Beer Trippin’ in California. Part 3 – Green Flash Brewing
After two great stops at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and Port / The Lost Abbey, it was time to start heading South towards San Diego. So for our last stop of the day, we decided to visit Green Flash Brewing. This place caught me completely off guard. From the outside, Green Flash looks like a place where they should be programming satellites or making sketches for the next hybrid car. Not your average looking brewery by any means.
While we were scratching our heads on the way in, we slipped through the glass door and made our way down a long hallway lined with beer posters. The hallway eventually led us to a tasting room surrounded by a large brewery, bottling line and pallets and pallets of beer. Oh glorious beer! It was clear we were in the right place.
We happened to hit Green Flash while they were pouring all 10 of their Anniversary Ales. The brewery releases a different style one-off each year to commemorate the special occasion. Past releases have included Barleywines, Strong Ales, Double IPA’s, Imperial Stouts and most recently a Flanders Red. The prices were stupid good at just $1 for a taster and $4 for a full pour.
In addition to their anniversary collection, there was also a variety of beers to sample from their year-round lineup, seasonals and special one-offs just for visitors to the tasting room. Palate Wrecker Double IPA is a favorite of mine and I rarely pass up the opportunity to try a splash of this west coast hop bomb. Luckily for me, a fresh keg was on tap.
The 9-year old Barleywine was tough to beat too. I don’t remember the last time I’ve had a beer that was nearly a decade old and this was my second one in under 4 hours. (Stone was also pouring beers going back to ’03!) I think I need to “beer trip” through CA more often.
Visitors can make a day of sampling the more than two dozen offerings in the tasting room. On brewing and bottling days, guests have the perfect vantage point to watch the Green Flash team go to work. The small beer garden on the side of the building is a nice little hangout and a great chance to try some of the local food trucks.
While Green Flash may look a little different on the outside, Mama always said it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And on the inside of Green Flash, is great beer. Seriously tasty, great beer and that’s what really matters.
Green Flash Brewing is located at: 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121. 858-622-0085