MEET THE TRIBE

In days long past, each little village had its own brewer. The brewery was often just an extension of the brewer’s residence that doubled as a tavern. Somewhere folks would gather after a hard day’s work to discuss politics, philosophy, and the lack of rain. These brewery/taverns also served a vital community function, where families would gather for festivals and where quiet words of dissent could be spoken freely. Sadly, almost all of these types of breweries were wiped out by the depression, prohibition, and the second world war. Even in Europe, to a large degree, the smaller town breweries were replaced by large-scale, industrialized, lager factories that through superior imagery and advertising, offered promises of a better tomorrow. We think it’s clear that as Americans, and especially San Diegans, that we’ve spoken and we are clearly saying, “We want a better beer!”

Meet Us! We are the #ThornTribe team made up of an awesome bunch of unique people. Stop by the tasting room to Say hello 🙂

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DENNIS O’CONNOR
CEO/OWNER

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ERIC O’CONNOR
MASTER BREWER/OWNER

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DAN CARRICO
SALES WIZARD/OWNER

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SHANNON DUIM
MAGIC

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TOM KIELY
SALES

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SCOTTY KAPLAN
SHAPER

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MACALL YACOBUCCI
BEERTENDER

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PAULINA GRANADOS
UFC FIGHTER

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ANNA BRIGHAM
EVENTS/BLOGGER/SOCIAL MEDIA

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JAY JONES
SALES

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JASON STANLEY
BEERTENDER

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MARY SIMPSON
BEERTENDER

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ERIC SHELLEY
HEAD BREWER

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RYAN CREAMER
SOCIAL MEDIA

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KEITH BENDER
SALES

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JERRY MAY
BREWER

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GIOVANNI BARELA
BEERTENDER

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ROBBIE GALLO
BEERTENDER

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DOUG THOMPSON
ARTIST

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SCOTT SMITH
HEAD BREWER

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CORY SCOTT
MANAGER

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DAVE SCHECHTER
BACK OF THE HOUSE

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BRITTANY LANG
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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TOM KIELY
SALES & LOGISTICS

PHILOSOPHY

At Thorn Street Brewery, we are committed to bringing the neighborhood brewery back to reality and making you that better beer. We can think of no better neighborhood than North Park to begin this project. It’s a neighborhood where folks pride themselves on walking or riding their bike to get locally produced food, where people devote large parts of their property to growing their own edibles, where people love gardening, fishing, and of course brewing their own beers. No where that I have seen in a major city is there such a community where the residents seem so bound together by a common philosophy. Reduce your carbon footprint, eat local, buy local, produce something local, be self sufficient as much as you can, smile, and please try to leave the world a little better than you found it, because, after all, we are just renting it.

We want you, local residents to be able to walk or ride your bike down to a working brewery, to taste the daily offerings, talk to the brewers about the processes and ingredients that led to the glass, pick whatever brew suits your mood, and take some home with you. We will only use the freshest, purest ingredients and earnestly brew each batch as if it was only for ourselves. We will add no artificial additives to our beers. The reinheitsgebot, a Bavarian beer purity law passed in 1516 states that no brewer shall use anything other than water, barley, hops, and yeast to their beer. We do like using things like honey, vanilla, orange peel, coriander, coffee, chilis, and chocolate to our beers. We don’t like to limit ourselves or your beers obeying a 500 year old German law. We do however respect the spirit of the law, use only pure ingredients and make great beer, hide nothing from the people. It’s our new reinheitsgebot, and it is our pledge to you, North Park.