Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
212 Beers
102,661 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 850
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.61
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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Ratings: 850 | Reviews: 318
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

San Diego weather shows itself, at last; a beyewtiful, sunny day. Heading north for a few days, thinking a stop along the way at Stone for a beer or three is well in order this Sunday afternoon. It’s been 9 years since Greg showed his wares at that first Blind Tiger 121212 event. I’m a bit overdue in checking back in. Thinking I’m worthy, is all...

Parked and wandered through the jungle to the entrance, dodged the hostess and worked our way in. Crazy, open, large, cavernous room 2 stories high, with spread panels covering vaulted ceilings disguising much ductwork and rafters. A wall of vertical windows runs the length of the space looking over the brewroom of massive to the front side. To the rear, a wall of angled garage door windows over the garden party. The near wall of concrete, set by wood planks and removed but still showing its grain imprints left behind, with a gigantic gargoyle carved into it smoothly. And the far wall of stone face over crazy bathrooms below, and a stairwell to additional seating there; cutaways along the way up with bottles displayed. Wandered up to the ‘lil balcony up there and looked out over the room, it’s got a great feel. Classical music, a light breeze, it’s really serene and pleasant today.

They’ve got a cool flowing loose change water way with a sprawling tree and large stone in the center of the room, and sectioned seating areas around it and about; 12 booths & tables in a step up area to the near wall, 14 more below along the outside wall, and another dozen tables and bar counter pieces along the brewroom walls. And towards the far end, a rectangularish shaped bar; one side curved like a swinging door open. Wood top, slate base & foot rail, and seating for 2 dozen on brown leather chairs. A 2 sided tower row sits inside with 18 nondescript handles; but they’re shown mounted on a steel framing piece above along with some bottled selections.

6 tables looking over the room from the balcony perch above. Through from there to a back room holding 4 pair of longish tables in rows, a perfect party room space complete with etched gargoyle lampings cut out above. And out to the porch, 6 tables overlooking the garden scene. And downstairs into the mix of it; seating for a dozen on a slab topped bar on the far end, and 6 tables around a fire pit.

Now out in the garden proper, heavily treed, with heat lamps abound. Stone, slab & brick floorings; chunks of stone bordering and rock walls. Nearly 3 dozen tables all around, lots of roundies and large granite slabbings, some in corners or nooks, awnings and secret places. Unfortunately, we can’t get a readily available table like, right there (pointing), due to reservations (can’t we name drop some Stone reps from across the northeast to help this along?), so we opted for the koi pond/fire pit seating 10 on curved slat. Eventually though, we moved to the VIP section (as we have named it); a little corner with (like) a 4’ X 8’ slab table granite piece of rock a foot wide with cushioned benchings and chairs around it, housed beneath a trellis of viney flowery protection from the evil fire ball in the sky.

Wandered the trail wrapping around the lower 100 acre wood along the water, murky and, no, wait, oh, it’s barleywine. No other brewery in the world blends its barleywine by waterfall (But it’s the only way if you want it just right). Nook & secret places, tables & benchings, and random reclining chairs out there. Seems they’re building a wood deck corner piece for band play, perhaps.

Signs riddled about reading, “Our beer cooler is currently undergoing expansion. Please excuse us for having just 16 amazing craft beers on tap until mid-April”, or something like that. Oh, poor us. 10 house beers (Stone Pale Ale, Smoked Porter, IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Ruination, Levitation Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Cali Belgique IPA, Sublimely Self Righteous, Old Guardian Barleywine), and 6 guest taps (Beachwood The Dominator IPA, Craftsman El Prieto Sour Black Ale, LadyFace IPA, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine, Great Divide 18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA, Paulaner Octoberfest-Marzen). I drank the Stone Pale Ale & Levitation (trying to stay on the low end of ABV play, today), and repeated where necessary. There’s also a bottle list with upwards of 120 offerings, roughly 50 of them US craft beer and 40 Belgians (Orval costs a cool $7), with the remainder being a mix of beers of the world. And some 6 dozen wines, too, including dessert wines & sake.

I refrained from foodings this afternoon due to having experienced a breakfast ridiculous, but duck tacos do sound delicious. Don’t know about $22 delicious, but maybe if they did a $12 just kind of tasty version.

Nothing rare or unusual, but a solid tap list just the same, and a kickin’ bottle selections, too. Seriously, one of the single most chill places I’ve ever spent an afternoon. Yep, I’d do that again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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!!!!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Photo of Pawoto
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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

Awesome place to take the family.

Photo of eawolff99
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Holy Christ!!! That is all! Destination spot for any self respecting beer nerd!!

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A bit Bujwah but, a worth while spot to stop in and check out.

Photo of ARoman
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

*Based on notes from 02/2014*
Although it’s tucked away in an industrial park (a common theme for these San Diego breweries), they’ve really done a great job making this place their own. Very large selection of beer, both their own and others, with high quality, tasty food, and a really unique feel - kinda industrial sterilized, yet outdoorsy and natural (gee, kinda like stones?). Also a nice tap room and gift shop attached.

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Really really one of the best, top 3 american craft beer breweries. Love the beers, keep em coming!

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

In terms of an ambience it doesn't get better than this in the US or maybe the world. The outdoor beer garden is a peaceful and relaxing array of beauty and heart.

The draft list is always stacked with Stone special offering and they also leave a good chunk for some of their friends like Russian River and Alpine and other SD breweries. The bottle list used to be insane but most of the older stuff (like the 3L Stonewall) have all been depleted.

The food is fantastic, rotating and the Arrogant Bastard Rings that used to be the must have now transitioned into Beer pretzels (amazing) and short ribs (world class). A great place that you can bring the infants too and they are always staffed appropriately to meet the demands. Be sure to make a reservation on Saturdays and during special events.

The days when the anniversary parties were there were some of my favorite. All in all this is the #1 spot for anyone out of state doing the SD tours.

Photo of Lard_City
3.93/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice place but can get way crowded on most evenings. Try the Point Loma location if this one is too busy. Recommend getting a reservation if going here after 5:00 pm.

Photo of smb
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Literally the Disneyland of beer. I've yet to visit an all around better environment to relax and enjoy a cold one in.

Photo of SSS
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I totally geeked out at this experience. The beer selection is pretty good. Vibe is very chill and not pretentious. I had the brisket, which was okay, not smoked and the sauce it was submerged in was a little sweet for me. My wife had the sausage which was spicy, but not overpowering, went well with the IPA I was drinking. I highly recommend.

Photo of BryTheCraftBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere is amazing. One of my 7 wonders of the world. Food is good, beer is great! Growler fills everytime (glances over at empty growler
) time to go back, next weekend.

Photo of rudimon
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

been a couple times.. good food and remember they brought out a 2-3 year aged RIS that was F@#KING awesome

Photo of TigheC
4.05/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

As a San Marcos, CA local this is my favorite brewery to relax at. Stone beer is not necessarily a favorite of mine but the atmosphere is wonderful. The grounds are unmatched in beauty by any local brewery- even families and children don't seem out of place in the beautiful garden. They have a great guest tap list and the brewery tour is a nice touch.

Photo of dannyboygaga
3.5/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

All the beers I have tried from this brewery have been a complete disappointment, I can not understand what all the hype is about.

Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -34.9%
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 jooler
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Their garden is the highlight of the brewery.

Photo of derise
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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 -3.5%
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 Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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 stonefan55
5/5  rDev +8.5%

charlie in the chocolate factory for beer lovers !

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
100 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.