Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #96, October 27, 2016, Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA by Stone Brewing Co.

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!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #96 by Scott Clendaniel. October 27, 2016. Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA by Stone Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #96 by Scott Clendaniel. October 27, 2016. Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA by Stone Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.


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