Crafted Brews and Seaside Views
Story and Photos by Jacob A. Ybarra
If you’re a fan of refreshing and unique craft beers, enjoy a solid meal among friends or simply admire the serenity that comes with ocean front dining, then the Ballast Point Brewery in Long Beach is a must visit.
Located at 110 N Marina Dr, within the Alamitos Bay Marina, this Ballast Point is certainly the jewel location of the San Diego based brewing company, as it not only offers delicious food and beer, but also holds a great atmosphere. With ample seating both inside and out on the upper and lower patios, the brewery offers a great view of the marina, allowing one to sit for hours, and enjoy a peaceful meal.
As far as food goes, Ballast Point offers a limited and ever-changing seasonal menu that includes artisan burgers, shareable appetizers and tasty tacos, with their wings and steak nachos being especially appetizing. One thing I will note though, is that while I did find the food to be a little on the pricey side, the quantity and quality of it was more than acceptable, especially when paired with the perfect craft beer.
With more than 60 taps on location stretched across three different bars, the brewery offers nearly every single beer that can be found within the Ballast Point catalog; from the familiar Sculpin series to the less known Sour Wench collection. If I were to make a few suggestions, those who are new to the craft beer scene should try one of their lighter crisp lagers, such as Grunion or Bonito.
That being said, if you’d wish to truly intrigued your palate, Watermelon Dorado or my personal favorite, Victory at Sea, offer unique and complex flavors that are well worth a try. Additionally, one beer to highlight is the newly released Dead Ringer Oktoberfest Lager. It’s a beer that’s built on toasted malt and caramel, and truly evokes the seasonal atmosphere accompanied with Oktoberfest.
Either way, if you are looking for a relaxing place to hang out over the weekend, or simply need a getaway during breaks on campus, you really can’t get much better than Ballast Point. With the perfect scenery accompanying a delicious meal and a refreshing beer, you simply can’t beat it.