Brewery News


Craft Brewer Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. Buys Ballast Point Brewing Co. from Constellation Brands

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SAN DIEGO,  – Dec. 3, 2019 – Chicagoland-based Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. announced today it has signed an agreement with Constellation Brands, Inc., to acquire Ballast Point and a number of its associated production facilities and brewpubs, excluding the production brewery in Daleville, Virginia, which will remain a part of Constellation’s Craft & Specialty division.  A pioneer in the craft beer movement in San Diego, Ballast Point has a 20-plus-year history of supporting the art of homebrewing and creating high-quality, innovative and award-winning beer.

“We’re excited to welcome the team at Ballast Point into the Kings & Convicts family,” said Brendan Watters, Kings & Convicts’ chief executive officer. “As craft brewers, we have long admired the quality and spirit of the Ballast Point brand and team. Their best-in-class brewing standards will remain unchanged, delivering the same high-quality, award-winning beer the company has become known for over the years. Our goal is to leverage Ballast Point’s deep know-how, talented and passionate employee base, and outstanding operating team to grow both Ballast Point and Kings & Convicts together.”

Kings & Convicts will retain all positions within Ballast Point’s existing workforce, which is comprised of approximately 560 employees. The company will continue to utilize Ballast Point’s current U.S. distribution network and plans to hire a sales and marketing workforce to support long-term growth in all 50 states.

Kings & Convicts is a privately-held company backed by a small group of investors who are passionate about the Ballast Point brand and who are focused on the long term. Co-founded in 2017 by Englishman, COO and head brewer, Chris Bradley, and Aussie and CEO, Brendan Watters, Kings & Convicts brews ales and lagers out of its 5,000 sq. ft. Highwood brewery and taproom in the North Shore of Chicago, which are available on draft and in cans at the taproom and in bars and restaurants across Chicagoland and Wisconsin. With many years between them separately operating and managing successful global businesses in the hospitality, finance, GPS and mobile technology sectors, Chris and Brendan connected over their mutual love for good craft beer. The duo announced plans earlier this year to open a second location of Kings & Convicts in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, approximately 30 miles from Milwaukee. The 48,000 sq. ft. destination brewery will house a large production brewhouse, taproom, restaurant and event space and is expected to open in Fall 2020.

As part of the transaction, Kings & Convicts will acquire Ballast Point’s four brewpub locations in California, including Downtown Disney/Anaheim,  Long Beach, Miramar, and Little Italy,  as well as the newest Ballast Point brewpub located in Chicago’s Fulton Market District which opened in May of this year and Ballast Point’s original homebrewing supply and tasting room in San Diego’s Linda Vista neighborhood.

“We look forward to engaging the community and getting a connection back to the local markets through our distributor partners, on and off-premise retailers and our dedicated salesforce ambassadors,” said Chris Bradley, Kings & Convicts’ chief operating officer. “Ballast Point has well-established R&D programs and we want to continue fostering that innovation and experimentation by listening to our consumers and serving specialty and local beers in each market.”

Current volume of Ballast Point is expected to surpass 200,000 barrels in 2019 and is available in all 50 states as well as internationally in 19 countries including South Korea, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand.

Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close once all licenses and permits have been received, were not disclosed.

 

About Kings & Convicts Brewing Co.
Kings & Convicts is a privately held company headquartered in Highwood, IL, in the North Shore of Chicago. Conceived by an Englishman and an Aussie, Kings & Convicts started brewing for the public in 2017 and was built on the freedom of anti-authority and the spirit of fellowship. They brew ales and lagers inspired by the tales of convicts, royalty and the undercurrent of American gangsters. Every beer tells a story. Kings & Convicts’ beer is available on draft and in cans at its taproom and in bars and restaurants across Chicagoland and southern Wisconsin. For more information, follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

About Ballast Point Brewing Co.
What started in 1996 as a small group of homebrewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the team of adventurers known today as Ballast Point. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating the breakthrough gold-medal winning Sculpin IPA, the San Diego-based company is known for adding its touch and asking if there’s a better way. Now an internationally recognized leader in the craft brewing industry with 6 brewery locations in California and Chicago, the company makes over 50 styles of beer and distributes to all 50 states and 17 countries internationally. For more information, visit www.ballastpoint.com.

 

Kings & Convicts Media Contacts:

Peyton Robertson, Bay Bird Inc

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858.382.4922

Alex Harmon, Bay Bird Inc

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619.905.8889

 

 

Kings & Convicts Pleasant Prairie Groundbreaking (August 2019)

For the complete drone video click HERE

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Kings & Convicts on tap at the Bristol Renaissance Faire (July 2019)

Hear ye hear ye…. The Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. is coming to the Bristol Renaissance Faire.  We will have Kings Bitch and Hougoumont on draft and in cans throughout the 2019 season.  The Faire will be open Saturdays & Sundays from July 6, 2019- September 2, 2019.  For more information and tickets click HERE

Commission approves preliminary site plans for proposed automated brewhouse (June 2019)

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The earth will soon be moving at the site of a proposed automated brewhouse, taproom and restaurant planned for 7.4 acres south of Highway 50, west of Interstate 94.

The Plan Commission on Monday night approved preliminary site and operational plans to begin mass grading and installation of a retaining wall and stormwater systems for Kings and Convicts brewery, which will be located on vacant property at 7807 and 7887 120th Ave.

The commission also approved zoning map and text amendments that pertain to rezoning for the brewery and a future hotel.

Along with the 51,000-square-foot brewhouse and restaurant, developers are also proposing a 110,000-square-foot hotel for the site that would include a private suite, restaurant, banquet bar and meeting rooms and other facilities. However, formal plans for the hotel have yet to be submitted to the village.

