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DATE : March 31st THU (20:00 - 00:00)


1863 Fifth Avenue
Banker's Hill
San Diego, CA 92103

TEL +1.619.955.8525

Tin Can Ale House is a small operation. You can count the number of staff on one hand. Co-owner Kelsey Breunig spends all day booking shows and all night tending bar.

“The way I run this place is basically like my house,” says Breunig, a 28-year-old with a boisterous laugh. “Enjoy it. Have fun. Don’t be a dick.”

The business won’t get much bigger after Breunig and her friend, Sarah Jane, officially take ownership of the bar this week. (The previous owners lost interest in the place and offered to sell their shares.) There’s no room to expand the space, they say, and they feel hesitant about getting a liquor license (“It’s a whole different animal with shots and booze,” Breunig says).

But they have big ambitions. “Right now, I’m just working on getting the more noticeable bands in here,” Breunig says. “I want to get to that point where we are a San Diego staple.”

In the time since it opened in March 2009, Tin Can has largely been the baby of Breunig and bartender / sound guy Paul Remund, who recently left and will focus on his bands Tape Deck Mountain and Chairs Missing. Over the past year, the two built Tin Can from a humble beer bar with a few rock shows a week into one of the most popular live-music venues in the city, bringing in big names like Lower Dens and The Album Leaf along with lesser-known local and touring acts.

Now, Breunig and Jane look forward to running the place together.

“I think it is a big deal that we’re doing this, just two girls,” Jane says. In her experience, she adds, the music industry has proven to be a “man’s world.”

“One out of every eight responses I get [from bands] is, ‘Hey man,’” Breunig adds.

Breunig realized early on that things wouldn’t always run smoothly. A performer showed up one night without her bandmates. “Some were in jail, for whatever reason,” she says. The job isn’t getting any easier, but Breunig doesn’t see herself burning out.

“I’m really glad that I get to keep doing it because I would’ve been really, really bummed if I had to stop,” she says. “I don’t think I can stop. I’m obsessed.”

SOURCE : San Diego Citybeat