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
alesmith.com

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.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.26
Beers:
149
Reviews:
9,636
Ratings:
34,655
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.38
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
384
pDev:
8.68%
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Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

On the most recent trip to San Diego, we went and hit up Alpine first, then made the short drive over to Alesmith for the first time. Picking up kopi luwak speedway and ba old numbskull. Located in an industrial park type setting, but relatively easy to find. There was a flood in the parking lot though? Nice weather, flooded parking lot.

After wading through the parking lot, we entered a small, clean tasting room. It was packed, but the servers were attentive. Man, Speedway never tasted so fresh. Nothing real unique from the bottled stuff on tap, but it was all good stuff nonetheless. Some barrels around the place. Not really much else to speak of. There is nothing wrong with it, but there also is nothing really worth stopping by for, especially if you have access to their bottles around you. The beer is damn good, thats for sure.

It is close to Societe though, so its nice that you can get more bang for your mileage buck when visiting this area of San Diego.

Mar 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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.

Saturday at 09:55 PM
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cratez from Canada

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.

Mar 29, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Feb 24, 2020
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ntanner83 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

May 16, 2019
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eawolff99 from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Apr 03, 2019
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NickThaFish from New Mexico

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Mar 06, 2019
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Korymiller from Arizona

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Feb 18, 2019
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edsanchezz28 from California

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Jan 19, 2019
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

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.

Nov 29, 2018
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TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Nov 07, 2018
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BrenchToast from California

5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Oct 31, 2018
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mrcraft from California

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.

Oct 14, 2018
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santig0nzalez from Paraguay

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Oct 08, 2018
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Jboadway from California

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!

Oct 01, 2018
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Beernoobie from California

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Sep 28, 2018
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Aakash from California

4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sep 08, 2018
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CJNAPS from California

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 !

Aug 28, 2018
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eppie82 from Illinois

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.

Jul 05, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Jun 25, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

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!

May 23, 2018
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vincechan from Canada

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

May 10, 2018
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Argento from Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 29, 2018
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spointon from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 16, 2018
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MVMC from Colorado

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

Mar 04, 2018
AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 34655 ratings