Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
212 Beers
102,715 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 850
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
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[ 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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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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Ratings: 850 | Reviews: 318
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Photo of Aiptasia
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 TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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!!!!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Photo of Pawoto
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.84/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome place to take the family.

Photo of eawolff99
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Holy Christ!!! That is all! Destination spot for any self respecting beer nerd!!

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A bit Bujwah but, a worth while spot to stop in and check out.

Photo of ARoman
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Really really one of the best, top 3 american craft beer breweries. Love the beers, keep em coming!

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Lard_City
3.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of smb
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Literally the Disneyland of beer. I've yet to visit an all around better environment to relax and enjoy a cold one in.

Photo of SSS
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of BryTheCraftBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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 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 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 jooler
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

it a really fancy place. i always feel obligated to dress up nice in order to go there. food is alright.

Photo of Jakkusu90
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Their garden is the highlight of the brewery.

Photo of derise
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of mschantz
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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

Would definitely recommend the IPA soup. Really nice outdoor garden, great vibe and service. The tour is also worth the time.

Photo of stonefan55
5/5  rDev +8.5%

charlie in the chocolate factory for beer lovers !

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
100 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.