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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Ratings by BeanBump:
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
by BeanBump from California

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.

Jun 29, 2017
More User Ratings:
4.14 by Budlum from Maryland on Dec 01, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
by Gatch from Massachusetts

This place is the real deal. The penultimate craft brewery experience in the San Diego area and up there with the best in all of Southern California. Quality is top notch, variety of offerings is more than enough for several visits, and the food options outside were satisfying (though a tad expensive). Even during the pandemic, it was a vibrant and modern facility and the kind of destination I had expected and hoped for. Been waiting years to finally visit. And they have their own street/address, so you know they’re special.

Jul 04, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
by cratez from Canada (ON)

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.

Mar 29, 2020
4.67 by REVZEB from Illinois on Feb 24, 2020
5 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts on May 16, 2019
5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Apr 03, 2019
4.47 by NickThaFish from New Mexico on Mar 06, 2019
4.54 by Korymiller from Arizona on Feb 18, 2019
3.75 by edsanchezz28 from California on Jan 19, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

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.

Nov 29, 2018
4.87 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts on Nov 07, 2018
5 by BrenchToast from California on Oct 31, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
by mrcraft from California

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.

Oct 14, 2018
4.63 by santig0nzalez from Paraguay on Oct 08, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5
by Jboadway from California

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!

Oct 01, 2018
4.68 by Beernoobie from California on Sep 28, 2018
4 by Aakash from California on Sep 08, 2018
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4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
by CJNAPS from California

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 !

Aug 28, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by eppie82 from Illinois

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.

Jul 05, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Jun 25, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by WickedBeer from Alabama

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!

May 23, 2018
4.34 by vincechan from Canada (ON) on May 10, 2018
4.53 by Argento from Rhode Island on Apr 29, 2018
4.56 by spointon from Illinois on Apr 16, 2018
4.43 by MVMC from Colorado on Mar 04, 2018
4.47 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on Feb 16, 2018
4.54 by tntsec from Georgia on Jan 16, 2018
4.51 by AlexCarls from California on Nov 27, 2017
4.75 by Ale_Lover from Georgia on Nov 26, 2017
4.23 by frasergrove from California on Nov 19, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
by Brolo75 from California

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.

Oct 01, 2017
3.86 by mkyer from Connecticut on Jul 26, 2017
4.33 by jtk21351 from California on Jun 23, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

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?)

Jun 01, 2017
4.39 by lupercmda from North Carolina on May 05, 2017
4.39 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Mar 22, 2017
4.6 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Mar 12, 2017
4.23 by daem3384 from California on Feb 27, 2017
3.94 by rich92007 from California on Feb 26, 2017
AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
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