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Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.92/5
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217 Beers
113,558 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 829
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
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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: 829 | Reviews: 309
Reviews by woodychandler:
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5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

How do you qualify the unquantifiable? Is this what they had in mind when they spoke of Beervana? All I can tell you is that on the approach, the enormity of the complex was daunting. I came in through the extensive gift shop and turned right to the snaking, hard wood bar with the monstrous brewhouse in view behind the bar. Just to give you an idea, they were brewing at 2200 when we pulled in. Yow! At the bar, there was a gargoyle carved into the left wall; a staircase up to the 2nd floor; a patio area aft, headed back to the parking lot. The décor was all stone, from the center fountain, to the walls. Out on the patio, a separate bar was right with a circular pathway running around the expansive Zen Garden (!). Again, trying to quantify the unquantifiable, but that outdoor walk was astounding! The Stone of the Eternal Flame was eye-catching and the Ring of Stone, with its snaking, twisting path along ponds, benches, and meditation areas (!) was astounding. I was blown away by it all. Definitely 5's.

Mom: Oh yeah! It does not scream "BEER". Instead, it is Stone mellow.

Drafts: 8 Stone, 24 guests.

Bottles: Only (ha!) Double Bastard, but around 75 guest bottles.

Man, I'm speechless.

Re-review from extensive notes dated Su, 19 July 2009

This was my first visit during daylight hours, on the occasion of their annual Sour Beer Fest and I got a much greater appreciation of its extensiveness. In fact, the first thing that struck me was the sheer enormity of the place.

The entry was in the center with the brewing operation to the left and the Zen Garden to the right, all facing. Immediately upon entering, on a button-hook right, was the m.d.s., followed by the bar area, mostly standard tables and chairs with a rectangular, wood-topped, full service bar in the back left corner. There was also a goldfish pond in the center of the restaurant area. The lavs were along the wall, past the bar, followed by a set of steps up to a separate sencond floor restaurant area. A series of doors built into glass garage-style doors led outside to the aforementioned Zen Garden, a multi-tiered, open-air garden with exposed stones, lots of trees and foliage, waterfalls, a small lake and an outside bar area. It reminded me of the garden at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, but on a much larger scale. To the left of the m.d.s. was the Tasting Room and Gift Shop.

Beers: If you need me to enumerate Stone's offerings, you may be on the wrong site! My fave? Bartender Larry's "Medicine" - Arrogant Bastard for those mornings when you might need to get right in a hurry.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dcbobcat
3.85/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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

Photo of joshuaarnao
4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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 TLieu
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Mrchato
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of demon
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Melocollo
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of benzalman
4.38/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of hippieflip
4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of crewfan1952
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of djgoodwi
4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of tbone1384
4.01/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of frjohn
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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.

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
100 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.