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SAN DIEGO, CA
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HOME OF AUTOMATIC BREWING CO
AUTOMATIC BREWING Co is a 10bbl brewery the was founded in 2010 and is was the first small beer manufacturer in the uptown area. Automatic is located deep deep deep within Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights and headed by master brewer Lee Chase. Our beers are available almost exclusively at our home base of Blind Lady Ale House, as well as at our other spots Tiger!Tiger! Tavern (North Park) and Panama 66 (Balboa Park at the San Diego Museum of Art).
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BLIND LADY IS TEN YEARS OLD!
We computed that we've sold over 1,250,000 beers and over 450,000 pizzas!
We are so excited and want to share with you an overview of our celebratory ten days! Look for keeper koozies and glasses, awesome beer from all over, our own limited edition cans (including some of our own beer that's been in wine barrels for over 10 months) plus bike rides and Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery fame. Read on and mark your calendars!
It all starts THIS THURSDAY.
Thursday, January 24
NATIONAL CAN BEER DAY
BLAH 10TH ANNIVERSARY IPA CAN RELEASE
with KEEPER KOOZIE
To kick things off we're going to release our 10th Anniversary IPA in limited-edition hand-stamped, hand-filled cans. We'll also have (tall-boy) keeper koozies to go with any can purchased.
10th Anniversary IPA: Unfiltered West Coast IPA, hopped with Amarillo & dry-hopped with a bunch of Mosaic----and like most of our beers, it's brewed with organic malts. 6.5%
*ALL ANNIVERSARY MERCH FOR SALE starting today!*
Friday, January 25
ALL BEERS $5 TIL 5PM
100 KEEPER GLASSES AT 6PM
*Purchase a 10th Anniv IPA and keep the glass
BELLS HOPSLAM on tap starting at 5pm
Saturday, January 26
MAINE BEER CO NIGHT
We are so incredibly excited to be offering flights of 6 beers from this amazing brewery. Seriously, this company is the east coast version of us.
-Mean Old Tom
-PLUS Woods & Water (but not in the flight)
Claudia Gomez Cuatro, 9-11pm
Sunday, January 27
THE BLAH SLOW ROLL
We are doing a BLAH Bike Ride, details TBA
plus RUSSIAN RIVER, starting at 11:30am
-Pliny the Elder
-Shadow of a Doubt
Monday, January 28
IT'S MEATLESS MONDAY
plus BROOKLYN BREWERY, 5pm
W/ GARRETT OLIVER (BREWER) & STEVE HINDY (OWNER)
Garrett and Steve will be joining us from 5-8pm. And then at 6:30pm you can grab a flight and get seated in the Hamm's Room while Garrett and Steve grab the mic and drop some serious beer knowledge. No extra charge beyond the purchase of a flight.
-Bel Air Sour
PLUS, FOR THE EVENT...
-Black Chocolate Stout
-Sorachi Ace Saison
Tuesday, January 29
It's AUTOMATIC TUESDAY
SOUR CAN RELEASE
These will be sold in 100 limited edition mixed 2-packs.
-Ignition - Mixed-culture Oak-Barrel-Fermented Sour Saison w/ Grenache Blanc grapes
-Re-Ignition - Mixed-culture Oak-Barrel-Fermented Sour w/ Zinfandel Grapes
Both beers have been maturing in Wine Puncheons for nearly 10 months! Collab-brewed with Pat Korn.
ALL AUTOMATIC BEERS ON TAP $5, FLIGHTS $10
Wednesday, January 30
RARE BEERS NIGHT
Thursday, January 31
SOCIETE BREWING CO NIGHT
Our friends from Societe will be in the house to help us celebrate and we're stoked. They are definitely one of the very best breweries in town, no doubt. Get here early to grab a limited Societe keeper glass!
-The Shrew barrel aged
Friday, February 1
ALL BEERS $5 TIL 5PM
100 X 10TH ANNIV KEEPER GLASS at 6pm
PFRIEM FLIGHT 11:30am
-Raspberry Brut IPA
-Sauv Blanc BA Golden Ale
-Cognac BA Belgian stong dark
Saturday, February 2
CAPE RUN - SOLD OUT!!!!
SANTE ADARIUS, Details TBA
AND A BONUS 11TH DAY...
Sunday, February 3
SUPER BOWL 3:30pm
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY
Wear any BLAH Anniversary schwag from any year and get a discount based on the year.
It's shaping up to be a very fun ten days. More details to come at you every day. We really do love our patrons, our neighborhood, our community and could NOT do it with out all of you THANK YOU!!!!!
Every Monday we celebrate Meatless Monday by highlighting our meatless pizzas and ramping up our meatless specials.
