Its been quite a year for Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits. The 18-year-old brewery took on a new restaurant challenge with aplomb, opening their highly-successful Little Italy brewpub last fall. They followed that up by launching a spirits tasting room earlier this year and just announced an expansion of their original Home Brew Mart location.
Now, the company is reportedly weeks away from debuting their biggest endeavor yet. A new 107,000-square-foot production facility in the Miramar area (9045 Carroll Way) that includes a larger tasting room and restaurant; Eater dropped by for a tour of the construction zone with CCO Earl Kight.
Ballast Point's been brewing in the new building since June, on a traditional copper brewhouse from Germany; co-founder and head brewer Yuseff Cherney selected the 150-barrel system himself and even participated in its last brew on German soil. It will now power the production of the brewery's core beer lineup, while their Old Grove facility focuses on meeting the increased demand for specialty beers.
The tasting room will be first to open, with a 78 tap bar and plenty of seating. There will also be a retail space and bar just for growler fills that'll have 10 taps.
A 500 seat restaurant will follow, along with a large outdoor patio with trees, fire pits and another beer bar.