Thunderhawk Alements- San Diego (Miramar)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Share This: