Great brewery with an amazingly helpful staff. Every time I go in Iím surprised with their robust selection of seasonals. If you canít find a beer you like from these guys there is something wrong with you! Try the Sculpin IPA when its in, AMAZING!
What a tap line up. They have no bar stools but they have a knowledgeable server to come up and pour you what you want. This is not a brewpub but is an excellent place to go to try a superior line up of good beers. If you go to San Diego and donít go here you have not treated yourself right. Canít say enough about the friendly staff and damn good beers.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.