In a recent Facebook post all the rumors were put to rest:
Ballast Point Brewing Company is an American craft brewery founded in 1996 by Jack White and Yuseff Cherney in San Diego, California. Ballast Point Brewing Co. started in the back of Home Brew Mart, a homebrew supply store. In 2010, Ballast Point won three gold medals for their beers, as well as the “Small Brewery Champion” award at the World Beer Cup. Ballast Point is also the first and only craft distillery in San Diego. They currently produce Old Grove Gin, Three Sheets White Rum & Barrel-Aged Three Sheets Rum. Fugu Vodka & Devil’s Share Whiskey coming soon. They currently brew 40+ unique beers and continually have the industry buzzing about what wild brew they are working on next. Regardless of Ballast Point’s constant expansion to increase beer production, the demand for their beer has continued to far outpace supply. The LA Weekly called their Sculpin IPA , “The Top 5 IPAs in the World.”
Here are the 11 beers approved for distribution in Ohio. (21 palates of Ballast Point brewing goodness are already in the state awaiting distribution this week.)
- Calico Amber Ale: This amber-hued brew wears a frothy cream crown that emits a luscious aroma: Rich, almost buttery caramel and doughlike scents peppered with delicate, flowery hops woo the nose. Weighty caramel sweetness oozes smoothly across the tongue with nutty adornments, while citrusy hop brushes perk up the swallow. It compounds into a dry, bitter finish that washes away quickly. This brew’s flavorful but extraordinarily drinkable, and overall is a well-composed expression of the style.
- Dorado Double IPA: On a quest to make delicious beers, our brewers have continually sought creative new ways to accentuate the delightfully aromatic and flavorful qualities of hops. Hopheads rejoice! Dorado Double IPA takes hops to a new level. Mash Hopping, First Wort Hopping, Kettle Hopping, and Dry Hopping create an award winning beer that embodies San Diego’s reputation for making world class IPAs. Our bottle Robust Series gives all beer lovers an opportunity to try our most rare beers, previously available only on draft at select tap houses. Enjoy! Get the Point! World Beer Cup 2006 Bronze Award Winner.
- Victory at Sea Imperial Porter: Two of the world’s oldest beverages join forces to conquer your palate. Victory at Sea embodies the art of masterful brewing by infusing a velvety Imperial Porter with pure vanilla flavor and specially-selected, hand roasted coffee. The addition of cold brewed coffee to the beer lends a subtle roasted flavor to this robust imperial porter, blending perfectly with rich vanilla and caramel undertones. By uniting two San Diego brewing traditions, Caffe Calabria freshly brewed coffee and Ballast Point beer; we have successfully created an artisanal masterpiece.
- Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale: As Imperial Red ales go, this one dwarves even the heady hopititude of Troeg’s ‘Nugget Nectar,’ it literally cluster bombs every single taste bud in the mouth as soon as it hits the palate, leaving the mouth a ravaged hop fueled bush fire. For those not properly hop acclimatized this beer is a scary and beastly proposition. For those constantly on the prowl for that next shark toothed hopsperience though, this is borderline nirvana. I love this beer, it’s just a real shame it is so hard to get.
- Sea Monster Imperial Stout: From the deep dark depths of our Brewmaster’s imagination comes this rich and monstrous oatmeal stout. Our Sea Monster embodies all that the true dark beer aficionado will appreciate: roasted coffee notes, with hints of bittersweet chocolate and currant flavors all brought together by a perfect hop balance. Don’t fear the Monster! Our Robust Series gives all beer lovers an opportunity to try our most rare beers, previously available only on draft at select tap houses. Enjoy!
- Big Eye IPA : If you have fallen for the IPA style like we have, Big Eye will be a welcome addition to your repertoire. You’ll revel in Big Eye’s bitter, hoppy flavor thanks to the American Columbus and Centennial hops that are used to flavor and dry hop our flagship IPA. We thank our hops every day that the English loved their bitters—or else the IPA style may not have been born to help the beer survive the journey from Cape Hope to India back in the 18th century.
- Sculpin IPA: A testament to our humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart. Founded in 1992, the Mart continues to be a catalyst for the San Diego brewing scene, setting the trend for handcrafted ales. Inspired by our customers, employees and brewers, the Sculpin IPA is bright with aromas of apricot, peach, mango and lemon. Its lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops. This delicious Ballast Point Ale took a Bronze Medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Pro Am category. The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting. Ironically, the meat from a Sculpin is considered some of the tastiest. Something that has a sting but tastes great, sounds like a Ballast Point India Pale Ale.
- Indra Kunindra Export Stout: Brewed with madras curry, caynne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaf, Indra Kunindra is a 9% ABV stout brewed in collaboration with homebrewer Alex Tweet. It was brewed for Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th Anniversary Homebrewers Competition. First batch at 9%, others at 7%.
- Pale Ale: It is made very much like a pilsner, except that it is fermented at warm temperatures with ale yeast. It is then lagered like a pilsner. It tastes very much like a pils, except for the subdued fruitiness of the ale yeast, the tang of the wheat (in some), and the lack of lager-like sulfur aromas.So where can you taste a Kolsch? There are no Kolsches being imported into the United States. So you could fly to Cologne. A better idea is to come to Ballast Point Brewing Company and try our Yellowtail Pale Ale Kolsch. We make it with 5% Wheat, finish hop it with Liberty and Tettnanger hops, and ferment it with a yeast we borrowed from a brewery in Cologne. So come on in and enjoy a taste of the Rhineland!!
- Black Marlin Porter: Rich dark chocolaty Porter with a distinctive American hop character. It is nitrogen dispensed which gives it a creamy texture, thick head and a balanced flavor that is reminiscent of traditional British cask conditioned ales. It is a great beer to go with hearty foods and is surprisingly one of the few beers that goes well with dessert.
- Wahoo Wheat: Created using the same ingredients that were once used in Belgium. Flaked unmalted wheat, oats and malted barley comprise the grain. The unmalted wheat has a high protein content, which causes the beer to be hazy, thus giving it a cloudy, or “white” appearance. A special yeast gives a refreshing tangy flavor that is different from both the sour Weiss beers of Berlin or the banana and clovey Weizens of Bavaria. The mild hopping allows the unique malts to show through and does not conflict with the subtleties of the citrus spicing. This unique citrus character is created by adding a blend of curacao (bitter orange), sweet orange and coriander to the boil. White beers are light and refreshing, yet provide a complex reminder that interesting high quality beer does not have to be bitter and dark. Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Beer is the perfect beer for sunny San Diego.