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Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
217 Beers
113,682 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 830
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.61
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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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: 830 | Reviews: 310
Reviews by DefenCorps:
Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of the best places to have a beer, really. An exceptional experience. I've been there thrice this year, and I'm due a review.

The Stone Bistro is by far the best looking bar(if you can call it that) I've been to. High vaulted ceiling, fantastic decors and a large, wooden bar that can seat about 20 anchors one corner of the room, while there are a lot of tables. What's sets this place apart are the outdoors. While some places have an outdoor bar, Stone takes that to a fabulous extreme. A large communal table (of stone, nonetheless), another bar with about 20 taps litter the outside, along with more tables. And then there's the gardens, an (artificial) rock garden with a smattering of picnic tables for you to enjoy your beer in the balmy Southern California weather.

The quality of the selection is excellent. A lot of Stone beers on tap (as expected), but a lot of guest taps as well. Pliny seems to be a permanent fixture here, and one thing I appreciate about Stone is the fact that even though they don't brew sours, they always have a couple on. Pours are usually in 16oz tulips or 8oz snifters OR tumblers. The tumblers do seem a strange choice, especially for stouts and such. Also, the last time I was there, I witnessed the most horrific cask pour I've seen, it was all yeast and dry hops, murky and horrendous, eclipsed by the fact that the person who ordered it chose to drink it. It really looked like a curdled Irish Carbomb (the drink). For these reasons, I'm docking a point on the quality.

Service has always been solid, reasonably quick, prompt and attentive, I can't say I can complain too much. The food is pretty solid too, I've enjoyed all that I've eaten here (Duck Tacos, Ruination cheddar soup and beer mac and cheese) and it's always been of very high quality. The portions tend to be large, so keep that in mind. Also, the food can be a little pricey. For my last meal there, a soup, tacos and a beer ran up to $30 incl tip, and while it's not cheap, it's a cut above regular bar food. The beer prices are excellent, though, usually $4-6, and thoroughly worth it.

In conclusion, this place is one of the do not miss places out in So Cal.

More User Reviews:
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 dcbobcat
3.85/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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 AlexInJH
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of joshuaarnao
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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 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

Photo of Melocollo
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

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
100 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.