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Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.Green Flash Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.88/5
Based on:
107 Beers
9,261 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 38
Visits: 212
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

6550 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, California, 92121
United States
phone: (760) 597-9012

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greenflashbeer

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Reviews: 38 | Visits: 212
Photo of DRTBrewster
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of k3ve
4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited the green flash brewery on my roadtrip in california. Brewery tour, shop, tab selection, food and the stufg was just great! love this place. my fav brewery! (164 characters)

Photo of Vilekyle
4.76/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Green flash is one of the best breweries I've ever been to. Their tasting room and patio is awesome. They have food trucks on the weekend and the selection of beers they have on tap is incredible. Something for anyone's palate. Favorite is the hop head red or the green bullet. (277 characters)

Photo of Erbayd
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (1,643 characters)

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
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.
Friendly bartenders.
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. (844 characters)

Photo of d4114
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Stopped by a couple of weeks ago, really enjoyed myself. Its not the nicest looking place but its not supposed to be, your in the actual brewery. All the customers were really cool I had a couple conversations with some of them and they all turned out to be really nice. The staff was helpful and laid back also. And the best part was tasters were only $1.50(which were a little bigger than normal ones) and pints were only $3 for any beer they had, you cant beat that. They didn't have all there year round beers but I didn't really care cause I can get them whenever I want but they did have a few draft only beers like fizzy yellow and a good brown ale, fizzy yellow was probably the best pilsener I have ever had and they also had west coast ipa on cast. Super cheap, awesome beer and nice people more could you ask for. (824 characters)

Photo of ArmOnFire
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere - Very cool, brewery and ware house are open to the bar area, did not make it to the patio because there were so many people in there.

Beer - Brewery only beers plus guest beers. When I was there they had 4 Alpine Brewery beers on tap.

Food - Nothing while I was there, heard they had food trucks on the weekend.

Parking was a challenge, small lot that is gated in an industrial park. (398 characters)

Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is a very nice space with great outdoor seating. The staff rocks. The tour is well worth the time. It takes about an hour but the guides are a lot of fun. (160 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I visited this brewery with my buddy ragingbull. The brewery is in an industrial building and is easy to find due to a well lit sign on the front.
Walking past some offices you come into the production floor of the brewery where there is a huge U shaped bar and wide open floor plan.
Another bar area is in front of some t-shirts and other paraphernalia. behind the bar are large easy to read signs as to what is on tap, which amounts to everything the bar has to offer, approximately 20 beers. Many staff members are on hand to take orders, 1 oz samples, 8 oz pours or full pints are available. Growlers to go and bombers, 6 packs I think even sixtels and kegs out the door if you want.
The staff are very knowledgeable and answered our questions with ease. Lots about the various types of oak barrels aging brews juston the other side of the bar. We had samples of the black IPA, barleywine, rayon vert, and la freak. All were quite tasty. Left with bomber of barleywine and growler of black IPA.
Definitely worth a stop when in San Digeo. No food minus a truck parked outside and I think you may be able to bring in your own grub if you wanted since there are some picnic tables outside.
Stop in and try some beers. (1,218 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a fairly new brewery for Green Flash. It is fairly large, max capacity of 100,000 barrels. It is very clean and inviting. Doors are wide open with fans running, very nice temperature inside. You walk into the tasting room, with a gift shop off to the side. To the other side is a place to walk back outside into a walled off section with access to a food truck. The selection of food trucks rotates daily, and they seem to all be quality. Chop Soo-ey was there when I went, and it is very good. So, having food and beer goes well together, there were 11 different beers available, though it looked like they had room for one more draft, and one cask. They offer tours, which are $5 a pop, but include four tasters, and run for an hour or more. Very educational and extensive tour, and you get to sample four of their most common beers. Overall, a very enjoyable experience, and I will have to make it to the Virginia Beach location when that opens up. (970 characters)

Photo of Shindoverse
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

The beer is good and the gigantic vats make me say, “Oh, my!” There's plenty of outdoor seating and the food trucks of the week provide some great compliment to the beers. It's odd that it's on the outskirts of Mira Mesa, in the office park, but if I worked more locally by UTC, Sorrento Valley, Qualcomm, etc, I'd be by more often. (336 characters)

Photo of ANNO1074
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

this review will be applicable for the next couple months (May 2011). Green Flash is moving their brewery and tasting room down to Mira Mesa from Vista in July 2011.

