AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
4.1/5
31,313 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: 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.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
117
Reviews:
8,910
Ratings:
31,313
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.37/5
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
355
pDev:
8.7%
 
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Ratings: 355 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by DocJitsu:
Photo of DocJitsu
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

AleSmith is another of several San Diego breweries that have a tasting area in the adjacent open space of the brewery itself. However, AleSmith outdoes places like Green Flash and Ballast Point by attending to the aesthetics of the tasting area. The bar is L-shaped with a few bourbon barrels strewn around the floor for tables. The layout is geometrically appealing and the colors and stainless steel contribute nicely to the aesthetics. There is a narrow bar that parallels the stack of bourbon barrels in the front, offering more surface area for sitting your beer. Flights are available to taste any or all of the beers on tap, of which there is an ample variety. The staff are very helpful, accommodating, friendly, and quite knowledgeable. Very charming for a brewery tasting room. And, of course, the beers are magnificent. The Vietnamese Coffee Speedway--dear Lord!

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Photo of Brolo75
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
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 mkyer
3.86/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BeanBump
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jtk21351
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Zythophile
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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 lupercmda
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of daem3384
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of rich92007
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Veteranbrew
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great beer

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Photo of Keeling
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of ebeachey
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of StanleysCup
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +3%
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 Agentveba
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of HaoleToYouToo
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of EarForBeer
3.47/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 31,313 ratings
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