Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
When owner and founder Jack White finally found this Miramar space, he knew he’d finally be able to build his dream brewery and restaurant. With a footprint of more than 100,000 square feet, Ballast Miramar has it all—literally.
The enormous brewing area houses huge, beautiful copper kettles, along with enough equipment to produce more than 300,000 barrels per year. The cold storage alone is larger than 50% of the breweries in San Diego. The rest of the facility provides a large bar and seating area, a lounge area, a sit-down restaurant area, and an outdoor patio seating area. That’s in addition to the full restaurant kitchen, the meeting/events room, and the gift shop.
Needless to say, this is the perfect spot to come and sample everything that Ballast Point has to offer—great beer and wonderful beer-friendly food. At the bar, you can choose from a list of simple app-style dishes (ceviche, calamari, handmade pretzels) or you can sit down for a more involved and varied menu.
Dozens of beers are available, which range from the core production beers to specialty beers, to a few R&D beers. That means on any given day, you can always find your longtime favorites along with new and interesting recipes brewed with intriguing ingredients such as cumin, curry, ginger, Thai chiles, apricots, honey, and blackberries.
In November of 2015, Ballast announced that they were being acquired by Constellation Brands for $1 billion. This deal, which rocked the craft beer world, was the largest in craft beer history.
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 120 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.
With so many breweries to choose from, we hope you’ll keep coming back to consult The San Diego Brewery Guide on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for you to plan the perfect day or weekend of brewery tours and tastings in San Diego—and to do it time and time again. If you haven’t already, you’ll see that there’s nothing better than enjoying a great brewery-fresh beer right where it’s made.
So get out there and explore! Sip. Savor. Socialize. And get ready to be awed by some of the best brews to be found anywhere on the planet. Enjoy!
- Bruce GlassmanEdit ModuleShow Tags