AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing CompanyAleSmith Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.2/5
Based on:
75 Beers
7,426 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 42
Visits: 270
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

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

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Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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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Reviews: 42 | Visits: 270
Reviews by Sammy:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Kind of a small room with some memorabilia on the walls. Plain. Good beers on draft, bottle take away and the service was helpful and friendly. (144 characters)

Photo of Teen-o
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gordon8145
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of EdrickCS
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of TLieu
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Vizentico
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Wanted to get to the original taproom/brewery before the new brewery opens in the next couple of months. Wife and I dropped in for a few tasters and to pickup some bottles.

As expected, not a large facility. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Patrons were friendly and helped explain to my wife the tap systems (traditional English cask tap).

Only disappointment was the lack of variants, but I did get a chance to try Cask Old Ale. Worth the trip.

Got four bottles, tee shirt, and a cool bag to carry the four bottles purchased. (536 characters)

Photo of Pawoto
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

AleSmith was a great stop on our 14-brewery San Diego beer trip. The selection was solid - Speedway from the source was a highlight, as was .394 and imperial .394. They had a few BA beers on and I would've gladly stayed longer if there was time.

Merch was great - took home a tasting glass and the .394 Pale Ale Hooded Sweatshirt.

If you don't stop at AleSmith the next time you are in the area then you hate beer. (420 characters)

Photo of esktime
4.57/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Inhopsibelieve
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of barflybastard
4.31/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Telly13
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of FanbladeNoise
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AndrewRamella
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of chrisjws
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ARoman
4.01/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

*Based on notes from 02/2014 visit*
A quaint little storefront tasting room, but to be honest, for a guy from Chicago - where Alesmith is unavailable - it was awesome to finally sample some of the offerings of this renowned brewer. Well polished and maintained taproom, bit of a lodge / lounge feel but with hints of the production facility just around the corner. Friendly staff, excellent pricing, but only a handful of brew available. (437 characters)

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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.