The Roanoker - January/February 2018 - 52
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HILE ALL OF ROANOKE was taken to social media in the #Deschutes2Roanoke campaign,
another West Coast brewer quietly set up in
Daleville. They built a gorgeous tasting room
and kitchen, gigantic brewery and distribution center;
then raised a wicked-cool sail mast out front announcing their arrival.
Ballast Point started in 1992 as Home Brew Mart,
a home brew supply store in San Diego, California. In
1996, it transitioned to Ballast Point Brewing Company.
In 2004, Ballast Point opened its first major production
site and distribution center, Scripps Ranch. From there it
boomed. They continued to open locations in and around
the San Diego area; all tap rooms offering some type of
food service. They began distributing around the globe.
And in 2017, they chose Daleville, Virginia to open their
East Coast production and distribution center with Tasting Room and Kitchen attached.
Mike Alvarado, general manager for Daleville's Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen, joined the Ballast Point family in 2013. The San Diego native with
Peruvian roots says he saw the craft brew scene explode
in San Diego during 2009. At that time, Alvarado-a
professional photographer by training and trade-was
looking for another source of income after the economic
fallout of 2007. He recognized an excitement happening
in San Diego around craft beer. Because Alvarado also
had years of experience as a restaurateur, he decided to