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alegramarcel Jun 10, 2010 09:55 PM

I was recently informed of the existence of Alesmith, a microbrewer that happens to be located in Mira Mesa, where I live.

9368 Cabot Drive
San Diego, CA 92126-4311
(858) 549-988

8They have super limited hours,
Fridays 3pm to 5pm, and
Saturdays1pm to 4pm


I'm wondering: Does anyone know what it's like when you go there? Can you drink? Is there a bar? is it just retail? I'm planning to go soon, but also planning to drink a beer while there... want to know if this is possible!

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  1. Josh RE: alegramarcel Jun 10, 2010 10:12 PM

    There's a tasting bar. You can buy bottles and growlers to take home with you. You can't buy a pint or anything like that on the premises, but you can sample their beers to see which you want to take home with you.

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    1. re: Josh
      alegramarcel RE: Josh Jun 10, 2010 10:20 PM

      Ahhh.... interesting. Too bad you can't get a pint while you chill, but cool that you can sample! I can't wait to check this place out! I'm so excited.

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      juantanamera RE: alegramarcel Jun 10, 2010 10:33 PM

      Go. Taste. Few breweries in the world produce a better variety of top quality beers.

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        RB Hound RE: alegramarcel Jun 10, 2010 10:52 PM

        Sorry to sound incredulous, but you've not had any Alesmith beer before?

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        1. re: RB Hound
          camilles RE: RB Hound Jun 11, 2010 09:08 AM

          No kidding. That was my first thought, as well! Alesmith is one of the pioneer microbreweries of San Diego. :)

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          steveprez RE: alegramarcel Jun 11, 2010 05:30 AM

          The tasting room experience is not a good one. It's in a building in an industrial area, the tasting room is small and often too crowded to get a taste. But there's a reason it's crowded, they make incredible beers. You should go once but the better strategy is to find retail outlets that sell their beers.

          1. stevuchan RE: alegramarcel Jun 11, 2010 08:28 AM

            Balast Point Brewery is also located in Mira Mesa. Green Flash will be moving to Mira Mesa next spring. All we need now is a decent bar.

            Green Flash
            701 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

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              camilles RE: stevuchan Jun 11, 2010 09:11 AM

              Ballast Point is technically located in Scripps Ranch. I wouldn't want people wandering around on the wrong side of the freeway trying to find it. Another great option, although their very nice tasting room has been getting much more crowded since being awarded Best Small Brewery at the recent World Beer Cup!

              And I should mention that in addition to tastings and growler fills, you can purchase beers by the pint, there. 11-9 Mon-Sat & 11-5 Sun.

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                stevuchan RE: camilles Jun 11, 2010 09:44 AM

                I stand corrected.

                Ballast Point
                10051 Old Grove Road Suite B,
                San Diego CA 92131

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                  JonDough RE: stevuchan Jun 11, 2010 02:46 PM

                  There is Ballast Point located next to USD on Linda Vista as well.

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                    steveprez RE: JonDough Jun 11, 2010 04:00 PM

                    The BP in Linda Vista is the original brewery that sits in back of a home brewing store. I have fond memories of tasting there when buying wine making supplies. The brewery capacity there was eventually too small and they built a larger brewery in Scripps Ranch, though the original is still. BP is also distilling spirits at the Scripps Ranch location but I haven't tried that.

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                      jmtreg RE: steveprez Jun 11, 2010 04:09 PM

                      They're distilling? That's awesome!

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                        Josh RE: jmtreg Jun 11, 2010 04:14 PM

                        The rum is delicious.

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                          steveprez RE: jmtreg Jun 11, 2010 06:03 PM

                          Whiskey, rum and gin, apparently.

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                            camilles RE: steveprez Jun 14, 2010 01:06 PM

                            The Old Grove Gin and Three Sheets Rum are currently available from select distributors. I picked them up at Distiller's Outlet in Poway (which is also the best source around for AleSmith and ALL other beers from San Diego to Belgium). They are pricey, but I want to support the market for locally distilled spirits. In a side-by-side tasting of both against the finest examples of gin and rum we had in our bar, they were excellent. I haven't brought myself to actually mix a drink with them...but will soon.

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                JRSD RE: alegramarcel Jun 11, 2010 08:42 AM

                You can also purchase 64 oz, refillable growlers of their beer to go at the brewery. Great way to get some of their tap only offerings at home.

                1. Captain Jack RE: alegramarcel Jun 11, 2010 09:27 AM

                  Do not miss Alesmith's Horny Devil, it is fantastic.

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                    wanker RE: Captain Jack Jun 11, 2010 10:21 AM

                    FYI, most local BevMo's carry Alesmith beers.

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                      steveprez RE: Captain Jack Jun 11, 2010 11:10 AM


                    2. geekyfoodie RE: alegramarcel Jun 11, 2010 11:49 AM

                      Yeah, I'm going to add to the chorus of GO. Alesmith and Ballast Point are my two favorite SD breweries.

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                        alegramarcel RE: alegramarcel Jun 12, 2010 10:02 PM

                        Wow - thanks everyone! Great tips! I'm so excited to try Ballast Point. I have already been to AleSmith twice now :) And I agree that it isn't much of a place for show, and my knees hurt by the about the 4th tasting, but what a gem! And in my own backyard. Funnily enough I'd never heard of them before... but I'm more a champagne girl than beer. AleSmith made a convincing argument, though!

                        Captain jack, thanks for the rec. I did like this brew quite well, but have to admit I like the Lil' Devil slightly better :) Maybe in another year or two I'll grow into it - haha. The two devils and the Nautical Nut Brown were probably my three favorites. I tried about 7 or 8 over the two days I've been so far. Plan to go back on the last Saturday of the month for a tour!

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                          The Office Goat RE: alegramarcel Jun 14, 2010 11:08 AM

                          AleSmith's Nautical Nut Brown is my favorite all-purpose, desert island, "there can be only one" beer. It goes with just about everything, foodwise, and is darn good all by itself as well. It's not even very expensive.

                          If it has a "con" it's that it can be harder than some to acquire since they don't bottle it. OTOH, that means you're always drinking it fresh, so that's a nice silver lining.

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                            geekyfoodie RE: The Office Goat Jun 14, 2010 11:33 AM

                            It's one of my favorites, too. Perhaps it's just as well that they don't bottle it, because if we're always drinking it fresh, bottling it would probably be a little bit of a letdown.

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                              Josh RE: geekyfoodie Jun 14, 2010 11:47 AM

                              Oh, I disagree. With bottle conditioning that beer would become truly epic. I'd go so far to say that all of AleSmith's beers are best enjoyed from the bottle (or cask) for that very reason.

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                          oerdin RE: alegramarcel Jun 13, 2010 07:55 AM

                          IMHO Ale Smith is the best brewery in the San Diego area though the competition is stiff as I hear we're now up to around 50 breweries in the county. I recently tried an Airdale Dark & Stormy and found it to be better then average as well.

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