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Stone Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.97/5
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Beers:
175
Reviews:
18,228
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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
99
Reviews:
315
Ratings:
913
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
5.12%
 
 
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States

(760) 471-4999 | map
www.stonebrewing.com

Notes:
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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Photo of t0rin0
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally made it here on the 4th attempt. It was completely by accident that I ended up here on the 11th anniversary celebration. In any case I was very impressed with this new brewery. We came in through the gift shop and looked through the window into the huge brewery. There were no reservations for the restaraunt so we walked right in and sat outside near the waterfall. The whole place is landscaped nicely. Theres a trail that goes around the artifical lake and waterfall.

The outside bar is almost as impressive as the inside bar. Tons of taps and an impressive beer menu. They had their 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th anniversary ales on tap. They also had a bunch of other goodies. They also have plenty of bottles available.

Now this may not have been a good representation of their service on account of most of their energy was focused outside for the celebration but I think the service was still pretty good. The bartenders were pretty helpful and real nice. They even told me of a wonderful place called the Holiday Wine Cellar right down the street.

Overall, Stone is a great place that makes great beer but you have to pay for it. Definitely worth a try.

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

My girlfriend drove me down to Escondido yesterday to finally visit Stone and it was everything I expected

We went to the Bistro first and peeking around the company store

We sat outside and had some appetizers and beer of course, we ate the spud buds, which are garlic mashed potatoes deep fried in Arrogant Bastard batter, they were pretty good, then we had some brown sugar and chiptole potato chips which were not bad either, got my starch in for the week

I had a 2007 Double Bastard, Craftsman Edgar's Ale, Pizza Port Carlsbad Spring Tide IPA, and a Rogue XS Imperial Stout

Prices for all four of the beers were four dollars which was not bad, but three of them were only eight ounce pours

Other beers on the tap menu yesterday were Sierra Nevada Extra Special Pale Ale, 2 Ballast Points, 6 or 7 more Stone brews, Coronado Idiot IPA, Victory Golden Monkey, Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, and many more, I think 24 all together

Some items off of the bottle list were Allagash Interlude, Lost Abbey Avant Garde, Avery Jubilation, Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale, and Port Brewing's Hop 15

The atmosphere was really cool and I enjoyed sitting in the garden and drinking a nice dark beer, they have a miniature waterfall that runs into a small pond

Service was good and only a couple minutes between each beer, even though there was not many people there because it was mid-day on a weekday

Price of entrees was a bit scary, which is why we elected to eat somewhere else

After leaving the bistro, I got a shirt from the store and enjoyed a free glass of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, then we went on a tour by ourselves at 6 pm with a very nice tour guide, she answered the majority of my many questions and seemed enthusiastic about it

The brewery itself is big and they are still expanding, I tasted some dry malts and learned about how much pale malt Stone uses in each batch, saw all the different tanks and went step by step through the process

She showed us a batch of Scotch Ale that they are working on for about the third time, but she does not if it will ever be available at this point in time

My favorite part of the tour was the final refrigeration room with all the kegs and barrels, saw some Bourbon aged Imperial Russian Stout and Brandy aged Smoked Porter, pale ales that were being barrel aged, and several other goodies that they offer on cask from time to time, cannot wait to try some of the things I saw in this room, I am excited to say the least

Had a Ruination IPA before we left and talked with the lady for a couple more minutes, and then got on our way to Pizza Port in Solana Beach

New addition, Sour Fest rules, best festival I have ever been to and will be going annually now, Compunction and Good Mojo were both amazing

