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3.91/5
Green Flash Brewing Co.Green Flash Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

6550 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, California, 92121
United States

(858) 622-0085 | map
greenflashbrew.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
96
Reviews:
9,740
Ratings:
38,970
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
240
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
3.84%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

It's nice to know that Green Flash owns Alpine. A two in one special Visit. Nice spot with a great selection. Decent vibe and mixed crowd. Would definitely come back and visit.

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Photo of DaltonCastle
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Been here 3 times. Two times during normal operation and for Treasure Chest 2015. Treasure Chest was a well run event with a good variety of beers and food to pair with them. Each staff member that I have encountered were very pleasant.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hit there midweek in the afternoon. Not too crowded but also no place to sit in a large open room at one end of the brewery. Bar service was good and very informative about the 28 beers they had on tap at the time including some from Alpine.
Great place to check out a large selection of their beers but nothing special.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I am starting to get really tired of tap rooms without anywhere to sit. My mind flashes back to that movie with Joe Namath eating food, as he pretends to shop, as he walks through some second rate grocery store. Having to stand to enjoy a beer probably lessen the quality of beer but who really knows, just thinking out loud.

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Photo of SSS
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

What a great place for a beer. Really nice vibe and a great selection of beers, including the newly acquired Alpine Brewery. I went for the tour, $5 with 4 tastings. We had West Coast IPA, Hop Red, Le Freak and the Stout. The guide was informative and have lots of history with basic breeding information. There is a food truck parked at the door, unfortunately I did not partake.

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Photo of ArmOnFire
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of k3ve
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

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Photo of Vilekyle
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of ARoman
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of RogueOz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Ample parking. and large central room indoors with 3-4 bar staff on the early Sat Pm when I went. Fairly efficient overall. Standing room mostly in the indoor area but an outdoor garden area also available with perimeter and table seating. there was a food truck there when I went which was reasonably priced. Dog friendly. Clean bathrooms with multiple stalls. I'm not a huge fan of Green Flash overall, but this facility is accommodating/inviting. No bus tours on this day/time either. The tap list on the website reflected accurately at the tasting room. Hope this helps. Cheers. .

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Part of my San Diego brewery tour. While pulling into the parking lot I noticed a small line formed to get in as the place still wasn't opened. Entering the place there is a small gift shop on the right, and a two separate bar areas serving GF beers in a fenced in section of the warehouse. There is some outdoor seating here too. Service was prompt despite the crowds.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of Hop-o-saurus
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
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!!!

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Photo of Shindoverse
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of tesla323
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of DRTBrewster
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of Erbayd
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

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Photo of JonathanC
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.38/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of Hamburgers
4.38/5  rDev +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.

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Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
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