United States > California > Poway
Beer Available At Lightning Brewery (arranged by most recent)
Lightning Elemental Pilsner 45, Lightning Electrostatic Ale - Chardonnay Barrel Aged , Lightning Electrostatic Ale 91, Lightning Dark Currant Ale , Lightning Blue Sky IPA , Lightning Black Lightning Porter 92, Lightning Biergarten Helles , Lightning Fig Honey Wheat Ale , Lightning Kolsch Style Ale 40, Lightning Old Tempest Ale 81, Lightning Red Arc India Pale Ale , Lightning Saison Noir , Lightning Thunderweizen 88, Lightning American Amber Ale 53, Lightning Dunkelweizen , Lightning Ionizer Lager 43, Lightning Double Strike IPA 74, Lightning Black Lightning Porter - Barrel Aged 50, Lightning Fair Weather Pale Ale 41
BeerandBlues2 (846) San Diego, California | October 4, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
This off-the-beaten-path craft brewery now has Cellar 3 as a neighbor, both being tucked neatly in the Poway Business Park. There are a few tables inside and a small patio for enjoying beers in 4-ounce tasters or pints. Two sizes of growlers are available and there is a double door fridge for bottled options. The service was friendly.
Marheb (304) San Diego, California | January 31, 2015
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 11/20
Dans un coin industriel de Poway comme c’est souvent le cas. La portique de dégustation est vraiment de base et les bières sont au mieux correctes mais en général médiocres et plutôt astringentes.. Dommage parce qu’on trouve leurs produits un peu partout, ça m’aurait donné une bonne option de Pilsner ou de Kolsch.
jandd1983 (218) Wentzville, Missouri | October 22, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Found a groupon for the place, so thought we’d give it a try. They had a good selection of their own beers, even a couple of barrel-aged versions. Parking was tough, not a lot of spots available. No chairs inside, so the thinking was they wanted you to have a couple and move along. The beer selection was good, nothing outstanding. Glad we made the trip, scored a couple of free pint glasses.
GT2 (662) Oceanside, California | July 25, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewery Warehouse Tasting "Room"
Level. . . . . . . . . . .Medium
Location. . . . . . . .Poor, Middle of Poway
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Token System
Tap Selection. . . .8+ House Beers
Bottle Selection. .Full House Lineup
Samplers. . . . . . ...Yes
Full Pours. . . . . . .No
Beer Level. . . . . ...Decent to Poor
Food. . . . . . . . . . .None
Food Level. . . . ...N/A
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Friendly
Growlers. . . . . . ...Probably
Noise Level. . . . ..Medium
Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Actual Brewhouse Space
Good for Kids. . ..No
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
WiFi. . . . . . . . . . ..Unknown
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Comments: There is no tasting room to sit or chat, it’s just a cattle call into the middle of the actual brewhouse where you stand around with plastic taster cups that you pay with via prepaid tokens. Some BA specialty stuff takes more than one token. Beers were anywhere from okay to poor. Lots of specialty one-offs seems to make this place a fun stop every once in awhile if you are a big ticker. But their normal stuff is bottled, so you don’t need to come all the way out here. Funny thing is their motto is "Better Beer Through Science" or something like that, but a lot of the beer was lacking brewing science.
Lagunitasfan (66) San Diego, California | July 19, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Back to the old-style of tasting in San Diego. Come into our brewery, stand among the hardware, and taste our beer. Lots of interesting brews. They leave the comfort zone of San Diego beer in a really good way.
brokensail (1171) San Leandro, California | August 3, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Tucked away in a business park. Small place but quite a few beers on tap. Most of them are available in bottles, too. Beers ranged from bad to interesting to halfway decent. The brewer and staff were friendly and helpful. A cool place.
JohnnyJ (100) San Diego, California | May 21, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Really small place. You can only get tasters of the beers. The people were really nice and friendly. The beers themselves are marginal in my opinion for the SD area. They are reasonably priced. I’m sure I’ll stop by again.
BrewDad (452) Olympia, Washington | May 8, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
This is a production only site and they do a great beer. Sure glad I got to stop here and try the brews. They are very passionate and super nice. If you get a chance stop on by.
GrainBeltMan (1) California | February 1, 2012
48 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
I like their beers--Ionizer Lager in particular--but have mixed feelings about their people. Some of them are nice, but one gal who works there is a nasty, snippy bitch. It’s close to home, so that’s a plus--but the folks at Green Flash down the road are a lot nicer!
dragonlady1010 (25) Illinois | June 23, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Was there on a pre-conference brewery tour. Amazing how they could fit so much in such a small space! Different philosophy from many California brewers. While most beers are made slightly higher gravity than to style, none of them were hop bombs. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly and all of the beers we tried were great...although the Berliner Weiss was maybe not quiet ready to serve.
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