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.
Based on:
25 Beers
55 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 45
Visits: 68
Avg: 4.14
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. 
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Reviews: 45 | Visits: 68
Photo of magictrokini
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Love the vibe, very mellow, brick-and-wood interior. Cozy in terms of personal space. Had a video screen playing skateboarding at the time. Loud, don't expect to have a quiet conversation. Beer selection was small for an "Ale House." Sadly, it was dominated by Oktoberfest and other lagers at the time, and the Stone 13th was out. The pizza was weak. However, in the interests of full disclosure, I am a pizza snob. Prices were unimpressive, probably $2 more than anywhere else; well anywhere but Toronado SD. In short, this is not Pizza Port, so don't go there thinking it is a suitable alternative.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped here with t0rin0 awhile back, but never got around to posting my review.

Don't really bother trying to park in their lot, just go down one of the side streets and find a place somewhere down there.

We walked in and looked at the beer list, and there wasn't really much going on. Perhaps we were led astray by the classification of this place as a "brewpub". There were no house beers on, but a few decent choices on-tap.

No food was ordered, but it looked like they made a fine pizza from the appearance and smell of them. But you definitely pay for them...

The people were nice and the service was quick, but I guess I was just overall let down due to the lack of house beers and the fairly high prices.

You're better off heading a few blocks down to someplace like Toronado.

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Photo of Floydster
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here with some friends on Friday night. We ended up staying for two or three rounds, before moving onto Toronado.

Blind Lady Ale House is a pretty comfortable drinking spot. Even with a good-sized crowd, we were able to move around pretty easily, and eventually landed a table near the bar. The mood felt local and relaxed; cheery conversation filled the air. Many of the walls are lined with old beer bottles, which I really enjoyed - I used to decorate my garage the same way. All that said, there wasn't anything exceptional about this bar, but I could certainly see it being a good regular hang-out.

The tap list was solid, but didn't match that of Toronado, Small Bar, Hamilton's, and the other top beer bars in the area. They offered a good variety of styles, including a few lambics and sours, and each selection was either a great representation of its style or something new and interesting (e.g. Mother Earth's agave saison). There were a few in-house beers that bore the name "New English", and the one I tried (an English IPA) was pretty satisfying.

We had to order all of our drinks at the bar, but the bartender was very attentive and speedy... though also terse. S'all good in my book.

If you're looking to add another bar to your North Park pub crawl, this is certainly a worthy stop. Otherwise, hit up Toronado, Hamilton's, or Small Bar. Also, last call is at 11:15pm - lame!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

We got there after the kitchen had closed, so no words of wisdom on the food. The place has a cool vibe to it. Lots of art with beer and brewing as the subject, a glassed in wall of antique beer cans, and plenty of seating for a smaller sized establishment. We were there at night, and it at first appears to be too dark inside, but once you sit down the lighting is perfect. The bartender was very helpful when we were ordering. She informed us that their brews (Automatic Brewing Co) are in extremely short supply, and that they usually sell out within a day or two. That being said, they did not have any of their brews available while we were there. I remember briefly checking their website before we went, but don't recall if that was noted on there or not. On an interesting note, they were currently having their 2nd annual blind tasting contest that consisted of 7 BMC-type products, one of them being a 1yr old can of PBR...if you get all of them correct, you score a $100 gift card. Very interesting idea. Overall, their tap list was decent. I think there were about 15 available. The prices were very decent, too. We would absolutely make a return trip there the next time we are in the San Diego area.

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Photo of FlyingBull
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of bcm119
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Fairly roomy place with many long tables, dark wood and sparse but tasteful decor. Nice selection of higher end beers, but a little less focused on local breweries than the SD Toronado. The clientele is pretty young; there are scattered hipsters but the crowd is not too homogenous, for SD at least. The acoustics are cavernous and it was pretty loud on the Saturday night I visited. Overall a stylish place with a vibrant young crowd and an upscale urban feel; not a neighborhood pub with a locals feel. Worth a visit.

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Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went here during SD Beer Week '09. Lots of great stuff on tap, although it was a bummer that a lot of the better kegs kicked before I got there (around 10pm). The place is also ridiculously small, but they keep it from getting too packed by not letting too many people in. The downside of that is that you might have to wait in line outside. I had to wait, and even my "Don't you know who I am???" trick didn't work on the guy at the door.

Finally I got in and liked what I saw. Solid atmosphere and decor. Great beers on tap: AleSmith, Port/Lost Abbey, Alpine, Russian River, etc. I ordered an AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown and a Lost Abbey Devotion Ale, which were only about $4 apiece if I remember correctly. Also had a pizza, which was above average but not great. Service is decent, but be prepared to wait in fairly long lines sometimes to order.

The crowd is a fun one. Next to us was a pack of cougs in their mid-30's, who my buddy once removed (i.e. a buddy of my buddy who is not necessarily a buddy of mine) spent most of the night hitting on. Having a serious girlfriend myself, I wasn't able to partake in this cougar hunt. Bummer.

I see now that this place is brewing their own beer, and the one listed has an A-. Nice. I'll have to come back sometime and try it.

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Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of Norsebrew
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I hit this place after a stop a Toronado. We walked there and it probably took 15 minutes. This place is more like restaurant with a great tap list. The beer selection was very balanced and had alot of gems from local San Diego area breweries. The atmosphere is open with a great Hamms beer wall art. The place of packed on a Thursday night at 9pm. The pizza was very tasty. This is a great place to go if you want a good mix of food and beer. If beer is all you are after, I would try Toronado, Hamilton's Tavern, or Small Bar in the area.

