AleSmith Anvil Newsletter
May 2011AleSmith logo


In This Issue
Barrel-Aged Beer Release
AleSmith Cask Dates
AleSmith and Farmers' Market Fare
AleSmith Online Store
Tasting Bar Hours, Keg Purchases and Brewery Tours

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Barrel-Aged Beer Release:Decadence 2008

BA Speedway Stout '09 &

BA Decadence '08 



The long-awaited moment will soon be upon us: the newest batch of AleSmith barrel-aged beer is set for release this month on Wednesday, June 15th.


This edition of BA Speedway, barreled in '09, is as good as ever. Excellent sweet boozey notes with accents of oak, vanilla, and pleasant oxidative aspects alongside the customary coffee and bitter chocolate roasted malt characteristics.


This has proved to be a very interesting edition of BA Decadence. The 2008 batch, an English-style barleywine aged in bourbon barrels, took on a pleasant sourness. Such quirks of nature can provide intriguing drinking  experiences, like the many excellent wild ales being produced today. We think you'll enjoy this delightfully unconventional offering. 


There will be a purchase limit of (4) four bottles of '09 Speedway Stout per person, and (1) one bottle of '08 Decadence per person, pending turnout. We want to make sure that everyone has a great time and gets a chance to get some of this highly-anticipated beer, so we reserve the right to change the limit as the sale progresses. We will begin handing out numbers at 8:30 am and the bottle sale will begin at 12:00pm, allowing you time to leave and return if need be.

Thanks in advance for keeping the atmosphere jolly and convivial in the true spirit of craft beer and for helping to keep our parking lot clean during the festivities. We want to make sure that we can keep having events like these for many batches to come. Cheers! 


Upcoming AleSmith Cask Dates


In addition to the regular cask offerings featured at fine establishments around town, we've started a monthly cask program here at the brewery tasting room. We'll feature a different cask conditioned beer on the second Thursday of each month.


Cask Events: 

- Friday, May 20th

Hamilton's Tavern

Firkin Friday w/ AleSmith Brewing Dueling Casks

AleSmith IPA 

Nautical Nut Brown - fermented with English ale yeast

- Wednesday, May 25th @ 5:00pm

Urge Gastropub

AleSmith Keep the Pint - Speedway on cask


- Wednesday, May 25th

Main Tap Tavern

Speedway on cask


-Wednesday, June 1st

San Diego Taproom

AleSmith IPA 



Cask Hand Pump 

AleSmith and Farmers' Market Fare

Companions for Every Season  

Strawberry Basket


Strawberries are in full-swing in San Diego. Be sure to support local farms that grow pesticide-free berries, which are especially susceptible to contamination (and the chemicals sometimes used on strawberries are especially unpleasant).


Here is a list of farmers' markets in San Diego County. 


These naturally sweet berries are great in much more than just desserts (though strawberry shortcake is a venerated classic). Perfectly ripe strawberries are so simply delicious that they require little or no alteration to be enjoyed. So here are a few simple ideas, rather than a full-on recipe, that can enhance your enjoyment of these seasonal gems.


- Strawberries and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese drizzled with a few drops aged Balsamic vinegar (the really good stuff).


- Grilled, Marinated Shrimp and Strawberry Skewer (yes!)

Marinated medium shrimp in garlic, dill, and olive oil. Grill quickly over very hot coals.


- Spinach and Strawberry Salad with sweet onion and avocado oil-lime vinaigrette. Sprigs of fresh dill or cilantro can be delicious here as well.


- Beer Pairing: 

I recommend AleSmith Lil' Devil as a great beer companion to these dishes. The crisp hoppiness of AleSmith X is also very good for an alternative take. 

AleSmith SWAG Now Available Online

The online store at is now up and running! 


Check out the selection of AleSmith merchandise and place your order here: 

AleSmith Bar Towel

Get your classic

AleSmith Bar Towel!

Tasting Bar Hours, Keg Purchases and Brewery Tours

Please drop in to visit our Tasting Bar for beer samples, half-gallon growler fills, bottle/keg & AleSmith merchandise sales on Thursday 2:00pm-7:00pm, Friday 2:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm-6:00pm. Please call us ahead of time if you are planning on bringing a group of (10) ten or more. 


If you'd like to purchase a 5 gallon or 15.5 gallon keg(s) of AleSmith beer, please send an e-mail to with the following information: name, phone #, beer name, keg size, and the ready date/time.  Thank you!


An informative tour of the brewery is conducted on the last Saturday of each month, starting at 12:30pm.  You will learn how AleSmith beers are brewed and have an opportunity to sample AleSmith beers at the conclusion of the approximately 1 hour tour.  Please call (858.549.9888) and follow the voice prompts to find out more about our tour-only specials and to reserve your space on the next tour.

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Questions?  Comments?