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AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego

Categories: Breweries, Food & Drink
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4.6/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
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 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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  • Exceptional facility with big open spaces both indoor and out. The full slate of core brews on tap at all times with a whole line up of variations such as barrel aged versions or seasonally adjusted o...  read more »
  • One of the best breweries in San Diego, has a Tap Room with friendly attendants. Like all tap rooms does not serve food, but there's always food truck in front. It's worth checking the schedule and times of trucks. When I was going on a barbecue, full of families with children and pets.
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  • I love the new facility including the huge bar and barrel aged room. They still have a big selection of their beers available and in various sizes. Friendly service. I always stop at Alesmith when I'm...  read more »
  • Very nice place that's very roomy on the inside. Long bars and plenty of pourers ready to get you squared away. They are very knowledgeable on the beer and can help you figure out your taste.
  • So many taps. Also, they have weird stuff like Thai Chile Wahoo and Indra Kunindra (coriander and other spice stout.) Oh and good food too. So what else can you ask for?
  • Ale smith may not have a phenomenal location as it is tucked inside of a large warehouse building in an office park like so many breweries in the area, but the awesome inside with tons of table seating, and even better, large comfy couches stands out. The beer selection is pretty awesome as well with a wide variety of brews from blonde ales to hoppy pale ales down to dark stouts. There are even dark beers poured on Nitro lines available as well. A tasting flight is available to either mix and match any choices or two preselected types that come on cool metal racks. For a tasting, the pours are fairly large as well. The space is incredibly expansive and behind the huge bar is what looks like an immense warehouse of brewing equipment which is odd considering I’ve never seen their beer for sale in any stores or bars back East. On a weekend, the large space still fills up early so get in early for a seat. There is a beer garden out front in the parking lot that has food trucks at times as well, but the comfort of inside isn’t there. There’s also a fairly huge gift shop inside. Service is fairly friendly and pretty quick with several pours.
  • the new location is beautiful and they have a nice variety of beers. Big san diego padres brewery.
  • A fantastic place to taste beer and eat permanent-food-truck food. The decor is minimal, but classy and open. I love having a view into the brewery too!
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