Ballast Point Brewing Company | San Diego, California
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
Excellent based on 60 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

5401 Linda Vista Rd, Ste 406
San Diego, California United States 92110 [ print map ]
619 298 2337

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Hours: Mon-Fri 11am7pm; Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-5pm


Mayor: danielecamo (3) | Taps: samples | Bottles: yes


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Beer Available At Ballast Point Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat - Thai Ginger, Chili and Lime 87, Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Habanero , Ballast Point Close Reach Bacon JalapeŮo IPA , Ballast Point Mercy Springs Road , Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout 98, Ballast Point bOOb Check Ale 57, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA - Burning Bush Peppers and Wai-iti Hops , Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale 98, Ballast Point Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged 96, Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale 84, Ballast Point I Just Trubíed My Schwartz , Ballast Point Re-Cy-PA , Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 100, Ballast Point Homework Series Batch #2 - Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale 86, Ballast Point Brother Levonian Saison 71, Ballast Point Victory at Candy Cane Cove 93, Ballast Point Smoke Screen Helles 87, Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Rum Raisin and Cinnamon , Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Chipotle, Cocoa Nibs and Orange Peel 46, Ballast Point Oktoberfest 70
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60 reviews for Ballast Point Brewing Company
 Ambiance  65%
 Service  79%
 Selection  78%
 Food N/A 
 Value  79%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  88%
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80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun  (47) Santa Monica, California | April 17, 2014
Awesome brewery, amazing beer, gets very crowded but definitely worth it to go there for their beers.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1265) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 12, 2013| Updated December 15, 2013
Visited December 8, 2013.

Finally got to the old Homebrew Mart location. Iím not sure why I was expecting something different but I was a little surprised by the tasters only thing as well as just how small and insignificant the Ballast Point portion of this place is. Itís mostly just a homebrew store. They wonít sell full glasses but rather just little taster glasses and you can only get up to one of each. The tasters are nice since you donít have to commit a pint and donít have to feel bad about asking for a taster but this is definitely NOT a bar or tasting room. We only tried the bOOb Check and some dry hopped variation of Dorado. I also took two bottles of the Homework Series #2 home (Belgian DIPA) which turned out to be quite good. I also bought a book on mead making authored by Ken Schram. Looking forward to reading that. As a homebrew shop this place is only alright. They have less equipment and less ingredients than most homebrew shops that Iíve been to. I didnít however talk to any of the employees about brewing so I really donít know how helpful they could be to a homebrewer. Prices on the books were considerably higher than at the source (like the IPA book by Mitch Steele of Stone for example).

Canít say Iíll be a regular here as I have plenty of other homebrew shops closer to home and I can get all the beers at the other two locations.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Lagunitasfan  (66) San Diego, California | July 19, 2013
Not the typical tasting room, by any standard. A little bar tucked into the back of the Homebrew Mart. However, this is some of the best brew in town. Not a date place. Not a hang out. Come get some tasters, get your growler filled, and get out.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
abcwade  (1) santee, California | May 3, 2013
Been to the Scripps Ranch location quite a few times...Great nautical/fish paintings, very friendly and helpful service. Lots of unique beer selections available in addition to their regulars. Beer tours are fun and informative. I wish they had a restaurant instead or in addition to the food trucks.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
FuzzyMaz3  (3) Laguna Niguel, California | April 30, 2013
Very surprised that all of their beers are drinkable and taste awesome, regardless of a newbie palette or if youíve been around the block
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu  (81) Florida | March 31, 2013
This place is on Old Grove Road in an office/professional park. Itís a brewery that has makeshifted itís unused space into a tasting area. Complete with a long bar, a few tables strewn around, and some window seal and wall mounted surfaces on which to sit your beer. Thereís an outdoor seating area, complete with four tops and umbrellas. It was a busy evening. Some of the work crowd leaving the office the last time for the week (it was Friday evening). The service is pretty attentive given the size of the crowd. Itís a walk-up-to-the-bar-and-order system. While they would answer questions about beers, they seemed canned and rushed. I wonít knock them too badly for that. They were busy after all. Quite a few offerings on tap. Some quite interesting to include the Indra Kunindra (curry stout) and a habanero ale. Flights are available making it possible for a person to taste several different beers. Thereís a pretty good vibe in this place all in all. I gave this place 3.5 on service just because other places in San Diego were more friendly and accommodating. Itís almost unfair for me to compare them, however, because none of these other places were nearly as busy. The atmosphere could be spruced up a little to help distinguish the tasting area from the brewery. The outdoor seating helps.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (800) Orange County, California | August 3, 2012
Really close to USD. The place is mostly a homebrew store, but there is a nice tasting bar in the back. The usual Ballast Point suspects along with a handful of seasonal and one-off/rotational beers on tap.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad  (426) Olympia, Washington | May 8, 2012
Terrific atmosphere - Great service and very tasty taps to draw from. Love this place They give a great tour and the tasters where very good. A must stop.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11  (316) Phoenix, Arizona | March 28, 2012
I always drop by for their beer when Iím in the area. Fun space that is always packed, but offers a couple variations on their bottled line of beers. Being down the road from AleSmith is a huge bonus for those driving around SD on beer tours :)
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee  (182) down the whirlpool, California | February 13, 2012
Really chill taster/growler bar inside of an amazing homebrew shop. Lots of cool special BP beers and very friendly and knowledgeable service.

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