United States > California > San Diego
badlizard (141) Berkeley , California | June 6, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
Snojerk321 (54) San Diego, California | October 11, 2006| Updated April 17, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
marcus (180) Sacramento, California | July 30, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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.
BŁckDich (215) McCall, Idaho | April 13, 2006
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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.
bindpmc (15) San Diego, California | March 25, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
cbkschubert (44) BFE, Arizona | March 19, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
FoolishMortal (8) San Diego, California | March 4, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
SDbruboy (8) San Diego, California | August 4, 2005
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
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.
21iceman40 (19) Grafton, Wisconsin | June 13, 2005
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
DYCSoccer17 (314) 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.
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