The Barn Brewery- San Diego (North Park)
The Barn Brewery is a cool new brewery in San Diego’s hip North Park neighborhood. Located on the corner of El Cajon Boulevard and Utah Street, the brewpub truly is in the shadow of North Park’s landmark water tower as their website states. I’m sure there are certain times of the year when the tower will actually eclipse the setting sun and cast its shadow across the brewery’s front deck.
Entering the brewery through the front barn doors, the first thing you’ll notice is the shiny wood bar made of sturdy 4 by 4s. Next you’ll notice the airy openness of the tasting room with its hefty wood trusses, like those in a real barn. The barn, farm, and wood theme is carried throughout the brewery, including the beer names. There’s even a colorful mural on the back wall like those that used to be painted on the sides of barns across the country.
And then there’s the moose!
I like the warm feeling of this brewery given off by the wood accents and barn theme. It’s fun to look at the interesting décor: the moose, farm hardware, the mural, kegs on ropes in the ceiling, old brick fireplace. There’s also a deck out front which is a great place to hang out and watch the world go by along “The Boulevard.” When I was there the sound system was playing Bastille, Birdy, and Vance Joy was howling like a wolf, “Ahh-oooooooo!” Incidentally, the customer service is great.
What about the beer?
Homestead Barn Hefeweizen (5.4% ABV)- Straw color, cloudy, with thin white head. Lovely wheat and lemon aromas. Medium-low sweetness, light bitterness, with wheat and tangy lemon accents. Medium body with sparkling carbonation, it finishes crisp and clean. Overall, a refreshing beer, perfect for a hot day.