Disney lovers, rejoice! Just when you thought the happiest place on Earth couldn't get any happier, USA Today reports that Disneyland is getting a brewery, and we're freaking the eff out. According to the mag, San Diego's Ballast Point will open in Disney's Downtown District later this year.
The company broke the exciting news in an Instagram post on Thursday, Jan. 25. "We're bringing Ballast Point to the happiest place on earth!" the post began. "That's right, our next location is in the @downtowndisneydistrict at @disneyland in Anaheim, marking the first-ever on-site brewery for Disney. This incredible space will house a three-barrel R&D brewery, restaurant, and beer garden. We can’t wait to bring our tasting room experience to this magical place, and we'll keep you updated as the opening date nears."
Marty Birkel, president of Ballast Point told USA Today, said, "Disney approached us with this opportunity. There are so many incredible breweries in the SoCal area, so we were really honored to be tapped by Disney." Pun intended?
Ballast Point's new digs will include an outdoor beer garden with cabana-style seats, a tasting room, and a kitchen. Oh, and it'll also be a whopping 7,300 square feet. NBD. Of-age patrons will find the California-based brewery's signature lineup — including its signature Sculpin IPA — as well as limited-edition beers only available at its Disney location. Customers will also be able to chow down on items like Baja-style fish tacos and house-made pretzels served with beer-infused mustard and cheese. Uh, yum!
"Our guests are constantly asking for new and innovative dining experiences, and Ballast Point’s selection of award-winning beers, locally inspired cuisine and friendly atmosphere make them a perfect fit," says Patrick Finnegan, vice president of Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney, in a press release.
When the park first opened in 1955, Walt Disney had a very strict zero-alcohol policy. Luckily, the brand has been (very slowly) relaxing. Apparently, dreams really do come true!