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Ballast Point to open a restaurant and taproom in the Long Beach Marina

Ballast Point plans to open a restaurant in Long Beach. Pictured is one of the brewery's most popular beers.
Ballast Point plans to open a restaurant in Long Beach. Pictured is one of the brewery’s most popular beers.
(Julie Verive / For The Times)

Ballast Point, the popular San Diego-based brewery, best known for Sculpin IPA and all its flavorful variations, is opening a restaurant in L.A. County.

Moving into the former home of Khoury’s Restaurant at 110 Marina Drive in Long Beach, the 11,427-square-foot space promises plenty of room and some great ocean views to go with the nautical-themed brews. Ballast Point also applied for a brewing permit for the location, so you can expect some small-batch beers made on-site, but few other details are currently available.

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Ballast Point is already the among the largest breweries in California, with five locations including a sprawling production facility in Miramar that brewed up over a quarter-million barrels of beer in 2015. Last year the company was purchased by Constellation brands for over a billion dollars. Though the brewery is no longer independently owned, the buyout has done little to deter Ballast Point’s fans. It was one of the fastest-growing breweries in the country in 2015, and with more expansion on the way.

Ballast Point has long been known for innovative brews made in small batches before being rolled into full production. Smash hits such as Grapefruit Sculpin and Mango Even Keel started as experimental one-off brews and are now cornerstones of the brewery’s portfolio, and they launched the industry-wide trend of adding fruit flavors to IPAs.

The new Long Beach brewpub is staffing up, so a soft opening can’t be too far away. Expect the Ballast Point brews to start flowing in Long Beach sometime this summer.

110 Marina Dr., Long Beach, www.ballastpoint.com.

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