Greatly anticipated new opening, at least among the craft beer loving community, Stone Brewing has landed in Shanghai. Taking up the huge space next to Cannery on the rapidly developing Yuyuan Lu stretch, Stone Brewing offers a virtually endless craft beer program and solid, well-calibered American comfort food.
For the craft beer rookies out there, Stone Brewing is one of the largest independent craft beer brands in the US. Stone is originally from San Diego, a place that is what Silicon Valley is to the Tech industry, but for the modern craft beer world. Founded by entrepreneur Greg Koch and beer lover/home-brewer Steve Wagner back in 1996, they have since created a hoppy empire by conquering the hearts of craft beer geeks around the world.
Having seen the great potential in the Chinese craft brewing scene, the good folks of Stone have started not only cold-chain importing their super fresh brews from the US, but have also settled on the territory with a massive tap room, where they currently sell an impressive variety of IPAs, sours, limited releases, collaboration brews that are all available on tap, pressurized by next-level tech machinery.
While the main reason to visit Stone Brewing is their great beer selection (and they make it easy for people to sample as much as possible by selling tasting flights for most of their brews), the food options impress for their great money/quality ratio, and are, to say the least, conducive of an excellent brew pub experience.
Starting off with the “Angry” Wings (RMB 68), these Korean-style gochujiang marinated wings come in two levels of spicy, friendly or furious and they’re packed with flavor. It is the one dish I will order every time I visit Stone.
Both burgers on the menu, the California and the BBQ, really hit the spot. They are simple yet satisfying, and also amazing value at RMB 68 and RMB 88, respectively. The California burger is a juicy double patty affair, and it’s available on the brunch menu as well.
Among other sandwiches I enjoyed the Oxtail Grilled Cheese (RMB 78). Loaded with brie and mahón cheese, it’s the perfect pairing for a high IBU beer, and is recommended on the menu to enjoy with their Stone Ripper, a pale ale that packs a punch of fragrant bitterness.
For mains, I liked their “Shanghai Style” Braised Short Ribs (RMB 178), a hongshao 6-hour slow cooked giant rib with meat that falls of the bone and melts in your mouth. While I loved the veggie sides of this dish, I can’t let go of the fact that Stone Brewing doesn’t serve any fries. Stone Brewing, if you’re reading this, this is a formal appeal: please give us some fries!
Stone is also friendly to non-beer drinkers, who can enjoy a decent selection of wines and standard drinks for reasonable prices too.
They also have a brunch menu. While the avocado toast was nothing special, I thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast sandwich with crushed potatoes. You’ll also find chicken and waffle, burgers and granola bowls. Order a Berliner Weisse sour beer and you’re all set up for a great start of the day.
Pro tip: if you’re feeling lazy and can’t bother getting out of the house, you can order a selection of Stone beers on the BottlesXO app, and they’ll deliver the cans chilled in just a few minutes of ordering.
Address: Shanghai 1107 Yuyuan Lu, near Fenggang Lu 愚园路1107号, 近凤冈路
Tel: 6226 2510