Ballast Point in Washington

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  1. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    For real this time. Sounds like draft only for the time being, but we'll be seeing Sculpin and four others soon.
     
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  2. Mages64

    Mages64 Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2009 Washington
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    My question is:
    Is the distributor who is going to rep them, are they going to do a good job? Odom has lost more brands than they've picked up in the past year.
     
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  3. Mages64

    Mages64 Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2009 Washington
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  4. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    I was expecting Alpha actually, they got Alesmith.
     
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  5. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Damn yes!!! Can't wait to buy Sculpin cans. Ballast Point must really be upping their production, my trading buddy in Chicago just started sending me some stuff from them because it just started being distributed in IL.
     
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  6. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

    I wonder if kegs will be available for retail sales?
     
  7. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Damn I love Sculpin.
     
  8. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,004) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Coopers Alehouse and Brouwers will have Ballast Point on tap next Wednesday. It was supposed to arrive this week but the truck was delayed. Haven't heard anything about cans/bottles.
     
  9. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    Bottles have arrived at Chuck's. I'm sure we'll be seeing them around all over soon.
     
  10. 5000

    5000 Initiate (0) May 18, 2013 Washington

    Bottleworks just got a delivery of Ballast Point bottles.
     
  11. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Aspirant (202) Nov 16, 2010 Washington

    From Facebook

    99 Bottles:
    seven beers from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits: Victory at Sea Imperial Porter, Sea Monster Imperial Stout, Sculpin IPA, Big Eye IPA, Calico Amber Ale, Pale Ale, and Dorado Double IPA
     
  12. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Just picked up a couple of bottles of Sculpin and one of Sea Monster from Bottleworks. I have to wait until next Wednesday to open them. Hope the hops in that Sculpin don't fall by then.
     
  13. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,004) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Last Drop got them in today.
     
  14. BKnarr

    BKnarr Disciple (307) Sep 5, 2012 Florida
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    We have had the full line-up in FL for a few years now. Sculpin and Victory at Sea are the only ones I pick up on a regular basis.
     
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  15. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Victory at Sea is the real deal. Ballast Point and AleSmith are two of the breweries I've really been hoping to see here; this makes Russian River's departure... well OK I won't go that far.
     
  16. WhiteJordan

    WhiteJordan Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Washington
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    I just hope they can keep up with our insatiable beer market. We already ran Russian River out of the state because we buy too much beer. Hah :wink:
     
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  17. bfg75

    bfg75 Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2011 Washington
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    Pretty sure Ballast Point can cope ;-)

    Picked up Sculpin/Big Eye/Yellowtail/Sea Monster/VaS the other day. Was most excited to see that they sent some of the latter up since it's one of my favorite beers and by all accounts sits around on shelves in Cali.

    I wish they had bottling rather than enjoy-by dates on the bottles though. Hard to tell how fresh the Sculpin is.
     
  18. hansw

    hansw Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2006 California

    Dorado is awesome when fresh,not sure about this batch, the last Dorado I got showed up 2 months ago in Norcal
     
  19. Mages64

    Mages64 Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2009 Washington
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    Got some sculpin at Bottleworks with October enjoy by dates. Great beer, super fresh and no complaints. It'll be nice to have a third option besides workhorse and descender for spectacular ipas.
     
  20. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I'm confused by this statement. Are you suggesting that Workhorse and Descender are the only 'spectacular IPAs' we have access to here in Seattle?
     
  21. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Anyone seen it in Spokane yet?
     
  22. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,627) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Hey, each to their own I guess, but I thought that a fairly funny comment as well. (descender IPA? Really?)

    We just started seeing BP stuff here in Eugene as well, with an event at Bier Stein on Saturday. I'm a huge sculpin fan, and so couldn't wait to get a glass of it (which I did on Sunday). I enjoyed it quite a bit, though I think the current recipe pales in comparison to what I was drinking several years ago (I've heard a number of friends make simiilar comments about the current recipe).

    That being said, at least to my palate, I thought the RPM and Hop Venom I had later the same day were superior to the sculpin I ordered. Even if the two beers were the same price (which of course they're not), I doubt I'll ever order sculpin again if I can have RPM or HV instead. Frankly, given what's available most of the time at the beer bars I typically frequent out here, I'm not sure how often I'll be ordering sculpin in the future. It's a very fine IPA, no doubut, but there seem to plenty of local IPA's that are every bit as good (or nearly as good), and they tend to be considerably cheaper than sculpin (it was $6 for a .5L glass at Bier Stein).
     
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  23. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Disciple (346) Sep 11, 2011 Washington
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    Yeah, at ~$15 for a sixpack, I don't think I'll be getting Sculpin with any frequency.
     
  24. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2010 Washington

    Hit up Chuck's Thursday after work and missed out on Sculpin but tried VaS for the first time and was extremely happy with it. I generally dislike most Porter's as I prefer something heavier but the body on VaS was excellent as well as the coffee and vanilla flavors. Can't wait to try Sculpin as well as Sea Monster.
     
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  25. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I really enjoyed Victory at Sea when I had it down in San Diego last year, and I've been enjoying the hell out of the 6-pack of Sculpin I picked up last week. Yes, it's pricey and yes, comparable or superior Oregon/Washington IPAs can be had at a lower price, but I can't think of many that are as widely available in bottles or cans. For me, the convergence of quality and convenience that Sculpin offers is worth the couple extra bucks.

    Not that I won't continue to occasionally buy Workhorse, Wildcat, HUB IPA, Interurban etc. as well as RPM and Hop Venom whenever I get the chance...
     
