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Home Brew Mart
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Homebrew Store ]
5401 Linda Vista Rd
phone: (619) 295-2337
There is a Ballast Point tasting bar and growler fill station in the back.
(Place added by: xlperro)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been going to Home Brew Mart for years and was just there a few days ago. They've recently completed a significant renovation and the place is much nicer now. Before the renovation, it was cramped and difficult to find some items. Now they seem to have at least double the space and have organized it well.
The grains are now contained within bulk-food-style gravity fed bins. Just put your container underneath and open the door on the bottom. The only downside is that the process of weighing you grain is still a little klunky. With these new containers, if you overshoot your grain and need to return some to the bin, it's going to be a bit problematic.
The equipment is now displayed on spacious shelves and the new organization makes things relatively easy to find. The counter for checking out and paying is also much, much larger which is convenient.
One demerit come from the fact that they couldn't mill the 16 lbs. of grain that I was buying because the brew house was in use. I had to use the hand-operated mill which only takes about a pound at a time. I heard a rumor that they're going to be dedicating a mill for the store so hopefully that happens soon.
The hops and yeast are contained within large refrigerator cases. There was some reorganization there too and it seems like things are easier to find.
The service at HBM has never been exceptional. The staff will point you to what you're looking for but rarely go above and beyond.
The tasting bar (Ballast Point) is in the same place but has been rebuilt and now has more room and looks a lot better.
01-15-2010 19:20:43 |
More by ferb99
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is the only place I've gone to buy homebrew supplies, and therefore can't compare it to anything, but I can give you my impressions of the establishment.
Their service seems hit or miss. There have been times that they've lead me down the right path, but other times they've flat out given incorrect information. For instance, once when I was looking for ingridients for a Brown Ale. I told them that I was extract brewing, so they told me to use Victory Malts. I am somewhat new to homebrewing and took their advice. Turns out you have to mash Victory!
Now, I can't hold that against them, because when perusing for things for a Saison they gave me some really great information, and that beer came out pretty great!
They're in the process of renovating still, even though by now they're almost done (or so it seems). A lot of what used to be very cramped is really opening up.
Are they perfect? No, but they're still pretty damn good!
12-06-2009 19:28:08 |
More by radshoesbro
quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place was okay at best. The service was a bit spotty, I got the impression they wanted my money but my presence was a bit of an inconvenience to them.
In their favor, they have a great selection of grains and hops, and all the gadgets you could need. It is also a bit pricey.
I came for some ingredients but I left without buying anything because of the shape their store was in. There was a layer of dust over EVERYTHING. I understand that the ingredients are sealed, but the place was just plain dirty. I was really put off that they couldn't keep a small store like that clean.
By comparison, Hydrobrew in Oceanside is cheaper, cleaner, and has way better service.
I'm not going back.
08-19-2009 18:29:28 |
More by jorgey454
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I went here a few days ago to try and browse their selection in person so that I could see what my home brew urges may lead me to spend. Their building looks a little cluttered and under construction, but they do have several home brew sets that were all cool. I was shown a few sets after asking for a hand, and while they took their time to help me, they did a nice job, but left often to ring people up. Can't fault them for that, but they did know their stock.
There were two really cool things about this shop. First, they had tons of hops, in many forms including plug as well as pellet, and malts, grains, yeast, and all you really would need to start up a brew. I was really impressed by that, but unfortunately they were out of kettles, which I do need, and kept them from being a 5. Still really cool.
The second cool part was the taps of Ballast Point. They had all of their standards, but also had some rotating taps for some, and from time to time they have Sculpin, Victory at Sea, Dorado Double IPA, and the occasional barreling as well. It's pretty darn cool. All in all, definitely worth checking out and I'll buy from there when I do decide to purchase a set.
08-06-2009 01:11:21 |
More by nomomentwasted
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is the shit. First place i got my start up stuff.
Doug is the guy to see there, he knows his stuff and can help you out with any set up that you have or desire.
Big plus is that you can enjoy some tasty brews while you shop around. and it's in a pretty convenient location of linda vista.
I think the grain selection is rather decent, though I have only frequented another home brew store that was comparable in culver city.
