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Thunderhawk Alements- San Diego (Miramar)

Photo of the green and red circular logo for Thunderhawk Alements, a brewery in San Diego.

Name: Thunderhawk Alements

Address: 8675 Miralani Drive #100 | San Diego, California

Cost: Taster $2.00+ tax | Pint $7.00+ tax | Growler fill $12.00+ tax | Non-alcohol drinks $3.00

Photo of the entrance to Thunderhawk brewery.

About: Co-founders Jonathan Barbarin and Bill Lindsay are life-long friends who eventually started homebrewing together in 2010. Four years later they became obsessed with the hobby and decided to make it a way of life by opening their own brewery. Opened just a month ago, Thunderhawk is San Diego’s newest craft brewery.

Photo of the one-barrel electric brewing system.

The two friends are brewing on a one-barrel electric brewhouse they assembled themselves which will eventually be powered by a solar photovoltaic system. Eco-friendly business practices and sustainability are parts of the nanobrewery’s core values.

Photo of the brewing system at the brewery.

Like the brewhouse, Barbarin and Lindsay fleshed-out the tasting room themselves. Tasting room and brewhouse are together in the same space, making it a treat to drink fresh-brewed beers twenty feet from where they were made. The beautiful bar top Barbarin built out of a long slab of 3″ redwood, finished with a mirror-like epoxy finish, is quite impressive.

Photo of the redwood bar top and its mirror finish at Thunderhawk Alements tasting room.

Also impressive are Barbarin’s sturdy bar stools he built with 2x4s for seating inside the tasting room. For outside in the brewery’s shady beer garden, his custom benches made from repurposed wood, which are true works of art, mingle with big picnic tables to provide seating.

Photo of the owner and brewers behind the bar at Thunderhawk brewery.

When I visited the brewery, Thunderhawk was pouring a Coffee Pale Ale, British-style ESB, “San Diego-style” Saison, an IPA, and a German-style Dunkelweizen. Their other beer styles had sold out.

Photo of goblet glass filled with Torreyana saison made by Thunderhawk Alements.

Torreyana

What I Drank: Torreyana (5.0% ABV/21 IBU), a “San Diego-style” Saison. Brewed with orange blossom honey, organic raw ginger, toasted American oak, and Torrey Pine needles, it is fruity, spicy, and has a subtle piney signature. Quite delicious. If you love Saisons like I do, you must try Torreyana.

Likes: Being served beers by the brewers who actually made them was a plus. Jonathan and Bill are very fine people who appreciate their guests and make them feel welcome. Service is excellent. Non-alcohol cold brew coffee and house-brewed root beer is on tap for designated drivers. Plenty of parking. Clean restroom.

Dislikes: none

The Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Thunderhawk and look forward to going back. The Saison I drank was faultless and I want to sample their other beers soon. Recommended.

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