Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.96/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The tasting area is simply an open area with a a bar and some surface areas around the perimeter on which to sit your beer. It is quite crowded tonight, a late Friday evening and beginning of San Diego Beer Week. The vibe is pretty warm, light, and friendly. The service suffers due to the crowd size, but no one was rude or unhelpful. I got my flight pretty quickly considering the number of patrons. Several Green Flash offerings are on tap. There is a food truck outside with some outdoor seating adjacent to the parking lot. Some inside tables and chairs and a way to make it a little more cozy would go a long way in improving the atmosphere. Prices are pretty reasonable, although I was charged $6 for a key chain that is normally a give away at beer festivals.
11-04-2012 15:38:57 | More by DocJitsu
4.16/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
The Green Flash tasting room is located in their huge brewery space. It's cool being right inside the brewery and I would say that it is one of the most well organized and professional looking brewery spaces I have seen so far. The quality of all the beer on tap was great. Service was pretty good even with a ton of people trying to get beer at once. The selection was great with 12 of their offerings on tap and some other bottled beer that wasn't on tap. Tasters are only $1 each and I was able to try the 3 "SD only" beers I have never seen anywhere else. Worthy of a stop if you are in the area.
08-07-2012 05:23:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-05-2012 15:58:50 | More by tobelerone
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!
02-16-2012 02:18:25 | More by ProfessorX
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.
01-21-2012 18:32:00 | More by sulldaddy
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.
09-14-2011 13:53:07 | More by jwhancher
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.
08-21-2011 20:49:49 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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.
08-08-2011 22:34:01 | More by flexabull
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.
07-25-2011 20:22:44 | More by jrnyc
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)!!
07-09-2011 00:16:57 | More by mithrascruor
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Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA
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