Ballast Point Launches “Roots to Boots” Program

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Research & development program gives all Ballast Point employees a chance to brew

SAN DIEGO, CA – Earlier this month, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits launched an R&D program that will give all of its employees an opportunity to brew an original beer recipe.

The program, dubbed “Roots to Boots,” brings together teams of two to five Ballast Point employees to concept, formulate, and even name a beer of their own design. Teams then brew their beer on Ballast Point’s pilot brewery in Little Italy.

“Yellowtail, Calico, Sculpin…all of our signature beers began as home brew experiments,” explained Jack White, Ballast Point Founder and CEO. “Roots to Boots gives us an opportunity to get back to our origins and keep that experimental spirit alive as we continue to grow.”

So far, 37 employees on 9 teams have had an opportunity to brew, and 18 more teams are scheduled into early next year.

“It’s an opportunity for all of our employees to get hands-on education about the brewing process,” explained Colby Chandler, Executive Director/Specialty Brewer, “and to potentially create the next great Ballast Point beer.”

The first brew to come out of the pilot system will be The Original Gravity Syndicate’s (The OG’s) English Mild with Toasted Oats, brewed by Chandler, Ryan Glenn (Director of Operations) and Jeff Brancato (Warehouse Manager)—who have a combined tenure of 46 years at Ballast Point. Their beer will be served at all three Ballast Point locations beginning Thursday.

Beers to follow shortly after include a Schwarzbier from Team I Just Trub’ed, Team Super Pro’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout, and Team New England’s Dark American Wheat with Cranberries.

R&D beers will be released as they are ready and will only be available on a limited basis at Ballast Point locations.

About Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the team of adventurers known today 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 40 styles of beer and bottles seven spirits.

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