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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
10051 Old Grove Road Suite B
phone: (858) 695-2739
In addition to Ballast Point Brewing Company's Old Grove location, they still have brewing operations at their old location in the back of Home Brew Mart. You can get growlers/bottles and do tastings at both locations.
Home Brew Mart / Ballast Point
5401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 406
San Diego, CA 92110
Ballast Point also runs tasting hours at the brewery. Please check their website for details.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $
Biggest bang for the buck of any brewery visit, ever. Thank God I don't live close to this place or I would have a serious problem. The samplers are the biggest value in the history of samplers. It also helps that I loved their Sculpin and Black Marlin beers.
If the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich guys are there when you visit, don't pass them by either!
02-16-2013 15:30:09 |
More by jeffhenders0n
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Growing up in San Diego and loving beer, when I came back for a visit, I had to hit the place where all the magic happens. Hopped by there in July '12
Located in an industrial park near Mirmar
Cool little tap room. Lots of stand up tables and a nice wooden bar. Can see the vats in the back.
I think they had about 15-20 items on tap. I did a flight plus a couple extras. As usual, the quality of the brews was awesome. BP always has great stuff, and to get it right where its made is even better.
I ate too much Indian food before I got there, otherwise I would have had a few more selections, but I was stuffed.
02-15-2013 16:31:04 |
More by dvmin98
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here on a whim on a rainy SD sunday. Got a private tour with me and my buddy. The brewer that showed us around was super awesome, energetic and informative. It seemed like he was showing us around "his" place, full of pride and ownership. I think their beer reflects this pride of every employee/member of the team. The tasting room was super cool, with an outdoor porch that i fully intend to enjoy next time I am in town. Chatted with the bartender who was also very helpful and informed. Bought a shirt, Overall great experience. If you are in town, swing by, you wont be dissapointed.
11-09-2012 01:54:39 |
More by Bubbalito
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went here while on vacation around 5:30 on a Friday night. Was a little afraid that it would be empty since its in a very industrial area, but there were 40 or so people having a good time. Fun bar style vibe with some people enjoying pints after work and others starting their night off. One food truck was outside, they also had chips & salsa for sale.
I had a lot of 4oz samples that were cheaper when you bought 3 at a time ($2 as opposed to $3) as I recall. About 20 or so beers on tap with a large amount that seemed experimental, limited or seasonal. Took home several bottles I haven't been able to find in stores in Los Angeles. Will definitely be back here!
11-08-2012 05:02:35 |
More by ripdog
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is on Old Grove Road in an office/professional park. It's a brewery that has makeshifted it's unused space into a tasting area. Complete with a long bar, a few tables strewn around, and some window seal and wall mounted surfaces on which to sit your beer. There's an outdoor seating area, complete with four tops and umbrellas. It was a busy evening. Some of the work crowd leaving the office the last time for the week (it was Friday evening). The service is pretty attentive given the size of the crowd. It's a walk-up-to-the-bar-and-order system. While they would answer questions about beers, they seemed canned and rushed. I won't knock them too badly for that. They were busy after all. Quite a few offerings on tap. Some quite interesting to include the Indra Kunindra (curry stout) and a habanero ale. Flights are available making it possible for a person to taste several different beers. There's a pretty good vibe in this place all in all. I gave this place 3.5 on service just because other places in San Diego were more friendly and accommodating. It's almost unfair for me to compare them, however, because none of these other places were nearly as busy. The atmosphere could be spruced up a little to help distinguish the tasting area from the brewery. The outdoor seating helps.
11-04-2012 15:18:55 |
More by DocJitsu
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here on a busy Friday night. The brewery was under construction so no tours.
They have about 20 taps, all Ballast Point beers, and not just the usual suspects. You can have a sampler of any beer for 2.00. I was on a tour of various breweries so I got to choose 6. Plenty of pepper and BA variations along with most of the staples, if not all of their regular lineup.
It definitely was a popular spot so yes it does get crowded but I got pretty prompt service. There is also a deck area outside which recently opened and looked pretty nice.
07-28-2012 14:44:51 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
Tried to visit this place Friday afternoon. Myself and a friend stood at the bar for 10 minutes without being served and even asked if we wanted anything. Four barkeeps and while they were busy, they still manged to take care of others around us. Seemed like if they know you, you'd get served, if not, they'd ignore you. Finally gave up and left. Like the beer but doubt we'll try the brewery again.
RE: the rating listed above, the only one that counts is "service" it sucked"
04-24-2012 19:01:10 |
More by jrcook
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $
Went 4/3/12, on my spring break tour in San Diego (which was awesome, by the way). Reviewed from memory.
A- The atmosphere was alright. The people there were beer knowledgeable. It was pretty quiet, but a Tuesday afternoon will do that.
Q- The beers were ok, I wanted to try more rare ones on tap, but I had about six tasters and nothing was awful. The Calico was weak however.
Ser- One girl working the bar, but since we called ahead I got a brewery tour with my buddy. That was a blast. Saw the distillery too. This brewery is going to be on the rise very soon. They have a lot of expansion plans and I'll be there to drink the rewards.
Sel- Not great. Ginger Big Eye and Tongue Buckler were the only rare ones there. Wanted Habanero Sculpin or any other hard to find beer. Must not be a great time of the year for the company.
F- No food.
V- Best part of the place. 1-2 dollar tasters for everything, and I got a nice pint glass for 3 dollars.
04-07-2012 06:08:14 |
More by Murrhey
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited the brewery on Sunday and had 9 samples of beer and I enjoyed most of them. The brewery is in an industrial park but it was easy to spot from the street. The tasting area is a good size and there was plenty of tables to put down your drink.
A - The tasting room is separated from the actual brewery. Their was a lot of wood inside the tasting room and it was clean. Nice place to have a beer.
Q- The beers were all good especially Sculpin and Victory at Sea. I also enjoyed the Big Eye IPA. My least favorite's were the Habanero Sculpin and the Pale Ale was just whatever. The Habanero Sculpin was the spiciest beer I have ever had and I have tasted others that have chili but damn. I guess I am just not a fan of spicy beers.
Service - This was the worst part. They only had one girl tending bar and she didn't really pay attention to the customers much. She also sold me a chipped Big Eye IPA glass. It was wrapped up and when I checked it after I was already leaving town it was too late. Plus we left on a Monday and they were closed the next couple of days. So that kinda sucked.
Selection - They have a pretty good selection of beers. It may have been around 10 or more. The samples were priced well; I think it was a buck a sample and they were pretty good sized.
Food - They didn't serve food; not sure if food truck's come by there either.
Overall I enjoyed my time there and talked to some of the other customers who were enjoying their beers. I would go again if I were in the area.
02-02-2012 02:24:41 |
More by Popp24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Visited the Home Brew Mart on 9/3 during a trip to SD. Was surprised to find a homebrew shop AND a brewery within the same walls. Pretty cool. I browsed through the shop and was impressed with the specialty grain setup, but I was really there for the beer.
The tasting section was small yet acquainting. The locals were friendly, the service was impeccable, and the beers were darn tasty! Having tried very little of BP's beers before I was quite pleased to see all their flagship offerings and large number of one-offs.
I didn't buy anything homebrew related except for some spent grain doggy treats. Besides that, after a half dozen tasters which my wife paid for, 4 bombers cost only $20. A bargain in my opinion.
An excellent setup. I really wish someone out on the East Coast did something similar yet oh so good as BP does it.
09-14-2011 13:30:20 |
More by jwhancher
Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
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