THORN BREWING CO.
You've likely heard of Thorn St. Brewery, especially if you live in North Park , whose denizens regularly pack the place. The small operation is the archetype for a successful community brewery, but the owners have greater aspirations and hope to appeal to a broader audience when they take over a Barrio Logan warehouse (which previously housed the San Diego Public Market) and convert it into a production brewery complete with a full-scale tasting room and a store selling assorted merch. ETA: Year's end. thornstreetbrew.com
KENSINGTON BREWING CO.
Okay, so this business isn't actually in Kensington... yet. But it's close, and someday the owners hope to find just the right space to make them a true namesake brewery. For now, Mission Valley's Grantville area will have to do - and it's doing quite well early on. A pair of IPAs, two imperial stouts (one loaded with coffee from neighboring biz, West Bean, and the other unleaded), a light and lovely apricot-infused wheat ale and more go down nicely in a snazzily rustic tasting room that includes a San Diego first: its own antique display area. kensingtonbrewco.com