Hitting the Ground Drinking: Stone’s 2015 Event Calendar

It’s obvious how excited we are for 2015, given we’ve planned out most of our events. Actually, it’s those events that have led to the lion’s share of our anticipatory spirit. Take a look at the list of happenings below and you’ll get it. We’ve breaking down those events with all of the beer, food, knowledge and amusing shenanigans we could pack into a year. Of course it’s a work in progress. After all, we live in San Diego where beer reigns supreme and events seem to pop out of the ground on an hourly basis. We’ll surely have no shortage of pleasant pop-up events, but these are some of the best that you can bank on and calendar for. Prepare yourself for a jam-packed 2015, and we’ll do the same.

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Festivals: Our grand-scale beer festivals are always major annual highlights. It gives us another outlet to be as big and bold as the beers we make and share our favorite brews from around the world. From barrel-aged bash Oakquinox, to the most mouth-puckering festival of them all, Sour Fest, and the darkest night of the year, Pour It Black, these fests are showcase varied but universally well stocked with the best beers we can get our hands on. We’re also adding a new festival, the first ever at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. It will be dedicated to the beers of Belgium (you know, in case a trip there is a tad over your budget). Liberty Station will also host Hop-Con: The w00tstout Festival for the third straight year this July, much to the sure elation of geeks spanning all forms of fandom (beer and otherwise). Naturally we’re excited for our Stone 19th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival. Organizing this massive event started as soon as we wrapped up last year’s anniversary soiree, and this year, believe it or not (we hardly can) you can expect an even more impressive bash!

NOTE: Unless stated, all events take place at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido

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Beer & Food: Few things pair so wonderfully as food and beer. Which explains our obsession with pairing dinners. With each of ours, we strive to create new combinations that will surprise your palate and push the boundaries of cuisine. (Beer’s really good for that!). With combined knowledge from local gastro masters, these dinners (or breakfasts or lunches or excuses to enjoy fine cigars) satisfy even the most skeptical of critics (and really cool people who just love good beer and food, too). Chocolate, farm-fresh food, fermenter-fresh beer, cigars, bacon and more await you in the coming months.

  • March 17: Beer Pairing Dinner
  • April 7: Beer & Cigar Dinner
  • May 13: Beer Pairing Dinner
  • July 21: Beer Pairing Dinner
  • September 15: Beer & Cigar Dinner
  • December 15: Beer Pairing Dinner

San Diego Beer Week Events (November):

  • Cask Attack
  • Rare Beer Breakfast
  • Ultimate Beer & Chocolate
  • Brewmaster’s Lunch
  • Beer Pairing Dinner

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Other Events: Yes, even after that long list of beer-infused happenings, there are still more to talk about. In addition to Beer Us designed to help fans dive deeper into the nuances of craft beer, we have Meet the Brewer events, weekly casks tapping and holiday specials. Join us for Mother’s Day (brunch) or Father’s Day (one word—barbecue), hunt for some eggs in April, ring in the New Year with us or keep an eye out for your favorite brewery joining us in the Gardens. There are plenty of reasons to drink good beer all year, and we’re going to exploit that. This list seems to grow every time we look at it, so be sure to keep an eye on the events pages for Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondidoand Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. Oh, and don’t forget the events at Stone Farms…and the Stone Brewing TapRoom…and our Stone Company Stores. OK, we’ll stop now, but you get the idea.

  • January 13: Meet the Brewer: Toshi Ishii (Ishii Brewing) & Mitch Steele
  • February 1-8: Stone Winter Storm
  • February 5: Cask Attack
  • April 5: Easter Egg Hunt
  • May 10: Mother’s Day at the Bistro
  • May 14: Cask Attack
  • June 21: Father’s Day at the Bistro
  • December 31: Stone New Year’s Eve Celebration

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There you have it. 2015 wrapped up in a neat little package. Of course, this is only semi-complete. With the arrival of our Stone Brewing Co. – Richmond and Berlin locations, that will be up and running at the end of the year (fingers crossed), we expect this will grow exponentially through the year. It’s as active as 2014 was, and just as exciting!

