Eric O’Connor, who is also Thorn’s brew master, said his parents still live on Fort Stockton Drive, in the very house he grew up in.
Dennis O’Connor said he’s looking forward to watching Thorn sprout in Mission Hills, as the uptown area is home to lots of restaurants and nightlife. The vision is for the tasting room to be a place to kick back and relax with friends.
While this tasting room doesn’t feature a kitchen or offer food, the brewery plans to partner with Fort Oak to create an exclusive menu for Thorn patrons to enjoy in the tasting room. More details on that are forthcoming. Patrons are also allowed to bring in food of their own to enjoy at the brewery.
Thorn’s grand opening party goes down this Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. After that, the Mission Hills location will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. The craft brewery’s other two locations are in North Park – Thorn Street Brewing at 3176 Thorn St. – and Barrio Logan, Thorn Brewing Co. at 1745 National Ave
Thorn Brewing Co. began in 2012 as Thorn Street Brewery. The brewery’s expansion into Barrio Logan included beer production on a 30-barrel system; that tasting room boasts 16 rotating taps and many beer-centric events.
This past April, Thorn won five medals for its craft brews at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition, including silver medals for both its Golden Hills Pils (pilsner) and Fornication (Belgian-style strong specialty ale) and bronze honors for its Barrio Lager (American-style lager or malt lager), Relay IPA (American-style strong pale ale), and Marty Zen Marzen (German-style maerzen).
Thorn is part of the nearly 130 craft breweries that currently proudly make up The San Diego Brewers Guild. We’ll cheers to that.