2. Ballast Point Sculpin
Ballast Point names most of their beers after fish, and like a good fishing story, the brewery has now tripled from its original size with three brewing spots in San Diego, including the original digs in the back room of a homebrew supply shop and a tasting room in Little Italy.
It's hopped at five different stages, a process that's earned it gold at the World Beer Cup, Great Japan Beer Festival, and European Beer Star Awards.
From the judges:
"It’s an ugly fish, but a delicious beer. Many breweries' reputations have been made with a killer IPA and Sculpin is just that. An aromatic assault of mango, citrus, and stone fruit can make you drool immediately. After just one sip you’ll become a hophead as this beer delivers a fruit stand of flavors." - Derek Buono, Beer Magazine