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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
10051 Old Grove Road Suite B
phone: (858) 695-2739
In addition to Ballast Point Brewing Company's Old Grove location, they still have brewing operations at their old location in the back of Home Brew Mart. You can get growlers/bottles and do tastings at both locations.
Home Brew Mart / Ballast Point
5401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 406
San Diego, CA 92110
Ballast Point also runs tasting hours at the brewery. Please check their website for details.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Visited the Brewery today and I must say that it was a very nice day had!
My buddy and I first started off with some samplers before the tour began. We drank some rocktoberfest, sexstant, sculpin and piper down... all great beers. I have to say that sculpin is one fine IPA... however I'm a big big fan of dorado.
The atmosphere was pretty cool and the only reason why I give it 5 stars is for the SpeakEasy they have otherwise it would have been 4stars as I kind of expected more "eye candy" on the walls. Local Brewery needs some more local flare! The one thing that sticks out while you visit ballast point is the laid back attitude(unlike some north county folk) Everyone at the brewery was awesome! Shout out to Kaaren, Amber, Yuseff and Jack!
The tour started and there was about 7-9 of us checking out the Brewery. It was a great atmosphere there with Yuseff and Jack. I was blown away with the great delivery and awesome amount of information from Yuseff. That guy really puts on a great tour! Yuseff and Jack didn't shy away from any questions and were really giving the "dirt" of what we can expect from Ballast Point coming soon and into the future! Most of us know about beer and the process to brew such awesomeness... but the one thing that is interesting for us out west especially is Distilling of Spirits... We don't get to tour as easily the big time distillers like Jack Daniels for instance like people on the east coast. So to see this and the process it takes was pretty cool! One thing is for certain, Yuseff takes great pride in making very "tasty" Spirits. The art of making a good cocktail is making its was back from the prohibition and speak easy days. I saw Ballast Point really becoming a top notch Distiller in the near future during the tour today. Gin, Rum and Whiskey is what you can expect from Ballast Point Spirits.
All in all the trip to the brewery today was a blast and anybody in San Diego that is waiting to go... Get to the Point!
11-13-2009 04:22:54 |
More by ryannaman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Upon walking in I received an exuberant and friendly greeting, which was an excellent start. The customer service continued to wow me even as another woman came in to help serve pints and tasters. The beer is exceptional (especially the Black Marlin Porter and Sea Monster Stout), and the prices on the memorabilia are reasonable, especially for some of the coolest brewery shirts I have ever seen. My girlfriend and I traveled here from Texas to do a tour of San Diego breweries and I have to say that for overall taste, quality, and experience, the Ballast Point at Old Grove was top notch. I'm definitely going back to grab some amazing brew to take back home, where, sadly, Ballast Point beers are non-existent. I can't wait until more people find out about them and they can eventually expand to the size of Stone Brewing Company...hopefully, even bigger.
04-01-2011 18:30:08 |
More by Tomato
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Visited the Home Brew Mart on 9/3 during a trip to SD. Was surprised to find a homebrew shop AND a brewery within the same walls. Pretty cool. I browsed through the shop and was impressed with the specialty grain setup, but I was really there for the beer.
The tasting section was small yet acquainting. The locals were friendly, the service was impeccable, and the beers were darn tasty! Having tried very little of BP's beers before I was quite pleased to see all their flagship offerings and large number of one-offs.
I didn't buy anything homebrew related except for some spent grain doggy treats. Besides that, after a half dozen tasters which my wife paid for, 4 bombers cost only $20. A bargain in my opinion.
An excellent setup. I really wish someone out on the East Coast did something similar yet oh so good as BP does it.
09-14-2011 13:30:20 |
More by jwhancher
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This review is for Old Grove Scripps!
A - Small rectangular operation. Usually two tenders, knowledgeable, cool, and social. Cool, social people stacked into a a small place, some can be into only there group of people that don't want to talk much but thats only 50% of the people. Cool tables, cool fish floatin about, cool glass area of BP merch. Good HD tv with usually sports flowin', good overall place.
Q - Beer is great here, everything is really fresh and done right... you get the freshness of a brewery right to your face. They usually have 3 special editions of there styles or a new style not released in bottle form. Costco SD Pretzels are good too!
S - Fast, efficient, and know what there in for. Don't doubt they will handle business and have a great time too! Great for a medium of both fun and business. Good pretzels but keep them flowin' please, thanks.
S - Great, all of the regs with usually 3 specialty brews on tap, some time some super octane special stuff in store.
F - No food sorry.
V - Good place for the reg brews, other specialty brews get a little pricey here and there, but worth it if you like the beer style. They need more Dorado DIPA though. Pints served here... not lame taster only status like HBM BP.
08-31-2011 02:56:05 |
More by SDtastentune
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great brewery tour. At the brewery you get a selection of barrel aged beers not available in bottles. Informative, fun, and educational. And can't beat the laid back environament of a brewery in San Diego surrounded by trees in an industrial complex. Get your growlers filled here. Top notch all way round, Would definitely visit and tour again. And would be a regular if a local.
04-19-2013 02:58:16 |
More by CasanovaCummins
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
My journey to its production facility and tasting room was truly well met. Starting the morning off right, I stayed with the darker samples ranging from the Sextant, Sea Monster, to the Black Steamboat. This was followed by a cask edition of the Black Marlin Porter with vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, and hints of tart cherries side by side with the regularly made Black Marlin. Both were excellent with the cask tasting a bit like dessert. The last sample was the Schooner dry hopped ale which is what I ultimately took home in a growler. All in all, the samples that I had here were all amazing, especially for darker beer lovers.
That isn’t to say, though, that their abilities don’t extend the full range of styles popularly found in most West Coast Breweries. With both year round and seasonal beers available, any beer drinker would be hard pressed not to find something that appealed to their tastes directly.
Further pertaining to the actual site, the ambiance was truly appropriate with production facilities visible behind the bar. Fellow consumers and bartenders alike made this place special after, of course, the beer. Everyone was passionate and well versed regarding the beer and made the experience fun and enjoyable. I can't wait to go back.
08-19-2013 18:09:29 |
More by GraduatedCashew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Unfortunately I didn't get to do a tour, but I did visit Ballast Point's tap room here. It was probably the wrong time of day (afternoon) but it seemed more vacant than I expected. The servers seemed more knowledgeable than others I have talked to in other breweries and the Ballast Point quality was definitely there... I just wished I had a chance to try some of their off seasonal offerings. Definitely worth a visit to a beer tourist, just make sure to not forget to take a tour like I did.
03-15-2013 21:18:05 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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: 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
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