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.


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


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


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


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!

Your 2012 Itinerary, According to Stone

A few weeks ago we took a walk down memory lane, recounting for you the many accolades and accomplishments Stone achieved over the course of 2011.  We are not content, however, to rest on our laurels.  We’ve now turned our sights to the future and all the amazing things we have in store for you in 2012.  Dates have been set for our annual special releases as well as all of our epic beer fests.  So read on and prepare yourself for a whole year of beer-tastic-ness.  Ale-mazement?  You get the idea…

2011 San Diego Beer Week, Part 2

Jacob McKean

San Diego Beer Week: Nov. 4-13th

Last week we presented you with the 11 amazing San Diego Beer Week events we’ll be hosting at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. This week, we venture a bit further afield, out into the broad, welcoming arms of America’s Finest City for 26(!) devastatingly awesome events (more to come — we’re shooting for an even 30.)

An exciting point about this year: virtually all of the events we have planned will feature an actual, live member of Team Stone on hand to answer your questions, raise a toast, and/or adorn your body with their signature.

A startlingly large number of these events will be attended by Stone CEO & Co-Founder Greg Koch, who has apparently obtained a hoverboard or Star Trek-style transporter; without such a device, I struggle to explain how he will be able to make so many appearances. So if you’d like to meet Greg, this is your chance because he will probably go into some kind of anti-social hibernation mode after it’s all over.

Now, on to the events. They’re helpfully listed on the right side of our SDBW website in a super handy Google calendar, allowing you to import them directly into your own Google calendar if you happen to use one. As you can see, there are a ridiculous number of events per day, but if you manage to attend all of them, Greg will reward you by covering every inch of your exposed skin (…or at least the back of your hand) in #gregface temporary tattoos. You wouldn’t want to miss that opportunity. Greg’s a bit of a shrinking violet, so it helps him come out of his shell.

As far as strategy goes, we recommend reading through all of these listings and determining which reservations/tickets you want to jump on. These events are popular and tend to fill up. Missing one means you’ll have to carry the pain of your failure-to-act until next year, so don’t let work or family or probation check-ins interfere with your browsing. It’s San Diego Beer Week we’re talking about here.

2011 San Diego Beer Week, Part 1

Jacob McKean

Not only is San Diego Beer Week simply too much beer week for a single blog post, it’s too much beer week for a single week, thus stretching to a slightly more comfortable but still utterly intense 10 days from November 4th-13th, 2011.

And in those 10 days, we will quite literally be taking it to 11 by hosting 11 incredible events at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. And we’re just talking about events actually at Stone; events around town are coming up in the next blog post.

Returning gems include:

Rare Beer Breakfast, Friday, November 4th, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Our kick-off event for San Diego Beer Week returns for a second year with decadence galore. Amazing food, hard to find beers and live music. (Read: Lotsa tasty bacon. Lotsa tasty rare beers. Lotsa tasty live tunes.)

Beer U: Intro to San Diego Craft Beer, Monday, November 7th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Stone’s beloved blabbermouth, Ken Wright, tells the story behind San Diego’s brewing success while offering samples of some of the brews that put San Diego on the map, along side some up-and-coming greats.

Meet the Brewer: Firestone Walker, Friday, November 11th, 6:00 PM. Rub elbows with some of the award-winning crew from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. They’re visiting us to continue their 15th Anniversary celebration and will be bringing extra special beers with them, including just-released barrel-aged Firestone Walker 15.

That is, as they say, just the beginning. We’ve added a slew of new events to our roster, which will surely blow the minds of all those brave enough to attend. Here are some of these newfangled wonders:

Bitter Sunday, November 5th, 11am – 11pm & Saison Saturday, November 12th, 11am – 11pm. These spectacular all day celebrations will feature 24+ world-class IPAs and 24+ Saisons on-tap, respectively. A brilliant way to taste your way through these classic styles.

Master Pairings Dinner: Stephen Beaumont vs. “Dr.” Bill, Tuesday, November 8th, 6pm – 9pm. Our renowned beer expert “Dr.” Bill Sysak (@BistroBeer) goes head-to-head with acclaimed beer writer and notorious Canadian Stephen Beaumont (@BeaumontDrinks) in a showdown of beer pairing excellence. The diners will vote on the superior pairing for each course of this decadent feast. The loser will drop down to one knee and bestow the winner in this high-ego matchup of the year! (Make sure to bring your cameras kids!)

Stone Pour It Black Festival, Sunday, November 13th, 10am – 4pm. Joining the ranks of Oakquinox and Sour Fest in our panoply of epic beer festivals, the first annual Pour It Black festival will dance freely among porters, stouts, schwartzbiers, and Black IPAs from around the world mixed lavishly with modifiers ranging from Belgian, Double, Imperial and Barrel-Aged. If you’ve been to our other festivals, you know the level “Dr.” Bill brings to the taps, so no further hyperbole is necessary.

Next up: San Diego Beer Week events around America’s Finest City.