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AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Brewing CompanyAleSmith Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 82
Beer Ratings: 17,619
Beer Avg: 4.15

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

82 Ratings
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

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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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$

My first stop of the day is a place I have wanted to visit for years. Entering the door I am greeted by a surprisingly small tasting room, reminds me of the old Tröegs tasting room. I would have expected it to be bigger, I bet this place is a mad house on days they have limited beers on. Atmosphere was pretty laid back. People enjoying their beers at the bars and over by the barrels they have lined up on the front wall. Service was pretty good. I had to wait a bit for one of my beers but all in all I never had to wait more than a minute or so for any of my beers. Quality was really high. The space feels bigger than it actually is thanks to their staging and they offer lots of swag and glasses to take home with you. Selection was a little disappointing in that they didn’t really have anything on that I hadn’t had before, just all of the regular beers and four seasonal offerings, still great beers but I was hoping for at least one or two new beers. Prices were more than reasonable. Overall a really nice space for a world class brewery. I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.

02-19-2014 02:32:24 | More by orangesol
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TheDrunkenDeer

Idaho

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$

A great little standing pub. I tried to get in on a tour that was starting but they said it was private. Not the best looking tasting room but the beer speaks for itself. A big fan of Alesmith here. Probably the best beer I tried in a week long tour of San Diego.

02-17-2014 06:40:11 | More by TheDrunkenDeer
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Showed up here when I was in town with the wife for a conference. Walked in and had no idea they were doing the Speedway Grand Prix that day. 10 crazy Speedway variants on tap, plus regular Speedway, nitro Speedway, cask Speedway, a new Hammerhead Speedway, and then their regulars. Unfortunately I had no idea about the event and did not sign up beforehand, so I could not have any of the Grand Prix tasters. But did try the Hammerhead and wow it was good. This place, like many breweries, is in an industrial/commercial park and is rather unassuming. Place was packed with nowhere to sit, but it was easy to get up to the bar and get a drink. Service was friendly and helpful, and they even had some BA Wee Heavy still for sale so I grabbed a bottle. Cool place but want to go back when it is less crowded. Might check out BA Speedway release party today, but that won't be any less packed. They had a food truck in the back for the event but it closed up before I got a chance to have some. Otherwise no food as far as I can tell. Overall a must visit place, as Amlesmith kills it with all of their beers.

11-22-2013 02:19:25 | More by BMMillsy
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teledeluxe

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $

Not sure if it has changed, but when I went in 2010 the taproom was literally just a tiny bar/booth in which to sample before you buy growlers and bombers. Hard to really rate the atmosphere because it is simply a warehouse. You wouldn't really hang out here. Having said that, the people were helpful and the beer was probably the best we had within 30 miles of San Diego (Stone included).

11-21-2013 19:02:40 | More by teledeluxe
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DoubleJ

California

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $

I would tell a long story, but I'm going to keep that to myself. Nobody wants to hear a story about hitting a wall with alcohol, passing out it his car, and receiving help for a taxi and hotel room for the night by the staff. Ok, so I didn't keep it to myself. But it was nice to see that AleSmith not only cares about the beer that they produce, but also how their customers feel afterwards, so props for that.

Beforehand, I was feeling lose after visits at Pizza Port and Ballast Point. The day was still young, and strolling into AleSmith was one thing which I had intended to do for years, but never got around to doing it. The tasting room is reasonably sized with an "L" shaped bar and an additional bar at the opposite end, where you get a look at the barrels being utilized. Extremely clean and well polished, and the bathroom was equally clean. Just beyond the bar you could walk into the production line of the brewery itself.

16 beers were on-tap during my visit, including a cask. Standards like their X, IPA, Speedway Stout, and Horny Devil were on-tap with their listed alcohol content. Additional to the standard were smaller batch beers, like their version of a Cream Ale, Irish Dry Stout, Evil Dead Red, Decadence Old Ale. From an aesthetic point of view, I did hope for something more than shaker glassware for the half-pint pours, but don't let that scare you off because their beers are very good. Pours are relatively inexpensive too, making it another reason to put AleSmtih on your tour list.

11-05-2013 17:48:14 | More by DoubleJ
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zhanson88

California

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Went down to San Diego to primarily pick up some Speedway variants, but had to stop into the taproom to see what was going on. Alesmith is in an industrial park, so the exterior is rather pedestrian, but when going in you enter a very cool spot. Well done taproom with a good deal of open space for chilling. Whiskey barrels aging beer provide part of the decoration which is cool. When we stopped by, it just so happened to be the release party for their BA Numbskull as well as BA Crand Cru, so the selection was probably better then that it is on a normal basis. But at that point, extremely good. If you're looking for food, they normally have several food trucks lined up serving. We did not partake, however. Overall, a good brewery with good beer that is most definitely worth a stop by.

10-19-2013 03:54:59 | More by zhanson88
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Erbayd

California

4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $

Definitely one of the best San Diego breweries, and an awesome place to go taste some extremely well crafted beers. Along with everything you can find in bottles, they have some great specialty brews available for tasting, so the trip here is worth it for those alone. When I was there they had super tasty Speedway Stout w/ Vietnamese Coffee and a version of their ESB w/ chilies that more adventurous tasters will find rewarding. The Grand Cru, IPA, Wee Heavy, English Old Ale, and Horny Devil are all very well done. Their selection may be smaller than breweries like Green Flash, but their beers are of the highest possible quality.

While the tasting room is small, they did a good job with the interior, using barrels for tables and decorating the walls with more barrels along with pictures of hops & grains. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area! It's an amazing brewery that I hope keeps growing because I'd like to see their beers more widely available in the Bay Area.

09-19-2013 21:30:05 | More by Erbayd
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JDJTEXAS

California

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Although it is a bit tight and cramped at times... Im ok with that because the Beer is the real winner hear. Alesmith is a top 5 brewery in Cali IMO. If you want a world class beer and dont mind rubbing elbows this place is for you. Plus they do special releases better than any brewery in San Diego!

09-09-2013 23:36:22 | More by JDJTEXAS
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petermethot

New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$

My wife and I had an incredible visit to the brewery during a beer trip in Cali. Showed up before opening and the brewer offered to give us a private tour of the place. I tried all 22 beers on tap (a lot to handle at 11 am) but amazing quality across the board.

06-27-2013 00:38:38 | More by petermethot
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bradybeer

California

4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Visited with my wife and we were blown away. Located in an industrial park walking in you will notice the bar straight ahead with some chairs and such located in front. We tried the Speedway Stout, Barley Wine, Belgian Strong, and a brown. While we have had all of these before it was nice to have them at the source. Service was excellent and quick for the size of the crowd. We bought some bottles and a pint glass and were on our way.

06-19-2013 14:48:50 | More by bradybeer
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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.