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AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego

(4.6/5 based on 65 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 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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  • Amazing!!! The entire staff was so incredibly and friendly. We went on a day when they weren't doing tours, Nick was able to make it happen. He gave us an awesome tour and was so knowledgeable about e...  more »
  • For a place known for beers made with coffee (I hate the taste of coffee), we selected 8 incredible brews including one which delivered on the promise of being made with Vietnamese coffee without a hi...  more »
  • We visited 14 breweries over a weekend and this was at the top of our list. They were in the process of renovations, but that didn't dampen the experience. It's a big open main tap room with plenty of...  more »
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  • It doesn't get much better than AleSmith. I LOVE this new space, too. Their beers are amazing, too. As a matter of fact, we've taken day trips for single release beers before. Can't say that about many breweries... While here, get a Speedway Stout, or any variant of Speedway, and enjoy the day. BIG fan of these guys. Cheers!
  • Awesome staff. Awesome beer list and a great outdoor space. Plus they always seem to have some special stuff on tap.
  • Great place to taste seasonal and special editions. They also offer tours if you are interested. Food trucks outside. Friendly staff.
  • Alesmith carries weight here in San Diego. Maybe not as iconic as Stone or as progressive as Ballast Point or as ambitious as Green Flash. It’s just good beer and it sells itself, but the space here shows how Californians love to day drink. Because of our year round good weather we take advantage of drinking outside. Without food on premesis they bring in food trucks, usually multiple because variety is the spice of life. This place is large, unlike many places who expand and expand and expand, Alesmith laid down the infrastructure and groundwork for the future capacity. They are also keeping San Diego AF, as local as it gets with the tribute room to our HoF Tony Gwynn as well as the 394 beer in his honor. It’s a pale ale and not the normal IPA’s we are known for. Parking is really just find a spot, it’s secluded which is nice. Bathrooms are outside, though not as trailer as you’d think. The private dugout room is great for events, parties, etc. It’s your basic warehouse brewery, but with a little more décor. Plenty of great staff working, knowledgably, friendly. Prices are good with at least a dozen on tap, custom flights and prefix one’s are available with a more efficient and cool carrier. Cornhole, large firepit, decent seating, but they don’t overcrowd the open airspace too much. Some music would be nice There is even an even more private password protected bourbon aged beer space. I don’t want to necessarily call it a speakeasy, but it’s definitely not the Dug Out. As one of the bartenders for the info as it changes. I love beer and I love bourbon and I love how 7 grand lets select breweries use their private barrels to age beer, but I try and separate my loves because tasting a bourbon barrel aged beer makes me want bourbon, which they don’t have and then I want to leave to get that. Anyhow. Great brewery, worth of it’s reputation as being a little more grounded a SD brewery than some.
  • 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.