The photos in this gallery were taken over the course of two days. On Tuesday we headed over to the Stone Company Store in Pasadena to check out the Enjoy By 08.16.14 and w00tstout 2.0 on tap before deciding how many bottles to buy. Unfortunately, the Enjoy By seems to fluctuate a lot lately but this batch is great. The w00tstout 2.0 was also worth bringing home. They had a couple Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Stations; The Sacred Druid Hot and Lil’ Miami Tart available that were quite fun. Between those and the stash we brought home it was well worth the drive. It has been a while since I have been to the Stone Company Store due in large part to the fact that my daughter moved out of Pasadena. It is always a good place to look for the new releases; especially if you want them on tap.
If you have never been, it is at the Metro Station on Raymond. They have a full tap room for pours and filling growlers; they sell kegs, bottles, t-shirts, mustard and anything else Stone Brewing makes. Their tap list has everything you might find at the brewery itself and it is about 70 miles closer than Escondido. It is a clean setup and if you want a wide variety of Stone brews on tap, this is where you want to be. Their 4 oz pours are less than $2.00. Stone Company Store is located at 220 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, CA. They are open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM.
The next day I was planning on going back to my son’s to check out his Glacier Summer Ale. That morning he said they wanted to take me to lunch for my birthday so it was decided that we would meet at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido. While there was a time that Stone Brewing Company was the only real game in town for me, things have changed and it had been probably three years since the last time I was there. I looked forward to experiencing it again.
I guess the best thing about it is that it was a Wednesday afternoon so there were no waiting lines. They have a pretty extensive menu that is pretty good. The boar ribs were killer and the brisket had potential although our cut happened to be pretty fatty. Other than that the food was great and the beer was definitely on. I found it interesting that certain beers that were available in Pasadena, like The Sacred Druid and Suede were not available at the brewery itself. They probably sell out quicker in Escondido.
If you have never been, it is a pretty cool spot that is family friendly; especially on days as nice as Wednesday was. They have indoor and outdoor dining, waterfalls and turtles; everything you might desire. Like I said, there were no lines on a Wednesday afternoon but the last few times I went on the weekend it got pretty packed so be prepared for a wait; but that is a good time to walk around the grounds with a beer. It is a win-win as long as you make time for it.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is located at 1999 Citracado Parkway in Escondido, CA. They are open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until 11:00 PM. Cheers!
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