AleSmith Brewing Company – Cabot Drive’s Last Day

Today is the last day that AleSmith Brewing’s original Cabot Drive location will be open for business. In this building, AleSmith was the first brewery to open up in Miramar, which is now home to over a dozen breweries and tasting rooms. After 20 great years at this spot, they are relocating the brewing operations and tasting room just 2 blocks west down Miramar Rd at the newly renamed AleSmith Ct (formerly Empire St). IMG_0244The Cabot Drive brewery and tasting room has seen numerous remodels and expansions since opening in 1995. The tasting room had started out as sort of a “gathering around the fermenters”, and had a very cozy just-you-and-the-brewers feel for many years. Some beers would be poured right out of the tanks, and it was more than a few years before they installed a proper bar smack in the middle of the brewery itself. Keep in mind this was back when breweries were forbidden to provide chairs in their tasting rooms in San Diego. Boy have we come a long way from that! IMG_0251This lasted for several years, then the company expanded into an adjacent suite and made room for an actual separate tasting room, with bar stools and some decor to liven up the tasting experience. The tasting room has resided in that same space for many years now, seeing a few expansions, re-paintings, and the addition of a life-size wall photo of the late Tony Gwynn, their collaborating partner in the instant-classic San Diego Pale Ale .394.IMG_0246I stopped by this week for some final tasters of AleSmith’s legendary brews at this historical location.  I picked Speedway Stout, Anvil ESB, plus an incredible Old Numbskull Barleywine on cask. All were just as good as the first time I had sampled them long, long ago. Stop by if you can, and get one last taste at the granddaddy of the Miramar cluster of breweries. IMG_0245

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