18 June 2008
After posting about Stone Brewing, I realized that I talked mostly beers, so now lets talk about the facility. This place is amazing! I'll start with my only complaint....guys....you need signs. Short of recognizing that the building has a lot of "Stone-work" on the exterior, it's pretty much a guess until you open the door that you're at Stone Brewing. Step in the door and you're in the gift shop, shirts, Stone-swag, bottles and an impressive tour-tasting station and growler refill area (see photo 1).
As you progress out of the gift-shop, you open into a massive warehouse sized bar and restaurant. The main wall features a floor-to-ceiling stone relief sculpture of the Stone logo, the next wall opens to a huge outdoor bistro & gardens (with an outdoor bar). Ahead is a huge upper level party room with outdoor deck, a huge indoor main bar and finally to the left, the brewery (see photo 2).This place is like nothing I've ever seen in a micro-brewery facility. It's huge, the gardens are huge and the setup is incredible. Indoor waterfalls, 35-foot tall windows, huge indoor plants, massive chunky wooden bars & tables and you guessed it....Stone everywhere. Not just the use of Stone, but the Stone logo is subtle, but everywhere...laser cut lanterns, relief sculptures....it's all very cool.
I'll end the review with the bathroom. The walls feature stainless steel strips surrounded by tiny black stones potruding out of the walls..but the best part is the stainless steel strips have barley & hops somehow embedded in them. If you get a chance, and you can find it, DO GO TO Stone Brewery. I'll follow with more pictures later...