THE LOOP — Ballast Point, the booming San Diego brewer that makes the Sculpin line of IPAs as well as a host of other popular beers, has Chicago in its sights.
The brewer says it plans to build a brewery, restaurant and rooftop bar in the also-booming Fulton Market District — with a goal of opening in early 2018.
The building slated for Ballast Point's first Midwest operation is a 12,000-square-foot spot on North Green Street, the former home of the Amity Packing Co. pork processing plant, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The building will house a three-barrel “research and development” brewery, restaurant and a rooftop bar.
Ballast Point said the new brewery "will serve many of Ballast Point’s beers including its flagship Sculpin IPA, as well as exclusive, limited-edition beers available only at the brewery in Chicago."
“We’re thrilled to bring the San Diego spirit of Ballast Point to such a great beer-drinking city like Chicago,” said Marty Birkel, president of Ballast Point. “The entire team is looking forward to sharing some of our new innovations and passion for great beer and food with Chicagoans.”
Ballast Point was bought by Constellation in late 2015 in a $1 billion deal. Constellation also owns Corona and Modelo.