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SAN DIEGO – Ballast Point Brewing is going public.  The company has filed the formal paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering worth nearly $173 million.

If approved, the brewery would sell on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “PINT.”

Ballast Point has been a staple in the San Diego beer community since it was founded in 1992.  It also recently began a distilling program making vodka, gin and other hard liquors.

Pricing information for the stock and when it will go on sale has not been made public.