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Photo of ryannaman
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in a few months back and have to say this place was definitely a good choice to stop! The big board had some awesome brews... went with a DFH beer of some sort... can't recall because of the drinking that took place the rest of the night. I have to say that the service of the place was dull for only about 25-30 people there. The bartender was in some sort of daze at that point... whatever wasn't in there to shoot the shit and talk beer with the staff... although some interaction would have been nice. The lighting was nice and low... the way I like it and the benches make it a unique environment. All in all a decent time was had... so I can't complain!

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Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of jjboesen
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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.

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Photo of csmiley
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Blind Lady is a small establishment that serves pizza and beer. Not hard to find but parking can be problematic once there. Looks like all parking is on the street. After walking in, there are two lines- one for beer and one for food. After getting a beer it's every man for himself in regards to seating. I stopped by on a Sunday afternoon so finding a a seat wasn't hard. Selection of taps is nice and included: Ballast Point, Green Flash, Alpine, Mission, and DuPont. Bottle selection was pretty thin but they at least had Consecration. One big letdown was no Blind Lady ales at the Blind Lady Ale House. Only guest taps available during m visit. Food (pizza) looked good but my party didn't partake. Overall vibe was laid back and the people there were nice. I would definitely stop by again for a brew.

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Photo of kleffman
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Cool pizza place that had an odd smell, but had a very good selection of craft beer. We found several high abv dessert beers that were great with our dessert (pizza looked good but did not try it).

Server was very friendly and assisted us politely with our beer choices (sat at the bar). Nice, spacious seating area with high ceilings. So many of the San Diego beer bars make you feel cramped or Clausterphobic but not this place.

Good location not too far of a drive from Toronado so I'll probably hit them again on my next visit, most likely for the pizza of course. Parking was a challenge.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I lived in the area when it opened 2 years ago but never checked it out until I moved and came back to visit.

The beer selection is pretty good but not as good as some other beer bars in the area.

This is more of a resturant vibe with a family atmoshpere. The interior is very beautiful with wood work.

The food was a little pricey and the menu is almost impossible to read. But man was it GREAT the two pizzas, bread, and olives were all sooo tasty!

Ill be back again for sure when Im in the area next.

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Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here on Friday afternoon for lunch, it was my first stop while in San Diego for a family wedding.

Pretty cool atmosphere, lots of vintage beer stuff decorating the walls, dark wood, very open and easy to order both food and beers.

Service was very good, the order taker knew beer, was friendly too. We also chatted with one of the co-owners who was very cool.

Selection was good, about 2 dozen taps of excellent beer with a great variety. The only bummer was they had no Automatic beers on tap when I was there.

Food was good, I really enjoyed the pizza and salad we had.

Prices were a tad high, but not bad.

Overall, I liked this place. I'd have no problem going back again.

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Photo of botham
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Blind Lady is a solid beer bar. dark wood and worn-in metal make up the basic aesthetics, along the line of an old warehouse. the place works off of a storefront strategy with the kitchen and bar at the back end and various seating out front. a supergraphic for Hamm's is on the left wall, placed over a wooden plank surface. the other walls were somewhat bare, with hand-written menus around the bar and kitchen and some random signage around as well. the bar itself doesn't have much seating at it, it is just used to order.

the quality and selection are great. though the focus is on pales and IPAs mostly, a couple malt gems do exist. beers are served in the proper glassware, clean, with very fresh taps (at least the four types that this BA had were fresh).

service was informative, knowledgeable, and excited about craft beer. the local beer scene seems to be an interest for the bar staff.

food was available, mainly pizza and some appetier-esque options.

overall this is a good place to enjoy a brew, although one can see it getting crazy on the weekend, due to the open nature of the design and the somwhat cramped layout of seating. the beers are fresh, the barkeeps are easy to talk to, and the overall mellow aura was excellent. cheers!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Transcribed from extensive notes dated W, 22 July 2009.

Affectionately known as "The BLAH", it was on Adams Avenue, just up from the northwest corner of 34th Street and just a short walk from my cousin's pad. It was one of those long places that was probably two separate buildings at one point and then a wall was taken out. That would account for the Emergency Exit on the south end of the building and the main entry on the north end. The best way to think of the place was as a giant rectangle, oriented north/south for the long sides. The south wall was dominated by a large mosaic of a brown and white horse as well as a piece of vintage Hamms! advertising. The west wall had the inverted "L"-shaped, laminated wood bar with a break in its middle for staff access. The south end of the break was Standing Room Only and overlooked the bank of twenty-six rotating taps, overhung by two blackboards detailing the current selections. They also had one handpump, generally in use on Fridays. The north end of the bar overlooked the the hand-thrown pizza kitchen as well as the cooler which held the limited (eight) bottle selection. The north wall held a chalkboard listing food and wine as well as a mosaic of horses at the track leaving the starting gate. The seating area was an eclectic mix of long picnic-style tables, standard tables and chairs and some high tables and chairs, I dug the exposed brick north wall, the low-key lighting and the exposed ducting and I said so to the very enthusiastic owner when we spoke.

Food: Fourteen kinds of pizzas and I chose "Egg". Yum.

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Photo of slander
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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 olympuszymurgus
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

we'd heard of the 30th street gauntlet but, whilst at alesmith, were informed that we had to make the trek here to see some new tricks. the place was fairly packed, pizzas looked delicious, and the tap selection was very nice. plenty of things from all the local guys, much deliciousness, including the new alesmith decadence. ran into one of the brewers from alesmith whom we'd met earlier in the day, enjoyed a decadence with him, talked of silly beer things, and the future of the place, got to meet one of the owners, who seemed a very nice woman. they were in the process of getting what looked like a two barrel setup ready for future happy fun time. a wonderful mix of family and sexy, gearing up for a friday night in lovely san diago.

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Photo of torchednoodle
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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!

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