Thursday, June 4, 2015

New on Tap: Ballast Point
Grunion Pale Ale

We just recently tapped a perfect summer ale. Do not miss your chance at enjoying a glass of Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale... it is quite the warm weather treat for all you beer lovers!

Ballast Point has become a staple brewery in the beer world and has won numerous awards over the years. Grunion is one of those beers. Come enjoy a glass on our patio or sidewalk tables as the weather finally breaks into some warmer temperatures.

Ballast Point - out of San Diego - was created with the passion of two college roommates. Who would think that college students would develop a taste for beer and dream of one day making money at it (haha)?! But these two did it. Jack White and Peter A'Hearn began home brewing in their apartment at UCLA. With the help of Yuseff Cherney, another home brewer, Ballast Point was born in 1996.

If you are familiar with this brewery or have seen it on store shelves, you may have noticed that all their beers are named after a fish. Yes, their philosophy is always doing what they love... so brewing beer and fishing were two activities that came together. Each label comes with a picture of the fish it is named after.

We start our showcase of Ballast Point beers with their Grunion Pale Ale. This beer was actually created from an employee only, home brew contest. This medium bodied ale brings flavors of pineapple, peach and mango on the nose and finishes with big hop flavor.

This pale ale won a Gold medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival and is named after the tiny local fish of the San Diego area. Grunion fish are found along the coast of Southern California and are famous for covering the beaches after high tide and almost look as if they are dancing about the sand.  A few of these beers and you may want to do the same!

This 5.5% ABV beer has received 99 points (out of 100) in RateBeer. Below is a brief description from Beer Advocate.

Light golden yellow with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Pineapple juice, peach, passion fruit, and mango.

Pineapple juice, peach, mango, and passion fruit. Very light bread and caramel backbone with sprinkles of candy sugar. Finishes with a light dankness and hints of pine.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, juicy, and lightly bitter.

Full-on tropical and stone fruit. Big hop flavors, low hop bitterness.

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