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Photo of bkanderson3
3.65/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I just returned from an unforgettable trip to the San Diego area. Several friends and I went on a 5 day beer tour of San Diego County. Our first stop was Stone which I was looking forward to for months. It is a bit hard to find but when you drive up, it looks amazing. Walking in it's truly a beautiful site. You can sit in the bar and look at the brewery through the glass. The atmosphere is A+. The tap selection was large but some of Stone's truly arrogant beer was not available. The wait staff was somewhat knowledgeable but as a brewer not as knowledgeable as I hoped when visiting a brewery. The food was disappointing for the prices. We were waiting on an appetizer and missed the start of the brewery tour. We asked if we could join 5 minutes late and explained it was due to waiting for the appetizer but was denied. We saw some beers being offered at the tasting room that were not offered in the bar. We requested some samples but were told no. The beer was only for take out. We indicated, we don't have a fridge or a place to keep a growler but we were ignored. I love Stone's beer thus the reason for driving through 2 hours of traffic to get there but I don't think I will go back. I felt I was a burden instead of a child in a candy store which is the feeling I'm used to feeling when attending breweries as a brewer and beer lover. We also visited, Alesmith, Port Brewing, Carlsbad and Solana Beach Pizza Ports, Green Flash, San Diego Brewing, Coronado, Ballast Point, Liars Club, O'Briens and the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival.

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Photo of dcough
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

This place is beautiful. Loved the interior and the garden and landscaping in the back is something else. I have never been to a more spectacular brewery in my life. The tap selection was good though I had hoped they would have some Stone specialty brews on tap. The food was ok, I think we just happened to get a burnt plate of union rings, since most of the other reviews love them. Service was ok. I will say that it doesn’t have a very warn feeling to it. They are getting bigger and with that the place doesn’t have the personal touch.

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Photo of mobud
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

When I found out that I was going to be in San Diego in late Sept., the first thing I did was plan my trip up to Stone. I was glad I did! I have been a fan of their beers for years and to pair it with some interesting food sounded like a winner. As mentioned in many reviews before, you have to be looking to find this place in an up-and-coming industrial park. Once past the store and the front desk of the rest., you find a wide open seating area with bar at center and a glass wall leading to the outside seating/garden. We went outside because it was a beautiful SoCal afternoon. My son enjoyed walking around the garden and it killed time til he got his food. Some folk did look at us as if we were at church and we were disturbing their worship, but who cares!

Our server (Laura) was cool. My kid's food came quickly and the beers were timed nicely. She was also very honest about her likes/dislike about the menu and she did a great job guiding my unsure wife.
The food menu was well rounded, but a little pricey for the portions we received. The beer menu, on the other hand, was outstanding. I had a Bastard, a Ruination, and a Port Brewing The Twerp. All three were great and I wish I had more time to expore the rest of the draft list. I grabbed a copy of the beer menu because I know that folks would not believe me when I tell them the selection.

I think that it was worth my time and effort to get to this place. The only other knock I had was regarding the event for the evening. I was there on Sept. 30; the night of the nation toast in honor of Michael Jackson. It was mentioned on the beer menu ($1 from each pint sold to the Parkinsons group), but I was there from 4:45pm to 6:45pm and did not hear or see anyone taking part. Granted, I was on the outside deck, but I had a clear shot at the bar and still did not see any activity. If I missed it, sorry but I was worried that the moment was lost on some people.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The brewery is located in an isolated part of Escondido with empty lots and a hint the area will be developed in the next five years. It was tough to point out from the street since it doesn't look like what you might envision at first. I walked in at 8pm last night for dinner and was treated with a large boulder, the company store, and press clipping on the wall at the entryway. Inside the restuarant, glass panels seperate the dining room from the brewery. A larger than life gargoyle, carved into the stone wall, glazes at the beer he just brewed. Back to me, I took a seat the bar, treated myself with a HopDevil and Maudite for the night, consumed along with the sausage platter and Arrogant Bastard onion rings.

The place has a rather upbeat atmosphere with nice music playing, everyone drinking beer from elegant looking glasses, and watching the bartender pour pint after pint. You can expect tasty food from this place; it will cost you, but the draft beers are priced attractively. The service is passionate, and the beer garden is stunning to walk around in. Remember this place is rather isolated, so be patient as you're getting here.

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Photo of ottobon100
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was just out in San Diego/Escondido early September for our annual family visit and stopped by Stone since I had not been to their new location. One word - AWESOME! We went back two more times following our initial visit. Coming from the Virginia Beach area of Virginia we are deprived of microbreweries locally except for a Gordon Biersch which is okay but several of Stone's beers are my favorites. Loved the decor, restaurant, outside, movies, food AND; of course, the beer. I pretty much stuck with Arrogant Bastard but sampled as many of the others as I could. Good thing my wife wasn't drinking! Sober driver! The outside with the boulders, granite, stream, patio, fire pit, etc. is beautiful. We sat outside once early evening and once at night. I think between the six of us we pretty much covered at least a quarter of the menu and a bunch of the beers. Very impressive, first class place! Service was great and so were the Stone employees we dealt with. How about one on the east coast? Maybe Virginia Beach.... Anyway, great job Stone! Can't wait to get back for another visit next year.

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Photo of jgnatek
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

had a bit of a time getting here, but they do explain you need a map on the website. my bad.

no signs. this was hilarious, since i work at a place with no sign, and am constantly being complained to by customers who had to walk back and forth for 20 minutes trying to find us... karma i suppose.
big place, really well done. hard to compare to most things since the budget for this place was huge. just really beautiful stone (go figure), metal and wood. nicely done. i sat outside, despite it being in the high 90s that day.

service was good. didn't seem to know alot about the beer, but not everyone that works in a beer place is a beer geek. good enough.

i saw the owner greg gardening, which totally blew my mind. not because he was the owner of one of the biggest craft breweries in the country, but because he was pulling weeds and plucking trees. its fantastic that he takes the time to do little details like this. he came over and talked to me, bought me a beer for sitting out in the sweltering heat. seemed like a genuinely nice person. i saw him talk to his employees with the same friendliness that he had with me. that is important.

selection was very nice, i wish stone had more beers, but i guess i'll take quality over quantity. having the verticle epic on draft was nice. can't fault their choices. nicely done.

i ordered the tofu stir fry, and it was great. yes it is expensive, but this isn't a place you go every day. i felt that the price was reflective of the environment.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hard to be objective about Stone as I'm such a fan of their work, but here goes.
First off, get a good map and/or directions before you go. Calling the brewery was frustrating as the don't answer their phones and have a very fast, not helpful verbal direction on how to get there. Had to stop for directions.
Once there, the place is brand spanking new and very nice. Heavy on stone (duh) but well set up with a nice sized dining room, tasting room/reception/swag store, and a huge ass brewery. Snagged a couple tickets for a tour and had to scarf down an appetizer as to not miss it.
Tour was impressive, and the tour guide was pleasant, but not really informative, at least to my beer geek ears. The walk in, heck, drive in cooler was really awe inspiring for all the barrels, kegs, cases, etc. of all the different world class beers, not just Stone, but Victory, Germans, Belgians, etc. etc. etc.
After that we sat and split a Buffalo Burger, which was nice but a little dry. The appetizers we had before were much better (Spud Buds - deep fried mashed potatoes; and fried mushrooms).
Service was good, but the place wasn't very busy mid afternoon weekday.
Afterwards we walked around the gardens which were very pleasant. Hops and olives grew freely, water flowed, sun shown.
Beers were nice and selection was good, but not what I expected looking at the sample beer menu online (disappointed at the lack of Pliny which I really wanted to try).
All in all, definitely glad I took the time and trouble to get there from San Diego.
Really guys, fix those directions.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

It was a heck of a lot of effort to get here but worth it. I drove down on a beautiful Sunday afternoon after the post wedding brunch for my high school buddy, who got hitched last week in LA. Obnoxious traffic on the freeway most of the trip and upon arrival there are no signs or hints to where the brewery is actually located. I consider myself lucky to have found it at all. A giant, attractive building with silos and a separate outdoor section, but no sign or indicator or a brewery at all.

