I just got home from a visit to the Green Flash Brewery grand opening. They have moved their operations from Vista to a more central San Diego location on Mira Mesa Blvd. This marks the latest addition to San Diego’s Beer Corridor, comprising Stone to the north, Ballast Point to the east, Karl Strauss to the west, and Hess and Alesmith in the middle. In addition to moving, Green Flash is expanding their operation from 14,000 bbls/year to 45,000 bbls/year.
The new location is situated right in the heart of Mira Mesa. The facility boasts ten 500 bbls fermentors, a small lab (for yeast propagation?), a hop freezer, and a very large cold storage room for kegs and bottles. The 4,000 square foot tasting room is right up front, along with a merchandise counter. The official grand opening party is July 23rd.
The tasting room opening was well received. The room was full nearly to capacity and the bar lines were long. A food truck, Farm to Street, was parked out the side, but evidently ran out of food by 7:30 pm.
The opening was celebrated with Green Flash’s award winning San Diego style beers (West Coast IPA, Imperial IPA, and Hop Head Read). They also had an extensive Belgian beer list. I tried the San Diego Saison and Le Freak.
I also tried their collaboration ale Bier De L’Amitie. The De L’Amitie is a Belgian Golden Strong Ale brewed with the Brasserie St. Feuillien of Le Roeulx, Belgium. It uses the traditional yeast and spices from the Belgian side and Green Flash staples such as American Wheat and Rye malts and Amarillo hops. It is a slightly sweet beer with subtle ester notes. At 9.5% it is a heady brew.