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Ballast Point Brewing Co. Celebrates a Quarter Century of Brewing with Release of 25th Anniversary Mix Pack

Chosen by Staff Editors on 09-AUG-21

Ballast Point started out in the back of a homebrew supply store in 1996, fueled by a grassroots beer culture and a shared love of great beer. Irrespective of the journey, Ballast Point remains inherently San Diegan, a Southern Californian brewery that feels equally at home on the ocean in a fishing boat, surfing, at the baseball park, on the golf course, cycling, hiking, or tossing burgers in the backyard with friends.

To celebrate a quarter century of brewing, Ballast Point is releasing a new, limited_release 25th Anniversary Mix Pack. These beers embody the past, present, and future of Ballast Point with four classics that commemorate the journey along the way: Calico (Amber Ale, 1996), California Kölsch (German Style Pale Ale, 1996), Sculpin (IPA, 2005), and Big Gus (IPA, 2021).

"From our gritty Home Brew Mart to our big production facility in Miramar, Ballast Point concentrates on the beer and what it means to enjoy beer with friends," says Brendan Watters, co_founder of Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. and CEO of Ballast Point. "We are going to continue innovating and sharing great beer and look forward to doing so for the next 25 years."

Ballast Point's 25th Anniversary Mix Pack will feature 12, 12 oz. cans and will be available beginning mid_June initially in all Ballast Point tasting rooms and stores throughout Southern California.

CALICO, Amber Ale (ABV 5.5 percent)

The very first beer brewed on the original 15_barrel brewhouse at Home Brew Mart, Ballast Point's ESB_inspired ale has seen a name and artwork change since it was first introduced in '96. A rich, copper ale with a chest full of gold medals, Calico takes its inspiration from the British. Four types of malts give it a bold complexity, and the proprietary yeast strain lends it a fruity, madeira_like richness. However, it's the blend of American Cascade and Centennial hops that give this ale a distinct bite and floral aroma that have earned it just about every major beer medal, including taking gold in the American_Style Amber/Red Ale category at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival.

CALIFORNIA KO¨LSCH, German Style Pale Ale (ABV 5.2 percent)

California Kölsch, formerly Yellowtail, is often referred to as the beer that launched Ballast Point. A nod to the beloved German style, Ballast Point's original Pale Ale is crafted with aromatic hops and rounded out with a blend of American and Munich malts. While California Kölsch is hopped like a lager, it's fermented like an ale to create a smooth, bright taste that has a hint of honey up front and estery, banana notes. It's extremely drinkable like a Kölsch should be, and complex, like a good craft beer demands.

SCULPIN, India Pale Ale (ABV 7 percent)

2005 saw a renaissance in the industry with new beers and styles being created: India Pale Lagers, Session IPA's, Coffee Imperial Porters, strong fruited honey ales, Rye Browns, smoked beers, multiple lagers, and indigenous beers. That same year, the world was introduced to Ballast Point's Sculpin India Pale Ale. A blend of two near_identical homebrew IPA recipes originally named North Star IPA has since become a hallmark of the style. Named by resident artist Paul Elder over a few beers, Sculpin ended up being the apt name for the new West Coast_style IPA with the distinct bite. For the past 15 years, flagship Sculpin IPA has been the #1 selling beer and the most awarded in Ballast Point's history, winning gold medals at the World Beer Cup (2010, 2014) and European Beer Star (2010, 2011). The original has since spawned a family, each made unique by enhancing a certain flavor.

BIG GUS, India Pale Ale (ABV 6.5 percent)

In honor of its 25th year of craft beer innovation in San Diego, Ballast Point added two new offerings to its year_round portfolio in early 2021: Big Gus and Wee Gus. The duo _ a R&D hoppy lager and an IPA _ mark the first additions to the portfolio since 2019. Big Gus, the bigger, bolder brother of Wee Gus, is an extremely dry and colossally dry_hopped 6.5 percent ABV India Pale Ale. This behemoth has the spine of a traditional IPA with a generous amount of American Amarillo, Cashmere, and handpicked Yakima Valley Mosaic hops and a delicate pilsner malt.

About Ballast Point Brewing Co.

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. On March 2, 2020, Ballast Point officially returned to its iconic independent roots under the new ownership of San Diego_headquartered, Kings & Convicts Brewing Co., and continues to be an internationally recognized leader in the industry with five taproom locations in California and a San Francisco brewpub planned for fall 2021. 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. Ballast Point brews over 50 styles of beer with an emphasis on R&D and innovation and is distributed in select markets across the US and internationally.

Ballast Point Brewing Co. Celebrates a Quarter Century of Brewing with Release of 25th Anniversary Mix Pack

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