The featured beer painting of the day is of Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, California. I loved San Diego when I was there five years ago at the end of our epic tandem bicycle tour down the West Coast. My wife and I rode 2,000+ plus miles together from Vancouver, BC, and I am glad we did. We use the same skill-set we developed on that ride to make the art business run smoothly. At the beginning of the ride we would trade off being driver and stoker. Turned out, I was a bad stoker, and we kept getting lost, since the person in the back was the navigator. Maria was a good driver, but I was not getting full leg extension in the back, so we went slower. We figured out our proper positions and rocketed down the road. Same thing for our art business, she takes care of marketing, sales, shipping and the business end. A good business needs both, a fine product and smart business sense. I had been struggling with the business end for several years before Maria took over as my Business Manager, and now I feel we are like a well-oiled machine.
The Sculpin is a great example of a West Coast IPA. Ironically, my friend Rich, gave me this can the night we arrived to Philadelphia two weeks ago, so this is a well-traveled can. But hey, Ballast Point doesn’t distribute to Alaska, so this was a good chance to nab a Sculpin. Although, Alaskans would be all over this one. This is my second painting of a Ballast Point brew. I liked the Sea Monster so much, that I decided to paint two beers from this brewery. I have been drinking East Coast IPAs for two weeks now, and this West Coast IPA was a refreshing change, because it was more fruity. Hopped five different times during the boil, this beer turns out as perfect as an IPA can be. The flavors of tropical fruits including pineapple, mango, peach, and lemon make you feel like you just had a picnic at the beach. At 7% ABV this is no session ale, so watch out for the sting of the Sculpin, as it is a strong-biting IPA! Hope you are lucky enough to get your hands on a few of these, as it is worth the effort!
Cheers to the Sculpin! An excellent IPA, finely crafted in San Diego, California!