Lightning Brewery

Balancing the Art and Science of Beer -- 13200 Kirkham Way, Suite 106, Poway, CA -- PH: 858-513-8071 -- Sun: 1-6 PM, Mon/Tue: Closed, Wed/Thu: 4-8 PM, Fri/Sat: 1-8 PM -- See our main website at

Poway, California, US • Updated Aug. 17, 2019

On Tap

Thunderweizen Ale

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  • ABV: 5.6%

Full Flavored Traditional Bavarian Style Wheat Beer. Lightning's Signature Beer.

Biergarten Helles

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  • ABV: 4.3%

Light Refreshing Lager

Elemental Pilsner

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  • ABV: 6.2%

Pale, Clean & Smooth with hints of noble hop character. A classic German Lager Bier brewed to Reinheitsgebot standards: German Pilsnermalt, German hop varieties, & Bohemian lager yeast.

Ionizer Lager {**Last Keg**}

  • ABV: 8.2%

A super smooth American lager made in the pre-prohibition style (relatively high ABV before restrictions were put in place). It's made with corn, which immigrant German brewers incorporated into their recipes because of its availability and favorable effects on taste.

Sauerstrom Ale

  • ABV: 3.8%

After a three year hiatus, Lightning's Berliner Weisse returns. It's an ultra-light, slightly tart wheat ale. Refreshing on hot summer days. For a fruity version, ask us to add Jim's Homemade Cherry Reduction. Also, there's a cool history for this beer - ask us for the story.

Cherry Kolsch (Debuts Late August)

Kolsch barrel fermented and aged with fresh cherries for a fruity, lightly tart beer.

Dubbel Negative Ale

  • ABV: 6.4%

Another Lightning first making its debut this summer - Lightning's Dubbel Ale - an iconic Belgian malty golden ale featuring an "ester-y" (slightly tangy) finish characteristic of the style. Barely bitter, hardly hoppy.

Electrostatic Ale

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  • ABV: 10.6%

Imperial French Farmhouse Ale. Earthy, Spicy, & Slightly Sweet. Some folks taste a bit of citrus. Note that "spicy" isn't jalapeno heat but rather a flavor characteristic along the lines of cloves. Complex, out of the ordinary, and most definitely worth a try!

British IPA

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  • ABV: 4.5%

Old School IPA - Bitter & Hoppy without Floral Aroma or Finish of West Coast IPAs. Instead, a clean bitter finish.

Experimental IPA #5

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  • ABV: 7.0%

Rye & Wheat IPA. More rye than wheat. Dry hopped giving it a strong hoppy finish that is also surprisingly smooth.

Hazy Sky IPA

  • ABV: 6.3%

Lightning's latest creation, a New England ("Hazy") IPA. Hop-forward, not bitter. This may be our highest hopped beer, but only the resinous character (not the bitterness) of the hops has been extracted. This batch has a bit of smokiness (the dang mixer stopped mixing for a little bit).

Red Arc IPA

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  • ABV: 8.0%

Jim's phenomenal Amber IPA. Boldly malty, hoppy, and bitter. Outstanding balance and complexity. The finish of the current batch is a blend of hoppiness and nuttiness, adding depth of character.

Jim's Motor Oil Stout - 50W (CO2 & Nitro)

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  • ABV: 8.5%

Malty, Full-Bodied, Smooth with Coffee & Chocolate Tones.

Craft Soda

Enjoy Jim's homemade Root Beer and Cream Soda. No alcohol. Caffeine-free. Delicious!

Nate's Great Bacon Jerky

If you like Bacon or Jerky, you're gonna love Nate's Bacon Jerky! Locally developed and produced. Savory, moist, and irresistibly delicious. Two flavors: Teriyaki Lime and Sweet Habanero. For clarity, not beer.

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