Ballast Point Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.93/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(858) 695-2739 | map
ballastpoint.com

Notes:
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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BEER STATS
Beers:
166
Ratings:
62,433
Reviews:
13,437
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
390
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
5.25%
 
 
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4.19/5  rDev 0%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in at Ballast Point while in San Diego on vacation (the Old Grove Road location which I hear is the main brewing facility).

They have a great little tasting room and also sell bottles, growlers and kegs to go. It's a bit more than a tasting room as you can order samplers, pints, etc. but it's not quite a pub (for example, there's no seating). I just stopped in for a quick visit so I'm not sure how long you're welcome to stay and drink. They had the standard offerings on tap (Yellowtail, Calico, Big Eye, Marlin & Wahoo) along with a four specials including Even Keel, a 3.5% session beer that has lots of flavor. They didn't offer Sculpin or Dorado on tap.

They sell bottles of the usual along with Sculpin and Dorado. I'd been hunting for Sculpin for quite some time so I picked up six. I think they limit the sale of those to a case.

They did have some merchandise on display including shirts and glasses but I would have like to see more.

Ballast Point is well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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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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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The location was a little tough to find. Sort of in an office park. The beer selection is solid. The service was top notch. The server constantly provided me with samples and wanted to make sure I was able to try as many of their brews as possible since I was just passing through ans live 3000 miles away. I felt the beers were good though no one beer really stood out to me to mention here. That being said, I enjoyed them all and if they were available/distributed in my area, I would definitely continue to purchase their product. Overall the service really stood out to me.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Unfortunately I didn't get to do a tour, but I did visit Ballast Point's tap room here. It was probably the wrong time of day (afternoon) but it seemed more vacant than I expected. The servers seemed more knowledgeable than others I have talked to in other breweries and the Ballast Point quality was definitely there... I just wished I had a chance to try some of their off seasonal offerings. Definitely worth a visit to a beer tourist, just make sure to not forget to take a tour like I did.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here on a busy Friday night. The brewery was under construction so no tours.

They have about 20 taps, all Ballast Point beers, and not just the usual suspects. You can have a sampler of any beer for 2.00. I was on a tour of various breweries so I got to choose 6. Plenty of pepper and BA variations along with most of the staples, if not all of their regular lineup.

It definitely was a popular spot so yes it does get crowded but I got pretty prompt service. There is also a deck area outside which recently opened and looked pretty nice.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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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3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Was out there for my bday on a brewery tour in SD and had the better looking tasting room of the 4 breweries I hit that day. Not only was it nce astetically but there was some coo peeps chillin having a good time having fun brewery hoppin as well. The selection was most of their year round brews plus some rotating tap only brews that I was glad to take a stab at since they don't bottle it. All around the brewpub was quality and the people there qwere pretty nice too. Definitely glad I got the chance to visit them and recommend this spot if your down in SD brewery hopping.

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Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
3.93 out of 5 based on 62,433 ratings.
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