You can get absolutely everything you need here and a decent buzz to boot! I think tasters are around 2 bucks for a 5 oz or cheaper. well worth it if you are shopping around ne ways. They also have good deals on growlers with rotating taps of ballast point brews. The sculpin and el dorado are my favs.
07-10-2009 04:56:03 |
More by Newmerator
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I feel like the customer service is hit or miss. No one is amazing, but some can be friendly and answer your questions. Others seem to be annoyed by questions, and have almost a snobbish attitude. I have been there numerous times and the majority of the time I leave with an unsatisfied feeling. Their prices are very high. I find it worth while to shop online for brewing equipment/ingredients, especially since there are no other options in SD. I get better help and I save $$ even with shipping cost.
Edited on 06-17-2011 (previous review on 06-02-2009, score: (no atmosphere rating), 3.5, 2.5, 3.5, n/a, $$$$)
I have been meaning to do this for a while since the renovated their space.
With the larger space, this is a nice place. More options, plenty of room. It would be nice if they get another scale. The workers seem a lot nicer and more helpful. Their prices are still very high. I can still get a little bit of a better deal if I shop online, but I don't do that as much anymore. I also like how you can buy a gift card for the domestic 2-row, and get a discount as if you bought a 55 lb sack at once.
06-02-2009 19:02:02 |
More by nanobrew
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a great place for homebrew supplies. The guys who work there are friendly and knowledgeable. And their selection of products to choose from is great too. They have never not had what i needed.
I have heard of another brew shop somewhere up north, but ive always come here since its conveniently located in linda vista just outside of mission valley.
This little hole in the wall has everything you could want in a home brew shop; cool people, cool environment, great supplies, and did i mention that ballast point has a little tasting area set up in the back of the shop?
05-29-2009 23:24:20 |
More by quinlin
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The only place I go in the county for Home Brew Supplies. These guys are incredibly helpful. They walked me through my first home brew and I keep learning with every batch. All the hardware you can think of (except for later tuns, unfortunately) - they even created a blow off tube and stopper on the spot. An amazing array of hops, yeasts (including White Labs), barley and other tasty ingredients.
Doesn't hurt that you can sample all of the Ballast Point currents at the back of the store, including growlers. This is my only small disappointment in service, however. When there is a large crowd sampling, it's hard to get help in the front end. However, this is a small price to pay for all the goodies you can experience there.
06-29-2008 18:36:07 |
More by srandycarter
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the first, and only, homebrew shop I have ever been to, so it's hard to make comparisons. Regardless, the store had a nice open atmosphere even though racks of supplies and ingredients were everywhere (not too cramped). I went to pick up my first homebrewing kit in January, and the service was excellent. One of the guys guided me through the pro's and con's of each kit and readily answered all my questions. They were even available via phone when I had questions during my first brewing session (Pale Ale kit), very cool. There seemed to be a large selection of brewing supplies here, for the novice to the advanced homebrewer. Bonus points for the Ballast Point tasting session in the back, I definitely had a few tasters while picking out my gear. From what I've heard, this is *the* place for homebrewing in San Diego, and I am looking forward to going back to pick up ingredients for my second batch of beer!
05-12-2008 00:50:03 |
More by Stoneman78
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Probably the best homebrew store I am ever been to, certainly the only place I ever seen White Labs yeast available, cool atomsphere with genuine employees, it did not smell nearly as strong as the other ones and was much cleaner, not to mention you can get growler fills of Ballast Point beers there, had four tasters while I was there, walked up to this little window with a wooden bar and a guy filled my glass within thirty seconds, no complaint there, they had some nice stuff available, most of the offerings were not bottled so it was fun to try some new stuff, I got a peice of paper and reviewed some brews right then and there too, including Sextant Oatmeal Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Marlin Porter, Fathom India Pale Lager, and Dorado Double IPA, growler fills ranged from eight to sixteen dollars depending on the scarcity of the beer, had some cool magazines to check out while drinking, and saw some barrels at stuff in the back where they do some brewing, great experience and will definitely go back now that I know it is less than two blocks from University of San Diego where I have several friends who go to school, glad I stopped here yesterday
04-03-2008 00:22:26 |
More by Floydster
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