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Cheers! North County Podcast

29 EpisodesProduced by The Coast News GroupWebsite

Drinking brings people together. The Cheers! North County podcast features The Coast News columnist Ryan Woldt meeting up for a drink (virtually for now) with interesting people across North County San Diego to learn more about them. Guests range from beer industry personnel to politicians and entre… read more

29 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Cheers! - Jenny Mann, Photographer & Shaheen Javadizadeh, Takein App

March 24th, 2021


Today’s two-part episode features Jenny Mann, photographer and social media manager who works in the SoCal Beer industry. Find her work at:, and learn more about the In-The-Weeds Hospitality

Cheers! - Gilbert Gastelum, Casa De Bandini

March 11th, 2021


Today’s guest is Gilbert Gastelum. He is the general manager of Casa De Bandini at the Forum in Carlsbad, one of the fantastic North County San Diego Mexican restaurant options. Casa de Bandini has been around since the …

Cheers! - Ryan Brown, Athletic Brewing

February 25th, 2021


Today’s guest is Ryan Brown. He is the Territory Sales Manager for Athletic Brewing Company.

Athletic Brewing is unique in that they make …

Cheers! - Matthew Vasilakis, Climate Action Campaign

February 11th, 2021


Today’s guest is Matthew Vasilakis. He is the Co-Director of Policy at Climate Action Campaign. Climate is such a big, sometimes overwhelming, …

Cheers! - Nick Hammond, Pacific Coast Spirits

February 5th, 2021


Nick Hammond, the founder and head distiller of Oceanside, California based distillery and restaurand Pacific Coast Spirits joins the show to talk about a LONG first year in business, what it means to be part of the …

Cheers! First Light Whiskey - David Elizondo & Ryan Espi

January 22nd, 2021


Today's episode features the co-founders of San Diego based First Light Coffee Whiskey, David Elizondo and Ryan Espi. We chat about their spirits brand, inspiration from the outdoors, introduction into the spirits …

Cheers! Santa! - Episode 1.

January 1st, 2021


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2020! Today’s Cheers! guest is the one and only Santa. He called in from the sleigh on a quick San Diego stop to pick up beer, coffee and tacos before heading home for an Elf Appreciation …

Episode 14: Elle France, Cosa Salvaje Tequila

December 18th, 2020


Today’s Cheers! guest is Elle France. She is a North County San Diego local who went searching for what made her happy in life, and found that Tequila was that thing. She decided to start her own brand, and then googled …

Episode 1: Again. Beth Demmon, Beer Writer

December 4th, 2020


This show is sponsored by The San Diego Botanical Gardens Botanical Wonderland! Reserve your tickets asap at:

In this episode of The Cheers! North County podcast we replay …

Episode 12 - Brandon Hernandez, SanDiegoBeer.News & Cody Thompson, Beer Night In San Diego

November 16th, 2020


For today’s show I virtually met up with Brandon Hernandez, founder of SanDiegoBeer.News who has also worked on the inside of the industry with some great companies including Alesmith and Societe Brewing.  We were …

Episode 11 - Tommy Kreamer, Gravity Heights Brewing

November 6th, 2020


For today’s show I virtually met up with a very chill Tommy Kramer, the head brewer at Gravity Heights brewpub in Sorrento Mesa neighborhood of San Diego.

Gravity Heights happens to be fairly well set up for pandemic …

Episode 10 - Taylor Steele, Solento Tequila

October 23rd, 2020


For today’s show I virtually met up with acclaimed surf filmmaker, artist and entrepreneur Taylor Steele about his newest endeavor, Solento Tequila (

Episode 9 - Dr. Priya Bhat-Patel, Carlsbad Councilperson & Candidate for California State Senate in 2022.

