Breweries "Visited"

Thursday, June 14, 2012

You Can Engage Any Time, Maverick

Beer #187 Sculpin IPA / Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA

Day #2 of vacation; more fun and games in greater San Diego, with most of the afternoon spent in the tony suburb of La Jolla.  Spent time drinking at a Karl Strauss Brewery outpost, and then headed to Ballast Point Brewing Company, which like Green Flash is located in a nice corporate office park.  Note to brewers: there is no world class brewery in the corporate office park where I work.  Fix that.

We did a flight of beer, and I sampled:
- Sculpin Ale, a classic West Coast IPA rich with grapefruit and hop bitterness.  World class beer, and is named for a common small, spiny fish found nearby.
- Fathom India Pale Lager, (a type of beer I don't usually see), had a nice dryness and hop bitterness
- Three Sheets Barleywine, which had flavors of molasses, leather, and stone fruit.  Sadly, the weather here is not conducive to drinking barleywines, although that doesn't explain why I've put down two in the past week.

Great beers, and really enjoyed seeing the full line-up of beers, not just what shows up on the East Coast.

Thing to Think About Today:
For those of you who love the movie Top Gun, and really, that's everyone in America, it was based on the fighter pilot school of the same name located at MCAS Miramar, a base north of San Diego and close to Ballast Point (and Green Flash).  Therefore, without further explanation:


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