Phone (619) 255-2491
Location Inside blind lady ale house
3416 ADAMS AVE, NORMAL HEIGHTS, CALIF 92116
Mon-Thu 5pm–12am
Fri-Sun 11:30am–12pm

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ANYTHING BUT AUTOMATIC

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 at 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 Houseas well as at our other spots Tiger!Tiger! Tavern (North Park) and Panama 66 (Balboa Park at the San Diego Museum of Art).

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 multiple 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.

2010 WAS A LONG TIME AGO, BUT NOT A LOT HAS CHANGED. WELL, UNLESS YOU COUNT OPENING TIGER!TIGER!, PANAMA 66 AND INVESTING IN A BREW TRAILER.

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AUTOMATIC CANNING LINE?

HARDLY. WE PURCHASED AN OKTOBER DESIGN CAN SEAMER
AND ARE OFFERING VERY LIMITED AMOUNTS OF CANS AT BLAH
We’d love it if we could produce more, but we simply can’t.
Cans are filled by hand, one can at a time.
Then, artwork is rolled on by hand, one can at a time.

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Handlebar DIPA

FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH, 5PM
DRAFT & LIMITED CANS

Handlebar returns this Friday just in time for Big Ben’s birthday. Named after the trademark mustache of Ben Davidson, one of the largest men in the NFL, this years brew weighs in at 8.3% ABV and pound for pound delivers one of the hoppiest hits in the game. Available on draft and in limited edition 16oz cans this is just what dad wants for Father’s Day. Also, hitting the specials board will be The Benny Pizza. A combination of peppers, cheese & sauce that packs a zesty punch.

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Interstellar Automaton

MODERN TIMES COLLAB

FRIDAY, JUNE 21ST, 6PM
DRAFT ONLY

Hazy Kviek IPA
Mosaic, Nelson, Motueka, Columbus, Cascade
Kviek Yeast
7.4% | 50 IBUs

“The man, the myth, the legendary Lee Chase from Automatic Brewing came up and brewed an awesome beer with us! We used Low Color Maris Otter as the base and then about 40% malted Oats for that creamy mouth feel. A mash hop addition of Columbus was used for a little bitterness, and we kept with trusty Cascade in the whirlpool. Warm fermented at 97 degrees with this amazing Hornindal Kviek yeast, this beer finished in 3 days and was then warm dry hopped with a bunch of Mosaic, some Nelson, and a touch of Motueka. It pours a light golden-straw color and opaque, smells like fruit cocktail, lime, and orange, and tastes like orange, pine, clementine, white grape, and pear with a complex bitterness and light body. Carbed to 2.39 vol CO2”

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Nine Nine Nein

FALL COLLAB

FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH, 6PM
DRAFT ONLY

When we decided to get together with Fall to brew a beer to honor our friendship and our 9th Anniversary, we decided to spice things up a bit. So, we took a classic pilsner and dropped some science.

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AUTO 9

9 YEARS IN NORMAL HEIGHTS

9 years ago BLAH was issued the first Type 23 in Uptown San Diego and that’s when we started Automatic Brewing Co. 9 years later not much has changed, but maybe a lot has changed? It depends on how you look at it. We’ve grown from a 2bbl system to a 10bbl system. We still do EVERYTHING by hand. And, we still are a team of one. Yep, it’s still just Lee doing it all.

•Friday, June 7th: Mother Earth Collab: Barrel-Aged “Jaguar on Fire” Sour w/Blackberries. Super limited!

•Friday, June 14th: Handlebar DIPA celebrating the life of Ben Davidson

•Friday, June 21st: Modern Times Collab: IPA w/ Oat Malt & Kviek Yeast

•Friday, June 28th: Fall Collab: “NEIN” Belgian Pilsner. We’ll also have Jaguar, Handlebar, the MT collab and more on tap.

•Sunday, June 30th: Bike ride from BLAH to Fall to P66 and back. We’ll meet at BLAH at 1pm (time subject to change!), bike over to fall for a beer and while we’re there we’ll pick up a keg of NEIN and deliver it to P66 via bike. When we get to P66 we’ll tap the keg, enjoy a glass then head back to BLAH.

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BLAH 10TH

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%

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IGNITION
& RE-IGNITION

Continuing with BLAH 10th Anniversary releases: These are 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. 

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SEX PANTHER

It's a special beer. It’s called Sex Panther by Automatic Brewing Co. It’s illegal in nine countries. Yep, it’s brewed with bits of real panther, so you know it’s good.

It’s quite pungent with a formidable scent. It stings the nostrils. In a good way.

They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.

300 LIMITED EDITION “ART CANS”

RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, 12/14 AT 5PM

  • $14/2 pack

  • 2-pack limit on art cans (per visit, while available)

  • A portion of all can & draft sales will go to Cancer for College

Let's make this little kitty purr.