October 9th, 2020


For this episode of the Cheers! podcast, I virtually met up with Carlsbad City Council Person and candidate for 2022 California State Senate Dr. Priya Bhat-Patel. She’s running for the senate seat opening in District 36 …

Episode 8 - Brittany Merrill Yeng, Skrewball Whiskey

September 25th, 2020


For today’s show I virtually met up with Brittany Merrill-Yeng. She’s the co-founder, along with her husband Steven, of Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey. That is “screw” with k instead of a c. I wanted to talk to …

Episode 7 - Tim Barnes, The Wine Nest

September 11th, 2020


Enjoy this conversation with Tim Barnes, Founder of The Wine Nest, a new mission driven virtual events platform for non-profit-fundraising, and corporate retention focused on wine and comedy. Check out online

Episode 6 - Meghan Williams & Nathan Serrato, Escondido Creek Conservancy

August 28th, 2020


On this show I’m virtually meeting up with Meghan Williams and Nathan Serrato of the Escondido Creek Conservancy. Meghan is a development associate …

Episode 5 - Yiga Miyashiro, Saint Archer Brewing Company

August 14th, 2020


Today I’m having a beer with Yiga Miyashiro. For the past seven years he’s been the Director of Brewing Operations at Saint Archer Brewing Company. Before that he began his career at Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, and then …

Episode 4 - Jeff, Jeff & Joe from I Like Beer the Podcast

July 31st, 2020


We welcome the I Like Beer the Podcast team to this episode of Cheers! presented by The Coast News. Part of thee of the team from the show, Jeff, Jeff and Joe, and I talk about their shows roots. I Like Beer the Podcast …

Episode 3 - Dande Bagby, Bagby Beer Co

July 24th, 2020


This week my guest is Dande Bagby, the CoFounder, CoOwner, CoRunner, Basically, CoEverything of Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside California which she operates with her husband Jeff. Back In March I spoke with Dande about …

Episode 2 - Jordan Ingram, The Coast News Editor-in-Chief

July 17th, 2020


This week our guest is actually my boss, Jordan Ingram. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Coast News Group. Even though we work together we both started up at The Coast News right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit so …

Episode 1 - Jason Merrill, Encinitas Charities Consulting Group & SD LabRats

July 3rd, 2020


The Cheers! North County podcast welcomes Jason Merrill. He is a Corporate Relations Consultant with Encinitas Charities Consulting Group, and we …

Episode 8 - Kiera Murphy, B-Corp & Sustainability Consultant

June 19th, 2020


The Cheers! North County podcast welcomes Kiera Murphy. She is a Sustainability & B Corp™ Consultant. We chat about how a bartending job at an …

Episode 7 - Judith Downie, Beerchive

June 19th, 2020


The Cheers! North County podcast welcomes Judith Downie who is a San Diego Beer and Brewery Historian at Cal State San Marcos, and is the curator of the Beerchive ( We talk about …

Episode 6 - Black Lives Matter

June 6th, 2020


There is no guest for this episode of the Cheers! North County Podcast. No guest for this weeks show. Support Black Lives Matter. We must stand up against racism in all forms, and to commit to continuing to learn, …

Episode 5 - Carl Pinkard, Aldrich Wealth

June 5th, 2020


The Cheers! North County podcast welcomes Carl Pinkard. He is a financial advisor and partner in Aldrich Wealth of Carlsbad. I’m ask him what …

Episode 4 - Encinitas Deputy Mayor Kellie Shay Hinze

May 26th, 2020


The Cheers! North County podcast welcomes Kelli Shay Hinze. The Encinitas Deputy Mayor and candidate for City Council joins me for a cup of coffee to talk about how the pandemic impacted her decision to run for office, …

Episode 3 - Brian Beagle, The Indie Beer Show Host

May 22nd, 2020


The Cheers! North County podcast is joined by Brian Beagle, a San Diego area custom home builder, and influential craft beer podcaster. He Co-hosts The Indie Beer Show, puts on the Sore Eye Cup awards celebrating …

Episode 2 - Justin Sliwinski, Deschutes Brewery Market Manager

May 11th, 2020


The Cheers! North County podcast is joined by locally based Deschutes Brewery representative Justin Sliwinski. He joins the show to talk about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the market, what life is like for …

Episode 1 - Beth Demmon, Freelance food & beverage writer

May 11th, 2020


The Cheers! North County podcast is 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. She joins …

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