San Diego is notoriously known for being one of the biggest craft brew cities in the world, there is no doubt about that. Stone and Lost Abbey guard the valleys of north county while breweries like Ballast Point and Karl Strauss dwell in the city proper. But between north county and San Diego, in the city of Poway, rests a small brewery with some of the most uniquely individual flavors I have ever come across.
Lighting Brewery is like that movie you heard of but never saw for years after its hype. Once you watch it, you can’t help but watch it again and again. Jim Crute and Lightning team have been brewing its finest batches of Thunderweisen and Electrostatic ales for years now. But their tasting room consisted of standing directly in the center of the warm brewery where your sense of smell gets a smack in the face by hops.
Now that their tasting room offers a friendly and engaging environment for all beer drinkers alike, I can only hope that Lightning grows to become one of the best breweries around. Jim and the team certainly deserve it.