Recently a friend asked me if I’d ever been in AleSmith’s secret bourbon barrel aged tasting room. The hair on the back of my neck tingled and my eyes opened wide. What?! AleSmith has a secret tasting room for bourbon barrel aged beers?! The answer is yes, they do. It’s tucked away and 99% percent of patrons don’t even know it’s there. The room is hidden around a corner and off to the side with a rather camouflaged door that looks more like a wall.
How to Find the Hidden Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer Tasting Room
When you walk into AleSmith’s tasting room at the new brewery (9990 AleSmith Ct in San Diego just off of MiraMar Rd.) you’ll see the beautiful brass colored columns with big glass windows behind them looking into the brewing area.
Walk halfway into the tasting room and look to your right. You’ll see a short hallway with walls that look like they’re made from old pallets. There will be an old bourbon barrel in the hall way. Look at the wall carefully and you’ll an iron handle. Walk over, grab the handle, open the door and you’re in bourbon barrel aged beer heaven.
San Diego is arguably the worlds number one craft beer city. We are a city of people that know and love craft beer. This is where you will find the true beer connoisseurs.