Show 519, April 1, 2023: riip Beer + Pizza, Huntington Beach with Operations Director Ian McCall

Ian McCall of Riip Beer Company

“In April 2018, Huntington Beach’s award-winning riip Beer Co. hired Ian McCall as their newest head brewer and to run day to day operations. That year at the Great American Beer Festival, riip was awarded its second medal, silver for black the riipper black IPA. Before the end of the year riip expanded again by dropping two more fermenters and hiring Danny Priddy as an assistant brewer. The riip team was quickly growing and the accolades were just starting to roll in.”

“riip continued to grow last year as they opened a serious pizzeria with an emphasis on quality ingredients in South Huntington Beach. riip Pizza serves classic thin crust styles as well as Square Detroit Style. The dough ferments for 48 to 72 hours before rolling out and being hand-tossed. Noel “The Pizza Whisperer” Brohner of Slow Rise Pizza consulted on all the original pizza recipes and quality checks periodically. The immediate success of their pizzeria was overwhelming and their new culinary team stepped up and knocked it out.”

Riip Pizza is one of the acclaimed Southern California pizzerias personally selected by noted pizza authority and food journalist Steve Dolinsky (Chicago-based) to participate in the upcoming Pizza City Fest Los Angeles at L.A. Live the Weekend of April 29th and 30th.

“Rip saw their beers travel further than ever before and brewed collaboration beers in Oregon and Colorado. At the 2022 San Diego International Beer Festival, riip was awarded Champion Brewery of the year! Rip had a massive showing at Great American Beer Festival with black the riipper being awarded it’s fourth medal, Bronze, and dankster squad being awarded a Silver in the largest category in the competition, American India Pale Ale with 421 entries.”

Riip’s Ian McCall (Director of Brewing and Operations) is our guest with a slice of Burrata & Hot Honey Classic Thin Crust pizza in hand.