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Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits- San Diego

Ballast Point has a special place in my heart. It was at their Home Brew Mart that I bought my first home brewing kit and started to brew beer in my kitchen in 1993. A few years later Jack White and Yuseff Cherney built the original Ballast Point Brewery behind the Home Brew Mart, and the rest is history.

Ballast Point brewers taught me to brew decent home-brewed beer, and they have always been there to support me and other home brewers with patience and knowledge. I have always loved drinking Ballast Point beers and to this day their Big Eye IPA is my benchmark for a good American IPA.

I returned to Home Brew Mart recently to pick up some brewing equipment and figured while I was there that I should do some tasting. I decided to taste Longfin LagerGrunion Pale Ale, and Piper Down Scottish Amber. Grunion Pale Ale won a Gold Medal for its style at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, so I decided to rate and review it. Here is my impression of this champion:

Clear, deep golden color with a white head. Pleasant hop aromas of pear, grapefruit, lime, peach, and apple. Light malt provides a sweet base on which to balance the hops. Sturdy body that reminds me of Skulpin, with gentle carbonation for a pleasing mouthfeel. Unlike its namesake, this beer has a dry finish with assertive bitterness, true to style. It’s no wonder the judges liked it enough to give it the Gold.

As for pairing this brew, I would pair it with any grilled meat. I think it would also pair well with sharp and/or specialty cheeses, and Asian dish, and Mexican food. Cheers!

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