Green Flash Brewing Co. founders Mike and Lisa Hinkley. Courtesy Green Flash Brewing

Green Flash Brewing Co., which began brewing some of Alpine Beer Co.‘s beers last year, announced that it is buying the East County-based brewery for an undisclosed sum.

The deal will allow Alpine’s craft beers to be distributed outside of California. Each company will remain independently operated and maintain its distinct brand and culture.

“This partnership is win-win-win. Green Flash wins because we are teaming up with a truly iconic brewery. Alpine wins because they get to see their beers enjoyed by so many more of their adoring fans. But most of all, beer geeks everywhere win,” said Mike Hinkley, co-founder of Green Flash.

Green Flash, founded in 2002, is one of the largest craft breweries in the San Diego area. The smaller Alpine was founded in 1999.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.