(San Diego, CA) – For all of the attention that Green Flash has been getting over the past month, it may not even be the fastest growing brewery in its own town.
But it is close…
Ballast Point Brewing National Sales Director, Earl Kight, tells BeerPulse that the company is planning to produce between 50,000 and 60,000 barrels of beer this year at Scripps Ranch. That comes off of a year in which Ballast Point grew 45% to produce 29,000 barrels.
Early in the year, the company projected that it would expand capacity to 60,000 barrels but that wouldn’t have been enough with the rate at which the brewery is growing. Kight says that they are planning to increase capacity to 80,000 barrels by the end of 2012 but even that will not buy the brewers much time.
Looking long-term, Kight says that Ballast Point is currently negotiating a long-term lease to build a new brewery in San Diego County. What will be the company’s third location will house a large production facility that could reach as much as 100,000 square feet. They are aiming for production to begin in 2013.
For now, Ballast Point is doing its best not to run into “out of stocks” in its home base of California, says Kight, a challenge now that Ballast Point ships beer to at least twelve states (and five countries).
As for where else the company might ship beer, “We are discussing completing distribution in a few states, Texas and Florida, and entering new states of Washington, Oregon, Alabama, Maryland and DC.”