Ballast Point is so much more than Sculpin… Here are 10 things you should know about this West Coast brewery:
- Ballast Point now has 3 breweries: San Diego, Virginia and an R&D brewery in Little Italy.
- Ballast Point’s breakout beer, Sculpin, is currently available in 4 variations: Grapefruit, Pineapple, Habanero and Unfiltered.
- Ballast Point has its roots in the homebrewing business; the brewery’s founders first launched Home Brew Mart, selling ingredients and equipment to homebrewers, in order to make money to support their homebrewing “habit”.
- The shop’s first employee created Ballast Point’s first beer. It was called Copper Ale, then Calico Amber and finally California Amber.
- Ballast Point’s “Roots to Boots” program let’s an employee think up a new beer, which is then brewed at the R&D brewery. Then they let employees or the public vote which ones they should brew again.
- A journalist for San Diego Magazine once called head brewer Colby Chandler a “beer and flavor innovator”.
- Chandler and his team churn out two or three different beers each week at the R&D brewery in Little Italy.
- The brewery’s Discovery Series – Bonito Blonde, Fathom IPA, Mango Even Keel, Longfin Lager – are flavorful and sessionable.
- Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is brewed with coffee beans from San Diego’s own Café It is currently available in coconut and peanut butter versions.
- Red Velvet is an oatmeal stout that takes the cake. When poured with nitro, the foamy head is like icing.
Want to read more about Ballast Point? Check out Gets Draughted with Colby Chandler.