Eva Knott 9:30 a.m., Dec. 10
The world’s reigning Small Brewing Company (as awarded at the World Beer Cup, the next biennial iteration of which will occur in San Diego the first weekend of May) is looking to grow. Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits is currently searching for a 55,000- to 100,000-square-foot building within San Diego County where they can build a 100-plus barrel brewhouse.
This will be their third brewing facility, a significant step for the business. To put their size target in perspective, Green Flash Brewing Company’s new facility is considered large by San Diego standards, and it’s 45,000 square feet. Indoor space for the Escondido facility of Stone Brewing Co. — the county’s largest brewing company and the eleventh largest craft brewery in the country — is just over 60,000 square feet, and over 14,000-plus of that is office and restaurant space.
Productionwise, Ballast Point is poised to brew 60,000 barrels this year at their Scripps Ranch brewery. That space has undergone recent expansion, but it’s doubtful they can squeeze much higher production out of it, creating the need for the new location.