Inspired by the Farmhouse Ales of Belgium, this indigenous San Diego Saison is rich with the aromas and flavors of our local chaparral. Ingredients were inspired by what the Kumeyaay Indians might have been eating when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed on Ballast Point in 1542. This Saison inspired ale is made with handpicked or locally sourced ingredients. Ingredients include: Manzanita Berries and White Sage from Bruce Van Dyke-Grammer’s family homestead in Warner Springs, CA; Elder flowers and Elderberries handpicked in Warner Springs, CA at Wingshadow Hacienda; Sage Blossom Local Honey from Hilliker Egg Ranch in Lakeside, CA. Nugget Hops from Star B Buffalo Ranch and Hop Farm; Great Western 2-row Malted Barley grown around Yreka California. Roasted Pine Nuts, Belgian Crystal Malts and White Labs Saison yeast also add to this very complex adult beverage. This savory, citrusy, nutty ale goes well with food or used in making a toast to the oldest inhabitants of San Diego!
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Ballast Point was where the white men first set foot on the California coast, in 1542, when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered San Diego Bay on his flagship the San Salvador, landed here, and took possession of Upper California in the name of Spain. He called the port “San Miguel.” San Salvador Series is dedicated to creating four seasonal beers inspired by indigenous ingredients foraged in San Diego County.
Subsequently, in 1602, Sebastián Viscaíno also landed at Ballast Point. He gave the port the name “San Diego.” Priests from his ships set up a temporary chapel on Ballast Point and conducted the first Catholic services on record in California.
In the autumn of 1769 the earliest beacon on the entire coastline is said to have been lighted at this same spot. Just a lantern on a pole, it was intended as a guide for the supply ships from San Blas, in Lower California, that kept Father Serra’s new colony supplied with the necessities of life.
The lighthouse now standing on Ballast Point dates from the 1890’s, and the name “Ballast Point,” is derived from the fact that the hide ships and others visiting Spanish California sometimes loaded shingle from the beach as stiffening before cargo was taken aboard. It is rumored that some of the squares and streets of Boston are paved with these cobbles. The Spanish called it “La Punta de Guijarros,” or “Cobblestone Point.”
Ballast Point lies well inside the Fort Rosecrans military reservation.
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