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Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
181 Beers
73,542 Hads
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 309
Visits: 892
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 | map
www.stonebrewing.com

Notes:
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

For Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co. beers:

 http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... ile/43153/ 
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Reviews: 309 | Visits: 892
Reviews by jim102864:
Photo of jim102864
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hidden in an industrial no-mans land, this is the Taj Mahal of breweries for sure. A large, literally open building that is as impressive as it is benignly haughty in its arrogance.

My visit was on a Wednesday earlier this month. My first impression was of the bar which peers into a massive glassed-in brewing production where product is born. High ceilings with bizarre asian non-music playing in the background. Nothing but youg lads behind the bar and 30-and-40-somethings males bellied up. The dining area contains five massive multi glass paneled doors that roll up like garage doors exposing the great otdoors to all. The bar surface itself had been recently reshalacked leaving that awful sticky feeling to the touch. Stone walls and an exposed steel beam ceiling make for an itentionally cavernous feel. Several lamps with tin shades with the gargoyle stone image lazer cut into the shade are quite interesting. It's airy and tres beer chic if there is such a thing.

The outdoor garden area is a pleasant mix of stone and flora complete with a tumbling water fall and a small budda placed at the fall's end. Hidden adirondack chairs are placed throughout the garden, sometimes solo and others in small groups nestled about.

My first brew was a Levitation Ale (only 4.4 yet too bitter for the style) followed by an oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale (7.2) which was pleasant as it warmed. A fairly extensive bottle list along with several Cali guest brews on tap. The guest tap list included Avery's Maharaja which was served in a tiny 8 oz glass along with some offerings from Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Port Brewing, and Rogue.

There were also a few stunning waitresses including a blonde who belonged in Playboy.

They even have a trendy store at the entrance which offered such things as bicycle jerseys and growler refills.

The Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens is the embodiment of what has become a success story in brewing. A fasinating place and worth checking it out even if you're not a big Stone fan.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerTwigs
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Finally was able to visit during a trip to California and it was totally worth the wait. Its easy to find but there was no giant sign outside like I expected. Showed up for a lunch before a 2pm tour and it was a great decision.

I was able to sit outside and the gardens are absolutely beautiful. Nice stone tables through the eating area with a bar area off to the side. Nice and peaceful outside with a good mix of customers and great customer service.

The food was really good, check out the Crime and Punishment preztels

The bar area is nice with a lot of "other" beers on tap besides there own which is nice to see. They had a few special beers on brewed by the staff and since it was Monday they were all available. All of their beers were spot on. The GoTo IPA was obviously the freshest I have had and was simply off the charts.

The Tour was good, the guide talked about the process and showed us 2 areas of the main building. They bashed Ballast Point a little bit for being sellouts and answered a lot of questions. The tour ended with 4-5 tasters and was definitely worth the time.

I highly recommend visiting Stone Brewery and Gardens, check out everything you can there. Besides there beers being amazing the place is great. Cheers!

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Photo of Mike_Amps
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of Stevenw7474
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Rddayson
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Keeling
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of SDBeerGere
4.76/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Davelucas88
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Stasch
3.94/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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

Photo of dmk82
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of NateDyk47
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Masonpp85
4.31/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

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