4633 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
Winter Hours 5pm – 2am
The craft drink movement has followed an ubiquitous slow food movement and despite various cliché terms and macro breweries trying to seem “local” there is a net gain for the food and drink community. In contrast to the declining domestic beer market, the craft beer movement is growing at a 11% annual clip. This is impressive considering the Craft Beer percentage of the overall beer market is only 7%. There are 62 micro breweries in San Diego, arguably the most in the country, but Portland likely holds the lead. However, only 20% of San Diego’s draft handles are from these microbreweries, compared to over 50% for Portland. Put a bird on it.
Thrusters Lounge is in its 14th year of business, and like all things, has grown up (a bit). Stone IPA outsold their light beers in 2012, that should tell you something about the evolving tastes and demographic of the beach area. (PBR tall boys still strong in top 3 however. Thrusters hopes to lead the way with the largest beach area selection of draft microbrews. They now carry 44 beers on draft. “One for each of our Yelp reviews that says to ‘go to Dirty Birds’. In all seriousness, we are excited for our new draft system. “
The crew at Thrusters recently finished an educational seminar with Dr. Bill , the craft beer ambassador and certified beer cicerone’ (the equivalent of a beer sommelier) from Stone Gardens Bistro. Dr. Bill walked them through the methods and history of beer making, microbrewery statistics (see above), all the way through the difference in taste, pour, ABV, glassware, and experience of their vast micro brew line up. Come experience their new line up for yourself.
“We’d be honored to have you. And if you like what you see, you’ll love what we have in Normal Heights….. “
|CRAFT BEER SPOTLIGHT
ALESMITH Speedway StoutRated the #1 BEST BEER IN THE WORLD at ratebeer.com. A HUGE Imperial Stout with an impressive 12% alcohol content. As if that’s not enough, pounds of coffee were added to the batch for a little extra kick.QUALITIES: Aged in Bourbon barrels, Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won’t fool your taste buds – this beer is HUGE!