Victory at Sea from Ballast Point Brewing in San Diego has long been one of my favorite beers.
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This year Ballast Point decided to hold what they called Victory at Sea Day at the main brewery in Scripps Ranch. It was a first come first served event, no tickets, no crazy lines, not a ton of hype. They started at 11am on Sunday the 23rd, but due to other obligations we could not get down there until about 5 pm. This meant we missed out on two of the cask versions they had, but we still were able to try 8 of the variations. The peppermint one was awful and tasted like mouthwash, however the rest were very good. The Rum barrel aged version was very subdued, The Maple Oak was by far the best.
After having some tasters and getting my glasses and t-shirt we took a tour of the brewery.
Here are some pictures from the day, enjoy!
Tasting Board showing what was on tap:
Some of our samplers:
Picture from behind the bar:
Brewing equipment, currently on a 24/7 production cycle to keep up with demand until the new location is built out.
If you were not aware, Ballast Point also is distilling, this part of the tour was considered a different part of the brewery and we had to leave all our liquid outside due to some weird ABV law, also no samples due to same ABV laws.....
Some examples of the product:
New "Devils Share" Whisky that will be bottled later this year will only have a run of 300 bottles, so chances are the only way to try it besides in the "Devils Share whisky infused victory at sea" we had is to find a local bar that will be getting a bottle and try to get a dram of it.
Copper Still for Whisky and Rum:
Stainless still for Vodka:
The stainless was hand welded locally using an old Conical beer tank.
Small sampling of some of the new oak for aging. We were told that the brewer has taken some barrels that were used for aging whisky, and they used for aging beer, and put a fresh batch of whisky in them to experiment and see if any of the beer flavors come into the whisky after aging....... I would love to try that!
Cool Sea Monster artwork in the brewery:
And I cannot wait to try this when it is ready to be released......
Heaven Hill Barrels.....
My goodies I brought home:
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