Yesterday, I was able to accidentally fall victim to this awesome local brewery, Ballast Point, which has some of San Diego’s finest craft brews. After indulging myself in an amazing taco tuesday deal (4 street tacos with rice and beans ~ $6 / $3 Margaritas) at the El Camino in downtown San Diego Little Italy district, I found myself walking with my buddies through the Little Area streets where we stumbled across this gem.
Though i’ve always enjoyed Ballast Point’s craft beers and the art they provide on their labeling, I’ve never actually been to one of their breweries. Let’s just say that I was very pleased with my first-time experience at Ballast Point. At this brewery located at 2215 India St (92101) in Little Italy, they have a variety of beers on tap open to public tasting. To my knowledge, this is where Ballast Point gets feedback on new brews that they’re trying. Every beer that I was able to try, I truly enjoyed (I was driving that night, so I couldn’t fully indulge myself).
On the right are two of the three sampler beers that I tried the Sextant and the Calico. The Calico is an Amber Ale with American hops and has a distinct bite with floral aromas; this one is on sale year round. On the other hand is the Sextant, which is a nitro Oatmeal Stout. For those who don’t know what a nitro beer is, A NITROgen beer uses mainly nitrogen to pump the beer out of the tap instead of CO2, which gives the beer a creamier mouthfeel. You can tell just by looking at the picture of the nitro Sextant beer on the left which has tons of tiny bubbles as compared to the CO2 Calico on the right. I definitely hope that Sextant is produced by the masses because it was one of the most delicious beers I have tasted.
So if you are ever in the downtown San Diego area and you are looking for some awesome locally brewed beers, you should definitely put Ballast Point on your agenda!
Go get those GROWLERS filled!
Don’t forget to visit their website too!