It was the summer of 2012, about a year after I started working at 100.7 The Bay, and I got a call from a friend from San Diego who was planning a trip to Baltimore and wanted to see if had time to hang out for an afternoon and show him some of the town. As it turned out, the timing of his trip was perfect: on the open day for his visit, the Orioles were playing a day-game at Camden Yards so I immediately bought tickets for the game.
I picked him up at the airport and we headed straight to Oriole Park. We had a blast and the O’s won that day, as they did many times in 2012 as the Birds went on a tear all year long. After the game, my friend, Garrett, and I headed over to Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point and each had a delicious burger along with some equally delicious beer, including a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, a world class IPA. Little did I know that my pal, Garrett, had set me up for a very cool surprise.
When I dropped him off at his hotel after we left Max’s, he opened up his suitcase and pulled out two very carefully wrapped objects, each very much resembling a 22-ounce beer bottle! He handed these to me and said, “Here’s a little San Diego for you—in Baltimore!” I unwrapped the first bottle and discovered a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, a beer I had never seen before. The second bottle was, appropriately, Sculpin IPA. And while I knew already how good Sculpin was, I was looking forward to both beers. I thanked him for the beers and we agreed that we would have a cross-country toast via text when he got home to San Diego. We set the plan so that we’d each enjoy the same beer at the same time, a celebration of two long-time friends connecting after a very long time.
A few days later, I got the word from Garrett that he was back home with his wife and family and we set up a time that would fit this cross-country toast. We then cracked open both bottles—Ballast Point Big Eye IPA and Ballast Point Sculpin IPA—and texted our toasts!
Ballast Point makes amazing beer. And while they no longer make Big Eye IPA, every beer they make is beyond really good; they are each phenomenal! Ballast Point makes many beers, but Sculpin is their flagship. About eight years ago, Ballast Point introduced Grapefruit Sculpin, taking their outstanding Sculpin and adding grapefruit. Then, just three years ago, Ballast Point released Aloha Sculpin Hazy IPA, a fantastic beer that produces mango, pineapple, and guava notes simply by changing the yeast used in traditional Sculpin IPA.
Ballast Point Brewing is one of America’s best craft breweries with many beer styles; Lager, Pale Ale, Kolsch. Porter, Stout, and of course IPA. Making sure you enjoy any Ballast Point beer is a must on your beers-to-drink list!
So now you know your craft beer mission this weekend: pick up a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, or my favorite Ballast Point beer: Aloha Sculpin Hazy IPA.
100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy