Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hurricanes VB Welcomes Ballast Point Brewing to Florida *TODAY*

Coming up Wednesday, October 13th, Hurricanes of Vero Beach, FL is welcoming Ballast Point Brewing to the Treasure Coast in style along with Vine & Barley of St. Lucie County (see previous post) and they are doing it ALL. DAY. LONG.

5 different drafts on special at $3.00 a pint from open to close, 5 brand new drafts exclusive to Florida through the fabulous folks at JJTaylor. Only eleven accounts in FL are premiering these award winning beers and awards they have won. Ballast Point won 3 gold medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup for their Bourbon Barrel Aged Piper Down Scottish Ale, Fathom IPL, and Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point won Champion Brewery in the Small Craft Brewery Category and tied with Baird Brewing of Japan for most number of Gold medals awarded to one brewery.

Suffice to say Ballast Point and her brew crew know good beer. They also know fishing and fish as evidenced by the fish and nautical inspired beer names and their very own fishing team. Florida knows a bit about fish and, fishing which makes Ballast Point a perfect fit in this Florida native's mind. Goodness knows I've spent my fair share of time on the ocean casting, trolling, and bottom fishing.

But enough about me. Let's talk about YOU Wednesday at Hurricanes VB for good beers, good food, and good times.

As an aside, Wednesday is THE premiere day. No matter how badly you will want to bring home a 6pack of your favorite tasty beer, Ballast Point doesn't go on sale at your favorite beer-tail location (be sure to ask for it!) until Thursday.

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A little bit about Ballast Point and their beers:

During his college years, young Jack White developed a taste for beer. So he did what any red-blooded American beer lover would do... open a brewery! And in 1996, Ballast Point Brewing was born.
Naming the beers was easy. Jack and his partner both love fishing & beer. So they brought the two together and started naming their beers after fish. After all, regular guys doing what they love-that's what this was all about. Today, the beer labels still have fish on them as homage to the brewery's origins, and as a reminder to always do what you love.
Almost 15 years after its inception, Ballast Point Brewing's dedicated team of craftsmen (and women) is still innovating, trying new methods and ingredients, and working constantly to increase capacity to try to meet demand. More than anything, they are staying true to Jack's dream, and their own: Real beer lovers making real, good beer.
Sculpin IPA
The Sculpin is a testament to the humble beginnings at Ballast Point. Recently winning a gold medal at the World Beer Cup, Sculpin showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango & lemon. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops. 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.

Big Eye IPA
If you love India Pale Ales, Big Eye will be a welcome addition to your repertoire. You'll revel in Big Eye's bitter, hoppy flavor thanks to the American Columbus and Centennial hops that are used to flavor and dry hop their flagship IPA.

Yellow Tail Pale Ale
There's no wonder why their Pale Ale is so popular-it is skillfully crafted in the style of the Kolsch beers of Cologne, Germany. They've chosen German hops for aroma, and rounded out the recipe with a blend of American and German malts. If you like a lighter brew but also like the complexity of craft beers, then Yellow Tail Pale Ale is for you.
Calico Amber Ale
Inspired by traditional English ESBs, Calico Amber Ale is as American as it could be. A rich complexity comes from four types of malt-but it's those distinct American hops that offer a crisp bitterness and unique floral aroma. To round out the traditional-English-yet-very-American Amber Ale, they use a proprietary yeast to develop a fruity, Madeira-like richness.

Wahoo Wheat
Summer days and ocean waves inspired this Belgian Witbier-styled Wahoo Wheat. Brewed to be light and refreshing-with a unique citrus character that comes from adding orange peel and coriander to the boil. A special yeast contributes to this beer's refreshing tangy flavor-quite different from the banana and clovey Hefe-Weizens of Bavaria.

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