Episode 6: San Diego - Featuring Beth Demmon & Bill Vanderburgh
The Brewery Travels Podcast
Episode 6 focuses on one of the major craft beer hubs in the country, San Diego. Beth Demmon (journalist/freelance beer writer and BJCP/CCP) and Bill Vanderburgh (former beer blogger who visited every brewery in San Diego County) come on to talk with Joel about the many breweries in the area. They discuss several topics, such as the best brewery neighborhoods, whether there is still room for growth and the crazy story of Ballast Point.You can follow Beth on Twitter: @delightedbite or Instagram: @thedelightedbiteYou can follow Bill on Instagram: @billvinsdBrewery Travels is a podcast hosted by Joel Geier (aka Brewery Travels) that discusses a different city or region’s craft beer scene in each episode. Joel interviews two local experts, ranging from beer writers and beer bloggers to people working in the industry and even like-minded brewery adventurers.Joel has visited over 700 breweries across 44 states plus Washington D.C. and has been able to make connections with many amazing individuals because of his travels. He is currently living on the road with his family, constantly “exploring more content and doing extensive research” (which just means visiting breweries and drinking beer)! The goal of Brewery Travels is to provide more information about craft beer scenes from around the country, as well as shine a light on some of the excellent individual breweries that call these cities home. From Portland, Maine to San Diego, California. Austin, Texas to Duluth, Minnesota. The bright lights of New York City to the farmland of rural Iowa. Brewery Travels plans to run the gauntlet of locations, providing in-depth information on as many places as possible. With episodes coming out weekly on Thursdays, Brewery Travels is where you can get your fix if you enjoy a craft beer or traveling. Cheers!Follow Joel’s travels on social media:Twitter: @brewerytravelsInstagram: @brewery_travelsWebsite: www.thebrewerytravels.comA Production of The Sota Pod
Beth Demmon is a San Diego-based freelance journalist who writes about beer and cider. She’s had a bunch of amazing bylines including Playboy, Vice, Thrillist, Eating Well and the Union-Tribune’s very own Pacific Magazine.
Local Writer Beth Demmon Speaks About Reporting On Sexism in the Craft Beer Industry
San Diego Magazine's Happy Half Hour
Welcome back to Happy Half Hour! This week's special guest is Beth Demmon, a freelance writer and journalist who specializes in craft beer. Beth started writing about craft beer in 2015 and has been an advocate for diversity in the industry: She founded the Diverse Beer Writers Initiative and is a member of the North American Guild of Beer Writers. Recently, she published an article on Vine Pair about allegations of rampant sexism and harassment that have been occuring in the beer industry, and the story got national attention. The allegations were brought to light by Brienne Allan, a brewer in Massachusetts. Allan posted a question on her Instagram, asking other women who work in craft beer about sexist comments they’d gotten while on the job. The responses were harrowing—and quickly encompassed not just words, but sexual harrassment and assault as well. In her post, Allan says she was asked about her credentials while she was on site helping build Notch Brewing’s new location. Beth says comments like these are microaggressions, which are “death by a thousand cuts” that exact a toll on the recipient. She says that microaggressions against women in the craft beer industry are not only too common, but the lack of accountability and consequences for perpetrators has led to the normalization of this behavior. Beth says that the sheer volume of responses from women experiencing sexism in the craft beer industry wasn’t surprising, but the number of women willing to attach a name to their response has never been seen before. With all these allegations surfacing, the industry has been forced to take action. Some breweries are implementing third-party reporting systems. For smaller breweries that don’t have human resources departments, Beth says that even working to develop a code of conduct is better than nothing—it’s a way for a company to put their values first. She also discussed the challenges of reporting on this topic. In a report like this, one might expect the