Kings & Convicts Brewing Co., the San Diego-headquartered owner of Ballast Point, announced it is moving forward with a retail expansion of the 25-year-old craft brewery into Northern California. Ballast Point San Francisco is expected to open by the end of the year and will join the craft brewery's five Southern California locations in San Diego, Anaheim and Long Beach.

Kings & Convicts also announced it would permanently close its Chicago Ballast Point Kitchen and Taproom in the West Loop after careful consideration. The Illinois-born Kings & Convicts remains committed to the greater Chicagoland area and is focused on projects that better align with the future of both independent breweries. This includes a continued focus on Ballast Point's formidable roots in San Diego and future growth in its home state.

"We love Chicago and will remain invested in the region with Kings & Convicts, but have decided it's in the best interest of Ballast Point and its long-term success to focus on our roots in San Diego and California as a whole," said Brendan Watters, chief executive officer of Ballast Point and Kings & Convicts, in a statement. "The ability to highlight our products in a tasting room across from a world-class entertainment facility and as part of an incredible development in San Francisco aligns well with our vision for Ballast Point."

Ballast Point is planning to finish construction of an approximately 12,000-square-foot taproom and kitchen — 1,500 square feet of which is outdoor patio space — in San Francisco's Mission Bay District.  The burgeoning neighborhood is a dynamic mix of residential and commercial retail amenities with close proximity to the 280 Freeway and Muni's T-Line and adjoining residential neighborhoods including Potrero Hill, the Mission District, and Dogpatch. The new brewpub is within walking distance of the SF Giants' AT&T Park and the new Chase Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors.

Ballast Point San Francisco will be equipped with a 3-barrel research and development brewhouse with four, 3-barrel fermenters and two, 3-barrel brite tanks enclosed in glass for public viewing.  The taproom will offer Ballast Point beers on draft and R&D releases exclusive to the San Francisco market, as well as a full menu and wine list, growler and crowler fills, and a retail area for merchandise and packaged beer to go.