There are many versions of the story about how Paul Elder became the artist for Ballast Point. Here’s the short version: as a Home Brew Mart regular, Paul struck up a conversation with Yuseff about fishing, and then pulled out a sketchbook full of meticulously detailed fish illustrations. Everytime Yuseff or Jack had an idea for a beer, they asked Paul to sketch it out—the first one was a yellowtail, the icon for our Pale Ale.
Sketches became paintings, and paintings became labels. To this day, the fish illustrations and nautical scenes for which we are known are at the hands of one man: our resident artist, Paul Elder.
As is fitting for Ballast Point, Paul is a San Diego native and truly a man of the sea—when he’s not painting or drawing, you can find him on the water, surfing or spear fishing.
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