  26. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I bought a couple of bombers of Sculpin when it hit BW last week. Opened one on Friday night. I also had some pints of Fremont Interurban (from a fresh growler) and a bottle of Sumpin Sumpin. I can't say I thought Sculpin was any better (or significantly better if it was) than these two. At its price point, I can't imagine buying Sculpin on a regular basis. I'll tend to stick to my regulars --- growlers of Interurban and sixers of FW Union Jack, plus some Lagunitas varieties now and again.
     
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  27. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,627) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    That's almost exactly what I told the bartender over at 16 tons on Sunday (I didn't use interburon or Lagunitas as examples of course), noting that given the abundance of good IPA's around town, I just couldn't see Sculpin selling all that well, given the price point. He disagreed with me. He noted that a lot of people have been asking about Sculpin for a very long time, and so despite the high price tag, he thinks it will sell very well around town in Eugene. I can't see it, but I guess time will tell.
     
  28. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    On the price question, I don't recall anyone ever complaining about Pliny at $5 for a 16.9oz bottle ($0.30/oz)—not to mention, available only for a few days every five weeks or so. So I don't see the issue when Sculpin is ~$15 for 72oz 6-pack ($0.21/oz) and far more readily available. They're not the same beer of course, but we're not talking apples and oranges either.
     
  29. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    IMHO, Pliny is significantly better than Sculpin --- that's part of my point. Sculpin is not significantly better IMHO than the beers I mentioned at lower price points and, therefore, not worth the additional $3-4 more per 6-pack.
     
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  30. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Different palates I guess, although I agree Pliny is better. I like all the beers you mentioned, but probably not quite as much as Sculpin. Sculpin reminds me (as best I can remember anyway) of Icicle Bootjack, a beer I could happily drink by the pitcher. Bottom line, I'm happy to have yet another great choice available.
     
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  31. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,627) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    This is just my two cents on this, but...

    I've been drinking sculpin since it first became available in the Philly area, back in 2007 or 2008 (unfortunately, I can no longer check on my first review to verify the actual date). Granted, those were different times, but back then, sculpin on tap seemed to create the same sort of mass hysteria usually reserved for PtE. I still remember thinking I'd died and gone to IPA heaven the first time I found both PtE and sculpin on tap at a beer bar. I bought several glasses of both (they were only served in a tulip size snifter), and while different, I remember thinking I couldn't really decide which one was my favorite.

    Flash forward 4 or 5 years, and yes, both beers are a lot more readily available then they were in the Philly area back in 2008. PtE no longer sells out within a few hours every time a bar has it available. Sometimes it will even last a couple of days (though that's unusual). Sculpin has also become more available as well, but it tends to stick around a lot longer now than PtE does. I realize that by itselfs really don't prove anything, but I do know I don't go gaga over it (Sculpin) the way I once did (and still pretty much do for PtE), and I've had several people in the Philly area tell me the same thing, noting that BP has had to change up the recipe somewhat due to the availablity (or lack of availability) of certain hop varieties. I think it's still a pretty solid beer, but qualitatively, I really don't think it compares to PtE. Not any more at least.

    So draheim's comment that "we're not talking apples and oranges either..." I would have completely agreed with him back in 2008. Today I'm not so sure. I do know that given a choice between the two beers today, I would always order PtE. But hey, that''s just me...
     
  32. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I'll just add one more comment, for what it's worth. I bought a 6-pack of Sculpin last week and promptly opened the first one. Eh, it's OK I thought, but nothing to jump through hoops for. Just a standard SoCal IPA. (I've had it a few times before, but it's been a year or more.) Later in the week I had one back-to-back with Little Sumpin Sumpin and thought I enjoyed the Sculpin somewhat better, and I really like LSS. Last night I had Sculpin bottles 4 and 5 and found myself enjoying it even more. So I have no idea how the recipe has changed over the years, but I found that as I got a little more familiar with the beer, I only liked it more. But hell, it could have been my mood, or the weather. Who knows.

    I also had Stone RuinTen and Enjoy By over the weekend and, while these are definitely different beers, I decidedly prefer Sculpin to those. To me it's just a lot more approachable and drinkable. Maybe I'll do a side-by-side with some Interurban and a few other less pricey options, see how I feel then. Nice to have that option now without having to trade or pay for shipping costs.
     
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  33. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    OK. You've motivated me. My wife and I been on a diet for 30 days (that ended last Friday) that did not allow beer. While I wasn't drinking beer, I was still purchasing. I have in my fridge another bomber of Sculpin plus I have a bottle of Icicle Bootjack, a few Little Sumpin Sumpin, a bottle of Stone RuinTen, a couple of bottles of Union Jack, and can easily grab a growler of Interurban. It's time for a side-by-side.

    I do not have a Pliny, unfortunately --- not since the damn Seahawks choked!
     
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  34. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Did you find that Bootjack locally? I know 99 Bottles had some a while back but I have never seen it. Would looooooove to get my hands on some.
     
  35. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I did get it at 99 Bottles. It's probably a month old. I got it a few days after I started my 30-day diet. Dude said they get a delivery every month, if I remember correctly.
     
  36. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I predict that all of these beers will taste fantastic BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T HAD A BEER IN 30 DAYS
     
  37. fsck

    fsck Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2013 Washington
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    Does anyone know of a place with ballast point downtown right now?
     
  38. 510a

    510a Disciple (394) Jan 12, 2013 Washington
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    Not downtown but Try Super deli mart, he always seems to have stuff when no one else does.
     
  39. whiskey

    whiskey Aspirant (273) Feb 25, 2012 California
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    Nope. Came here to check too.

    But on the topic of IPA's, Ballast Point Big Eye is fantastic too, and much more affordable than Sculpin.

    Just the fact that we're getting a 10% coffee vanilla porter for $8 a bomber is awesome(assuming it comes to Spokane). Love that shit.
     
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