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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
10051 Old Grove Road Suite B
phone: (858) 695-2739
In addition to Ballast Point Brewing Company's Old Grove location, they still have brewing operations at their old location in the back of Home Brew Mart. You can get growlers/bottles and do tastings at both locations.
Home Brew Mart / Ballast Point
5401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 406
San Diego, CA 92110
Ballast Point also runs tasting hours at the brewery. Please check their website for details.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is for the Scripps Ranch location as its our "local brewery" now. The tasting room is small and gets pretty full in the last 30-45 minutes before the tours go. I know tours go at 2 and 5 and I think 10 AM or noon is the other time. Once the tour folks depart there is plenty of space. Talking to the staff they mentioned that they are expanding the tasting room, so things will open up signigicantly. There have been 9 or 10 beers on tap on my visits. 9 both times with a 10th being tapped while I was there the first time. Some of the beers changed between my visits which is nice, but there were also the staples that anchor their board. The service was exceptional in my opinion as the tasting room personnel were attentive, friendly and talked me through the best way to enjoy their establishment the first time I was there. We have taken our out of town guests by to sample and pick a growler already and will likely continue to do so. No food other than the bowl of pretzels. They are in an office park so there isn't much right around there for turning it into an "outing" unless you pile back in the car and move along. Its fine for a "pub crawl" or just visiting for a beer and growler fill however. Everything is clean and crisp. I look forward to seeing what expansion looks like.
09-05-2011 18:28:44 |
More by Ragingbull
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This review is for Old Grove Scripps!
A - Small rectangular operation. Usually two tenders, knowledgeable, cool, and social. Cool, social people stacked into a a small place, some can be into only there group of people that don't want to talk much but thats only 50% of the people. Cool tables, cool fish floatin about, cool glass area of BP merch. Good HD tv with usually sports flowin', good overall place.
Q - Beer is great here, everything is really fresh and done right... you get the freshness of a brewery right to your face. They usually have 3 special editions of there styles or a new style not released in bottle form. Costco SD Pretzels are good too!
S - Fast, efficient, and know what there in for. Don't doubt they will handle business and have a great time too! Great for a medium of both fun and business. Good pretzels but keep them flowin' please, thanks.
S - Great, all of the regs with usually 3 specialty brews on tap, some time some super octane special stuff in store.
F - No food sorry.
V - Good place for the reg brews, other specialty brews get a little pricey here and there, but worth it if you like the beer style. They need more Dorado DIPA though. Pints served here... not lame taster only status like HBM BP.
08-31-2011 02:56:05 |
More by SDtastentune
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Made a pilgrimage here on a recent trip to SD for baseball and beer. Ballast Point is at the point where they have simply run out of space to store all the Sculpin they have brewed until the trucks can take it away to make room for more Sculpin in the tanks. So they are taking over the building next door for more cold storage. Of course they make other fine ales besides IPA, and now also distilled spirits (I'm saving my money now to taste the whisky someday), but I went here for the uber-fresh Sculpin and was not disappointed. Also got the taproom-only habanero Sculpin, which was very hot and tasty -- but a waste of good Sculpin. The tour was casual and informative, the scene in the brewery passionate and hectic. Place smells like...a brewery....yummm. Recommended for your friends who don't know where beer comes from.
07-31-2011 19:29:51 |
More by easong
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A small tasting room located off one side of the brewery. Tasters, pints and growlers available, as well as bottles and gifts. The space is small and there is only standing room around small tables and a few chest-height bars along the wall. The selection is about half regular beers and half specials or seasonals. I was impressed with the Habanero Sculpin-- it had a great flavor but a little too much burn to be really drinkable. Odd location in a manicured office park. Friendly service. Worth a stop if you're in the area.
07-20-2011 04:15:02 |
More by bcm119
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The location was a little tough to find. Sort of in an office park. The beer selection is solid. The service was top notch. The server constantly provided me with samples and wanted to make sure I was able to try as many of their brews as possible since I was just passing through ans live 3000 miles away. I felt the beers were good though no one beer really stood out to me to mention here. That being said, I enjoyed them all and if they were available/distributed in my area, I would definitely continue to purchase their product. Overall the service really stood out to me.
