Ballast Point Brewing Company | San Diego, California
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
Excellent based on 64 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: Travlr (3) | Taps: samples | Bottles: yes


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Beer Available At Ballast Point Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Ballast Point / Coedo East to West IPA 93, Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA 99, Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale 98, Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale - Rum Barrel Aged , Ballast Point Indra Kunindra 94, Ballast Point Longfin Lager 41, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 99, Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager 94, Ballast Point R&D Sanddab , Ballast Point Longfin Lager - Lemon Lime Zest , Ballast Point Even Keel 93, Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged 96
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64 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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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1503) 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 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1049) 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.
70
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee  (522) Toronto, ON, Ontario | October 29, 2008
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.
76
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
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.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad  (451) 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.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
daknole  (434) Scottsdale, Arizona | November 6, 2011
Superb! Ryan was an amazing host. Tap selection was awesome. Great place to visit.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk  (382) GŲteborg, Sweden | October 26, 2014
Visited early on a weekday, not very busy. More or less a homebrew-shop with a tasting room in the back corner. Beers from Ballast Point of course, nice range of regular and more rare beers. Some of them really good. Not your typical tasting room but definately worth a visit.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus  (334) Las Cruces, New Mexico | July 20, 2011
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!
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17  (319) Woodland, California | April 9, 2005
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.
68
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321  (319) Hoboken, New Jersey | January 18, 2010
Visited this place a little over a week ago. It is both a brewery and a home brewing store, which would probably be of more interest to me if I was a local instead of visiting. Anyway, they had a bunch of stuff on tap to try, nothing super special on my trip. I believe I missed a barrel aged version of something on my trip by a couple of days. Otherwise, selection was solid. Not too impressed by the staff, they seemed unhappy to be there, and a little disinterested. Anyway, donít go for the ambiance or the service, but the beer is good.

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