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Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen Restaurant Review: Chef Colin MacLaggan, the former owner of Avenue 5 Restaurant & Bar, now helms this Little Italy hotspot where his innovative seasonal cuisine highlights Ballast Point brews. Airy and tastefully designed, the brewery and eatery lend even more charm to the neighborhood. The kitchen follows the same philosophy as its brewing and distilling side --- the folks at Ballast Point Brewing Company simply produce what they like to eat and drink. The tasting room sports more than 25 beers on tap, like the famed Sculpin. Homemade Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese and mustard are the pervasive brewery snack, but MacLaggan takes it up a notch with his Cognac and currant sausage wrapped in puffed pastry and served with apple sauerkraut and beer mustard. Pair it with a Black Marlin porter (naturally, the menu has suggested beers with each dish). Other highlights include braised short rib lettuce cups, smoked-seafood platters, pork sliders and Ballast Point Bloody Mary-style ceviche. Pasta fans should experience the Calico Amber Ale with the house-made herbed gnocchi. Victory at Sea vanilla bean Imperial porter stands out as a strong finish --- a rich, potent beer with notes of coffee and vanilla, a dessert in itself.