AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing CompanyAleSmith Brewing Company
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:
110
Reviews:
9,267
Ratings:
33,347
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.37/5
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
367
pDev:
8.7%
 
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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by putonyourwalkingshoes:
Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Just like many many other breweries, Alesmith is out in a industrial complex of buildings. They've renovated things over the past couple years. Good service almost always and the prices are reasonable for tasters/pints. I just wish Alesmith would create some new beers. Their barrel aging program is good and the one time they released a sour years ago, I was really impressed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of eppie82
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -3.2%
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 -3.7%
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 vincechan
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Tukiluka
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of spointon
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 33,347 ratings