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Stone Brewing Co.

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Based on:
189 Beers
72,264 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 309
Visits: 881
Avg: 4.49
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
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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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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
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 theDuck
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of mkanne3616
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of sheenisgod
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Joeshungry
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Really fucking nice. SoCal must

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Photo of ddugan
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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 StL_Rob
3.81/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
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 drummerdwzp
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Grebomm
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of StyrmanAllan
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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 jschott75
3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of gandres
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dacoop1968
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Enjoy by 10-31-15...way too smooth and easy to drink!!! this will get you in trouble...

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Photo of Radilius
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beautiful place. Can't wait to go again.

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Photo of Spreetaper
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of callmecatalyst
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Amazing tours - a must for any one who knows that Stone is above every other brewery.

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Photo of Selleck
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of J3FF
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ArmOnFire
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -18.9%
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 abkaroll
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ryannel24
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Wow what a nice place!! Great place to spend a day.

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