So, rumors were floating around about San Diego brewery Green Flash Brewing Company coming to St. Louis earlier this week. I make every effort to not report about rumors, as it really doesn’t do much good.
But, while I was at the Urban Chestnut launch party last evening, I happen to meet Green Flash’s National Sales Director Jim Kenny who told a group of us, point blank, “We’ll be here by July or August at the latest.” I think that’s the point where we go from rumor to fact.
Now, I’m not going to hide my excitement for this one. I loved when we used to get Green Flash in Illinois, but too often it would arrive kind of old and not nearly as enjoyable as when it was fresh. But when you got some of the fresh stuff, oh man, it was something to behold.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Green Flash, they brew a series they call “West Coast Style” ales. If you’re a fan of west coast style beers, you’ll be in heaven. Some of their year-round offerings include:
West Coast IPA
This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. A menagerie of hops is combined throughout the brewing process to impart specific characteristics. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma. ABV: 7% | IBU’s:95
Hop Head Red Ale
Resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich carmel malt base. We took it a step further and Amarillo dry-hopped the brew to 45 ibu’s, creating refreshing and savory hop flavors and aromas. Is it red IPA? That’s your call. ABV: 6% | IBU’s: 45
San Diego-style IPA, as it has come to be known by many, is super-hoppy, high gravity, yet highly quaffable ale. Our Imperial IPA is created in this new tradition with intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops. It’s all about the hops! ABV: 9.4% | IBU’s: 101
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops throughout the boil adds pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex.
Some of their seasonal offerings like Le Freak and their Barleywine are extremely popular as well. These beers are not for the faint of heart. They’re big, bold, and brash San Diego beers, and I’m extremely excited about their arrival.