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Ballast Point Brewing- San Diego (Miramar)

Photo of the entrance to Ballast Point Brewery San Diego Miramar location

Ballast Point’s Miramar location is amazing. I went there a few days after I visited their Scripps Ranch site, and was blown away. I had heard about the new location opening up from other brewers, saw photos in the U-T San Diego and on social media, but I was definitely not prepared for what I walked into.

Photo of the entrance to Ballast Point Brewery San Diego Miramar location

Ballast Point Miramar

Inside the front doors-

Photo of glass wall water feature backdrop in lobby of Ballast Point Brewery San Diego Miramar

Water feature in the Lobby

Tasting room and bar-

Photo of tasting room and bar at Ballast Point Brewery San Diego Miramar location

Tasting Room and Bar

Photo of bar at Ballast Point Brewery San Diego Miramar location

At the Bar

View from the tasting room-

Photo of brew house at Ballast Point Brewery San Diego Miramar

Brew House

Photo of view into the brew house at Ballast Point Brewery San Diego Miramar

Brew House

Inside the brew house-

Photo of mural in the brew house at Ballast Point Miramar

Mural in the Brew House

Photo of control valves inside the brew house at Ballast Point San Diego Miramar

Control Valves

Fermenter full of Skulpin IPA behind the brewery-

Photo of fermenter tank full of Skulpin IPA behind Ballast Point Brewery San Diego Miramar

Fermenter tank

Photo of a pint glass of Skulpin IPA at Ballast Point Brewery San Diego Miramar

Skulpin IPA

What I came for was a brewery-fresh flagship beer, and after seeing a fermenter full of Skulpin IPA, I went inside to taste one. I’ve had many a bottle of Skulpin over the years, but this was the first time I had a fresh one from the source. Michael Jackson “The Beer Hunter” was right– “Taste beers where they were made and they taste like nothing else in the world.”

Golden orange color, clear, with a fluffy one-finger white head, leaving sparse but pretty lace. Aromatics of lemon, peach, mango, and apricot converge with similar yet subtle tastes and bitterness to produce an enjoyable spectrum of flavors. Light-to-medium body with low carbonation. Nice, crisp finish with a sting of pine bitterness. Wonderful example of a San Diego Pale Ale (aka, West Coast IPA).  7% ABV, 70 IBUs

 

Ballast Point recommends pairing Skulpin with “Coconut Basmati Rice, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, and Tropical Bread Pudding.”

Cheers!

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