very detailed menu on their website, and I was delighted to see the Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter (brewed in San Diego) listed. I was all set to try a new porter... even with greatly reduced taste bud sensitivity.
The waiter approached, I ordered from memory, and received the response
"we haven't had that for about a year now."
"About a year now? Your website lists it."
"Yes, we have a problem with the website"
Then the waiter piped up "if you're looking for an IPA...." ...I cut him off.
"No, I am not at all interested in a hoppy IPA. I don't like them. What do you have that is not brewed by a soul-less, purely-for-profit, no-love-of-the-beer-or-those-who-produce-it, beverage; one that is a high quality, locally brewed beer?"
DDF laughed to try and inject a little levity, since I was coming across as somewhat of an irate ass - cold enhanced and all - and I lightened up.
The waiter offered the "Bootlegger's "Old World Hefeweizen", out of Fullerton California. Since Franziskaner got corporately bought out, I'd stopped drinking Hefeweizens, but my buddy Matt and I always used to enjoy a good Hefeweizen together back in South Carolina and then in Nevada, so I thought, why not? It was pretty good - served in a Stone Brewery etched glass even - but it was not the porter I had hoped to sample. The meal was fine, Rockin' Fish is not a bad place, they just have an obsolete online menu that they truly need to update.
|No longer deciduously impinged|
So Sunday, on my way back from the Farmer's Market in Laguna Niguel, I stopped at my local Ralph's, who have one of the best grocery store craft beer selections, and much to my surprise, I found a selection from Ballast Point - Amber Ale Calico. I thought I'd give it a try (they also had a Ballast Point IPA, which I didn't even glance at twice).
After trimming a deciduous tree that was impinging upon a trio palm trees in the corner of my yard, I popped open the cold Ballast Point, and soaked in the hot tub. HOPPY after-taste, that lingered and lingered, or as DDF put it "like an old sweaty sock" - well... not as bad as a sweaty sock. It was drinkable, but wow, it was hoppy. Not what I had hopped for. I will have to remain on the look out for the Black Marlin Porter.