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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.6%
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 51
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 20
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3416 Adams Ave.
San Diego, California, 92116
United States
phone: (619) 555-1234

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Automatic Brewing Co. is a nano-brewery of sorts brewing in the back of Blind Lady Ale House.  http://automaticbrewingco.com 

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2009)
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 42 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Floydster:
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3.59/5  rDev -14.7%

We stopped here on an early Saturday afternoon, located on the east side of the 805 Freeway, surprised a place like this was in this neighborhood, walked in and saw a bistro-like atmosphere, bar directly in front of me, saw they used proper glassware immediately, clean and brand new, liked the way this place was set up although it was quite small, heard the pizza was good but was not hungry since we went right after lunch, took a while to get a bartender's attention, not many people were working but that was expected since business was slow, I ordered Automatic, their only house made beer at the moment but they were out, seemed like they had not had it for a long time too, I got a Dogfish Head Punkin instead and paid close to what I would get a four pack for at the store, not much interesting stuff on tap but it is all craft or Belgian, probably will only go back to this place once they start brewing, which is based on a pending license I believe, or when they have special events because I have heard some cool local beers show up at those, would definitely stop by if I was down there this weekend for San Diego Beer Week, still worth checking out regardless

Floydster, Nov 11, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

fito1212, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

ThePaleRider, Aug 10, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%

A different kind of place than I'm used to.
It kind of has the feel of a German beer hall. You walk to the front counter, where the beer menu is listed, order food/beer, and have a seat at community style tables. You may be forced to interact with others (gasp!).
The food menu isn't very large, mainly focusing on snackage and pizza. The quality is nothing to baulk at though! The Breakfast pizza is a stand out.
The selection isn't as large as some places like Hamilton's and only focuses on taps and no bottles. Not to say they don't have a few gems always rotating, including the occasional cask!
Overall it's a fun little place ideal for stopping in for a weekday dinner or to begin a pub crawl.

sharkboy, Aug 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

EJosesA, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

_morandi_, Jul 15, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Visited on 4th of July a/m/ when the BLAH nicely opened early to allow viewing of the World Cup match. About 24 beers on tap, including one cask from Stone. Good variety with the selection favoring Calif. beers (including Alesmith's Speedway and Horny Devil as well as RR Pliny [Elder]) but also including a number of internationals. Food has a very good reputation but the kitchen was closed due to the holiday.

chinchill, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

the_encinitan, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

antoines15, May 30, 2014
Photo of Shindoverse
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%

This is my favorite beer-oriented place in San Diego. Automatic Brewing's revolving eclectic brews are featured, but they bring in some good stuff from other brewers and collaboration. The atmosphere reminds me of the best of what is offered in an English pub without trying to be British. The food is fantastic and my faves are the Belgian Frites and the Bacon and Egg Pizza. I never get bored of the beers or anything else here.

Shindoverse, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

CapnTrav, Mar 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

jedschlueter, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

trytoketchup, Dec 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

fitius5150, Dec 02, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Blind Lady is great for anyone looking to have some great beers and pair them with delicious wood-fired pizzas. Best pizza I've ever had there was the Chorizo pizza, and paired it with a flight of Ballast Point beers on Nitro.

Really couldn't recommend this place more. The brewery is in the back, and sometimes you can take a peek.

sisterthelonious, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jonbonfon, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

bcerv-ca, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

djaeon, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of JDJTEXAS
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

I cant praise this place enough and as I write this I am asking myself why I have not gone back in a couple of months. BLAH is a rockstar establishment and everytime I have dined here I have been Soooo Happy afterwards. This place is awesome for Pizza as well as Beer. I love both those things so I win every time! The only ding I got is parking can be hard. But they are kid friendly so I forget about parking after that first sip of beer!

JDJTEXAS, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.25/5  rDev +1%

The Blind Lady Alehouse was pretty fun. Its a pretty casual place where all the ordering is done at the bar. The atmosphere has a vintage feel lent mostly from the classic advertisements for beer and the antique beers can displays everywhere. The music is appropriate and usually at a decent level too.

As far as selection, there is a great one regarding both beer and pub fare. Despite being a brewery (Automatic Brewery), there are ample options for craft beer from across the country and imports.

