What started in 1996 as a small group of homebrewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the team of adventurers known today as Ballast Point. A pioneering brewery born 25 years ago within the hallowed, hopped walls of San Diego’s Home Brew Mart, the complete art of the craft swims in the DNA of Ballast Point and informs both what’s inside and on the can. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating the breakthrough gold-medal winning Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point is known for adding its touch and asking if there’s a better way.
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.
Home Brew Mart opens in San Diego, the future home of Ballast Point Brewing Company.
We brew & sold our very first beer: Ballast Point Special.
We begin packaging beers. Endless hand labeling ensues.
Our award-winning Sculpin IPA is brewed for the first time, by combining two different home brew recipes. It’s an instant hit.
We open our first production brewery. So long to the hand labeling days.
We win “Champion Small Brewery” at World Beer Cup®.
We venture into the restaurant business with our first kitchen and R&D brewery in Little Italy, San Diego.
Fan demand outgrows our tanks, so we expand to a bigger production brewery & headquarters in San Diego’s Miramar area.
We open our restaurant and brewery in Downtown Disney, Anaheim.
We reclaim independence in the Kings & Convicts family.
We celebrate our 25th anniversary.
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.