I recommend for anyone who likes Green Flash, IPA / Belgian IPAs, or beer in general should visit the Green Flash Brewery.

The current brewery is relatively small and the tasting area is in the production area with a small number of tall tables, and set of taps on the wall, and picnic table for serving beer.

Both times I have been, the staff has been very knowledgeable, able to talk about their brewing processes, seasonal beer availability, and the culture and unique elements of Green Flash.

They offer $3 pints, $1.50 7 oz tasters, and a $3 flight of 2oz tasters. Each is a spectacular value. If you want to cozy up on a fancy couch or comfy bar stool, you may not find what you're looking for. But, if you love to drink excellent beer and enjoy the sight of brewing equipment, bottling lines, and ingredient inventory, then this is perfect for you!

As of May 2011, the current tasting flight includes their one lager, the West Coast IPA, the Tripple, Le Freak, and Imperial IPA. I believe one of their porters is also included. All are excellent. The lager was surprisingly good, extremely fresh and bready. The IPAs were spectacular, especially the West Coast IPA - truly floral hops.

Looking forward to reviewing the Mira Mesa facility when it opens this Summer. (1,449 characters)

Photo of PaleAlePirate
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I went here with a group of people(around 12). The place is in a large warehouse style building. I really like how the tasting room is located right inside the brewhouse, in a way that you are actually just separated by a low wall. There are two bars, one long one where you can taste their beers and another shorter one where you can get hooked up with their merch. I was actually surprised at how many belgian beers they had. I am not a big fan of belgian yeast so this surprise wasn't a great one for me. That being said the people I was with who like the belgians really enjoyed them. Not a shocker, I love all of the non-belgian Green Flash beers. They make great beer, probably preaching to the choir when I say that. Their Double Stout is def one to write home about. We went on a short tour, which was fairly standard. We got to go in their cold room where they keep the packaged beer, it was really cool to see stacks and stacks of my favorite beers. I kind of felt like I was in my own version of heaven, this version was much colder than I would have pictured but still great. (1,087 characters)

Photo of ARoman
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was slightly disappointed at first, I was on a beer tour of San Diego, and for some reason I wrote down that they opened their taproom at 11am, but when I arrived shortly after that, they were closed, and I learned that they didn’t open until 3pm. Fortunately there were a number of other options in the area to hold me over til then ... and it was worth the wait. Yes, it’s in an industrial park, but they do a good job of hiding that fact once you’re there. It’s a really cool factory-like indoor area (where the taps are) and a gorgeous outdoor beer garden. Even though it felt crowded, there really wasn’t a wait to get anything - their staff flies around. Of course, they had all the Green Flash regular, seasonal, and experimental selection you could want. All the samples I had were only $1, a theme I noticed among taprooms in the northern greater SD-area, and my wallet appreciated it greatly. They don’t serve food themselves, but have a rotating food truck schedule that pulls right up to the beer garden (and was delicious). I had about seven samples, getting a good sampling of their range, but had such a good time socializing with strangers that I didn’t take very good notes at all; although, there was no beer in that group that I remember thinking "man, I’ll never get that again." I consider it as good an excuse as any (as if I needed one) to revisit this taproom next time I’m in the area. (1,430 characters)

Photo of Hamburgers
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (464 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a review of their new location in Mira Mesa.

I live just a few blocks east of here, so it was great to see that they'd moved in right along my daily bus commute. It is a warehouse that I recall used to be occupied by a moving company, but they've got their brewing stuff in there now, along with some barrels of aging beer. The tasting area is a partitioned off area of that, with two very nice bars, and plenty of room. You can also go out along the side of the building where there's grass and picnic tables. An excellent brewery-meets-tasting room arrangement: functional and nice.

Though not busy, there were more people than I expected. It is on the edge of an industrial/hi-tech area, so presumably they get a bit of an "after work" crowd. (Brief note to some customers: once you get your beer, you don't have to hang around two feet from the bar - there's plenty of room!)

I must confess that I've never been a huge fan of Green Flash beers - the few I've had in the bottle, and the couple I've had on tap, haven't particularly impressed me. However, I was quite happy with the ones we tried there, particularly the 30th Street Pale Ale. Nothing otherworldly, but very solid and enjoyable. And a great selection too, of 12-16 of their beers. All beers were available as $1 tasters (3-4 oz.). Strong beers were also available in 13 oz. glasses for $4, and "regular" beers as half-pints for $2 and full pints for $4. Very reasonable, and nice to have a tasting room serving those larger glasses.

