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 Jan. 4, 2020

On Tap

Thunderweizen Ale — Lightning Brewery

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  • ABV: 5.6%

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

Biergarten Helles — Lightning Brewery

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  • ABV: 4.3%

Light Refreshing Lager

Elemental Pilsner — Lightning Brewery

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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.

Dunkel Oktoberfest Ale — Lightning Brewery

  • ABV: 6.1%

A dark (Dunkel) Ale made in the German tradition. Relatively light, highly flavorful, refreshing, malty and wheat-forward. Debuted during Oktoberfest 2019. Back by popular demand.

Vintners' Reserve Ale 2019 — Lightning Brewery

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  • ABV: 7.2%

Pale ale co-fermented with fresh-pressed grape juice to give this very special ale characteristics of wine and beer. Clean finish.

Kirsch Kolsch Ale (Barrel Fermented & Aged) — Lightning Brewery

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  • ABV: 12.0%

Kolsch-style Ale fermented & aged with fresh cherries in a chardonnay oak barrel. This second batch (of three) was in the barrel for 5 months, 4 of them after adding cherries. Dry, moderately tart with chardonnay and cherry flavors. Notably different from the first batch.

Ionizer Lager (Available Late January) — Lightning Brewery

  • 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.

Electrostatic Ale (Returns Late January) — Lightning Brewery

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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!

Experimental IPA #5 — Lightning Brewery

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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.

Red Arc IPA — Lightning Brewery

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  • ABV: 8.0%

Jim's phenomenal Amber IPA. Boldly malty, hoppy, and bitter. Outstanding balance and complexity.

Red Fire Ale — Lightning Brewery

  • ABV: 7.8%

Full bodied red. Slight to moderate smokey finish that pairs well with the robust amber foundation. We can mix with Experimental IPA #5 to make a Hoppy Red Fire version.

Smoky Sky Ale — Lightning Brewery

  • ABV: 6.3%

Intended to be Lightning's entry into the New England Hazy IPA class, we got a surprise outcome because the dang mixer stopped mixing during mashing. This created a smoky beer with underlying non-bitter hoppiness typical of a Hazy IPA. Truly one of a kind. Not for the faint of heart.

Old Tempestuous Ale — Lightning Brewery

  • Best of Show at 2012 CA State Fair - Yeah, it was the best beer in CA in 2012!!
  • ABV: 8.5%

UK Style Strong Ale ... Best of Show at 2012 CA State Fair (that's a huuuuge deal!). Malty. Caramel. Smooth.

Black Lightning Porter (CO2 & Nitro) — Lightning Brewery

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  • ABV: 7.5%

Hoppy Black Ale. Nine varieties of malted barley expertly blended to create spectacular flavor.

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

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  • ABV: 8.5%

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

The Graviton — Lightning Brewery

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  • ABV: 7.35%

Lightning's black & tan. Jim's Motor Oil Stout Nitro layered onto Elemental Pilsner (can also use Vintners Reserve Ale). Looks & Tastes Great. Only available as a full pour. Sorry, not available for Happy Hour Pricing. Please allow extra time for us to prepare it.

Craft Soda — Lightning Brewery

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

Nate's Great Bacon Jerky — Nate

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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