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Beer Available At Ballast Point Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA - Grapefruit 98, 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 88, Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Rum Raisin and Cinnamon , Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Chipotle, Cocoa Nibs and Orange Peel 46
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t0rin0 (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 12, 2013| Updated December 15, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
brokensail (811) Orange County, California | August 3, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
The place itself is boring at best being a homebrew shop in a strip mall, but the beer selection is as great as the beers themselves. I wouldnít score this very high because of the ambiance, but the Ballast Point brews are so hard to get, even in SD County, that this taproom becomes a must visit even if it is rather difficult to enjoy oneself in a store.
JoeMcPhee (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | October 29, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
HomeBrew Mart with WeeHeavySD. Sort of a typical (but well-stocked) homebrew supply shop but in the back there is a little passthrough window where you can sample the wares. Tastes are pretty damn cheap... and they arenít terribly stingy with the samples either. They have a lot of special batches that arenít ever released commercially or that are draught only at this location. Growler prices seem pretty fair as well. I quite enjoyed this spot.
BrewDad (432) Olympia, Washington | May 8, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
daknole (388) Scottsdale, Arizona | November 6, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Superb! Ryan was an amazing host. Tap selection was awesome. Great place to visit.
Terminus (333) Las Cruces, New Mexico | July 20, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
a great little place half homebrew half taphouse for the brewery. They had a ton of beers that are not bottled and are very limited in production. I was so glad to sample them. The service was fantastic and met some cool people in there. A definate must for fans of this brewery!
nbutler11 (316) Phoenix, Arizona | March 28, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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 :)
DYCSoccer17 (300) Woodland, California | April 9, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I walked into this place and it was loaded with homebrew stuff in the front. In the back were about 8 beers on tap with one on cask. The staff was very helpful. They had an Imperial Stout and Barleywine on as well. The guy in the back even snuck me a sample of someoneís homebrew. Worth a trip, especially if youre a homebrewer.
illinismitty (279) Nashville, Tennessee | September 18, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Stopped in during RBSG. This is located in a business office park and can be easy to miss. They have small, but clean and simple tasting room with most of their offerings available for sample or purchase. Brewery tour is short, and pretty much like any brewery tour- tanks, fermenters, and the brewer/owner discussing the beers. Ballast Point is a great brewery, and I think they get overshadowed by the hype surrounding Alesmith and Port. Definitely swing by if you are in the neighborhood. I enjoyed every beer I tried.
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