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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
3.63/5
Based on:
23 Beers
51 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.21
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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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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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by slander:
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Flight tonight, so tracks for the airport soon. Or later. No, actually this is the last stop on the this. 6 days of debauchery and now back in San Diego, looking in on the BLAH. Hard time on Adams...

Good open space, two tiered. 5 picnic tables up front along the wall of large windows over Adams, and the bar space to the rear, up the ramp to at it, and a pair of tables to each side adjacent. Walls of brick, plank wood vertical, slat wood horizontal, and painted pieces of brick red. Cement concrete floorings, and a painted black ceiling with blended ductwork and drop hairdryer lamps. And it seems they took over something next door to doublewide themselves. 8 tables there, 2 of which are looong ones up front , and a very goddamn cool sprawling vintage Hamm’s piece running half the length of the room.

Split bar, food here & drink there, or so it seems, but maybe not. To the left, 20 taps on an alternating up down up down up down stainless steel panel on barback center, and a dead handpump off the end. Stem glassware dangling above, and shelved .5 litre logo glassware and muggings down below. Boards above list beer selections, slight descriptions, ABV, serving size, price, and pitchers for $16 availability where applicable, indicated by a pink ‘P’. Random glassware boxed up there, too. On the other piece further down, seating for 7 on stools straight phat block wood bar. The barback lined with strung holiday lighting, its counter there holding 6 more taps, pitchers, glassware, and a kitchen peek-a-boo. Big bottles along the bar piece and a shelf over the kitchen look in on, with books, pieces, glassware, mugs, bottles, samplers, baby barrels, figurines. Vintage ‘coldspot’ fridge, a corner cooler for things, and a flatscreen above.

Food board on the far wall (there will be a pizza, it’s true), beer trays with strung, you know, a single logo piece for Automatic Brewing (their backyard nano), and a great expansive ‘the very many varieties of beer’ print, with styles and examples. Beer sample racks in the far corners, and a cool ‘Specials’ tour event poster I’m sure Opa would dig. Brewerania can display with bottles atop, around the bend to the rear. I can see Grant’s IPA & Weis beer bottles from where I’m sitting, and then got all nostalgic and sad, and tried to school youngblood in who Bert Grant was, like the father of the American brewpub I never had, all that. If they had had a Grant’s Perfect Porter bottle from the mid 90’s up there, I probs would have tried to pinch it.

So, 20 taps here, 6 taps there; 26 in all. 3/5 of them Cali craft (Green Flash Le Freak, Drakes IPA, Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen & Juniper Ale, Mission IPA, Trumer Pils, New English Explorer ESB & Brewers Special Brown Ale, AleSmith X & Speedway Stout, Russian River Blind Pig, Beachwood El Verano Saison, Port Brewing Hot Rocks, Sudwerk Marzen, Lost Abbey Devotion, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat). The other 2/5 are a mix of craft from beyond (Oskar Blues Old Chub, Avery White Rascal, Allagash Black, DogFishHead Tweason’ale), imports (DuPont Foret, La Chouffe, Van Steenberge Monks Café Flemish Sour Ale, Duvel Single, St Louis Framboise), and a local cider (Julian Hard Cider). I drank the New English Special Brown & Port Hot Rocks.

Ordered the spicy nuts (Ben claims them to be cuminy although clearly they have some heat). And pizzas, ‘cause that’s they’re primary fooding (pizza, slight saladings, cheese & meats, and a handful of starter type things). I did the Margarita with house chorizo. It’s a great pie (and if Ben will commit to just one more slice, we can leave. Otherwise, we will miss our flight). He got the specialty Swiss chard, goat & Fontina cheese, prosciutto, lemon zest, & chives pie. Mine was the kinder of the 2 pies, and Ben’s crying like a wee girl about it but it is what it is.

Ben spun around 4 times on his stool and is woozy. And the Bad News Bears (some uniformed team of ball playing kids) showed up. Where is Tatum O’Neil? Grumpy bar people today, but a very good beer & food thing happening here. I was expecting something not this.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
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%
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 +12.8%
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!

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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sharkboy
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Shindoverse
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of sisterthelonious
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
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