number of false allegations to be anywhere from 2 to 10 percent—but more likely from 2 to 3 percent. Beth says that even if 3 percent of the reports turn out to be false, that still leaves thousands of others that cannot be ignored, and it’s clear that something needs to change, especially in San Diego, a city that historically avoids confrontation when it comes to issues like this.In Hot Plates, Sky Deck food hall is opening on the second level of Del Mar Highlands Town Center on June 11 with 13 different restaurants and food concepts, each with their own seating area. Jay Birds, a hot chicken restaurant from Long Beach, is opening in Carlsbad. Ben and Esther’s Vegetarian Jewish Deli is expanding from Portland to the Rolando/College area. Also, voting for San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants 2021 has begun! Cast your vote for your favorites, then see the final list of the critic’s and readers’ picks in the September issue. In Two People for Takeout / Two People for $50, Beth’s pick is Angkorian Pikestaff in East Village for their Asian fusion and Cambodian dishes. For hot, made-to-order donuts, Troy recommends Broad Street Dough Co. in Encinitas, specifically the blueberry glazed donuts. Marie’s pick is the pasta that gets prepared in a 60-pound wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano at Bencotto Italian Kitchen in Little Italy. Noah's pick is Point Loma Fish Shop for their Thursday night oyster special and fish and chips. Kairoa Brewing is David’s pick, for their salmon sashimi topped with crunchy quinoa. Thank you for listening! As always, we want to hear from our listeners. Need a restaurant recommendation? Is there a guest you want us to book on the show? Let us know! You can call us at 619-744-0535 and leave a voicemail, or if you’re too shy, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you next week!
Lately, the world has felt joyless. Even the weekends, which once offered a reprieve from the obligation of work, feel bland and gray when you’re stuck at home all the time. Saturday gives way to Sunday, and time melts into hours of couch-sitting, Instagram-scrolling, beer-drinking, and the occasional debate on what to eat for lunch. I long for a trip away from the mundane cycle my life has become. Against this backdrop, reading Beth Demmon’s latest piece on Good Beer Hunting, “Riding the Party Wave — Pizza Port Brewing Company’s Swami’s IPA,” felt like the rare vacation from day-to-day life. It invites the reader to the sunny shores of San Diego, where Beth poses—and then answers—the question: What is the most San Diego beer? In the article, she makes a compelling case for Swami’s, a West Coast IPA created by Pizza Port Brewing Company in 1992. Through interviews with legends in the California craft beer scene, Beth shows us how the legacy of Swami’s IPA still influences the beers we drink today—even if we’ve never personally traveled to San Diego. The article feels light and refreshing, offering a break from the heaviness of this moment in time. In our conversation, Beth and I talk about why she posed this question in the first place, how she settled on Swami’s as the beer that best encompasses San Diego, and why it’s not Stone IPA. Throughout this interview, you’ll hear Beth express her love for San Diego—her adopted home—and her joy as she looks back on the many memories she’s had at Pizza Port Brewing Company over the years.
The Hop Show with Beth Demmon, Craft Beer Writer & Journalist
Hopped: Sound On 🔊
In this episode of The Hop Show, Javi chats with San Diego-based freelance craft beer writer & journalist, Beth Demmon. You may know Beth as the award-winning journalist who’s written for publications like CraftBeer.com, Good Beer Hunting, VinePair, and Craft Beer & Brewing, the host of the San Diego Brewers Guild’s weekly “Happy Hour at Home” show on Instagram Live, Founder of the Diverse Beer Writers Initiative, or for her most recent project, Prohibitchin’ on Substack. Javi and Beth dive into a diverse set of topics this week, including beer influencers, how the craft beer industry has adapted to the pandemic, the insanity of #beertwitter, shotgunning Focal Banger on a Tuesday morning, how how to get started in beer media, and much more! As always, you can follow Javi on Instagram at @javibrews. And you can learn more about Beth on Instagram, Twitter, or on her website.
