AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Brewing CompanyAleSmith Brewing Company
AleSmith Brewing CompanyAleSmith Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

9990 AleSmith Ct
San Diego, California, 92126
United States

(858) 549-9888 | map

Notes: 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 cratez
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Tried the following as part of a flight:
AleSmith Evil Dead Red
AleSmith Decadence 2017
AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .394
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee

Beers were superb across the board. Also bought some Old Numbskull and Speedway Stout to go; both were phenomenal. Service at the bar was fine as the beertender was quick to grab our drinks. The guy in the retail store was a bit more engaging, which we appreciated. Cool atmosphere in the beautiful, gargantuan taproom and we had fun touring the Tony Gwynn Museum. Our overall experience was very special, and we would happily come back.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Huge tasting room in the front of brewery building. Merch shop is on the left as one enters, and the right opens up to a two-story taproom with windows into the brewery. Zigzag bar seats probably 40 to 50, and there are a number of tables spread about the room. Additionally, there is a patio in front with nightly food truck. 25 beers on tap, half were brewery only seasonals and specials. Place had an after-work unwind sort of vibe. Friendly efficient bartenders.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

AleSmith is a fairly large tasting room and production house. Tonight they had a couple of food trucks. Once you enter the building you have a gift shop and place to purchase beers to go. There is a large bar area with a view to the production area behind it. They had ample seating inside and out.

The beer selection tonight was nice. They had a couple Speedway variants I tried - Jamaican Blue Mountain and Thai. Both were solid beers. Had a couple of tasters and made my way back to my hotel I'm staying for a conference.

Overall, a splendid place to visit and hang out with friends.

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Photo of Jboadway
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5

Clean well kept and organized all around nice family friendly atmosphere large bar with lots of open seating options. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable food truck they had looked and smelled very good. Some games outside and nice upper deck with view and seeing the blue angels fly over didn’t hurt. Adding a signature non alcoholic drink or two and would have been 5s across the top!

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Really nice place. The patio was set up perfect with great food trucks and patio games.
Really big tasting room with 30 plus beers on tap and the Tony Gwynn museum was awesome !

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Photo of eppie82
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is beautifully designed, as far as the architecture and layout. Beautiful building, huge open space with plenty of bar seating, table, outdoors, private area and special barrel age room. Quality of establishment is top notch. Everything is in excellent shape and the mini-museum for Tony Gwynn is fantastic (with a bunch of his trophies and all). Can't complain about the service or the staff in general either. They were not only quick but they also brought beer from their barrel aging section (where I was supposed to go to get BA beers on draft). Their shop clerk was also really friendly and insightful. Selection was huge, of both regular offering and barrel aged. They do not serve food but there is a food truck outside always if you get hungry.

Just a great place to visit. Wish it was closer to downtown San Diego but it is totally worth a 25 min drive from there to visit this unique place.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

this is a brewery i have respected forever, one of the first to turn me on to strong ales like old ale and barleywine, and i have been a longtime lover of their speedway stout, so it was sort of a full circle thing for me to get to visit their enormous new(ish) brewery. its a huge space, almost feels like a hotel lobby, with big leather couches, high ceilings, low light, noisy and bustling, kind of an urban industrial feel to it, tanks visible behind the bar, tons of fermentation capacity here, huge but comfortable, if a bit overly refined and lacking uniqueness as a space. its comfortable though, and it was exiting just to be here. the beer list included all of the staples, a few new ones by me, and a range of speedway variants i was super pumped to get into, including jamaican, vietnamese, chire, and thai. they were all awesome! they also have a cool gift shop with some bottles to go. a neat mix of people in here from corporate gathering to laid back california looking folks, mellow for how busy it was. service was fine, sort of unexcited but we didnt spend much time at the bar, opting instead for one of the leather couches where we had our minds blown by the speedway flight. its cool to see how successful these guys have been, their new space is beautiful, and the beers continue to speak for themselves. we had a great time here, definitely worth a visit, and if you are unfamiliar with their beers, be sure not to miss it!

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This was my first time to AleSmith. Very cool facility, huge! The selection when I went was great for Speedway Stout variants, but for those looking beyond heavy stouts, I’ve gotta say there maybe could have been a little more. Service was great, speedy and friendly. Beer quality was solid, from what I had. With the right event going on, during a full house session, I can really see this being a fun place to be!

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Photo of Brolo75
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Hit up AleSmith on a recent trip to San Diego. Lots of people, big crowd with big lines and long waits to get a beer. There was not enough seats for my friends and I, so we had to stand on the deck near the restrooms. Service was not that good but I could understand as they seemed understaffed for a Saturday afternoon. My recommendation is that they expand their tasting room, add more seats and staff.

