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San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 130

Thorn Brewing talks tasting rooms and whether the Little Italy Food Hall really is one of the nation's 10 Best

By Erin Chambers Smith

This week’s episode is brought to you by Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego and their Dream House Raffle. Visit to buy tickets and learn more about the hundreds of prizes! Early Bird deadline is February 22, 2019!

Today we’re talking brewing, tasting rooms, and whether there is another softening in the market for local craft beer.

In Hot Plates, we’re discussing the new locations for Extraordinary Desserts and Holy Matcha, as well as the opening of Kairoa Brewing Company in University Heights. Seven Seas Roasting Company has also soft-opened in South Park and Grand Ole BBQ is officially serving up smoked meats in the Central Texas-style out inFlinn Springs.

In the guest seat is Dan Caricco, a San Diego native and one of the founders of Thorn Brewing, who talked about growing up in Mission Hills and leaving behind the doldrums of an office job to turn a passion project into a profitable business. We learned how the racoon-riding-a-bike logo came about as well as his thoughts on the regulations facing the beer industry and whether the recent string of closings is good for the industry. Thorn Brewing’s newest tasting room is open soon in Mission Hills near the new Fort Oak restaurant.

Our hot topic is all about the Little Italy Food Hall being voted one of the 10 Best in the nation.

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