Four years ago, I started a project out of, quite frankly, spite and disappointment.

I now feel a responsibility to maintain this thing I started.

Because the Padres Twittersphere is an ever-evolving entity. Players and people leave, sometimes even of their own accord. Some who have stayed have changed their Twitter usage to not be all that interesting of a follow anymore. Still others just seem to have given up the medium altogether.

Some do a bit of all of that, sailing off into the distance in silence, like a sailboat in the night.

So, here we are. The fourth iteration of my “Padres Must-Follow” Twitter list.

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Since it’s National Beer Day, we thought we’d give you two Padres and Pints posts in one day.

On Saturday, while at Padres FanFest, I did my best to hobble around on one knee and scope out some of the changes this year when it comes to beer. Not everything was open but here’s what I found out!

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I saw the Habitus Double IPAJucundus Orange Honey Wheat at the San Diego craft beer carts behind home plate on the field level. However based on the picture above, they may rotate it from time to time. There were also Bomber’s of Habitus and Grazias Vienna Cream Ale in the Craft Beers of San Diego stand next to Seaside Market and cans of Claritas Kolsch and Jucundus.

Rumor has it that their new “Open Mike” cans will be there soon too. These cans have removable tops which turns it into a cup and Hess is the first brewery on the West Coast to use this idea.

Also of note: the Jucundus was Brady & I’s celebratory beer of choice for the #BloggersTakeover and it was fantastic.

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Padres and Pints, the video series, RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE!

The 19th episode takes you to the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings where we chat with Eno Sarris of FanGraphs (+BeerGraphs & the finest hair in the biz), Jonah Keri of Grantland (+Author de jour  & our 2nd Canadian!) and Chris Long Statistician Extraordinaire for a mystery MLB team (+formerly of the Padres).

We return to both Societe Brewing Co. (Episode 8) & Mission Brewery (Episode 14) and learn about the a tale of lost love, Red Stripe & Jamaica from Eno, the knock down drag out brawl Jonah witnessed while walking downtown San Diego, & bourbon and horse racing from Chris Long. Oh yeah, we talk about baseball & beer too!

It’s a long episode, however I had over 2 hours of footage I had to cut down. Also I wanted to get this out last week but AJ Preller went all “Terrier” on everyone, overhauled his entire roster in 2 days and sent me back to the drawing board.

We hope you enjoy!!

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I had the amazing opportunity to host the latest Padres and Pints at the Knockaround Padres Pep Rally at Mission Brewery a few weeks back. In it we chat with Ace from Knockaround, Padres radio voice Andy Masur, Megan Olivi saves the day and rescues Beau’s intro like a true pro, we talk beer with Adam from Mission Brewery, plus we stump the likes of Ducksnorts and Ben Higgins in a round of Padres trivia!

A BIG thank you goes out to Ace, Andy, Megan, Ben, Adam from Mission, Jordan, Tony, Garvin and every single person that took the time to chat with me that night. It was a complete blast!

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This Wednesday (5/15/13) Knockaround Sunglasses is having an event at Mission Brewery from 6PM-10PM to hype up their giveaway at Petco Park before the Padres/Nationals game on Friday (5/17/13).

Knockaround will have a pop-up shop, there will be a photo booth, music, Padres trivia, the beer will be flowing and we’ll be there filming a Padres and Pints. Everyone is invited and admission is FREE. So come join us!

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By Corey Brock

So you’re going to FanFest on Saturday and feeling a little overwhelmed by it all – garage sale, stopping by the autograph stations, the forums and the real fear that you might run into someone from this blog, Padres Public?

Well, that last one is a valid concern. Good luck with that.

Well, have no fear because I’ve gone over the schedule and have devised a no-lose plan for the day that will satisfy your appetite for baseball – as well as breakfast and beer.

Let’s get to it:

–  Start with breakfast, as it’s the most important meal of the day. I’m going to send you to what is my favorite spot for breakfast in town – Snooze, in Hillcrest. Trust me on this. What’s good? Just about everything. Feel free to mix-and-match, go sweet and savory.

– Head down to Petco Park. There’s free parking and the general public is allowed entry at 10 a.m.

– Your first stop should be the Padres’ garage sale to benefit the Padres Foundation. Wednesday, I told you about some of the items for sale. Go early while the getting is good. You’ve been saving those pennies for an Orlando Hudson jersey. Now is your chance!

– At 10:30, head to section 113 where pitchers Cory Luebke and Nick Vincent are signing. You can (should) ask Cory about his left elbow and if he can miraculously be ready for Opening Day. Vincent is from Ramona. So, you know, you can ask him about the hot spots there.

– Hustle over to the home dugout at 11:30 for the player forum that features Chase Headley, Chris Denorfia and Clayton Richard. Just for fun, ignore Headley and badger Denorfia with questions of playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. And what his favorite pizza and gelato are.

– At 12:30, head to section 110 where Nick Hundley and Joe Thatcher are signing. Both are good guys. Ask Nick about the final score of the Oregon-Arizona football game this year. And Joe just got married, so feel free to ask him what his best wedding present was. Hope he got a Keurig.

– You’re free from 1:30-2:00. Wander the stadium, get your face painted, ask Tom Garfinkel if the ballpark will have more craft beer carts this season.

– Head back to the sale at 2:00 and try to pick through the leftovers for a treat or two –game-worn pants that don’t fit, a Carlos Guevara BP jersey, a signed photo of Paul McAnulty.

– Around 2:30, head back to the home dugout where assistant GM A.J. Hinch and manager Bud Black will give a presentation on Japanese steak knives. Kidding. This should be a fun forum as both guys are naturally funny, smart and genuine.

– That’s about it. FanFest ends at 4:00 and by this time, you’ll be pretty thirsty. This is where the beer comes in. Head over to Mission Brewery for a pint(s) and compare notes and treats from the day while rubbing elbows with the Padres Public folks. Just don’t let them stick you with the bill.

Here’s the link to FanFest if you want to create your own agenda that won’t come close to matching this one.
http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/fan_forum/fanfest.jsp

Enjoy! Corey

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