Ballast Point Brewing Company | San Diego, California
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
Excellent based on 65 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: japi (3) | Taps: samples | Bottles: yes


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Beer Available At Ballast Point Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Ballast Point Fathom IPL - Cherry Bomb , Ballast Point Sour Wench - Strawberry , Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Pumpkin , Ballast Point Longfin Lager - Margarita , Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA 99, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 100, Ballast Point Calm Before The Storm 74, Ballast Point Victory at Sea 100, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 99, Ballast Point / Coedo East to West IPA 93, Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale 98, Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale - Rum Barrel Aged , Ballast Point Indra Kunindra 94, Ballast Point Longfin Lager 42, 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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65 reviews for Ballast Point Brewing Company
 Ambiance  65%
 Service  79%
 Selection  79%
 Food N/A 
 Value  79%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  88%
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78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag  (15) San Francisco, California | November 7, 2007
I used to stop here on the way to class at USD and sample up before I had to listen to some boring lecture... I love the place, you will too if you homebrew. This is coupled with HomeBrew Mart and has everything you need. In the back is a nice tasting bar - only Ballast Point offerings - with some rare brews from time to time.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel  (83) Encinitas, California | August 2, 2007
Great 11-tap tasting bar in home brew shop. Itís great to talk about brewing beer, while sampling. Needless to say very knowledgable staff about beer in general. Specialty brews regularly on tap. 4oz samplers for $1 each. Grains are supposed to be the cheapest around, because of the brewery buying bulk. A little difficult to find.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard  (141) Berkeley , California | June 6, 2007
Great little tasting bar at the back of Home Brew Mart. They had 11 beers on tap. Itís definately worth dropping by to taste the specialty beers you wonít find anywhere else. I picked up a growler and will be back again.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321  (54) San Diego, California | October 11, 2006| Updated April 17, 2009
A pretty cool place....a lot more beers on tap than I was expecting. Some home brews as well. Reminded me of an old bait and tackle shop.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
marcus  (183) Sacramento, California | July 30, 2006
While visiting AleSmith, I met a fellow beer enthusiast who was kind enough to lead me over to the Ballast Point brewery, which was nearby but quite difficult to find. I had 4 oz samplers of each of the 6 beers on tap, which ranged from average to very good in quality. The staff are very friendly and will patiently describe each of the beers. There is an adequate drinking area with nice tables and chairs. Worth visiting if you are in the area.
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.

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