This month we take you on a journey around the world! This month's box features ciders from France, New Zealand and our homestate California. Interested in joining? Learn more HERE
This month landed members just about a 30% savings over regularly priced ciders!
We decided to start the year off with a BANG and throw some super cool, super small batch stuff into this month's package. This month's box features, Cellador Ales, Surf Brewing and Strand Brewing. Interested in joining? Learn more HERE
This month landed members just about a 30% savings over regularly priced beers!
It's that time of again! The Craft Beer Club has shipped! Check out below to see what this month's edition of the Craft Beer Club has in store!
ITC- Before you even crack open a bottle you can’t help but notice the incredible art on the label? Is that an artist or designer you know personally?
Kevin - Yes! This is an old friend of mine from middle school. She started her own company, MonVoir, and it doing some really amazing and unique work. We've been working closely with her on the artwork and are very excited about how things are looking. We have some really great new labels coming soon!
ITC- When and how did you end up knee deep in the craft beer world?
Kevin - For a long time my friends and I have been vising the Southern California breweries, mostly in San Diego. Started home-brewing a few years ago, and instantly became obsessed with the whole process. It's the perfect mix of science and art. Even more so for sour and barrel aged beers.
ITC- I couldn’t help but notice your wife delivered the beer to our warehouse, is she a big part of Cellador? They say behind every man is a better woman, ok maybe not quite that but you catch our drift.
Kevin - Sara is arguable more important than me for the brewery! Her and I are the only owner/operators of Cellador. We don't have any employees at this point. She does everything from paperwork, to sales and distributing, as well as brewing, bottling, fruit processing, and working with the barrels.
ITC- Is there a story behind the name Cellador?
Kevin - Indeed. I's inspired by the phrase Cellar Door, which has commonly been referred to as the most beautiful sounding phrase in the English language for the last 100 or so years. The idea is that the spelling isn't important to the beauty of the idea. I also like that it conjures images of "cellaring" or aging beer.
ITC- What do you see next for Cellador Ales? Can the local folks expect a tasting room any time in the near future?
Kevin - We're planning a tasting room. But it probably won't happen until late 2017. We're working with the city to pull special event permits, and hope to be open two weekends a month starting in January for bottle sales and tastings. But mostly right now we're working on making the best beer we can, and taking things one day at a time.
ITC- Craft beer is growing like wild-fire and it is not easy to make your name in the business. Was there ever a point you thought, hmmm maybe this isn’t for me? Or was this a passion that without a doubt you knew you would see all the way to the end?
Kevin - I've been pretty focused on this project for the last 3 years, and was always confident that it would happen. But, I see the industry changing fast, and am interested in what will happen over the next few years. I think that if producers and consumers keep quality as the number one priority, and also if the industry stays as friendly as it has been, things will be fine. We're exited to join a beer culture in LA that is one of the best in the world in my opinion.
Bonus Question: We love to ask…. Who would make up your dream team for a collaboration? Is there a particular style you would want to do with that brewery?
Kevin - I'm very excited about our upcoming colabs with Highland Park Brewery and Homage Brewing. 2 of my favorite local breweries and some of the coolest people around. I think my ultimate colab dream would be Jester King. I think we'd probably make something sour and funky. Maybe...
You can order Kevin and Sara's beers online HERE.
New to our site, but not new to the world of craft beer, Telegraph Brewing’s president Brian Thompson let us pick his brain to see what they are all about. Learn more about why we chose their IPA for our as our next Freshies partner - being canned & shipped 11/30/2016.
- So How long have you and head brewer Peter Baer been working together and how did you two join forces?
''Peter has been at Telegraph for about 5 years. He actually joined Telegraph as a keg cleaner/assistant brewer when he first moved to Santa Barbara; his brother was head brewer at Telegraph at the time and was doing such a great job, we knew we had to find a role for Peter as well. A few years later, Scott ended up making a career change, and Peter had moved up the ranks, so it was an easy decision to slot him into the head brewer position.''
''I went college in the Bay Area in the early and mid-90s, when craft beers were still called microbrews. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Anchor Steam were go-to beers for me, along with other NorCal breweries like Mendocino Brewing and Anderson Valley. Belgian imports, like Chimay and Rodenbach and Dupont, were special occasion beers but left a big impression on my beer palate.''
You can say craft beer is a journey… Which beer got you started down this road?
''Everything on the board, of course! It really depends on what that person is in to; we have a couple rotating Obscura taps, those are our sour/barrel-aged/experimental beers; we try to have at least one lager on as well. We’re best known for our Belgian-inspired beers like our White Ale and our California Ale.''
- If anyone gets the chance to stop by the brewery, what’s the must try?
''One of our former employees is at Lord Hobo, back in the Boston area. They’ve been doing some great things in the New England hazy IPA style that are very exciting. That would be a fun collaboration for Telegraph.''
- One of our favorite things to ask…. If you had a choice to do a collaboration with any brewery who would that be and what style would you choose?
''Too many to count! One of my favorite bummer stories is the thief who broke in to our tasting room (the one time we’ve ever had a problem like that) and stole a couple hundred bucks from the register, but walked right past a stack of cases of barrel-aged beers that were worth a whole lot more than the money. We got lucky that he had no idea about the beer, and only wanted the cash!''
- There are many elements that go into running a brewery, so there are bound to be disasters now and again… Have there ever been any bummer mishaps that you can laugh about now?
''We always have fun stuff in the barrels. Our annual sour beer festival, Dia de las Obscuras, is a great showcase for our very limited-release, small-batch, barrel-aged beers; we’ll definitely have some exciting new beers for that. The festival is coming up in early May, 2017.''
- Any sneak peaks or exciting things on the horizon for Telegraph you can let us in on?
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