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Hidden Gems: Ballast Point Victory At Sea

January 5, 2012

“O Captain! my Captain! Our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring…” -Walt Whitman

I couldn’t pass up a chance to throw in some Whitman. The ship in this poem is supposed to represent America (the “Captain” is Abraham Lincoln), but for the sake of this blog post we can pretend that he was talking about craft beer.

The craft beer movement is a strange and wonderful phenomenon, one that continually defies the odds. Take for example the fact that despite overall beer sales declining this past year, sales of craft beer in particular went up by about 16% according to most sources (CNBC claims 17.5%), with new breweries seeming to open up every day all over the country. Weathering the storms of a shaky economy and other troubles (like the recent ABCC fiasco), craft brewers continue on towards that dream on the horizon, combining the best aspects of small local business and a collaborative, do-it-yourself attitude. Which brings me to the beer in question: Ballast Point’s Victory At Sea.

The first time I tried this, I was floored (not literally, though it does pack a punch). It’s an imperial porter brewed with coffee and vanilla extract for a velvety, just-sweet-enough concoction that will keep you on your toes. It has a great depth of flavor and strength (it weighs in at 10% abv), but is exceptionally well-blended with roasty undertones and coffee bean flavors taking a back seat to rich chocolate and vanilla. The coffee beans come from San Diego-based Caffe Calabria, one of the finest coffee roasters on the West Coast, who advocate sustainable practices and a community-oriented business approach.

In a sea of beers and breweries, integrity and quality will always win out in the end, and Ballast Point is at the top of their game. This is a seasonal brew, which means that it won’t be around for much longer, so grab Victory while you can.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 10, 2012 2:53 am

    This is one good beer………..

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