Congratulations Doug Brown

Ballast Point's Original Gravity 20th Anniversary Homebrew Contest Grand Champion

Find out more about the finalists

Back To Our Roots

We never imagined that a couple home brewers in a small shop in San Diego would evolve into the adventurers known today as Ballast Point. It’s been two decades in the making, and to celebrate our 20th Anniversary we are launching the Original Gravity Home Brew Competition to honor how it all began.


Our BJCP sanctioned competition will crown 6 regional winners, who will each be brought to San Diego to brew their recipes at our Research and Development brewery in Little Italy. Each of the regional winners’ beers will be showcased at our grand finale event, and the grand champion will be distributed by Ballast Point as a packaged beer. The champion will also receive the opportunity to be eligible for the Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am in partnership with Ballast Point.

Regional Winners

20th Anniversary Celebration

Location: San Diego, CA - Del Mar Racetrack, Concert Grounds

Date: Sunday, September 4, 2016

Thank you for joining us for our 20th Anniversary Festival. Cheers to 20 years!

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    Competition Details

    The entry period has closed for Ballast Point's 20th Anniversary Homebrew Competition. Regional winners will be notified by June 10th and the final grand champion will be announced at Ballast Point's Anniversary Event on September 4th, 2016. For more details on our celebration taking place on September 4, 2016 click here. Check back soon for a showcase on the regional winners and their home brews!

    Competition Regional Winners

    Doug Brown: Weizenbock

    Pacific North West
    Tristan McCoy and Kyle Jung: Strong Bitter

    South West
    Matthew Marshall: American Porter

    Kyle Weinand and Chris Williams: Witbier

    South East
    Matt Fulton with assistant brewers Billy Fulton and Haston Riley: Saison

    North East
    Clinton Pickett: Fruit Beer

    Key Dates

    Registration Window: February 24, 2016 – May 25, 2016*
    Shipping Window: May 11, 2016 – May 25, 2016
    Regional Judging: June 4th, 2016
    Regional Winners Announced: June 10, 2016
    Final Winner Announced: September 4th, 2016

    *unless cap is reached earlier

    Judges and Stewards

    Interested in volunteering to be a judge or steward for our competition on June 4, 2016 in San Diego? Sign up here.


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