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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.