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Thorn Street Brewery

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3.75/5
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215 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

3176 Thorn St
San Diego, California, 92104-4636
United States

(619) 501-2739 | map
thornstreetbrew.com

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Added by brianS on 12-30-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
52
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
215
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.01/5
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
27
pDev:
12.72%
 
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Reviews by mactrail:
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Thorn Street Brewery is a very nice neighborhood craft brewery with a fairly small but rustic and quaint tasting room. I was informed they were the first brewery in the neighborhood. It's a laid back, friendly place. The bar and taps are located in the back, with tables and seating around. They had a food truck serving food, and I believe there is some other eatery right next door through a connecting door.

The two bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable. The beers were good. I had a great time visiting Thorn Street. I look forward to my next visit.

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Photo of Brown120
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of RLM15
4.53/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Alexkroland
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of wulfie85
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of IBUQT
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of grilledsquid
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of HopHead84
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of BreweryRun
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Deaner1308
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of PabloSanDiego
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of Jpohling
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jedschlueter
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of trubeernick
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Thorn Street Brewery in San Diego, CA
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 215 ratings
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