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Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 40
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3416 Adams Ave.
phone: (619) 555-1234
Automatic Brewing Co. is a nano-brewery of sorts brewing in the back of Blind Lady Ale House.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere fits for a pizzeria/beer place. Not too loud but usually a pretty happening/busy place until about 10:30.
Quality of beer is awesome. I always feel like the bartenders are doing everything they can to serve me a good beer. I've seen them throw out beers they felt were too carbonated to serve the patron, etc
Service is where they really rock your socks off. They are super personal. The bartenders are very willing to talk about beers at great length but only if you want that. I've even had opportunities to chat with the owners and there are very knowledgeable and friendly. Makes it feel like your home bar where they know your name.
Selection is really well balanced. A little of a lot of different styles. Each of the selections are a good representations of those styles.
09-14-2010 04:25:49 |
More by gregshead
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Transcribed from extensive notes dated W, 22 July 2009.
Affectionately known as "The BLAH", it was on Adams Avenue, just up from the northwest corner of 34th Street and just a short walk from my cousin's pad. It was one of those long places that was probably two separate buildings at one point and then a wall was taken out. That would account for the Emergency Exit on the south end of the building and the main entry on the north end. The best way to think of the place was as a giant rectangle, oriented north/south for the long sides. The south wall was dominated by a large mosaic of a brown and white horse as well as a piece of vintage Hamms! advertising. The west wall had the inverted "L"-shaped, laminated wood bar with a break in its middle for staff access. The south end of the break was Standing Room Only and overlooked the bank of twenty-six rotating taps, overhung by two blackboards detailing the current selections. They also had one handpump, generally in use on Fridays. The north end of the bar overlooked the the hand-thrown pizza kitchen as well as the cooler which held the limited (eight) bottle selection. The north wall held a chalkboard listing food and wine as well as a mosaic of horses at the track leaving the starting gate. The seating area was an eclectic mix of long picnic-style tables, standard tables and chairs and some high tables and chairs, I dug the exposed brick north wall, the low-key lighting and the exposed ducting and I said so to the very enthusiastic owner when we spoke.
Food: Fourteen kinds of pizzas and I chose "Egg". Yum.
06-23-2010 15:11:51 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I attended a Sensory Evaluation and tasting with the San Diego Beer Club featuring Peter Zien and Lee Chase(Owner of Blind Lady Ale House).
They had a great tap list and it was very impressive listening to Lee Chase talk about his direct draw tap system(he seemed very proud and after his explanation I understood why). this guy really knows his beer and I think it shows at Blind Lady ale House. It was the best Craft Beer establishment I've been to and the beer tasted wonderful.
The atmosphere was great, the bathrooms were clean, the servers seemed nice to me and the food was good too. What more could you ask for?
05-29-2010 02:27:25 |
More by ZX6Chris
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in a few months back and have to say this place was definitely a good choice to stop! The big board had some awesome brews... went with a DFH beer of some sort... can't recall because of the drinking that took place the rest of the night. I have to say that the service of the place was dull for only about 25-30 people there. The bartender was in some sort of daze at that point... whatever wasn't in there to shoot the shit and talk beer with the staff... although some interaction would have been nice. The lighting was nice and low... the way I like it and the benches make it a unique environment. All in all a decent time was had... so I can't complain!
05-17-2010 00:39:25 |
More by ryannaman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I hit this place after a stop a Toronado. We walked there and it probably took 15 minutes. This place is more like restaurant with a great tap list. The beer selection was very balanced and had alot of gems from local San Diego area breweries. The atmosphere is open with a great Hamms beer wall art. The place of packed on a Thursday night at 9pm. The pizza was very tasty. This is a great place to go if you want a good mix of food and beer. If beer is all you are after, I would try Toronado, Hamilton's Tavern, or Small Bar in the area.
05-12-2010 19:30:03 |
More by Norsebrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Cool pizza place that had an odd smell, but had a very good selection of craft beer. We found several high abv dessert beers that were great with our dessert (pizza looked good but did not try it).
Server was very friendly and assisted us politely with our beer choices (sat at the bar). Nice, spacious seating area with high ceilings. So many of the San Diego beer bars make you feel cramped or Clausterphobic but not this place.
