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Home Brew Mart
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Homebrew Store ]
5401 Linda Vista Rd
phone: (619) 295-2337
There is a Ballast Point tasting bar and growler fill station in the back.
(Place added by: xlperro)
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quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
As a few others have mentioned here, there seems to be some sort of... I don't know if the word is arrogance here but my experience was not as good here as visiting the Ballast Point brewery. I thought it would be nice to see where the San Diego craft beer scene started... maybe they expected me to spend a bunch on homebrew equipment. I did buy a few pints, picked up a bottle, and headed off. Don't get me wrong, not all the people here were unpleasant but let's just say I won't be going back here again and leave it at that.
03-15-2013 21:31:36 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
Home Brew Mart seems to have everything you would need to start home-brewing, at fair prices. I haven't actually started home-brewing yet, but I'm interested to try in the future, and I'll definitely come here for supplies. That is, unless I find somewhere with better service and friendlier employees.
Every time I've gone in, it's been for Ballast Point growler fills or bottles. Every time I've gone in, I've gotten a holier than thou, can't be bothered to help you attitude from all employees I interacted with.
So, in summary, I will never go here again for Ballast Point products. I'll trek up to the Old Grove location instead. However, despite the bad service, when I do get into home-brewing, I'll give them another chance.
02-23-2011 23:47:51 |
More by djaeon
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is the only place I've gone to buy homebrew supplies, and therefore can't compare it to anything, but I can give you my impressions of the establishment.
Their service seems hit or miss. There have been times that they've lead me down the right path, but other times they've flat out given incorrect information. For instance, once when I was looking for ingridients for a Brown Ale. I told them that I was extract brewing, so they told me to use Victory Malts. I am somewhat new to homebrewing and took their advice. Turns out you have to mash Victory!
Now, I can't hold that against them, because when perusing for things for a Saison they gave me some really great information, and that beer came out pretty great!
They're in the process of renovating still, even though by now they're almost done (or so it seems). A lot of what used to be very cramped is really opening up.
Are they perfect? No, but they're still pretty damn good!
12-06-2009 19:28:08 |
More by radshoesbro
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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, $$$$)
I have been meaning to do this for a while since the renovated their space.
With the larger space, this is a nice place. More options, plenty of room. It would be nice if they get another scale. The workers seem a lot nicer and more helpful. Their prices are still very high. I can still get a little bit of a better deal if I shop online, but I don't do that as much anymore. I also like how you can buy a gift card for the domestic 2-row, and get a discount as if you bought a 55 lb sack at once.
06-02-2009 19:02:02 |
More by nanobrew
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I really liked this store. I am thinking about getting to brewing and this place seems to have everything that I need, including: books, basic brewing kits and all of the ingredients for custom brewing recipes.
The people are very friendly and helpful, plus there is that great taster bar at the back of the store. They have tastes, and will sell you and refill your growler. They have the ballast point beers on tap, and other microbrews and craft beers.
Overall I think it's a pretty good place. I will purchase my brewing kit and supplies from this store.
11-23-2006 09:25:56 |
More by MisterRed
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in for the tasting room but also browsed the homebrew section while there.
The selection of things and prices of homebrew equipment were on-par with the best stores I have been to in MA. Everything was organized well and the store was not messy like many homebrew stores turn out to be.
The tasting and growler station was nice. $1 for a good size sample and a nice selection of Ballast Point regulars and one-offs. I tried some things I have never heard of, a few barrel-aged offerings as well. The employees were nice to me and informative about the brewery.
Definitely worth a stop if you want to try the Ballast Point beers or fill a growler. The homebrew section looked very nice as well.
12-02-2011 18:40:14 |
More by cbutova
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here mostly for the Ballast Point tasting room, but the home brew store is actually quite impressive (which I suppose shouldn't be surprising).
Pretty much all the equipment and ingredients you need for homebrewing along with Ballast Point bottles, growlers, and tasters. They also have a nice selection of merch, glassware, and other Ballast Point wares (like their Bloody Mary mix, for instance).
Pretty cool little place, though the tasting area can be a bit cramped as the bar is not very large. The prices are decent and the service is pretty good.
08-29-2011 15:20:40 |
More by womencantsail
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I'm a big fan of the Home Brew Mart at Ballast Point Brewery. This place is almost a one stop shop for your brew day. I got my starter kit here, and usually get my ingredients here as well. Their ingredients are fresh and stored well.
I would say the service can be questionable depending who you talk to. Some of the workers are amazing and offer up tons of advice while others barely give you a yes or no.
I must say having a taster bar at the back is a big plus, they usually have some interesting brews that definitely never get bottled.
Overall, great place but can be a little expensive depending what you're looking at. Ingredients are fairly standard prices, but the original kit I bought was a little pricey. That's alright though, they're convenient and I'll be back.
04-25-2007 18:32:13 |
More by kleffman
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