Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Brewery Project: Ballast Point/Home Brew Mart

Whether you're a fan of this staple San Diego brewery, like to brew your own beer, or both, a visit to Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits/Home Brew Mart is a must.  I have done numerous posts about this nautically themed brewery, and paid them a visit here.  Where else can you taste world-class beer, brewed right on premises, while shopping for your homebrew supplies?  I think the standout for me is the friendly, knowledgeable staff.  They are always more than happy to give you brewing advice, suggest products to try or brews to taste, or just hang out and talk beer.  Whether you're new to the world of homebrewing or you've been doing it for years, you'll get the same attention, same care, and same service.  No stress, no worries.  I do suggest, however, that you keep an eye on the clock if you plan on sampling any of the award-winning beers they are featuring during your visit.  Due to their licensing, they are only allowed to serve tasters of their beer during certain hours.  On this particular visit I got there too close to the last call.  I was able to taste Sculpin, their local favorite IPA, and Navigator, an extremely tasty Dopplebock, but missed out on Dorado, a local favorite IIPA which hasn't been bottled since 2009.  I was bummed, but know that I will just have to make another trip again soon.  Will you join me?

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