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FOR THE LOVE OF BEER

We started out in 1996 as a small group of San Diego home brewers who simply wanted to make a better beer. In our exploration, we became obsessed with ingredients—tinkering, testing and tasting to find the perfect balance of taste and aroma. That adventurous spirit leads to award-winning beers in classic and unique styles while challenging our own tastes and expanding yours.

We’re proud of our San Diego hometown, our employees, our beers, and our fans. We think of our employees as family, and you, our fans, as extended family. You’ll see us use #BPPROUD as a badge of pride and a way to further connect with our beer loving community.

OUR HISTORY

1992

Home Brew Mart opens in San Diego, the future home of Ballast Point Brewing Company.

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1996

We brewed & sold our very first beer: Ballast Point Special.

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1999

We begin packaging beers. Endless hand labeling ensues.

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2005

Our award-winning Sculpin IPA is brewed for the first time, by combining two different home brew recipes. It’s an instant hit.

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2006

Opened our first production brewery in Scripps Ranch, San Diego.

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2010

Ballast Point wins “Champion Small Brewery” at World Beer Cup®.

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2013

We venture into the restaurant business with our first kitchen and R&D brewery in Little Italy, San Diego.

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2014

Fan demand outgrows our tanks, so we expand to a bigger production brewery & headquarters in San Diego’s Miramar area.

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2015

Ballast Point proudly joins the Constellation brand family.

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2017

We open our first East Coast home—a production brewery and restaurant in Daleville, Virginia.

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2018

Our Chicago R&D brewery and restaurant opens in the West Loop.

GIVING BACK

San Diego has supported us for many years, and we’re proud to give back to this same community. We also believe in being a globally-conscious brewery and taking measures to help the environment through eco-friendly and sustainable practices.

Ballast Point - giving back
Ballast Point - giving back
Ballast Point - giving back
  • CERTIFICATIONS AND AWARDS
    • Exemplary Leadership Award for Corporate Commitment to Water Conservation, Management and Reuse through the Water Tech Alliance.
  • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMUNITY
    • Hosted a 2017 Surfrider beach clean-up and picked up 21 pounds of trash. It was the best turnout for a corporate sponsored event.
    • Ballast Point's brewery, restaurant and tasting room at the Little Italy location in San Diego has partnered with Closing the Loop, an organization which employs disabled veterans and helps divert food waste from the site.
    • Ballast Point invites San Diego area non-profit organizations to fill out an online form for assistance with donations and fundraising events.
    • Ballast Point's Home Brew Mart educates local community members on how they can brew their own beer at home.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
    • Released the Padre Dam Pilsner in March 2017, a beer brewed with recycled and purified wastewater from the Padre Dam.
    • Installed LED and solar lights with zones and sensors at the Miramar brewery.
    • Ballast Point works with Wilbur-Ellis to sell spent production grain to be used for animal feed and fertilizer.
    • Implemented water reduction initiatives such as the reuse of reverse osmosis (RO) concentrate into water towers, the reuse of cooling water into hot water tanks, and the reuse of clean-in-place (CIP) rinse water into pre-rinse tanks.
    • Ballast Point is working with University of California-San Diego to develop a condenser that will increase water reductions.