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Ballast Point Red Velvet kicks off nitro bottle lineup

Ballast Point Red Velvet bottles

Ballast Point Red Velvet, seen on draft in the past, is now kicking off a special 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.

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 in January, 2017.

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

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

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Chocolate & Coffee: Ballast Point Mocha Marlin debuts

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin joins the brewery’s “enhanced’ bottle lineup in the near future. That’s our way of describing the expanding line of core beers that have extra ingredients, like grapefruit, thai chili, or pineapple.

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin starts as the brewery’s year-round Black Marlin Porter, plus additions of coffee and chocolate. Dessert or breakfast beer. Your choice.

Our Black Marlin Porter is the perfect beer for a mocha mashup. The addition of the coffee and cocoa plays perfectly off the roast, chocolatey flavors of this English porter, while a hint of vanilla smooths it all out. It’s full-bodied, but not too sweet; try it for breakfast…or dessert.

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin has been available on draft in the past.

Style: Porter (w/ Coffee. Chocolate.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late-September, 2016

6% ABV

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Ballast Point Cinnamon Raisin Commodore

Ballast Point Cinnamon Raisin Commodore

Ballast Point Cinnamon Raisin Commodore, a future bottle.

The brewery is no stranger to flavored spins to the various beers in their lineup. If you need examples: Pineapple Sculpin, Orange Vanilla Fathom, Coconut Victory at Sea.

Another variant is on the rise – Ballast Point Cinnamon Raisin Commodore. The base beer came from the brewery’s various Research & Development attempts to find a medium bodied stout. The coffee and chocolate flavors of the stout will be accentuated by cinnamon and raison favors.

Strong flavors of roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate balance with light citrusy hop aromas, highlighted by a crisp, bitter finish.

Ballast Point Cinnamon Raisin Commodore will be a 12 ounce bottle and draft release. The brewery has not yet announced this beer.

Style: Stout (w/ Cinnamon, Raisins.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

6.5% ABV

 

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Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado cans on the way

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado cans

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado, the brewery’s imperial IPA brewed with watermelon is already available in bottles. Next up, 12 ounce cans.

The brewery has been taking a few of their tried and true offerings, and nuancing them with everything from pineapple to peanut butter cups. Recently (or forthcoming) releases include Pineapple SculpinGrapefruit Sculpin, & Habanero Sculpin, and Mango Even Keel.

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado is currently available nationally in bottles and draft.

This Double IPA is not one to back down from big flavors. Mash, kettle, and dry hopping blend to create a huge hop profile that is balanced with a blast of watermelon.

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering. 12 ounce cans will be shipping nationally this summer.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Watermelon)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. 12oz Bottles
Release (Cans): May/June, 2016

10% ABV