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Based on:
219 Beers
47,403 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 65
Visits: 344
Avg: 4.21
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bpbrewing

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: 65 | Visits: 344
Photo of SSS
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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 MHurley
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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 djamesb
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Flynvet
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of eli-johnerson
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of ARoman
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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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.

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Photo of Lard_City
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of docoman
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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!

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Photo of mabermud
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of MadCat
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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!!

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Photo of levineju
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of guityler83
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of BeerEngineer
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

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Photo of dexterk1
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of abaer123
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
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!

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of RyanLaw
4.04/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of jbaakko
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of jdhowe
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Stopped at Ballast Point on a Wednesday afternoon. The accessible area is a small part of a larger facility, but seating is very limited and outdoor only (about 10 tables). They do not offer their own food, but instead rely upon food trucks for providing eats to patrons -- a practice that seems to be not uncommon around San Diego. They had a pretty extensive selection of bottles, priced right about at the same price I'd get from a retailer. Roughly 20 tap offerings.

The service at the bar was pretty good -- getting pours was easy and fairly cheap. The primary knock against this place is the incomprehensible dearth of seating. Even mid/late-afternoon on a Wednesday, getting a table was arduous to impossible. Indoor seating is nonexistent -- there is a bar and high-top tables to stand around if you're so inclined. Overall, while the service was nice while interacting with people, the overall setup just didn't feel like they actually wanted people to be there, and that was just a little off-putting.

While I had a good experience, I probably would not go there again.

The high point was the ridiculous value of the flights and generous pours. $5 for any 3 4-oz pours (or a $6 for 6 preselected). Very solid.

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Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.