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Thorn Street Brewery

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Thorn Street BreweryThorn Street Brewery

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.22%
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 83
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

3176 Thorn St
San Diego, California, 92104-4636
United States
phone: (619) 501-2739

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(Place added by: brianS on 12-30-2012)
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Reviews by mactrail:
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Another brewing surprise I hadn't hear of. They have 12 to 16 taps at a time. It looks like a small system but they have plenty of room. Beers run the gamut of styles, and included a Hefe, Saison, Belgian Blond, Pale ale, Session IPA, medium IPA, and DIPA. Plus two stouts and a chile beer. Food truck the width of the sidewalk from the front door on a Saturday night.

The front room is small and basic with a bar and a few tables. Concrete floors, low ceiling, and noisy. An unmarked doorway by the restrooms leads to the big and spacious back room with another bar, the brewing setup, and big windows open to the air. They call it the back patio.

Everyone is very friendly, it seems to be a real neighborhood place. There were two big groups celebrating, and then the beer bike rolled up with a full load of thirsty peddlers. The two bartenders were on the verge of harried, but were very pleasant. Lighter beers come in short pint shakers and strong ones in tulips. They sell fancy growlers but the fills are reasonable.

mactrail, Jul 21, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

funkel81, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

BreweryRun, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Deaner1308, May 27, 2014
Photo of PabloSanDiego
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%

Terrific neighborhood place. The front room is basic with a bar and some stools and a couple of tables. Definitely a local's place with a good South Park vibe that feels really welcoming to anyone. I've been there on a Tuesday night when there were just a few people and last night it was pretty packed as the NCAA games (including San Diego State) were on the TVs in the back room.

There were also a few kids earlier on and at least a half dozen well behaved dogs inside, giving it even more of that nice neighborhood feel.

The back room is up a small flight of stairs and is very roomy, with a bunch of tables and two big booths in the back. You have to go downstairs to get your beer from the bar though, no table service, at least the night I was there. The brewery set up is in the same room, and you can watch the brewers at work and they're happy to talk about beer as they work.

There were about 15 or so beers available, including all their regular pours described on here. Most beers are served in pint glasses, while the bigger beers (e.g., The Menace DIPA at 9.7/124) are served in a smaller tulip glass.

Last night the Thai food truck was outside. You order and pay at the truck and they bring your food to your table inside when it's done. The food is OK, not great. I didn't rank the food here because it's not really fair as it's separate from the brewery and the trucks come and go.

Highly recommended for a visit, as it represents the best of a small neighborhood brewery with super friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere, and really good brews.

PabloSanDiego, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Jpohling, Mar 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

jedschlueter, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

trubeernick, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Paige, Oct 14, 2013
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Thorn Street Brewery in San Diego, CA
90 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.