Picture it: 2008, a chilly March night in the neon desert that is Las Vegas. I was sent to Sin City to help open a bookstore and was there almost a month. Being away from home can be loads of fun, but eating out for every meal can become tedious. This particular night in March, at dinner time we were confronted with the mega meals at the Hash House A Go Go. New to beer, I stuck with big brand beers that taste like weak tea. Then it happened. Somebody at the table bought a bottle of Stone IPA. It was passed around the table of my 10 peers, where most of them turned up their noses and passed it on. I inhaled the hops straight into my soul, took a swig, and blasted off into space. I ordered one for myself and never looked back.
A few weeks ago we took a weekend trip to San Diego. It ended up being a trip to my Mecca in Escondido, CA. So when we heard that Stone was venturing north to our hood, I knew we had to be there for their grand opening. We ran into some of our friends, made some new friends, and discovered that there is more to Stone than it’s famous IPA…though it is still my favorite. Here are some my tasting notes:
Cali-Belgique quickly became one of my Stone sweethearts with its spice and candied pineapple aromas and with citrus flavors (think lemons and grapefruits) with nice clean Belgium hops.
Ken Schmidt/Iron Fist/Stone Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout has little surprises as it aromas and flavors are true to the name: chocolate mint beer. But there are also aromas and flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and like something burnt in your pan. Think boozey Thin Mints.
Ruination IPA with Habanero Peppers was not my favorite but Stephen enjoyed it. It has the fresh herbs and citrus of the Ruination with a kick of habaneros that comes across as peppery to the back of your throat.
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale with Espresso Beans poured black with a tan head and enough roasted coffee flavor to make me dream up dessert recipes.
Living in Colorado for nearly five years allowed me to experience some amazing craft brews, but I always came back to Stone. You only ever have a first time, I’m glad mine was with Stone. I Love You Stone!
Here are a few pictures from the grand opening. Cheers!
The new Stone Company Store is located at 220 S. Raymond Ave., Suite 103, Pasadena, CA 91105.
Greg Koch, CEO & Co-Founder of the Stone Brewing Company.
Liquid Gold: Stone Enjoy By 11-09-12 is made with 11 types of hops.
Greg and actor Wil Wheaton.
Greg with some of his fans.
Greg with LatinoFoodie.
The post Stone Brewing Company Store Opens in Pasadena; Beer Lovers Rejoice! appeared first on Latino Foodie.
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Every year when I was a kid, I could count on two things in my Easter basket – marshmallow eggs and maple cream eggs. Each served different purposes. The maple cream Easter eggs were my favorites and what I squealed over even more than finding plastic hidden eggs that held a dollar bill or a tiny toy. The marshmallow eggs were nothing I ever fancied and always found their way into the freezer for...
Salsa Casera or House Salsa is one of the simplest and most flavorful salsas that brings a robust heat and a smokey flavor from the charred tomatoes and chile peppers. Beware! I like heat and so this recipe has one dried Scorpion pepper added to the mix. Scorpion peppers are one of the hottest chiles in the world, with a mean heat of more than 1.2 million Scoville heat units (SHUs).
Adulting is hard stuff. Sure, there are the big things like taking care of kids or parents, unexpected car and home repairs, dealing with awful work situations, but sometimes the littlest things feel the most difficult. These days, one of my biggest dilemmas is finding what to feed myself in the mornings that is convenient, nourishing, and so tasty I’ll be psyched to eat it a few days a week. This...