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Beer Giant Ballast Point Plants New Brewery and Restaurant at Downtown Disney

Orange County’s beer moment continues

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

One of San Diego’s most recognizable beer names is expanding up north again, as Ballast Point is set to open a small on-site brewery right in the heart of Downtown Disney.

Orange County already has a plethora of beer options, both craft and even non-alcoholic, but the inbound Ballast Point move aims for something larger. Greater Disneyland is among the most heavily-touristed destinations on the entire West Coast, meaning Ballast Point will stand out to millions more eyeballs per year with this new location than than any of their other projects. The company also currently operates a taproom and restaurant on the waterfront in Long Beach as well.

The new brewery will also come with an attached restaurant space and on-site beer garden for both families and the over-21 crowd. Construction is set to run through summer, with a focus on a seamless indoor-outdoor space, a long wooden bar, and lots of seating. Expect an opening in the latter part of 2018.

A rendering of the Downtown Disney patio
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In 2015, Ballast Point sold to massive multinational beverage company Constellation Brands, Inc. for a whopping $1 billion. Since then, the company has been on a tear expanding its formerly-craft brand nationally and beyond, though parent company Constellation has come under increasing fire in Mexico over water and land rights near the border.