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ON FIRE JAGUAR

BREWED IN COLLABORATION WITH MOTHER EARTH BREWING CO
73 LIMITED EDITION “ART CANS”
RELEASE DATE: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 11:30AM

  • $14/2 pack

  • 2-pack limit on art cans (per visit, while available)

Kettle-Soured Lager brewed with Blackberries from Stehly Farms

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HEY,TIGER! IPA

BREWED FOR TIGER!TIGER! 7TH ANNIVERSARY
144 LIMITED EDITION “ART CANS”

  • $14/2 pack

  • 2-pack limit on art cans (per visit, while available)

TIGER!TIGER! is celebrating 7yrs! And to celebrate, we brewed up a dry IPA-QUAPHERRR (Organic-Malted single IPA, Double Dry Hopped: 1st Simcoe, then Citra) , with Hallertau Blanc hops  in the boil for 75min...to get really nerdy, there's also Wheat & Oats, and Amarillo & Centennial hops in there... easy-drinking,  medium-bodied, fruity, citrusy, parfume-tropical...

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HOPXOTICA

BREWED IN COLLABORATION WITH CREEPXOTICA (AKA THE CREEPY CREEPS)
250 LIMITED EDITION “ART CAN” FEATURING ILLUSTRATIONS FROM DAVE WARSHAW & HAND STAMPED ON EACH LABEL.

  • $14/2 pack

  • 2-pack limit on art cans (per visit, while available)

  • No limit on generic label cans (while available)

Brewed to celebrate Panama 66’s 4th Anniversary. HopXotica IPA, unfiltered, lots of Citra Dry Hops. 6.5%. Brewed with organic malts, flaked wheat, hopped heavily with Citra. Lots of fruity hop character, with a crisp, medium bitter finish.

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AUTOMATIC/KARL STRAUSS COLLAB

Friday, March 27th at 6pm (Arbor Day)
Urban Arbor IPA (Karl Strauss / Auto Collab)
Isomerizer IPA
MOSAIC Session IPA
Follow the Sun Pils
Windansea Wheat HEFE
Queen Of Tarts Sour

WHAT DOES KARL STRAUSS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE BEER?
"Urban Arbor IPA is the result of a collaboration with our good friends at Automatic Brewing Co. and San Diego Urban Timber. SD Urban Timber provided the Juniper that was used in the brewing process and are doing amazing work with reclaimed wood, creating beautiful pieces of functional furniture out of materials that would otherwise be discarded. You can learn more about them by checking out the video on their story below. Both Juniper and Torrey Pines grow in San Diego’s Balboa Park, where SD Urban Timber sources their materials from and were chosen to provide both a unique flavor profile as well as a tie in to the collaboration." 

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8TH ANNIVERSARY

Throughout the months of March and April we'll have a few events happening to celebrate our 8th year of doing what we do.

  • March 16th - Wendlandt Pub in Ensenada MX, Tap Takeover

  • April 6th - The Hermosillo in Highland Park, Tap Takeover

    • automatic 8th anniversaRy

      Throughout the months of March and April we'll have a few events happening to celebrate our 8th year of doing what we do.

    • March 16th - Wendlandt Pub in Ensenada MX, Tap Takeover

    • April 6th - The Hermosillo in Highland Park, Tap Takeover

      • Admiral Akbar - Rustic Lager - 4.8%, Brewed w/ Admiral Maltings Pils Malt & Budvar Lager Yeast. Simple, Balanced, and Flavorful.

      • Peaches & Herb (& Wood) - Fruited Saison, 6.5%, Brewed w/ Organic Malts, Local Peaches, Plums, Pluots, & Fennel Blossoms, wine-barrel-aged 7 months.

      • Regular Hero - Sour Blend - 6.5%, Blend of Barrel-aged Oud Bruin, Barrel-aged Pale Lager, & Kettle-Soured Lager.

      • *Little 500 - Extra Pale Ale - 4.8%, Crisp, Simple, & Refreshing, made for the beginning of San Diego Velodrome's 2018 Cycling season.

      • *8th Anniversary DIPA - Hazy Double IPA - 9.3%, Brewed for our 8th Anniversary!! Hopped with Centennial, Simcoe, and Mosaic.

  • Friday the 13th - 8th Anniversary 2xIPA Release at Blind Lady Ale House with keeper glasses at 6pm. Buy the beer, keep the glass.

  • Sunday, April 15th, Guided Flight with Lee at 1pm. Just show up, grab a flight and join in. No signing up or extra cost. If Lee's late, just grab a beer and hang out. He'll get there ;)

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BLIND LADY ALE HOUSE

BLAH is our home base and where you can find the largest selection of our beers on tap.

Draft Magazine's 100 BEST BEER BARS IN AMERICA every year we've been open.

Voted BEST SD BREW PUB in 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017. 

www.blindladyalehouse.com

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TIGER!TIGER!

T!T! is located just about 1 mile away and features a wood-fired driven menu of sandwiches and snacks, including a bomb house-made charcuterie board and house-made sausages.

BEST LOCAL SAUSAGE in City Beat's 2017 Best Of issue.

