Lightning Brewery | Poway, California
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Lightning Brewery
Exceptional based on 11 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

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

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


Mayor: GT2 (2) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 9


Lightning Brewery

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Beer Available At Lightning Brewery (arranged by most recent)
Lightning Black Lightning Porter - Barrel Aged 49, Lightning Double Strike IPA 74, Lightning Electrostatic Ale 92, Lightning Electrostatic Ale - Barrel Aged , Lightning American Amber Ale - Barrel Aged , Lightning Fair Weather Pale Ale 42, Lightning Thunderweizen 90, Lightning American Amber Ale 53, Lightning Elemental Pilsner 47
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11 reviews for Lightning Brewery
 Ambiance  67%
 Service  81%
 Selection  79%
 Food  10%
 Value  85%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  82%
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72
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
GT2  (585) San Diego County , California | July 25, 2014
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
Recommended. ..Maybe
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.
78
  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.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (811) 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.
68
  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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad  (432) 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.
48
  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!
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
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.
80
  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.
82
  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!
84
  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!

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