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baja beer craft 2015 CONTRIBUTORS
BAJA BEER CRAFT is an event celebrating the entrepreneurialism, heritage, and spirit of craft beer making in Baja California, México. In keeping with Mingei International Museum's tradition of cross-border and multi-cultural collaboration, we have partnered with businesses from both sides of the U.S./Mexican border, bringing together some of the best craft breweries from Baja California, paired with farm-to-table food from one of the region's top chefs, world-class live entertainment, and curated art. Thanks to the generosity of our beverage and culinary partners, craft beer tastings, and light finger food are included in your ticket price.
Please join us in thanking the following contributors, Sponsors & Partners:
PARTICIPATING CRAFT BREWERIES
Angel Miron is the owner/founder of Let's Go Clandestino, a San Diego based tour company that promotes and highlights Baja California's gastronomy, craft beer and wine movements by curating unique and memorable experiences to Baja California.
Angel has been a key figure in Baja California's craft beer movement since its inception. His insights into this burgeoning artisan beer movement make him the perfect "Curator of Cervezas" for BAJA BEER CRAFT 2015.
Ensenada's Cervezeria Wendlandt, owned by Eugenio Romero-Wendlandt, is a brewery that's producing beers that can compete in the international market. Headquartered on Mex-1 in the heart of downtown Ensenada, they have also put together an excellent pub menu that ranges from BajaMex cuisine to classic American dishes. An artisan brewer, Wendlandt is producing seven beer varieties with an output of over 150 gallons a week, and have started exporting their beer to select locations in the U.S.
Cervezeria Wendlandt is located on Mex-1, next to Starbucks in downtown Ensenada: Blvd. Costero, #248, Ensenada, B.C., ph. 011-52-646-178-2938, and is open Tuesday through Saturday 6PM-12AM.
Originally from Mexico City, brothers Roberto and Javier Albarran moved to Tijuana where Roberto first worked as a banker and Javier in marketing and advertising. Upon their arrival in Tijuana, the brothers were struck by the vibrant craft beer movement taking place just accross the border in the United States.
Noticing the boom in artisan wine production just south in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region, Javier took up studies to become a wine sommelier, and brother Roberto gladly accompanied his brother on vineyard tours and to tasting rooms. The two realized that Mexico, and Northern Baja California in particular, was undergoing its own local foodie movement.
Having tasted many excellent craft brews across the border, and noticing none in their adopted Tijuana, Roberto quit his job one day and told his brother Javier “Let’s make beer.” In that moment, Border Psycho Brewery was born.
Unlike many of their local rivals, Roberto and Javier were never home brewers. They began Border Psycho as a commercial enterprise, investing in a small beer production set-up, and started brewing four styles of beer. The first batch of Border Psycho was released in March 2012. Today, Border Psycho brews and sells seven styles of award-winning craft beer available throughout Mexico, and boasts some of the best restaurants in Baja California as customers.
Agua Mala is a small microbrewery located 100 yards off the Pacific Ocean, on the rugged Baja California coast near Ensenada. AguaMala brews seven styles of beer, each hand-crafted using the highest quality ingredients available. Inspired by Mexico’s storied tradition in Bavarian-style beer making, as well as the craft beer industry north of the border, Agua Mala creates fine, original artisan beers true to their various styles.
TresB (“Big Bad Brewing Co.") is an award-winning microbrewery located in Mexicali, Mexico. Renowned amongst craft beer connoisseurs, TresB works with the best grains and hops, resulting in outstanding beers known for their unique personalities.
Artisan beers are “seasoned” in ways that large commercial breweries avoid. The taste of the local water, the hand by which it’s made and the selection of local ingredients all go into creating a unique beer. In this way, TresB beers evoke unique flavors and characteristics not found in any other beer.
As a local micro-brewery, TresB is proud of its involvement with their community… they make beer that everyone will enjoy, while being a source for local jobs, encouraging the growth of their community, and protecting the environment.
Silenus Cerveza Artesanal is a Tijuana company formed by fans of craft beer, which led them to enter the world of beer brewing with the highest attention to detail. Silenus artisan beers are made by hand from the best malts and hops available to ensure perfect fermentation.
Founded in 2012, many beer aficionados consider the product coming out of Cervecería Península to be of the most innovative beers from Baja California. This brewery is "micro" in every respect of the term microbrewery: very small production, high-quality and innovative. Like many of their Mexicali brethren, these brewmasters started out some years ago as home-brewers, with nothing more than a book, curiosity and a strong sense of entrepreneurism! Today they are looking to scale their production, to satisfy thirsty Mexican and American markets.
Probably the largest "home brewer" in the world!
Estamos localizados en la ciudad de Mexicali Baja California. Somos una empresa familiar formada en el 2013 con la idea de producir cervezas que dificilmente podiamos encontrar en Mexico. Nuestros vecinos de la ciudad de San Diego han sido una gran influencia en el desarrollo de nuestras recetas, aunque creemos que la cerveza debe representar a la ciudad en la que se produce. En el caso de Cerveza Urbana, debido al calor de Mexicali, producimos cervezas de final seco y muy refrescantes. Actualmente contamos con 4 estilos de linea en el mercado.
