As the windows were rolled down on a gorgeous early afternoon in Escondido, California, the pleasant aroma of freshly baked bread filled the air. This was deceiving, however, for we were not at a small, French patisserie, but were in fact just pulling up to the majestic Stone Brewing Co. not too far off of the I-15 freeway. Having been founded when I was merely 7 years old (1996, for those who aren’t familiar with me) Stone has found spectacular success as a big-time microbrewery, churning out beloved beers like their India Pale Ale, the Smoked Porter, and most notably, as well as my personal favorite, the Arrogant Bastard Ale. As we took a tour of the facility they cheerfully explained the entire process, from the grinding of the malted barley to the fermentation process and the bottling, and they also explained the subtle nuances of their yeast strains that produce what many would consider some of the best ales around. It’s refreshing to see such passion in a tradition that pre-dates written history, a tradition that the ancient Egyptians exercised and one that the Mesopotamians maintained with “The Hymn to Ninkasi,” the Mesopotamian goddess of beer. And as current research has suggested, a glass of beer a day provides the same positive health impact that a glass of red wine does! So as a humanitarian, I raise a glass (mug, pint, stein, chalice, what have you) and bid you all good health and a happy New Year!
Reserved pour moi.
The fermenting monstrosity.
This kind fellow told me that if you were to drink a six-pack a day, it would take 70 years to finish the tank.
There are some other sweet barrels off the coast, not too far from here.
Yep, that’s me.
What a unique mode of aide the team at Stone Brewing Co. possesses.
And as always, please enjoy responsibly.