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Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.9/5
Based on:
216 Beers
110,263 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 804
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.62
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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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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 by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Certainly the largest brewing facility I've visited, with a parking lot nearly as large as those provided for sports stadiums. As you enter the immense double-doors you pass through a schwag room where you can also get your growler fills, kegs, etc. Into a second room there are a few reclining chairs where you can sit back and enjoy the view of a large stone placed in the center of the room. This theme continues into the main seating area surrounding a well organized bar with cliff-like outcroppings leading to bathrooms below and a second (private?) seating area above the action.

Behind a seating area you find floor to ceiling glass looking on the brewing operations (free tours are available at scheduled times). Across the large room there is another wall consisting of enormous windows leading into a very large outdoor seating area for larger groups. There are great photos and videos of the space on the stoneworldbistro website. The atmosphere reminded me at times of a beer-centered version of Harris Ranch; the feel is corporate yet there was also an air of a theme park, patroled as it was by armed off-duty police officers in casual clothes.

The rules about ordering food are confusing - you can only order off of the bar menu while seated in certain areas, the appetizer or desert menu in other areas, and lunch or dinner from the main seating areas but only after certain times. That said, the wait-staff went out of their way to accomodate our requests, providing our ravenous group with pretty much whatever food we asked for. Service was friendly but harried, and a little slow overall. The facility is very busy though, so they deserve some slack.

The beer menu is extensive and draught and bottle prices are both reasonable with only a slight mark-up of the former. They were out of all the Evil Twin beers I tried to order, and I'm not sure the Craftsman saison I ordered was what I actually received, but the 16oz pour of Stone Smoked Porter was decent and the 8oz pours of ’t Gaverhopke Koerseklakske and Alesmith Speedway Stout were exceptionaly fresh and flavorful. I didn't inquire, but I expect these are among the cleanest tap-lines (35 in all) in the county.

The food is a bit overpriced, but well prepared. Their fried/stuffed mushrooms were tasty, the cheese plate was unusual (though portions were very small), the lime/chili chips were fresh, and the boar ribs were lovingly prepared and super-tender. Their brownies were among the best I've had. Everything utilized fresh ingredients, and up-scale twists on traditional bar food.

All in all, Stone is very much worth a visit if you are in the area - I cycled there with 30 other people from downtown Los Angeles, so our appetites and thirst were mighty by the time we arrived, and the bistro did not disappoint. Lost Abbey (in Stone Brewing's old space) and Churchill's are just down the road in San Marcos so you could easily make a day of brewery/beer-bar hopping.

More User Reviews:
Photo of psweendogg
4.89/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of HobbNobber
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -35.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Your arrogance does not exempt the fact that you cannot put out a decent brew other than IPAs without stealing the recipe from a homebrewer or collab.

Photo of ms333
4.39/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of derizotis
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of jooler
4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

it a really fancy place. i always feel obligated to dress up nice in order to go there. food is alright.

Photo of Jakkusu90
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Their garden is the highlight of the brewery.

Photo of derise
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stone was prob the best brewery I have been to. This one should be on everyones bucket list. amazing food, list of beer, and the brewery itself was outstanding.

Photo of mschantz
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

The Stone tasting room is nothing short of the apex of the convergence of beer and culinary culture. The place is massive and gorgeous. The garden area is very kid friendly while the more formal dining area is swanky enough for the nicest occasion. While there were 12 or so Stone beers and a similar number of guest beers on tap, the Stone beers are all widely available. I would love to see some of their more limited beers available for those who have made the pilgrimage. While the beer offering may not impress serious beer folks, the food should - it is creative and fantastic. All-in- all, Stone should not be missed.

Photo of NathanMilesLund
4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kingston213
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Bhulfeld
4.89/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jimjim123
4.36/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

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

Photo of T_Hass
4.76/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of italianstallion
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ItsPhipps
4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Ohniel
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of HippieDave56
4/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Would definitely recommend the IPA soup. Really nice outdoor garden, great vibe and service. The tour is also worth the time.

Photo of double2chin
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of JeremyScott
4.25/5  rDev -8%

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
100 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.