Year established: 1996
Notable: Ranked No. 11 in top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies (based on 2015 beer sales volume), a significant jump from No. 31 in 2014.
About the brewery: The story of Ballast Point began in 1992 when founder Jack White opened Home Brew Mart (actually, if you want to get technical, the story started in a small apartment at UCLA where White and roommate Pete A'Hearn would brew beer). Soon after, A'Hearn set off to UC Davis to get a master brewer's certificate and the pair met...