Being short on time, we only stayed for a couple of tasters and half-pints, but are looking forward to returning. The employees there were all friendly.

Food-wise, Green Flash does not serve their own food. However, they try and get a local food truck to come by many of the evenings they're open. The evening we went the Devilicious food truck was there (amazing!), but I've eaten from other trucks they've had and they're all great. (To the uninitiated: I'm not talking about roach coaches, but high quality - dare I say "gourmet"? - fare served from food trucks.)

So, thumbs-up to Green Flash for such a great tasting room. And kudos too for having the food trucks, and for GF keeping us up-to-date on that via their twitter feed (without bombarding me with pointless info)!! (2,294 characters)

Photo of ProfessorX
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Been here twice this place is great, the taps are on one side with a huge counter that everyone can rest their beer on and look at the inter workings of the Brewery. The prices are great 4 dollar pints and 1 dollar tasters.Green Flash West Coast IPA was awesome! The Summer Saison was still on tap and another great beer. Food trucks are here on the weekends and in the evenings on some days. One thing I didn't like was it was closed at 2pm on a Friday, a worker came out and was very nice and explained that they didn't open and we could have a drink at AleSmith which was open at the time. Great Beer and Great fun! (618 characters)

Photo of jrnyc
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The new location is much bigger than the old location. Basically the drinking area is made up of a long bar with cool signage and taps above the bar. Good selection and excellent size options and prices. Bartenders were a bit subdued, but good service. There is an outdoor area adjacent to the parking lot with some tables. They also have an area for Green Flash paraphernalia.

Nothing fancy about this place, if you like Green Flash beer, this is an excellent brewery to visit. We were there on a Sunday and it wasn't crowded, but I imagine if food trucks were there and it was more crowded, it would be a much better atmosphere. (631 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've been here many times and it's always been a good experience. This is another brewery located in the back of an industrial park, but it works well enough.

They generally have all of their year round beers on tap as well as some seasonals and limited release or draft only beers (Palate Wrecker, anyone?).

It can get pretty busy in the brewery/bar, but the service has always been stellar and you're never left standing without a beer to drink for very long.

The head brewer, Chuck, is around quite often and has always been more than willing to answer any of my questions about particular beers.

Of course, you can also take home growlers and/or bottles of their beers, too.

One of the cool places in San Diego (but aren't there a lot of those?) and definitely worth a stop. (783 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Not sure why I never got around to reviewing Green Flash after my last SoCal microbrews trip there. Along with Iron Fist and Stone, this place has made San Diego a beer lovers city. All-round great stuff here.

Like most of the newer breweries I've been to in SD, they have a warehouse feel that make you feel you are in a brewery and not a bar. However, I visited about 2 years ago, so they may have changed the decor since then. Food, at that time at least, was via food trucks.

Great beer with very mellow vibe. Unless increased popularity and notoriety has changed the place, I would definitely recommend. (618 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The Green Flash tasting room is located in their huge brewery space. It's cool being right inside the brewery and I would say that it is one of the most well organized and professional looking brewery spaces I have seen so far. The quality of all the beer on tap was great. Service was pretty good even with a ton of people trying to get beer at once. The selection was great with 12 of their offerings on tap and some other bottled beer that wasn't on tap. Tasters are only $1 each and I was able to try the 3 "SD only" beers I have never seen anywhere else. Worthy of a stop if you are in the area. (600 characters)

Photo of Hop-o-saurus
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Great place to drink beers with friends. Food wasn't that great but the employees are very enthusiastic. Green Flash has been making some really great beers. Their Barley Wine style ale is my favorite. Also Le'freak is really amazing. I suggest this place if you want a great Barley Wine!!! (290 characters)

Photo of BigB415
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Another brewery in an industrial park seems to be the trend in So Cal. Maybe I find that weird because I'm used to the breweries I frequent in downtowns or shopping areas. Could be because they are also serving food but anyways if you knew where you were going it was easy to find. This place is just like The Bruery. You walk in and there are the silos straight ahead and the bar to the right with a fridge behind the fold out table they are using. Beer line up is the normal line up with no barleywine. I was bummed to see no Silva Stout. I got the flight which goes down the list. Service was quick and friendly. Flight was cheap too. Under $6 and the pint glass for sale were cheap too, only $3. Nice little place to go and hang out at. (740 characters)

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Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
94 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.