Looking Back (& Forward): Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival

We put in a full year of planning, effort and beer wrangling to make the annual Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival the best and biggest it can be. Considering it’s the largest annual beer fest on the West Coast, we’re inclined to believe we do a hell of a job. We just wish it didn’t go by so quick. In less than 24 hours, we blow through 364 days’ worth of work and just about as many (but even more) kegs! Take, for instance, this year. Over 50 breweries from around the country showed up and brought 187 beers. And that’s all in addition to the 50 Stone beers we busted out to celebrate 18 years in the craft brewing biz! It was the kind of fete we wished every fan that helped us get to this ripe (young?) age could have participated in. But alas, even with nearly 8,000 tickets sold (and more than a quarter million dollars raised for charity, thank you very much), some will only experience this special day via this blog post. So, we’re going to go as in depth as possible so those who couldn’t make it know what to expect when they hopefully come out next year, and those who did join us can have fun reliving the Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival.

Better Than Ever: Stone 17th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival

Stone Brewing Co. has been in business now for 17 years. (We know, we can hardly believe how quickly the time has flown, either.) Over that span, we’ve lifted pints, snifters, bombers and magnums of aggressively hopped, intensely flavored craft beer like vibrant, flashy banners proclaiming our mission and progress in pushing the American craft beer movement forward. But accomplishing that has been about more than making great beer. We aim to elevate everything about the craft beer culture. That includes events ranging from beer education to food-and-beer symbiosis to beer festivals. We think we’ve done a heck of a job with the latter, offering fests devoted to sour beer, barrel-aged beer and dark beer. But our expertise at putting on grand-scale festivals springs from extensive experience putting on our yearly, incrementally more incredible Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival. It’s never the same, yet it never disappoints, and this year will be no different.

Wring Around the Brewhouse: Stone Ruination IPA

We’ll be the first to agree that brewing is an art, but as anyone who’s ever tried to scale up a recipe or dial in ABV for consistency knows, it’s also a science. As exemplified by the consistency of our beers, our brewers have the smarts to turn out well-engineered ales. That said, whenever we can, we like to keep the math as simple as possible. Take, for instance, one of our most popular beers, Stone Ruination IPA. That hop-heavy double India pale ale is a result of a basic mathematical equation—one-times-two—and proof that sometimes in life, there’s no need to overcomplicate things. When in doubt, just max it out!

Stone’s Slate of 2013 Events

It took just a few short hours after the big keg drop at the Stone New Year’s Celebration for us to get to work planning another big year at our Southern California digs. After a few weeks of scheming, tweaking, revising and fine-tuning, we’re ready to share our entire schedule of momentous events that will come to pass at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens*in 2013! Get out your calendar and prepare to “X” out a great many dates. See you soon!

Stone fans raise a glassful of barrel-aged goodness in support of our annual Oakquinox festival

Stone & Drake’s Collaborate to Celebrate

At Stone, we go to painstaking lengths to hand-pick the most talented and innovative individuals we can to fill out and enhance Team Stone. While our beer is what keeps our fans coming back for more, it’s the people behind the beer and this company that have gotten us to where we are today.

As you can imagine, we like to keep our people close to us—especially our brewmaster, Mitch Steele. The guy’s awesome! Good thing, because we have a consistently heavy production workload for him. Due to that and his terrific work ethic, the poor guy hasn’t had a proper vacation in some time. But, as much as we love him and want to keep him near, we were happy to grant him a recent request to take some time and head to Northern California. Mitch wisely hopped a plane before a brewhouse emergency led to that hall pass being revoked.

The Drake’s/Stone Quarter Century of Issues Celebrator 25th Anniversary Pale Ale brew crew (from left to right): Drake’s owner John Martin, Stone Northern California regional brewery rep David Hopwood, Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele, Stone San Francisco regional brewery rep Michael “Zippo” Parzick and, obviously the hardest working member of the team, Drake’s brewmaster Alexandra Nowell (on the brew deck).