Before the idea of moving back to Washington State was even presented to us, we had made a California Bucket List simply to get us out of our normal routine and see new things that our area had to offer. A few months later though, that list became an ACTUAL bucket list of activities we wanted to do before we left the state! So to have some fun and put another check mark on that list, we headed to Stone Brewery in Escondido, California.
We’d heard about Stone Brewery over and over again from friends, and Joel is a huge Stone IPA fan, so this one was for him. Once we arrived it was clear that this place was put together with everyone in mind though, not just beer drinkers. I was thrilled to see bubbles on their drink menu! And as weird as it might sound, it’s a family friendly establishment, with a restaurant and outdoor gardens to enjoy. They offer brewery tours at bargain price of $3 with five tasters and a take home glass or $1 without tasters/glass. Stone doesn’t make a profit on these tours, instead all money collected is donated to a variety of different charities, how cool is that!
While we waited for our tour time, we grabbed a couple beverages and went outside to explore the gardens. We were greeted with a labyrinth of little trails studded with intimate seating areas, waterfalls, Koi ponds, and even a couple grassy areas with tables for kiddos to run around in. Even with people all around, the layout of the gardens made it feel private and zen like, a fantastic place to sip a drink in and enjoy good company.
On our tour we learn all about hops and barley and how the beer is made, and at the end the attendees who purchased the $3 tickets were gifted a mini glass to fill with beer. Everyone got to try four different beers, and then which ever type was your favorite, you got to try again! Joel really appreciated that! And for the non-beer drinking attendees they offered their house made root beer or strawberry soda.
It was a good day! I’m so glad that even though all the craziness of moving was upon us, we set aside a day to just have fun together. Relationships and memories are the things we remember! Although chores like laundry (or in our case packing) must get done, make sure you try and carve out some time to enjoy life too! After all you’re never going to look back and say “Man I’m glad I washed those dishes that were in the sink that one day!” Nahhh…. your’e going to remember the adventures you had! So I hope you get out there, and if you’re in the mood to try something new in Southern California, hit up Stone Brewery!