Draft Magazine's 100 BEST BEER BARS IN AMERICA every year we've been open.

www.tigertigertavern.com

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PANAMA 66

P66 is one of the most beautiful spots in town to drink a beer. Located in the Sculpture Court of the San Diego Museum of Art, P66 serves local indie draft beer, California draft wine and cocktails. The food menu focuses on sandwiches and features local farms, local breads and T!T! charcuterie.

www.panama66.com

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us, but be warned, we're not very good at getting back.

 
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Our Office

3416 Adams Avenue
San Diego, California 92116

 

PAST beers
BUT NOT ALL OF THE PAST

We are a tiny operation and our beers are extremely limited.
Don't think this is a definitive list. In fact, it's probably not even all that accurate. Head to Blind Lady and/or Tiger!Tiger! to see what's really on tap.

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HANDLEBAR DIPA
BREWED TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF BEN DAVIDSON
ON TAP FATHER’S DAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH AT BLAH

100 AUTOMATIC 8TH ANNIVERSARY KEEPER GLASSES  FREE WITH PURCHASE OF HANDLEBAR STARTING AT 11:30AM ON FATHER'S DAY.

7.5% ABV. 100% California-Grown Barley, Floor-Malted by Admiral Maltings. Copious amounts of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, & Amarillo Hops (over 6#/BBL!!)

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SNAKES & SPIDERS

#StoutSeason is upon us! We’ll have a new #STOUT hitting taps just in time for St Paddy's Day, “Snakes & Spiders”: A Blend of #OrganicMalts from California & England, with a little help from Belgium & Germany. Just a touch of fruity Centennial hops add brightness & balance. 6.3% ABV, & delivered in a beautiful .5L #willibecher glass...but maybe you’ll want to take a growler home, and pour it in you own favorite glass and post a photo of Your experience with this concoction. However it goes, we sincerely hope you enjoy.

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BLAH 9TH ANNIVERSARY IPA

Collaboration Brew w/ Gambrinus Brewers from Argentina.
Argentina-Style Hazy IPA
*.5L/6.6% ABV/$8.00,
* Brewed w/ Organic Crisp Pale Ale Malt & Marris Otter Malt--not that many people care, but we do.
*Strike-Hopped with Citra ("Strike" is the word for the Hot Liquor that first comes into contact with the Malt. ("Hot Liquor" is the phrase for hot water used in the brewing process--nothing more than hot water, really.))
*Whirlpool Burst Hopped with Centennial-- a beautiful, classic hop which defined the West Coast IPA for so many years.
*Double-Dry Hopped with Mosaic and Citra. 

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ONE HOP BEYOND

IPA
Centennial, Citra and Mosaic. Lightly hazy, fruity & juicy, mild bitterness.
.5L / _% / $7.50

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MAGNIFICENT 7

PORTER
Nearly black, delicate roast notes, mild hop character.
.5L / 7% / $7.50

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LET'S DANCE

Bright, Fresh, Fruity Hop notes, and subtle, clean malt character.
Brewed w/ Organic Malts, Dry- Hopped w/Citra.
.5L / 6.3%, / $7.50

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SPICE ODDITY

It’s the birthday of David Bowie! To celebrate, we introduce Spice Oddity, our new Belgian Witbier, with subtle spice notes from Moroccan Bitter Orange Peel, Grains Of Paradise, and Coriander.

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PART OF THE FUN

Belgian Blond organic malt mosaic hops, subtle touches of mango & grains of paradise
5.7% /.4L / $

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12 MONTHS OF SUMMER

English Summer Ale
With all the warm weather we’re having in San Diego (yeah, in December!), an easy, balanced beer like this fits in nicely. 100% Mash-Hopped w/ Centennial (1#/BBL), which makes it particularly interesting for the nerdy brewers out there who wonder “How much character do you really get from adding hops to the mash?!?”. Well, with Mash-Hopping being the only addition, here’s one data-point to put on the map! Grist bill was organic Crisp Extra Pale Ale Malt, and some Golden Naked Oats. Recommendation: first do some physical activity, then...Enjoy a pint or 2!

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Simcoalition

SimCoalition IPA. Dedicated to the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the San Diego Bike Coalition, this IPA was brewed with organic extra pale ale malt from the UK, hopped with Mosaic hops in the brewhouse, and dry-hopped with Simcoe hops. Mosaic + Simcoe = SimCoalition! Notes of citrus, lemongrass, and tropical fruits. It’s lightly hazy, light-on-the-palate, w/ a soft, balanced bitterness. 
6.4%.

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CSP

CSP is a Cherrywood Smoked Porter! We brewed this Collab w/ Carli Smith, who’s leaving SD to a new brewing gig in N. Carolina! Sad she’s leaving the SD beer scene, but wish her the best of luck! 
The CSP was inspired by Carli’s recipe for a Smoked Porter, but with the house-smoked malt from our smoker at Tiger!Tiger! A really nice, mild smoke character on nearly-black Porter w/ a clean roasty finish...great for the early sunsets & *cool nights as we head into winter.

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