We finally made it down to Point Loma to visit the year-old Stone World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, and it was eye-opening, jaw-dropping, and thirst-quenching! The sprawling compound was so impressive that we’ve put together a virtual walk through of the property. Check out one of the most impressive craft beer properties we’ve ever seen after the jump.
I’ll admit that, previous to our visit to Liberty Station, I was of the mind that “if you’ve seen one Stone Bistro, you’ve seen them all”, and I hadn’t made it a priority to visit the beloved brewery’s major expansion. I’d sampled some of the specialty brews that have come out of the 10-barrel pilot system at Liberty station, with mixed opinions, and figured I’d eventually visit the destination. That eventually finally rolled-around as part of the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference, and Stone hosted our group of 150 beer writers, photographers, and critics for dinner and beers.
We rolled up to the spot in a swanky chartered bus and were quickly led into the beer garden area, given a punch-card good for 10 tasters, and let loose. I was lucky to latch on to a group about to get a tour of the location from the esteemed “Dr. Bill” Sysak, and I wrote about my impressions of the space(s) for The Daily Dish, and summed up my opinions like this:
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station is as impressive a craft-beer destination as I’ve witnessed. From the voluminous main dining room (once a Navy mess hall) to the smallest of design details that unify the location’s many distinct spaces, Liberty Station feels like the architectural representation of Stone’s renowned beers. It’s big and assertive, but close examination reveals subtleties that belie the initial impressions.
Liberty Station dwarfs the already large Escondido restaurant with more than 50,000 square feet of total space. There’s nearly an acre of beer garden space, 2 bocce courts, an outdoor film screening area, two bars pouring dozens of beers, private banquet rooms, a small-scale pilot brewing system for experimental and off-the-wall brews, and — of course — a gift shop.
The gallery below will hopefully give you a better impression of just how remarkable a space Stone World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station is, and I would encourage any fans of the brewery to make the pilgrimage to the monolithic church to craft beer built by Stone.