Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
4/5
Based on:
211 Beers
26,398 Reviews
Place Score: 99
Reviews: 302
Visits: 858
rAvg: 4.47
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: 302 | Visits: 858
Reviews by jletts:
Photo of jletts
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,812 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of DrifterBrew
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Where my IPA / Hops addiction was created. Love this brewery. If I lived in Escondido, CA; my liver would be shot in the first year. (132 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Everything about this place is awesome. The only disappointing thing is the beer selection. It's good, but dominated by Stone's regular year round rotation. (158 characters)

Photo of mwaltz99
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of SkiBumbo
3.13/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Richard-Scott
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

You've got to go. Sit in the Adirondacks, eat a sampler and taste some of the best beers in all of California. I won't miss a chance every time I'm in SoCal. (159 characters)

Photo of jasonsolis
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A MUST visit if in the SD/Escondido area! This is a five-star establishment, one certainly for those "worthy"!! IMHO, try the humus and the yakisoba, paired w/ a nice IPA and you will not be disappointed! I cannot WAIT for the Richmond location to materialize....closer to the ol' homestead!!!! (294 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stone is the biggest brewery/restaurant I have been to thus far. Huge parking lot, huge space, but it is still quite crowded most of the time. Expect to wait for pretty much everything. They have a solid list of taps and bottles with the occasional rare treat. Service has always been good. (290 characters)

Photo of Teen-o
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -38.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Frequently crowded, Stone can be a tough spot to find a table at. Selection is almost always above average (and quality - at least in terms of beers from other breweries), but the quality of the brewery's own draft beers is often lacking - especially relative to the price.

Service has never been stellar during my many visits here. Expect long lines to order beers, surprisingly unknowledgeable waitstaff (most of whom seem to be blindly devoted to Stone's offerings - or just brainwashed by the company culture), and the occasional odd issue with general customer service or even basic human courtesy (I saw someone with a legitimate driver's license clearly showing their well-past 21 birthdate get rejected when trying to order a beer because the license happened to be expired by less than a month; it's not like Stone would have been fined or anything had they been caught as nothing illegal would have transpired). I imagine they employ a paranoid GM who trains the staff this way, replete with suspect poppycock antidotes about California's governmental regulators "cracking down" on alcohol-serving establishments. I guess they really did commit to the whole "Arrogant Bastard" image - and not in the tongue-in-cheek way they might have us believe...

The pricing is quite high by San Diego craft beer standards; compare to Lost Abbey <20 minutes away. Food is quite pricey as well, but I've heard it's good.

The vibe is a bit sterile and impersonal. Stadium-esque parking can barely accomodate the demand. The crowd is mostly casual beer drinkers and tourists who have heard of Stone - or think it's hip because they saw Stone's fantastic marketing via an Arrogant Bastard bottle at Trader Joe's. But (of course) there are plenty of hardcore craft beer fans, and I'm always glad to stumble upon Stone's promotion of homebrewers at their many events - provided I can find a table.

All things considered, Stone World Bistro & Gardens is more for casual "I like hoppy beers" and "Oh, this is good! What's in this?" type drinkers than discerning enthusiasts, but it's worth stopping in on the way to breweries like Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, or even Alpine if you fancy a San Diego beer trip. I'm sure I'll end up back at Stone for a pint or two, if only to avail of their guest beer selection. (2,303 characters)

Photo of Mo_Dolf
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Pawoto
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stone's mothership lived up to the hype! Really cool place. Tour with Haley was definitely worthwhile, and Cherry was the best waitress I've ever had! Food was a little too "foodie" for my taste, but there was more than enough to choose from. Picked up a bottle of Enjoy After - which I hadn't seen on the east coast at all. (326 characters)

Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome place to take the family. (33 characters)

Photo of eawolff99
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Holy Christ!!! That is all! Destination spot for any self respecting beer nerd!! (82 characters)

Photo of jaydoc
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sathanas
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of JackStone
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Big-T
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of custiskid
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Drift
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
99 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.