DRAFT BEER & PIZZA
IN THE HEART OF NORMAL HEIGHTS
"Like everything else in this mortal sphere, Blind Lady is imperfect...But for craft-beer lovers, this is almost heaven on Earth." Read Story
Peter Rowe - SD Union Tribune
AUTOMATIC BREWING Co is a 10bbl brewery the was founded in 2010 and was the first small beer manufacturer in the uptown area. Automatic is located in the back of Blind Lady Ale House and headed by master brewer Lee Chase. www.automaticbrewingco.com
LATE NIGHT KITCHEN
STARTING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH
kitchen until 11pm every friday & saturday night
The Scaffolding is DOWN...FINALLY!!!
It's been a looooooong 10 months of construction on the building and we are excited AF that we can finally see the light. We can literally finally see the light through our windows again. Come check it out and be reminded why this is such a special building and amazing space to do business in.
CHEF TOMMY WAS FEATURED IN WEST COASTER...
In case you didn't know, Tommy was our original Sous Chef when we opened 9 years ago, and we're so happy to have him back as Executive Chef 9 long years later. He's helped to bring the kitchen back to it's roots and we couldn't be happier.
DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE ARTICLE HERE
or PICK UP A COPY AT BLAH, TIGER!TIGER! or all over SD.
WE LOVE BEER
Over the past 9 years we've been working hard to be the best beer bar we can be.
It's nice to see people appreciate all the hard work!
San Diego: Blind Lady Ale House
San Diego is an oasis for beer lovers, and nothing goes better with a pint than a slice. Blind Lady excels at both. One of their founders has a degree in brewing science, another is certified by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, and the third, well, he's an artist who did an album cover for Blink-182 and Jack Johnson. Since they are a brew-pub, there must be bar snacks (Belgian frites, spicy beer nuts), but the pizza is king, from the classic margherita to more experimental options like the house chorizo with poblano chiles, fontina, epazote, and cotija (soyrizo swaps available upon request).
100 BEST BEER BARS IN AMERICA
We're honored to have been named to the Draft Magazine "100 Best Beer Bars" list every year we've been open. We'd like to think this is due to our strict line cleaning program and our true love for all things beer.
BEST SD BREW PUB
Automatic Brewing Co is located in a postage sized space in the back of Blind Lady. Built out of equipment handed down from our friends at Craftsman Ales, we crank out small batches of #indiebeer
yep, we won again for 2018!
who we are
Lee and Jenniffer Chase
Jeff Motch and Clea Hantman
Lee Chase graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Malting and Brewing Science and soon after passed the prestigious Institute of Brewing Associate Membership Exam to become a Master Brewer. Lee went on to work with three breweries and a yeast lab before committing to what was then a start-up operation called Stone Brewing Company. Over the nine+ years that Lee was with Stone, they grew from a small time brewery to an internationally-recognized icon of craft brewing. He currently works with numerous Breweries in the USA, as well as Canada, Costa Rica, India, Australia, Africa, and Norway. Currently Lee is a staff-of-one running Automatic Brewing Co in the back of BLAH.
Jeff Motch has a degree in Art from SDSU and his work has graced the covers of bands such as Jack Johnson, blink-182, G. Love and many local bands, he has designed for the San Diego Padres, Patagonia, several local restaurants as well as created fine art posters. He ran the local music zine 360, was art director for Cargo Music/Headhunter Records, spent time in Italy working for Acerbis Italia, studied beer for over 20 years at Live Wire and co-owned his design firm, Lively and Motch, for five years.
Clea Hantman has written eleven books for major publishers. Before that she owned her own successful retail business in downtown San Diego for five years. She’s written for every major publication in San Diego and her work has appeared in dozens of national magazines.
Clea has also been certified by the VPN America, the local branch of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, an international non-profit organization founded in the mid 1990’s by a group of Neapolitan pizzaiolis (pizza makers). At Blind Lady Ale House we don't follow all the rules laid out by the VPN, but instead use them as a guideline to base our own pizza philosophy on—we specialize in a combination of old world techniques and local sourcing to create a tasty and thoughtful product.
Jenniffer Chase has a Master’s Degree, in Communication. While putting herself through school, she managed several restaurants, bars and cafes. Jenniffer, along with husband Lee own and manage three rental properties in the area.
We do. With a direct draw draft system, stainless steel components and an insanely strict line cleaning schedule we serve clean beer. How clean? Once a week we break down the entire system and give it a scrub. Then, we clean the lines between every keg change. Not just when the rep comes and cleans. We do it ourselves to ensure we do it right. Read more below...
It's all about the food. And ours is, we think, notable for many reasons.
We respect beer at the Blind Lady Ale House.
And we’re a little fanatical about quality. This obsession is certainly exemplified in our beer—from the brewery to your glass, we do everything we can to ensure the beer tastes as the brewer intended.
