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Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.92/5
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217 Beers
113,682 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 829
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
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[ 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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Ratings: 829 | Reviews: 309
Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
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

Photo of TigheC
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

As a San Marcos, CA local this is my favorite brewery to relax at. Stone beer is not necessarily a favorite of mine but the atmosphere is wonderful. The grounds are unmatched in beauty by any local brewery- even families and children don't seem out of place in the beautiful garden. They have a great guest tap list and the brewery tour is a nice touch.

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
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