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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 125
Beer Ratings: 22,160
Beer Avg: 3.89

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
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119 Ratings
Ratings: 119
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar ]

10051 Old Grove Road Suite B
San Diego, California, 92131
United States
phone: (858) 695-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bpbrewing

Notes:
In addition to Ballast Point Brewing Company's Old Grove location, they still have brewing operations at their old location in the back of Home Brew Mart. You can get growlers/bottles and do tastings at both locations.
Home Brew Mart / Ballast Point
5401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 406
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 298-2337

Ballast Point also runs tasting hours at the brewery. Please check their website for details.

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levineju

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Review of the India Street (Little Italy) Tasting Room & Kitchen: outstanding, friendly staff, service, and food paired with BP stalwarts as well as "R&D" limited trial brews on draught. Great hangout, and a stone's throw from Bottlecraft Tasting Room & Shop. Good times!

03-15-2014 23:18:48 | More by levineju
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$

Right in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, Ballast Point was easy to find. Parking around the area was more difficult, but if you go during the day or don't mind throwing down a couple shekels for parking, you shouldn't have to walk too far.

When we walked in it was bustling with people (nearing 2PM), luckily we a table of people was getting up from there spot and asked if we would like to sit down. The drinks were ordered right up front when you walk in and the list is displayed on two big flat screen TVs that rotate, which makes it difficult to find what you are looking for if you go through in detail (like I tend to do). But eventually I went with a flight of beers (IPAs, a smoked scotish, and a lager if memory serves).

Food is done in a hybrid-cafeteria style, order with a window then you get a number and they bring it out to you. The food came fairly quick, about two sample size beers quick any way, and was tasty.

From our spots you could see the brewing equipment encased in a glass room, shiny stainless ready to go. I would have liked to talk with one of the brewers, but the place was super busy. The beers where fresh, but nothing mind blowing, they did have a very wide selection.

Overall a great spot for a night out, lunch or just to stop in for a pint.

03-14-2014 17:18:29 | More by guityler83
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BeerEngineer

California

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$

So I went to this location on a saturday night after being at a homebrew rally all day. This was a saturday night, normally I don't even go out on Saturday nights because I really like the crowds. This night seemed like it was a full moon or something because this place was crazy. There was a wait for everything, getting beer, getting food, getting a table, going to the bathroom. Just not my style

On another night I bet that I would really like this place but it was SO busy that I couldn't make it enjoyable.

They did have a big beer selection which was a plus and they had a heavy pour on their tasters which I always appreciate.

In general, seems like a nice place but not my style on a saturday night.

01-30-2014 04:38:48 | More by BeerEngineer
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DoubleJ

California

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Tucked inside an industrial complex is Ballast Point Brewing. It doesn't have a proper parking lot for customers, so you'll need to search for a spot on the street. Once that's done, open the door and check out the 20 taps of beers being served, plus a cask which is used on Thursdays. Despite a drab environment outside the building, the interior has life. A handful of tables sit on the other side of the tasting room, and the bar, while very large in size, didn't have any seats. Additional seating is just outside.

Ballast Point's portfolio is not only long, but diverse. Regulars such as Sculpin, Black Marlin, Wahoo, and Calico are available in 4 ounce, 8 ounce, and full pint servings are reasonable prices. Variations of their year round beers, such as Calico on nitro, or Black Marlin with cocoa and peppers, make occasional appearances. Lesser known/limited release beers were spotted too (Brother Levonian, Ingrid's 1 in 8, Piper Down, Even Keel). Ballast Point used a large chalice to go along with the standard shaker pint, so it was nice to see a small change in utilized glassware.

Looking to try new Ballast Point beers? Visiting the brewery is one easy way to try a number of new beers in one place without having to hunt them down around San Diego. For the Ballast point fan, a stop is obligatory.

