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AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing CompanyAleSmith Brewing Company

191 Ratings
Ratings: 191
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Active Beers: 101
Beer Ratings: 21,626
Beer Avg: 4.12
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 

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 +11.3%

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
Photo of SwG237
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

SwG237, Today at 01:35 AM
Photo of Afroman
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Afroman, Friday at 02:38 AM
Photo of RogueOz
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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
Photo of Escoerick
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

Escoerick, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Just like many many other breweries, Alesmith is out in a industrial complex of buildings. They've renovated things over the past couple years. Good service almost always and the prices are reasonable for tasters/pints. I just wish Alesmith would create some new beers. Their barrel aging program is good and the one time they released a sour years ago, I was really impressed.

putonyourwalkingshoes, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of timmy2b
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

The place was very clean with several tables for sitting as well as a long bar. They have multiple beers on draft, 2 on cask and the Speedway Stout was on Nitro. The bartenders were very nice and informative about the beers. Everyone in the place was happy, more sober than drunk and enjoying themselves casually which always leads for a good time. The prices for the samples I had was reasonable $1-3 and the pint for my girlie was only $4 for an Oktoberfest which is a great price compared to what I saw in CA for the weekend. As we left each bartender said thank you for coming in which was a nice twist. Really enjoyed the brewery and the beers were excellent!

timmy2b, Oct 08, 2014
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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
96 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.