I recently passed the 350 brewery mark, and I thought it time to reflect on some of the superlatives on this journey so far. A group of friends and I were recently discussing the most beautiful brewery spaces we had ever been to- and here’s a first photo essay in a 6 part series of posts on my favorites.
Stone Brewing- Escondido, California
Stone’s multi-million dollar facility is an impressive place. With San Diego having some of the nation’s nicest weather, the larger roll-up doors convert the large inside bar area to a pleasant open-air area quite easily.
The large grounds feature a number of comfortable places to sit, as well as games and open spaces for hosting events.
Most impressive to me were the secluded areas and patios, all with firepits.
The draft list covers a wide-range of Stone beers, their standard plus one-offs, but also contains a large number of guest taps, many of which from some of the best breweries around the country.
There is a well-stocked gift shop known as the Stone Company Store as well as the largest growler & crowler filling station I’ve ever seen.
The larger brewery and barrel house is separated from the restaurant and brewpub area by large glass windows, and tour are given frequently throughout the day.
This brewery space deserves hours on a visit. The food is also quite good, and also quite expensive, but after seeing this space, that’s understandable.
Escondido is about a 45 minute drive north of downtown San Diego, and a visit here can be combined with the breweries of the San Marcos/Vista area, including Port/The Lost Abbey, Rip Current, Toolbox, & Belching Beaver.