SAN DIEGO, May 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grab your copper mugs and prepare your taste buds: San Diego-based Ballast Point, one of the nation’s leading craft breweries, introduces new Moscow Mule Ale nationwide – the brewery’s first nationally distributed cocktail-inspired beer.  

Moscow Mule Ale was born from Ballast Point’s R&D program and quickly became a fan favorite at the brewery’s tasting rooms. The 10 percent ABV ale is a tart and refreshing beer version of the classic cocktail. Loaded with lime zest and ginger over a kettle-soured base beer, Moscow Mule Ale tantalizes the taste buds with tangy and effervescent flavors, finishing with a hint of spice from the ginger.

“The flavor profile of this beer is really unique. It tastes just like a cocktail, but it’s in fact beer. Our brewing team hit it out of the park with this one,” said James Murray, vice president of brewing at Ballast Point.

Moscow Mule Ale is a prime example of how R&D brewing has fueled innovation and allowed Ballast Point to bring new, quality beers to the market. The brewery currently makes over 100 unique R&D recipes a year, each with innovation and quality in mind.

“The brewers at our Little Italy R&D brewery developed the Moscow Mule Ale after testing out a number of other cocktail-inspired brews like the Old Fashioned and Irish Coffee,” said Aaron Justus, Director of R&D/Specialty Brewing. “The Moscow Mule Ale was a runaway favorite among the team and our tasting room customers, making it an easy decision to share it with the rest of the country.”

The scaled-up beer is now brewed out of Ballast Point’s newest facility, called the Trade Street brewery, which opened late last year and specializes in sour and barrel-aged beers. The new facility has already produced award-winning beers, such as the Sour Wench Blackberry Ale, which won a Silver medal in the Fruited American-Style Sour Ale category at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival® (no gold medal was awarded).

Moscow Mule Ale is a spring/summer limited release under Ballast Point’s Explorer series and is now rolling out nationwide in both draft and 12 oz. bottles through July.

For more information, visit www.BallastPoint.com.

About Ballast Point Brewing Company
Started in 1996 by a small group of home brewers in San Diego, Ballast Point has a 20-plus-year history of supporting the art of home brewing and developing high-quality, innovative and award-winning beer. Ballast Point has become one of the nation’s leading craft breweries by exploring new tastes and techniques to create the perfect balance of taste and aroma. At Ballast Point, a culture of quality persists from selection of raw materials to the brewing process to the finished product and beyond. From developing a proprietary yeast for our amber ale to creating a breakthrough gold medal-winning IPA, Ballast Point is dedicated to the craft of brewing beers for all to enjoy.

John Arango
Zeno Group for Ballast Point
john.arango@zenogroup.com
(312) 396-9750