Ballast Point Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar

10051 Old Grove Road Suite B
San Diego, California, 92131
United States

(858) 695-2739 | map
ballastpoint.com

Notes: Acquired by Kings and Convicts in 2020.

Acquired by Constellation Brands in 2015

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.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.11
Beers:
170
Reviews:
14,750
Ratings:
67,683
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.33
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
415
pDev:
11.55%
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Hop_2_It from Spain

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Great place to taste you way through a very wide variety of beers from Ballast Point. If you like, you can also take a tour of the brewery. There's also a small gift shop on site if you were looking for some clothes, glasses, signs, etc

May 05, 2021
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armock from New York

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Tucked in an industrial park is the glorious brewery. Just about all of their currently available beers on tap with a number of limiteds and flavor variants that aren't easy to get. Tours happen on a regular basis which is a nice little thing to do. Decent gift shop for some goodies to take homeaswell.

Jul 17, 2017
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Mooskabear from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

By far, the best tap room I've been to. Odd location in the middle of a residential area but tons of Taos, experimental brews, great patio and grilling outside

Mar 02, 2017
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DrinkThemAll from California

4.07/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I really enjoyed stopping at Ballast point in San Diego. Had a Nitro pineapple sculpin on tap, which was delicious. Not very big inside, but had a grill and nice bench seating on the patio. Had a very nice selection and everyone was friendly. I would come here over and over when in the area.

Jul 25, 2016
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Very big place, feels very commericalized. It was crazy busy on a Saturday evening so service wasn't the best. Had a flight of 3 Victory at Sea variants which were all delicious. The stop was worth the flight alone, but if you aren't seeking out VaS variants, this place can probably be skipped. Lots of beers on tap though.

Feb 17, 2016
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.22/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Dec 13, 2015
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Nov 11, 2015
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MHurley from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Oct 01, 2015
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djamesb from New York

5/5  rDev +15.5%
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

Aug 04, 2015
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Flynvet from Iowa

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.

Apr 22, 2015
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eli-johnerson from California

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!

Apr 18, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

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.

Apr 12, 2015
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Lard_City from California

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.

Mar 11, 2015
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docoman from Michigan

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.

Nov 22, 2014
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timmy2b from New York

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!

Oct 08, 2014
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mabermud from Washington

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.

Aug 05, 2014
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MadCat from New Jersey

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.

Jul 27, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Jul 05, 2014
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kerry4porters from Arizona

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.

May 23, 2014
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sillyhed8 from California

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!!

Apr 10, 2014
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levineju from California

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!

Mar 15, 2014
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

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.

Mar 14, 2014
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BeerEngineer from California

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.

Jan 30, 2014
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

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.

Nov 05, 2013
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MoorBeerPlz from California

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

Oct 19, 2013
Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
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