While we were in (warm, sunny, perfect) Southern California back in September, we ventured to a bunch of different breweries in the area. I'm pretty sure I can speak for both Brett and I when I say our favorite was definitely Stone Brewing Company. This brewery was AMAZING. If you ever find yourself in Southern California, you MUST go.
We arrived at the brewery (in Escondido, CA) just in time for a brewery tour. They give tours a couple times a day, but I've heard they can fill up pretty quickly, so it helps to get there early. We lucked out, as there weren't a ton of people at the brewery when we arrived, so we were able to jump right in. The tour started with a walk around the brewery, highlighting different steps in the brewing process, and ended with beer tastings (obviously, the best part!).
After the brewery tour and tastings, we were hungry! We originally said we weren't going to eat dinner at Stone, but once we got in there and saw how awesome it was, we couldn't help ourselves! The food was seriously delicious. We wiped our plates clean. (Um, I even forgot to take any pictures of our actual meals because we inhaled them so fast.... oops! I promise, they were pretty.)
After dinner, we grabbed our beers and wandered around Stone's beer garden. We just didn't want to leave this amazing place. This beer garden is getting it's very own post because it was so awesome. To be continued..