Ballast Point Brewing Company


Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(858) 695-2739 | map

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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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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1.24/5  rDev -70.4%

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2.2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of jrcook
2.45/5  rDev -41.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Tried to visit this place Friday afternoon. Myself and a friend stood at the bar for 10 minutes without being served and even asked if we wanted anything. Four barkeeps and while they were busy, they still manged to take care of others around us. Seemed like if they know you, you'd get served, if not, they'd ignore you. Finally gave up and left. Like the beer but doubt we'll try the brewery again.

RE: the rating listed above, the only one that counts is "service" it sucked"

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Photo of Murrhey
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Went 4/3/12, on my spring break tour in San Diego (which was awesome, by the way). Reviewed from memory.

A- The atmosphere was alright. The people there were beer knowledgeable. It was pretty quiet, but a Tuesday afternoon will do that.

Q- The beers were ok, I wanted to try more rare ones on tap, but I had about six tasters and nothing was awful. The Calico was weak however.

Ser- One girl working the bar, but since we called ahead I got a brewery tour with my buddy. That was a blast. Saw the distillery too. This brewery is going to be on the rise very soon. They have a lot of expansion plans and I'll be there to drink the rewards.

Sel- Not great. Ginger Big Eye and Tongue Buckler were the only rare ones there. Wanted Habanero Sculpin or any other hard to find beer. Must not be a great time of the year for the company.

F- No food.

V- Best part of the place. 1-2 dollar tasters for everything, and I got a nice pint glass for 3 dollars.

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Photo of 2ci
3/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Did a tour of their small brewery.They are also distilling spirits as well.The tasting area has some pictures of fishing excursions and paintings concerning fish.The bar tables are made out of the ends of oak barrels,well done.The tasting area is essentially a bar. Very high prices for imbibing at the source. Pints of strong ale are close to 6$.Selection is somewhat limited as they mostly produce "safe" beers.No enticement for me to come back to in the future , i suppose they get alot of office workers who are stranded in that area do to their office space cubicles.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on Sunday around 1:00pm with my good friend, Justin.

I'm surprised this is listed as a "Beer Bar" on BA. It's a tasting room, nothing more. There are half a dozen small tables, but no chairs. When we were there, the place was absolutely silent: no music, no noise from the TV, no talking from the bartenders. It was a bit awkward. When one of the bartenders eventually spoke up (I believe he was a trainee), he seemed to know very little about craft beer, and couldn't offer us any recommendations on places to go... other than Lost Abbey because they have a hot bartender who works Sundays. Cool brah.

Luckily, the beer was solid. We sampled Dorado Double, Tongue Buckler, Sextant Oatmeal Stout, and Sculpin. They were all very tasty and reasonably priced. The cooler offered most of BP's year-round offerings along with Victory at Sea (which Justin grabbed two of).

All in all, this place kinda sucked. Actually, it did suck - forget the "kinda". This is a decent spot to refill your Ballast Point growler. It's a lousy spot for anything else. If you're considering a visit, reconsider.

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Photo of squaremile
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Hit the Ballast Point taproom up in northern San Diego. The space is in a business park as many SoCal breweries are, and the tasting room is a very very tiny hallway space in the front. They had an OK array of beers on tap and I went for the Big Eye (liked it better in the bottle surprisingly) and the India Pale Lager (which was a bit buttery for me). The server was pretty standoffish and looked pissed, and when I didn't finish my tasters because the room was so awkward they made a face at me. Not a good experience.

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3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Honestly I'm interested why they cost so much. Truly not worth it. Just hops shoved in a bottle to call it a beer.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Cyclingdad
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jvodom
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Went here on a Sunday in July of 2013. They did not run tours that day. The beer selection was pretty good,

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mrkun
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The tasting room is at the brewery. It's not very large and there are no seats, but there are a few tables and some table rails. There is only 1 person that takes drink orders and we had to wait in line about 5-10 minutes to order our drinks. They had all their regular stuff available without any special releases. They also had a nice option to buy a glass for $2.50 with your beer. It's a fairly spartan place overall, but it's good to try out all of the Ballast Point brews in a single location.

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Photo of gildobeer
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

I used to live near here and would go quite often for growler fills. When I first started going I could get a dorado fill for a decent price, then it kept going up and up and up until I substituted dorado for big eye. Not a huge deal but I once had 2 samples and an actual beer and it came out to $9. AT THE BREWERY. I can't justify that. The staff used to be horrible. I went in one day to ask for fathom, which is fantastic, and the girl behind the counter literally rolled her eyes at me and said "Well we're not brewing it right now so we don't have it" F U. Tongue Buckler is awesome as well, but this place goes to show you that sometimes the product is worth more your customers dignity, seeing as how ballast point isn't doing too shabby. Also, the new girl that works behind the counter is way nicer than the old one, but the old one still pulls weight so there you have it.

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3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

This place was packed when we first got there, but realized shortly after that there was a brewery tour about to begin, so it emptied out once the tour started. Tours are free and they run 3 times a day, which is nice. The place had a great set-up, and with big window fronting was very well lit. There were plenty of displays for the beers and memorabilia they had for sale, as well as ads for their distillery and spirits. There was a tv with the game on, too. Also, they had some of their trophies from the GABF and some Euro competitions. With all this going for the place, the service was a bit of a let down. As I said, the crown died down pretty quick, so it wasn't as if it was really busy. When getting beers the servers were friendly and helpful enough, and even chatted up about different things, but we tried a different beer each time coming up, and had to ask each time up that our glass be rinsed before the next beer was put in. And this wasn't a case of them thinking they were just refills. Each time as we approached they asked what we just had, what we thought, and what we wanted next. I'm sorry, but I don't want to taste the remnants of the Amber in the next glass of IPA...that kind of defeats the purpose. Other than that, I really have no complaints about the place whatsoever. The prices were very reasonable and the beer was decent. All in all a good place to visit in San Diego when taking in the beer experience!

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3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.73/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I did a three day brewery, brewpub, beer bar tour of San Diego and Ballast Point was one of my stops.

I made the mistake of thinking that the "beer bar" distinction on BA meant they would have a wide(r) variety of beers than just their standard offerings. The only beer they had that may have been out of the norm was an India Pale Lager.

I sampled a couple of the beers. I think they were $1 a taste. The tasting room was pretty small. No seats but a couple of repurposed barrel end tables to stand at and a nice large screen TV for the NFL game.

A tour was wrapping up and I tried to ask the tour guide about their hop profile and he said he didn't know and really didn't express any interest in chatting with me.

I was informed at my other beer stops that the other Ballast Point location (with the homebrew shop) was where they were more likely to do small, one off pilot batches of experimental brews.

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Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
3.93 out of 5 based on 62,490 ratings.
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