My first experiences drinking beers from Green Flash Brewing Co. were definitely memorable. Over the years on visits to places such as Charleston, SC and various parts California I enjoyed a number of theirs beers only wishing we could get them here in Minnesota.
West Coast IPA and Hop Head Red were my go to when I ran across Green Flash at a bar or restaurant but I also had the pleasure of trying their Barleywine, Double Stout and Palate Wrecker. In May of 2012 on a trip to San Luis Obispo, CA we made a pit stop at City Beer Store after flying into San Francisco. I was on a mission to find beers not available in Minnesota and to finally try some Pliny from Russian River. I was lucky enough to not only find a bit of Pliny but also Palate Wrecker on draft and it was impressive.
Fast forward nine months and we were in Palm Dessert, CA. visiting family. I was excited to seek out more Green Flash but the first Hop Head Red I found was overly malty and the West Coast IPA I bought also wasn’t all that fresh. I was in California so I expected the beer to be fresh but it’s obvious not all of the seniors in Palm Dessert are drinking the IPA fast enough. This was February 2013 and I found West Coast IPA bottled on 06/05/12 at a local convenience store. Instead of buying it I sent an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to Green Flash to let them know and followed up a month later because I didn’t hear back. I was concerned that they might not be aware of these issues! That being said I never heard anything back and I’m not sure if the e-mail went to SPAM or fresh beer wasn’t a big concern to them.
When Green Flash came to Minnesota this year I didn’t run out and buy it. The last beers I’d had from them were less than memorable. That being said I am sure glad I gave them another chance. I picked up a Hop Head Red and a West Coast tonight from Merwin Liquors. They are new to the market so of course the beer is fresh and it tastes fantastic. Both beers are as I remember them from my positive experiences prior to my last California visit. As long as the beer stays fresh I’m pretty sure I will keep buying it. My suggestion is to seek some out and try it for yourself.