Tasting notes, fast facts, and expert reviews on every brewery in the San Diego region
By Bruce Glassman
Green Flash is one of San Diego’s happy success stories. Within a span of less than 9 years, they went from being a small 13,000-barrel brewery in Vista to a 100,000-barrel powerhouse in Mira Mesa.
Walking into Green Flash feels like walking into a majestic old European cathedral—not from a style standpoint, but from a space standpoint. Inside its more than 45,000 square feet, pallets of beer are stacked like columns, rising toward the 40-foot ceiling. Huge slabs of concrete enclose various areas that clink with the sound of glass bottles and thud with the sound of cardboard cases in motion. And right in the middle of all this activity is a cavernous tasting room with extensive bar space (no seats), a friendly team of certified beer servers, and a large selection of great beers.
Thanks to the work of current Head Brewer Erik Jensen, Green Flash covers all styles, pleases all palates, and does everything well. Though they are beloved by hop-heads for their various bold IPAs, they have recently developed more restrained and sessionable hoppy beers. They also have a huge following among fans of Belgian-style beers, barley wines, and stouts.
San Diego is all about great beer—and there’s an awful lot of it! We currently have more than 150 working brewery locations in our county, with an estimated 30-40 more in the planning stages. That’s a lot of breweries to sort through. So where to begin? Well, the answer is right here. If you want to plan any kind of brewery experience, The San Diego Brewery Guide is your most essential tool. Not only does it list the location and key information about every working brew house that’s open to the public, it also allows you to search for breweries that meet your specific criteria. Do you only want breweries in a specific neighborhood? No problem. Only want places that have patios for dogs? You got it. Do you want to keep your search limited to small or medium-sized breweries? Yup, we got that.
With so many breweries to choose from, we hope you’ll keep coming back to consult The San Diego Brewery Guide on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for you to plan the perfect day or weekend of brewery tours and tastings in San Diego—and to do it time and time again. If you haven’t already, you’ll see that there’s nothing better than enjoying a great brewery-fresh beer right where it’s made.
So get out there and explore! Sip. Savor. Socialize. And get ready to be awed by some of the best brews to be found anywhere on the planet. Enjoy!
- Bruce GlassmanEdit ModuleShow Tags