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Ballast Point Brewing Company
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
10051 Old Grove Road Suite B
phone: (858) 695-2739
In addition to Ballast Point Brewing Company's Old Grove location, they still have brewing operations at their old location in the back of Home Brew Mart. You can get growlers/bottles and do tastings at both locations.
Home Brew Mart / Ballast Point
5401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 406
San Diego, CA 92110
Ballast Point also runs tasting hours at the brewery. Please check their website for details.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a review for the Home Brew Mart location....
You would never really know this is a brewery without actually going in and seeing all the brew house equipment out back.
When out in CA visiting my brother, we make it a must to stop in here for our home brewing supplies. They have an excellent selection of grains and yeast. After the remodel and expansion, this location only got better.
The staff here is more than helpful and very knowledgable with home brewing and obviously their own beers.
They have a small bar with taps that feed directly from the holding tanks. They sell all of their beers from the cooler and will fill growlers here.
03-31-2011 22:49:45 |
More by ccm414
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Like the previous user posted you wouldn't know it's a brewery unless you went in. When I first drove by it looked like an office but once you go in you can see the silos in the back and know you're at the right place. My only complaint is that there are not chairs. There's the bar, a mini gift shop, a to-go fridge with 6 packs and 22's including my favorite "Sea Monster." There are about 4 barrel tables and a TV or 2 so when you're having a beer you have to stand. I guess they were going for the ship feel. I got a pint of the sculpin and a taster of pepper sculpin which was spicy but good. I also got a pint glass and a bottle opener key chain. Prices are good. About $4.75 for a pint and $1.50 for a taster.
A huge group of about 30 people came in for the 5 o'clock tour but I went with a tour of 6 people. On the tour I got the history and how each part of the brewery works. I got to see the hop room and found out how much each bags of hops cost which is a lot. We were then taken in the back of the brewery and told they are expanding into the lot behind them since the people there are leaving which was cool to learn and I'm glad they are expanding. We were then given a history of the distillery and learned how that works. I didn't realize how many spirits they make until now so that was very informative.
03-26-2011 18:02:23 |
More by BigB415
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This review is for the Old Grove location.
It's a small tasting bar, which is nice for a small brewery. They have several wood barrel top tables and some nice ocean themed art on the walls. I can understand not having seating because it is a small tasting room. They always have a good selection of their beers for tasters and you can do individual tastings, or flights. They have a standard beer flight, a special beer flight, or both. You can also get full pints as opposed to the small tasters, if you're so inclined. The service has been top notch every time I've been there. Very friendly bar staff.
(Contrary to this review, a review of the Linda Vista location would not be a good one. Bad service, snooty staff, etc)
02-17-2011 23:15:35 |
More by djaeon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Was out there for my bday on a brewery tour in SD and had the better looking tasting room of the 4 breweries I hit that day. Not only was it nce astetically but there was some coo peeps chillin having a good time having fun brewery hoppin as well. The selection was most of their year round brews plus some rotating tap only brews that I was glad to take a stab at since they don't bottle it. All around the brewpub was quality and the people there qwere pretty nice too. Definitely glad I got the chance to visit them and recommend this spot if your down in SD brewery hopping.
01-24-2011 23:17:04 |
More by Gobzilla
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on Sunday around 1:00pm with my good friend, Justin.
I'm surprised this is listed as a "Beer Bar" on BA. It's a tasting room, nothing more. There are half a dozen small tables, but no chairs. When we were there, the place was absolutely silent: no music, no noise from the TV, no talking from the bartenders. It was a bit awkward. When one of the bartenders eventually spoke up (I believe he was a trainee), he seemed to know very little about craft beer, and couldn't offer us any recommendations on places to go... other than Lost Abbey because they have a hot bartender who works Sundays. Cool brah.
Luckily, the beer was solid. We sampled Dorado Double, Tongue Buckler, Sextant Oatmeal Stout, and Sculpin. They were all very tasty and reasonably priced. The cooler offered most of BP's year-round offerings along with Victory at Sea (which Justin grabbed two of).
