This week we take a look at three new beers (to W.N.Y.) from Ballast Point Brewing Company – their ultimately literal Pale Ale, Big Eye IPA and the highly revered Sculpin IPA. Nick joins us for a pre-beer section chat via Skype from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to discuss beer rating systems, hype, local pride and what it all means to us in the craft beer world we live in. Ethan and I get to the beer in the second half of the show starting with the Pale Ale (Kolsch) and do a side by side comparison of Big Eye and Sculpin. Enjoy the show and have fun in the snow.