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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 39
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3416 Adams Ave.
phone: (619) 555-1234
Automatic Brewing Co. is a nano-brewery of sorts brewing in the back of Blind Lady Ale House.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Flight tonight, so tracks for the airport soon. Or later. No, actually this is the last stop on the this. 6 days of debauchery and now back in San Diego, looking in on the BLAH. Hard time on Adams...
Good open space, two tiered. 5 picnic tables up front along the wall of large windows over Adams, and the bar space to the rear, up the ramp to at it, and a pair of tables to each side adjacent. Walls of brick, plank wood vertical, slat wood horizontal, and painted pieces of brick red. Cement concrete floorings, and a painted black ceiling with blended ductwork and drop hairdryer lamps. And it seems they took over something next door to doublewide themselves. 8 tables there, 2 of which are looong ones up front , and a very goddamn cool sprawling vintage Hamm’s piece running half the length of the room.
Split bar, food here & drink there, or so it seems, but maybe not. To the left, 20 taps on an alternating up down up down up down stainless steel panel on barback center, and a dead handpump off the end. Stem glassware dangling above, and shelved .5 litre logo glassware and muggings down below. Boards above list beer selections, slight descriptions, ABV, serving size, price, and pitchers for $16 availability where applicable, indicated by a pink ‘P’. Random glassware boxed up there, too. On the other piece further down, seating for 7 on stools straight phat block wood bar. The barback lined with strung holiday lighting, its counter there holding 6 more taps, pitchers, glassware, and a kitchen peek-a-boo. Big bottles along the bar piece and a shelf over the kitchen look in on, with books, pieces, glassware, mugs, bottles, samplers, baby barrels, figurines. Vintage ‘coldspot’ fridge, a corner cooler for things, and a flatscreen above.
Food board on the far wall (there will be a pizza, it’s true), beer trays with strung, you know, a single logo piece for Automatic Brewing (their backyard nano), and a great expansive ‘the very many varieties of beer’ print, with styles and examples. Beer sample racks in the far corners, and a cool ‘Specials’ tour event poster I’m sure Opa would dig. Brewerania can display with bottles atop, around the bend to the rear. I can see Grant’s IPA & Weis beer bottles from where I’m sitting, and then got all nostalgic and sad, and tried to school youngblood in who Bert Grant was, like the father of the American brewpub I never had, all that. If they had had a Grant’s Perfect Porter bottle from the mid 90’s up there, I probs would have tried to pinch it.
So, 20 taps here, 6 taps there; 26 in all. 3/5 of them Cali craft (Green Flash Le Freak, Drakes IPA, Craftsman Heavenly Hefeweizen & Juniper Ale, Mission IPA, Trumer Pils, New English Explorer ESB & Brewers Special Brown Ale, AleSmith X & Speedway Stout, Russian River Blind Pig, Beachwood El Verano Saison, Port Brewing Hot Rocks, Sudwerk Marzen, Lost Abbey Devotion, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat). The other 2/5 are a mix of craft from beyond (Oskar Blues Old Chub, Avery White Rascal, Allagash Black, DogFishHead Tweason’ale), imports (DuPont Foret, La Chouffe, Van Steenberge Monks Café Flemish Sour Ale, Duvel Single, St Louis Framboise), and a local cider (Julian Hard Cider). I drank the New English Special Brown & Port Hot Rocks.
Ordered the spicy nuts (Ben claims them to be cuminy although clearly they have some heat). And pizzas, ‘cause that’s they’re primary fooding (pizza, slight saladings, cheese & meats, and a handful of starter type things). I did the Margarita with house chorizo. It’s a great pie (and if Ben will commit to just one more slice, we can leave. Otherwise, we will miss our flight). He got the specialty Swiss chard, goat & Fontina cheese, prosciutto, lemon zest, & chives pie. Mine was the kinder of the 2 pies, and Ben’s crying like a wee girl about it but it is what it is.
Ben spun around 4 times on his stool and is woozy. And the Bad News Bears (some uniformed team of ball playing kids) showed up. Where is Tatum O’Neil? Grumpy bar people today, but a very good beer & food thing happening here. I was expecting something not this.
10-21-2012 18:27:26 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
One of my favorite places in San Diego to eat and have some beers. The atmosphere is nice, lots of small and large tables throughout the restaurant. Order food at one spot, then take two steps to the left and order your beer from the bar.
Great selection of SD and other Southern CA beers. I have always been impressed by the selection here. Seems like they go out of their way to get unusual things that other pubs do not carry. I really like this. They have started brewing small batch house brews as well, which I've not tried but look forward to trying next time I am down there.
Service is great. Never had a problem. I really enjoy the food. Lots of great vegan options, including some very tasty vegan pizzas. Great to see this as far too few places like this have inclusive menus.
Crowd is always pretty lively and it can get crowded and maybe a tad loud, but never in an unenjoyable fashion.
Highly recommended if you are anywhere near downtown San Diego or the 30th St. corridor.
11-05-2011 05:26:33 |
More by colonelforbin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on Friday afternoon for lunch, it was my first stop while in San Diego for a family wedding.
Pretty cool atmosphere, lots of vintage beer stuff decorating the walls, dark wood, very open and easy to order both food and beers.
Service was very good, the order taker knew beer, was friendly too. We also chatted with one of the co-owners who was very cool.
Selection was good, about 2 dozen taps of excellent beer with a great variety. The only bummer was they had no Automatic beers on tap when I was there.
