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Stone Brewing Co.

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3.89/5
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213 Beers
112,099 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 821
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.61
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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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4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of TLieu
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Mrchato
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of demon
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of benzalman
4.38/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of hippieflip
4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of crewfan1952
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of djgoodwi
4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of tbone1384
4.01/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of frjohn
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of rudimon
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

been a couple times.. good food and remember they brought out a 2-3 year aged RIS that was F@#KING awesome

Photo of TigheC
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of SamN
4.15/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dannyboygaga
3.5/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

All the beers I have tried from this brewery have been a complete disappointment, I can not understand what all the hype is about.

Photo of psweendogg
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of HobbNobber
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Photo of ms333
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of derizotis
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
100 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.