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Stone Brewing Co.

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Based on:
210 Beers
98,195 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 309
Visits: 881
Avg: 4.46
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States
phone: (760) 471-4999

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @stonebrewingco

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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens website & hours:


Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Kitchen closes every night at 10:00 pm
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Reviews: 309 | Visits: 881
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is one of those holy grails, mecca spots.. Chico. This place. FW Invitational. Yeah, that pedigree. Some beer hipsters don't like Stone, but its more about their marketing than the substance of the beer from where I sit.

Great taplist, great guest taps, great bottle list, great guest bottles. Amazing place, the pond, the backyard if you will, everything. Gift shop has some cheesy shit in it for sure. Really popular on the weekends.

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Photo of ddugan
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I have visited the brewery 10-15 over the past few years. Beautiful grounds. Must take the brewery tour to get a peek inside of the operation and taste Stone's staple brews after the tour. You can sit at the bar inside the restaurant and enjoy your choice of beer from Stone as well as countless other local and national breweries. Restaurant has awesome food. You can sit outside in the garden or take your beer with you and wander the grounds. Full company store with t-shirts, glassware, hats, books, etc. Fridges with bottles to go and growler fills at the store's bar.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Another top spot from my SD visit. Amazing grounds, good staff, awesome beers on tap (theirs and others) and fantastic food. It was so good I had to visit a second time. Could have spent the whole day there lounging around the grounds.

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Photo of StyrmanAllan
4.15/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Not very noticeable from the outside, but the inside it nicely decorated and thought through. Sweet outside area as well as a cozy inside place giving a good view into the actual brewery.

Tried about 6 different stone beer samples which were all delicious. The selection of Stone beer is not that great to be honest, but the overall selection is good including a lot of good beer from a lot of other breweries. However when being at Stone I'd prefer seeing mostly just a good Stone beer selection over a good selection of other beer. Didn't try the food but what bypassed us looked OK.

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Photo of ArmOnFire
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

No sign anywhere....only reason I knew I was at the right place was the large party bus that had "Stone or Bust" written on the side.

Did the tour, it was informative, but felt like it was missing something compared to other brewery tours, could have been that it was a busy Sunday, they sell out a few hours in advance. Got a taster glass and about 5 or 6 pours....worth the $3.

Beer - It's Stone, I don't need to say more....I was surprised by the selection of non-Stone brews that they had. Amazing selection, they need to make a hotel across the street (rumor I heard was in planning).

Food - Excellent, very broad range, picky eaters beware, you will either starve or expand your horizons.

Atmosphere - Awesome

It was an experience.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.64/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped at Stone Tasting room near the stadium. Small quaint place. Servers were freindly. Small selection of Stone beers. Had several tasters, all of which were pretty good. Wasn't there during anything exciting on tap.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Everything about this place is awesome. The only disappointing thing is the beer selection. It's good, but dominated by Stone's regular year round rotation.

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Photo of Richard-Scott
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

You've got to go. Sit in the Adirondacks, eat a sampler and taste some of the best beers in all of California. I won't miss a chance every time I'm in SoCal.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A MUST visit if in the SD/Escondido area! This is a five-star establishment, one certainly for those "worthy"!! IMHO, try the humus and the yakisoba, paired w/ a nice IPA and you will not be disappointed! I cannot WAIT for the Richmond location to materialize....closer to the ol' homestead!!!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stone is the biggest brewery/restaurant I have been to thus far. Huge parking lot, huge space, but it is still quite crowded most of the time. Expect to wait for pretty much everything. They have a solid list of taps and bottles with the occasional rare treat. Service has always been good.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -38.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Frequently crowded, Stone can be a tough spot to find a table at. Selection is almost always above average (and quality - at least in terms of beers from other breweries), but the quality of the brewery's own draft beers is often lacking - especially relative to the price.

Service has never been stellar during my many visits here. Expect long lines to order beers, surprisingly unknowledgeable waitstaff (most of whom seem to be blindly devoted to Stone's offerings - or just brainwashed by the company culture), and the occasional odd issue with general customer service or even basic human courtesy (I saw someone with a legitimate driver's license clearly showing their well-past 21 birthdate get rejected when trying to order a beer because the license happened to be expired by less than a month; it's not like Stone would have been fined or anything had they been caught as nothing illegal would have transpired). I imagine they employ a paranoid GM who trains the staff this way, replete with suspect poppycock antidotes about California's governmental regulators "cracking down" on alcohol-serving establishments. I guess they really did commit to the whole "Arrogant Bastard" image - and not in the tongue-in-cheek way they might have us believe...

The pricing is quite high by San Diego craft beer standards; compare to Lost Abbey <20 minutes away. Food is quite pricey as well, but I've heard it's good.

