Ballast Point Takes Home 9 Medals at Int’l Competitions, Including Euro Beer Star Gold

Monday, November 17, 2014

San Diego Brewery wins international recognition with Gold Medal at prestigious European Beer Star Competition, plus two beers win Gold in the Brussels Beer Challenge

November 17, 2014 (San Diego, California) – Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits earned three Gold medals in results from two international beer competitions announced this week. In total, the San Diego-based brewery earned four medals at the 11th Annual European Beer Star Competition and five medals at the 3rd Annual Brussels Beer Challenge in Belgium.

Two of the gold medals were awarded to new stout recipes developed under the brewery’s new Research & Development program at its Little Italy brewery. The Commodore American Stout won Gold in the Dry Stout category at the European Beer Star Competition, while at the Brussels Beer Challenge, Manta Ray Milk Stout took Gold in the Milk Stout category.

In addition, Ballast Point’s coffee vanilla imperial porter, Victory at Sea, earned the second Brussels Beer Challenge gold medal in the Coffee beer category.

Ballast Point also received the following Silver and Bronze medals:

  • Silver: Calico, English-Style Bitter, European Beer Star
  • Silver: Black Marlin, English-Style Porter, European Beer Star
  • Silver: Manta Ray, Sweet Stout, European Beer Star
  • Silver: Pale Ale, Kolsch, Brussels Beer Challenge
  • Bronze: Calico, English-Style Bitter, Brussels Beer Challenge
  • Bronze: Even Keel, Bitter, Brussels Beer Challenge

This marks the 20th and 21st awards for Calico Ale, the 13th medal for Pale Ale, and the 11th medal for Black Marlin, all established main production beers.

“To receive recognition on an international level for not only our main production but also our R&D and limited beers both humbles and excites us,” said Jack White, CEO and Founder of Ballast Point. “Our mission to brew what we love has allowed us to continue to innovate while also keeping true to the European origins of many of our beers.”

Ballast Point has entered an unprecedented period of growth with the opening of a 107,000 square foot facility in Miramar, marking their fourth and largest brewery. They are also expanding their original Home Brew Mart location and are celebrating the one year anniversary of their R&D program.

“We are honored that during this time of expansion, we can be recognized for our new recipes while also maintaining the high quality that we were built upon,” noted Julia Cain, Director of R&D Brewing.

The European Beer Star is one of the most recognized beer competitions in the world, committed to the traditional European art of brewing. The competition evaluates the beers on the basis of purely sensory criteria and is limited to beer categories which originate in Europe. In this year’s competition, there were 1,613 beers entered from 42 countries, with 156 medals awarded.

About Ballast Point

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 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 13 spirits. For more information, visit

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