Anyway, once inside it was easy enough to pick up a ticket for the next tour and peruse the lobby/gift shop. The attitude that they market themselves with is very apparant everywhere you go in the brewery, which is cool to see as far as dedication to something, even if it is arrogance (somewhat tongue in cheek, I gathered). The tour was very well done, with an informative presentation and witty, likable guide. We got to see the whole floor, check out the bottling machines and the awesome refrigerated room, with tons of hard to find stuff from dozens of top brewers.

Next it was onto the tasting, which was one of the most generous I've ever seen, with 4oz samples of Pale Ale, IPA, Smoked Porter, AB, and Ruination. It goes without saying that they were fresh and delicious. I didn't sample the bistro and food as I was on my own and had to make it back to Anaheim to meet another HS friend for dinner but it certainly looked and smelled top notch. I did pick up a growler, which cost an almost ridiculous eighteen dollars because you have to pick up the empty jug first for eleven bucks. Refills of Smoked Porter were only seven bucks and they threw in a free pint glass but it'll probably be a while before I get back for a refill (my buddy's next marriage maybe?) All in all, a very cool place to visit but pricey for out of state visitors looking for a fresh liquid souvenir.

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Photo of Brewlore
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Finally got a chance to visit this place well down around Escondido/San Diego. The actual brewery/bistro is easy to find albeit a bit out of the way. There's basically nothing around it and there are no signs indicating you're at Stone.

It's honestly such a great place that was very well designed. Stone slabs, wooden tables, hop vines, boulder garden, indoor pond and many other things really add to this place.

The free tour & tasting is great. Long informative tour of the beautiful new brewery that ends with a free tasting of four Stone brews (a good hefty sample too, plus, it seems you can always get the bartender to throw 2 more samples your way).

The food at the bistro was some of the best I've experienced. The waitress was really nice and helpful. My only complaint on this end was that we got our food entirely too fast! We had barely taken a few bites of our beer cheese sampler when our waitress came out with our main course. Outside of that though however, everything was fine. If there's another downside, it'll be the prices. Although their philosophy on food explains a lot, the prices are still a bit high. I didn't mind paying for it though, since this was probably one of the very few times I'll get around to visiting this place.

Overall a fantastic place to eat & drink!

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been drinking Stone since a fateful San Diego Conference back in 1998 where I had my first Stone IPA. It's been love ever since.

Location - From the website I was prepared for this joint to be tough to find. I knew it wasn't in my GPS, and to make it worse I took a wrong turn and lost my bearings. I turned down a road with no streetsign that looked rather new. Cresting a hill I spotted a grain silo, and moments later that unmistakable odor of brwing beer was omnipresent. Still, even after driving through the parking lot, and walking up to the door, I spotted NO signs for Stone. I was sure I had the right place, but it was still a weird experience.

Experience is the right word for this place, it's almost like a theme park for beer. I love the rock canal you traverse to get to the restaurant. Are those hop vines trying to cover the trellis? both the architecture and quality of the build are obvious. Well done!

I arrived one day after a smoked porter tasting, and several of the remenants were still on tap. Yum. Also the 07 Vertical Epic, and a great selection of Russian River and other non-Stone taps. A nice touch. There were OUT of he Ruination, which was a tad dissapointing.

The staff was helpful, but busy. Still they did answer beer questions, and seemed to understand that it can take a few minutes to select your next beer. Food FLEW out of the kitchen, almost too fast... but the food was phenomenal. I had the Duck Tacos and the beer-cheese soup, both supurb.

The prices were the only unexpected, unpleasant surprise. The pints were fair, but the dinner menu was a bit higher than I would have guessed - with several appatizers costing in the 10-13 dollar range, and some burgers cresting the $16-$17 dollar mark. It was worthwhile, but they better be careful not to let quality slip!

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Photo of Weedchugger
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Finally, a road trip down to the World Bistro for my friend's birthday. Yes, I gave this joint a lot of 5's and I'll tell you why...

The atmosphere was exceptional, from the brewery itself to the restaurant to the wonderful gardens. It was larger than I had expected, but very inviting and we felt right at home almost immediately. We also took the tour which allowed me to check out all the oak barrels and specialty casks that were waiting to be sent out. I also got to hold a bottle of 11th Anniversary Ale, no beer yet, but the bottle looks sweet.

The quality was of the highest order. Every beer we had was fresh, Stone or not. I got the last pint of Double Dry-hopped Levitation, which was delicious. So was the 7.7.7 on tap. We also had every Stone beer offered, all winners. Plus growler fills of 10th Anniversary.

We had about three or four people helping us, three bartenders inside and one fantastic waitress outside for our dinner. What can I say? Everyone was cool, friendly and attentive. Zero complaints.

Selection equaled about thirty or so taps and a huge bottle selection. I was hoping for at least one Stone tap to be something I can't get in a bottle, and I got the last DDH Levitation, so I just made it - and it was fantastic. I could have used one more (like two weeks ago at Naja''s I had the Smoked Porter w/Chipotle) but their standard beers were so delicious fresh, I didn't mind. Especially the Arrogant Bastard. There were more great beers there than one person would be able to drink without passing out, so it couldn't have been better.

Between the three of us we had the Ruination soup, a couple cheese platters, steamed mussels, beef hand rolls, pork tenderloin, garlic chicken, giant 20oz steak and a few things I'm forgetting. Everything was delicious and fresh. The hit of the meal though was Mike's Beer Cheese. We were blown away by this stuff and were lucky enough to have three different kinds. Now, I gave the food a 4.5 keeping in mind that while we were there, they were out of clams (my favorite) and the deep fryer was busted (no chips, onion rings, spud buds, etc). Also, the jalapeno in the cheesecake was a little chewy, odd. I think I'd go pink peppercorns for spice in that dish. All in all, we had an exceptional meal.

Value is a relative term, so I'll just say that three guys spent about three hundred bucks, but got a tour with four tasters, several t-shirts, glasses, filled growlers, drinks, appetizers, more drinks, more appetizers, drinks, a huge meal, dessert and more drinks. We all three felt like we got more than our money's worth. You could certainly eat here for much cheaper, but it was a special occasion for us and we did it up big. We'll be back.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Met some new friends at Green flash and decided to meet up for lunch at Stone. My wife and I visited last year before the bistro was opened. WOW what a wonderful San Diego beer destination.

You can walk into the bistro via two large wooden doors-when you do enter the bistro you will notice the bar to the left and seating surrounding the bar and if the weather allows you may also sit outside. We opted for a booth inside where we were able to see the brewery.

The beer list is one the best I have seen. They don't have hundreds of beers but what they do have is quality. Other than the Stone beers they offer numerous guest beers from San Diego and the rest of California (Russian River, Ballast Point, and Telegraph) along with a selection of Belgium style beers from Jolly Pumpkin! My wife and I moved from Ann Arbor a few years ago and haven’t been able to get JP here. Stone also offers a nice selection of imported Belgium beers.

The food was good-we split a stinky cheese plate and an order of clams. We were impressed with the food and the prices were reasonable and the service good

Following lunch my wife and I joined our new friends for the 4:00 clock tour. Which was good and we were able to sample four of the brews.

All in all we can’t wait to go back.

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

At first glance it would seem obvious to call this "a little pricey", but if it is really my "impression of the prices vs. what you got" then this place is honestly closer to $ than $$$.

The food was fantastic. AB onion rings, mac 'n cheese, trout, and ruination cheese soup. Dessert (strawberry shortcake) was a letdown, but probably only in comparison to the rest of the food - we still finished it with no problems.
5 stars, and worth a visit even if this place didn't brew beer...

