Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jletts:
4.55/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Stone Brewery/Beer Shrine sits atop a hill all alone, surrounded by vacant lots and fields of grass. You know you're there when you crest the hill and see the steam rising from the vats and the huge stone block structure sitting all alone surrounded by massive parking lots. There is a large outdoor garden, complete with a fire pit, but I opted to sit inside. They had four vintages of the Stone Imperial Russian Stout on tap. I tried the 2003, 2004, and 2005 with dinner. With all the good stouts on tap I had to let the beers choose the dinner. Even their food is extreme! Super spicy Thai, seven layer garlic chicken, rich mac and cheese with ale marinated sausage...I decided on the pub sausage plate as to not overpower the stouts. I didn't review the beers as I was eating and having too much fun enjoying them, but I found distinct differences between the vintages. The 2003 was so mature it tasted like a barley wine born from a stout, with a very well balanced profile and a syrupy mouthfeel. The 2004 had more burgundy, woody, cocoa taste with a slight metallic finish. Certain distinct flavors stood out in this one, which was very different from the homogenous feel of the 2003. The 2005 was approaching the 2007 in flavor and was starting to resemble a stout once again. Service was excellent and I managed to eat dinner and drink 3 excellent aged stouts for $30 (with tip). Not a bad deal though many other dishes were priced rather high. This is a must stop if you are within, say, 50 miles of it!!!!
Update: After eating there about 10 times now I can say with all confidence that every ingredient used in the cooking (not to mention brewing!) is of the highest quality. Hence the high-priced food...but definately worth it if you want the quality of the food to match the outstanding beer.
04-12-2007 05:56:09 | More by jletts
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4.79/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Just got back from a trip to southern California, which included a visit to the Stone Brewing Company in Escondido. I expected an enjoyable time, and man did I ever get one! You'll need a GPS or Google Maps to find the place because there is no signage or advertising -- and that's intentional, according to the tour guide. Our visit included the brewery tour, followed by lunch in the taproom. The "Company Store" includes all sorts of Stone paraphernalia, mostly logo clothing and hats, but also cookbooks, glassware, sauces, and of course a big cooler full of chilled bombers, and a tap bar to fill your growlers.
The tour lasted about 30 minutes, and included a crash course in the basics of beer brewing. The thing that struck me the most was the general work atmosphere of the place. The people working at Stone seem to love what they do, and it shows. Our guide Justin was having plenty of fun, especially at the end when he got to sample the wares with us. We tasted a flight of four brews, including two standbys (IPA and Arrogant Bastard) and two new or limited release brews (Sprocketbier and Smoked Porter with Chipotle Pepper). We got to keep the souvenir tasting glass. The Stone folks were open to all questions and to just talk about the joy of beer generally. Overall a very fun time and positive experience. And all this for only $3 a head!
The taproom is nothing short of awesome. Beautifully decorated in wood and stone, with a giant "portrait" of the gargoyle on one wall, an impressive bar and open-air seating. The patio opens onto some nicely landscaped grounds with streams and pools, plenty of relaxing chairs under shade trees, and overall a sense of beer-focused nirvana. The lunch menu leans to the pricey side, with low-end stuff around $15 for some sandwich platters, and most items in the $20-30 range. The big-ticket selection was the bison steak for $39. Many (most?) items on the menu found a way to incorporate the various Stone brews into their sauces or condiments. I tried the artisan sausage platter, which was quite delicious and well worth the price.
If you ever get down toward the San Diego area and have a chance to visit Stone, this is a place not to be missed. The tour guide wasn't sure how to answer my question: "Do I ever have to leave?"
07-21-2014 01:39:11 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
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