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AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing CompanyAleSmith Brewing Company
BA SCORE
97
world-class

210 Ratings
Ratings: 210
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.84%
Active Beers: 69
Beer Ratings: 21,227
Beer Avg: 4.08
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

9368 Cabot Drive
San Diego, California, 92126
United States
phone: (858) 549-9888

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
AleSmith has been in operation since 1995. The brewery is open to the public for growler, bottle and merchandise sales:
Monday - Thursday: Noon-9pm
Friday: Noon-9pm (food truck at 5pm)
Saturday: 11am-9pm (food truck at 1pm)
Sunday: 11am-6pm

Tours are given the last Saturday of each month. Please call ahead for groups of 7 or more.

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Photo of retry4z
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%

This is my favorite brewery, and rightly so. Not only do they brew the best beer, but this San Diego's second craft brewery (after Karl Strauss) is also friendly and welcoming.

There are always people here when I come who are keen on meeting new people. I've been approached by several folks who started conversations with me.

I've also been on the brewery tour, and tried their foor truck food, which is delicious.

Everyone is friendly, and the brewers are passionate about what they do. Even the bar menu, a hand-written outline of the beers, is meticulously drawn (which took 8 hours per board, I heard, with two boards).

Their new bottling station is a $300k state-of-the-art machine custom-made from Italy that saves space and time.

This is a fast-growing brewery with a dedicated fan base. Wherever you go, you'll hear that Speedway Stout is a favorite here in San Diego.

They also brew excellent IPA, Scottish-style ale (Wee Heavy), a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (Grand Cru), Barleywine (Old Numbskull), Quadruple (Decadence 2012), Belgian Strong Pale Ale (Horny Devil), and some excellent seasonal brews.

You can get 2-ounce tasters for $1-2, a pint for ~$4 or take a bottle for about $11.

Overall, it's a world-class brewery whose brewers' passion shows through. I am looking forward to coming here many more times and experiencing the heart-warming brews. As Peter Zien, AleSmith owner, says, "[beer] can be quite an exciting beverage, with all the complexity of wine."

retry4z, Apr 24, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Eternal218, Tuesday at 09:06 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Bill-w, Sunday at 04:12 AM
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

DahWag, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of Donco
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Great place to pick up sought-after bottles and stop for a fresh draft. Great people. Great brewery. Great beers!

Donco, Nov 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CaptainPancakes, Nov 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

NJB145, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

david131, Nov 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

HopHead84, Nov 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

dabarton, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Russkiy, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Rado
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Rado, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of HunterSBeerson
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Amazing brewery that does not often get the recognition it deserves. With so many great brewers in Southern California, it can be hard to stand out. Despite the crowded market, AleSmith stands apart by putting out amazing beers that differ from the American IPAs that you commonly find out here (and they even do those better than almost anyone in the form of YuleSmith!)

HunterSBeerson, Oct 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

kingpin1010, Oct 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

scorpionpower, Oct 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

bnelson997, Oct 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

define333, Oct 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

JackNip, Oct 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

cuvtcuv, Oct 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

SwG237, Oct 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Rothobinide, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Afroman, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of RogueOz
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Nice clean, modern facility. Average bar area and seated/standing area. Partial view into the brew/warehouse area. Single men/womens bathrooms, cleaned regularly. parking can be tight during the week due to the other business being open and shared parking lot. Occasional bus tour can make this bar area kind of tight. Nice tap list including all the staples and several special/seasonal releases. The website doesn't always give an accurate taplist and no webcam, especially if you want to know the special release taplist. Don't bother calling b/c they don't pick-up. The occasional food truck - check website for calendar. Hope this helps. Cheers.

RogueOz, Oct 11, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -4.8%

Escoerick, Oct 11, 2014
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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.