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Feb 7, 2014 05:37 PM

San Diego breweries among best in the world....

....according to RateBeer. 7 SD breweries ranked in the Top 100 in the world.

AleSmith ranked #1. We certainly are blessed in SD to have so many great breweries locally.

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        1. re: Fake Name

          I didn't think so. Not very likely!


      1. re: Josh

        What isn't, go have an Anchor Steam and cry in your lousy beer.

        1. re: cstr

          Much better breweries here now. :-)

          1. re: Josh

            Also Beer Week and PtY release right now

            1. re: DougOLis

              Going to a Crooked Stave thing at Mikkeller today. \0/

              1. re: Josh

                Josh how is the food there? I went to the soft opening but was umm "trapped" in the sour room the whole time and didn't get to eat. I think we are going back in a month or so.

                1. re: MrKrispy

                  Food is mostly good. The sausage sampler is my favorite. Avoid the Li'l Smokies. The pickled vegetables are also great.

      2. Those guys are serious beer geeks, so it's a meaningful honor.

        Just finished a 22 oz Anvil ESB (which is a delicious beer) when I saw this post. Really. Quite the coincidence, I think.

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        1. re: DoctorChow

          Their [Nautical] Nut Brown is my desert island beer -- if I could only drink one kind.
          It works as well as a post-ride refresher as it does with just about any meal (breakfast through dessert).
          And if anyone hasn't tried their vietnamese coffee Speedway, wowsers.

          1. re: The Office Goat

            I do love the AleSmith. Funny story. Awhile back a vendor I work with hosted a party at a box at Petco for a Padres game. Turns out one of his friends is a brewer at AleSmith and is also attending. Spent a lot of time talking to the brewer and he mentions that next time my vendor buddy is in town he should stop by the brewery and he'll give him some beer to bring to me.

            So the next time he's in town, we meet for lunch to discuss business and he mentions he has some AleSmith for me. Expecting a couple of bottles, we get to his car and he brought me 12 (yes 12!) growlers and 2 cases of bombers!!! I'm in beer heaven but growlers have a limited shelf life and there's no way I can drink that much beer (including 2 growlers of the 11% ABV stout) without a couple weeks of detox. Fortunately the following weekend is Halloween and I took the beer to a friends house who lives on a street where they do Halloween big. The kids roam the street for candy and the dads roam the street with Red Solo Cups for adult treats. So we poured the AleSmith and were the highlight of the dads Trick-or-Treating that year.

            Need to get down to AleSmith to try the Vietnamese Speedway!

            1. re: steveprez

              They rarely have the Vietnamese Speedway stout on tap - you need to follow their Facebook page to keep up on that.

              I sure wish I had taken my daughter trick-or-treating in your neighborhood. We usually do PB, which in the area we roam hasn't usually featured too many beer options. :)

        2. What always surprises me about SD local beers is that so many are high-gravity alcohol bombs, which would be fine in Alaska with their climate, but not really a good match for balmy SD weather. What's going on?

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          1. re: Tripeler

            That is a myth, IMO. Sure, the large format AleSmith beers are like that, but your standard-issue SD pale is usually around 6-7%. Ballast Point makes a lot of lower-ABV beers, as well as higher.

            1. re: Josh

              I think another misconception is that SD is a tropical climate when it is in fact a cool coastal climate, especially within ~5 miles of the coast. It rarely exceeds 80F in the summer and usually cool in the evenings, save the occasional Santa Ana. I rarely consider the temp too hot to enjoy a bigger beer.

            2. re: Tripeler

              Those are just the most famous ones people write about. But there are plenty of others: Alesmith's Anvil, X, Nut Brown and Little Devil are all under 6%. My Bloody Valentine is 6.66% which seems appropriate.

              1. re: Tripeler

                FWIW, IPA is San Diego's best know style, and if you want very drinkable IPAs, I highly recommend the trip to Alpine Brewery.

                1. re: wanker

                  Yesterday I had a Stone brew that was 9.4%, wow one and done!

                  1. re: cstr

                    Sounds like it was a barleywine. Or very close.

                  2. re: wanker

                    I was interested in what a "beercation" is, and ran across this link, which has an interesting reference to "West Coast IPA" and SD's influence.

                    Guess the author doesn't know that you aren't supposed to drink beer on the beach these days, though.


                    1. re: DoctorChow

                      I don't think they were literally saying drink on the beaches, but I suspect you knew that. :)

                      1. re: RB Hound

                        Should have added my snappy tongue-in-cheek emoticon.

                2. For anyone that cares, the owner of Alesmith is Sam the Cooking Guy's cousin.

                  Peter also makes some fantastic cheese and they now have a Spoedway Stout mustard that is quite tasty.

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                  1. re: MrKrispy

                    Cool! I like them both but never made the connection. Know where the cheese/mustard can be purchased??

                    1. re: steveprez

                      The mustard is always for sale in their tasting room. He's only done cheese at relatively private events, though I've heard/read that he's going to be getting more into that in the future. I suspect that licensing issues might prevent him from selling it at the brewery.

                  2. It's good but I will take a good Czech beer as my #1 beer in the world... An unpasteurized Staropramen or Pilsner Urquell rocks