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Stone Brewing Co.

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Based on:
190 Beers
72,319 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 309
Visits: 881
Avg: 4.49
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:


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: 309 | Visits: 881
Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is one of those holy grails, mecca spots.. Chico. This place. FW Invitational. Yeah, that pedigree. Some beer hipsters don't like Stone, but its more about their marketing than the substance of the beer from where I sit.

Great taplist, great guest taps, great bottle list, great guest bottles. Amazing place, the pond, the backyard if you will, everything. Gift shop has some cheesy shit in it for sure. Really popular on the weekends.

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Photo of theDuck
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of mkanne3616
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of sheenisgod
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Joeshungry
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Really fucking nice. SoCal must

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Photo of ddugan
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I have visited the brewery 10-15 over the past few years. Beautiful grounds. Must take the brewery tour to get a peek inside of the operation and taste Stone's staple brews after the tour. You can sit at the bar inside the restaurant and enjoy your choice of beer from Stone as well as countless other local and national breweries. Restaurant has awesome food. You can sit outside in the garden or take your beer with you and wander the grounds. Full company store with t-shirts, glassware, hats, books, etc. Fridges with bottles to go and growler fills at the store's bar.

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Photo of StL_Rob
3.81/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Another top spot from my SD visit. Amazing grounds, good staff, awesome beers on tap (theirs and others) and fantastic food. It was so good I had to visit a second time. Could have spent the whole day there lounging around the grounds.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Grebomm
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of StyrmanAllan
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Not very noticeable from the outside, but the inside it nicely decorated and thought through. Sweet outside area as well as a cozy inside place giving a good view into the actual brewery.

Tried about 6 different stone beer samples which were all delicious. The selection of Stone beer is not that great to be honest, but the overall selection is good including a lot of good beer from a lot of other breweries. However when being at Stone I'd prefer seeing mostly just a good Stone beer selection over a good selection of other beer. Didn't try the food but what bypassed us looked OK.

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Photo of jschott75
3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of gandres
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dacoop1968
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Enjoy by 10-31-15...way too smooth and easy to drink!!! this will get you in trouble...

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Photo of Radilius
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Beautiful place. Can't wait to go again.

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Photo of Spreetaper
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of callmecatalyst
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Amazing tours - a must for any one who knows that Stone is above every other brewery.

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Photo of Selleck
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of J3FF
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ArmOnFire
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.64/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of abkaroll
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ryannel24
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Wow what a nice place!! Great place to spend a day.

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
99 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.