Baja Brewing Co. was established in 2007 and was the first craft brewery in Southern Baja. It was founded by Jordan Gardenhire, a Colorado native who had the vision of being the first craft brewer in Cabo San Lucas. Baja Brewing Company has a number of different styles of beer, but are happy to have their first style, Cabotella (Baja Cabo Blonde) being distributed in the US, with more to come soon! Baja Brewing have two breweries in Cabo San Lucas proper, and one more in San Jose del Cabo.
Hailing from outside Spokane, Washington in the Pacific Northwest, Chad busted his chops in the grinds of his Naval kitchen and went on to absorb knowledge and technique in great kitchens throughout San Diego (Hotel Del Coronado, Doubletree Golf Resort, Roseville, Sea Rocket Bistro).
After years of conducting pop-up dinners and catering elite events throughout the U.S., Chad wanted more. His travels and explorations throughout Mexico, and especially Baja California, with great chef friends like Javier Plascencia, Miguel Angel Guerrero and Diego Hernandez, inspired Chad to open La Justina in Tijuana and Común Taqueria in San Diego. In these two acclaimed eateries, Chad has let his culinary imagination run free, utilizing the fresh ingredients and flavors he loves from the region.
Común Kitchen & Tavern, a neighborhood restaurant in the East Village area of downtown San Diego, opened summer of 2014. With Chef Chad White at the helm, he has created a communal environment bringing the Baja California spirit north.
In Tijuana, México, Chef's Chad White and Marco Rodriguez at La Justina are elevating Mexican cuisine with fresh, creative cocktails paired with tasty Baja-inspired small plates. With all there is to see on the colorful and eclectic Avenida Revolución, you might just stroll right on by the entrance to La Justina. But foodies from both side of the border have made it their mission to find this place, and for good reason.
ARTISTS & ENTERTAINERS
Joaquin McWhinney, aka “Quino”, has one of the most recognized voices in Reggae music. As the lead singer for Big Mountain, a San Diego reggae/pop band, he has toured hundreds of cities in more than 30 countries and sold more than two million albums and six million singles. Big Mountain formed in 1991 and earned national notice in 1994 with their release of the Reggae version of Peter Frampton’s song “Baby I Love Your Way.” The song reached the U.S. Top 40, and over the course of the past two decades has continued to be the most-played non-current hit song on radio worldwide. Big Mountain and Quino (who is of Mexican/Irish decent) attract a multi-national following with songs in both Spanish and English. Quino resides in Ensenada, Mexico and is currently on tour with Big Mountain.
Mexico Collective (MexCo.) are bringing their live screen printing setup to BAJA BEER CRAFT. They will print our event logo and other commemorative screens on t-shirts and book bags, right in front of your eyes!
MexCo. is a home-grown, grass-roots operation that develops and manufactures Mexican-inspired novelty products that celebrate Mexican cultural crossroads with the rest of the world.
Mexico Collective is the personal project of Robby Vient, co-founder of the brand NaCo, and his wife Samantha. Together they are combining their diverse professional and cultural backgrounds and their mutual experiences to share everything they love about Mexico with a fresh approach.
Televisa’s local station, XEWT-12 has served the Tijuana-San Diego border region for the last 55 years as the 1stlocal Spanish station and only bi-national channel with bi-national coverage, unifying the region into the #3 U.S. Hispanic market. With 40 hours of locally produced weekly content, from News to a morning show, Channel 12 is the perfect TV station to reach Spanish-speaking audiences.
Giving Back Magazine seeks to spotlight the people and organizations of the region that are giving back to the community. We also share the positive impact that Hispanics have in the region. And finally, we seek to share with the reader all the fun and elegant things going on in our vibrant binational region. Giving Back Magazine is the only bilingual magazine catering to a high end demographic in the country, as well as the only Spanish language magazine in San Diego.
Baja Test Kitchen is dedicated to the exploration of Baja California's emergent culinary movement. We curate and share the distinct flavors of "BajaMex" cuisine through our online community, guided culinary tasting tours, and cooking workshops. Our mission is to inspire others to develop an appreciation of Baja's unique culinary culture.
For over two decades, Discover Baja Travel Club has been the ultimate resource for people traveling the Baja California peninsula. We offer the highest-quality Mexican auto insurance at the best prices, and we’re the only source in the U.S. for pre-paid FMM tourist permits. Our members receive discounts on hotels, restaurants, camping sites and RV parks throughout Baja. Discover Baja is your best source for Mexican auto insurance, FMMs, fishing licenses, boat insurance, maps, books and information on Baja. Let us help you with your next Baja adventure!
Located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, Mingei International Museum collects, preserves and exhibits “art of the world, art of the people,” including folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. A non-profit institution funded by admission, individuals, and community support, the Museum offers inspiring exhibitions and diverse educational programs to more than 100,000 visitors a year. Institutional support for Mingei International Museum is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.