Green Flash Brewing Company – San Diego, CA
Tours Offered: Yes
Food Service: Extensive food truck schedule on their website.
Kids & Pets: Kid and dog friendly
A Brief History
In 2002 Mike and Lisa Hinkley founded Green Flash, and 2 years later Chuck Silva joined the team as head brewmaster.
Green Flash is known for their creative takes on heavily hopped Belgian and IPA styles. Their West Coast IPA has not only won awards, but is the namesake for “west coast style” India Pale Ales.
Formerly located in Vista, the brewery moved operations to a Mira Mesa business park in 2011. Latitude 33 now occupies their old location.
Trivia: As their logo suggests, the brewery is named after the green flash optical phenomena — where a green spot / ray of light can briefly be seen next to the sun at sunrise, or sunset.
More Pictures from Green Flash
Our Visit to Green Flash
Green Flash Brewing Company is about 5 miles away from our house, so we frequent often.
Whether your kid has 2 legs or 4, the brewery is extremely child and pet friendly. You can always find kids and dogs running around the facility somewhere.
Green Flash’s (relatively) new facility takes up over 4000 sq feet, including the production warehouse, tasting area, merchandise counter, and outside beer garden. A long wooden bar separates the beer service counter from the warehouse, right where the beer is being bottled, and wraps around to the barrel racks where tours begin.
They have recently constructed two walls into their barrel corrals, but we have no idea what this enclosure will end up being. With the number of food events they have been hosting lately, our guess is the room will be used for on-site food pairings and/or private tastings.
Update: The mystery room turned out to be their new gift shop (see pic below). As a matter of fact, they recently (June – July 2014) remodeled their main tasting bar, and converted their former merchandise counter into a tour tasting bar (more pics below).
The back beer garden features a mix of shade or sun, and picnic tables in close proximity to the daily gourmet food truck service. Yes, you read that right – there’s a different food truck there everyday, so check their schedule on the website. The outside area was also recently expanded, with some astroturf rolled over into a few parking spots, and more wooden counters to hold your beer.
One day we will take their brewery tour. But until then, it looks like tours are offered several times a day on weekends, and include tasters served from a VIP line at the (now old) merchandise counter.
Depending on the time of year you visit, you can usually find a collaborative effort on tap. Otherwise, Green Flash features a regimented schedule of seasonal/limited releases, along with other tap-room only exclusives, including Hop Odyssey and Genius Lab series, as well as Anniversary editions of their current roster.
Exclusives on Tap (July 2013)
Be sure to check out beer reviews from our visit: