Introducing Green Flash Brewing

Chuck Silva, Brewmaster at Green Flash Brewing.

Green Flash Brewing of Vista, CA recently began distributing beer in Washington. I just got off the phone with Chuck Silva, Brewmaster at Green Flash Brewing. He shared some information that I’d like to pass along.

To begin with, Chuck Silva collaborated with Dick Cantwell to create the Elysian/Green Flash collabeeration which I mentioned in the previous post. Chuck will be in Seattle next week and they are arranging some events. I don’t have details, but Chuck mentioned Brouwer’s, Elysian Fields, and Hopvine. I will post the complete information as soon as they come in.

Green Flash Brewing was founded by Mike and Lisa Hinkley seven years ago. Since then, they have grown from a small San Diego area brewery to one of national prominence. They make a wide variety of beers: West Coast IPA, Imperial IPA, Hop Head Red (a “red” IPA?), Double Stout, Summer Saison, Grand Cru, Trippel Belgian Style Ale, and more. Green Flash has won its share of medals. Too many to list here.

Green Flash produced about 11,000 barrels in 2009. They distributed to 18 states last year. Sixty-five percent (65%) of their beer is bottled. The West Coast IPA and the Hop Head Red are available in six packs (12 oz. bottles). The rest of their beers are available in 22 oz bottles.

Initially, the only draft beers you should expect to see around Washington are the West Coast IPA, the Imperial IPA, and the Hop Head Red. (A few other “special” kegs were shipped up here for the kick off events.) The bottle shops are your best bet to find Green Flash bottles. Columbia Distributing is handling the distribution.

The name Green Flash refers to the phenomena seen at sunrise and sunset, when part of the sun suddenly changes color.

Green Flash Brewing is located in Vista, CA, which is just north of San Diego. Actually it’s due east of Oceanside, if you’re familiar with that part of the world.

There you go. Now you know more about Green Flash than the other chumps sitting at the bar.

I recently sampled a pint of the Green Flash West Coast IPA. I liked it. West Coast IPA is true to its name for sure. It is copper colored and has a spicy, floral nose. There is a noticeable citrus zest. I would describe it as being more towards the aromatic side of the IPA spectrum. Bitter, yes, but not overwhelmingly so. If Stone (another San Diego area brewery) is known for producing a super bitter IPA, then Green Flash might be known for making a super floral, aromatic IPA.

phenomena seen at sunrise and sunset, when part of the sun suddenly changes color.


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  1. For the record. The other day I published a story about drinking local. One thing I learned, not everyone who reads this blog is steadfastly committed to the idea of drinking WA beer exclusively.

    Because I want to provide information about the Washington beer scene, and not just the Washington beer making business, I think it is appropriate to introduce new breweries as they find their way into the Washington beer market.

  2. Classic, you know more than he does about what he’s doing in Seattle. Thanks Ian, I’ll add the Brouwer’s event to our events calendar.

  3. This is fantastic news! I currently live in Washington DC, where Green Flash is available, and am moving back to Seattle soon, where I’m very glad that Green Flash will also be available. They are making some delicious stuff, and very cool to hear about their collabeeration with Elysian too.

  4. >> The name Green Flash refers to the phenomena seen at sunrise and sunset, when part of the sun suddenly changes color.

    Ha, or is that just your retinas burning up as you start to go blind from looking at the sun? 😉 I was curious, so I looked it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_flash
    Apparently the green flash is usually a touch above the sun, so no need to look straight into the sun.

  5. Just read this on the Green Flash Facebook page:
    “Green Flash has made its long-awaited debut into Seattle! Check out these events, beginning on Tues, Jan. 19th. Try our award-winning beers, and meet GF Brewmaster, Chuck Silva. Schedule: Tue 6pm Brouwer’s; Wed 6pm Elysian Fields;Thu 5p Bottleworks; Thu 7p Naked City; Fri 2p Malt & Vine- Redmond; Fri 7p Hopvine Pub.”

