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Thorn Street Brewery

Not Rated.
Thorn Street BreweryThorn Street Brewery
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Active Beers: 29
Beer Ratings: 103
Beer Avg: 3.6
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thornstbrewery

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: brianS on 12-30-2012)
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Reviews by mactrail:
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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

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
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Deaner1308, May 27, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +14.3%

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%

Jpohling, Mar 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

jedschlueter, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

trubeernick, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Paige, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

djaeon, Oct 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Locate in a neighborhood (North Park). Park on the street and make your way to the bar located in opposite the front door.

There is seating at the bar, in front of the bar, and in another room. There must have been 12 beers on tap and we tried the Hefe, session IPA, Red Ale, Stout, Belgian Strong, Brown Ale, Saison, Barley Wine, and a pale ale. All wet off the hook good and were something to return for. At the time we were there they could only serve sample sizes but were expecting their license for pint sales to come through any day.

The service was outstanding our bar keeps were knowledgeable, friendly, and were fun to talk to.

Love this place and I hope they go far.

bradybeer, Jun 19, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Nice spacious storefront with brewing done in the back.

Solid lineup of 8 beers, one kicked while we were there. You can taste all 8 in 4 oz tasters, and they replaced the kicked IPA with a Saison, the only one not spot on. Other trys were solid from the belgians to hoppies, to stouts. Layed back feel, even some kids in there. No food but bombers for sale. Overall a great addition to the San Diego scene.

robbyc1, May 03, 2013
Thorn Street Brewery in San Diego, CA
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.