Ballast Point Brews San Diego Padres-Themed Beer

Ballast Point’s new “Swingin’ Friar Ale” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Padres as an MLB franchise in San Diego; fans can taste it at Petco Park on Opening Day

San Diego’s Ballast Point is ready for baseball season: the brewing giant has just released a hoppy concoction inspired by the Padres and the club’s golden anniversary in America’s Finest City.

Ballast Point officially released a Padres-themed beer Tuesday dubbed the “Swingin’ Friar Ale.”

The brew – created in partnership with the home team – is described by Ballast Point as a 100 percent Simcoe-hopped brew with aromas of citrus, peach, mellow berry, pine and grapefruit with a “biscuity malt backbone and crisp finish.”

The company said the beer’s profile makes it an “easy drinking” brew perfect for a day at the ballpark but also boasts the hops synonymous with San Diego’s brewing scene.

The beer’s package pays homage to the Padre’s 50th anniversary season in San Diego and includes the team’s anniversary logo and iconic brown and gold colors. Ballast Point said Tuesday the brew would be available on tap around the San Diego area – including at Petco Park – and in 6-pack bottles in stores. It’ll be marketed as the “Official Craft Beer of the Padres.”

Fans will be able to order the Swingin’ Friar Ale at Petco Park on Opening Day next week.

Erik Greupner, President of Business Operations for the San Diego Padres, said the team’s 50th anniversary is a “meaningful time” to launch this Friars-inspired brew. Greupner said it made sense for the team to collaborate with Ballast Point, since the brewery has had its roots in San Diego for more than two decades and, like the Padres, is part of San Diego’s identity.

Ballast Point Brewing Company was founded in 1996 by a small group of San Diego home brewers and has grown into San Diego’s largest brewery.

In addition to several San Diego-based tasting rooms, Ballast Point has expanded to include a brewery and restaurant in Daleville, Virginia, a brewery and restaurant in Chicago, and, most recently, a brewery and restaurant at Disneyland Resort's Downtown Disney District.

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