Stone Brewing was founded by two friends who worked in the music business in the 90s. They wanted to combat what they called the "fizzy yellow beer" epidemic in the United States. They wanted to be part of the craft beer revolution that was starting to gain momentum in the United States.
Stone released the Stone Pale Ale, its first beer in 1996. In 1997 they released the Stone IPA, which has become famous around the world. Just a couple of months later, they offered the Arrogant Bastard Ale to the public. Stone was on a roll.
Now, over 20 years later, Stone is one of the biggest craft breweries in the United States, with over a thousand employees. They've branched out and have breweries as far as Berlin!
Stone has a couple of locations in San Diego where you can taste their beer and have a meal. If you want to stay close to downtown, you can head over to the Liberty Station location, which is next to the airport. Here you can make reservations for lunch and dinner, with hours of operation beginning at 11:30am and ending at either 9 or 10pm, depending on the night.
However, if you want to see the original Stone brewery, you are going to want to make your way to Escondido. It's a bit of a trek, but it's worth it. Stone is also pretty close to Port Brewing, so you can easily see both breweries on the same day.
Brewery tours as from 12–6 pm every day. Monday–Friday, the tours are every two hours. On the weekend, tours start every hour. Tours are first-come, first-serve, so make sure not to be late. Stone is very popular!
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