Seriously? Ballast Point has sold its soul to the same conglomerate that’s responsible for the clear bottle, horrible piss-tasting “beer” known as Corona? Call it what you will, but this is a major disappointment and a huge blow for the San Diego craft beer community. Yes, I said it…it’s a community. It’s that strong feel and sense of community that has become a big part of what I have always enjoyed about the craft beer movement in our great city. It has always felt like an “Us” vs “Them” mentality. And now, the fox is in the hen-house and these large companies are going to be knocking on the doors of our favorite hometown heroes and slowly destroying what we have come to love. Am I bitter that Ballast Point made themselves a cool $1 billion in the acquisition? No. In fact, it’s their life, it’s their brand, and it’s their baby. Do with it whatever you would like. However, don’t expect me to ever set foot into the brewery ever again. Just this past week, I had been raving about the beautiful new brewery, the delicious Grunion Pale Ale, and the tremendous food, but there’s more than 100 places throughout the county that I have to choose from, and in this case, Ballast Point will not be one of them. Take your Sculpin and shove it…unless it’s only $2.50 at one of my favorite watering holes (oh c’mon…I’ve got principles, but it’s tough to pass this up).
I understand that some people will disagree with my thoughts, and that they will see this sale as the ultimate “American Dream” come true, but I don’t care.
One Billllllion Dollars
This news greets me with a mixture of madness and sadness because I feel like this is where a lot of this industry may be headed. I hope I’m mistaken, but the almighty buck is oftentimes more powerful than people’s dedication to serve their community, and much too often people succumb to this pressure. Who’s the next of the greats to fall? We’re beginning to see great expansion from companies such as Alesmith, and we can only hope that they can stay true to themselves, the community, and do their best to maintain a locally owned and operated business for many more years to come. After all, their beer is far superior than that of Ballast Point anyway, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that this will never change.
I understand that some people will disagree with my thoughts, and that they will see this sale as the ultimate “American Dream” come true, but I don’t care. Sometimes it would be nice to see some of these large and homegrown companies take a stand against the monsters that are aimed at destroying a movement. I’m sorry, but just knowing that the same company that is responsible for Corona has their hands in the craft beer market sickens me, and I’m not afraid to say it. With that being said, there’s dozens of other breweries throughout the county that have far superior beer, and frankly I’m getting tired of hearing about Sculpin. Go get your hands on something from Societe, Mother Earth, Pizza Port, The Lost Abbey, or one of the other incredible breweries in San Diego. Cheers!