So in case you have somehow missed the huge news, Ballast Point Brewing of San Diego will be making their New Mexico debut tonight (Wednesday) at Nob Hill Bar & Grill at 7 p.m. There will be 10 different Ballast Point beers on tap. But seriously, you should not have missed this news since the Crew has been doing our best to promote it to death since the day we found out (and were invited to co-host this event, so look for us at our table in the bar area; we’re the bearded guys in black).
Ballast Point makes a whole lot of beers and in keeping with an oceanic theme, most are named for varieties of fish and other sea creatures. While extremely cool and unique, this can sometimes lead people to go “wait, what kind of beer is that?” Since BP may be new to many of you, or you only had it a few times while further west, we present a handy guide to what style each of these 10 beers are.
Sculpin/Grapefruit Sculpin/Habanero Sculpin: The Sculpin is Ballast Point’s flagship IPA. It is so popular that BP has gone ahead and made different specialty varieties, in this case one with actual grapefruit (instead of just using hops that create a similar flavor) and another loaded up with spicy habanero. Sculpin won the gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2010 and 2014. Overall, it has 14 different medals. Stats: 7% ABV, 70 IBUs.
Dorado: A big old DIPA, Dorado is hopped at three points in the brewing process — mash, kettle, and dry. We shall see how it stacks up to the mightiest of the mighty DIPAs produced locally. Stats: 10% ABV, 90 IBUs.
Grunion: This pale ale was the result of an employee-only home brewing contest. It offers up more of a hop bite than most of its genre. Still, out of this group, it looms as the beer we are likeliest to start with, when compared to its bigger brethren. Stats: 5.5% ABV, 35 IBUs.
Black Marlin: For those who like a little hoppiness with their dark beers, BP presents this English-style porter brewed with a copious amount of American hops. It is not at the level of a black IPA, but it certainly offers up something different than most other porters. Stats: 6% ABV, 42 IBUs.
Big Eye: Another IPA, this one uses copious amounts of Centennial and Columbus, two classic hops, for its potent bite. This was one of the first major beers brewed at BP that helped put them on the map. Stats: 7% ABV, 71 IBUs.
Piper Down: This was the beer brewed for the malt lovers out there, a Scottish ale that will take you palate straight to Edinburgh. It uses a combination of British hops and UK Maris Otter malt. It is another option to start your tour of the BP beers tonight. Stats: 5.8% ABV, 22 IBUs.
Indra Kunindra: Rather than brew up just any old export stout, the BP staff collaborated with award-winning home brewer Alex Tweet. So they tossed in some Madras Curry, Cayenne, Cumin, Coconut, and Kaffir Lime Leaf to create a wholly unique tasting experience. Stats: 7% ABV, 50 IBUs.
Victory at Sea: Nothing like a little imperial porter to get you through the end of your night. This behemoth robust porter was infused with whole vanilla beans and Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The Crew has a bomber waiting for us in Franz Solo’s garage, but now we get to have some on tap as well. Oh, joyous times! Stats: 10% ABV, 60 IBUs.
We hope to see all of you at Nob Hill Bar & Grill tonight. If you have any questions, send us a message on Facebook, leave a comment here, email us at email@example.com, or tweet at us @nmdarksidebc.