Occasionally a brewery comes along that seems to do everything right. From the flavours to the branding, from the ethos to the consistency. Green Flash Brewing Company from San Diego are one such brewery; they can seem to do no wrong. We’re thrilled to be stocking its hop-forward beers.
A great brewery also has taste, a je ne sais quoi, an intangible quality that you can recognise across its range of beer styles. Again, this is true for Green Flash, whether it is its West Coast IPA, a bench mark of the style, to out-of-this-world Cosmic Ristretto, a Baltic Porter with Espresso, or perhaps Sea to Sea, a sharp, unfiltered Zwickel lager, to Passion Fruit Kicker, a fruity wheat beer.
Green Flash Brewing Company was started by Mike and Lisa Hinkley in the Mira Mesa neighbourhood in San Diego in 2002, pretty much the spiritual home of the West Coast IPA. And it was craft beer’s flagship style, the IPA, in which Green Flash started to specialise in, packing astonishing amounts of flavour into each bottle and can. Under the watchful eye of Green Flash’s Brewmaster Erik Jensen, the brewery has won dozens of awards and developed a loyal following worldwide. Yet, far from resting on its their laurels, staff at Green Flash continue to innovate, releasing seasonal and experimental beers, including the ‘Cellar 3’ range of barrel-aged beers that are highly sought after and those out of the ‘Genius Lab’, a pilot brewing programme. Cosmic Ristretto is one alumni.
Green Flash beers are the type that aficionados always have their fridges – go-to beers that are balanced, drinkable and very, very good. We like.