Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Brewing Co.Green Flash Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(858) 622-0085 | map

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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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Photo of JupiterJesus
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of PaleAlePirate
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The tasting area is simply an open area with a a bar and some surface areas around the perimeter on which to sit your beer. It is quite crowded tonight, a late Friday evening and beginning of San Diego Beer Week. The vibe is pretty warm, light, and friendly. The service suffers due to the crowd size, but no one was rude or unhelpful. I got my flight pretty quickly considering the number of patrons. Several Green Flash offerings are on tap. There is a food truck outside with some outdoor seating adjacent to the parking lot. Some inside tables and chairs and a way to make it a little more cozy would go a long way in improving the atmosphere. Prices are pretty reasonable, although I was charged $6 for a key chain that is normally a give away at beer festivals.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of ProfessorX
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stop #3 on my SD brewery Tour on 9/3. Exterior looked pretty cool with the glass paneling. Inside it's also equally impressive with a very wide open space peering out into the brewery. Fermentation tanks, holding vessels, bottling line are all within easy sightlines. Barrel aged setup right next to tasting room wall.

Tasting room itself was clean but rather expansive. Not a bad thing if the crowds were in, but when I visited I felt like it was a little too big to get really comfortable. They do have a side courtyard with picnic benches where you can relax outside and strike up a conversation. Would have liked to see some hops growing in the garden-like area, like some other breweries have, but I guess the place is still too new.

Customer service was good. The pourers were very accommodating. Was disappointed to hear the food truck wouldn't be by on the Sunday I was there. Wish they would have made some arrangements for some food to go with all the beer on an empty stomach. Did get a great tip to Bangin' Burger a liitle ways south (awesome food!).

Thought the beer was okay. Besides the excellent West Coast IPA, I couldn't find another selection that I was particularly fond of. After already visited Ballast Point and AleSmith just earlier I was somewhat letdown with the specialty beers.

Overall, it was worth a visit. This place has definite potential, but it was still too new to really get comfortable and enjoy some beer in a unique setting.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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)!!

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Photo of mrkun
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is at the new location in Mira Mesa.

The brewery is located in an indescript light industrial area with ample parking in the back. You walk into the brewery complex with their entire operation visible as you walk down a hallway into the tasting room. The tasting room is just a bar on the side of the brewery without interior seating but plenty of standing room both at the bar and the railing on the periphery. It's a neat setting as the brewing operation is completely visible from the tasting room. There's also a nice outdoor seating area on the side of the building with a number of tables. They had their full range of beers, including a number of Belgians which I hadn't seen in bottles before. Overall, it's fairly spartan place with no food, but the interior is neat.

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Photo of ANNO1074
4.46/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of d4114
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of BigB415
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Once again this brewery had your typical san diego business park location with a pretty small tasting due to the equipment taking up most of the space. Cool laid back drinking atmoshpere with plenty of beer enthusiast chillin drinking. The selection was basically the year round offerings but with a few other tap only brews which was nice to see. The quality this time around was not to great cause most of their beers seemed to have this metallic flavor to them due to dirty tap lines or something else. They seriously tasted like they were dry hopped with nickels or dimes. The brewery staff was cool and was nice to finally check this brewpub in person, hopefully their beers will be taste better next time around.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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