20 Questions with my WCW @womensbeercollective

Yay! it’s actually Wednesday. This week I got to interview Kristine, a triple threat Craft Beer Chick from San Diego, California! She works at a brewery (Culture Brewing), blogs and is a successful craft beer influencer with over 11k Instagram followers. Check out the interview below.

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1 Where are you from?
Currently I live in Carlsbad California just 30 minutes up the coast from San Diego, but very much in the heart of the beer culture here in North San Diego County.

 

2 What beer can we find in your fridge right now? 
I just finished up writing a blog on my go-to beer. The one that I couldn’t imagine life without…and it was Aurora Hoppyalis!  This has been a local Karl Strauss favorite of mine for awhile now. A beer that is always just a solid American IPA and never disappoints.

 

3 What is your favorite local beer?

Session Amarillo IPA by Culture Brewing Co.  I have worked for Culture for 4 1/2 years now and absolutely adore this beer!  I’m drinking it while working, bringing it home in my growler, and even have it on tap at my house when we have it in rotation.

4 How long have you been loving the craft brews?
Around 7 years ago I started to notice the term “craft beer” …I don’t even want to think about what I used to drink!

 

5 How did you get into craft beer? 

Around that time, with time to kill in Escondido. I wandered into Stone Brewing and ended up leaving with my first glass growler. Filled with Arrogant Bastard go figure…you could say I jumped right in!

 

6 What is your favorite style of beer?
I am definitely an IPA girl, but super excited when I find a Session IPA that satisfies and tastes full bodied. This way I can drink several!

 

7 What are your top 3 favorite beers?
My favorite beers are constantly changing, but I can tell you the styles I’ve been solidly in love with for awhile now?!  IPA’s, Sour Farmhouse Ales (the more earthy funk and barnyard the better) and a fruited Gose…any with apricot always catch my eye.

 

8 What beer are you dying to try?

Jester King from Austin Texas has a Funk Metal Series, and one style is a Sour Barrel-Aged Stout at 8.2% refermented with cherries. I’d sure love to get my hands on this one some day!

9 What place have you been to that has the best beer scene?
San Diego. I might be biased though

 

10 What is your favorite brewery to visit?

I always love visiting my friends at Booze Brothers Brewing in Vista. I’ve seen their growth from day one, and respect their hard work, creativity and loyalty to the beer community.

 

11 I’m a sucker for a cute can. What beer do you think has the best bottle/ can art?

Not being one for bright colors and confusion I’ve always loved Booze Brothers look. They have had Ben Horton on design now for awhile, and you can see the continuity in each release over the years.

 

12 What new brewery are you most excited about?

Northern Pine in Oceanside opened recently and is 5 minutes from my house. They make outstanding beer, and have joined up with my favorite local BBQ joint, That Boy Good!  Win Win!

 

13 What’s the most shameful beer you drank back in the day?

Oh I had a feeling you would ask this question at some point!  Gosh…I did drink my fare share of Coronas, but I also liked a sweet lemon drink called Hooch. Not sure what the heck it even was, Malt Liquor perhaps?!  I hear it is making a comeback!

 

14 Have you ever tried to home brew?

Yes I have home brewed before, but in the end I’ve decided that it is easier to bring amazing beer home from work than drink the iffy beer I’ve brewed!

 

15 Where is your favorite place to drink a beer?

Easy, the beach!  It’s the best way to relax.

 

16 How do you prefer to drink beer- keg, cask, can or bottle?

Not a fan of beer on cask because I’m a stickler for full carbonation. That being said, I use my 64oz stainless double-insulated growler for everything!  Fill it at work, fill it from my keg at home or even pour a few cans in there. Keeps it all perfectly cold!

 

17 Besides beer what’s another favorite beverage?

Kombucha. Brewing a little at home right now!

 

18 Any recommendations to read or listen to for craft beer lovers?  (book, magazines, blog, podcast)

The best way to learn about craft beer is to drink all the beer in all the places! But seriously, exposure to as many styles as possible. Also, follow all the breweries on Instagram because they love to talk about beer and brewing when asked.

19 How has social media helped you share your love of craft beer? Any cool perks?

Sure!  I always love when a brewery invites me for a visit! When there are almost 160 in San Diego sometimes I need a little direction!

20 Where can we follow you? 

Instagram: @womensbeercollective
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/womenscraftbeercollective/
Blog: www.womenscraftbeercollective.com
Shop: https://www.womenscraftbeercollective.com/store/
Twitter:  @Womenscraftbeer

 

 

 

20 Questions with my WCW @Kara_bo_BEER_a

 

Okay, I know it’s not Wednesday but I was excited to start this page. I loved meeting, interviewing and supporting other Craft Beer Ladies!

Meet Kara from Canada, a woman after my own hoppy heart. She followed her craft beer dreams and opened her own bottle shop Thumbprint Craft Beer Market in Jan 2017. This is not just any bottle shop. It is the FIRST shop in Western Canada dedicated to craft beer! If you don’t already follow her you probably should @kara_bo_BEER_a

1 Where are you from?
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2 What beer can we find in your fridge right now? 

3 What is your favorite local beer?

4 How long have you been loving the craft brews?
5 years

5 How did you get into craft beer? 
In 2011 I went to a wine tasting after having my daughter. Since I hadn’t drank for over a year I drank way too much, like white girl wasted! A glass of wine still turns my stomach 7 years later! My hubby recalls me craving beer throughout my pregnancy as well.

6 What is your favorite style of beer?
IPA’s, sours & Pilsners

7 What are your top 3 favorite beers?

8 What beer are you dying to try?
Anything from Other Half, I haven’t tried anything from them yet 😦

9 What place have you been to that has the best beer scene?
Anaheim, California

10 What is your favorite brewery to visit?
Storm in Vancouver BC

11 I’m a sucker for a cute can. What beer do you think has the best bottle/ can art?
Driftwood (Victoria, BC) however Brouwerij West has recently stole my heart; specifically Alligator

12 What new brewery are you most excited about?
Annex Ales in Calgary

13 What’s the most shameful beer you drank back in the day?
Big Bear  (I was 16 though!)

14 Have you ever tried to home brew?
Not yet, but someday soon!

15 Where is your favorite place to drink a beer?
At home watching hockey (totally Canadian)

16 How do you prefer to drink beer- keg, cask, can or bottle?
Tall boys for the win!

17 Besides beer what’s another favorite beverage?
A true Canadian Caesar or a Moscow Mule

(What’s a Canadian Caesar? I asked the same thing…in case you’re curious find the recipe here)

18 Any recommendations to read or listen to for craft beer lovers?  (book, magazines, blog, podcast)
Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher
The Complete Beer Course by Joshua Bernstein

19 How has social media helped you share your love of craft beer? Any cool perks?
It has connected me with amazing trading partners and sparked passionate convos about great beer! I opened my own bottle shop called Thumbprint Craft Beer Market in Jan 2017(1st dedicated craft beer shop in Western Canada #facts) and received lots of support from my beer buddies.

20 Where can we follow you? 
Instagram; Kara_bo_BEER_a
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