Batch 55: Benchmark Brewing's Matt & Rachael Akin

Updated: Jul 12, 2018

Cheers local beer lovers! We were lucky enough to track down the husband and wife duo behind one of our favorite San Diego breweries: #Benchmark Brewing Company. It was one of the most fun interviews we've had on the show. We talked about their background, learning to brew at #Alesmith, what each person's role is, how a married couple works so successfully together and also about what it took to become Great American Beer Festival judges.

We also get into why Matt left Alesmith to start a new business, the brewing industry in San Diego, the brewery bubble, the independent craft beer logo, hazy #IPAs, Matt's collaboration with #Stone, regrets in opening a brewery and so much more! There's even a round of listener questions.

To find out more about Benchmark Brewing or Matt and Rachael, you can go to, find them on Facebook & Instagram @BenchmarkBrewing and @BenchmarkBrew on twitter. Also, make sure you visit them on your next trip to San Diego at 6190 Fairmount Ave. Suite G, and please let them know you heard about Benchmark from The Unfiltered Gentlemen. Thanks to Matt and Rachael for taking the time to share their story and their incredibly good beer.

Make sure to check us out at,, @unfilteredgents on twitter and TheUnfilteredGentlemen on Instagram! You can also call in (805) 538-BEER, we'd love to hear from you! The Unfiltered Gentlemen Craft Beer Podcast from Benchmark Brewing in San Diego, CA.

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