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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.

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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.62/5
Based on:
23 Beers
46 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2009

Automatic Brewing Co. is a nano-brewery of sorts brewing in the back of Blind Lady Ale House.  http://automaticbrewingco.com 
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Reviews by JupiterJesus:
Photo of JupiterJesus
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

From my Yelp review:

Heard about BLAH from The Brewing Network, so I stopped here for lunch while I was in SoCal. I'm glad I did - perhaps one of the best places in the city for food & beer.

I had a stout they brewed under the Automatic Brewing label (or was it a porter?), on nitro with cherry and vanilla. I thought it would turn out to be too sweet and girly, but the cherry and vanilla flavors were subtle and really improved the experience. Also, I love anything on nitro. I'd get it again... and again and again. The wife had an oak aged, smoked stout from Beachwood Brewing, also very very good.

The egg and bacon pizza was downright orgasmic. The egg was runny and the whole thing was doused in truffle oil. Best pizza I've had in ages. On the expensive side, but it is big enough for a couple to split, which makes the price reasonable.

Miscellaneous:
They don't have table service, which makes it sound like a dive, but it really isn't. It's also nice to not have to tip a waiter. Sometimes you just don't feel like being waited on hand and foot.
Some people complain about parking, but we parked literally in front of the door. I guess we just got lucky.
They have TVs, if you care about that sort of thing.
Definite hipster style/vibe, if that bothers you.
Felt very family friendly - I'd bring my kids here if I had any.

I will be returning to BLAH as often as I can, whenever I'm in the area.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

It took me six years, but I made it! After a long anticipation, the Blind Lady Ale House received its long overdue visit from me. I parked between Blind Lady and Beer & Vine, so the walk was quick in either direction. After a bottle buying spree at two bottle shops, what better way to recover than a nice lunch and homemade beers?

Walk inside and you'll swear that 1973 hadn't left the place. An oddball phone booth (with no working phone) off to one side. A large mural of a Hamm's advert (and the Hamm's bear to go with it) at the other end. At the back end was a long display of old, stacked beer cans. It's a large place with plenty of available seating, especially during the lunch hour.

Order at the bar and go for food and drink. The beer and food menu are legible from the counter. I was excited to count 26 taps, although 7 were homemade beers of Automatic Brewing. There was a working cask too, plus a handful of canned beers. Pouring from draft were Craftsman, Firestone Sucaba, Echte Kriek, Logsdon, Figueroa Mountain and Chimay. Of the house beers, all seven were listed as an anniversary ale, although they did come in different styles (Belgian blonde, brown ale, IPA, etc). Pours were healthy, glassware went beyond the standard shaker pint, and prices were fair.

A few things disappointed me. I was hoping to have some mussels and fries for lunch, but they were out of mussels. I struck out on one beer too, as the 6th Anniversary Brown was tapped out and only available on cask. The two anniversary house beers were pleasant enough, though neither rocked my socks off.

Blind Lady is a pleasant place for beer, but wouldn't jump onto my "must visit" list. Seeing it listed as a Top 100 beer bar in the world according to one competition made me wonder if it would place in my personal Top 100 list of establishments I've visited.

Photo of Ucsbrandon
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great pizza, great beer and very family friendly. Can get a bit crowded at nights and parking in the surrounding neighborhood can be a hassle, better to ride your bike if that's an option.

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I moved away from San Diego in 2012, and this is the place I miss most. Aside from their consistent great beer lists, the food (specifically pizza and charcuterie plate) is fantastic. Service at the bar sometimes got a little surly, but in general nothing to complain about. Can't wait to go back some day!

Photo of LADaveBN
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of saemick
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Kalenm
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of fito1212
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of sharkboy
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of EJosesA
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of the_encinitan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Shindoverse
4.83/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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.

Photo of CapnTrav
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of fitius5150
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sisterthelonious
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

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.

Photo of jonbonfon
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.