AleSmith Brewing Company | San Diego, California
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AleSmith Brewing Company
World Class based on 158 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

9366 Cabot Dr
San Diego, California United States 92126 [ print map ]
858 549 9888

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Hours: Monday-Friday:12-9pm Sat:11am-9pm, Sun:11am-6pm


Mayor: Leighton (7) | Affiliated user(s) here zug4abby | Taps: 16 | Bottles: 7-14


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Beer Available At AleSmith Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
AleSmith Robust Porter 86, AleSmith Horny Devil 97, AleSmith Olde Ale 2014 , AleSmith / Cigar City Rambliní Rye , AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged) 100, AleSmith Barrel Aged Old Numbskull 100, AleSmith Barrel Aged Decadence 2011 99, AleSmith Lil Devil 95, AleSmith Decadence 2013 96, AleSmith Decadence 2010 99, AleSmith Barrel Aged Decadence 2005 100, AleSmith Speedway Stout (Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee) 97, AleSmith Nut Brown Ale with Vietnamese Coffee , AleSmith Speedway Stout 100, AleSmith Robust Porter with Cocoa Nibs , AleSmith Robust Porter with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee , AleSmith Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee) 100, AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale 97, AleSmith Decadence 2012 100, AleSmith Grand Cru 99
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158 reviews for AleSmith Brewing Company
 Ambiance  69%
 Service  88%
 Selection  82%
 Food  10%
 Value  86%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
nhorween  (6) Chicago, Illinois | August 5, 2006
What a great stop. I was actually there a while back, the day they released the Summer YuleSmith. Tons of people stopping by, but Peter still manned the taps and talked to five of my friends and I and answered all of our lame questions. Some of the best beer Iíve ever had, and having their offerings on tap (speedway, numbskull, grand cru) should be a priority, as theyíre noticeably different.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
WeeHeavySD  (111) San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon | July 31, 2006| Updated December 25, 2008
This is a fantastic brewery it has charm, nuance, and the feeling that you are important. Everyone who has interest in beer should visit, from those who consume mass marketed garbage to the beer enthusiast. Peter Zien and the rest of the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. Go and try the beer fresh, get some unique little devil and stay for the conversation. Growlers and Growler fills are a great deal, though I do like to bottle age thier beers myself. Just went again losing count of how many times, these guys are amazingly friendly and here for us, the beer geeks.
88
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Kevster  (47) Bradenton, Florida | June 17, 2006
From my 6/7 afternoon visit. Located in a small Business Park. Business front is very nice and the area you walk into is very small. Peter Zien greeted me and was very welcoming when I walked into his Brewery. As I walked through the wet floors to the tasting area in the back I was welcomed by a couple more staff members. I tasted most of their brews they had on tap such as Speedway Stout , Wee Heavy, Old Numbskull, and Horny Devil. They even let me pour my own taste of Speedway which was a treat. I bought a pint glass and a growler of Speedway Stout to go. Iím saving my notes from this tasting experience for my 100th rating. Itís amazing such great brews come from such a small place. A must visit!
86
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 1/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby  (7) San Diego, California | June 14, 2006
Located in a business park, but donít let that deter you from visiting one of my favorite breweries. Everyone who works there is incredibly nice, helpfull and knowledgable about beer. They have a great tap list and usually have a pretty cool bottle selection for purchase. Itís a small brewery, but they go out of their way to make you feel at home when youíre there and will answer any questions you might have... even pointing out of towners to the other good beer places around San Diego!!
90
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
unclemattie  (112) Georgia | June 12, 2006| Updated January 10, 2007
This is a top 5 brewery of mine. Worth the trip back after being sent away because of bottling. Bill, one of the Brewers, was very welcoming. found in the middle of a little business park. RVs with slashed tires parked in the back (done by vandals). Very welcoming. They new all the locals who were coming in for growler fills. Had a pleasing selection on hand. I tried Speedway, Numbskull, Wee Heavy, X, Anvil, Lil Devil, Horny Devil, & Grand Cru. Got a TShirt and a pint Glass. These guys were also able to send us in the right direction to find quality beer in the area as well!
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT  (57) California | May 10, 2006
What an interesting place this was. Alesmith is located in an office park. It used to be a car shop. You can tell once you walk in. Thereís a desk at the front, and in back thereís all the brewing stuff. Itís far from beautiful and has a very industrial feel. In the back was a tasting area and I talked with the guy there for a while. He knew his stuff. Had quite a few samples, picked up quite a few more bottles ($9 vs 13-15 at home) and their tulip glass. Most stuff there was on tap, including Speedway and a 2 year old Numbskull. At the end talked to the head brewer Peter. It sounds like theyíre REALLY busy and struggling to keep up with demand. I canít wait til that struggle ends, and Iím guessing the feeling is mutual.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
dhlesq  (1) Thousand Oaks, California | April 15, 2006
As said by others, brewery is a nice little light-industrial complex behind an office building. I walked in the front and a few guys way in the back waved me to come on in. Brewery had a pleasant yeasty smell, as if Horny Devil was fermenting. The staff was very pleasant and willing to talk. I tried many brews, including íLil Devil which I learned was a propogation beer made from the wort used to propogate the Horny Devil yeast. I picked up a case of Wee Heavy which was nice, though I was dissapointed that no bottles of Speedway were available. Overall, a fantastic brewery making some fantastic beer.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Cmonirene  (7) Marina, California | March 27, 2006
again, one of the stops on the "beer-trip" this spring break. the brewery is pretty cool and the staff is nice. the tastings were only $0.50! awesome! they have a good selection of beers to taste as well as buy in the giant champage bottles. overall, we were finally able to make it to the brewery rated #1 in the world. i would say it was worth the visit.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert  (44) BFE, Arizona | March 19, 2006
Well I finally made it to the craft brewing mecca. As a home brewer, I doesnít get much better than this. When I arrived, Peter was in the front lobby. He told me to walk through the brewery to get to the tasting bar. There was a good 10 people there doing some tasting (St. Patricks Day). There were 8 beers on tap. All very good of course. Peter and the staff were very friendly and talkative. I was able to walk around the brewery to check things out and take some pictures (no active brewing taking place that afternoon). I was able to purchase 7 of the 8 beers that were on tap. With a case of Alesmith brew and my walet $80 lighter (what a deal), I loaded up and headed back to AZ. I canít wait to see what they do as they expand thier operation. It will be hard to sit on my 3 bottles of Speedway Stout and not drinkíem, but I gotta try. Thanks again Peter.
78
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi  (104) Glendale, Wisconsin | March 18, 2006
Went here with MIBRomeo. Got to smell the hops after they were used in a brew they just finished. Very great smell. :) Hoses everywhere. But, it is still a great place to visit. Peter the brewmaster is very accomodating and is a fan of the Vikings (my favorite team). Thanks for the bottle of "you know what", Peter. Plus, I bought a t-shirt.

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