United States > California > Poway
GT2 (604) San Diego County , 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
Dťcor. . . . . . . . . ..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, itís 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 donít 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 (866) Orange County, 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. Iím sure Iíll stop by again.
BrewDad (441) 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. Itís close to home, so thatís 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.
capncali (5) | June 15, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
great small brewery one of my favorite spots to stop by in san diego. tasters are free and growlers and bombers are super reasonable. beer is great.
ocdrinker909 (5) | April 6, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
I think every beer that i tasted had its own amazing character! As i walked in this place they greet you and immidiatly get you started on drinking! he expains everything about the beer as you taste and questions are answed!
Getbetter (17) East Palo Alto, California | February 23, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
Head Brewer Jim Crute has a doctorate in biochemistry, and uses this great knowledge to make great strong beers.Most of Lighting breweryís beer selection is over 8% ABV .Yet do not be afraid fortunately skilled techniques in the marsh process and Dr. Cruteís 25+ years of brewery experience pays off in great tasting beer even though they have high Percentage.Right now Lighting Brewery feels hidden in the hills of Poway and the service is very friendly.I strongly recommend any beer lover to go to Lighting brewery and donít forget the Free pretzels!
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