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AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
4.1/5
Based on:
84 Beers
26,364 Hads
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 53
Visits: 306
Avg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

9990 AleSmith Ct
San Diego, California, 92126
United States
phone: (858) 549-9888 | map
www.alesmith.com

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: 53 | Visits: 306
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here to check out their beers because they don't make it to DE. Beers were great as expected. The tasting room is spacious and they offer a rack of four samples for tasting. We were there during mid afternoon on a Friday and they were busy but not crowded. Not a bad place to hang out and drink some beer.

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Photo of reindeerdog
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CoreyC
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mschantz
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The new tasting room is a huge space in an industrial park. Still a decent vibe given the size and location. They typically have 10-12 standards on tap and 5-6 specialty beers. A series of Mikkeller collabs were available when I visited. As with their standard bottled beers - nothing really blew me away, just a broad range of solid offerings. Beer tenders seemed to be reasonably knowledgable and helpful. In most towns Alesmith would stand out but not in SD these days.

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Photo of Stevenw7474
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Plasmafunk
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

A large warehouse structure with lots of counter bar space. Barrels serve as tables. When I was there, an Indiana Jones movie was playing via projection TV which served as the defacto kids area. No food on site but a food truck was parked nearby.
All your Alesmith classics are here, plus I had about 5-6 BA beers that were delicious.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of stwok21
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SDBeerGere
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Holopirek
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of archerdc
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Music was way to loud, decent setting, not much to keep my attention. Put something on the dang walls already.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

The new tasting room is absolutely enormous. It looks like an airplane hangar. Huge bar, lots of seating, and nice outdoor area for food trucks. My only complaint is that I wish they had more limited release beers or variants available in the tasting room.

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Photo of Lisa22
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of M_chav
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Terrible vibe on the outside, its an industrial park. On the inside it improves. But its still clustered and tight for space when it gets going inside. Quality of the beers is top notch. Wish they had more one offs on tap, really random what they tend to have. Since its next to other places in SD, its easy to make this a priority to check out.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of BDeibs
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dagubna
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SSS
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a great place to hang out and have a beer. They have an outdoor area as well as indoor. Good selection of beers, you can mix and match tasters. The service was very fast. Vibe was pretty good for 3pm...the have a food truck parked on the side of their terrace.

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Photo of Redgoatman
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JuanAlberto
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Granted I came in at 3:00 so kind of a slow day.

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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.