AleSmith Brewing Company
Active Beers: 76
Beer Ratings: 15,533
Beer Avg: 4.16
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.83/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my favorite brewery, and rightly so. Not only do they brew the best beer, but this San Diego's second craft brewery (after Karl Strauss) is also friendly and welcoming.
There are always people here when I come who are keen on meeting new people. I've been approached by several folks who started conversations with me.
I've also been on the brewery tour, and tried their foor truck food, which is delicious.
Everyone is friendly, and the brewers are passionate about what they do. Even the bar menu, a hand-written outline of the beers, is meticulously drawn (which took 8 hours per board, I heard, with two boards).
Their new bottling station is a $300k state-of-the-art machine (from Europe?) that saves space and time.
This is a fast-growing brewery with a dedicated fan base. Wherever you go, you'll hear that Speedway Stout is a favorite here in San Diego.
They also brew excellent IPA, Scottish-style ale (Wee Heavy), a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (Grand Cru), Barleywine (Old Numbskull), Quadruple (Decadence 2012), Belgian Strong Pale Ale (Horny Devil), and some excellent seasonal brews.
You can get 2-ounce tasters for $1-2, a pint for ~$4 or take a bottle for about $11.
Overall, it's a world-class brewery whose brewers' passion shows through. I am looking forward to coming here many more times and experiencing the heart-warming brews. As Peter Zien, AleSmith owner, says, "[beer] can be quite an exciting beverage, with all the complexity of wine."
04-24-2013 11:57:47 | More by retry4z
4.75/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped into Alesmith on a Sunday afternoon. Being my gf and I were the only people there at 1pm, we had the place to ourselves and received top notch service. It is a surprisingly small tasting room and very plain atmosphere but the tap list and value is phenomenal. BA Old Numbskull and BA Wee Heavy along with Vietnamese Speedway were on tap with all the regulars. 4oz samplers were only $2-$4 depending upon choice. 8 oz were $3-$5 and pints were $7 at most. Bottles of the regulars are available to go. This was my #1 brewery stop in San Diego and I would highly recommend it to others.
05-13-2013 04:28:11 | More by tourdot
4.73/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Alesmith has it right with this establishment, sure I would like to see food there everyday but they focus on great beer. Not a restaurant.
The atmosphere is classy and different than most breweries you will go to in San Diego. This is where they brew and bottle not just serve up there fine beers. So you have the opportunity to pick there brains about what goes into there beers. The people serving you beers here know what they are talking about because they are at the source of the creation.
Of course the quality of the beers are fantastic, but they also serve several one-off beers that aren't bottled. As well as some fantastic weekly cask offerings.
The selection is the array of there beers which they offer $1 four ounce pours of there brews.
Weekends they have local food carts come in to serve up good local variety.
My favorite thing about Alesmith is that they fill your corny keg at a good price, not many places I've seen do this. It is a deal breaker for me.
Keep it up Alesmith!
10-27-2012 21:09:20 | More by caryt
4.73/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
This was probably my favorite place during my time in San Diego (if it wasn't Alpine). The tap room had a festive atmosphere, although I wish they were open a little later. Their world class beers even tasted better out of the tap than the bottle. I mentioned to the guy next to me how great a particular beer was sitting next to me and he thanked me, saying he was the brewer and then handing me his business card. Without a doubt, I will go back here if in the San Diego area. The service was a little slow only because of the crowd that was there which is the only thing that prevents this from being a perfect score.
03-15-2013 21:13:31 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.66/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $
Definitely one of the best San Diego breweries, and an awesome place to go taste some extremely well crafted beers. Along with everything you can find in bottles, they have some great specialty brews available for tasting, so the trip here is worth it for those alone. When I was there they had super tasty Speedway Stout w/ Vietnamese Coffee and a version of their ESB w/ chilies that more adventurous tasters will find rewarding. The Grand Cru, IPA, Wee Heavy, English Old Ale, and Horny Devil are all very well done. Their selection may be smaller than breweries like Green Flash, but their beers are of the highest possible quality.
While the tasting room is small, they did a good job with the interior, using barrels for tables and decorating the walls with more barrels along with pictures of hops & grains. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area! It's an amazing brewery that I hope keeps growing because I'd like to see their beers more widely available in the Bay Area.
09-19-2013 21:30:05 | More by Erbayd
4.64/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Every time I visit San Diego I make a stop off at Alesmith to get a growler fill usually of speedway but sometimes I change it up. This last trip I actually went down for million zillion speedways but I stopped at Alesmith to pick up a keg of speedway which only cost me $95 and for my money that is the best damn deal around. Everyone that works here is crazy helpful and knowledgeable and you usually always leave this place with a new friend. I love the beers I love the people and I love the prices. I highly recommended this place and like I said always make a stop in for a growler fill. Two thumbs up
11-21-2011 06:02:44 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
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!
11-04-2012 16:16:32 | More by DocJitsu
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Their new tasting room is open.
I visited on Sunday Feb 19th around noon and it was pretty crowded already.
Very nice, simple, sampling room with TONS of beers to try for $1 or pints for $3-$4.
They also have bottles for sale and do Growler fills.
No seats... No snacks...
But they didn't seem to care that we brought our own. :-)
They do have merchandise (t-shirts, etc) for sale.
Located in a business park very close (across the road) from the military base, not too hard to find with Google Maps.
Be sure to check out Ballast Point while you are in the area too !
02-27-2012 21:05:38 | More by Driver8rws
4.37/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I had an incredible visit to the brewery during a beer trip in Cali. Showed up before opening and the brewer offered to give us a private tour of the place. I tried all 22 beers on tap (a lot to handle at 11 am) but amazing quality across the board.
06-27-2013 00:38:38 | More by petermethot
4.36/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
The AleSmith tasting room is pretty small with a nice bar and some wooden casks for tables. All the beers are listed above the bar on a chalkboard type setup, along with the bottles they have for sale. When I went, they had a bunch of brewery only beers on tap such as Vietnamese and Kopi Luwak Speedway. Everything was fresh and tasty straight from the source. They were also selling limited bottles like My Bloody Valentine and BA Wee Heavy. Prices were cheap for the tasters, and bottles were competitive with store prices. I was able to wander around the brewery and got a chance to check out the brew space and bottling area. This is definitely a nice place to stop at if you are in the area, especially for their more limited beers.
01-27-2013 07:34:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
95 out of 100 based on 51 user ratings.