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    Entries in Ballast Point (4)

    Thursday
    Nov052015

    Give It A Shot - Ballast Point Barrel Rested Old Grove Gin

    Believe it or not, it is an honest, and yet amazingly tasty coincidence that the brewery who is home to this years About Beverages pumpkin beer podcast winner will be featured on our very next podcast. There is a bit of a twist, however, as we will not be tasting a beer from Ballast Point this week. Instead, we will be featuring the San Diego area brewer/distiller's offering of one of our favorite spirits, gin. We will be tasting their Barrel Rested Old Grove gin, which is an oak-aged version of their Old Grove gin. Since it is rested for 50 days in a charred oak barrel, it does actually have a yellow tinge which distinguishes it from most of the gins we have tried.  That, however, is the only bit of information you will learn about it in this post.   Andrew picked this up at a Bevmo while on vacation in Southern California in June. In the interest of full disclosure, he had tried it before tasting it on the podcast, but bringing it to the tasting room always allows for a more in-depth analysis which we then enjoy sharing with you. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Ballast Point Barrel Rested Old Grove Gin

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    Wednesday
    Sep302015

    Pumpkin Beers 2015 - Saranac, Alaskan, Jolly Pumpkin and Ballast Point

    Well, it is that time of year again. There is talk of leaves changing color, cooler weather is on the way, football games with meaning are finally being played, and the About Beverages Pumpkin Beer Podcast is here for your enjoyment. It is hard to believe, but this is the 6th year we have had a podcast devoted solely to pumpkin beer. We always enjoy trying and discussing beverages of all kinds with you, but one of us enjoys this particular podcast a little more than the other. You may already know who that is, but if you don’t, it won’t take you long to figure it out. That being said, we have a good time doing this seasonally themed podcast every year.

    This year, we have six new-to-us pumpkin beers that we will be trying. Since we are trying a cornucopia of beers this year, all made with pumpkin, we decided to split this into two podcasts. This week’s episode will cover the first four, while next weeks will be the remaining two plus discussion and the big reveal of this year’s winner. This year we did something a little different and decided not to bring back any of our champions from years past. This leaves one to wonder, “What has become of the previous year’s winners?” The choice we made was to officially “retire” the Punkin Ale from Dogfish (Champion in 2010 and 2011, runner-up 2012), and the Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard (Champion 2012, 2013, and 2014). They have become the inaugural members of our “Pumpkin Beer Hall of Fame.” If they were sports jerseys, they would hang from the rafters in the tasting room for all to see. As great as they are, we have decided to give six new beers a shot at our coveted pumpkin beer crown.

    The beers we will be trying this week are the Saranac Pumpkin Ale, Alaskan Pumpkin Ale, Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale, and Ballast Point Pumpkin Down Scotch Ale.  We invite you to listen or watch as we begin this journey to what we hope will be a new and delicious champion.

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Pumpkin Beers 2015 - Saranac, Alaskan, Jolly Pumpkin and Ballast Point

     

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    Tuesday
    Sep042012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Ballast Point Brewing Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale

    We finished last week with a sesonal beer from Ballast Point that was quite delicious so why not start the week with another.  The Tongue Buckler is an Imperial Red Ale with, as the labels says, has "More and more malt than any land lubber can handle."  With off the scale IBUs and 10% ABV this beer should make good on its name.  If it doesn't, then I guess they will need to walk the plank.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Ballast Point Brewing Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale

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    Thursday
    Aug302012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Ballast Point Brewing Dorado Double IPA

    It's still "Wives Week" here at the site and today on the show we have two great things.  My wife, Rachel and the Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point.  It's a seasonal offering that gets hopped about very way possible:  mash hopping, first wort hopping, kettle hopping, and dry hopping.  This style of beer comes with the usual higher ABV of 10% and can be hard to find as you'll hear on the podcast.  Actually the finding was not the hard part, but the journey back to our hotel in La Jolla was quite eventful.  Let's hope it was worth it.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Ballast Point Brewing Dorado Double IPA

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