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Monday, February 4, 2008

Winter Storm Event at Stone Brewery

I went to the Winter Storm event at Stone Brewery in Northern San Diego...It's an annual event in which the Brewery rolls out the vintages of all of their beers in bottle and draft...

We ordered several rounds of beer, but started with (from back to front):

2004 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
2005 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
2006 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale
Stone 4th Anniversary India Pale Ale
Stone 7th Anniversary India Pale Ale

Beer was accompanied by some "Spud Buds"--Stone IPA organic garlicky mashed potatoes, balled up, and deep-fried in their Arrogant Bastard Ale batter. Served with Mike’s beer cheese sauce and Stone Smoked Porter-BBQ sauce for dipping.

After a couple rounds of beer, I realized it would be *essential* to eat some substantial food along with all the beer I was ordering...The Stone World Bistro's Menu boasts an ecclectic mix with lots of fresh, local and organic foods (even the tofu is from San Diego Soy Dairy!). I ordered a vegetarian breakfast burrito with local free-range brown eggs, marinated tofu, onions, cilantro and white cheddar. It was *ridiculously* delicious!

Oh, and these suckers are their version of Onion Rings cooked in a crispy tempura-style Arrogant Bastard Ale batter...

and for dessert...more beer, of course!

For me, the beer highlight of the day was 2004 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine....

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