The last time I was at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido, CA was right after we had just completed a 2,000-mile tandem bicycle odyssey down the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, CA to the Mexican border. My mother-in-law picked us up at the border, and the next day we went to the San Diego Zoo, and then stopped for a pint at the Bistro. I thought it would be a great place for the 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall art installation, but unfortunately, due to logistics, that wasn’t possible. All 99 paintings were in Alaska. I lucked out and had the show at the new Midnight Sun Brewing Loft two years later. Little to say, I was eager to make a live beer painting at the Bistro now that I was back in the San Diego area seven years later.
I “prepped” for the painting session by visiting Modern Times, and had a few coffee beers to get the blood flowing. As we arrived on Citracado Avenue, I couldn’t believe how big the buildings are at the Stone complex. The beer was as tasty as I remembered. I got to sample the Xocoveza mocha stout, Ruination IPA, Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA, a Stone Pilot Series IPA, and Who You Callin’ Wussie pilsner. Every beer I had was tremendous! The beer I chose to paint was Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA (Black Friday). I’ve enjoyed all the beers from this series. I was impressed with the guest beer list as well, including Pliny the Elder from Russian River Brewing and Son of Berserker from Midnight Brewing Company, among many others. Overall, a fabulous place to get beer.
We had to drive for about 35 minutes to arrive at this craft beer destination, which is a problem for the return trip, unless you have a designated driver. Luckily my wife didn’t indulge too much, and was able to drive us back. Good thing Stone Brewing has a hotel in the works. After I finished painting, I had a hankering for a hamburger. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an option on the menu, so we ordered the Mac & Cheese side, which was delicious. Everything else on the menu was a bit fancy for a beer place, and cost more than I was willing to pay. The food plates we saw coming out of the kitchen looked delicious, especially the ribs. As we returned to San Diego looking for a place for dinner, we decided to try Pokirrito, since we don’t have one in Anchorage.
I strongly recommend visiting the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. It is an impressive place to take your beer-loving date. Go ahead and order any of the food options, as I am sure they are delish, but don’t forget to either have a designated driver, or just drink one of the session beers like Go To IPA (4.8%). If you need to sober up a bit, you can stroll through the gardens.
Cheers to Stone Brewing for always pushing the boundaries!