The perfect balance of taste and aroma. An obsession with ingredients. An exploration of techniques. And while we savor the result, we’re just as fascinated by the process to get there. What started as a small group of home brewers, who simply wanted to make a better beer, evolved into the adventurers known today as Ballast Point.
There’s a lot of great breweries in San Diego County, and although Ballast Point has never been one of my ‘go-to’ spots in the city, there’s no denying that this new brewery is really amazing. Their food is tremendously good is has quickly risen near the top of my list for best food at a brewery. I had their Bavarian pretzel, and also the Three ‘Lil Pigs, which was a short rib of pork served over a spicy kimchee and some pork rinds. Absolutely 100% delicious stuff. To wash down this pork and pretzel goodness, I went with one of my favorite beers; The Grunion Pale Ale. Now this is a fantastic beer that everyone needs to have immediately. Forget about the over-popular Sculpin IPA, and go for the Grunion. This American Pale Ale borders on the edge of being an IPA and will rival many beers throughout the county. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed with this selection.
The new brewery is quite incredible and definitely worth a visit. Ballast Point seems to be blowing up, now with multiple locations, and plans for another up in the Temecula area. Not to mention they filed paperwork to go public a few weeks ago, so look for further expansion from one of the longtime staples in the San Diego beer community.
Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits
9045 Carroll Way
San Diego, CA 92121