Stumblefoot Brewing Company- San Marcos, California
Where: 1784 La Costa Meadows Dr. #103 San Marcos, California 92078
Cost: Tasters $2.00+ | Pints $5.00+ | Growlers $12.00+
About: Regular readers will know I’ve been on a quest to visit and taste brewery-fresh beer at every craft brewery in San Diego County. Including my visit to Stumblefoot Brewing yesterday, I have been to 115 breweries (currently there are 116 open for tasting).
Launched in early 2012 by two homebrewing brothers, the brewery is located in a remote industrial park at the southwestern edge of San Marcos. The funky tasting area, which has seating at the bar and along both sides of the room, is located next to the brewhouse. There are also several upright oak barrels in the middle of the room to serve as places to park your beer glass when standing.
Stumblefoot has an assortment of interesting beer styles on their menu, including a Märzenbier and Dunkelweizen. They also pour a couple of sour beers.
The brewery appears to be popular with locals and regulars from surrounding businesses. It is dog and family friendly.
What I drank: I had taster glasses of four brews: Stumblefoot White Ale (4.5% ABV); Project X IPA (7.2% ABV/60 IBUs); La Grassy Monk (8% ABV), a 50/50 blend of Project X and Belgian Dark Strong ; and San Elijo Sour (6% ABV).
All four beers were quite nice and very refreshing on a warm, dry Sunday afternoon (I had just arrived from a beer trip in Nevada). I particularly enjoyed Stumblefoot White Ale, so I’ll share my impression of it:
Pretty straw color, hazy, with a creamy white head. Nice lacing. Pleasant aroma of coriander, citrus, and yeast. Light, mellow flavor similar to aroma. Mouthfeel is slightly watery, with low-medium carbonation, and clean, slightly tart finish. Overall, a nice example of the style.
Likes: Interesting menu with a beer style for every beer lover. The four beers I tasted were quite nice. Good service from bar staff in a relaxed environment. Dog friendly is a plus. Clean restroom.
Dislikes: Although not difficult to find if you follow the directions on their website, the brewery is remote compared to other craft breweries located in North San Diego County.
Unattended children in the tasting room. Staff should not allow children to approach the bar.
The Verdict: A small family brewery serving Belgian-inspired and West Coast-style beers in a relaxed environment.Share This: