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Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
4.01/5
Based on:
220 Beers
26,874 Reviews
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 304
Visits: 864
rAvg: 4.47
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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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: 304 | Visits: 864
Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The bare angulated gray slip-formed concrete walls, first seen back at the Stone 9th have started to fade into memory with a cosmetic make-up. The interior of the Brewery is complete & working like a well oiled Teutonic factory, the Shop has opened too. The aforementioned exterior has benefited from some much needed decoration which helps to mask its bare concrete soul & lends character to what was an empty shell only a year or so before. The last part in the transformation of Stone from a young urban San Marcos upstart to a burgeoning Escondido teenager-to-be, with all the promise of “the best is yet to come” which this holds, is the final part of the Jigsaw. So it was with some excitement that I drove down to Escondido to meet up with fellow BA’s & experience the recently ‘opened for business’ Bistro & Gardens.

Stone have, in the words of one illustrious drinker sat at our table, “Upped the Ante” here. A tall ceiling affair, the spacious yet personable Bistro is accessed through the more sterile hospital ward that is the Stone Shop. The bar is centrally located. From the cold starch like interior of the Stone Shop, it seems like you are transferred into a wonderfully captivating Amazonian wilderness that opens up & out in all directions to reveal a Secret Garden that Frances Hodgson Burnett would have been very proud of. Lots of natural materials; wood, water, daylight, rock & plants fill the interior, yet this is cleverly embraced with some man-made materials, such as ribbed steel re-bar which is used to great effect inside hot rolled A36 steel channel to form walkway borders downstairs & a strong fence upstairs. The rust bloom on this structural steel which develops quickly during construction has, thankfully, not been eradicated. I love the way Stone have preserved the naturally induced rust bloom with its gorgeous rustic orange glow & then encased this within a clear varnish that preserves the “real” natural appearance. The steel staircase that rises to the upper deck over & above the stone wall which sits behind the bar area is hard to ignore. I found this to be the cardio-biological centre of the Bistro & it was very hard not to be drawn to this central sculpture. The stone wall, filled with irregular random shaped rocks & boulders, starts inside & works its way outside through the large forward leaning windows with its roll up doors which would not be out of place facing a modern day fire station. Follow its progression you will find yourself staring at a very impressive outside bar, complete with two banked runs of stainless steel taps. This place is going to rock, you just know it is.

What else, oh yeah, the Beer range, you know with the great environment & food it is almost too easy to forget about the excellent draft & bottled beer selection, both are positively wholesome. Lots of Stone brews, local favorites & high end Cali brews from Russian River, Bear Republic & Pizza Port with limited appearances from the highly respected bigger brews from the smaller outfits such as Craftsman on draft. Belgians in bottles too.

Food, like the beer, is extremely well thought out. The Menu seems to be work in progress, which is a good thing for me, I know of at least one item that was worked off the menu due to the fact that it didn’t work well. Being the best means admitting that you get things “wrong” once in a while. It is all about the quality & not the quantity here. I have to say that I did not try the Duck Tacos, but judging by how great they looked, I seriously wish I had, next time! I did try the Chicken Curry Massala, it comes in Mild, Medium or Hot versions: the Hot was not “burn” enough for me, but it was very tasty & being served with sweet mashed potatoes infused with Stone Porter & braised Swish chaird, it was a very interesting alternate angle to the usual conservative Rice, which worked well for me – but a little bit of Naan bread would still go nicely with that dish. Everyone enjoyed their food & its creative stance, such that I opted for a Dessert – oh my!!! The Cheesecake with stinky Rogue blue cheese & Jalapenos was the Dogs Bollocks.

The Gardens are sublime; quiet & calming, quarried rocks, some still sporting drilled holes which were added to enable the explosives which fissure the eons old slabs away from its bedrock, fill the Stone Garden all around the walkway. With its depressed basin it has a secluded yet very imposing, hidden charm, but it still retains an aggressive expressive nature which seem at odds with its quieter feel - yet in true Stone style, they seem to bond the rampant Burton with the romantic Taylor into the perfect marriage. I can see many sitting in the Gardens as the lowing Sun sets not wanting to leave here!

It will surely be a pleasure to see this place grow, in more ways than one. Mary Lennox would surely think that this was Misselthwaite Manor if she was ever to visit here. Positively Charming!

**Highly Recommended**

Last Visit: Sunday 5th November, 2006. (5,032 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Selleck
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of J3FF
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ArmOnFire
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

No sign anywhere....only reason I knew I was at the right place was the large party bus that had "Stone or Bust" written on the side.

Did the tour, it was informative, but felt like it was missing something compared to other brewery tours, could have been that it was a busy Sunday, they sell out a few hours in advance. Got a taster glass and about 5 or 6 pours....worth the $3.

Beer - It's Stone, I don't need to say more....I was surprised by the selection of non-Stone brews that they had. Amazing selection, they need to make a hotel across the street (rumor I heard was in planning).

Food - Excellent, very broad range, picky eaters beware, you will either starve or expand your horizons.

Atmosphere - Awesome

It was an experience. (742 characters)

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.64/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped at Stone Tasting room near the stadium. Small quaint place. Servers were freindly. Small selection of Stone beers. Had several tasters, all of which were pretty good. Wasn't there during anything exciting on tap. (225 characters)

Photo of abkaroll
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ryannel24
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Wow what a nice place!! Great place to spend a day. (51 characters)

Photo of DrifterBrew
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Where my IPA / Hops addiction was created. Love this brewery. If I lived in Escondido, CA; my liver would be shot in the first year. (132 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Everything about this place is awesome. The only disappointing thing is the beer selection. It's good, but dominated by Stone's regular year round rotation. (158 characters)

Photo of mwaltz99
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of SkiBumbo
3.13/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Richard-Scott
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

You've got to go. Sit in the Adirondacks, eat a sampler and taste some of the best beers in all of California. I won't miss a chance every time I'm in SoCal. (159 characters)

Photo of jasonsolis
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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!!!! (294 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of Teen-o
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -38.9%
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. (2,303 characters)

Photo of Mo_Dolf
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Pawoto
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome place to take the family. (33 characters)

Photo of eawolff99
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Holy Christ!!! That is all! Destination spot for any self respecting beer nerd!! (82 characters)

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
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