Peter Zien is an accomplished and highly decorated homebrewer, who "always wanted to own a brewery." Since he began brewing in 1995, his beers have earned over 400 medals and honors. In addition, he is San Diego County's only BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) "Master" level beer judge, their highest rating.
In 2002 he purchased the brewery from Skip Virgilio, the founder and original brewmaster, who was the first San Diegan to bring home gold from the prestigious Great American Beer Festival. Given the extremely high level of talent in the brewhouse (and that definitely includes Tod Fitzsimmons, Head Brewer), it's little wonder that AleSmith has become renowned for its best-of-class brews in many different and intriguing styles.
Please stop by for a visit if you're in the area to tour the brewery and taste the beer, or even just to say hello. We look forward to seeing you.
About the Brewery:
Situated in the scenic Warehouse District of Miramar, San Diego, AleSmith is the quintessential unassuming hero. AleSmith is dedicated to hand-forging great beers from only the finest ingredients, inspired by the classic beer styles of Great Britain and Belgium. Our meticulous attention to every detail yields beers that are truly "hand-forged to perfection."
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AleSmith Speedway Stout
Our HUGE Imperial Stout that weighs in at an impressive 12% ABV! As if that's not enough, we added pounds of coffee for a little extra kick, then aged it for a year in bourbon barrels. Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate ... more
AleSmith Horny Devil
This is the AleSmith incarnation of a Belgian Strong Ale. Horny Devil is an authentic Belgian Style ale, from the Belgian candi sugar right down to the yeast, a Belgian strain from a Trappist monastery in Belgium. In addition to the malts, candi sugar and fresh hops, there is also ... more
Deep golden to light amber color, and a nice off-white head, with good retention when properly served. Starts off with pleasantly strong hop flavors, balanced by a firm malt backdrop, then fades to a dry finish with a lingering hoppiness. Medium straw color, pale tan head. Rich malty aroma with ... more
AleSmith Nut Brown Ale
Rich chocolate malt flavors create complexity and drinkability in this classic English-style Nut Brown ale. Although dark in color, Nut Brown Ale is an extremely easy drinking, relatively low alcohol beer. more
All sizes are 750mL unless otherwise noted.
Vintages and ratings subject to change at any time.
All pricing and availability subject to change.