AleSmith 24th Anniversary Weekend Details

AleSmith 24th Anniversary Weekend DetailsFrom AleSmith:

Iconic brewery hosts three days of art, music, and craft beer

SAN DIEGO, CA  (July 29, 2019) – AleSmith Brewing Company will once again be sharing its appreciation for the arts with a weekend of special events showcasing an extensive list of local San Diego artists. The celebration will take place from Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th, featuring an art exhibition, live music, and the release of several new AleSmith beers.  The brewery will also host a special CheeseSmith Artisan Creamery pairing event, as well as a barrel-aged beer education.

The weekend will be highlighted by a host of collaboration beers developed in partnership with some of AleSmith’s favorite food and beverage purveyors.  The four anniversary Small Batch Series beers were inspired respectively by Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, The Cravory, Extraordinary Desserts, and Malahat Spirits.  Original AleSmith owner, and current brewer at Gravity Heights, Skip Virgilio, also partnered with the brewery to create four barrel-aged variations of OG Barleywine, each aged in a different barrel for over a year.  The one collaboration that reaches outside of San Diego is Coastal Connect, a New Zealand-style pilsner developed with Faction Brewing that will be available for distribution throughout the United States.  Well-known for their barrel-aging program, the brewery will also release a new vintage of its world-renowned Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout.

AleSmith 24th Anniversary Beer Releases:

The anniversary celebration kicks off on Friday, August 9th with a sold out CheeseSmith and AleSmith Beer Pairing, which will include five artisan cheeses accompanied by featured brews.  AleSmith owner, Peter Zien, is also the cheese monger and owner of CheeseSmith, a highly anticipated project housed at the brewery.  On Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th, the AleSmith tasting room will be taken over by over 40 local artists exhibiting and selling their work.  Attendance is free and includes live musical performances by Disappointing Joseph and weekend headliner, Sully & The Souljahs on Saturday, followed by The Walter Brothers and Glass Radio on Sunday.  On Sunday, August 11th, Quality Supervisor, Peter Cronin, will also lead a ticketed sensory experience of eight barrel-aged beers, allowing participants to taste and learn how aging the same beer in different barrels and for varying lengths of time can affect the resulting beer.

AleSmith Owner, Peter Zien, remarked on the occasion by saying, “What I love about this annual celebration is how we’re able to really focus on our hometown of San Diego by collaborating with local artists who draw their inspiration from this city, just like we do.  AleSmith was born in San Diego’s laid-back, coastal environment, so it’s important for us to pay tribute to our heritage.”


What: AleSmith 24th Anniversary: Art, Music, and Craft Beer Festival

When: Friday, August 9th - Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Where: AleSmith Brewing Company

            9990 AleSmith Court

            San Diego, CA 92126

Full details on the weekend’s festivities, including ticket information, can be found at

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Forged in 1995, AleSmith has been recognized by consumers and critics alike as one of the world’s foremost craft brewing companies behind accolades that include medals won at prestigious national and international beer competitions. In addition to being well established within its hometown of San Diego, AleSmith was acknowledged by the RateBeer community as the 6th Best Brewery in the World in 2018. The brewery is also a three-time winner of the Champion Brewery Award at the San Diego International Beer Competition, where it received a Gold Medal in 2019 for Nut Brown English brown ale. Further recognition for individual beers includes a 2016 Gold Medal for Old Numbskull, and a 2017 Bronze Medal for Wee Heavy at the Great American Beer Festival. AleSmith is celebrating its 24th year in business and occupies a 109,942 square-foot facility with a state-of- the-art brewery. AleSmith’s range of acclaimed beers, which includes Speedway Stout, Nut Brown Ale, and San Diego Pale Ale .394 is distributed in 28 U.S. states and 8 countries.




On sale Friday, August 9th at 11am

  • Faction Brewing Collaboration: Coastal Connect (4.8% ABV)
  • We teamed up with our friends up the coast at Faction Brewing to develop this pale, dry, clean lager featuring notes of tropical fruit, melon, citrus, and wine grapes from New Zealand Hops. When these flavorful hops connect with two collaborating breweries from California, everyone wins!
  • Small Batch Series Draft-Only Releases:
  • Crave of Wonders (tangerine blonde collaboration with The Cravory)
  • Spirited Crew (dunkles bock collaboration with Malahat Spirits)

OG Barleywine Ales

Barrel-aged collaboration with

Skip Virgilio of Gravity Heights

  • Barleywine ale aged in bourbon barrels (11% ABV)
  • Barleywine ale aged in peach sherry barrels (10.5% ABV)
  • Barleywine ale aged in Islay scotch barrels (11% ABV)
  • Barleywine ale aged in cognac barrels (10.5% ABV)

Available in 330ml 4-packs!

2019 Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout (13% ABV)

On sale Sunday, August 11th at 11am

We matured our Russian Imperial Stout in premium bourbon barrels for an extended period of time to create the perfect blend of flavors. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon add complexity to this beer's already massive flavor profile of chocolate, locally sourced artisanal coffee, and roasted barley.

These 330 ml bottles will be available in 2-pack carriers.

Order of the Anvil members will have access to an online-only pre-sale beginning Wednesday, August 7th!

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