Ballast Point Brewing coming to Arkansas

Beer fans in Arkansas will soon have another big name brand to add to the list of options when searching local shelves and taps for a drink.

Ballast Point Brewing has applied for a Non-Resident Beer permit that will allow distribution into the Natural State.

The San Diego-based brand is ranked number 13 on the Brewers Association’s list of top 50 U.S. brewing companies (based on 2016 sales volume), under names like Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Boston Beer Co, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Lagunitas.

Ballast Point is renowned for its Sculpin IPA, which includes several variations like Grapefruit Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin, and Habanero Sculpin.

The company made headlines in 2015 after it was purchased by Constellation Brands for $1 billion. The multinational beverage conglomerate includes dozens of wine brands and well-known Mexican beer brands like Corona, Modelo, Pacifico, and Victoria.

Constellation said its focus this year would be on expanding Ballast Point’s distribution to include all 50 states, a move that could include construction of a new facility on the east coast.

We’ve reached out to the company’s marketing team for more information on when BP will hit shelves in Arkansas, and what beers to expect. We’ll update this story if we hear anything before the official press release.