I had the pleasure to spend a morning talking with Jack White of Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits. Jack showed me around the brewery, gave me free rein to shoot wherever I wanted and then set me loose in their tasting room. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday morning.
Jack and Yuseff have the beer thing down. Beer connoisseurs in San Diego surely know about the Home Brew Mart set up by Jack back in 1992. What some people may not know is that Ballast Point has quietly been distilling top-notch spirits– namely gin, rum and whiskey. That’s right. Whiskey. From San Diego. Ballast Point is the first and only distillery in San Diego and I’m hoping micro-distilleries like this become a trend in America.
Other news of note is that the beloved gold medal winning Sculpin IPA is coming to a six-pack near you within the month.
Clockwise from top left: Ballast Point Bloody Mary Mix and Sculpin IPA; Founder Jack White and Brewmaster Yuseff Cherney; Ballast Point Spirits Distillery room; Yuseff Cherney; Yellowtail Pale Ale ready for packing.
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