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AleSmith Brewing Company
Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 15,250
Beer Avg: 4.16
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
9368 Cabot Drive
phone: (858) 549-9888
AleSmith has been in operation since 1995. The brewery is open to the public for growler, bottle and merchandise sales:
Monday - Thursday: Noon-9pm
Friday: Noon-9pm (food truck at 5pm)
Saturday: 11am-8pm (food truck at 1pm)
Tours are given the last Saturday of each month. Please call ahead for groups of 7 or more.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Disappointed by the smallness and lack of personalness here. Seemed aimed for hipsters and visiting local professionals. Service was minimum and not very inviting. No tour to seak of. They were too busy catering to the visitors and weren't well staffed. Their barral aged Speedway was exceptional, but not much else was. Alas, no-where near what I was expecting.
04-19-2013 03:02:38 |
More by CasanovaCummins
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Update: Visited on October 2012. Tasting room renovation has been done since the last time i was there. Cleaner, more spacious. Got a small growler, filled with Vietnamese coffee Speedway stout. Still not digging the plastic cup tasters, not sure why glass is still not their standard for tasters, considering the quality of beer being served.
Looks like this page has finally been updated, great, time for a review. As many already know, Alesmith has been around for many years now, as has this tasting room inside the brewery.
Visited with some friends on San Diego brewery tour. Place seems small when we first pulled up, but the space is actually very long, with high ceilings, instead of wide, hence the appearance that it is smaller than it is. First room has some medals in display cases, then followed by some barrels on your right stacked high, along with some to the left. Also a few that can used to set your glass on.
The brewing equipment is in towards the back, and the pour station is about dead center of the space. We tried to make the tour, but didn't arrive in time to catch it, but that wasn't a big deal Had a few tasters on our visit, in plastic taster glasses with the Alesmith logo, nothing too rare or limited, but tasty Alesmith beers just the same, fresh too. Place was pretty packed, but it was a Saturday Afternoon, and it's Alesmith, so it's wasn't surprising.
Mostly their standard lineup on tap, nothing really in terms of tap room only beers, bit disapointing, as I have full acess to this whole lineup back home.
12-06-2011 18:32:38 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went down to San Diego to primarily pick up some Speedway variants, but had to stop into the taproom to see what was going on. Alesmith is in an industrial park, so the exterior is rather pedestrian, but when going in you enter a very cool spot. Well done taproom with a good deal of open space for chilling. Whiskey barrels aging beer provide part of the decoration which is cool. When we stopped by, it just so happened to be the release party for their BA Numbskull as well as BA Crand Cru, so the selection was probably better then that it is on a normal basis. But at that point, extremely good. If you're looking for food, they normally have several food trucks lined up serving. We did not partake, however. Overall, a good brewery with good beer that is most definitely worth a stop by.
10-19-2013 03:54:59 |
More by zhanson88
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
On the most recent trip to San Diego, we went and hit up Alpine first, then made the short drive over to Alesmith for the first time. Picking up kopi luwak speedway and ba old numbskull. Located in an industrial park type setting, but relatively easy to find. There was a flood in the parking lot though? Nice weather, flooded parking lot.
After wading through the parking lot, we entered a small, clean tasting room. It was packed, but the servers were attentive. Man, Speedway never tasted so fresh. Nothing real unique from the bottled stuff on tap, but it was all good stuff nonetheless. Some barrels around the place. Not really much else to speak of. There is nothing wrong with it, but there also is nothing really worth stopping by for, especially if you have access to their bottles around you. The beer is damn good, thats for sure.
It is close to Societe though, so its nice that you can get more bang for your mileage buck when visiting this area of San Diego.
03-01-2013 06:24:29 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in while visiting San Diego, on the way to La Jolla for sunset.
Has that industrial park feel that a lot of breweries have. Open, big room that resembles a garage with fermentation and brewing equipment visible in the back. A nice tasting room with barrels to use as sort of standing room tables. The selection included pretty much all of the AleSmith regular lineup and I also got to try BA Decadence 2006 which ended up being great. Glassware, bottles, shirts and growlers for sale, all at reasonable prices. The employees were informative and nice, one of them even knew about Julios in Westboro, MA which was a funny little conversation.
12-02-2011 18:46:41 |
More by cbutova
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Although it is a bit tight and cramped at times... Im ok with that because the Beer is the real winner hear. Alesmith is a top 5 brewery in Cali IMO. If you want a world class beer and dont mind rubbing elbows this place is for you. Plus they do special releases better than any brewery in San Diego!
09-09-2013 23:36:22 |
More by JDJTEXAS
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $
Not sure if it has changed, but when I went in 2010 the taproom was literally just a tiny bar/booth in which to sample before you buy growlers and bombers. Hard to really rate the atmosphere because it is simply a warehouse. You wouldn't really hang out here. Having said that, the people were helpful and the beer was probably the best we had within 30 miles of San Diego (Stone included).
11-21-2013 19:02:40 |
More by teledeluxe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been to Alesmith twice now and I'm planning on going back today for a few different versions of Speedway. There's nothing particularly special about the look of the place, but that's not really what matters here, it's the beer.
I have yet to have a truly bad or even mediocre beer from Alesmith and they usually have just about every beer they make on tap. The last time I was there, they had a 2006 BA Decadence on tap, which was amazing. This place is definitely worth checking out if you're nearby. Not as flashy looking as some of the other San Diego breweries, but the beer is just as good if not better than anything else out there.
12-22-2011 15:10:17 |
More by notchucknorris
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in to pickup my Decadence Bottles
Atm- A very large open space. What the Bruery used to be, just a bit larger. Good room to move around. Lots of standing room though with a loopy small L shaped bar. Good industrial vibe and easy to read board.
Quality- I really enjoy all of the beers that Alesmith does. Lots of great flavors and great styles. Not fluffy. Right to the point. Most aren't polarizing.
Service- Very helpful behind the counter but only 3 of us there at 2:15 on a Th. Answered the girls question next to me like a champ.
Selection- Good base beer lineup, wouldve loved to see more unique offerings on the board.
Value- For $2 for a 4oz blend of Speedway I was very happy!
08-31-2012 21:10:12 |
More by FosterJM
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Like many SoCal breweries, AleSmith is located in a nondescript office park. The only tipoff, besides signage, is the smell of malt and beer wafting out into the parking lot.
Tasting room is newly refurbished and has a nice look. Nowhere to sit down, but plenty of bar and barrel space to set down your beverage.
Tasters of their regular releases are $1, special releases and such are in the $2-3 range. Besides the regular releases, they now offer several seasonals (like YuleSmith, My Bloody Valentine, etc.) and special releases (one offs or variations on the regular releases). So even if you've had everything they offer, there's always something new to try.
They don't serve food, but they don't mind if you bring in your own, which is a good second-best. They have also begun to bring in food trucks every Friday and for events and special releases.
05-04-2012 05:26:36 |
More by pmarlowe
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