11-05-2013 17:11:16 | More by DoubleJ
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MoorBeerPlz

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $

We went to their Linda Vista Rd. store where their Homebrew Mart is located. The tasting room is a little on the small side but we were lucky to be there when the crowds were somewhere else, so not a problem.

The staff there is real friendly, knowledgeable and really want you to enjoy the offerings on tap. There's no seating available here but some small tables to stand at are spread around the tasting area.

Tastings are inexpensive and a good selection of their offerings. They had a large selection of BP merchandise including a better than average selection of glassware. They also offer chips and salsa to munch on while you taste and beers to go (singles, sixers, etc.) when you're done.

Random thought... I wonder how many people they convert to home-brewers with all the home-brew supplies to stare at while tasting their beers???

A good place to go the have some very good beers. I think I'll try their other facility next time just for the heck of it. Cheers!

10-19-2013 21:47:34 | More by MoorBeerPlz
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Great brewery! That is the fist and most important reason to visit this place. Simple interior with small tap room. Many beers to try with an ability to try some of there rare beers as well. Did the tour. It was interesting and pretty engaging as far as brewery tours go.
When we were there they were grilling outside and had some game sausage. Staff is knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

10-13-2013 02:03:26 | More by dexterk1
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abaer123

California

3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$

Ballast Point, like other breweries in the San Diego area, is located in a business park. It is not too bad, just kinda unusual when it comes to having a beer. The staff is friendly and the beers exceptional which make up for the business park environment. Recently, they have been making changes to give the place a more home like environment, which I have noticed and appreciate including an outdoor area to have a beer and guest food that comes in every so often.

Keep up the good work, Ballast Point. I will see you again soon!

08-23-2013 20:24:04 | More by abaer123
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GraduatedCashew

California

4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

My journey to its production facility and tasting room was truly well met. Starting the morning off right, I stayed with the darker samples ranging from the Sextant, Sea Monster, to the Black Steamboat. This was followed by a cask edition of the Black Marlin Porter with vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, and hints of tart cherries side by side with the regularly made Black Marlin. Both were excellent with the cask tasting a bit like dessert. The last sample was the Schooner dry hopped ale which is what I ultimately took home in a growler. All in all, the samples that I had here were all amazing, especially for darker beer lovers.

That isn’t to say, though, that their abilities don’t extend the full range of styles popularly found in most West Coast Breweries. With both year round and seasonal beers available, any beer drinker would be hard pressed not to find something that appealed to their tastes directly.

Further pertaining to the actual site, the ambiance was truly appropriate with production facilities visible behind the bar. Fellow consumers and bartenders alike made this place special after, of course, the beer. Everyone was passionate and well versed regarding the beer and made the experience fun and enjoyable. I can't wait to go back.

08-19-2013 18:09:29 | More by GraduatedCashew
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RyanLaw

California

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$

Stopped in on a Wednesday evening, it was fairly busy but got service right away. Staff was friendly and they have a good selection for a reasonable price. Tasters were $2 (If I remember right) and a flight of 3 was $5. They also served half pints (most around $4) and I don't recall the cost of the pints.

They have a decent sized bar and high tables inside but no seating. They also have an outdoor patio area with seats that stayed full when I was there. I heard they had food trucks a couple days a week but I didn't see one when I was there towards the end of the night.

Overall a decent brewery with a good selection. Most everyone was ordering Sculpin which is excellent but they definitely have more to offer.

07-25-2013 04:47:19 | More by RyanLaw
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jbaakko

California

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2 | $

I visit Ballast point at least once a week. Opens at 11 am each day, closes at 9pm. Food is lacking, consisting of Chips and Dip! However they often have catering on the patio! Taco Tuesdays, Sushi Bus Wednesday, and a Cheesey vendor Fridays. (current as of June 2013).

The staff is usually awesome, however when it gets busy and people don't leave the bar with their drinks, it can take a few minutes to get in.

Tell Amber I said Hi!

06-26-2013 17:30:52 | More by jbaakko
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Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
94 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.