Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen

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Founded in 1996 by a small group of homebrewers, Ballast Point is one of the nation’s leading craft breweries known for its award-winning hop forward flagship Sculpin IPA and a simple mission: make better beer. The Chicago brewpub will serve as Ballast Point’s Midwest research and development brewery, serving specialty and local beers to guests. This marks the first Midwest location for the brand, with locations in Southern California and one in Daleville, Va. Invested in the long-term growth of the brand, there are also plans underway to open an additional location in Orange County’s Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort later this year. The 12,000 square-foot brewpub features an on-site three-barrel brewing system, a restaurant, and, opening later this summer, a rooftop bar. The main tap house seats 250 guests and boasts several semi-private and private spaces available for meetings and events of various sizes. The 38-seat bar offers more than 100 tap lines offering forty to fifty different beers, including R&D beers only available in Chicago. At the helm of the on-site brewing program will be Chicago Brewing Manager, Keith Faught, whose love and enthusiasm for craft beer will shine through the locally produced beers available to guests in the brewpub. Ballast Point is committed to quality, from selecting raw materials, to the brewing process, finished product and beyond. The brewery is well-versed in brewing on a large and small scale; in fact, Ballast Point has a well-established R&D program in its Southern California facilities that encourages innovation and experimentation, which will also be evident in Chicago’s on-site brews. Ballast Point’s dedication to the craft is clear in its quality testing, which includes 300-plus touchpoints throughout the brewing process.