The Art of Organoleptic-Enhancment Engineering.
Draft beer takes center stage at the Blind Lady Ale House. We’ve designed and built a unique system that incorporates a multitude of specialized components to ensure that your drinking experience is the very best it can be.
Our Direct Draw System.
Direct-draw is a term used to describe a draft system that places the kegs in direct contact to the faucets so they kegs are cooled by the same refrigeration source that cools the beer-line and the faucets. This means that the beer-line is not very long, and that the beer arriving in your glass has only recently left the keg. This results in a fresher, more accurate beer flavor. If you see a tap tower, and below it there is no refrigerator holding kegs, you are probably not seeing a direct-draw system. Which begs the questions: Where are the kegs on-tap stored? And how long ago did my beer leave the keg on the way to my glass? (Sadly, the answer may be a few days ago!)
Our All Stainless Steel Metal Components.
Save for the lines, everything else, from the keg to the faucet, is in fact made from stainless steel. This includes the coupler (the device that connects to the keg), the tail-pieces (the barbed pieces that connect the beer-line), the shank (the part that goes through the wall), and the faucet. In the processing of beer at a brewery, only stainless steel is used. However, most bars use nickel-plated brass—an odd choice indeed, because it reacts horribly with the beer. But the thing is, it’s cheap. A brewer would never use a brass component in the brewery, so why should we in our bar? And you know what—our beer tastes fresher.
Our Glass Rinser.
Many of you have noticed that we rinse the glass just before we fill it with your beer. And many of you have asked, “Why?” The Health Department requires a final rinse of sanitizer before air-drying. This is great for sanitation, but not so good for beer flavor— you’re left with sanitizer residue in your beer! So we rinse your glass with water that has been carbon filtered to neutralize any foul odors or tastes.
The Art of Appropriate Glassware.
A lot of thought has gone into the choices we’ve made regarding our glassware. Each glass is craft-beer appropriate, with it's own set of organoleptic-enhancing features.
The Honest Pint.
All of our standard glasses have a pour-line, which ensures that you are getting what you pay for. The serving-sizes are listed on the chalkboard menu, right there next to the %ABV and the price. We were in fact the first Certified Honest Pint establishment in Southern California. No cheater-pints here.
Aroma & Foam.
We selected glasses that are larger than our pour, which allows room for foam on top of the beer.
The foam not only looks beautiful, it also enhances the experience by releasing the drink’s aroma—and the majority of flavor is aroma. Lasting foam is considered a positive attribute to a beer: it reflects a clean glass and beer-line, as well as the Brewers’ skill during the process, and their ability to preserve subtle flavors in the beer.
Cold beer is refreshing! But even a standard 16-ounce pint glass often leaves the last sip of beer warm.
Our larger glass, the 21.5 ounce Willy, is engineered to keep beer cool until the last drop—it features a large, solid mass of glass that acts a little like a non-melting ice-cube. Our Snifter is used for stronger, more complex beers that aren’t served quite as cold. It is engineered to fit nicely in the palm of your hand, which allows you to bring the temperature of the beer up.
The Belgians are probably the most celebrated for their beer-specific glass shapes, which are not just about function, but often express an artistic form. There is a sculptural element to the glass, and the various shapes can add to the landscape of the table. Our array of glassware is not just enjoyable to drink from, but also to view and to hold.
When we started BLAH back in 2009 we knew we wanted to figure out how we could be a true positive on our community. So, we reached out to friends and asked how we could help. Ever since then we've had a blast helping people help people by raising funds and awareness for the true Agents of Change...
SD AGENTS OF CHANGE
“Giving is about more than donating money. It’s about sharing your capabilities, content, and connections—and above all, giving others the chance to be heard, respected, and valued.”
And honestly that’s what this is about. Sure, we can and will donate some much needed money. But it’s also about connecting some of our guests to local community organizations they may know little or nothing about.
We’ll be posting out new schedule and a list of organizations soon.
CANCER FOR COLLEGE
Our relationship with C4C has been an amazing one. We've hosted beer crawls and pairings dinners with Will Ferrell, brewed Will Powered IPA, hosted their awards gala and raised thousands of dollars to help people achieve their dreams of earning a college degree.
Learn more about C4C and how you can help. https://www.cancerforcollege.org/
Every year we look forward to supporting our friends at Brewbies Fest.
Leveraging her long-standing, sincere relationships with dozens of breweries and their brewers, Melanie was able to create one of the first beer festivals to benefit a nonprofit organization. She called it Brewbies® - never knowing if the first one would also be the last – and decided on the beneficiary. It was here the two worlds combined: craft beer and Keep A Breast.
To date, Brewbies® is looking forward to its 9th year, is now held in two cities, and has raised over $350,000.
3416 ADAMS AVENUE
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 92116
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