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AleSmith Brewing Company
Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 15,345
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)
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| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $
I would tell a long story, but I'm going to keep that to myself. Nobody wants to hear a story about hitting a wall with alcohol, passing out it his car, and receiving help for a taxi and hotel room for the night by the staff. Ok, so I didn't keep it to myself. But it was nice to see that AleSmith not only cares about the beer that they produce, but also how their customers feel afterwards, so props for that.
Beforehand, I was feeling lose after visits at Pizza Port and Ballast Point. The day was still young, and strolling into AleSmith was one thing which I had intended to do for years, but never got around to doing it. The tasting room is reasonably sized with an "L" shaped bar and an additional bar at the opposite end, where you get a look at the barrels being utilized. Extremely clean and well polished, and the bathroom was equally clean. Just beyond the bar you could walk into the production line of the brewery itself.
16 beers were on-tap during my visit, including a cask. Standards like their X, IPA, Speedway Stout, and Horny Devil were on-tap with their listed alcohol content. Additional to the standard were smaller batch beers, like their version of a Cream Ale, Irish Dry Stout, Evil Dead Red, Decadence Old Ale. From an aesthetic point of view, I did hope for something more than shaker glassware for the half-pint pours, but don't let that scare you off because their beers are very good. Pours are relatively inexpensive too, making it another reason to put AleSmtih on your tour list.
11-05-2013 17:48:14 |
More by DoubleJ
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
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
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
On the most recent trip to San Diego, we went and hit up Alpine first, then made the short drive over to Alesmith for the first time. Picking up kopi luwak speedway and ba old numbskull. Located in an industrial park type setting, but relatively easy to find. There was a flood in the parking lot though? Nice weather, flooded parking lot.
After wading through the parking lot, we entered a small, clean tasting room. It was packed, but the servers were attentive. Man, Speedway never tasted so fresh. Nothing real unique from the bottled stuff on tap, but it was all good stuff nonetheless. Some barrels around the place. Not really much else to speak of. There is nothing wrong with it, but there also is nothing really worth stopping by for, especially if you have access to their bottles around you. The beer is damn good, thats for sure.
It is close to Societe though, so its nice that you can get more bang for your mileage buck when visiting this area of San Diego.
03-01-2013 06:24:29 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited with my wife and we were blown away. Located in an industrial park walking in you will notice the bar straight ahead with some chairs and such located in front. We tried the Speedway Stout, Barley Wine, Belgian Strong, and a brown. While we have had all of these before it was nice to have them at the source. Service was excellent and quick for the size of the crowd. We bought some bottles and a pint glass and were on our way.
06-19-2013 14:48:50 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Stopped by on my trip to pick up my BA Grand Cru Bottles and see if they had any specialties on draft.
I would say Vietnamese Speedway counts as well as BA Old Numbskull. Luckily I was heading home after this.
I can't believe how small this place is and how they have never expanded to my knowledge. They make some of my favorite beers and even the ones I don't enjoy are because they are styles I don't like, so I have to say their stuff is great. Service was great, got a free glass after good conversation.
I wish they had more consistent policies on their growler fills because I heard Vietnamese Speedway was available recently as a grumbler but was not when I was there. Anyway, would definitely frequent if I was local and definitely recommend a stop if you're in the area.
06-19-2013 00:55:19 |
More by claspada
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Update: Visited on October 2012. Tasting room renovation has been done since the last time i was there. Cleaner, more spacious. Got a small growler, filled with Vietnamese coffee Speedway stout. Still not digging the plastic cup tasters, not sure why glass is still not their standard for tasters, considering the quality of beer being served.
Looks like this page has finally been updated, great, time for a review. As many already know, Alesmith has been around for many years now, as has this tasting room inside the brewery.
Visited with some friends on San Diego brewery tour. Place seems small when we first pulled up, but the space is actually very long, with high ceilings, instead of wide, hence the appearance that it is smaller than it is. First room has some medals in display cases, then followed by some barrels on your right stacked high, along with some to the left. Also a few that can used to set your glass on.
The brewing equipment is in towards the back, and the pour station is about dead center of the space. We tried to make the tour, but didn't arrive in time to catch it, but that wasn't a big deal Had a few tasters on our visit, in plastic taster glasses with the Alesmith logo, nothing too rare or limited, but tasty Alesmith beers just the same, fresh too. Place was pretty packed, but it was a Saturday Afternoon, and it's Alesmith, so it's wasn't surprising.
Mostly their standard lineup on tap, nothing really in terms of tap room only beers, bit disapointing, as I have full acess to this whole lineup back home.
12-06-2011 18:32:38 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Showed up here when I was in town with the wife for a conference. Walked in and had no idea they were doing the Speedway Grand Prix that day. 10 crazy Speedway variants on tap, plus regular Speedway, nitro Speedway, cask Speedway, a new Hammerhead Speedway, and then their regulars. Unfortunately I had no idea about the event and did not sign up beforehand, so I could not have any of the Grand Prix tasters. But did try the Hammerhead and wow it was good. This place, like many breweries, is in an industrial/commercial park and is rather unassuming. Place was packed with nowhere to sit, but it was easy to get up to the bar and get a drink. Service was friendly and helpful, and they even had some BA Wee Heavy still for sale so I grabbed a bottle. Cool place but want to go back when it is less crowded. Might check out BA Speedway release party today, but that won't be any less packed. They had a food truck in the back for the event but it closed up before I got a chance to have some. Otherwise no food as far as I can tell. Overall a must visit place, as Amlesmith kills it with all of their beers.
11-22-2013 02:19:25 |
More by BMMillsy
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
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