It’s been a turbulent year for Green Flash Brewing, but the San Diego-based craft brewery is hoping the opening of a new satellite brewpub will help turn things around.
After closing two production facilities, laying off 76 employees, pulling distribution from 42 states and being sold by its bank to a new investor group, Green Flash has finally commenced operations at the Green Flash Brewhouse & Eatery in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Last August, Green Flash acquired the 10,000 sq. ft., 10,000-barrel production facility, tasting room and restaurant that was home to the now-defunct Ploughshare Brewing Company. At the time of the acquisition, Green Flash founder Mike Hinkley told Brewbound that the brewery could open within 90 days.
Ten months later, the new location has officially opened across from the University of Nebraska campus. The brewpub will serve Green Flash and Alpine offerings as well as a full menu with “fresh and seasonal ingredients, including vegetarian options,” according to a press release.
“We’ve been graciously welcomed here in Lincoln and already feel at home,” Dave Adams, Green Flash vice president of hospitality, said via a press release. “We’re looking forward to being part of the community and providing a new place for people to enjoy delicious food and fresh beers. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far. It’s really special to see it all come together.”
According to the release, Green Flash will employ 25 people at the Nebraska pub, it’s fourth, including its San Diego brewery and two Alpine Beer Company locations.
The Nebraska facility’s opening comes about two months after Green Flash’s primary lender, Comerica Bank, unloaded the brewery to WC IPA LLC via a foreclosure sale. And nearly three weeks ago, the company named former Anheuser-Busch executive Michael Taylor as its new CEO.
According to the Brewers Association, Green Flash ranked as the 43rd largest craft brewing company in 2017. Nevertheless, sales of the brewery’s products declined 10 percent, to 72,254 barrels, last year.
A press release with additional details is included below.
Green Flash Brewhouse & Eatery Opens in Lincoln, Nebraska
Award-Winning San Diego-Based Brewery Debuts New Location Adjacent to University of Nebraska Campus
SAN DIEGO – Green Flash Brewing Company, known for its popular lineup of specialty craft beers including fan favorites like West Coast IPA and GFB Blonde Ale, has announced that the Green Flash Brewhouse & Eatery is officially open in Lincoln, Nebraska, next to the University of Nebraska campus.
As Green Flash’s first full-scale restaurant, the new location will serve fresh Green Flash and Alpine beer, as well as a full menu of dishes highlighting fresh and seasonal ingredients, including various vegetarian options. The new brewery will be used to experiment and innovate, providing Lincoln with exclusive Green Flash offerings. Green Flash Brewhouse & Eatery currently has 25 employees running the restaurant and brewery operations.
“We’ve been graciously welcomed here in Lincoln and already feel at home,” comments Dave Adams, VP of Hospitality for Green Flash. “We’re looking forward to being part of the community and providing a new place for people to enjoy delicious food and fresh beers. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far. It’s really special to see it all come together.”
Located at 16th and P Streets, the Green Flash Brewhouse & Eatery is the company’s fourth location in the U.S. Attached to the restaurant is a 10,000 square-foot production facility.
About Green Flash Brewing Company
Green Flash is an award-winning craft brewery founded in 2002 to bring fresh ideas and a sense of adventure to craft beer. Today, Brewmaster Erik Jensen leads brewing operations with unconventional ingredients and an obsession over every detail of the brewing process. Green Flash produces an eclectic lineup of specialty craft beers and distributes them throughout its core markets of California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Nebraska. Based in San Diego, Green Flash remains independently owned and operated. It runs a full-scale brewery and tasting room in San Diego and has opened a brewhouse and eatery in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2014, Green Flash acquired Alpine Beer Company, which is located and operated in the town of Alpine in Eastern San Diego County. For more information, please visit www.greenflashbrew.com.