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


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Beer Available At Ballast Point Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 99, Ballast Point R&D Sanddab , Ballast Point Longfin Lager - Lemon Lime Zest , Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale 98, Ballast Point Even Keel 92, Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager 97, Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged 97, Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat - Thai Ginger, Chili and Lime 88, Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Habanero , Ballast Point R&D Close Reach Bacon JalapeŮo IPA , Ballast Point R&D 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 R&D I Just Trubíed My Schwartz , Ballast Point Re-Cy-PA , Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 100
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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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90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
BŁckDich  (215) McCall, Idaho | April 13, 2006
A bit tough for me to find at first because I only knew the street at a general area to find them, but the store was easy enough to find. Homebrew mart right next to Ballast Point. You can only go through 1 door though, or maybe I got there too late. Anyways, nice selection of homebrew stuff. Awesome bulk-type selection of most malts where you can just scoop what you want. Lots of yeast and hops, equipment, spices, extracts. Lovely! I wish I had a homebrew shop like this here. The best part is that at the back of the shop thereís a mini-bar where you can get tasters of all of the ballast point standard beers, some of their seasonals, plus some of their homebrew recipes that you can snag the recipe (and ingredients) for. Very nice folk, talkative and interested in what you have you say. Iíd come back.
76
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
bindpmc  (15) San Diego, California | March 25, 2006
These guys are great. Theyíve been incredibly helpful to me in my homebrewing adventures (and misadventures). Very knowledgeable, but not as condescending as I have found some brew supply people to be, even though I consider myself an intermediate and not a novice. I know of no other brewing supply location in the SD area with as extensive a supply of malts, hops, and yeasts, including the complete line of White Labs liquid yeasts, which rock. The tasting window into the brewery is merely an added bonus when Iím shopping for supplies, but I always find myself knuckling down with some other enthusiast who stopped by to try a few tasters. Ballast Point either has already moved their main brewing operation to a larger facility, or are about to, I donít remember, but they will continue to make some of their batches at this, the original location. Oddly enough, Iím not crazy about BP brews except for the Dorado 2x IPA, but the staff sure come up with some creative and even innovative homebrews that they rotate frequently into the tasting offerings. Worth a stop if in the area, but an absolutely essential place to go if you are a San Diego homebrewer. Ratings reflect the homebrew store experience as well as the brew tasting counter.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert  (44) BFE, Arizona | March 19, 2006
Neat place. About 10 beers on tap to try. Friendly staff. Good tasting beer. Had 5 beers in bottles (22 oz.) to purchase. The home brew store was well stocked with reasonable prices. A must visit when in SD.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal  (8) San Diego, California | March 4, 2006
My local HBS. Tiny experimental brewing facility with tasting bar and growler fills of the regular line up. Service is excellent, both with the beer and the homebrew supply. Selection is good and the quality is above average at the lowest.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy  (8) San Diego, California | August 4, 2005
This is a small brewery with a homebrew shop attached and a tasting bar in the back. Itís fun to go and hang out at the tasting bar to sample the Ballast Point standard brews along with frequent seasonals, specialities and homebrews as well. There are generally at least 6 beers to choose from and sometimes as many as 9. The staff are knowledgable about beer and brewing and usually quite willing to chat. No food and sometimes I get left at the bar or register for a short time waiting for someone, but overall itís a great place and highly recommended as a brew tour stop.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40  (19) vienna, West Virginia | June 13, 2005
Iíve always dug this place, you can hit up some samples of their finest beers, beers i havent found anywhere else too. Fill a growler, get a keg, you can do it there. The big plus is that its a homebrew shop, an excellent one at that. I always dug a trip to BP. THere is a killer mexican place in the same strip mall, el cotixon. Killer breakfast burritos, killer i say.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17  (300) 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.
64
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale  (129) Astoria, New York | March 21, 2004| Updated August 16, 2004
The only knock I have on these guys is they donít bottle enough of their better beers. Mostly a homebrew supply place.
48
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 9/20
DaSilky1  (66) San Diego, California | January 13, 2004
The HomeBrew Mart is legit...tasters from Ballast point & most everything you need to brew beer...the help is cool most of the time...and i have no probs
54
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
jeffc666  (93) Fairfax, Virginia | January 12, 2004
Ballast Point is an interesting hybrid homebrew shop/brewery. If you are a home brewer it looks like they carry everything you need, if you just like good beer, the beer tasting station in the back is a great place to sample the Ballast point brews. They also have interesting rare brews available for growler fills or tasting. You can also buy all of their regular bottled brews here.

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