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Stone Brewing Co.

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Based on:
208 Beers
98,266 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

Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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 augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
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.