Beer Pick of the Week – Sculpin IPA

A little more than one week ago I had an item about Ballast Point Brewing Company coming into the Ohio market. Well the delicious beer has finally hit the shelves. And that’s why this week I’m making Ballast Point Sculpin IPA “Eric’s Pick of the Week.”

Commercial description: 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.

The L.A. Times called Sculpin IPA, “one of the top 5 IPAs in the world.” Move quickly. This stuff will fly off the shelves.

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.

A bomber is available for around $9 and a six pack will run you $15. And if Sculpin IPA isn’t your thing try one of their other offerings to hit the Ohio shelves this week, including: Calico Amber AleYellowtail Pale AleSea Monster Stout or Big Eye IPA. Cheers!

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