Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale
style Pale Ale
awards Australian Intl Beer Awards 2017 Gold and 2016 Silver; Best of Craft Beer Awards 2015 Silver; Great American Beer Festival 2014 Gold
Ballast Point's employees created the recipe for Grunion Pale Ale in an employee-only home brew contest. Ballast chose new hop varieties that bring forth a vibrant fruitiness with notes of summer melon and herbal aromas.
Ballast Point is one of the most acclaimed US craft breweries, but it started as a backroom operation at Home Brew Mart, a homebrewing supply store in San Diego. Jack White, owner of Home Brew Mart, and Yuseff Cherney, an avid homebrewer and teacher of a brewing course at UC San Diego, joined forces to establish Ballast Point in 1996.
Many of Ballast Point's flagship beers were created from homebrew recipes. These beers quickly captured the hearts of San Diego natives, which allowed Ballast Point to establish its second brewery in Scripps Ranch. From there, Ballast Point has experienced a rapid ascent into one of the most well known craft breweries in the world.