We’re big fans of Ballast Point here at Food and Drink Digital, so we’re always on the lookout for new and exciting offerings from the brewery. When we talked to brewmaster Yuseff Cherney for our September issue, he hinted at the upcoming wide release of a curry-touched stout first previewed at the National Homebrewer’s Conference Pro Night back in June. That release is finally here: this week Ballast Point released its Indra Kunindra India-Style Export Stout in 22oz bottles.
“After nearly a year of wrangling with the ABC and TTB and other sanctioning bodies (who didn't quite know what to think of a beer made with such unique ingredients), we are legal and have beer in bottles,” read a press release from Ballast Point issued on Wednesday. “This beer will be available at both of our brewery locations beginning tomorrow.”
What are those unique ingredients that the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau didn’t know how to handle? Some interesting flavors, that’s for sure. The creation of San Diego-based homebrewer Alex Tweet, Indra Kunindra’s hops are enhanced by five ingredients one doesn’t often find in beer: Madras curry, cumin, cayenne pepper, toasted coconut, and Kaffir lime leaf.
We haven’t had a chance to get our hands on the new beer yet, but that’s something we’re aiming to rectify before supplies run out. “There are no promises that we will ever make this beer again so be sure and grab this one of a kind offering while you have the opportunity,” reads the press release. So if you’re interested in a unique brew, you’ll want to head to Escondido’s Holiday Wine Cellar or Ballast Point Brewing in Scripps Ranch while you still have the chance.