After a five year absence, Ballast Point Brewing has reached an agreement with Elite Brands to enter the state of Colorado. The San Diego-based brewery will be expanding distribution of its beer via Elite Brands and will ship its first order to the Centennial state before the end of the month.

Ballast Point Colorado

The brewery was distributed in Colorado before it left in 2009 and was supposed to return in 2013, but its return was delayed until a second $12 million brewing location was built in order to handle the increased production. The new facility in the Miramar district of San Diego is capable of producing up to 350,000 barrels of beer annually.

“We’ve been waiting for the right time to go into Colorado, and now that our new brewery is online, we can make that happen,” said Earl Kight III, chief commercial officer, in a news release.

Four of the brewery’s beers will be distributed initially: Sculpin IPA, Pale Ale, Big Eye IPA and Calico Amber Ale, with other lines to follow in the coming months. The beers will be available in cans, bottles and on draft.

Distributed in 23 states across the United States, Ballast Point Brewing was recently named one of the Brewers Association 50 biggest craft breweries in the United States and according to the Association, sold 88,204 barrels last year.