San Diego, California based AleSmith Brewing has expanded distribution to the state of Georgia. The brewery has signed a deal with United Distributors.
The launch lineup includes IPA, Orange X Pale Ale, Wee Heavy, Horny Devil, and their #1 selling Speedway Stout. AleSmith fans can expect seasonals and a few barrel-aged offerings in the near future.
AleSmith Brewing was founded in 1995. On their 20th anniversary, the brewery opening their new 100,000 square foot “2.0” location nearby. Georgia is the brewery’s first foray into the southeast.
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In 2014, San Diego based AleSmith Brewing is released San Diego Pale Ale .394, named for the late baseball great Tony Gwynn’s batting average at the end of the 1994 season.
In 2015 after Gwynn’s passing, AleSmith released Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394. This edition was big on American hops, weighing in at a much higher 9% alcohol by volume.
Staring this month, AleSmith Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 is going into national distribution.
“Tony’s spirit and the friendship we developed while working together has brought the Gwynn and Zien families incredibly close. We hold the Tony Gwynn 5.5K run and walk annually with proceeds benefitting the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation. Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 is just one more way for us to keep the memory of our dear friend alive.” – Peter Zien, AleSmith CEO
Look for Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 in 22 ounce bottles in AleSmith distribution territories starting this moth.
Style: Imperial Pale Ale
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: July, 2017
Two southern California pioneers are teaming up this spring. Music and beer fuse in forthcoming Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager.
Unless you’ve been living under rock, you’ve heard the musical stylings of SoCal’s Sublime, best known for the song “Santeria” and “What I Got”. 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the band’s debut album 40oz to Freedom? The duo is celebrating accordingly.
When you hail from Southern California and are celebrating an album called 40oz to Freedom, what do you brew? A Mexican-style lager. In 40 ounce bottles.
You don’t see a lot of “40s” in craft brewing. When Alesmith’s owner Peter Zien sat down with the band, he learned Sublime has an affinity for the Vienna-style lager (brewed heavily in Mexico, aka Mexican Lager). The style is very crisp and clean, finishing slightly sweet. A fitting style for sunny SoCal weather, or tailgating for a concert.
“It doesn’t taste like anything else. The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste. This is the one!” – Sublime co-founder Bud Gaugh. “
The 40 ounce bottles are a special release, sold as ticket pre-order on July 8th, on sale July 15th. The keg tapping party with include drummer Bud Gaugh, and DJ PRODUCT 1969c, who worked on Sublimes Robbin’ The Hood album.
Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager will be available in 12 ounce cans and draft year-round starting in June, 2017.
Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, 40oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut (40oz Bottles): July, 2017
Cans: August, 2017
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Alesmith Nibs & Beans Speedway Stout, a chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee laden edition of the venerable imperial stout, is on sale now.
A few times throughout the year, Alesmith uses their nationally known imperial stout as a brewer’s playground. This round, Speedway Stout goes full-on dessert beer. The brewery has added vanilla beans, cacao nibs, and locally roasted coffee. What we’ve heard is that these variants are fantastic. Now is the chance to find out for yourself.
Each quarter we stretch our creative muscles and brew a variation of our year-round imperial stout. This quarter’s variation, originally created for the popular 3 day Speedway Grand Prix event in our Tasting Room, features vanilla beans from Madagascar and Papua New Guinea, cacao nibs from Brazil and Madagascar, and locally roasted Colombian coffee from Swell Coffee Co. This beer balances the aromatic quality of the vanilla beans, the nuttiness of the cacao nibs, and the earthy fruity notes of the coffee with the roasty, chocolatey flavors of our imperial stout.
AleSmith Nibs & Beans Speedway Stout will be available in 750 milliliter bottles. The brewery is pre-selling this online now, $22 dollars per bottle.
AleSmith Speedway Stout, easily one of the most popular imperial stouts in the United States, is now available in cans.
The black, silver foiled, bottle of viscous has made AleSmith Speedway Stout an American brewing icon. What is the next logical step for one of America’s most renown stouts?
Alesmith has already been canning their IPA for while now, and fans have been wondering what’s up next. A pint can of the coffee-laden stout might just be the perfect size for those nights your aren’t sharing your beer.
…Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability…
AleSmith Speedway Stout is currently available year-round in 750ml bottles and draft. 16 ounce cans are available at the brewery in San Diego starting January 27th.
Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: 750ml Bottles Draft. Year-round. 16 oz Cans (New)
Debut: January, 2017
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AleSmith My Bloody Valentine, the bloody red distant cousin of the brewery’s Halloween beer Evil Dead Red, is back in action.
Valentine’s Day either brings joy to some, or misery to others. Perhaps that speaks to the versatility of this beer. The red ale is appropriate colored for the Hallmark holiday, with an appropriate/inappropriate 6.66% alcohol by volume.
It has intense notes of caramel, toast and bittersweet chocolate, balancing an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate that leaves you pining for more!
AleSmith My Bloody Valentine is available in 22 ounce bottles and draft in January, and February.
Style: Red Ale
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, IL, MI, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VA, WA, Wi
Latest Return: January, 2017
AleSmith Decadence 2016, a rotating style and birthday beer for the brewery is hitting shelves.
2005 was the first release of Alesmith Decadence, brewed to celebrate the first 10 years in business. Each year since, the brewers create their own special recipe for the celebratory release.
AleSmith Decadence 2016 is inspired by Anchor Brewing’s Steam Beer, dating back to 1971. The style is known elsewhere as a California common.
AleSmith created an imperial Cali common for the occasion. Keeping stylistically sound, the brewery fermented a lager at warmer ale temperatures. The process causes the yeast to different flavors than if fermented colder. Per the brewery, the resulting beer is “a combination of fruity, mineral-like flavors, borne from the lager yeast esters.” Interestingly, this is the only time AleSmith has ever brewed this beer.
AleSmith Decadence 2016 is available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft.
Style: Imperial California Common
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Limited Release. July-Oct
Debut: July, 2016
Distribution: CA, CO, CT, IL, MA, ME, MN, NC, NY, OH, OR, RI, VA, VT and WA
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