Local bar to feature West Coast beer made with Wilmington-grown fruit

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A local bar will be serving up West Coast ale with a little local flavor during a special tasting event this Saturday.

Ballast Point Brewery out of San Diego, California, will take over the taps at Burnt Mill Creek, 2101 Market St. Unit 7, from 8 p.m. to midnight, serving up beer infused with strawberries and blueberries from Wilmington’s own Lewis Farms.

This isn’t the first tap takeover for Burnt Mill Creek owner Hunter Ford, who hosts such an event twice a month. But this will be the first time he has had a hand in helping put a taste of southeast into a featured brew.

Ford shipped eight pounds each of Lewis Farms’ strawberries and blueberries for Ballast Point to create specialty Sculpin IPAs specifically for this weekend’s event.

“I picked up the fruit in Castle Hayne and overnighted it within three hours of pick-up to maintain the integrity of the brand,” he said. “Once received in California, the fruit was processed and aged in casks for 30 days to create a strawberry Sculpin IPA and a blueberry Sculpin IPA.”

The beer was then loaded into firkins—10.8 gallon casks—and shipped to the Port City.

Other Ballast Point beers will be on special, too, including: Big Eye IPA, Grapefruit Sculpin, Victory at Sea Imperial Porter, Grunion American Pale Ale and Longfin Lager.

The brewery’s vice president will also be on hand for the event, according to Ford. And Catch the Food Truck will be there, as well, to sling some tacos and sliders, among other creations. Mike Blair performs live during the event.