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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.

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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.
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3.75/5
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58 Ratings
Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3416 Adams Ave.
San Diego, California, 92116
United States

(619) 555-1234 | map
blindladyalehouse.com

Notes:
Automatic Brewing Co. is a nano-brewery of sorts brewing in the back of Blind Lady Ale House. http://automaticbrewingco.com

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
32
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
58
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.17/5
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
75
pDev:
8.87%
 
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Photo of RLM15
2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Overrated and overpriced. There are so many better options in San Diego. I can't stand a place that charges $8 for local pints. Go to monkey paw, hamiltons, toronado or small bar instead.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Love the vibe, very mellow, brick-and-wood interior. Cozy in terms of personal space. Had a video screen playing skateboarding at the time. Loud, don't expect to have a quiet conversation. Beer selection was small for an "Ale House." Sadly, it was dominated by Oktoberfest and other lagers at the time, and the Stone 13th was out. The pizza was weak. However, in the interests of full disclosure, I am a pizza snob. Prices were unimpressive, probably $2 more than anywhere else; well anywhere but Toronado SD. In short, this is not Pizza Port, so don't go there thinking it is a suitable alternative.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped here with t0rin0 awhile back, but never got around to posting my review.

Don't really bother trying to park in their lot, just go down one of the side streets and find a place somewhere down there.

We walked in and looked at the beer list, and there wasn't really much going on. Perhaps we were led astray by the classification of this place as a "brewpub". There were no house beers on, but a few decent choices on-tap.

No food was ordered, but it looked like they made a fine pizza from the appearance and smell of them. But you definitely pay for them...

The people were nice and the service was quick, but I guess I was just overall let down due to the lack of house beers and the fairly high prices.

You're better off heading a few blocks down to someplace like Toronado.

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Photo of Floydster
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

We stopped here on an early Saturday afternoon, located on the east side of the 805 Freeway, surprised a place like this was in this neighborhood, walked in and saw a bistro-like atmosphere, bar directly in front of me, saw they used proper glassware immediately, clean and brand new, liked the way this place was set up although it was quite small, heard the pizza was good but was not hungry since we went right after lunch, took a while to get a bartender's attention, not many people were working but that was expected since business was slow, I ordered Automatic, their only house made beer at the moment but they were out, seemed like they had not had it for a long time too, I got a Dogfish Head Punkin instead and paid close to what I would get a four pack for at the store, not much interesting stuff on tap but it is all craft or Belgian, probably will only go back to this place once they start brewing, which is based on a pending license I believe, or when they have special events because I have heard some cool local beers show up at those, would definitely stop by if I was down there this weekend for San Diego Beer Week, still worth checking out regardless

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

It took me six years, but I made it! After a long anticipation, the Blind Lady Ale House received its long overdue visit from me. I parked between Blind Lady and Beer & Vine, so the walk was quick in either direction. After a bottle buying spree at two bottle shops, what better way to recover than a nice lunch and homemade beers?

Walk inside and you'll swear that 1973 hadn't left the place. An oddball phone booth (with no working phone) off to one side. A large mural of a Hamm's advert (and the Hamm's bear to go with it) at the other end. At the back end was a long display of old, stacked beer cans. It's a large place with plenty of available seating, especially during the lunch hour.

Order at the bar and go for food and drink. The beer and food menu are legible from the counter. I was excited to count 26 taps, although 7 were homemade beers of Automatic Brewing. There was a working cask too, plus a handful of canned beers. Pouring from draft were Craftsman, Firestone Sucaba, Echte Kriek, Logsdon, Figueroa Mountain and Chimay. Of the house beers, all seven were listed as an anniversary ale, although they did come in different styles (Belgian blonde, brown ale, IPA, etc). Pours were healthy, glassware went beyond the standard shaker pint, and prices were fair.

A few things disappointed me. I was hoping to have some mussels and fries for lunch, but they were out of mussels. I struck out on one beer too, as the 6th Anniversary Brown was tapped out and only available on cask. The two anniversary house beers were pleasant enough, though neither rocked my socks off.

Blind Lady is a pleasant place for beer, but wouldn't jump onto my "must visit" list. Seeing it listed as a Top 100 beer bar in the world according to one competition made me wonder if it would place in my personal Top 100 list of establishments I've visited.

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Generally excellent selection of beers with a good variety of southern California brews. Often some oddities, barrel aged, and wild brews. Prices mostly reflect what you would expect for the rarities. Nothing is a deal but you'll find something new. Usually a couple of the Automatic Brewing products, which are also interesting in an unpredictable variety of styles.

The room is wide and crammed with tiny tables and some of the usual picnic benches. Place is very loud and it's always packed in the evenings, even on drizzly winter nights. So afternoon is best if you're looking for thoughtful beer tasting. Families, young couples, and beer tourers are the usual crowd. I have found the food to be interesting but small portions and expensive. Most people seem to have pizza and burgers so maybe that's why.

One of San Diego's classic places if you like the crowded pizza joint style. Parking is simply impossible during prime evenings so bus or bike are happy alternatives.

