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Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits Announces Nationwide Homebrew Competition

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ballast Point to celebrate 20th Anniversary with Original Gravity Homebrew Competition

Feb 25, 2016 (San Diego, CA) In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits announces its first national BJCP-sanctioned homebrew contest – The Original Gravity Homebrew Competition.

Six regional winners will be brought to San Diego to scale up their homebrews on Ballast Point’s research and development brewery in San Diego, and one grand champion will be chosen among them to become a packaged beer by Ballast Point.

Contest registration will begin today, February 25, 2016 via online entry form at Entries will be accepted until May 25, 2016 unless the contest registration cap is met sooner.

“Since its inception in the back of Home Brew Mart in 1996, Ballast Point Brewing was founded on the innovation of the homebrewing community,” says founder Jack White. “We’re excited to honor our roots with a national homebrew contest to encourage homebrewers to pursue their passion, and celebrate the last two decades of Ballast Point.”

The champion homebrew will be announced at Ballast Point’s 20th Anniversary Event taking place on Sunday, September 4th in San Diego. At this event, Ballast Point will present a large selection of their beers and showcase each of the regional winners of the Original Gravity Competition.

Contest Details:

  • Online registration opens on February 25, 2016 and closes on May 26, 2016 – unless 1,000 entry cap is reached before that time
  • Registration fee is $10, with maximum of 3 entries per entrant
  • 6 regional winners, and one grand champion from those finalists will be commercially brewed by Ballast Point
  • BJCP-certified judging to take place at Ballast Point Miramar on June 4, 2016
  • Grand Champion will be announced at the 20th anniversary event on September 4, 2016

20th Anniversary Event:

  • Event will take place on Sunday, September 4, 2016 in San Diego, California
  • More details and ticket information will be posted to

For complete official rules of the competition and additional details on accepted styles please visit

About Ballast Point

What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the adventurers known as Ballast Point. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating a breakthrough gold-medal winning IPA, the San Diego-based company is known for adding its own touch and asking if there’s a better way. Today an internationally recognized leader in the craft brewing and spirits industry, the company makes over 50 styles of beer and bottles over 20 spirit products. For more information, visit

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