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
Evil Dead Red