|Up up and away... running out of room for more tanks at Stone,
America's 11th largest craft brewery in 2011
Last time we had planned ahead and were able to meet up with Mitch Steele, the head of brewing operations at Stone. He is genuinely regarded as one of the friendliest, most welcoming people in an industry filled with good-natured people, and he definitely lived up to that reputation. Last visit included a tour around the brewery and trading of beer goodies in the lab cooler, followed by a few pints in Stone's World Bistro and Gardens. This time Mitch was out of town (but kindly returned my call with his condolences) and I was out of beer to trade anyway so we ended up taking the regular tour followed by the obligatory pints at the pub.
|In addition to their own large selection Stone features many other
beer selections from various breweries
Keep and eye out for their Point Loma brewhouse opening soon, which will feature a 10 barrel brewhouse. I would not be surprised to see a lot more innovations coming out of Stone once its up and going.
|Tucked into a strip mall, my last San Diego County stop
|Nicole guided us through the beers available at San Diego Brewing Co.
Driving north was sad and exciting. Goodbyes to a great brew scene, friends and sunny beaches to see some family, more breweries, the sunny mountains and more friends... ok that does not sound that bad, here we go!