...but fortunately they do...and they don't suck at it.
I had the delicious triple-dry hopped Ruination before looking at the offerings from other brewers. Couldn't pass up the Summer YuleSmith and the Hop 15. Both fantastic. Heck, even the brand of root beer they carry is pretty tasty.

Service was efficient and generally helpful - in many restaurants this may have been a highlight, but it honestly pales in comparison to the quality and taste of the food and beer.

Hung out and did the tour and endured the obligatory hazing from the smarmy host - "how can you live in Kansas?!?" Seriously though, it was a good tour, informative and beer-geeky enough for me and still interesting for my "beer is gross" wife. Checking out the barrel-aging beers in the cooler was especially a treat. The host even gave us clear directions to Holiday Wine Cellar.

Tasty samples, and a good store/giftshop. I'm drinking out of a Ruination tankard even as we speak. Too bad they didn't have any 2L growlers.

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Photo of sessycuban
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

The atmosphere was rather overwhelming. The place smells very strongly of barley. This is indeed a brewery and they are in fact in the business of making great beer.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience at the brewery minus one small tidbit. The individual working the growler fills told me that they did not do samplings, despite the fact that I saw others sample at the very same station.

The annoyance quickly went away after I enjoyed my growler of '05 Double Bastard.

**Edit:

Greg was nice enough to beermail me and explain what happened. They only do samplings with the tour. Small miscommunication.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went here for a company party. Very nice looking place with indoor and outdoor seating (adjoining a garden). Quite spacious and classy, yet not over-done.

The overall quality of the beer and food was great. The beer was served in appropriate glassware, and all the beers they had were good ones. On tap were 20+ beers. Half were from Stone and other locals like Lost Abbey and AleSmith, while the rest were a nice assortment of American craft beers and imports. Daily printed beer menu, with an even larger selection of bottles beers on the reverse. My only complaint was that there were a couple Stone beers they didn't have available on tap. In addition, they had a special brew of Arrogant Bastard available on cask, which was a very nice treat.

Service was very nice: everyone was very friendly and knew their beer. There was a good selection and variety of food (suiting almost anyone's taste). About half of the main courses were made with Stone beers, which was nice to see. The majority of the dishes were a bit unique and different, but still solid and not what I would disparagingly call "nouveau." Unfortunately the serving sizes were a bit small.

Price-wise the beers are very reasonable (at least on tap -- I didn't look at the bottled beers). The food is rather on the pricy side, however.

Very nice place. Highly recommended for visiting -- I'll definitely come back here!

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Photo of sleazo
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

As far as brew pubs go this is one of the better.

The space itself is very large with 20+ft ceilings, a big stone gargoyle relief and a lovely large bar in the middle. The outside is a stone garde(imagine that) with large fire pits. It really is a lovely setting. The look they are going for is Industrial brewery with an outside garden to take advantage of North San diego county's unique geography. The only drawback is that it is a bit impersonal.

Beerwise they coudlnt get much better. Besides the obvious Stone beers which are great they feature alot of the local San Diego breweries like Port and Alesmith. i really like the comradare of the SD brew scene. They also have a number of imports and good craft domestics. I had an Ayinger dopplebock and a Victory Prima Pils.

Foodwise their stuff is good, not great. They definitely score points with originality as this isnt average pub grub. The food is a bit undersalted for my tastes. The cheese platter was great as there were some oozy stinky cheeses.

Pair this with a tour of the brewery and you will be a happy person. this is a great indoor/outdoor place even though it is a bit out of the way.

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

This is one seriously impressive brewery and pub (I use that term loosely). The atmosphere is awesome; the outdoor garden area is surprisingly large and comfortable, covered in vegitation with several small ponds and streams running through it. You can even hear frogs croaking at night. The building itself is more urban and industrial, but no less impressive.

The draft selection is largely local, with a full line of Stone beers along with several brews from Alesmith, Port Brewing and a few well-chosen imports. Pints are $4, I believe - pretty standard for California. They have a great selection of bottled beer as well, all very reasonably priced. Growlers are also available in the retail store area, with very reasonable fill prices.

