Stone Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 225
Beer Ratings: 102,150
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 560 | Reviews: 276 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by 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.
11-10-2009 21:51:33 | More by DefenCorps
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