Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by HardTarget:
4.15/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Hard to be objective about Stone as I'm such a fan of their work, but here goes.
First off, get a good map and/or directions before you go. Calling the brewery was frustrating as the don't answer their phones and have a very fast, not helpful verbal direction on how to get there. Had to stop for directions.
Once there, the place is brand spanking new and very nice. Heavy on stone (duh) but well set up with a nice sized dining room, tasting room/reception/swag store, and a huge ass brewery. Snagged a couple tickets for a tour and had to scarf down an appetizer as to not miss it.
Tour was impressive, and the tour guide was pleasant, but not really informative, at least to my beer geek ears. The walk in, heck, drive in cooler was really awe inspiring for all the barrels, kegs, cases, etc. of all the different world class beers, not just Stone, but Victory, Germans, Belgians, etc. etc. etc.
After that we sat and split a Buffalo Burger, which was nice but a little dry. The appetizers we had before were much better (Spud Buds - deep fried mashed potatoes; and fried mushrooms).
Service was good, but the place wasn't very busy mid afternoon weekday.
Afterwards we walked around the gardens which were very pleasant. Hops and olives grew freely, water flowed, sun shown.
Beers were nice and selection was good, but not what I expected looking at the sample beer menu online (disappointed at the lack of Pliny which I really wanted to try).
All in all, definitely glad I took the time and trouble to get there from San Diego.
Really guys, fix those directions.
08-23-2007 03:16:50 | More by HardTarget
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4.79/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Just got back from a trip to southern California, which included a visit to the Stone Brewing Company in Escondido. I expected an enjoyable time, and man did I ever get one! You'll need a GPS or Google Maps to find the place because there is no signage or advertising -- and that's intentional, according to the tour guide. Our visit included the brewery tour, followed by lunch in the taproom. The "Company Store" includes all sorts of Stone paraphernalia, mostly logo clothing and hats, but also cookbooks, glassware, sauces, and of course a big cooler full of chilled bombers, and a tap bar to fill your growlers.
The tour lasted about 30 minutes, and included a crash course in the basics of beer brewing. The thing that struck me the most was the general work atmosphere of the place. The people working at Stone seem to love what they do, and it shows. Our guide Justin was having plenty of fun, especially at the end when he got to sample the wares with us. We tasted a flight of four brews, including two standbys (IPA and Arrogant Bastard) and two new or limited release brews (Sprocketbier and Smoked Porter with Chipotle Pepper). We got to keep the souvenir tasting glass. The Stone folks were open to all questions and to just talk about the joy of beer generally. Overall a very fun time and positive experience. And all this for only $3 a head!
The taproom is nothing short of awesome. Beautifully decorated in wood and stone, with a giant "portrait" of the gargoyle on one wall, an impressive bar and open-air seating. The patio opens onto some nicely landscaped grounds with streams and pools, plenty of relaxing chairs under shade trees, and overall a sense of beer-focused nirvana. The lunch menu leans to the pricey side, with low-end stuff around $15 for some sandwich platters, and most items in the $20-30 range. The big-ticket selection was the bison steak for $39. Many (most?) items on the menu found a way to incorporate the various Stone brews into their sauces or condiments. I tried the artisan sausage platter, which was quite delicious and well worth the price.
If you ever get down toward the San Diego area and have a chance to visit Stone, this is a place not to be missed. The tour guide wasn't sure how to answer my question: "Do I ever have to leave?"
07-21-2014 01:39:11 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
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