The city’s craft beer scene just got a new addition – Stone Brewing’s new flagship store in Pasadena is now officially open for business.
We got an opportunity to enjoy several Stone brews last Thursday night for the store’s pre-opening happy hour celebration. The bar’s 24 taps feature the 16 year old company’s regular brews, plus a few specialties/seasonals like Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout and “Enjoy By” IPA (which you’re supposed to drink within 30 days of its release).
There is plenty of Stone merchandise on the shelves, from t-shirts and hats to mustard and glassware. You can also fill your growler, pick up some bottled brews, or rent a keg. We recommend grabbing a glass of Russian Imperial Stout (or even the smoked Stout as it’s a favorite) and sitting outside at one of the patio tables. There are a couple of restaurants as well as the Metro stop, so there’s plenty of people watching!
As we left, there were more than 50 people patiently waiting in a line, empty growlers in hand. Probably pretty happy to not have to drive all the way to Escondido or Oceanside for their favorite beer. All we actually needed to do was hop on the Metro from Chinatown, and the store is literally a stone’s throw from the platform (no pun intended).
And speaking of the Metro, this is a great way to get out to this area of Pasadena and have all the great beer – Congregation Ale House and Lucky Baldwins are just around the corner, along with Haven Gastropub and Kings Row also not too far away. It’s a cheap and easy ride, just make sure you don’t miss the last train home!
Stone Brewing Co. Store is located at 220 S Raymond Ave. Ste 103. Pasadena