The food is pretty far removed from your standard pub fare, featuring everything from Indian and Thai dishes to fresh fish and buffalo burgers. Prices are fairly high, but not excessively so, especially considering the quality of it. People expecting standard pub food and prices will be disappointed, but that's no fault of Stone. I, for one, am pretty sick of brewpubs all serving the same mediocre food. Stone offers a refreshing change of pace.

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Photo of wyllder
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Wow.

Color me impressed. Stone has definitely pulled out all the stops with this facility.

I visited, along with my wife and 15-month old daughter, on our recent trip to San Diego.

The brewery is gorgeous. A huge glass wall separates it from the restaurant area, providing a great backdrop to your dining. Free tours are held multiple times each day, including weekends. Each tour is concluded with a complementary tasting of 3-4 of their beers.

The tap list is exceptional, and offers far more than the brewery-centric offerings one might expect. Of the roughly 30 taps, only 5-6 were hosting Stone product. The beer list was also great, with some 50-60 top flight selections.

The food was very good, though my Chicken Tikka Masala was nostril clearing hot despite being advertised as "mild". I didn't mind so much as I had a cold. In the end, I'll leave the food as the only thing off perfection. This way I can force myself to re-visit.

I don't know how service was beyond our waitress. As it was, she received a 45% tip, and I can easily say she provided the best service the wife & I have had in our post-baby era. Whether it was bringing out a toy to entertain our daughter, finding my wife & daughter when our meals arrived, or being able to tell the difference between two golden ipa's based on subtle color differences, our waitress was on top of her game. This is the sort of exceptional service I generally expect large brewery-restaurants to fall short of. Stone tossed my expectations out the window.

We left vowing to return.

Eric-

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4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

***BEER HEAVEN!!!***

*** Go when the sun goes down...it's like two places in one***

What to say besides F'in A!!! This is beer heaven. Huge modern industrial construction of metal, glass and plumbing meets caveman motif of stones dirt and Earth to give Fred Flintstone and Frank Lloyd wright both boners. After drooling in the gift shop, waltz into the indoor restaurant to the outdoor area of stone lined patios that then leads to a swamp walking path. I think I saw Steve Erwin's ghost wrestling a frog.

A tap list that is to die for but I went 4.5 only because there are some places, (albeit not many) that squeak a few more taps out but the selection that is present with botles and taps is WORLD CLASS hands down.

Food was killer. If you are noticing the prices, click on the STONE website and read Greg Koch's letter...then go there and grub like an historical king.

This might be the closest place to beer heaven I have EVER found. The tour takes about 1/2 hour but it is like a history of beer and not just a blah blah blah tour.

Last swigs: Did I mention the Beer Heaven thing?

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Our last stop on our SoCal beer-cation was Stone. Wow! Gorgeous building and outside seating area. It must have cost a fortune on landscaping alone. The brewery tour was entertaining and one of the better ones that I have gone on. The tap last and bottle list were exceptional. I got to try some Hopsickle on tap for the 1st time. The place was busy and the service was good. We only ate apps so I won't comment on the food except that that food was high quality & the menu/prices were really consistent for a fine dining restaurant. Greg Koch was nice enough to say "Hi" to our table since he knew our posse of beer geeks was coming by & that sort of personal touch is appreciated.

Another must stop on a SoCal trip but I think everyone knows that by now.

Cheers.

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4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I was in San Diego for a conference earlier this week, so my friend and I played hooky one afternoon and drove up to Stone. We took the brewery tour and ate at the restaurant afterwards.

The tour was great. Stone has a really nice facility, much larger than most of the breweries I've visited. I was especially excited to see the VE aging in barrels in front of the window to the restaurant. The whole place is surprisingly clean for a working brewery. I was also impressed with the giant cold room and all the beer from other breweries that Stone distributes. Our tour guide, Ken, was fantastic. He was entertaining and really engaged us at a level beyond what you normally see. I really enjoyed chatting with him, and you could tell he's a real beer guy. The samples after the tour were pretty big and very tasty.