The vibe is a bit sterile and impersonal. Stadium-esque parking can barely accomodate the demand. The crowd is mostly casual beer drinkers and tourists who have heard of Stone - or think it's hip because they saw Stone's fantastic marketing via an Arrogant Bastard bottle at Trader Joe's. But (of course) there are plenty of hardcore craft beer fans, and I'm always glad to stumble upon Stone's promotion of homebrewers at their many events - provided I can find a table.

All things considered, Stone World Bistro & Gardens is more for casual "I like hoppy beers" and "Oh, this is good! What's in this?" type drinkers than discerning enthusiasts, but it's worth stopping in on the way to breweries like Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, or even Alpine if you fancy a San Diego beer trip. I'm sure I'll end up back at Stone for a pint or two, if only to avail of their guest beer selection.

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Photo of Pawoto
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stone's mothership lived up to the hype! Really cool place. Tour with Haley was definitely worthwhile, and Cherry was the best waitress I've ever had! Food was a little too "foodie" for my taste, but there was more than enough to choose from. Picked up a bottle of Enjoy After - which I hadn't seen on the east coast at all.

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Photo of ARoman
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

*Based on notes from 02/2014*
Although it’s tucked away in an industrial park (a common theme for these San Diego breweries), they’ve really done a great job making this place their own. Very large selection of beer, both their own and others, with high quality, tasty food, and a really unique feel - kinda industrial sterilized, yet outdoorsy and natural (gee, kinda like stones?). Also a nice tap room and gift shop attached.

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Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.64/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

In terms of an ambience it doesn't get better than this in the US or maybe the world. The outdoor beer garden is a peaceful and relaxing array of beauty and heart.

The draft list is always stacked with Stone special offering and they also leave a good chunk for some of their friends like Russian River and Alpine and other SD breweries. The bottle list used to be insane but most of the older stuff (like the 3L Stonewall) have all been depleted.

The food is fantastic, rotating and the Arrogant Bastard Rings that used to be the must have now transitioned into Beer pretzels (amazing) and short ribs (world class). A great place that you can bring the infants too and they are always staffed appropriately to meet the demands. Be sure to make a reservation on Saturdays and during special events.

The days when the anniversary parties were there were some of my favorite. All in all this is the #1 spot for anyone out of state doing the SD tours.

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Photo of Lard_City
3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice place but can get way crowded on most evenings. Try the Point Loma location if this one is too busy. Recommend getting a reservation if going here after 5:00 pm.

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Photo of SSS
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I totally geeked out at this experience. The beer selection is pretty good. Vibe is very chill and not pretentious. I had the brisket, which was okay, not smoked and the sauce it was submerged in was a little sweet for me. My wife had the sausage which was spicy, but not overpowering, went well with the IPA I was drinking. I highly recommend.

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Photo of BryTheCraftBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere is amazing. One of my 7 wonders of the world. Food is good, beer is great! Growler fills everytime (glances over at empty growler
) time to go back, next weekend.

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Photo of TigheC
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

As a San Marcos, CA local this is my favorite brewery to relax at. Stone beer is not necessarily a favorite of mine but the atmosphere is wonderful. The grounds are unmatched in beauty by any local brewery- even families and children don't seem out of place in the beautiful garden. They have a great guest tap list and the brewery tour is a nice touch.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -32.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Your arrogance does not exempt the fact that you cannot put out a decent brew other than IPAs without stealing the recipe from a homebrewer or collab.

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Photo of derise
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stone was prob the best brewery I have been to. This one should be on everyones bucket list. amazing food, list of beer, and the brewery itself was outstanding.

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Photo of mschantz
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

The Stone tasting room is nothing short of the apex of the convergence of beer and culinary culture. The place is massive and gorgeous. The garden area is very kid friendly while the more formal dining area is swanky enough for the nicest occasion. While there were 12 or so Stone beers and a similar number of guest beers on tap, the Stone beers are all widely available. I would love to see some of their more limited beers available for those who have made the pilgrimage. While the beer offering may not impress serious beer folks, the food should - it is creative and fantastic. All-in- all, Stone should not be missed.

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Photo of brewjockey
5/5  rDev +12.1%

One of my all time favorite IPAs. Super crisp, clean and piney. Hard to believe it's actually a double IPA as it's very drinkable. If you like Pliny the Elder, you should like this.

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Photo of Deebers
5/5  rDev +12.1%

We are in town for a poker tour, and decided to check out "hops highway." We heard so many great things about Stone, so headed in that direction. I've never seen a brewery that is so inviting and not just an industrial warehouse. We were not disappointed one bit. Check out our experience:

Link to a post with a video and photos: http://bit.ly/1vqf06P

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Photo of joev16
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Love this place. Excellent variety of brews in a beautiful building. The courtyard is beautiful to mingle in while enjoying your brew! Definitely going back soon.

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Photo of TraderReese
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Nothin' wrong here. The whole package and then some. More excellent beer on tap than you could enjoy/explore in a week of daily visits. And the featured, special brews by various brewers they employ is a great treat. Believe the hype...they are that good. Oh, and you are not worthy...

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
99 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.