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
3.68/5
Based on:
25 Beers
27 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 45
Visits: 68
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: 45 | Visits: 68
Photo of radshoesbro
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

came in here on a late saturday afternoon to find it pretty busy, but not overly crowded. a good selection on tap, with some stuff that's a little more difficult to find around here. the staff seemed to be into beer, but i didn't really talk to them so i don't know of their knowledge. this isn't a bar at all, it's a walk up, order your beer and sit down type place. they've got pizza, and it looked pretty good, but i honestly doubt it's better than newport pizza.

for what they do (pizza & beer) the location is pretty good. it's nice not having to drive to ocean beach to get a good beer and a pizza. i'm going to have to try their pizza the next time i go.

i'll definitely go here again. (694 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

WeeHeavySD took me here on my trip to San Diego.

Cool little bar with open seating. The place was packed but we did find a seat. You order first and seat yourself.

I ordered a pizza which was very good. Lots of flavor and toppings for a more than fair price. The beer is all on a chalk board with a nice number of selections.

Lots of San Diego gems along with some from elsewhere. Not the best beer selection in the world, but not one I would turn my nose up at.

Overall a cool bar with great food.... there is a pretty nice beer selection to boot. (552 characters)

Photo of kleffman
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Checked out The Blind Lady on a Friday night around 6:30. Was pouring rain, so I hoped it would keep the crowds down a bit. Wrong. However, with an outstanding beer selection it wasn't hard to stay occupied. Although there isn't much room to just stand a drink a beer, the layout is a bit awkward. You have to be a jackal to get a table, but eventually it will happen, and that's when I got to order some food. Got a couple pizzas and a caesar salad. Food was very good, and well worth it. Actually the prices are reasonable too. Beer prices are a bit steep for small pours, but I find it hard to complain too much about this place. Overall good, but I wish it wasn't a seat yourself style place like Pizza Port where it's just total mayhem finding a table. Oh well, I'll go back, worth the hassle. (798 characters)

Photo of torchednoodle
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here today for a belated birthday lunch with family. Decor is cool, there's a kickass giant Hamm's mural on one wall and next to it on the wall, some beat up old hardwood flooring planks (sounds weird but looks cool). You get in one line to order pizza and another to order beer, so no wait staff to speak of, not necessarily a bad thing.

Pizza is pretty good, thin crust. Delicious. We had the spinach pizza with a fried egg in the middle, and we all agreed it was one of the best pizzas we've had in a while. We also had a sausage pizza that was outstanding.

Awesome selection of beer. There's not only a lot of choices, but they're all primo options. We had Pliny the Younger (open a couple of weeks and Lee Chase already has access to PtY! awesome). The "direct draft" system seems to take a litle longer to pour, but if it means no lines to possibly intrude on beer flavor then that's a great thing. We were drinking PtY along with chewing a few bites of white anchovies from our Cesar salads, I'd have to say it was a pretty good unintentional pairing.

A couple of negatives though. First off, what kind of "family" pizza place, as they purport to be, doesn't serve soda?? While us guys were fine with beer, the ladies wanted some Diet Cokes, but the guy at the front said they don't serve soda. Huh? If we had actually brought kids, I could see that being a bigger issue, but the ladies just had sparkling water instead. If the lack of soda is intentional because of the "organic" nature of the restaurant, that's just as silly as a place not serving ketchup because they think you shouldn't be eating it, sorry Stone (although to be fair you just have to ask for ketchup at Stone and they'll bring it out, albeit reluctantly). So it's just beer and water, and I'm fine with beer, but non-beer drinkers and kids need options too. Poor form.

Second, the price/size ratio on the beers is clearly off, and I don't mean the Pliny the Younger, which due to the rareness I expect to be served in smaller servings for more $, but I mean the other beers on the menu. The glassware is awesome, but is clearly smaller than your average pint and more expensive to boot. That makes for a bad combination.

They certainly are not dealbreakers, but they are problems, at least in my eyes. Hopefully those kinks will be worked out the longer this place is open. All in all, a great experience though. May the Blind Lady live on in good health! (2,445 characters)

Photo of d0ggnate
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I got an opportunity to visit the recently opened Blind Lady this afternoon. Upon first entering I was very excited to see a nice open space. Off to the right was a chalkboard with current beer offerings. We stood in short line, place a pizza order, and then sat and waited.

As I sipped my Allagash Curieux, I admired their unique decorative style. The giant Hamm's sign on the west wall was cool. I then stared at all the great beer offered.

The food arrived and was great. Thin, crispy crust was incredible. The toppings were very fresh. I wanted to go for my next beer, but was in a rush. I'll be back often and I'm sure I'll get the chance to go up and down that beer list.

Overall, Blind Lady was impressive for only having been open just recently. I think they are a very welcomed addition to the beer rich 30th Street area. (836 characters)

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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.