Lightning Brewery | Poway, California
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Lightning Brewery
Exceptional based on 10 ratings
Type: Brewery

13200 Kirkham Way, Ste 105
Poway, California United States 92064 [ print map ]
858 513 8070

Hours: Fri 1:30 - 5:00 PM; Sat 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Mayor: jehoesefat (1) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 9

Lightning Brewery

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Lightning Electrostatic Ale 92
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10 reviews for Lightning Brewery
 Ambiance  70%
 Service  81%
 Selection  79%
 Food  10%
 Value  87%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  81%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan  (66) San Diego, California | July 19, 2013
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (800) Orange County, California | August 3, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ  (100) San Diego, California | May 21, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad  (426) Olympia, Washington | May 8, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 8/20
GrainBeltMan  (1) California | February 1, 2012
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
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
capncali  (5) | June 15, 2010
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
ocdrinker909  (5) | April 6, 2010
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!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 1/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 15/20
Getbetter  (17) East Palo Alto, California | February 23, 2010
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!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger  (49) Lake Arrowhead, California | February 9, 2010
First time going to Lightning this past weekend. It was really cool. The guys that work there are really laid back and will answer any questions you may have. I mentioned that I had a bad bottle of the Black Lightning porter a few months back and the head brewer replaced it for me no problem. The tastings were completely free and they had some free pretzels to cleanse the pallet. The growler glassware is very inexpensive and I just had a great time sampling all their beers.

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