Aug. 14 2013 12:00 AM

17 years of Stone Brewing Co. in a glass

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Just think..in only one year this beer can vote
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A little more than 17 years ago, a bright-eyed Steve Wagner and rosy-cheeked Greg Koch joined forces to set the beer world a-pucker by founding Stone Brewing Co. That's an occasion most certainly worth celebrating. The Stone abides.


The Stone 17th Anniversary Celebration and Invitational Beer Festival is not only an opportunity to visit a pretty extraordinary beer list; it's also a chance to add to an ever-mounting pile of charity donations. To date, these festivals have raised more than $1.5 million for local charities, and, this year, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, Fight ALD, Palomar Family YMCA and Surfrider Foundation will be the beneficiaries of your debauchery.


At the time of this writing, there were still tickets available ($40 each) for both Saturday sessions. I'll only offer the caveat that, year over year, I hear complaints about the heat and sun exposure, probably best evidenced by the "expanded festival area with two levels and more shade" bullet point on the festival details. Attendees should be mindful of their hydration and headgear.


If you're not able to make the festival, you can always celebrate like I will: quietly drinking the anniversary beer alone (and possibly weeping, if the moment takes me). The Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA is a stylistic collision between the Old and New worlds, using malt and hops typically associated with German pilsners for a West Coast IPA. Though the German term is meant to relay a disastrous series of events, this is a very pleasant amalgamation. It's got a big, dank, flowery presence, but the finish is more peppery and crisp than resinous. I get bright hints of lemon and apricot within the hop strata, as well. It's a great beer to round out the summer.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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