Another brewery located in an office/industrial park. I visited during RBSG, so this rating is not under normal circumstances. Peter was a great host, and provided swag and free beer, including a special version of Speedway, brewed with Kopa Luwak (sp?) beans. Unfortunately the admins refuse to let these be in the database as an entry or an alias. Sad. The tasting room is actually situated in the corner of their wharehouse, surrounded by pallets. They offer Alesmith beers to sample or purchase, draft and bottles. They also sell merchandise. Since Alesmith is one of my favorite brewers, I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and meeting Peter.
SP23 (3) Jurupa Valley, California | August 16, 2008| Updated March 15, 2012
I am lucky enough to work and it seems like live 1.5 blocks from Ale Smith. I have gotten to know the whole crew rather well over the last year & a half and they are the nicest an most patient people (except OSAMA when he is eating his lunch) at all times and I should know, I bug them constantly. Now, the beer is hands down the best available and I only drink Ale Smith when in SD. The brewery just expanded, THANK GOD. I was getting tired of STONE taking all of my IPA, those bastards. When I first was introduced to Ale Smith I was trying all of the beers with quite enjoyment, until I was introduced to the best beer on the face of the planet Ale Smith IPA. Being so close to the brewery lends itself to some perks, such as getting the IPA the minute is is done and let me tell you fresh IPA is the best. All right, I better get off IPA or I will be here awhile. I really enjoy seeing all the different walks of life that come to Ale Smith, because due to such a friendly and laid back atmosphere it is easy to meet new people and discuss BEER as well as other interesting subjects. Come for the beer and come back because you will feel so welcome and the beer is OK to. Ale Smith will be expanding there hours soon and that will make a lot of people happy. I can’t tell you how many people, not knowing the hours come by only to be devastated and yes I mean devastated when they find out that they are not open for business. I feel for all of you and those days are numbered. I hope to see you all at Ale Smith in the future. For all of you out of townees, don’t be foolish. Come to Ale Smith if it is the only brewery you visit in SD.
footbalm (75) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | August 10, 2008
Holy freaking bee-jesus. Yeah, it wasn’t the most beautiful place I have sipped a beer but it was one of the coolest experiences ever. RBSG so you know the story by now. And you know the beer we had and the beers I bought.
ive never been here when its not a release. Just a wherehouse with a makeshift bar in back. The releases are great with the best brews available, free snacks and good company. Big lines and long waits too, they could improve on that alot!
This is basically a brewery located in an industrial complex warehouse. Nothing great to look at, but lets face it this is Alesmith so that alone make it great. I went there today for the release of the 2003/2006 barrel aged Speedway Stout and got four bottles. What could be better?.
Barely made it in time for a small tasting. Would’ve liked to taste more on premises, but bought a case to take home for an ’at home’ tasting. Very friendly staff, gave us a few extra minutes to take some extra beers even though it was after their closing time. Would like to take the tour next time I’m out on the West Coast, maybe drink a few more beers. I’m looking forward to cracking open the Grand Cru bottle and their Speedway Stout.
As bare-bones, no-frills breweries go, AleSmith is one of the warmest and most welcoming I’ve encountered. But it’s all about the people everyone in the (very small) staff is a beer geek through and through, and it shows in their hospitality and in their brewing. Still one of the best breweries around, and if I lived closer I’d go straight to the source to buy all of my cases of Speedway, IPA, and Wee Heavy. They have about 6-8 beers on tap at the miniature bar, and sell any bottles they have on-hand to-go. If you can find them during business hours and get in there for a brief tour, they’ll welcome you warmly. Great place.
Visited during the fall ’07 for the Barrel Aged release. It is in an industrial park and easy to drive right by it. A nice brewery even nicer people. While waiting in line ended up talking to several members of the staff and all were incredibly nice.
Visits have changed over the years...I’ve been going regularly for 3 years. Folks are the tops...unbelievable. This is perhaps one of my favorite breweries to visit...not for a massive tour...but to talk to knowledgeable folks. Selection...well it varies a bit, but if you are going to taste alesmith beers on taps...then it won’t disappoint for out of towners.