I have to admit that I’ve been pretty bad about updates for the past few weeks. Between full-time school in Munich, living in a hostel, and then the last week and a half on the road (while still getting my december column for West Coaster done), things have just been insane. I write you now from London, where the class has been for the last four days. England has been an enlightening experience, with a fresh perspective on cask ale being just one thing to talk about.
Tomorrow we get back on the bus for Belgium, where we are touring Abbey Des Rocs and Rodenbach before staying the last night of the trip in Brussels. Thursday will see us stopping for a tour of Orval on the way back to Munich. Once I’m home this weekend I’ll be hitting the keyboard with a vengeance. From German beer halls, all the way back to the Chicago beer scene, I could fill a novel with the past weeks. Stay tuned and I promise I won’t leave you hanging.
Around twenty people and four Stone representatives came together for Stone Brewing Co.’s 2nd Informational Meeting held at their new location, off 30th street in South Park.
Greg Koch delivered a concise speech that explained the motivation behind the expansion, delivered the details on what to expect, and capably fielded questions.
Here’s what we know:
>The Stone Company Store South Park is in the 30 day community feedback process of it’s ABC license. What does that mean? Send a snail-mail letter to the ABC voicing your opinion of the proposed expansion. If no major dissent arises, then the process will proceed. Send those letters to the following address:
ABC Southern District Office
1350 Front St. Room 5056
San Diego CA 92101.
>The proposed expansion would be a tasting room only, with growler fills on some of the 14 tap offerings (Core beers will always be on tap, the rest will rotate)
>Pending approval from the ABC, hours will be 11AM to 9PM, 7 days a week.
>There will be a “small, experimental pilot system” on site.
>This is designed to be a distribution point for Stone Brewing Co. in the San Diego Metropolitan area first, a tasting room second, and a brewery third.
>30th Street Craft Beer Scene cited as reason for location choice.
>Something in the spirit of Beer University will be held monthly
West Coaster speculates that the South Park opening is a scaled-down dress rehearsal for Stone Europe. Greg Koch is on a plane Monday morning to Munich to work on the European expansion.
Hard at work on the December 2010 issue of West Coaster, we took some time out to enjoy a bomber of the new special release from Karl Strauss: Parrot In A Palm Tree Holiday Baltic Porter.
We love the commercial description: “In San Diego, we’re not known for our partridges or pears but we can all relate to those noisy parrots and their relentless ‘caroling.’ Parrot In A Palm Tree is a robust Baltic Porter brewed especially for the Holidays. Aged two months in San Pasqual Tawny Port barrels, the resulting brew isn’t for the birds.”
Following up on our previous post on the matter, Stone will be having a community meeting at their South Park location this Sunday at 1PM.
Come show your support for what will be 30th Street’s & South Park’s first licensed brewery.
Remember, the new location is not finalized and is pending ABC review.
Quoting our article:
West Coaster spoke with Greg Koch, CEO & Co-Founder of Stone Brewing Co. last night at TapHunter’s SD Beer Week Tweetup about the application. Koch reminded us that the ABC will undoubtedly receive letters of protest in regards to another alcohol establishment opening in the area, and that the application in no way means everything is set in stone. If you are from South Park or, well, anywhere south of Escondido, your letters (or emails) of support to the ABC will help make sure the plans go through. Send letters to: ABC Southern District Office, 1350 Front St. Room 5056, San Diego CA 92101.
For further reading, Jeff Hammett has been doing a great job keeping tabs on Stone South Park on San Diego Beer Blog
West Coaster is looking for creative, high-res SDBW photos for our December 2010 issue.
If you have a great shot from one of the over four-hundred events, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name (unless you want to be published anonymously), as well as other pertinent info: title/date of the event, name of local beers in the shot, etc.
Send photos no later than Saturday, November 27th. Thanks, cheers!