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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  • The beer is good but the staff needs to be taught how to serve its customers. Senior management should take a hard look at the customer experience and re-calibrate.  more »
  • I went poir bring back me a few bottles. Without the ask the guy at the counter asked me in their little speak easy bar vip em back taste one of the beers that I had just bought. Wow what service. The beer here is exceptional.
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  • This place had grown a lot over the years. They have a good selection of beer. Horny Devil is my favorite. Staff was nice and has a nice ambience. Corn hole game outside and food from a food truck tha...  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

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