All in all, this place kinda sucked. Actually, it did suck - forget the "kinda". This is a decent spot to refill your Ballast Point growler. It's a lousy spot for anything else. If you're considering a visit, reconsider.
01-13-2011 05:23:34 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A-- Pretty small I thought. Couple of tables and some TV's with football on it. Counter with the usual stuff for tourists like me to buy!!
Q-- Quality of the stuff and beer was good. Had Sculpin and BA V@S while there. Also bought a 6 pack of Sculpin to take with me.
S-- Good helpful staff and pretty cool people to have a conversation with. Tasters were a $1 but went for pints of what I wanted.
S-- It was SD beer week so a lot more was available. Just Ballast Point beers.
V-- Good stuff. Plain and simple. Worth hitting for a quick 6 pack or a pint. Not big or anything like that but it works. $15 for a 6 pack of Sculpin is a deal.
11-22-2010 06:51:10 |
More by mulder1010
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
I did a three day brewery, brewpub, beer bar tour of San Diego and Ballast Point was one of my stops.
I made the mistake of thinking that the "beer bar" distinction on BA meant they would have a wide(r) variety of beers than just their standard offerings. The only beer they had that may have been out of the norm was an India Pale Lager.
I sampled a couple of the beers. I think they were $1 a taste. The tasting room was pretty small. No seats but a couple of repurposed barrel end tables to stand at and a nice large screen TV for the NFL game.
A tour was wrapping up and I tried to ask the tour guide about their hop profile and he said he didn't know and really didn't express any interest in chatting with me.
I was informed at my other beer stops that the other Ballast Point location (with the homebrew shop) was where they were more likely to do small, one off pilot batches of experimental brews.
10-18-2010 00:54:10 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I went here on a recent Beer Tour and the Ballast Point brewery was the that we toured and tasted at. It's a really small tasting area with enough room for people to stand, we had about 20 people on our bus and the inside of the place was pretty crowded.
The tour was informative and we got to check out their very small distilling setup. After the tour we were supposed to taste the 5 or so beers that are considered the regular releases. The bartender was cool and let me have pours of any beer that they had up on the board.
I ended up buying a couple bottles of Sculpin at the end of our tastings and the prices for them were in line with what you'd expect at retail.
A nice small brewery that was nice to visit once, but unless i happen to be a local, which im not, or in the immediate area, it's not really a place that you would make a point of going to more than once.
10-11-2010 23:11:41 |
More by tjensen3618
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Enjoyed a Saturday evening stop into the taproom on my last night of vacation. My girlfriend and I were helped by a pleasant guy working the bar, who provided a good explanation of what the beers were and how we could have opportunties to sample them. A bit more on the quality of the service, on my way out I asked if they maybe had an empty six-pack holder somewhere in back for a collection, and the bartender promptly shot back out of sight, returning quickly with an empty cardboard holder. I was very pleased with the service.
The feel of the taproom was nice, with ocean fish-themed decor and artwork on the walls, as well as a TV in the corner for those wishing to take in whatever sporting event may be on at the time. A large glass window behind the bar provided an expansive view of the brewery space in back, which was nice for me since we showed up too late to get a tour.
Overall, a cool little brewery tap room with some tasty beers on tap (I think they at least 10 available when we were there). Stop by if you have a chance.
09-13-2010 17:00:57 |
More by CHSLBrew
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I used to live near here and would go quite often for growler fills. When I first started going I could get a dorado fill for a decent price, then it kept going up and up and up until I substituted dorado for big eye. Not a huge deal but I once had 2 samples and an actual beer and it came out to $9. AT THE BREWERY. I can't justify that. The staff used to be horrible. I went in one day to ask for fathom, which is fantastic, and the girl behind the counter literally rolled her eyes at me and said "Well we're not brewing it right now so we don't have it" F U. Tongue Buckler is awesome as well, but this place goes to show you that sometimes the product is worth more your customers dignity, seeing as how ballast point isn't doing too shabby. Also, the new girl that works behind the counter is way nicer than the old one, but the old one still pulls weight so there you have it.
07-24-2010 02:39:26 |
More by gildobeer
Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
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