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AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego

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AleSmith Brewing Company is an American craft brewery located in San Diego, California. It specializes in handcrafted ales in a variety of styles. As of 2015 it produces about 25,000 barrels of beer a year.HistoryThe brewery was founded in San Diego in 1995 by Skip Virgilio and Ted Newcomb. In 2002, the brewery was purchased by the company's brewmaster, Peter Zien. Zien is a BJCP "Grand Master level 1" beer judge, the only one in San Diego County.The brewery is located at 9368 Cabot Dr in San Diego's Miramar area. In 2015 the company added a larger brewery and tasting room, also in Miramar. At 25,000 square feet, the tasting room is billed as the largest beer tasting room in San Diego County. Brewing operations at the new facility will eventually expand the company's brewing capacity ten-fold, according to Zien.Beers from the brewery have been rated on RateBeer.com website as #1 Top Brewer in the World 2006 and again in 2013. In 2008, AleSmith was awarded "Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year" at the Great American Beer Festival.AwardsThe company has won nine medals in World Beer Cup competition, including five golds. They won for Belgian Strong Ale (bronze, 1998); Winter YuleSmith (gold, 2004); Vintage AleSmith Old Numbskull (gold, 2008); AleSmith Decadence '05 Old Ale (gold, 2008); AleSmith Wee Heavy (gold, 2010); AleSmith Decadence '09 Weizenbock (bronze, 2010); AleSmith Decadence '10 Old Ale (silver, 2012); AleSmith Old Numbskull (bronze, 2012); AleSmith Old Ale '13 (gold,2014).
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  • When you go if you like barrel aged beers ask at the counter for a pass to get into the special room. Wonderful aged beers to try!  more »
  • We met friends here who are locals and now we know why they love this place. We started with a flight of beers in the main room that is large enough to handle a crowd. The bartenders did a great job i...  more »
  • Super fun brewery with excellent selections of beer. The Tony Gwynn museum with an added bonus. I took the tour which was totally worth it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about beer.  more »
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  • Two words: Barrel. Aged. Their offerings are phenomenal. If you're like me, you enjoy vertical tastings of unique barrel combinations. AleSmith delivers on multiple fronts with Strong Ales, Stouts, and Belgian-styles. This is my number one spot in San Diego--an area ripe with wonderful breweries!
  • AleSmith is great! Some of the best brews around and the atmosphere is great; clean, friendly, modern. We had the World Tour and the Belgian Flights which were super tasty. There was also a food truck which I didn't try but definitely will next time. From ales to stouts, AleSmith has you covered!
  • Currently undergoing renovations but the brewery is still great. Excellent beer and flight options, plenty of parking, lots of space. Nice patio outside for nice weather.
  • Great spot for day drinking. Alesmith has got some delicious suds, and my favorite is the Horny Devil. Ample parking
  • Needs more lagers and wheats... less hipsters would be great too. Lol