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    Victory at Sea Day 2012

    Victory at Sea from Ballast Point Brewing in San Diego has long been one of my favorite beers.

    Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter - Ballast Point Brewing Company - San Diego, CA - BeerAdvocate

    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.




    Cold Storage:




    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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    Thanks for sharing!

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    Nice! One of my faves, also... top 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    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!
    Nice... guys at Linda Vista told me they are doing the same thing with the rum barrels from the rum barrel Victory at Sea. I thought that beer was incredible also. I'm not a huge rum guy but would love to see how that rum turns out. Sounds like they are trying to get a bottling machine at Linda Vista which means they will have more capacity to bottle some of these barrel aged creations in the future, hopefully!

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    Thanks for the report. We were in town for Christmas and had hoped to make it for victory at sea day, but didn't work out. Enjoyed ale Smith and hess on Saturday though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    Nice... guys at Linda Vista told me they are doing the same thing with the rum barrels from the rum barrel Victory at Sea. I thought that beer was incredible also. I'm not a huge rum guy but would love to see how that rum turns out. Sounds like they are trying to get a bottling machine at Linda Vista which means they will have more capacity to bottle some of these barrel aged creations in the future, hopefully!
    That would be cool, they are essentially going to do the same with the bottling line at the current Scripps Ranch location once they open the new brewery sometime next year.

    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider View Post
    Thanks for the report. We were in town for Christmas and had hoped to make it for victory at sea day, but didn't work out. Enjoyed ale Smith and hess on Saturday though.

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    Glad you at least made it to Alesmith, they make some kicking beers too!
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