Home Brew Mart
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
3.45/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
This brew store is 1/2 tasting room and 1/2 home brew store. The tasting room part is nice and friendly and I have no problem with it. The selection of stuff is pretty good and the prices are reasonable - about the same that you'll find online.
HOWEVER... I have had mostly good interaction with most of the staff here. But there's one guy behind the counter at the home brew store that has a beard (describes 90% of the staff unfortunately) that is sort of unhelpful, bordering on rude. I am new to this stuff and I was asking him a few questions, and I swear, in the middle of my question, he sort of just walked off and that was that. He seemed really bothered to have to answer questions for a new home brewer. Isn't that what you guys are here to do???
I don't know if he is an owner or what, but if he's an employee, I'd get rid of him. Most of the other employees seemed friendly and helpful but the SD brew culture seems to have a lot of hipster types that are more concerned about how cool they are and how awesome their beer knowledge is, and is bent on lording it over you instead of helping you out.
12-30-2013 17:33:00 | More by GB_Brewer
4.34/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $
Have stopped by a few times while visiting son in San Diego. Always have a great conversation with staff, and try out the many wonderful BP beers. Last time staff introduced me to Paul Elder who does all the awesome art work for the labels/otherwise for BP. Nice special moment while sipping on super fresh VAS and Dorado. Doesn't get much better, Great beer and great people.
11-28-2013 04:39:38 | More by BillRoth
4.68/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $
I love this brewery. If anyone didn't know this is where Ballast Point started out. Up till now every single one of Ballast's beers was created at the Home Brew Mart. If you get the chance stop in and have a few tasters, get a growler filled and maybe pick up some bottles of their tasty brews. They also started offering some food options, just basic stuff but everything they do offer goes well with their beer.
The service I get there is always exemplary, everyone is helpful and more than happy to answer any questions that I may have about any of their beers. When I'm looking for new homebrewing equipment or tips on homebrewing this is where I go.
08-25-2013 19:23:46 | More by Hotrod88
3.16/5 rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
As a few others have mentioned here, there seems to be some sort of... I don't know if the word is arrogance here but my experience was not as good here as visiting the Ballast Point brewery. I thought it would be nice to see where the San Diego craft beer scene started... maybe they expected me to spend a bunch on homebrew equipment. I did buy a few pints, picked up a bottle, and headed off. Don't get me wrong, not all the people here were unpleasant but let's just say I won't be going back here again and leave it at that.
03-15-2013 21:31:36 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in for the tasting room but also browsed the homebrew section while there.
The selection of things and prices of homebrew equipment were on-par with the best stores I have been to in MA. Everything was organized well and the store was not messy like many homebrew stores turn out to be.
The tasting and growler station was nice. $1 for a good size sample and a nice selection of Ballast Point regulars and one-offs. I tried some things I have never heard of, a few barrel-aged offerings as well. The employees were nice to me and informative about the brewery.
Definitely worth a stop if you want to try the Ballast Point beers or fill a growler. The homebrew section looked very nice as well.
12-02-2011 18:40:14 | More by cbutova
4.14/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here mostly for the Ballast Point tasting room, but the home brew store is actually quite impressive (which I suppose shouldn't be surprising).
Pretty much all the equipment and ingredients you need for homebrewing along with Ballast Point bottles, growlers, and tasters. They also have a nice selection of merch, glassware, and other Ballast Point wares (like their Bloody Mary mix, for instance).
Pretty cool little place, though the tasting area can be a bit cramped as the bar is not very large. The prices are decent and the service is pretty good.
08-29-2011 15:20:40 | More by womencantsail
3.18/5 rDev -23.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
Home Brew Mart seems to have everything you would need to start home-brewing, at fair prices. I haven't actually started home-brewing yet, but I'm interested to try in the future, and I'll definitely come here for supplies. That is, unless I find somewhere with better service and friendlier employees.
Every time I've gone in, it's been for Ballast Point growler fills or bottles. Every time I've gone in, I've gotten a holier than thou, can't be bothered to help you attitude from all employees I interacted with.
So, in summary, I will never go here again for Ballast Point products. I'll trek up to the Old Grove location instead. However, despite the bad service, when I do get into home-brewing, I'll give them another chance.
02-23-2011 23:47:51 | More by djaeon
4.8/5 rDev +15.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This was my first time at Home Brew Mart and I wanted to check out and buy a first time brewers kit. Ive brewed cider for awhile so I have just a little background in brewing and the guy who helped us was more than happy to explain everything I was buying and any questions I had.
It was cool they had all the Ballast merch and a good amount of theirs beers for tasting. The kit I bought included a 6 gal carboy but they were out so they gave me a free bucket and a coupon to come back once they get their delivery of carboys in.
11-13-2010 20:57:20 | More by Eriktheipaman
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I know my beer stores and beer bars but while I do brew quite a bit myself, I can't say that I've visited too many homebrew shops. My regular is American Brewmaster in Raleigh and it sets a pretty high standard.
I went to Homebrew Mart mainly to pick up some Ballast Point Sculpin. They have a nice little tasting area in the back and a couple of coolers of Ballast Point products. The Ballast Point stuff is great but they have a solid homebrew shop there as well. It's well laid out, neat and orderly. They also offer quite a few "homemade" mash tuns that are similar to the one I made from online instructions.
Homebrew Mart is a great stop for both Ballast Point and homebrew equipment.
08-17-2010 04:18:04 | More by GJ40
4.85/5 rDev +17.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The reason I give them a 4.5 out of 5 is ... service always needs improvement anywhere. Went into HBM quite a few times over the years with my Brew Buddies.... can't say that we ever had or saw a bad experience take place. Staff knows their stuff!!!! Beer on Site!!!! Great Selection and the price is not expensive or outrageous by any means. Definitely thankful to have such a sick place near home!!!
Shout out to Steve... if you are ever there m-f and have any questions... dude knows his stuff!!!!
05-28-2010 05:02:39 | More by ryannaman
Home Brew Mart in San Diego, CA
92 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.