Poway’s first craft brewery opened its doors in 2006 and quickly became known, throughout San Diego, for legendary German style lagers and ales.
Today, enthusiasts enjoy an eclectic mix of beer styles brewed with scientific precision and artistic care. Stellar legacy beers, along with new limited release artisanal small-batch beers are available only in the Lightning Tasting Room and Biergarten in Poway, California. Grab a growler or bottle and share the Lightning with friends and family. Prost!
Head Brewer and President, Jim Crute began brewing in graduate school in the early 80's and kept his hobby alive through a Ph.D. and over 20 years in the biotech and pharma industry. Through all the years of homebrewing his friends always enjoyed his beers and by 2006 Jim began selling his first beers in the local market. Now Lightning is in its 12th year and is recognized as a leader in lager and German beer styles with over 40 nationally recognized gold, silver, and bronze medals earned in competition.