I love beer. After now having visited over 375 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.
As someone who fancies himself a mild-beer traveler, it’s probably blasphemous that I haven’t made the trek to San Diego yet. In addition to the Bend and Portland meccas, I have sampled many beers in Seattle, LA, Salt Lake City (surprisingly not a horrible craft beer scene), and Denver. But never San Diego – home to 135+ craft breweries. The king of the San Diego beer scene is likely Stone Brewing, born in 1996 and growing ever since.
There is a lot about Stone that Portland craft beer drinkers can get behind. Their grounds at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido, has won awards for environmentally responsible landscape architecture, being built within a flood retention basin and drawing on reclaimed materials, second-hand plants and showcasing much respect for the environment. Additionally, just this past February, they filed suit to defend its iconic brand against one of the world’s largest beer conglomerates, MillerCoors (i.e. the “bad guys” according to many craft enthusiasts).
Loral hops were released in 2016 and quickly became one of our brewers’ favorite varieties. Then there’s Dr. Rudi, which has been around since 1976. Originally known as Super Alpha, this hop brings classic piney and herbal notes, which pairs it perfectly with the floral, citrusy aroma of Loral. A pairing like this was bound to happen. Some might even call it inevitable.
- Stone Brewing (Facebook)
- San Diego
- Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido
- Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
- Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin
- San Diego International Airport: Stone Brewing in Terminal 2
- Stone Company Store – Richmond
- Stone Company Store – Oceanside
- Stone Company Store – Pasadena
- Stone Company Store – On Kettner
- Napa, CA (opening in 2018)