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A Beer and a Download

BOR IPA Makes a Big Splash in OB

The Burning of Rome's Surfdog Records debut With Us is scheduled for release September 18. In the meantime, the band just released its own beer. Brewed at Pizza Port in OB, where BOR guitarist Joe Aguilar holds down a day job, the handcraft brew turned out to be the fastest seller in the restaurant's history: Aguilar says 30 kegs in 13 days. "We drained six kegs the first night." He thinks there is enough Burning of Rome IPA to last through the end of July. Why so popular? Because the secret ingredient, Aguilar says, is rock and roll.

While the first batch was fermenting, brew master Yiga Miyashiro kept an advance copy of the new Burning of Rome CD blaring on continuous loop day and night from a boom box placed next to the fermentation tank. It was loud enough to be heard over Pizza Port's juke box, and it ran 24-7 for a solid month. Aguilar says the bartenders freaked out. "One of them told me if I have to hear this CD one more time, I'm gonna kick your ass."

Aguilar, 28, checks in by phone from Ocean Beach during the early morning hours after having been awake pretty much all night due to a faulty radiator hose. He says the band's van broke down repeatedly on their way home from playing a festival up in Guerneville, CA, called CAMP. "Camping, art, music, and partying," he says. "That's what it stands for." Burning of Rome IPA was not on tap at the festival. For now, it is available only at Pizza Port.

Whose idea was the brewing of a private reserve? "Yiga came out to a show, and he liked us. We started talking about how we could collaborate. Could he make a beer involving us?" The answer was yes. The first batch was released in February, and the second was released in July. "Yiga said he wanted to brew a beer that we could drink every day." Aguilar laughs. "I said, I don't think that's gonna be a problem."

He says Miyashiro learned that in Italy, vintners play opera to their wines all throughout the fermentation process. During the second round of beer-making in OB, With Us was pumped into the fermenting tank via headphones in order to appease the bartenders. "On the tank, there's, like, a manhole cover on top. And there's a spot where, if you stretch the headphones, they will fit." He is certain his band's music affected the beer's flavor. "There is live yeast in there," Aguilar says, "live actual organisms in the beer. It's like playing music on a pregnant woman's belly."

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BOR IPA Makes a Big Splash in OB

The Burning of Rome's Surfdog Records debut With Us is scheduled for release September 18. In the meantime, the band just released its own beer. Brewed at Pizza Port in OB, where BOR guitarist Joe Aguilar holds down a day job, the handcraft brew turned out to be the fastest seller in the restaurant's history: Aguilar says 30 kegs in 13 days. "We drained six kegs the first night." He thinks there is enough Burning of Rome IPA to last through the end of July. Why so popular? Because the secret ingredient, Aguilar says, is rock and roll.

While the first batch was fermenting, brew master Yiga Miyashiro kept an advance copy of the new Burning of Rome CD blaring on continuous loop day and night from a boom box placed next to the fermentation tank. It was loud enough to be heard over Pizza Port's juke box, and it ran 24-7 for a solid month. Aguilar says the bartenders freaked out. "One of them told me if I have to hear this CD one more time, I'm gonna kick your ass."

Aguilar, 28, checks in by phone from Ocean Beach during the early morning hours after having been awake pretty much all night due to a faulty radiator hose. He says the band's van broke down repeatedly on their way home from playing a festival up in Guerneville, CA, called CAMP. "Camping, art, music, and partying," he says. "That's what it stands for." Burning of Rome IPA was not on tap at the festival. For now, it is available only at Pizza Port.

Whose idea was the brewing of a private reserve? "Yiga came out to a show, and he liked us. We started talking about how we could collaborate. Could he make a beer involving us?" The answer was yes. The first batch was released in February, and the second was released in July. "Yiga said he wanted to brew a beer that we could drink every day." Aguilar laughs. "I said, I don't think that's gonna be a problem."

He says Miyashiro learned that in Italy, vintners play opera to their wines all throughout the fermentation process. During the second round of beer-making in OB, With Us was pumped into the fermenting tank via headphones in order to appease the bartenders. "On the tank, there's, like, a manhole cover on top. And there's a spot where, if you stretch the headphones, they will fit." He is certain his band's music affected the beer's flavor. "There is live yeast in there," Aguilar says, "live actual organisms in the beer. It's like playing music on a pregnant woman's belly."

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