Automated brewhouse

Jean Werbie-Harris, the village’s community development director, said the automated brewhouse will be the focal point of Kings and Convicts.

It will be situated behind the taproom bar with the towering fermenters standing immediately behind it.

According to the plans submitted to the village, fermentation tanks will be on display internally and externally, with glazed walls and lights.

The owners have invested in a state-of-the-art brewhouse and cellar with a $2 million system to brew ales, lagers and pilsners for sale in the taproom and for distribution in Wisconsin and the Midwest.

The establishment will also have an event center and a “brig” that would hold 250 and 50 people, respectively. The establishment expects to serve classic American, as well as Aussie and English-style fare, according to the plans.

Eager to begin

According to Mark Eberle, an engineer with Nielsen Madsen & Barber representing the site’s developer, developers were eager to begin work on the site.

The work includes an extensive system of retaining walls — about 7,000 square feet — as well as sheet pilings below it.

The property is also in the Des Plaines River watershed, and workers will be installing a concrete vault underground retention system, he said.

“It’s a beautiful site — very visible, great spot on the freeway — but it does have its challenges. There’s quite a bit of work to be done out there to get that site ready,” Eberle said.

“We’re looking to get an early start on the project as we work on the final design details of the brewery, specifically, and the hotel after that.”

Developers expect to begin construction later this year, with completion scheduled for next summer.

The plans are expected to come before the Village Board next week.

 

Kings & Convicts Brewing Named Presenting Sponsor of the Inaugural Ranger Impact Open (May 2019)

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kings and Convicts Brewing Company will be the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Ranger Impact Open, Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin announced on Monday. Kings and Convicts Brewing Company is set to open a nearly 50,000-square foot location in Pleasant Prairie and Kenosha County.

The inaugural Ranger Impact Open presented by Kings and Convicts Brewing Company will take place on July 22, 2019 at Kenosha Country Club. The golf outing will be a first-class fundraising event celebrating Wisconsin’s only Division II athletics department.

“The Ranger Impact Open is an opportunity to tell the story of Parkside Athletics, which is in the midst of an exciting new era,” Gavin said. “Kings and Convicts is also embarking on a new era as they expand into our thriving community, and we are thrilled that they are partnering with us on this event. We thank Brendan Watters for their support, as it will be exciting to celebrate with them at this event and beyond.”

Kings and Convicts Brewing Company will also become a full-member of the Parkside Athletics Corporate Partners Program during the 2019-20.

“We are so excited to be associated with Parkside Athletics, the opportunity to link with the Rangers and the local community in general is something we are really looking forward to,” said Brendan Watters, Kings and Convicts Co-Founder.

Those interested in registering for the Ranger Impact Open presented by Kings and Convicts Brewing Company can visit www.ParksideRangers.com/RangerImpactOpen. The format is a 4-person shamble, and entry dues are $1,000/foursome, $250/individual, and $50 for the reception only.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please click here. The proceeds from the Ranger Impact Open presented by Kings and Convicts Brewing Company will support the Ranger Impact Fund, the primary fundraising arm supporting Parkside Athletics.

Two Year Anniversary Celebration (May 2019)

On May 18th we will be celebrating our second anniversary. Thank you to all of our loyal followers who have helped us get here! For more information click HERE

Distribution to Southern Wisconsin (April 2019)

We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with C.J.W inc. to distribute our beer to Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties in Southern Wisconsin.   This is our first entry into the Wisconsin market that will be followed up with the opening of our expansion facility in 2020.  For more information on where to find our beer or how to become a retailer check them out HERE 

Brewery Expansion (January 2019)

48,000 sq.ft destination brewery on I-94 and State Highway 50 in Pleasant Prairie, WI complete with taproom, restaurant, event space and retail outlet.

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI (JANUARY 2019) – Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. is pleased to announce plans to open their second brewery in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.  The 48,000 sq.ft. facility will house a large production brew-house, taproom, restaurant and event space.

Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. has contracted with developer and land-owner, Branko Tupanjac of BRV General Construction, to build the facility which will be adjacent to a new construction 132 room all-suite hotel that will be franchised with a national hotel chain.

The new facility draws upon elements of an old world brewery complete with a colonial style feel that will help tell the Kings & Convicts’ brewing story.  The building will also feature design elements reminiscent of the historical Hercules/DuPont Powder Plant that exploded in 1911 in Pleasant Prairie.  With excellent visibility from Interstate 94 and easy access off State Highway 50, guests to the brewery will enjoy ample parking, ensuring a great experience in which to enjoy locally brewed Kings & Convicts beer complete with BBQ meats, burgers, tacos and salads.

“The Village of Pleasant Prairie has been great to work with, they have helped in the design process and assisted closely in the overall development.  We want to create a destination brewery where we can continue to expand our brewing operations but also where people can relax with a lager and learn about the history of beer and the brewing process as well”, said Brendan Watters, Co-Founder and Convict of Kings & Convicts.

“We are excited to welcome Kings & Convicts to Pleasant Prairie.  Adding attractive and unique destinations will promote tourism within the Village and offer a fun and memorable experience for residents” added Village Administrator Nathan Thiel.

The taproom will seat 200 people and include a separate event space that will be able to accommodate private parties for groups of up to 225.  An outdoor deck on the second floor will overlook the Des Plaines watershed, enabling guests to enjoy a beer and a range of food cooked on site while relaxing around fire pits looking out over the perpetual green space.  Summer brewery events will also be a feature of the new site.

Inside, guests in the taproom will be able to view the brewery operations and additionally scheduled tours will be available for people who wish to learn more about the brewing process and the stories of the beer that Kings & Convicts brew.

The new facility is anticipated to open for operations in the Fall of 2019.  Kings & Convicts will maintain their existing taproom and brewery operations in Highwood, Illinois continuing to brew on their original site.