Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 64
Beer Ratings: 24,790
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
3.87/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Green Flash Brewery was defiantly not what I was expecting. Surrounded by huge business buildings and corporate parks the brewery is nestled inside a business park just off a main drag in a northern park of SD. It was down pouring when we got there so there wasn't many folks around even for a Friday afternoon (close to happy hour), but there ere about a dozen or so 'business casual' gentleman and ladies unwinding after a hard day in the office.
The brewery was extremely clean, almost to the point that I was questioning if beer was actually brewed at this location, but alas. it was. I got a flight of very hoppy fresh beers (some one off's I've never seen before). PalateWrecker was the freshest I've ever had it and far better then the bottled version I'd had previously. The bar tender was gracious about answering a few questions on what was in the barrels on the wall (saisons mostly) and the other staff on hand where nice (even talked to a brewer at the door before running into the rain)
There was a food truck but skipped it in lou of our next stop. In all I'm glad we wen't, but can't say I'd ever make a return visit.
03-01-2014 16:51:09 | More by guityler83
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
While the beer here is good, the overall atmosphere of the place is somewhat disappointing. It is tiny inside, especially when compared to a place like Stone's bistro and gardens; add to that their overpriced merchandise (T-shirts, backpacks and such) and you get an only OK experience.
12-10-2013 01:06:57 | More by tesla323
5/5 rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Nothing like walking into a brewery and filling the nostrils with hops and malt, drinking fine craft brews amoungst which they came. A great atmosphere, a good tour, and friendly staff, a must stop for any beer enthusiast that might be in the San Diego area.
09-24-2013 22:09:25 | More by DRTBrewster
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
If you're going on a brew tour of San Diego, don't miss Green Flash! At their tasting room you'll find a selection of super tasty beers that you can't find in stores, and you get to enjoy them in the same giant room that they were brewed in! Whenever I get the chance to go here I like to try out their beers like the Grand Cru & Palate Wrecker that are difficult to find outside of SD. Whether you like super hoppy beers or belgian style beers you'll find everything at Green Flash. If you're not from California, I highly recommend the West Coast IPA as an introduction to this style that San Diego breweries like Green Flash, Stone, and Alesmith have all perfected. If you're there in the fall try the Green Bullet, it tastes like drinking liquid hops! Their Tripel is a solid option, and I wouldn't leave this place without trying Le Freak.
The tasting room has a welcoming atmosphere, and it's nice to be able to look around at the bottling & brewing equipment. Their beer garden is great for escaping the noise if it's too crowded, and the christmas lights are a nice touch. It's pretty cool that they let dogs into the tasting room, and there's a space to buy swag and get growler fills. It gets pretty packed after 5 when all the people working nearby head over to grab some post-work brews. They have a different food truck parked next to the beer garden every day, and I hear that the pizza one is really great. A nice bonus is that this place is close to Sorrento Wine & Spirits (which has an amazing selection) and Indian Tandoor, which will make for a great post-tasting dinner. If you're in San Diego, Green Flash is a must-see!
09-19-2013 21:17:14 | More by Erbayd
3.7/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I thought the brewery set up was really nice, the selection wasn't to impressive, but we enjoyed our selves in the nicely arranged environment. I don't plan on going back, so many awesome breweries in san diego. The guy at the front door wouldn't take our picture, pretty rude too. One time deal.
08-05-2013 04:05:07 | More by JonathanC
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Large open space tasting room/bar with no seats but tables are there. It was quite crowded when I was there and it seemed to draw newbie craft beer fans and non craft fans just to get in on the scene if that makes sense. Basically people had no idea what they wanted to order which slowed down the ordering process.
I ended up getting a sampler because they had a lot of local only stuff and recently released draft only beers. They were all quite good but some were a bit boozy and the hop profiles like many of green flash beers are just too resiny and all taste the same despite some being labeled rye IPAs or red IPAs or Belgian IPAs or barleywines. There Belgian stuff is also way too estery and phenolic for my tastes.
I would not consider this a must try because parking was horrible despite the large lot and it was way too loud and too industrial for me.
06-19-2013 01:00:14 | More by claspada
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This place was pretty packed... I'm guessing my visit was during their busy time. Of all the breweries I visited, this ones beer most reminded me of my Midwestern roots as there seemed to be a more malt presence and not so hop forward. The atmosphere had an industrial feel, which I think is great for a tour but not so much for a tap room. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.
03-15-2013 21:24:35 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.36/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Headed there in September '12. My brother's office is down the street and I was visiting, so it was pretty convenient.
Stopped in. The place was hopping around 4:30. Had about 6 or 7 different beers. Enjoyed them all. Had some stuff there that I never had before, so that was nice. Was talking to the dude about their collab with CCB.
Service was good. Grabbed a couple Tshirts for me and a friend.
Will be back I'm sure. Especially while my brother is working
02-15-2013 16:34:50 | More by dvmin98
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Went down for the Silva & Sleeping with Shaggy release. Place is huge open warehouse with the tasting room right in the corner of the brewery. Staff was super nice and very helpful. They all seemed happy to be there and it made me happy to be there. Big tap line with some beers that don't make there way into a bottle very often. Every beer I tried was excellent. I'll be making that trip a lot more often.
01-29-2013 07:13:00 | More by Hamburgers
4.61/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
Large open floor plan with no seating. However, there is outside seating. Would be nice if there were bar stools.
High noise level (music + people talking).
Plenty of space at the bar as most people congregate in the middle with friends.
Absurd selection when I went - almost 30 beers on draft.
One of the best values in draft beer, just below a happy hour Pliny. $1 for 4oz, 2$ for 8oz and $4 for 16oz, with some exceptions for rare or aged beers. I started on the left of the wall and managed to make it through 8-9 of the 4oz samples before I had to quit =D
While Green Flash isn't my favorite brewery in general (most of their beers are overly sweet, and many have a metallic twang in the finish that I assume is due to hard water), the brewery itself is a great place to go as a visitor or regular. Don't miss it.
01-20-2013 16:56:01 | More by JupiterJesus
Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
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