Stone Brewing Co.

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States

(760) 471-4999 | map
www.stonebrewing.com

Notes:
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens website & hours:

 http://www.stoneworldbistro.com 

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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Photo of Aiptasia
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

While the DW and I were in San Diego for a convention last week, we rented a car and made the haj up to Escondido to visit Stone brewing. Stone is hidden alongside a medical plant, just past a crop of auto dealerships and repair shops at the crest of a hill. We arrived at about 11:45 am last Sunday.

Stone is a large and unassuming building, which you could easily mistake for any modern new office building. There's very little signage, but they're the only building on the street with their own bamboo garden, overflow parking lot and valet parking out front.

Walking down from the parking lot, you can enter from the bamboo garden along a stone pathway, with several natural stones inlaid into the path. Arches and trellises with Japanese bell lamps were a nice touch. They have several man made water features such as a waterfall and pond areas in the garden. It was chilly cold that morning, so we didn't linger in the gardens.

Walking in, you enter the gift shop and growler fill room with the dining room/bistro off to the right. The gift shop is medium sized and filled with the usual brewing schwag. They have several types of t-shirts, hoodies, hats, glasswear, stickers and other schwag throughout. Their growler bar sells growlers in three different sizes/prices and has their full production line of annual beers. I didn't note anything "tasting room specific" other than oaked arrogant bastard.

The tours on Sunday start on the hour every hour. Tickets were free (bonus!) and we had about fifteen minutes to kill, so we headed for the bar in the bistro and had a look at the menu over brews. The bistro is dutch modern in style and well appointed with lots of bar space, and the brewery itself serves as a glassed backdrop on one side and the gardens illuminating through on the other side.

Their draft last was actually smaller than I'd anticipated, with about 40 regional craft beers on tap. Their bottle list was also likewise modest, but what they offered was quality over quantity. They had several selections of their own brews, collaboration brews, and such notable choices as offerings from Lost Abbey, The Bruery in Placentia and 50/50 to name a few. We didn't try the food, but the prices were reasonable and the choices were plentiful. Think American gastropub fusion food.

About 30 people assembled at noon for our tour, in which we were lead into the brewery past their control room (no penguins) to two stone pedestals in front of their massive mash tun. One pillar supported a stone bible with their words of wisdom etched within, one supported bottles of their annual beers and three snifters of barley, a snifter with whole hops and a tulip of arrogant bastard. All were guarded by a stone gargoyle riding on top of an oak barrel.

The tour itself was basic and meant to explain the brewing process to noobs. We were allowed to sample some cracked roasted barley malt (mmm, grape nuts) and see the wort sparging out of the mash tun (pumping to a fermentation tank). We also saw two worker bees add two five gallon buckets full of centennial pelleted hops into another mash tun. Other worker bees were cleaning out a huge dry hopper into floor drains. Nice and hoppy beer.

At the end of the tour, we were allowed to sample four of their beers (levitation ale, smoked porter, arrogant bastard and double AB), all for free, 2 oz. pours. Definitely go and check out Stone!

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dochook
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Jmikepow
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mwilbur
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We just visited their place in Escondido a couple weeks ago and, overall, it was a very good experience. Loved the architecture of the building and the design of the gardens. Obviously superb brews and the food was very good too. Service was decent, but not outstanding. I would have given the Vibe a 4.75 or 5, except for the 2 areas of old vomit we encountered in the gardens...one of which was on a rock which my wife accidently leaned against. Yeah...not cool.

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Photo of rainydays2020
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.13/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Nichols33
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place is amazing. I'm not a huge fan of Stone's beers, don't hate them just think they are good to try and move on. But I was encouraged to stop here and thank god I did. It's a bit of a hike out of the city, but totally worth it. The beer garden was amazing. Lots of chairs around the grounds to chill out in, some artificial turf to lay on and have a beer. A nice pond throughout with fish, frogs and turtles. Was there on a Saturday afternoon and it was packed but still awesome. Went back on a Sunday night and it was cool with the fireplaces going and the lights on. Also, their experimental Mocha IPA was the best beer I had in San Diego (and I hit Alesmith, Toolbox, Modern Times, Port, Lost Abby, Ballast Point & Alpine).

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Photo of dsshuck
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Got there when they opened @ 11 am but there is no signage to tell you that you are in the right place. Once inside they have a nice bar and eating area where they serve excellent food to go with some excellent beer. There is also a deck area where you can eat outside. Beyond the outside eating area is a garden area. After an excellent meal and beers we spent time in the garden by the small waterfall and took in some sun while waiting for the 2 pm instead of rushing into the 12pm tour. The tour costs $5 and runs 12,2,4,6pm. We enjoyed seeing and hearing about how Stone operates and has evolved. At the the end was a sampling of four beers: Stone to go, Pale Ale 2.0, Cali-Belgique, and Smoked Porter. We got to keep the sample glass. Worth the effort to get there.

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Photo of philsunset
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Kuzi_86
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Finally was able to visit during a trip to California and it was totally worth the wait. Its easy to find but there was no giant sign outside like I expected. Showed up for a lunch before a 2pm tour and it was a great decision.

I was able to sit outside and the gardens are absolutely beautiful. Nice stone tables through the eating area with a bar area off to the side. Nice and peaceful outside with a good mix of customers and great customer service.

The food was really good, check out the Crime and Punishment preztels

The bar area is nice with a lot of "other" beers on tap besides there own which is nice to see. They had a few special beers on brewed by the staff and since it was Monday they were all available. All of their beers were spot on. The GoTo IPA was obviously the freshest I have had and was simply off the charts.

The Tour was good, the guide talked about the process and showed us 2 areas of the main building. They bashed Ballast Point a little bit for being sellouts and answered a lot of questions. The tour ended with 4-5 tasters and was definitely worth the time.

I highly recommend visiting Stone Brewery and Gardens, check out everything you can there. Besides there beers being amazing the place is great. Cheers!

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3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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4.76/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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3.94/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
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