AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing CompanyAleSmith Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.2/5
Based on:
74 Beers
7,425 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 43
Visits: 272
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: 43 | Visits: 272
Reviews by orangesol:
Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,111 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cyclingdad
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A quiet little tasting room. All about the beer. (48 characters)

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A little out of the way from San Diego proper but still not as far as going out to Escondido to Stone. They usually have some interesting things on tap as well! (161 characters)

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

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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.