Beth Demmon a freelance journalist based out of San Diego joins me to discuss all her work and specifically her Prohibitchin' column, founding the Diverse Beer Writers Initiative and much more! bethdemmon.com twitter.com/delightedbite prohibitchin.substack.com--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/kindsey-bernhard/support
This show is sponsored by The San Diego Botanical Gardens Botanical Wonderland! Reserve your tickets asap at: https://www.sdbgarden.org/botanicwonderland.htm In this episode of The Cheers! North County podcast we replay the very first interview we did for this show. I was joined by talented San Diego-based food and beverage writer, and recent winner of the North American Guild of Beer Writers 2019 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant, Beth Demmon in April. Our conversation then focused on the social impact of losing access to our drinking establishments during the COVID-19 pandemic, her favorite local places, and expectations for the food and beverage industry as we progress to a new normal. The conversation seems weirdly applicable all these months later. Thanks for listening. Check out Beth's work at: https://www.bethdemmon.com/ and follow her on Instagram @thedelightedbite. Read her piece on Racial Equity in Brewing on GoodBeerHunting.com here: https://www.goodbeerhunting.com/blog/2020/8/10/the-time-is-now-part-one-understanding-the-origins-of-beers-inequity If you enjoy the Cheers! podcast become a monthly supporter of the show! Click the support button on this shows homepage: https://anchor.fm/cheers-nc-podcast/support. Your money goes directly towards helping the Coast News bringing you more great content. Be sure to read the latest Cheers! North County column. This episode of Cheers! North County was produced and recorded by me, Ryan Woldt. Jordan Ingram is my Editor in Chief. The Coast News’ Associate Publisher is Chris Kydd and our Publisher is Jim Kydd. Thanks for listening everyone. Stay healthy and sane, and keep livin' the dream out there. Cheers! This episode was recorded April 27th, 2020, and republished December 4th, 2020 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cheers-nc-podcast/support
CL-061 Beth Demmon (Attempts To) Untangle Work and Worth
Good Beer Hunting
Who are you without work? If you went to a party and introduced yourself to someone new, what would you talk about if you couldn't ask them about their job? Work is a tricky subject. We find so much validation in—and center so much of our identities around—the jobs we hold, but what happens when those jobs go away? Good Beer Hunting staff writer Beth Demmon explored this question and more in her latest piece, "Work, Worth, and Wreckage — When Your Job Is Your Life, What Happens When You Lose It?" which was published on our website on November 18, 2020. In this episode, I chat with Beth about what it meant to write this story. Sure, the problem of deriving our self-worth from our work feels especially timely right now, but Beth's article goes beyond the present. She asks not only how we got here, but also looks at who is getting left behind when we equate professional success with personal value—particularly within the context of the beer industry. What's exceptionally poignant about interviewing Beth is that she's not immune to these feelings, either. Not to be glib, but 2020 was supposed to be her year. And as the pandemic crushed opportunities and erased pathways, Beth herself had to contend with her own changing course—and figure out why it made her feel so goddamn awful. Just a quick note, there are perhaps more curse words in this episode than usual, so you may want to save this for a moment when younger listeners aren't around.
OL-012 Beth Demmon Reads, "Witch (Craft) Beer — How a New Wave of Brewers are Incorporating Magic into Beer"
Good Beer Hunting
This is GBH Out Loud, and I’m Ashley Rodriguez. Today you’ll hear GBH contributor Beth Demmon read “Witch (Craft) Beer — How a New Wave of Brewers are Incorporating Magic into Beer,” published on Good Beer Hunting’s website on October 31, 2019. Did we plan to release a story about witches on Halloween? Yes, we did, but Beth’s story manages to go beyond stereotypes and explores the world of the unseen, and the spiritual forces that some brewers tap into to create their beer. Part of Beth’s fascination with witches, as you’ll hear her discuss, is primal. It’s the search for the unknown, and the belief that there are things around us we cannot always see or immediately understand—but which can have an outsize impact on our lives. Here’s Beth reading “Witch (Craft) Beer — How a New Wave of Brewers are Incorporating Magic into Beer.” Listen in.
Show 115: Virtual Tour of San Diego With Beth Demmon
Periodically, we have tried to visit beer-centric places and report what we’ve found. That is now out of the question, but our wanderlust is no less active. So today we start a series of virtual tours, tapping into the knowledge and experience of locals who will give us a guide to their home towns. We’ll start in one of America’s most famous beer cities, San Diego, and soon we’ll welcome the writer and native San Diegan Beth Demmon to give us the tour.