06-29-2011 21:27:48 |
More by kylehay2004
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The tasting room is at the brewery. It's not very large and there are no seats, but there are a few tables and some table rails. There is only 1 person that takes drink orders and we had to wait in line about 5-10 minutes to order our drinks. They had all their regular stuff available without any special releases. They also had a nice option to buy a glass for $2.50 with your beer. It's a fairly spartan place overall, but it's good to try out all of the Ballast Point brews in a single location.
06-17-2011 00:52:36 |
More by mrkun
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Been meaning to post my review of Ballast Point. Visited with a group of friends as part of a beer brewery tour of our own design. (rented van, DD, etc.) After having visited Alesmith and Hess, this was the next stop.
Thankfully when we were there, they had Victory at Sea on tap, which is one of my favorites of their offerings, (also like Habanero Sculpin and Sea Monster of course) So of course, it was the first taster I ordered.
The tasting room is rather small, about the size of space you would see in a medium sized Subway (restaurant). No chairs, just a few tables. They have whats on tap just above the bar on a chalk board, where they also list the ABV, and IBU's of each beer. Had to seperately for each taster, and they don't do flights either ( at least not when I was there)
Picked up a bottle of fresh Sculpin while I was there too, since they were out of Victory at Sea, also got a T-Shirts for their Three Sheets Rum, since they were also out of T-Shirts of Victory at Sea (obviously it's popular)
Service was friendly, and prompt. It was a bit busy when I was there, but no one had to wait long at all to get a fill either.
Had a brief but good time.
05-06-2011 22:53:25 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I absolutely love this place and regret not being able to go for the past few months. The tasting room in Scripps Ranch isn't huge, but it's big enough to comfortably hold a good amount of people. There aren't any chairs and only a few tables, but I think that they make do with the space they have and it never feels uncomfortable there. The beer selection is usually solid and it seems like every time I'm there, they have something new on tap that is worth a try. They always have the usuals (Big Eye, Black Marlin, Wahoo Wheat, etc.) but it's the specials that make this place worth a visit. I've seen Victory at Sea on a random day in the summer, so you never really know what to expect there.
05-02-2011 22:38:29 |
More by notchucknorris
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
This place was packed when we first got there, but realized shortly after that there was a brewery tour about to begin, so it emptied out once the tour started. Tours are free and they run 3 times a day, which is nice. The place had a great set-up, and with big window fronting was very well lit. There were plenty of displays for the beers and memorabilia they had for sale, as well as ads for their distillery and spirits. There was a tv with the game on, too. Also, they had some of their trophies from the GABF and some Euro competitions. With all this going for the place, the service was a bit of a let down. As I said, the crown died down pretty quick, so it wasn't as if it was really busy. When getting beers the servers were friendly and helpful enough, and even chatted up about different things, but we tried a different beer each time coming up, and had to ask each time up that our glass be rinsed before the next beer was put in. And this wasn't a case of them thinking they were just refills. Each time as we approached they asked what we just had, what we thought, and what we wanted next. I'm sorry, but I don't want to taste the remnants of the Amber in the next glass of IPA...that kind of defeats the purpose. Other than that, I really have no complaints about the place whatsoever. The prices were very reasonable and the beer was decent. All in all a good place to visit in San Diego when taking in the beer experience!
04-09-2011 20:17:52 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Upon walking in I received an exuberant and friendly greeting, which was an excellent start. The customer service continued to wow me even as another woman came in to help serve pints and tasters. The beer is exceptional (especially the Black Marlin Porter and Sea Monster Stout), and the prices on the memorabilia are reasonable, especially for some of the coolest brewery shirts I have ever seen. My girlfriend and I traveled here from Texas to do a tour of San Diego breweries and I have to say that for overall taste, quality, and experience, the Ballast Point at Old Grove was top notch. I'm definitely going back to grab some amazing brew to take back home, where, sadly, Ballast Point beers are non-existent. I can't wait until more people find out about them and they can eventually expand to the size of Stone Brewing Company...hopefully, even bigger.
04-01-2011 18:30:08 |
More by Tomato
Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
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