AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.11/5
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32,208 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:
109
Reviews:
9,090
Ratings:
32,208
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.37/5
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
359
pDev:
8.7%
 
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Ratings: 359 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by orangesol:
Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

My first stop of the day is a place I have wanted to visit for years. Entering the door I am greeted by a surprisingly small tasting room, reminds me of the old Tröegs tasting room. I would have expected it to be bigger, I bet this place is a mad house on days they have limited beers on. Atmosphere was pretty laid back. People enjoying their beers at the bars and over by the barrels they have lined up on the front wall. Service was pretty good. I had to wait a bit for one of my beers but all in all I never had to wait more than a minute or so for any of my beers. Quality was really high. The space feels bigger than it actually is thanks to their staging and they offer lots of swag and glasses to take home with you. Selection was a little disappointing in that they didn’t really have anything on that I hadn’t had before, just all of the regular beers and four seasonal offerings, still great beers but I was hoping for at least one or two new beers. Prices were more than reasonable. Overall a really nice space for a world class brewery. I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.

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Photo of tntsec
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AlexCarls
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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

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

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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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 32,208 ratings
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