Passion for beer runs deep at Stone Brewing. It’s immediately evident as Greg Koch and Steve Wagner sit down with their glasses and survey the pour. It’s not quite right. There are some tiny bubbles clinging to the side. Greg gets up and returns to the tap with a new glass. This one is better. Dark, thick headed, picturesque. Deliciously photogenic. Now we’re ready for our close up…
Steve and Greg founded Stone Brewing in 1996 and have been making highly respected craft beer since. With the opening of the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in 2006 they upped the ante and created a craft-beer Shangri-La. BeerAdvocate Magazine named them the “All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” proving that Steve the Brewmaster and Greg the Bizmaster have got a good thing going. There is even talk of a possible European-based brewery and the opening of a new spot in the South Park area of San Diego.
After we shot a few frames, shared a beer and had a bite (I highly recommend Meatless Monday in the Bistro) I browsed the shop for some new releases. The Lukcy Basartd Ale [sic] and Cali-Belgique IPA are my top picks at the moment with Ruination IPA and Vertical Epic Ale rounding it out.
If you want some first-hand knowledge, Stone offers daily tours and tastings. Get in there!
Stone Brewing Co.
1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029