Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 74
Beer Ratings: 27,851
Beer Avg: 3.86
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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This place was pretty packed... I'm guessing my visit was during their busy time. Of all the breweries I visited, this ones beer most reminded me of my Midwestern roots as there seemed to be a more malt presence and not so hop forward. The atmosphere had an industrial feel, which I think is great for a tour but not so much for a tap room. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.
03-15-2013 21:24:35 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.16/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
The Green Flash tasting room is located in their huge brewery space. It's cool being right inside the brewery and I would say that it is one of the most well organized and professional looking brewery spaces I have seen so far. The quality of all the beer on tap was great. Service was pretty good even with a ton of people trying to get beer at once. The selection was great with 12 of their offerings on tap and some other bottled beer that wasn't on tap. Tasters are only $1 each and I was able to try the 3 "SD only" beers I have never seen anywhere else. Worthy of a stop if you are in the area.
08-07-2012 05:23:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited this brand new facility yesterday afternoon after hitting up five other San Diego breweries. It was around 6:15pm.
At the moment, this new Green Flash location can best be described as cavernous. The tasting area, which is much larger than any other SD brewery tasting area, occupies a very small fraction of the floor space in this 40' tall mega brewery. I've heard that they want to add a restaurant to this location, and they've got plenty of room to do so.
While this new location boasts at least 30 tap handles, the beer selection was surprisingly shallow. I saw all of Green Flash's regular bottled offerings, along with a few (small batch?) tap only beers. Each of the five or so beers we tried were good, but also predictable/uninspiring. Green Flash doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of style diversity; they do hoppy ales well, and choose to stick with hop-forward ales.
The servers were quick and attentive, although I didn't get a chance to talk with them on this visit. The servers at the old establishment in Vista were always very friendly, conversational, and generous with their pours. I'm hoping that's still the case.
I'll amend this review as the establishment evolves. Right now, it's not too special, but worth checking out if you're nearby.
Following review written on January 13, 2011 for the Vista brewery.
Stopped in here on Sunday with my good friend, Justin (JustinA1 on BA). This was the fifth stop of our San Diego beer crawl, following Ballast Point, Holiday Wine Cellar, The Lost Abbey, and Iron Fist Brewing Co. (in that order).
In this case, "beer bar" = a dozen taps, two folding tables, and a cash register. Sound good to you? It worked for us.
The service at Green Flash really made it worthwhile. First off, we arrived just after 4:00pm, closing time on Sundays. The bartenders encouraged us to come in though; they didn't mind sticking around a little longer. To be respectful, we said we'd only order one sample apiece and be on our way. After chatting with them for a bit, one of the bartenders offered us a couple of free samples of West Coast IPA on cask. We happily obliged, and stuck around for a bit longer (btw - cask West Coast IPA is delicious). Both of the bartenders were very easy to talk to.
Around 4:30, we decided to hit the road, but not before purchasing a growler of Palate Wrecker.
Appearance-wise, this is the lousiest brewery-bar I've been to, but the service is fantastic and beer is very good. Check it out if you're in the area.
08-21-2011 20:49:49 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Large open space tasting room/bar with no seats but tables are there. It was quite crowded when I was there and it seemed to draw newbie craft beer fans and non craft fans just to get in on the scene if that makes sense. Basically people had no idea what they wanted to order which slowed down the ordering process.
I ended up getting a sampler because they had a lot of local only stuff and recently released draft only beers. They were all quite good but some were a bit boozy and the hop profiles like many of green flash beers are just too resiny and all taste the same despite some being labeled rye IPAs or red IPAs or Belgian IPAs or barleywines. There Belgian stuff is also way too estery and phenolic for my tastes.
I would not consider this a must try because parking was horrible despite the large lot and it was way too loud and too industrial for me.
06-19-2013 01:00:14 | More by claspada
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-13-2011 01:24:44 | More by womencantsail
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Brand new huge industrial building with a long bar, and a few seats outside under the trees. Pretty nice inside.
Quality is quite good, I think Green Flash is a bit underrated, I had a great Cuvee Tripel, and my wife had a good Pilsner.
Service was good, quick and friendly.
Selection was pretty good, I think they had about 10 taps opened. Would have liked to have seen a few more one offs rather than the regular lineup.
No food, this is just a tasting room.
Overall this is a spot that is worth checking out if you are in the area. But with all the other great options around, it kinds of sits in the middle of the pack.
08-08-2011 22:34:01 | More by flexabull
4.1/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A fun place to hang and drink just minutes from Ballast Point, Alesmith, and Hess. Really a pretty huge facility, warehouse-like, but bustling with people on an early friday evening. Big bar with lots of good stuff on tap, bottles and growlers to go, a fair amount of cool merchandise. IIRC you have your choice of pour sizes from halfs to full pints. Has an industrial feel, no frills, just a fully operational brewery with a lot of people hanging out and drinking.
My fiancee and I really enjoyed grabbing a few then heading outside to the small beer garden with picnic benches. Lovely San Diego weather makes drinking outside an obvious choice. There was a truck set up nearby making some food, mostly burgers and basic grilled items, I think, but didn't have a chance to sample anything this time.
Green Flash is an obvious place to stop in if you're anywhere nearby; the beer is top notch and it's cool and casual and very welcoming.
04-05-2012 15:58:50 | More by tobelerone
3.68/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Visited a half a dozen times between 2007 and now.
The tasting is all done inside the brewery. There is no real tasting room nor are there any chairs to sit on. They just have some taps running through the wall of a keg fridge and a plastic fold up table that they set up every Saturday. Not sure what the policy is on wandering the brewery but they've never said anything to me about exploring. I'd score this higher but the last time I was there they had thousands of pounds of spent grain sitting outside waiting to be hauled off. It STUNK inside and in the general vicinity of the brewery.
The beer is usually pretty good and probably warrants a better score but the last time I was there (with gobzilla) the beers all had a strange metallic flavor. Most were total drain pours.
The people that work are always very nice and try their best to accomodate you. I remember in the early(er) days of the brewery there would be one, maybe two people working the tasting and that person would usually have been drinking a bit with the customers. In general they are pretty laid back.
The selection definitely falls into categories. Hoppy, Belgian, and other. But at least there are choices. If you are a hophead then SD is the place to be. Here you can have any number of moderate to intense doses of hops (ESB, 30th St Pale, West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, Imperial IPA, etc). They have a Belgian brown, stout, IPA, and tripel. The selection is rounded out by a porter, stout, double stout, and barleywine.
Go if you want to support these guys or if you havent been but once or twice is enough for the tickers. Most of their beers are either bottled or available by the keg.
Prices are great, the hours are not.
01-31-2011 00:15:25 | More by t0rin0
4.51/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-21-2012 18:32:00 | More by sulldaddy
Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
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