SAN DIEGO | Ballast Point Brewing need little introduction, with their beers, in particular their Sculpin IPA, being well known and highly regarded around the world. Since their purchase by Constellation Brands, their beers have become more widely available around the world too. The discussion about ownership, and what is truly craft beer is a divisive topic in the beer world, but if you love great tasting beer, the fact remains that the beer produced by Ballast Point is well worth trying.
The Little Italy taproom is the most conveniently located spot in San Diego in which to try the beers. It’s a spacious, nautical themed venue with lots of tables and seating, and a 50 seat beer garden to the side
Across 38 taps, you get a really good cross section of Ballast Point beers, from core range through to seasonal and experimental brews. Tasting flights give you three different beers to try and, as you can see in one of the images above, getting a few different flights to share with a friend or two is a great way to try a lot of different beers.
If you don’t know where to start, the knowledgeable staff will happily have a chat with you to gauge your preferences and recommend a few things. If you’re completely new to Ballast Point, The award winning Sculpin IPA, which is a fantastic example of a West Coast IPA with aromas of apricot, peach, mango and lemon is well worth trying – keep an eye out for variants like Grapefruit, Pineapple and Habanero. Other beers worth trying are the Victory at Sea, an Imperial Porter with Coffee & Vanilla, and the well balanced, hop heavy Dorado Double IPA. If you’ve had Ballast Point’s core beers before, then this is the place to find some one-off brews you won’t find elsewhere.
Food is a range of pub classics designed to work with the beers on offer – burgers, nachos, tacos, hot wings, salads and sandwiches.
Ballast Point Brewing
2215 India Street
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 11:00pm