(San Diego, CA) – The latest update from the Ballast Point Brewing email newsletter…
Thursday marks the draft debut of a new collaborative effort by Ballast Point Brewing and our friends at COEDO Brewery in Japan. The beer will be available on tap and to take home in growlers tomorrow at both of our brewery locations. Below are some notes and back story from the brewers:
Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits collaborated first with COEDO Brewery on September 14th, 2012. We traveled to Japan and brewed a San Diego inspired IPA with a local Japanese twist. West to East IPA was brewed with the renowned “Aiyama” Sake Rice and fresh Yuzu peel. We used Magnum and Motueka hops in the boil. Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial for dry hopping. White Labs Cali Ale yeast for fermentation. An inspirational brew for us, COEDO and many other craft brewers in Japan!
Some of the COEDO West to East IPA made it to Southern California in February and it tasted delicious, even after it’s long Pacific journey. So good that we were wondering what it must have tasted like fresh. Seemed like a good idea to bring over the guys from COEDO and give the brew another go! Only this time we called it East to West IPA to honor the direction of the traveling brewer. We kept the recipe the same except for the substitution of brown rice for the sake rice, and Meyer Lemon peel (grown in Jamul) for the Yuzu peel.
East to West IPA was brewed on April 23rd, 2013. It is a bright IPA that truly encompasses the Pacific Rim! Northern California malted Barley used as the base malt while hops from Washington State, New Zealand, and Australia combined with Meyer Lemon and White Labs California Ale Yeast from San Diego, add flavor. Aromatics jump from the glass while the lingering bitterness and acidity balance the low residual sugar left in the beer. Think tropical fruits, green grapes, peaches and citrus. Pair with ceviche, ponzu sauce or chicken picatta!
Ballast Point Brewer Colby Chandler
COEDO Brewer Hiromi Uetake
We didn’t get to serve East to West at our brewery due to an ABC license conflict, but maybe you were lucky enough to come across it at one of the several local draft houses who were able to get a keg. That beer is but a memory, but you can try the fresh version here tomorrow.
In other news, Home Brew Mart’s new expansion is complete and open for business.