Introducing Green Flash Brewing

Chuck Silva, Brewmaster at Green Flash Brewing.

Green Flash Brewing of Vista, CA recently began distributing beer in Washington. I just got off the phone with Chuck Silva, Brewmaster at Green Flash Brewing. He shared some information that I’d like to pass along.

To begin with, Chuck Silva collaborated with Dick Cantwell to create the Elysian/Green Flash collabeeration which I mentioned in the previous post. Chuck will be in Seattle next week and they are arranging some events. I don’t have details, but Chuck mentioned Brouwer’s, Elysian Fields, and Hopvine. I will post the complete information as soon as they come in.

Green Flash Brewing was founded by Mike and Lisa Hinkley seven years ago. Since then, they have grown from a small San Diego area brewery to one of national prominence. They make a wide variety of beers: West Coast IPA, Imperial IPA, Hop Head Red (a “red” IPA?), Double Stout, Summer Saison, Grand Cru, Trippel Belgian Style Ale, and more. Green Flash has won its share of medals. Too many to list here.

Green Flash produced about 11,000 barrels in 2009. They distributed to 18 states last year. Sixty-five percent (65%) of their beer is bottled. The West Coast IPA and the Hop Head Red are available in six packs (12 oz. bottles). The rest of their beers are available in 22 oz bottles.

Initially, the only draft beers you should expect to see around Washington are the West Coast IPA, the Imperial IPA, and the Hop Head Red. (A few other “special” kegs were shipped up here for the kick off events.) The bottle shops are your best bet to find Green Flash bottles. Columbia Distributing is handling the distribution.

The name Green Flash refers to the phenomena seen at sunrise and sunset, when part of the sun suddenly changes color.

Green Flash Brewing is located in Vista, CA, which is just north of San Diego. Actually it’s due east of Oceanside, if you’re familiar with that part of the world.

There you go. Now you know more about Green Flash than the other chumps sitting at the bar.

I recently sampled a pint of the Green Flash West Coast IPA. I liked it. West Coast IPA is true to its name for sure. It is copper colored and has a spicy, floral nose. There is a noticeable citrus zest. I would describe it as being more towards the aromatic side of the IPA spectrum. Bitter, yes, but not overwhelmingly so. If Stone (another San Diego area brewery) is known for producing a super bitter IPA, then Green Flash might be known for making a super floral, aromatic IPA.

phenomena seen at sunrise and sunset, when part of the sun suddenly changes color.


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6 comments

  1. For the record. The other day I published a story about drinking local. One thing I learned, not everyone who reads this blog is steadfastly committed to the idea of drinking WA beer exclusively.

    Because I want to provide information about the Washington beer scene, and not just the Washington beer making business, I think it is appropriate to introduce new breweries as they find their way into the Washington beer market.

  2. Classic, you know more than he does about what he’s doing in Seattle. Thanks Ian, I’ll add the Brouwer’s event to our events calendar.

  3. This is fantastic news! I currently live in Washington DC, where Green Flash is available, and am moving back to Seattle soon, where I’m very glad that Green Flash will also be available. They are making some delicious stuff, and very cool to hear about their collabeeration with Elysian too.

  4. >> The name Green Flash refers to the phenomena seen at sunrise and sunset, when part of the sun suddenly changes color.

    Ha, or is that just your retinas burning up as you start to go blind from looking at the sun? 😉 I was curious, so I looked it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_flash
    Apparently the green flash is usually a touch above the sun, so no need to look straight into the sun.

  5. Just read this on the Green Flash Facebook page:
    “Green Flash has made its long-awaited debut into Seattle! Check out these events, beginning on Tues, Jan. 19th. Try our award-winning beers, and meet GF Brewmaster, Chuck Silva. Schedule: Tue 6pm Brouwer’s; Wed 6pm Elysian Fields;Thu 5p Bottleworks; Thu 7p Naked City; Fri 2p Malt & Vine- Redmond; Fri 7p Hopvine Pub.”

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