Ballast Point - Home Brew Mart

5401 Linda Vista Rd, Ste 406
San Diego, California United States 92110
Mon - Fri 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Sat 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mayor: BuckeyeBoy (3) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: yes
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 12, 2013| Updated December 15, 2013
Visited December 8, 2013.

Finally got to the old Homebrew Mart location. I’m 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. It’s mostly just a homebrew store. They won’t 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 don’t have to commit a pint and don’t 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 I’ve been to. I didn’t however talk to any of the employees about brewing so I really don’t 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).

Can’t say I’ll 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1362) Dublin, 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2  (1020) Escondido, California | May 18, 2016
This Ballast Point location offers a fair number of house beers and doubles as a small homebrew shop. I could not find the equipment here I need nor the water salts, so I left nearly empty handed, save the one connector piece in stock. It was fairly crowded in the bar area as is typical in San Diego, but the bar tenders were efficiently serving their beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
rlgk  (613) Göteborg, 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee  (536) 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 aren’t terribly stingy with the samples either. They have a lot of special batches that aren’t ever released commercially or that are draught only at this location. Growler prices seem pretty fair as well. I quite enjoyed this spot.
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  • 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 wouldn’t 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
ben4321  (482) 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, don’t go for the ambiance or the service, but the beer is good.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad  (464) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
daknole  (464) Scottsdale, Arizona | November 6, 2011
Superb! Ryan was an amazing host. Tap selection was awesome. Great place to visit.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77  (430) Reno, Nevada | April 1, 2015
home brew mart. relaxed vibe which is cool, kinda ugly otherwise. but i’m here for the company and beer, both of which are usually top notch.

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