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Old 08-05-2007, 05:09 PM   #1
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I am visiting family in Cali this week. Got a chance to stop by the Stone Brewery and take a tour and sample a few of their beers. I know there is another thread about this but I have pictures...


On the left, this is the mash and lauter tun, the boil kettle, and the whirlpool. When I was their they were boiling Ruination, could see it in the sight tube and a guy pulled off a sample. I could tell when they started the whirlpool, smelled great!!
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This is their storage for the specialty malt, the base 2-row stays outside.
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They have quite a few fermenters.
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Bottle and keg storage.
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Cleaner, sanitizer anyone?
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Got to go into the large cool storage, a lot of good beer in there, not only Stone. In order to make sure their beer was being represented properly they started their own distribution company. The distribute for many of the micro/craft breweries in the area (Paulaner too).


After the tour we got to taste their Pale Ale, Smoked Porter, IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Anniversary Ale, and I talked them into letting me try some Ruination. My parents were there too and thought they all tasted pretty bitter so I had theirs too, needless to say I was a bit tipsy when I left.

After we left Stone we drove the ~3 miles to Lost Abbey brewery. They are obviously much smaller. I tasted all their Lost Abbey beers, my parents had their Amigo Lager (Corona). Didn't take any pictures, but it was very funny that my dad and sister commented on how it smelled funny their and was not very clean, dust over everything, and some wet barley sitting out open. I laughed and explained that they do all that on purpose.

Stone is having a tasting of some of their special Smoked Porters Wed, night. If I can talk my mom/sister into DD I am going. $6 for a pint glass and fill, $3 for refill...vanilla bean, chipotle, oak aged (served on cask), and brandy barrel aged.


 
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Old 08-05-2007, 05:26 PM   #2
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You took better pictures that me. They have a real great setup there and the beers are great. I went to a grain handling presentation that day and we had 4 pitchers of beer. Now that I am home I have Stone brews moved to the top of the brewing list.
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:01 PM   #3
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I am so, so jealous. I hate you California guys.
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:02 PM   #4
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Quote:
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I am so, so jealous. I hate you California guys.
I am not from California, just visiting family. I am jealous too, trying to drink as much as I can while I am here and take some back.

 
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:08 AM   #5
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Sounds like a kick ass trip

 
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:06 AM   #7
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Danggggggggggg.. those are some sweet pics. Thanks for posting these!
I was actually disappointed by the pictures. They don't really show the whole story, it was a large group on the tour and I was trying to take pictures without people in them and stay with the tour. I am here for a week, I might have to go back not on the weekend

I took some in the huge beer cooler, but they all came out blurry, must have had something to do with quick change in temp.

Oak aging and you can't see but over to the left there were some carboys filled with some experiments I am sure. If it had been a smaller tour I would have asked.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:11 PM   #8
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the Lost Abbey/Pizza Port Brewery is the old Stone brewery. It's amazing how much bigger Stone's new place is compared to their old place.
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Old 08-19-2007, 04:47 PM   #9
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Yeah....the new location is definitely amazing. They might as well have a petting zoo.

 
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Beerific-

Did they talk much at all about how they get that awesome aroma in their IPA? Is it just good ol' fashioned dry hopping, or is it something *extra*?

 
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