Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.9/5
Based on:
188 Beers
41,354 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 325
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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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Ratings: 325 | Reviews: 72
Photo of Flynvet
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Black Marlin Porter made my day! Ballast Point has great brewery atmosphere with bustling tasting room and 7 regular, 8 limited, and 6 research beers on tap! Service is excellent. Grab a street taco on the patio.

Photo of eli-johnerson
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I went on a tour with some good buddies. Really enjoyed the experience. Very educational. Had the award winning Sculpin and it did not disappoint. Very busy on a weekend! Topped it all off by taking them up on a $25 tasting experience in their retro/speak easy/tasting room. Very fun experience and I would definitely recommend!

Photo of ARoman
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

*transferred from previous notes - 2/21/2014*
This brewery is a store front in an industrial park. Sort of weird location, but they take advantage of the lot with a nice front patio. Nice selection of beers - all Ballast Point, of course - but quite a few experimentals available. Decent little gift shop to go along with it. They don’t directly offer food, but have a rotating food truck schedule.

Photo of luvsbeer
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

had an amazing experience at the brewery!

Photo of CaliforniaBurrito
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome service. Not to much of a scenery, but who cares when you serve good beer.

Photo of Lard_City
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

At their Scripps Ranch tasting room. Neat setting in a suburban industrial park. Stand at the bar or at counters around the tasting room or sit outside at picnic tables. Doesn't seem like they have enough room for the crowd but the bar is long and well staffed and the turnover is steady. Food service tent outside (looked like mostly BBQ) but I was just there for the beer. Very relaxing and straight forward.

Photo of Ajstar89
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great beer, great selection and top marks in quality.

Photo of breadwinner
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Rating is for the new location in Miramar.

Photo of DCPlus14
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Favorite Brewery I have ever been to, and they also make some great liquor too.

Photo of docoman
5/5  rDev +15.5%

I was lucky enough to be in San Diego the week of 11/11 - 11/16/2014 (craft beer week) and decided to check out Ballast Point Brewery and tasting room. They did not disappoint and I had a great time. Food was also very good with local fares such as yellow tail fish taco's. The best of course for me was the beer... I loved their Barrel Aged Victory at Seas, they had 2 different versions, one was oak barrel and the other brandy barrel.. both excellent. The brewery was very clean, fun, lively and you could tell a good crowd of regulars and visitors such as myself. For take home, there is a place next door with great craft beer selection called Bottlecraft, highly recommend also.

Photo of MrGorday
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Such a good experience

Photo of jvodom
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Went here on a Sunday in July of 2013. They did not run tours that day. The beer selection was pretty good,

Photo of HunterSBeerson
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Ballast Point puts out some of the best beers I have tried in each style. Even their average beers are great across the board.

Photo of jwolfe1311
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Really good beer. Place was a little too 'main stream', 'Yard House' like

Photo of timmy2b
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Brewery was very clean and had outdoor and some indoor seating along with a long bar. Prices were decent for samples. I did not count the amount of taps but there were at least 15 different beers. The bartenders today were training but the brewer was helping them which made for some great conversation about the beers that are not sent to me in New York. Beers were all fresh as hell and my girlfriend and I were very impressed with this place!

Photo of Richardbeerlover
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Very good imperial stout

Photo of mabermud
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I used to live in Scripps Ranch, and this place fits in well there. Nice atmosphere, many locals. The quality of the beer is grade A, but unless I wasn't paying attention last month, is limited to only Ballast Point beers. The service is typical tasting room/bar service. Not good nor bad. I didn't try the food, but every time I have visited, there has been either a food truck or a food tent set up. I am sure the food is fantastic, especially after you drink a couple Grapefruit Sculpin. The value is on par with all of the other amazing tasting rooms in and around town.

Overall, this is a great place to visit and drink outstanding beer.

Photo of MadCat
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Atmosphere: Very clean and inviting. There were large amounts of people having fun and enjoying themselves, but it didn't feel overly crowded. You could still easily get to the bar to get your beer. The brewery end was very clearly an active brewery, but still a very nice inviting atmosphere.

Quality: Beer, tours, and souvenirs are high quality

Service: Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful staff, always felt welcome

Selection: They have a very large number of taps

Value: Reasonably priced on pretty much everything. Actually purchased souvenirs due to the fact that you weren't getting gouged on them. All beer is reasonably priced as well

Overall: This is a must visit brewery in San Diego.

Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Large corner location.
About 30 beers available, many of which are not available elsewhere.
Not inexpensive, but high quality beer and food.
Beer flights 3/$5 are available and popular.
Standard and innovative beers spanning a large variety of styles.
Weak spots are: too loud and can be hard to park.

Photo of kerry4porters
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

At the Scripps Ranch location I didn't have a whole Lotta time and wish I could have drank and talked more with the Bartender there she was awsome had a nice deal where you get 3 taster glasses full for 5 bucks not bad at all.

You can get a growler filled of any of their regular Releases. Knowledgeable staff who told me about the experimental Beers that had been made by the staff.

All around laid back atmosphere and chill place would definitely visit again.

Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Much smaller than their tasting room and kitchen, but their knowledge and ability to answer and share what you are tasting. One of my favorite places by far!!

Photo of levineju
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of guityler83
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of BeerEngineer
3.94/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
96 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.