After the tour, my friend and I ate at the restaurant on site. Atmosphere is nice and upscale. There's an outdoor seating area, and it was open between the inside and outside (no windows). The beer list was tremendous -- maybe 20 taps of craft brews, mostly non-Stone stuff, all high quality. The bottle list was also extensive, maybe 50 or so choices. Beer prices were cheap IMO, $4-$4.50 for the draft beers and just above liquor store prices for the bottles. Seriously, the bottle prices are a great deal. When a bottle of Allagash Interlude costs $22 at a liquor store in Boston, $24 for the same bottle at a restaurant all the way across the country is incredible. Food is pricey ($12 for a BLT, $15 for a burger) but well-made and tasty. I'm willing to forgive the food prices since the beer is so cheap. Gotta keep your priorities straight.

So overall, I had a great visit to Stone and would highly recommend it. Our tour was run by a fantastic guide, and the restaurant rates as one of the best beer bars I've visited.

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4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What an incredible experience. Day 2 of the cross-country Road Trip.

A huge, secluded place on top of a hill. I'm not going to write a story about this place, although I should, but I'll tell you all the great things about Stone Brewing & their Beer Garden.

Tall ceilings, well lit & a nicely decorated interior. It was a gorgeous day, so they opened up the wall leading to the Beer Garden. The Garden was clean & comfortable and we chose to sit outside next to it.

The menu is crazy. It seems so upscale yet the prices are very reasonable. Some of the dishes included Duck Tacos, Buffalo Meat Burgers, and a few types of fish. All came with creative sides incorporating one of their beers. Our server was great and she knew a lot about their beers and craft beer in general. When she couldn't answer a question or if we asked for a sample, she had no problem helping us.

The beer list is ridiculous. Not only are most Stone brews on tap, but they are priced very well. The guest beers were very impressive, with beers from AleSmith, Anderson Valley, and Ommegang. There were also vintages of Stone beers & special releases, like a double dry-hopped Stone IPA. There is also a very extensive bottle list w/ some surprising choices. The gift shop is really nice w/ a cooler full of bombers & 6-packs, a line of wall taps w/ all kinds of regular & special release Stone beers, and the growlers fills are pretty cheap and they look cool. There's also plenty of glassware and clothing to satisfy anyone.

For lunch, the place seemed pretty packed, with only a few tables open. Everyone I was with as well as everyone I could see around us really enjoyed this place. I can't believe I'm almost giving a place a perfect 5, but it really has to be one of the best places to get a beer in the country. If I'm ever in California again, I will make sure I visit Stone Brewing Co. for lunch AND dinner.

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

i'm going to keep this short and simple.

the beer selection is fantastic. they had tons of stuff bottled and on tap. they were celebrating the ruination 2002 release, so i tried plenty of IPAs, double IPAs, triple IPAs, etc.

here's my only qualm with this place. if you're going to have food that's pretty damn expensive it had better deliver. unfortunately the food here is really not worth the cost, not even close to worth it actually. yeah, yeah, yeah, they're 100% organic and most of their food it battered with their beer. i don't care, it wasn't worth the cost. unfortunately this is just another place is san diego that's overpriced.

the tour of the brewery was amazing and their beer selection, as i mentioned, is extraordinary!

EDIT:

After coming here multiple times in the past few months I still agree with my original review. Their food still doesn't quite deliver. However, I have found that the Ruination Soup is quite good. It's just about the only thing that I will order when I'm there. Dr Bill has done wonders for their events, which in years past were somewhat lackluster.

If you are not a native of San Diego you will really enjoy heading up to Stone, but if I were you I would venture into the city, because there are much better offerings further south!

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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
99 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.