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 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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  • I was impressed with the facility here, but somehow it felt like it could be a bit more comfortable. The beers we sampled were pretty good. And having a food truck outside was a fun touch ... the food...  more »
  • In particular, the Chamber of secrets? Very good vintage beer paneunde when you go to a similar place. It seems a little wine. Many people are selling good Windows and large stores.
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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 »
  • Drank my favorite beer of all time here. If you enjoy barrel aged beers be sure to ask about the speakeasy/barrel aged room. I had the speedway stout aged in rye bourbon barrels. I have never had a tastier or more satisfying beer. It was perfect all around. This is a must stop if you are in San Diego.
  • Big facility with a large variety of beer. I tried a few beers here, but my favorite is the Orange Pale Ale. The brewery also has a Tony Gwynn museum that is free to enter which is pretty cool. The brewery is also dog and kid friendly. There is a lot of parking here too. Definitely worth stopping by for a pint or two.
  • We got a couple flights, and the beers here were all awesome. They have a large selection of their own craft brews, so you're sure to find something you like. Food is provided by food trucks outside near the patio. We didn't try anything, but the food we saw others eating looked pretty good. The emphasis here is on the beer, and food is more of a convenience for those who want a small bite. The location is really nice. There's a large patio outside, and large bar inside. Tables and high tops are scattered about for groups. Everything is new and modern. The space feels open and is great for conversing over a brew. There's also a large counter to buy merchandise like t-shirts, mugs, etc. Service was quick and hassle free, as it should be.
  • Awesome brewery with exceptional beer plus great food trucks outside. The venue is great with wide open seating areas. It's definitely a chill atmosphere. The food trucks outside serve solid food at a good price. Inside they have plenty to see including a Tony Gwynn museum. Definitely worth checking out!
  • Beautiful room. Beer was okay. Great for parties and groups, but maybe not ideal for all beer connoisseurs.

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