Food was good, I really enjoyed the pizza and salad we had.
Prices were a tad high, but not bad.
Overall, I liked this place. I'd have no problem going back again.
08-09-2011 02:16:47 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here with some friends on Friday night. We ended up staying for two or three rounds, before moving onto Toronado.
Blind Lady Ale House is a pretty comfortable drinking spot. Even with a good-sized crowd, we were able to move around pretty easily, and eventually landed a table near the bar. The mood felt local and relaxed; cheery conversation filled the air. Many of the walls are lined with old beer bottles, which I really enjoyed - I used to decorate my garage the same way. All that said, there wasn't anything exceptional about this bar, but I could certainly see it being a good regular hang-out.
The tap list was solid, but didn't match that of Toronado, Small Bar, Hamilton's, and the other top beer bars in the area. They offered a good variety of styles, including a few lambics and sours, and each selection was either a great representation of its style or something new and interesting (e.g. Mother Earth's agave saison). There were a few in-house beers that bore the name "New English", and the one I tried (an English IPA) was pretty satisfying.
We had to order all of our drinks at the bar, but the bartender was very attentive and speedy... though also terse. S'all good in my book.
If you're looking to add another bar to your North Park pub crawl, this is certainly a worthy stop. Otherwise, hit up Toronado, Hamilton's, or Small Bar. Also, last call is at 11:15pm - lame!
08-08-2011 06:13:01 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Fairly roomy place with many long tables, dark wood and sparse but tasteful decor. Nice selection of higher end beers, but a little less focused on local breweries than the SD Toronado. The clientele is pretty young; there are scattered hipsters but the crowd is not too homogenous, for SD at least. The acoustics are cavernous and it was pretty loud on the Saturday night I visited. Overall a stylish place with a vibrant young crowd and an upscale urban feel; not a neighborhood pub with a locals feel. Worth a visit.
07-20-2011 03:58:16 |
More by bcm119
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
BLAH is my favorite place to have pizza and beer. I have been a regular patron since it opened and regularly crave their artisan pies paired with high quality and rare beers. They serve honest pints with headspace above the pint line and rinse their glasses with filtered water just pre-pour to get rid of the sanitizers mandated by CA law. The house-made chorizo pizza is my favorite and the quattro formaggio deserves honorable mention too. The salads are great too, especially the stone fruit salad that only appears seasonally. Lee Chase, former Head Brewer of Stone Brewing, is the owner and after an expansion of the location is now brewing amazing and unique beers on premises under the name Automatic Brewing. I know lots of people still love and respect Stone but when Lee left Stone so did my loyalty to them. Their best beers in my opinion are Lee's old recipes.
06-02-2011 17:22:22 |
More by AndyGz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
BLAH is yet another fantastic San Diego beer spot. Lots of great beer on tap. Great food and a nano brewery in the back. Really? what else needs to be said. Lee Chase worked at stone and helped create arrogant bastard among many others. Most produce they use is certified organic and locally grown. Home of the honest pints. the Dessert specials must be had (Alesmith Speedway Stout Chocolate Mousse). Get there before the kitchens close. it can be a bummer to miss that. I also recommend the homemade ice cream sandwich if they have any. Cheers and enjoy.
05-27-2011 21:30:44 |
More by gerrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
We got there after the kitchen had closed, so no words of wisdom on the food. The place has a cool vibe to it. Lots of art with beer and brewing as the subject, a glassed in wall of antique beer cans, and plenty of seating for a smaller sized establishment. We were there at night, and it at first appears to be too dark inside, but once you sit down the lighting is perfect. The bartender was very helpful when we were ordering. She informed us that their brews (Automatic Brewing Co) are in extremely short supply, and that they usually sell out within a day or two. That being said, they did not have any of their brews available while we were there. I remember briefly checking their website before we went, but don't recall if that was noted on there or not. On an interesting note, they were currently having their 2nd annual blind tasting contest that consisted of 7 BMC-type products, one of them being a 1yr old can of PBR...if you get all of them correct, you score a $100 gift card. Very interesting idea. Overall, their tap list was decent. I think there were about 15 available. The prices were very decent, too. We would absolutely make a return trip there the next time we are in the San Diego area.
04-11-2011 04:24:16 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Stopped here with t0rin0 awhile back, but never got around to posting my review.
Don't really bother trying to park in their lot, just go down one of the side streets and find a place somewhere down there.
We walked in and looked at the beer list, and there wasn't really much going on. Perhaps we were led astray by the classification of this place as a "brewpub". There were no house beers on, but a few decent choices on-tap.
No food was ordered, but it looked like they made a fine pizza from the appearance and smell of them. But you definitely pay for them...
The people were nice and the service was quick, but I guess I was just overall let down due to the lack of house beers and the fairly high prices.
You're better off heading a few blocks down to someplace like Toronado.
02-07-2011 22:28:10 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I lived in the area when it opened 2 years ago but never checked it out until I moved and came back to visit.
The beer selection is pretty good but not as good as some other beer bars in the area.
This is more of a resturant vibe with a family atmoshpere. The interior is very beautiful with wood work.
The food was a little pricey and the menu is almost impossible to read. But man was it GREAT the two pizzas, bread, and olives were all sooo tasty!
Ill be back again for sure when Im in the area next.
02-04-2011 17:39:29 |
More by Eriktheipaman
Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
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