Name: Green Flash Brewing Company

Location: San Diego, CA

Type: Production brewery

Available in DC Market: Yes

What you need to know: Founded in 2002, Green Flash has quickly become an integral part of the San Diego beer scene, and a must-try for hopheads. A new brewing facility, which opened in 2011, allowed them to increase production from 14,000 barrels in 2010 to 35,000, second in output to Stone in San Diego County. They also do things like this


Cool! The DNA of beer @green flash brewing company  on Twitpic
May 2, 2012 via Weyerbacher’s Twitter account (they took a road trip).

Yes, that’s them, sequencing yeast DNA. Science!

Beer #1: Rayon Vert (Belgian-style Pale Ale/ 7% ABV)

Notes: While Green Flash is available in our area, finding a bottle of this is difficult. Rayon Vert, which is French for “green flash,” undergoes a secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces, so expect a bit of funk and a pleasing dryness; a west coast take on Orval, perhaps.

Beer Advocate: 89 (216 ratings)
Rate Beer: 97 overal, 99 style (284 ratings)

Beer #2: West Coast IPA (American IPA / 7.3%)

Notes: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade. 95 IBUs. This is the reason some IPAs are called “west coast;” characterized by overwhelming hop presence and a lack of caramel malts. This beer is seriously unbalanced, but that’s not the point. The point is to stuff your face with as many IBUs as possible. It is paired with a spinach, manchego, and artichoke empanada, which it will destroy. Bold, fresh flavors, you guys.

Beer Advocate: 93 (1377 ratings)
Rate Beer: 99 overall, 100 style (1440 ratings)

Summary: It’s probably for the best that Green Flash didn’t bring its imperial IPA, called Palate Wrecker, because there will be food at SAVOR. It is also worth pointing out that Green Flash has a third beer, a collaboration with Stone and Pizza Port that Stone will be pouring at the event. You can read about that beer here. Come through their table, have a bit of funk, and then knock yourself out with the IPA.

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