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By Bruce Glassman

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Thorn St. Brewery

Map3176 Thorn St
San Diego, CA 92104
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On a seemingly quiet corner of a seemingly quiet, residential street in North Park sits Thorn St. Brewery. Opened (in a soft way) at the end of 2012, this small operation fits right into its surroundings and feels as if it truly belongs in the neighborhood.

The tasting room facilities at Thorn St. are actually two separate—and very different—spaces. From the street, you enter a cozy, low-ceilinged room covered in dark wood and lighted with sleek, modern fixtures. Walk through that space to the back room and you’ll find a large, nicely designed, multi-faceted space with another bar, bar tables, sofas, and various other seating and standing options.

Most of the Thorn St. lineup seems to focus on malt-forward beers inspired by North American and British styles along with some Belgian-style offerings. For a young brewery, they are producing an admirable number of beers, so there is a nice variety of brews for visitors to choose from.

Opening soon: New location in Barrio Logan.

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Additional Information:

Neighborhood: North Park
Dog Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Food: Food Nearby
Seating: Very Good
Brewery Size: Small
Brewery Environment : Tasting Room
Patio: No
Brewery Tours: No
TVs: Yes
Merch for Sale: Yes
Beer to Go: Yes

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San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 150 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.

With so many breweries to choose from, we hope you’ll keep coming back to consult The San Diego Brewery Guide on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for you to plan the perfect day or weekend of brewery tours and tastings in San Diego—and to do it time and time again. If you haven’t already, you’ll see that there’s nothing better than enjoying a great brewery-fresh beer right where it’s made.

So get out there and explore! Sip. Savor. Socialize. And get ready to be awed by some of the best brews to be found anywhere on the planet. Enjoy!

- Bruce Glassman

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