The food looked good but more specifically, the pizza is what is recommended. Pretty incredible stuff.

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

The Blind Lady Ale House was the hidden gem of my trip to San Diego. I wasn't staying anywhere near the place and ended up coming back three times.

A very nice dark wooden décor, located in a very cool, walkable area of town. Very laid back atmosphere, walk up to the bar and order your beer and food, take a number, grab a table and hang out until your food arrives. The service was friendly and informative. There was a nice beer selection with Pliny, 2 Societe beers, a couple of local saisons and a few of Automatic's own beers. The pizza here is simply amazing. The bacon and egg pizza is one of the best pizza's I've ever had. Coming from New York, I wasn't expecting that. The chef even came out and talked to us about how to recreate the dish at home. Overall, I really liked this place. I'd love to have a neighborhood bar like the Blind Lady Ale House.

vonnegut21, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of claspada
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%

Went here for a beer but couldnt resist getting a pizza when I saw them on the menu/someone else get one.

Service was super helpful. I like the setup for ordering food and beer, one celtralized cashier.

Pizza was great, nice and flat and crispy crust, really quality for West Coast pizza.

Lots of the house (Automatic beers) and plenty of other locals on the menu (around 20 if my memory recalls).

Definitely worth a visit for lunch as I heard it gets crowded as the day/night progresses.

Much better than the sister location Tiger! Tiger! if you just have to pick one.

claspada, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev -5%

Stopped by here because we were interested in seeing what the nano was up to. Walking in the bar is to the front. Beer on one side and food the other half. You order food and beer and they bring the food to you. Food looked good but didn't try any thing.

The atmosphere was nice and if we lived here we would be regulars. We could chill at a long table, play some board games, and drink very good beers.

On tap was a pale ale, IPA, DIPA, and a Saison, We enjoyed the pale ale, IPA, and DIPA. There was 20 plus guest taps but didn't try any.

Service was very good and quick.

bradybeer, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of FlyingBull
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%

We used to live 1 block from here and would enjoy walking down for a brew and some pizza. They have a nice selection of craft brews on tap, accompanied by some good gourmet pizzas and other snacks. The interior is kind of typical "beer bar...find a place to sit if you can" community tables. There is no table service; order at the counter and off you go.

Go early and you'll find a nice reasonable quiet place to enjoy a craft beer and some good food. Go after ~4 p.m. ish and the place can get real crowded real fast. Thursday, and especially Friday, and Saturday can be real crowded and difficult to find a seat until the kitchen closes and the hipster moms/dads/kiddies clear out.

While in general, I like this place, I find their beers and pizzas a little on the expensive side vs. what they are. While we still occasionally go there, I'd much rather go to Hamilton's or Small Bar.

FlyingBull, Apr 06, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

SDBW12 Number Nine. Translation: the Blind Lady Ale House was the ninth stop of my San Diego Beer Week 2012 trip and the one that was the farthest to reach as it required more than one bus, one being the Number 2 that also passes by the front door of the beloved Toronado. (See Review.)

The home of Automatic Brewery, Blind Lady, or BLAH – do not take this as a critique, is on the north side of Adams Avenue, in a neighborhood known as Normal Heights. Walking through the front doors and into the rustic dining area, you face a small serving bar, where house beers (and local crafts) are poured for the thirsty patrons who have gathered with families and friends as well as locals and strangers enjoying their brews and bites at rows of communal tables. Incidentally, if you are ever curious as to where to find the noisiest brats in San Diego, then search no further than this particular room.

Much like other San Diego’s beer venues, there is no table service, so you will need to go to the aforementioned bar and order the aforementioned brews and bites, the latter including some tasty salami pizza along with some pricey charcuterie: this, a fancy word for sausage and cheese platter. I got a chance to quaff their very decent Equal Rye along with an interesting Humulus Lager from friendly competitor Bruery. The beers here are fresh, well crafted and well poured. Well, one problem here at BLAH was the generally long line that resulted from the one server who seemed to spend more time checking IDs of fat Mexican chicks than pouring beers for us “thirsty patrons.”

While I probably won’t return during a future visit, Blind Lady should probably be on the itinerary of any first timer here.

jjboesen, Mar 25, 2013
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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.