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3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here with some friends on Friday night. We ended up staying for two or three rounds, before moving onto Toronado.

Blind Lady Ale House is a pretty comfortable drinking spot. Even with a good-sized crowd, we were able to move around pretty easily, and eventually landed a table near the bar. The mood felt local and relaxed; cheery conversation filled the air. Many of the walls are lined with old beer bottles, which I really enjoyed - I used to decorate my garage the same way. All that said, there wasn't anything exceptional about this bar, but I could certainly see it being a good regular hang-out.

The tap list was solid, but didn't match that of Toronado, Small Bar, Hamilton's, and the other top beer bars in the area. They offered a good variety of styles, including a few lambics and sours, and each selection was either a great representation of its style or something new and interesting (e.g. Mother Earth's agave saison). There were a few in-house beers that bore the name "New English", and the one I tried (an English IPA) was pretty satisfying.

We had to order all of our drinks at the bar, but the bartender was very attentive and speedy... though also terse. S'all good in my book.

If you're looking to add another bar to your North Park pub crawl, this is certainly a worthy stop. Otherwise, hit up Toronado, Hamilton's, or Small Bar. Also, last call is at 11:15pm - lame!

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Photo of Devman171
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

We got there after the kitchen had closed, so no words of wisdom on the food. The place has a cool vibe to it. Lots of art with beer and brewing as the subject, a glassed in wall of antique beer cans, and plenty of seating for a smaller sized establishment. We were there at night, and it at first appears to be too dark inside, but once you sit down the lighting is perfect. The bartender was very helpful when we were ordering. She informed us that their brews (Automatic Brewing Co) are in extremely short supply, and that they usually sell out within a day or two. That being said, they did not have any of their brews available while we were there. I remember briefly checking their website before we went, but don't recall if that was noted on there or not. On an interesting note, they were currently having their 2nd annual blind tasting contest that consisted of 7 BMC-type products, one of them being a 1yr old can of PBR...if you get all of them correct, you score a $100 gift card. Very interesting idea. Overall, their tap list was decent. I think there were about 15 available. The prices were very decent, too. We would absolutely make a return trip there the next time we are in the San Diego area.

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Photo of FlyingBull
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We used to live 1 block from here and would enjoy walking down for a brew and some pizza. They have a nice selection of craft brews on tap, accompanied by some good gourmet pizzas and other snacks. The interior is kind of typical "beer bar...find a place to sit if you can" community tables. There is no table service; order at the counter and off you go.

Go early and you'll find a nice reasonable quiet place to enjoy a craft beer and some good food. Go after ~4 p.m. ish and the place can get real crowded real fast. Thursday, and especially Friday, and Saturday can be real crowded and difficult to find a seat until the kitchen closes and the hipster moms/dads/kiddies clear out.

While in general, I like this place, I find their beers and pizzas a little on the expensive side vs. what they are. While we still occasionally go there, I'd much rather go to Hamilton's or Small Bar.

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Photo of bcm119
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Fairly roomy place with many long tables, dark wood and sparse but tasteful decor. Nice selection of higher end beers, but a little less focused on local breweries than the SD Toronado. The clientele is pretty young; there are scattered hipsters but the crowd is not too homogenous, for SD at least. The acoustics are cavernous and it was pretty loud on the Saturday night I visited. Overall a stylish place with a vibrant young crowd and an upscale urban feel; not a neighborhood pub with a locals feel. Worth a visit.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of EdrickCS
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went here during SD Beer Week '09. Lots of great stuff on tap, although it was a bummer that a lot of the better kegs kicked before I got there (around 10pm). The place is also ridiculously small, but they keep it from getting too packed by not letting too many people in. The downside of that is that you might have to wait in line outside. I had to wait, and even my "Don't you know who I am???" trick didn't work on the guy at the door.

Finally I got in and liked what I saw. Solid atmosphere and decor. Great beers on tap: AleSmith, Port/Lost Abbey, Alpine, Russian River, etc. I ordered an AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown and a Lost Abbey Devotion Ale, which were only about $4 apiece if I remember correctly. Also had a pizza, which was above average but not great. Service is decent, but be prepared to wait in fairly long lines sometimes to order.

The crowd is a fun one. Next to us was a pack of cougs in their mid-30's, who my buddy once removed (i.e. a buddy of my buddy who is not necessarily a buddy of mine) spent most of the night hitting on. Having a serious girlfriend myself, I wasn't able to partake in this cougar hunt. Bummer.

I see now that this place is brewing their own beer, and the one listed has an A-. Nice. I'll have to come back sometime and try it.

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3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by here because we were interested in seeing what the nano was up to. Walking in the bar is to the front. Beer on one side and food the other half. You order food and beer and they bring the food to you. Food looked good but didn't try any thing.

The atmosphere was nice and if we lived here we would be regulars. We could chill at a long table, play some board games, and drink very good beers.

On tap was a pale ale, IPA, DIPA, and a Saison, We enjoyed the pale ale, IPA, and DIPA. There was 20 plus guest taps but didn't try any.

Service was very good and quick.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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