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Photo of BeanBump
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Arguably the best brewery in SD. They upgraded to a much larger tasting room a couple years back and have been working on revamping/expanding it since. The brewery not only boasts a large tasting room with both indoor and outdoor seating but they also have: fire pits, daily food trucks, a Tony Gwynn museum on-site (free), games, gift/bottle shop, tours and a private barrel-aged only tasting room ("Anvil & Stave"). Super friendly and helpful staff and Alesmith always has about 20 beers to choose from which include the every day favorites and a handful of barrel-aged, limited, or special beers. When in SD, this is a must.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

There are a lot of places in industrial parks, and most of them feel like it. That said, AleSmith has done a lot to make this a welcoming space. Lots of room for the happy hour crowd in the main space, plus a cave-like hidden room for barrel-aged brews. Food trucks are usually outside, and I had to get the bacon grilled cheese. I could spend a lot of time there if I lived nearby, and I was kinda sad I had to move on to the next place because of my limited time. (San Diego. Poor poor pitiful me, right?)

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This place is pretty awesome. Awesome selection of beer, very open with different types of seating, including outdoors. Great service and nice vibe. I could totally hang out here all day with some friends and drink.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a must-stop place if in the San Diego area. A little off the beaten path, especially if you are staying downtown but worth it. The Anvil & Stave is a really cool experience and something you have to do if you are there. The main tasting room has a cool vibe and a nice selection of beer but the Anvil & Stave is the highlight for sure.

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Photo of Docrock
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nice location right off Miramar. Very clean and open. No food available unless there is a food truck. Solid offerings of beer including some barrell aged options plus some r and d. Worth a visit if in San Diego and just around he corner from Ballast Point brewery/restaraunt.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Made two stops here and found a huge open space, long bar area, movies showing and a pretty big gift shop that also had bottle sales.

If you come on the right day, you'll luck out with some Speedway variants, if not you'll just have to settle for variants of some other beer. Hard to go wrong either way.

I'd go here if I had a big group by the way.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

All Hail, Alesmith.
I remain mystified that a brewer in one of the most consistently warm climates can produce such astounding stouts.
But the story starts two years ago because Alesmith has two on my quest to taste "10001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" and they don't distribute in my state.
When their beer starts to dribble into Illinois, I was advised by the largest beverage retailer in Chicagoland that I would be lucky to get any soon.
A month later, we visit my wife's cousin in San Diego and he has a driver without much to do. So it seemed like a genius-stroke to ask him to take me to Alesmith. I could drink all I wanted!
Well, we arrived and I discovered : no flights, but they sold bottles.
We were flying out tomorrow, so I didn't want to buy bottles. Dilemma.
Then, I saw a clique of restauranteurs sampling the brews.
Without introducing myself, I went over and acted like I knew their biz.
The conceit worked and I sampled at least five brews... all excellent and an astounding stout.

Lesson: Beer-hunting requires more than persistent, it requires guile... albeit for a good cause.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Very cool place, just wish the beer was better. Food truck was pulled up for good eats. Outdoor patio area had a cool area to chill by the fire and others were playing corn hole. Inside was massive with lots of stools and tables, all of which were taken on the Saturday evening I was there.

Loved the place but unless they produce better beer, I'll probably skip next time (no Speedway stout or any variants available the day I was there).

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Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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 mschantz
3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Plasmafunk
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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 ArkyVaughan
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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 rodbeermunch
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
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 shoegueuze
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This is a great taproom, VERY big, usually have a food truck on the weekends. No shortage of seating really, even on a release party weekends. That's another thing I would recommend. If you come visit this brewery come on a weekend where they just did released a special beer that day or the day before, they will have a decent amount of other special variant beers and versions of other beers going back years sometimes. If you go any other time they will 9.9 out of 10 times have only beer they sell year round. They do proxies for beer pickups which also makes them pretty nice. Overall a decent stop if you're in this part of San Diego.

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Photo of SSS
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
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 amano_h
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

AleSmith would have been my favorite stop during my mini San Diego brewery tour, had it not been for the fact that I was suffering from heat exhaustion earlier during the day and could not consume any alcohol on-site (which kind of worked out, since it allowed me to drive my two other brewery tour buddies around.)

For beer enthusiasts everywhere, AleSmith really needs no introduction. Their beers, regardless of style, have been received with critical acclaim (and boy, you should meet some of these critics), which is quite uncharacteristic of breweries nowadays where people tend to remember a brewery's flagship beer and not much else.

There's definitely something here for beer drinkers/enthusiasts of all ages and levels; unlike the other San Diego giants, (e.g. Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash) AleSmith has a more intimate, local watering hole/lounge atmosphere, which was definitely a nice refreshing change after visiting the giant industrial complex that is Green Flash/Ballast Point.

Not only can you sample all of AleSmith's year-round offerings on draught, but this is pretty much the only place you can purchase the highly sought-after barrel-aged/rare coffee variants of AleSmith's Speedway Stout without giving up both legs and arms; I also saw a small foodstand/food truck toward the back of the brewery, which I should probably try the next time I come back. (hopefully without the heat exhaustion)

Long story short, despite their ubiquitous appeal across America, AleSmith seems keen to remain San Diego's best kept secret and it really shows -- definitely a "local favorite" kind of spot

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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 34641 ratings