There can only be one undistributed beer of the week. The competition is fierce in San Diego's beer community, but someone has to take the title. This week's best undistributed beer is...
Thorn St. Brewing: Station "Pail" Ale
Style: American Strong Pale Ale
Pair with: Fresh cheddar cheese or pad Thai
This pale ale is refreshingly balanced with a strong, citrus-y hop profile. The upfront hoppiness is not overwhelming, but is big for a pale ale. That slight bite is supported by the malty, fragrant undertones.
This brew came to be when South Park 's Station Tavern asked Thorn St. Brewing co-owner and brewmaster, Eric O'Connor, to help them brew a beer that was hop-forward like an IPA, yet more drinkable and lower in ABV. Jimmy Armbrust, the manager of Station Tavern, was bartending at Whistle Stop with former bartender Mark Maaigard at the time, and O'Connor brought by some sample beers for them to try. The tastings began and the dank, citrus-y and piney flavors were what the crew decided upon. The following week, they brewed up the Station "Pail" Ale. This beer accomplished the team's flavor goals, as well as the Strong American Pale Ale requirements at 5.7%.
The unique part about this beer, according to O'Connor, is that it's a meeting of the minds between residents who work at local businesses and their connection with the customers. It's that North Park , South Park camaraderie that is evident in these kind of team-ups. This beer is currently on tap at Thorn St. Brewing.
3176 Thorn St., North Park. thornstreetbrew.com