Good location not too far of a drive from Toronado so I'll probably hit them again on my next visit, most likely for the pizza of course. Parking was a challenge.
04-02-2010 03:09:28 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
we'd heard of the 30th street gauntlet but, whilst at alesmith, were informed that we had to make the trek here to see some new tricks. the place was fairly packed, pizzas looked delicious, and the tap selection was very nice. plenty of things from all the local guys, much deliciousness, including the new alesmith decadence. ran into one of the brewers from alesmith whom we'd met earlier in the day, enjoyed a decadence with him, talked of silly beer things, and the future of the place, got to meet one of the owners, who seemed a very nice woman. they were in the process of getting what looked like a two barrel setup ready for future happy fun time. a wonderful mix of family and sexy, gearing up for a friday night in lovely san diago.
03-13-2010 04:12:39 |
More by olympuszymurgus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here during SD Beer Week '09. Lots of great stuff on tap, although it was a bummer that a lot of the better kegs kicked before I got there (around 10pm). The place is also ridiculously small, but they keep it from getting too packed by not letting too many people in. The downside of that is that you might have to wait in line outside. I had to wait, and even my "Don't you know who I am???" trick didn't work on the guy at the door.
Finally I got in and liked what I saw. Solid atmosphere and decor. Great beers on tap: AleSmith, Port/Lost Abbey, Alpine, Russian River, etc. I ordered an AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown and a Lost Abbey Devotion Ale, which were only about $4 apiece if I remember correctly. Also had a pizza, which was above average but not great. Service is decent, but be prepared to wait in fairly long lines sometimes to order.
The crowd is a fun one. Next to us was a pack of cougs in their mid-30's, who my buddy once removed (i.e. a buddy of my buddy who is not necessarily a buddy of mine) spent most of the night hitting on. Having a serious girlfriend myself, I wasn't able to partake in this cougar hunt. Bummer.
I see now that this place is brewing their own beer, and the one listed has an A-. Nice. I'll have to come back sometime and try it.
02-03-2010 01:45:41 |
More by nickd717
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
We stopped here on an early Saturday afternoon, located on the east side of the 805 Freeway, surprised a place like this was in this neighborhood, walked in and saw a bistro-like atmosphere, bar directly in front of me, saw they used proper glassware immediately, clean and brand new, liked the way this place was set up although it was quite small, heard the pizza was good but was not hungry since we went right after lunch, took a while to get a bartender's attention, not many people were working but that was expected since business was slow, I ordered Automatic, their only house made beer at the moment but they were out, seemed like they had not had it for a long time too, I got a Dogfish Head Punkin instead and paid close to what I would get a four pack for at the store, not much interesting stuff on tap but it is all craft or Belgian, probably will only go back to this place once they start brewing, which is based on a pending license I believe, or when they have special events because I have heard some cool local beers show up at those, would definitely stop by if I was down there this weekend for San Diego Beer Week, still worth checking out regardless
11-11-2009 03:59:38 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Let me talk about the service, first of all. Every time I've been to the BLAH, the service has been top-notch. Everyone in there genuinely cares about what they doing, and that you are enjoying yourself in their establishment. The couple of times where there's been an issue, they are quick to offer a beer or appetizer to make things "better." But there's almost never an issue. The beer is fantastic, the food just as good.
The beer selection isn't huge like Toronado, but it's sizeable and definitely full of QUALITY beers. You shouldn't be disappointed.
My wife and I just returned from Italy, where we avoided tourist traps and stuck with the small trattorias...looking for an authentic experience. Blind Lady is the closest thing in town to what we had over there. They do the Neopolitan style right(sans wood oven, which would definitely be a nice addition, if they can do it). In fact, in some cases, their pizza is better. This is REAL pizza, and it's damned good. They also offer very unique toppings and combinations, aside from the standards. If you're stuck on having Americanized pizza that doughy, has a lot of cheese, and is perhaps really greasy, this might not be your style. But it IS great, and it's the real deal.
10-18-2009 16:23:53 |
More by DavidInSanDiego
Blind Lady Ale House & Automatic Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
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