After a disappointment at the Modern Times (a different story) I wanted to buy some really tasty beers to go. Ballast Point Home Brew Mart was in the neighborhood. Decent selection of their brews in bottles (all in cold and sold as singles) and some interesting ones on taps. I couldn't focus on the tap ones this time.
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.
Remodel with taproom off to the right with decent sitting. Homebrew shop while you entered, added bonus. I bought some hops after drinking great R&D and core brews. The R&D brews are worth the wait in Line. Peanut butter porter was fantastic with a Berliner Weiesse also. Close to NHC in SD down the street by tram. Wonderful taproom and Homebrew store.
C’est un homebrew shop assez complet avec des grains en vrac et une bonne sélection de livres à propos. Au fond se cache un comptoir à dégustation avec quelques raretés en plus de leur lineup régulier. Le fameux homebrew shop qui a vu naître la brasserie et les premiers élans de White Labs est sympathique mais situé dans un mall sans saveur. Ça vaut la peine d’y aller une fois!
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.
Awesome brewery, amazing beer, gets very crowded but definitely worth it to go there for their beers.
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.
Not the typical tasting room, by any standard. A little bar tucked into the back of the Homebrew Mart. However, this is some of the best brew in town. Not a date place. Not a hang out. Come get some tasters, get your growler filled, and get out.