Stone Brewing Company Store on Kettner- San Diego (downtown)
Where: 1202 Kettner Boulevard #101 San Diego, California 92101
Cost: Pints $5.50 | 1/2 Pints $3-$4 | Tasters $1.50-$2.00 | Growler fills $9.25+
About: One of Stone Brewing Company’s “outposts” located in downtown San Diego, this Stone site is next to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Santa Fe depot. Stone’s craft beer creations are poured inside the trendy, modern-design tasting room, and outside is a beautiful beer garden where they may be enjoyed. The brewery’s merchandise and bottled beers are also available for sale, in addition to growler fills.
Decked out in huge granite boulders, with Adirondack style chairs and tables made from repurposed wood barrel staves, subtle lighting, and indie rock on the sound system, it’s an enjoyable place to meet friends and savor world-class beers. My favorite place to sit is in one of the large Adirondack chairs out in the beer garden where I can look up at the sky. Another great spot to sit is by the fire rock sculpture.
What I Drank: “Sawyer’s Triple” (7.9% ABV). Gold in color, hazy, with a cheery white head and nice lacing. Aroma reminds me of bread, pear, and spiced apricots. Flavor is similar with a little pepper. Nicely balanced, it is creamy, smooth, and medium-bodied. The higher alcohol content is deceiving. Overall, this is a well-made tripel.
Likes: A tasty selection of Stone’s award-winning craft beers served by friendly, knowledgeable staff. Prices are very reasonable. I like that servers take care of the beers, i.e., “beer clean” glasses, and proper pours. Service is exemplary. Dog friendly. I love to taste tripels, and the “Sawyer’s Triple” is a good one.
The Verdict: Highly recommended. This is one of my favorite places to enjoy craft beer. Like the other Stone sites in San Diego County, they do it well here.