Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Beer and Pianos

What do beer and pianos have in common?  Basically, nothing but in this case they do when it comes to our baby bucket list we created over a year ago.  Go to a brewery (#68) and Chill in a Piano bar (#43) was on our list and I can now say we crossed those (cue in the pun!  --->) babies off!

About two weeks ago we went with a group of friends to a local brewery about 15 minutes from our house called Stone Brewery. They specialize in IPA (India Pale Ale) beers. IPA's are definitely much stronger of a beer than your traditional Bud Light, Coors, or Budweiser, and definitely has a different taste as well. It has taken me some time to find a flavor they make that I can tolerate, but after drinking their beers more than any other type, it isn't so bad after all.
Stone brewery is becoming a larger known beer (at least over here) with locations opening up in surrounding areas and in the future they soon hope to spread it throughout other states and the East Coast (in the next coming days it will be headed to Ohio and Colorado) 

 Waiting outside before the doors opened to do the first tour.

 I really loved how they landscaped the place. Is it weird I look for things like this?! Lol  I can just picture this as a walkway in a big backyard.  Sigh

And it's opened!
 The brewery also had a gift shop and a bistro to eat at.

Their logo for Stone

 I didn't really care for that beer… The Chamomile threw me off

You could see inside the brewery from the bistro

 After the tour (which is only like $3 a person to do the tour, but included is 4, 8 oz samples of different beer to try and you can keep the glasses)

These two guys behind us definitely photo-bombed us…

Then, the next weekend Matt and I went out to dinner at The Derby Deli & Dueling Pianos.  The food was great and the atmosphere was awesome. I unfortunately didn't bring my camera, but I did try to take some pictures with my phone (no flash - booo!)  And if you spot anyone in a costume, that is because it was Halloween themed that night and we had no idea Haha.

 Pianos are right in the middle. There is an East side and West side.  Each side competes. You can request songs by placing a tip, of course the highest tippers go before your song. You can also pay to put up your favorite sports team flag. It got changed a couple times, but I can see how that would get pretty pricey, especially on football Sunday's! Ouch!

It was packed. You can sort of see outside too. It's pretty opened.

 Matt and his super tall beer!

 The best nachos hands down!

Trying to take a picture right outside the restaurant. haha

I hope everyone has a great Halloween!


  1. Glad you had a good time. You're smart to see as much of southern Califorina before you leave. Love Dad

    1. We did have a fun time! I am wanting to see more of California before we leave. I have a whole list of things I want to do still and I especially want to take Matt up north to California to see the Bay, Alcatraz and all those areas. oh and Lake Tahoe

  2. I don't know what happened to my last reply. I guess it never got posted. What a nice place the brewery was. You're right, the landscape is beautiful. You two sure do a lot of things together. Enjoy it while you can and while you are young and able to do so. Both you and Matt look good in the pictures. Once again, thanks for sharing.


    1. Yes it was pretty nice! We try to do things when we can. I think we are definitely enjoying all this while we are able to and while we are living out here. Thank you