Ballast point was started in 1996 by a small group of homebrewing aficionados in San Diego. They packaged and shipped their first beer in 1999, and they released their signature Sculpin IPA in 2005.
The Sculpin (named after a fish), was created by combining two homebrew recipes. Ballast Point has created variations on the Sculpin over the years, such as their popular Grapefruit Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point offers many other underwater-themed IPAs, such as the Fathom IPA.
Today, Ballast Point has expanded and has breweries across the country, including Chicago and Virginia.
Ballast Point has a few locations in San Diego. It has entered the restaurant business too. You can enjoy a fine dinner at the location in Little Italy, which is a very popular location in Downtown San Diego. This location offers outdoor seating, which is always a hit in Southern California. If you want a unique experience, you can make reservations at the "Kettle Room" inside the Little Italy location. Here, you can dine in the midst of the actual brewing space.
The largest Ballast Point location is in Miramar, which is a bit north of Downtown San Diego. Here, they have their biggest brewery, a large restaurant, and various games to play after you've had a pint or two.
If you want to take a tour of the brewery, you should book a reservation in advance. You can also book a private tour if you have a large group.
Ballast point has all sorts of special events you can attend including waterfront yoga and home brewing classes. Why not try your hand at making your own beer?
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