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Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

658 Ratings
Ratings: 658
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.89%
Active Beers: 225
Beer Ratings: 107,324
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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

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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Reviews by Aiptasia:
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4.72/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

Aiptasia, Jan 17, 2012
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dagubna, Today at 08:33 AM
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Place is amazing!! Their beer garden is beautiful as is the whole environment of this place! Took my uncle here for his bday and took him on the tour and all. He loved it!

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Petegrieco, Sep 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

Stone is an amazing place. After having visited several start-up breweries around the state of Texas and then taking a trip to this location, I realized what a state of the art place it was.

The atmosphere is incredible and their in-house restaurant gives the brewery a "high-end" vibe.

It was an interesting task locating the brewery because there is no sign on the outside letting everyone know that they have found Stone. If you are familiar with what a brewery looks like it will be easy to stumble upon it. The tour informs you as to why this is and is a pretty neat idea.

The tour was excellent and very informative. I feel as though the tasting room could be separated from the gift shop so as to create a less crowded environment and to make you feel as though you can talk about the beers.

Other than a separate tasting room, this brewery needs nothing else and is world-class!

Webbey, Sep 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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crc1978, Sep 07, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Visited California and this gem. Located in a discrete building in an industrial park, it contains an oasis of beer and food once you drive a little way in. We took the tour of the brewery, one of the best of the many I've been on. Dinner was great. High end brewpub with nice outdoor seating. Would love to get back there.

BeerTrooper606, Sep 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.5%

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
100 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.