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Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
210 Beers
50,523 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 66
Visits: 351
Avg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar ]

10051 Old Grove Road Suite B
San Diego, California, 92131
United States
phone: (858) 695-2739 | map
www.ballastpoint.com

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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Reviews: 66 | Visits: 351
Reviews by guityler83:
Photo of guityler83
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of M_chav
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bobbyhands
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Mike_Amps
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Holopirek
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of NateDyk47
3.22/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.25

Went to Ballast Point while visiting San Diego. Good selection of beer, the 3 I had were pretty good. However, the service was terrible.

I didn't try any of the food, but it looked good.

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Photo of dmk82
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of SSS
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was here twice for beers...it is a sausage fest, no doubt. Took the distillery tour...it was okay, not what I had expected at all. Some college kid explaining what Wikipedia says...We got to taste 6 different spirits, vodka, gin, spiced rum, barrel aged rum, another I can't remember and a scotch. They were all okay...I enjoyed the barre aged the most.

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Photo of Redgoatman
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jim_TX
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kdlsantos
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of MHurley
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in hear a year ago to pick up Kegs for my sister wedding. Had a great selection of merch and gifts along with great beer. Nice place to stop in and grab a beer and unwind and enjoy the patio.

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Photo of halo3one
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of StyrmanAllan
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of indianabeerman
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ryannel24
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The bar is top notch and the beers are even better.

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Photo of jmikepool
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of djamesb
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

after a stressful day and hour drive home where people driving slow refuse to move from the passing lane because they apparently own that lane it was nice to cook meat on a grill and have a high quality beer that made me appreciate whoever created it nice quality hops and a 10% alcohol content were getting closer to hoffbrauhaus in Germany they have 20% beers .thank you ballast point you made my day worth the money

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Photo of Cyclingdad
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Basically a noisy brew pub. Hard to argue with the quality of the beers, though.

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Photo of ibstevo
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SkiBumbo
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

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Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.