Stone Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev -4.1%
San Diego weather shows itself, at last; a beyewtiful, sunny day. Heading north for a few days, thinking a stop along the way at Stone for a beer or three is well in order this Sunday afternoon. It’s been 9 years since Greg showed his wares at that first Blind Tiger 121212 event. I’m a bit overdue in checking back in. Thinking I’m worthy, is all...
Parked and wandered through the jungle to the entrance, dodged the hostess and worked our way in. Crazy, open, large, cavernous room 2 stories high, with spread panels covering vaulted ceilings disguising much ductwork and rafters. A wall of vertical windows runs the length of the space looking over the brewroom of massive to the front side. To the rear, a wall of angled garage door windows over the garden party. The near wall of concrete, set by wood planks and removed but still showing its grain imprints left behind, with a gigantic gargoyle carved into it smoothly. And the far wall of stone face over crazy bathrooms below, and a stairwell to additional seating there; cutaways along the way up with bottles displayed. Wandered up to the ‘lil balcony up there and looked out over the room, it’s got a great feel. Classical music, a light breeze, it’s really serene and pleasant today.
They’ve got a cool flowing loose change water way with a sprawling tree and large stone in the center of the room, and sectioned seating areas around it and about; 12 booths & tables in a step up area to the near wall, 14 more below along the outside wall, and another dozen tables and bar counter pieces along the brewroom walls. And towards the far end, a rectangularish shaped bar; one side curved like a swinging door open. Wood top, slate base & foot rail, and seating for 2 dozen on brown leather chairs. A 2 sided tower row sits inside with 18 nondescript handles; but they’re shown mounted on a steel framing piece above along with some bottled selections.
6 tables looking over the room from the balcony perch above. Through from there to a back room holding 4 pair of longish tables in rows, a perfect party room space complete with etched gargoyle lampings cut out above. And out to the porch, 6 tables overlooking the garden scene. And downstairs into the mix of it; seating for a dozen on a slab topped bar on the far end, and 6 tables around a fire pit.
Now out in the garden proper, heavily treed, with heat lamps abound. Stone, slab & brick floorings; chunks of stone bordering and rock walls. Nearly 3 dozen tables all around, lots of roundies and large granite slabbings, some in corners or nooks, awnings and secret places. Unfortunately, we can’t get a readily available table like, right there (pointing), due to reservations (can’t we name drop some Stone reps from across the northeast to help this along?), so we opted for the koi pond/fire pit seating 10 on curved slat. Eventually though, we moved to the VIP section (as we have named it); a little corner with (like) a 4’ X 8’ slab table granite piece of rock a foot wide with cushioned benchings and chairs around it, housed beneath a trellis of viney flowery protection from the evil fire ball in the sky.
Wandered the trail wrapping around the lower 100 acre wood along the water, murky and, no, wait, oh, it’s barleywine. No other brewery in the world blends its barleywine by waterfall (But it’s the only way if you want it just right). Nook & secret places, tables & benchings, and random reclining chairs out there. Seems they’re building a wood deck corner piece for band play, perhaps.
Signs riddled about reading, “Our beer cooler is currently undergoing expansion. Please excuse us for having just 16 amazing craft beers on tap until mid-April”, or something like that. Oh, poor us. 10 house beers (Stone Pale Ale, Smoked Porter, IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Ruination, Levitation Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Cali Belgique IPA, Sublimely Self Righteous, Old Guardian Barleywine), and 6 guest taps (Beachwood The Dominator IPA, Craftsman El Prieto Sour Black Ale, LadyFace IPA, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine, Great Divide 18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA, Paulaner Octoberfest-Marzen). I drank the Stone Pale Ale & Levitation (trying to stay on the low end of ABV play, today), and repeated where necessary. There’s also a bottle list with upwards of 120 offerings, roughly 50 of them US craft beer and 40 Belgians (Orval costs a cool $7), with the remainder being a mix of beers of the world. And some 6 dozen wines, too, including dessert wines & sake.
I refrained from foodings this afternoon due to having experienced a breakfast ridiculous, but duck tacos do sound delicious. Don’t know about $22 delicious, but maybe if they did a $12 just kind of tasty version.
Nothing rare or unusual, but a solid tap list just the same, and a kickin’ bottle selections, too. Seriously, one of the single most chill places I’ve ever spent an afternoon. Yep, I’d do that again.
08-13-2012 21:52:19 | More by slander
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