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AleSmith Brewing - San Diego's Award Winning Brewery


AleSmith Brewing Company is an American brewery founded in 1995 by Skip Virgilio and Ted Newcomb in San Diego, California. In 2002 the brewery was purchased by Peter Zien. AleSmith produces a variety of beers, many of which have high alcohol content and are strongly hopped beers. The beers have acquired a positive reputation among microbrew enthusiasts and hopheads.

AleSmith's beers are inspired predominantly by the brewing styles of Great Britain and Belgium (though they once brewed a German-style Weizenbock, which has since been retired). Many of their beers are known for their depth of character. Nearly half of all AleSmith beers available in 2006 have an alcohol by volume measurement over 8.5%, compared to 4-6% ABV for most American-style pale lagers. AleSmith's strongest brew is its Imperial Stout, called "Speedway Stout", which has an ABV of 12%.

Some AleSmith beers, such as their "Lil' Devil" Belgian Ale and their "Nautical Nut" Brown Ale, are offered on draft only or in kegs at the brewery. Other beers, such as their Double India Pale Ale "Yulesmith" and their regular India Pale Ale, are available in 22-ounce bottles. Many of their higher gravity regular beers, such as "Speedway Stout" and their Barley Wine "Old Numbskull", are available in 750 ml champagne bottles. All of AleSmith's bottled beers are bottle conditioned. Unlike most other American brewers, AleSmith does not distribute any of their beers in 12-ounce bottles.

Year round Beers
AleSmith X
Anvil Ale
AleSmith IPA
Horny Devil
Wee Heavy
Speedway Stout
Old Numbskull
Grand Cru

Seasonal beers
Evil Dead Red
Lil Devil

Specialty beers

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