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Home Brew Mart

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Home Brew MartHome Brew Mart
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Homebrew Store ]

5401 Linda Vista Rd
Ste 406
San Diego, California, 92110-2402
United States
phone: (619) 295-2337

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Notes:
There is a Ballast Point tasting bar and growler fill station in the back.

(Place added by: xlperro)
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Reviews by womencantsail:
Photo of womencantsail
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Lucnifter, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

This is an off the beaten path find on my San Diego trip. This is a homebrew shop run by Ballast Piont with a tasting room in the back. Parking was a bit tough in this small strip mall, but I got lucky after two tries someone was leaving for a spot. When you enter you notice a large homebrew section taking up the entire right side of the store, and some high top tables with folks standing around them drinking beers offered in the back. There was about 20 or so on draft, some standard and some one-offs. There is a refridgerator off the cashier desk that has plenty of Ballast Point beers to go.

While looking around homebrew section, I over heard some conversations between homebrewers and staff, and the staff was very helpful and offered opions. The tasting room folks were friendly but seemed a bit harried with the line of folks waiting for tasters. Overall this was a great stop for me.

Gavage, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of aoampm
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

aoampm, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of BreweryRun
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BreweryRun, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Deaner1308
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Deaner1308, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of GB_Brewer
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

GB_Brewer, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GraduatedCashew, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of sisterthelonious
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

sisterthelonious, Nov 02, 2013
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Home Brew Mart in San Diego, CA
92 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.