Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Super Camper goes to the Stone Brewery

On a warm sunny Saturday we impulsively loaded the camper with a change of clothes, a surfboard and wetsuit each, and not much else for a mission we'd been meaning to take for a while; a first visit to our favorite San Diego brewery, the Stone Brewing Co.

With such favorites as the Ruination IPA, the Levitation Ale, and the headlining Arrogant Bastard Ale, (and not one brew falling into the Lager category), we certainly appreciate the Stone options. The past few times Ryan cracked open a 22oz. Stone brew he once again reminded me that we really needed to take a trip to check them out. Facing a rare weekend without anything else going on (including surf), the time had come.

Ryan admired the hops growing along the path from the parking lot to the brewery.

Once inside, we grabbed a table and ordered from the long list of interesting beer options.

I chose a Stone variety that i'd never seen in a store, the Stone Cali - Belgique IPA
It turned out to be an excellent choice! I can't wait to see some in the stores so I can take home a few 22s.

We then took a tour of the brewery and stood patiently while the tour guide explained to other tourists about the key ingredients of beer.

We were impressed with the massive walk-in fridge which stored kegs and cases of Stone and other beers.

And since this is the Super Camper blog, here's a photo of the camper at Dixon Lake.

It was refreshing to realize that you can still show up to a campground on a Saturday afternoon without a reservation and get a spot. It might have been the last one, but at least we got it!