Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Company was founded by Jack White, Peter A'Hearn and Yuseff Cherney in 1996 in the Miramar area of San Diego, CA. Ballast Point Brewing Co. started in the back of Home Brew Mart, White's home-brew supply store. It has grown to feature 5 brick-and-mortar locations and now distributes beer and spirits internationally.
In November 2015, Ballast Point Brewing Company was purchased by Constellation brands for $1B. The deal did not include Ballast Point Spirits. At the time of the deal, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits was in the process of filing for an IPO, which was cancelled in the wake of the buyout.
Ballast Point has won dozens of awards for their portfolio of beers at competitions of all sizes, ranging from the California State Fair to the World Beer Cup.
1 - San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing Company sold for $1 billion: http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2015/11/16/san-diegos-ballast-point-sold/