Cheers! North County Podcast

Cheers! North County Podcast

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 entrepreneurs. Support this podcast:


March 24, 2021 48 mins

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 support effort. In the second half of the show I interview Shaheen Javadizadeh, cofounder of Takein App which is bringing a restaurant friendly delivery service to your community. 

Casa De Bandini at the Forum in C...

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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 early 1980's! First in Old Town San Diego, and then moving to North County in 2009. Check out there full menu at

Casa De Bandini at the Forum in Carlsbad has also been a great sponsor of this show,...

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February 25, 2021 26 mins

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

Athletic Brewing is unique in that they make non-alcoholic craft beer. You might have noticed the rising popularity of non-alcholic beer, and these guys are at least partly to credit for having a few more options that won’t get you tipsy.

Ryan Brown is the guy responsible for getting Athletic’s beer into our local SoCal marketplac...

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Today’s guest is Matthew Vasilakis. He is the Co-Director of Policy at Climate Action Campaign. Climate is such a big, sometimes overwhelming, concept, but Matthew helps break down how the Climate Action Campaign is working to push forward regional climate policy, actionable efforts & attitudes, and we dig into their mission to stop the climate crisis through effective policy action, the value and impact of local efforts. Even ...

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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 fabric of a community and cocktails in a crowler. Head to to order bottles of craft spirits or a meal and a cocktail, and check out Humanity Showers. A great local charity that PCS and their...

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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 community and their commitment to the 1% for the Planet organization. Enjoy the show. 

This Episode also features sponsor Casa De Bandini at the Forum in Carlsbad. The Coast News & Casa De Bandini are giving...

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January 1, 2021 18 mins

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 Party hosted by Mrs. Claus. 

This Episode also features sponsor Casa De Bandini at the Forum in Carlsbad. The Coast News & Casa De Bandini are giving away $50 Gift Cards for great Mexican Food and Drink follow T...

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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 “How to start a tequila company”. Thanks for listening.

Check out Casa Salvaje Tequila at: Order tequila for delivery at

This show is sponsored by The San...

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December 4, 2020 21 mins

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 the very first interview we did for this show. I was 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, B...

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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 joined by one of my favorite beer podcasters Cody Thompson, founder and co-host of Beer Night in San Diego which is the longest running beer podcast around. Listening to Beer Night in San Diego the podcast is a lot l...

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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 service with their large outdoor beer garden. You can check it out on @gravityheights on Instagram, and they’ve recently started canning beers, specifically their June Gloom hazy IPA, for people who still aren...

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For today’s show I virtually met up with acclaimed surf filmmaker, artist and entrepreneur Taylor Steele about his newest endeavor, Solento Tequila ( based right out of Encinitas which you can actually already get in North County at Seaside Market, Lazy Acres Encinitas and Harvest Ranch Market.

Anyone who knows me outside this podcast knows I’m not a tequila person. In fact, I had not had even a...

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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 which stretches along the Coast from just north of Solana Beach up to Laguna Nigel.  I wanted to talk to Dr. Bhat-Patel, about why she was launching her campaign so early, how she got started in politics and ho...

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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 Brittany, in part, because Skrewball Whiskey is a local success story winning awards and rolling out nationwide, but also because of their Skrew Covid-19 and Skrew it forward charitable campaigns, and how being a mission dr...

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September 11, 2020 20 mins

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 to find out more about the new platform, how it works or to reach out about setting up a fun event. They’re actually going to be setting up some free virtual wine tasting and comedy shows for local non-profits and bu...

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On this show I’m virtually meeting up with Meghan Williams and Nathan Serrato of the Escondido Creek Conservancy. Meghan is a development associate and Nathan is their marketing and volunteer manager. We’re going to talk about the efforts of the conservancy, how the pandemic has impacted their efforts and some of the special projects they have been working on.

The Escondido Creek Conservancy is focused on the health and v...

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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 worked his way up through the ranks at Pizza Port. We talk about the Saint Archer Research and Development program putting out small batches of beer at Saint Archer, the importance and value of mentorship in the brewin...

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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 often starts with beer, specifically the who and why stories behind the beer, then they veer off into tangents about octopi or dad jokes or travel or any number of things.

This isn’t just a show about beer or only f...

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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 their brewery shutdown announcement due to COVID-19, and how uncertain the future was not just for the brewery but for all of us. The brewery is reopening for takeaway with online ordering at, and I re...

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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 we've spent very little time together in real life. We're going to chat about the value independent journalism, the impact seeing so much news has on an editor, and how he became THE GUY at the Coast News.

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