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Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin has joined the “Sculpin IPA” family

Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin

There’s a new Sculpin launching nationally with a tropical spin. Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin is hitting shelves now. 

The story of this new India pale ale is the marriage of tropical flavor forward hops and the Bruxellensis Trois yeast selected for this beer. This fast fermenting strain of Brux lends the beer bursts of mango and pineapple flavors after fermentation. Combine those fruity flavors with a lineup of bold hops and the result is Aloha Sculpin. Also, for you haze chasers out there, this release sports a bit of that cloudiness you’re craving.

We used Brux Trois yeast to turn our award-winning IPA into a tropical oasis, enhancing its hop character with bright and refreshing notes of guava, pineapple, and mango.

The Sculpin family includes Grapefruit, PineappleHabanero, as well as Unfiltered editions.

Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin is now shipping nationally in 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2018

7% ABV

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Ballast Point will be Disneyland’s first on-site brewery

Ballast Point Brewing’s next build will be in “The Happiest Place on Earth”. The brewery has announced a new location in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim California.

While Anaheim’s Disneyland Park is dry keeping in line with founder Walt Disney’s vision, the Downtown Disney District started serving alcohol since 2001. Ballast Point will be the first brewery in the district.

According to Ballast Point, it was that Disney approached them first about this opportunity.

Later this year, Ballast Point will open a 7,300 square foot tasting room, brewery, and kitchen. The brewhouse will only be 3 barrel R&D brewery (about 90 gallons per brew), but boast 100 taps for the 225-seat restaurant. Expect their flagship Sculpin IPA always on tap, as well as a plethora of limited edition beers.

Rendering of Ballast Point Disney, courtesy of Ballast Point

In 2015, Ballast Point sold to Constellation Brands for a record-breaking $1 Billion dollars.

The brewery currently operates locations in the Miramar, Scripps Ranch and Little Italy areas of San Diego as well as Long Beach, California and Daleville, Virginia.

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Hoppy family expansion: Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin

Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin

The world of hazy, unfiltered India pale ales will get a little bigger in April. Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin is hitting shelves this month.

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA has splintered into separate releases like Grapefruit Sculpin, Habanero Sculpin, and Pineapple Sculpin over the past few years. Each spin on the flagship IPA has proved popular among the brewery’s fanbase.

Brewed to celebrate a decade of hoppy California goodness that is Sculpin, Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin IPA will join the lineup in the near future.

Craving some haze? Unfiltered Sculpin is now available in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April, 2017

7% ABV

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Let’s get weird. Meet Ballast Point Red Velvet

Ballast Point Nitro Red Velvet

Ballast Point Red Velvet, seen on draft in the past, is now apart of a new “Nitro” bottle program.

Nitrogen infused bottles, once used exclusively by world renowned Guinness, have been adopted by various U.S. based breweries over the past few years. Left Hand Brewing was notably first with Nitro Milk Stout bottles debuting at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011.  Samuel Adams and Oskar Blues have followed up with their own nitro releases. Now Ballast Point has their own nitrogen infused bottles to kick off 2017.

Ballast Point Red Velvet, a unique twist on an oatmeal stout, is a future Nitro Series release already available on nitro taps. The California based brewery created a chocolatey stout that resembles the cake for which it was named. So much so that pours red, thanks the to a hefty helping of beet juice. The foamy head on the beer truly is the icing on the cake.

You want a beer that gets weird? You’ve found it. It’s a stout that pours blood red, and tastes a bit like chocolate frosting, and creamy too. A beer that really makes you feel all the feels because your eyes are telling you one thing and your tastebuds are telling you another. Don’t worry about the beats either. You’ll only find them in the color. A tasty mindfu$k indeed.

Nitrogen bottles are a first for Ballast Point, which recently expanded their can lineup to include releases like Grapefruit Sculpin, Mango Even Keel, and Watermelon Dorado (just to name a few). 

Ballast Point Red Velvet is a 12 ounce bottle release, shipping nationally starting in January, 2017.

Style: Oatmeal Porter (Chocolate, Beets, Nitrogen.)
Availability: Draft (Current), 12oz Bottles

Debut: January, 2017

5.5% ABV

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Ballast Point Manta Ray “big ABV without bite”

Ballast Point Manta Ray 6pack

Ballast Point Manta Ray is now available in bottles for the first time.

Draft only editions of Manta Ray have been available in the past, as both a sweet stout, and sweet stout with coffee, part of the brewery’s R&D Series. You might recognize previous names like The Landlord” or “Roots to Boots Double IPA“.

As of the first week of January 2017, the brewery’s tasting rooms started pouring Manta Ray.

Aromas of fresh, citrusy tangerine, melon and light pine leap from the beer and linger over a smooth finish. Like its namesake, this brew can sneak up on you – a big ABV without a bite.

Ballast Point Manta Ray is a 12 ounce bottle and draft release.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: January, 2017

8.5% ABV

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Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea returns. Year 2.

Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea bottle

Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea, a variant on the popular imperial porter is hitting shelves.

Much like the original, Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea features coffee and vanilla. The twist of course, is peppermint.

This Peppermint Victory at Sea is a festive take on our popular Imperial Porter. We took our trademark robust porter brewed with Caffe Calabria coffee and vanilla and added a dose of refreshing peppermint. The trio of flavors play perfectly on your palate – the brew’s sweet roastiness balances nicely with a cool, minty finish. You might even call it a breath of fresh beer.

Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea is a 22 ounce bottle offering. The flavor is much like the tried and true regular edition of Victory at Sea, with hints of peppermint throughout. For some, strong peppermint can be a turn off. Unless the 2016 edition upped the minty-ness, this beer drinks like a seasonal dessert.

Style: Imperial Porter (w/ Coffee, Vanilla, Peppermint)
Availability: 22oz bottles, Draft
Latest Release: Late November, 2016

10% ABV

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Ballast Point Coconut Victory at Sea is now in bottles

Ballast Point Coconut Victory at Sea

Ballast Point Coconut Victory at Sea has now been bottled by the San Diego, California based brewery.

Available on draft in the past, Ballast Point Coconut Victory at Sea uses the brewery’s base imperial porter, and infuses it with sweet roasted coconut. The resulting beer is dark and tropical.

This Coconut Victory at Sea takes our popular Imperial Porter to another place. We added sweet roasted coconut to our robust perter brewed with Caffe Calbria coffee and vanilla, the perfect compliment to this beer’s subtle roasty intensity. A favorite at our Victory at Sea Day, but it’s worth enjoying anytime  you need to be transported.

2016 has been the year of variants for Ballast Point. The first half of the year has seen Pineapple Sculpin, Orange Vanilla Fathom, and Watermelon Dorado.

Ballast Point Coconut Victory at Sea is a 22 ounce bottle release.

Style: Imperial Porter (w/ Coconut)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut (Bottles): November 2016

10% ABV