q
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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

What I’ve Learned In Two Years

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San Diego, California
June 2014
By Gonzalo J. Quintero, Ed.D.

This month marks the 2 year anniversary of Craft Beer Tasters.

Hold your applause.

Today’s post isn’t about pats on the back, nor personal accomplishments. Today’s post is about my first hand experiences covering the craft beer culture in San Diego, Baja California Mexico, and beyond.

Back in the spring of 2012 the idea of writing about craft beer was not new. Nationally we had All About Beer, Draft Magazine, Celebrator, and a handful of other publications. Locally there were a few journalists with dedicated columns as well as the Westcoaster writing about the San Diego scene. What Craft Beer Tasters hoped to add to the mix was education.

Our first YouTube videos and many of our posts reflected that spirit of education and enlightenment. Here we are, two years later, with a blog readership of over 100,000 and it’s clear that that approach resonated and continues to resonate with people. There’s a great community in San Diego from the brewers to the bars and restaurants, and, ultimately the craft beer tasters out there. There are, however, as in any community, incongruous aspects, something I noticed when we formed Craft Beer Tasters, LLC later in 2012.

As the profile of Craft Beer Tasters grew a dirty word, to some, entered the conversation: monetization. That’s where the incongruity lies. The need to form a limited liability corporation became a necessity because of the evolution the idea of Craft Beer Tasters. Event promotion, event production for breweries, bars and restaurants became par for the course. Day trips to Baja, way back in 2012 and early 2013 were not yet en vogue and seen as liabilities. They were, and, in fact, still are. A variety of other liability inducing activities abound. That’s when the need to form an LLC occurred, and that’s when more attention came to Craft Beer Tasters. The necessity to protect personal interests has not affected Craft Beer Tasters’ journalistic integrity any more than libel insurance or disclaimers affects any other journalist.

This all started with two guys, one idea, and a strong set of skills. We had no financial backers save for a group of friends who literally passed around a hat. We knew no one in the industry. Every day was an adventure. It still is. Though the same dynamic duo that started it off is now a solo act, Craft Beer Tasters is far from a one man operation. There has been much growth in the form of collaboration and synergy. That collaboration and synergy, however, has not come easily.

I have met many emerging beer bloggers and aspiring journalists that have asked me for advice in regards to how they can accomplish what Craft Beer Tasters has. I always take the time to talk to them and find out their motivations. For producers and consumers in the industry the motivations seem to be the same: make the beer, and drink the beer, respectively. For everyone in between, the motivations are spotty, at best, and often revolve around self promotion, especially over others. Capitalizing on the work of others, or shooting others down is not how Craft Beer Tasters has gotten ahead.

What I’m saying, in very clear terms, is that though I, along with many others, fill in the blanks for the craft beer community, there is no one person or entity that is the alpha and omega. Some will do anything to maintain their perceived status or niche. In this day and age of social media and instant access coupled with constant news feeds, the typical craft beer taster, however, can be informed and on top of new information before even an online blog can be posted, and well before print media can react. So then, what’s the future of beer blogging and craft beer journalism?

Journalism needs to and is evolving. The evolution is taking journalism to a place of education and enlightenment. Magazine readership continues to decline, ad blockers continue to chisel away at online publication’s ad revenue. Craft Beer Education, in this man’s opinion, is where the future lies. Breweries, bars, and restaurants are doing an ever better job of self promotion. Fans are keeping abreast. Therefore, true journalism is the key to future success of beer writers. Exposé, in depth analysis, and thoughtful critiques will be all anyone cares to read about. Aside from that, formal education, given the enrollment numbers at local university’s craft beer programs, is what craft beer aficionados desire. People are no longer content with the superficial “Here’s a new beer” “Here’s a new brewery” “Here’s a new bar” story.

There’s a lot of one trick ponies out there that are hoping to capitalize on craft beer from a variety of angles. Only time will tell where their loyalties lie. Literally. The minute the bubble bursts and the community shrinks, and it may very likely given the history of craft beer’s economic cycle, loyalties will be evident.

Evolution is the key to survival. I’ve gone from beer blogger, to promoter, to journalist, to craft beer educator at SDSU College of Extended Study, and have, invisibly, contributed to and continue to contribute to the growth of the industry with tangible efforts, not just influence of pen to paper.

Craft Beer Tasters will be for some time to come. It will be in many ways, shapes, and forms. That’s what I’ve learned from the craft beer community: innovation and quality. Those two values are the only way to evolve and succeed in this industry, or any other. Those are llife skills. Life skills easily learned, but difficult to apply.

Cheers Tasters!
Gonzalo J. Quintero, Ed.D.
aka
Doctor Q

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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