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The Great Stadium Debate – No thanks, save my money

It feels odd even fixing my hands to type this post.  Growing up–actually well into my early 30s–you could not have convinced me there was any reason not to build my Chargers a Taj Mahal.  But if we’re going to have an actual craft beer debate, we need two sides, right?  And I’ve come to learn there are some pretty decent ideas on the dark side as well.  So before we get to September 12th and start mixing quality craft beer with some healthy back and forth, I thought I should put up some useful information from the “not my tax dollars” crowd.  Here goes… Read more…

Local guy makes good at Coronado Brewing Co.

One of the great things about San Diego’s craft beer community is how approachable even the most successful brewers often are.  And many of the long-time brewers are from San Diego, so it’s really a homegrown affair.  In recent times, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, through Brewtech, and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, through tasting room legislation, have really supported this exploding San Diego industry.   The local Brewer’s Guild is a cool group that helps support the craft beer industry in San Diego and  I recently sat down with its President, Shawn DeWitt, co-owner and Director of Brewery Operations at Coronado Brewing Company.  Here’s his take on being part of the local passion. Read more…

Great Stadium Debate Background: Build it already

Full disclosure, I am a lifelong Chargers fan.  I mean a REAL lifelong Chargers fan.  The kind who had to race home from church to listen to the radio when there were local blackouts.  The kind who held out hope that Billy Joe Tolliver was going to be our quarterback of the future.  Heck, the kind who refers to the Chargers as “our” even though I’m not on the payroll.  And, of course, the die-hard fan that still swoons for Dan Fouts but also fondly remembers Kellen Winslow, Stan Humphries, Natrone Means, Little Train, Leslie O’Neil, Burt Grossman, and even had hope when we signed Jim McMahon.   Okay, enough with puffing up my street cred, this is about providing information.  So here goes… Read more…

A little local craft beer history

My inner nerd, itching to surface, came across this gem while doing some research. Yes, that little bit of awesome history is courtesy of the San Diego Historical Society, who maintains some pretty amazing stuff.  If you know of any good trivia or links about the origins and evolution of craft beer in San Diego, please share.

The Great Stadium Debate: Introducing the Panelists

Photo of Qualcomm Stadium where the Chargers currently play home games in San Diego

The first Craft Beer Debate, moderated by charismatic Stone Brewing Co. CEO & Co-founder Greg Koch, will be held on September 12, 2012, at Slater’s 50/50 in Liberty Station. Fun and craft beer will be had by all.  The resolution that will be debated: 

Should we have a publicly funded football stadium in downtown for the Chargers?

In addition to highly encouraged audience participation (like this), we have a great panel lined up.  They include Read more…

City of San Diego Budget for Qualcomm Stadium

For those brave enough to ask, I thought I should actually post a link to the city of San Diego’s recent budgets for Qualcomm Stadium.  Here’s the thing, I’m not an accountant, so it’s way beyond my expertise to interpret all this.  But I’ll keep it short and give  a few items to help if you feel like looking… Read more…

The venue – Slater’s 50/50: how it all began

When I set out to find a place to host the Craft Beer Debates, one of the locations that came to mind was Slater’s 50/50 in Liberty Station.  I’d first been there, drawn by the siren song of a half bacon burger, early in 2012.  What I realized was that the restaurant had an enormous list of local beers and an army of friendly bartenders.  Because Slater’s seemed pretty active in a recent political race, the Craft Beer Debates seemed like a natural fit.

Scott Slater is a 30-year-old San Diego State graduate with a passion for comfort food and a commitment to craft beer.  Slater started his career in 2003 by owning a food cart business outside of Home Depot stores across the country. When the economy burst, Slater sold off his part of the business and decided to open his next venture, Slater’s 50/50 Burgers by Design.

Owner Scott Slater in front of Slater’s 50/50 in Liberty Station

How it all began: On a dare at a Charger’s tailgate party, Slater and some of his college buddies made an all-bacon burger that was the inspiration for what would eventually become the restaurant’s signature 50/50 burger. It’s been three years since the first Slater’s 50/50 opened in Anaheim Hills in 2009 and has since expanded to Huntington Beach and San Diego. Slater’s 50/50 will continue to expand in the Southern California market while staying true to Slater’s strong community ties, fresh high-quality food and a great atmosphere.

Given how this all began, Slater’s 50/50 seems like the perfect place for our first debate about the future of the Chargers stadium.  Remember to check back on September 12th for the live Internet link. You can drop in to your favorite pub, grab a craft beer and  watch the debate live from your phone, iPad or laptop. Read What are the Craft Beer Debates for a quick background.  Sign up to come out and have some fun here// . Cheers!