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Beer things just keep happening.

This Saturday, it’s Mission Brewery’s opening (see blog “Your Mission, This Saturday”), and next week it’s Stone. They’re coming down from their lofty Escondido Empire to Be With The People here in South Park.

Honestly, they don’t have that attitude: they just get stuck with it because they’re so big compared to most everybody else in the local beer scene.

But this is a good move. Wednesday, June 22, will be the grand opening of The Stone Company Store at 2215 30th Street. It’s gonna be a big opening party, from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Feisty founder (okay, co-founder) Greg Koch will be there, and so will Mayor Jerry Sanders.

The store will be the first retail outlet away from their North County HQ. Idea for the store is to basically, uh, sell beer. But you can fill growlers and try tasting flights there (four 4oz tasters for $5, “and patrons get to keep the glass!” Not sure if that’s opening day only).

Nearby watering holes like Whistle Stop, Station, Grant’s Marketplace, Mazara Pizza, and Vagabond will have Stone specials thru the night, including interesting brews with really long tags. Stone Ruination IPA Double Dry Hopped with Simcoe, Nelson, Centennial, Boadicea, and Citra hops, anybody?

Best news if you're going to do the rounds on the big night: The #2 bus is super-regular.

Best question to pester Koch with if you meet him:

"Next stop Berlin, Greg?"

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InOmbra June 16, 2011 @ 2:19 p.m.

South Park is not exactly Jerry territory. It might be where he is most disliked by the greatest number. The only people who "like" him in this fringe area are those who know how to work the system and take money from it and from the non-business-community residents. For Jerry's pals (you know who you are), he's the one, the enabler. That said, he probably seems a lot more palatable with a good drunk on.


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