Ballast Point Sculpin Session

April 29, 2018

I was invited to Ballast Point Sculpin Session. This was my first time at a beer event so I wasn't sure what to expect.

Hank, the host, was really nice. He did a quick presentation about Ballast Point Brewing, and I actually learn quite a lot about beer. If you want to know more about the story behind Ballast Point click here.
I didn't know that the four key ingredients for all beers were water, malts, yeast, and hops. There's also a whole color range of beers (pale yellows to reds to dark browns). I'm not an avid beer drinker, and if I do drink beer, it was usually a light golden color. I mainly drink "girly" beers or light beers because I don't like the barley taste. I found out that there were a variety of beers with a big range of taste and flavors, and that there was a beer for everyone's palate.

We tried 4 samples.
Bonito - Blonde Ale | Sour Wench - Blackberry Ale | Sea Rose - Tart Cherry Wheat Ale

The Bonito tasted like a very light beer.
Sour Wench was very tart similar to a wine or juice.
Sea Rose was a combination of the two.
I definitely prefer the Sour Wench more than the others, but they were all good. I was asked if I liked wine; and apparently, those that do, tend to like Sour Wench. It was all so interesting to me! I usually stay away from beers because it was too bitter, and I was always a bit ashamed that I liked more fruity beers. After this session, I'm glad to know my preference is normal and it's something I shouldn't feel ashamed about. It's like how some prefer spicy foods and some don't. Everybody has different taste.
The last beer I tried was the Sculpin. I believe it's Ballast Point's newest beer. I actually enjoyed it. It was really smooth and had a grapefruit aftertaste which I liked. I would definitely grab this beer if I saw it at a party.
There's a whole art in appreciating beer similar to wine; and I'm really glad I got to experience that.

This event was really chill and not as intimidating as I thought. Everybody was so nice! I enjoyed meeting people who's passionate and willing to share their knowledge with a newbie like me.

Thanks again to @ballastpointbrewing for the invite!

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions were my own. 
Content and message is intended for people of legal alcohol purchase age and older. Drink responsibly. 

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