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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

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.62%
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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Photo of jedschlueter
5/5  rDev +19%

jedschlueter, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Shindoverse
4.83/5  rDev +15%

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
Photo of ZX6Chris
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

I attended a Sensory Evaluation and tasting with the San Diego Beer Club featuring Peter Zien and Lee Chase(Owner of Blind Lady Ale House).

They had a great tap list and it was very impressive listening to Lee Chase talk about his direct draw tap system(he seemed very proud and after his explanation I understood why). this guy really knows his beer and I think it shows at Blind Lady ale House. It was the best Craft Beer establishment I've been to and the beer tasted wonderful.

The atmosphere was great, the bathrooms were clean, the servers seemed nice to me and the food was good too. What more could you ask for?

ZX6Chris, May 29, 2010
Photo of colonelforbin
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%

One of my favorite places in San Diego to eat and have some beers. The atmosphere is nice, lots of small and large tables throughout the restaurant. Order food at one spot, then take two steps to the left and order your beer from the bar.

Great selection of SD and other Southern CA beers. I have always been impressed by the selection here. Seems like they go out of their way to get unusual things that other pubs do not carry. I really like this. They have started brewing small batch house brews as well, which I've not tried but look forward to trying next time I am down there.

Service is great. Never had a problem. I really enjoy the food. Lots of great vegan options, including some very tasty vegan pizzas. Great to see this as far too few places like this have inclusive menus.

Crowd is always pretty lively and it can get crowded and maybe a tad loud, but never in an unenjoyable fashion.

Highly recommended if you are anywhere near downtown San Diego or the 30th St. corridor.

colonelforbin, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of gregshead
4.58/5  rDev +9%

The atmosphere fits for a pizzeria/beer place. Not too loud but usually a pretty happening/busy place until about 10:30.

Quality of beer is awesome. I always feel like the bartenders are doing everything they can to serve me a good beer. I've seen them throw out beers they felt were too carbonated to serve the patron, etc

Service is where they really rock your socks off. They are super personal. The bartenders are very willing to talk about beers at great length but only if you want that. I've even had opportunities to chat with the owners and there are very knowledgeable and friendly. Makes it feel like your home bar where they know your name.

Selection is really well balanced. A little of a lot of different styles. Each of the selections are a good representations of those styles.

gregshead, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of AndyGz
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

BLAH is my favorite place to have pizza and beer. I have been a regular patron since it opened and regularly crave their artisan pies paired with high quality and rare beers. They serve honest pints with headspace above the pint line and rinse their glasses with filtered water just pre-pour to get rid of the sanitizers mandated by CA law. The house-made chorizo pizza is my favorite and the quattro formaggio deserves honorable mention too. The salads are great too, especially the stone fruit salad that only appears seasonally. Lee Chase, former Head Brewer of Stone Brewing, is the owner and after an expansion of the location is now brewing amazing and unique beers on premises under the name Automatic Brewing. I know lots of people still love and respect Stone but when Lee left Stone so did my loyalty to them. Their best beers in my opinion are Lee's old recipes.

AndyGz, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of JDJTEXAS
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

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 09, 2013
Photo of d0ggnate
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

d0ggnate, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of gerrick
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BLAH is yet another fantastic San Diego beer spot. Lots of great beer on tap. Great food and a nano brewery in the back. Really? what else needs to be said. Lee Chase worked at stone and helped create arrogant bastard among many others. Most produce they use is certified organic and locally grown. Home of the honest pints. the Dessert specials must be had (Alesmith Speedway Stout Chocolate Mousse). Get there before the kitchens close. it can be a bummer to miss that. I also recommend the homemade ice cream sandwich if they have any. Cheers and enjoy.

gerrick, May 27, 2011
Photo of JupiterJesus
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

JupiterJesus, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

fitius5150, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

EJosesA, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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 jonbonfon
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jonbonfon, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of sisterthelonious
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

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
Photo of DavidInSanDiego
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Let me talk about the service, first of all. Every time I've been to the BLAH, the service has been top-notch. Everyone in there genuinely cares about what they doing, and that you are enjoying yourself in their establishment. The couple of times where there's been an issue, they are quick to offer a beer or appetizer to make things "better." But there's almost never an issue. The beer is fantastic, the food just as good.

The beer selection isn't huge like Toronado, but it's sizeable and definitely full of QUALITY beers. You shouldn't be disappointed.

My wife and I just returned from Italy, where we avoided tourist traps and stuck with the small trattorias...looking for an authentic experience. Blind Lady is the closest thing in town to what we had over there. They do the Neopolitan style right(sans wood oven, which would definitely be a nice addition, if they can do it). In fact, in some cases, their pizza is better. This is REAL pizza, and it's damned good. They also offer very unique toppings and combinations, aside from the standards. If you're stuck on having Americanized pizza that doughy, has a lot of cheese, and is perhaps really greasy, this might not be your style. But it IS great, and it's the real deal.

DavidInSanDiego, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of radshoesbro
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

radshoesbro, May 03, 2009
Photo of Trappissed
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%

As others have mentioned, this is a nice alternative to a place like Toronado or Hamilton's. Although those places are excellent, Blind Lady is much more laid back and you can actually sit down comfortably to enjoy your beer. More spread out and not quite so claustrophobic. One downside is the beer selection is not as impressive, but they did have some decent choices. I had a Delirium and an Allagash Curieux.

There were also some Green Flash reps that night, but we got there kind of late, so I think we missed some of that fun. Beer prices were definitely fair, especially the Delirium. A couple bucks cheaper than you will find at "other" places. Bartenders could have been a little more knowledgeable, but its ok. I need to try the food next time. I kind of liked the line-type situation to order beer. Seems more organized and an easier way than your average bar.

Trappissed, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of the_encinitan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

the_encinitan, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ThePaleRider, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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 _morandi_
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

_morandi_, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of claspada
4.24/5  rDev +1%

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 Jodi215
4.2/5  rDev 0%

This is our favorite pizza stop when we're in S.D. The atmosphere is comfortable rustic and family friendly. There is old oak flooring on the walls which I love. They have multiple vegan choices of pizzas which I really appreciate and they now offer a pretty good vegan cheese substitute. I usually have the vegan Pesto Pizza but this time tried the Margarita Pizza and found it to be delicious, almost as good as the Pesto. The guys had a Cauliflower pizza and the Quatro Fomage pizza and ate every bite and then polished off mine. The Beer selection is very good and they even had a Cismontane beer which is a small brewery from south OC. Although my son thought Tiger! Tiger! had more limited releases to choose from. The value is good here although the prices might seem a little high, you do get your money's worth.

Jodi215, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of sharkboy
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%

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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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
93 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.