Stone Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I visited on Christmas Eve, this place has the look and feel of a hallowed beer fortress. The building was spread out, and immaculately kept. It was packed, too, so being spread out helped you not feel claustrophobic. We sat right at the bar, being able to observe the brewery workings through the glass wall behind us. We were unable to take the tour, as they were booked through for a few hours, and we weren't able to wait around that long. Overall atmosphere was great.
As I said before, everything is very clean looking. There is a cold and smooth motif to the building. The bar stools were comfortable, and the bar itself was very slick. The bar made a complete rectangle, and the taps were on an island in the middle. Very clean and well kept.
The service was rotating at the bar, which is a plus when it's that busy. It makes it easier to snag someone when you aren't waiting for one particular bartender. The con to this is that there were definite differences in product knowledge from server to server, so it did make for a little bit of waiting and hunting depending on the question you might have.
They have a great taplist, with all of their beers available (of course), as well as a decent guest list, also.
The food was really, really good. I was actually kind of surprised how good the food was. We had a crabcake appetizer, and my wife and I each had a sandwich. Good sized portions, and not overly priced. I've spent more eating at crap places like TGI Friday and Chili's, and the food at Stone was much better.
12-29-2010 06:06:33 | More by GarthDanielson
4.83/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon during my visit to SoCal. I've seen this place on TV and heard a lot about it from this site, so i knew this place was special.
Located on an underdeveloped street, the building looked nothing like a brewery or a beer bar. Once you enter the doors, it's like another world. A big gift shop is in the front, with books, clothing, glassware, and a bar for growler fills. The growler prices are overpriced, but I picked up a half growler of Chipotle Smoked Porter anyway.
We spent a few hours here, between exploring the gift shop and beer garden, eating lunch, and going on the brewery tour. The wait for a table outside was about a half hour, because they were unusually busy that day. We got some beers while we waited and walked around the garden area, which was one of the coolest places I've ever drank a beer. The tap list had most of Stone's available beers, some CA locals, and imports that were almost all from Belgium. All the best hoppy beers were on tap, including Pliny the Elder, Sculpin, and the Stone line-up. I stuck with the hops (when in Rome.)
The menu was large, with interesting twists on pub food. The food took a long time to come out, but our server made up for it by bringing us a comped plate of fried mashed potato balls. I also had a plate of spicy, wild boar wings, as well as a bison burger with pale ale cheese. The burger was cooked a little more than I asked for, but was otherwise quite good. The rest of the menu was insane. I would come here a dozen times to try everything, but I know that by the time I come back, the menu will have rotated.
Prices were a bit high, but that is expected because of the quality and local requirement. The dining areas inside and outside were insane. Like I mentioned earlier, this is one of the best places I've ever had a beer.
12-19-2010 20:54:30 | More by jeffthecheff
4.7/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Quite simply: this is my favorite place on earth. I have been here 4-5 times and make a point to go every time I am in San Diego. Not only do they have their own fantastic beers on tap but stone goes out of their way to provide us with high quality brews from all over the country on tap.
The brew tour is a must as their brewery is well designed and beautiful.
I have always loved the food here and they are very successful at incorporating their beers into their dishes. The onion rings are great.
Overall a fantastic Brewery experience that is a must for anyone serious about beer who is traveling to Southern California.
12-18-2010 01:19:01 | More by mryuk
4.33/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited this place while in San Diego for a science conference.
Stone Bistro's atmosphere is absolutely incredible. Inside bar and restaurant, outside bar and seating area with a full size garden surrounding the patrons. This place is almost too classy... as it attracts the decidedly upscale and trendy crowdy that asks for "the lightest thing you have". Still, this is one of the classiest places I've ever been to.
Quality is completely in line with the atmosphere. Everything served is first rate. Made with first rate ingredients and displayed first rate.
Service is a bit poor. The waiters and waitresses were pretty fast considering the size of the place and the crowd but the bartenders are completely inattentive. I stood in front of the bar for 30 minutes under the "order here" line while the bartender served everyone but myself and all the people behind me. What does a guy have to do to get a drink around here?
I was here on the "Decade of Double Bastard" event so it goes without saying that the selection is pretty incredible. In addition to the Stone beers, there is a rather extensive bottle list as well as a dozen or more guest beers.
Probably the best part about Stone Bistro is the food. My group got the steak, the tilapia, the lamb, and the Chicken tikka masala and everything was beyond good. The Lobster Bisque and other appetizers were equallin incredible.
You get what you pay for so Stone Bistro is a bit on the pricey side. About $60 per person taking into account drinks, appetizers, main course, and tax and tip. Well worth it though. A must visit in my opinion despite the bad bar service.
11-15-2010 02:09:34 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.63/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited Stone twice on a recent visit to San Diego. I tried a few different beers, had lunch and dinner, and took the tour. I was very impressed with the overall experience. The staff were friendly and the tour was informative. I really enjoyed the food as well. My first impression with the rock and landscaping was great. I loved to outdoor seating in the treed area. Beerwise - not only do they have their own beers, but they also offer other better beers on tap and in bottle as well. I got the wonderful experience of a fresh Pliny on tap. Would recommend the place, the beer, and the tour to anyone in the area and beyond.
11-10-2010 23:14:14 | More by ghebel
4.08/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Stone brewing for their meatless Mondays and had a couple of beers as well. First off, this place is awesome. We couldn't sit on the patio because there was a fire fighter thing going on out there but inside was really nice. Mile high celings, views of the fermenters, very cool decor.
Food was awesome, service was good. We each (4 of us) had dishes, soups, or sandwiches and we all enjoyed the food, each dish. It was very good.
My biggest complaint and it seems nit picky to say so is that the Stone beer selection was a little weak. There were maybe 7 beers on tap from Stone and they were all the year round beers except for the 101010, which I promptly ordered only to find out that they were out of it. I got a ruination instead. They had guest taps that were interesting though, I felt bad drinking guest taps at Stone but ultimately I had no choice.
I really liked this place and I'd go back for sure.
11-02-2010 15:40:18 | More by drabmuh
4.83/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Upscale beer at its finest.
I did a three day brewery, brewpub, beer bar tour of San Diego and made two stops at Stone - one on Saturday night for a night cap and one on Sunday AM for the brewery tour.
This was my 195th brewery/brewpub visit and I will say Stone is the most spectacular, high-quality, well-run, and busiest stop I've made. It's great beer for the masses and I really enjoyed it although I can't say it's my favorite (prefer Russian River and Pizza Port Carlsbad for a more grounded experience).
I sat at the inside bar on both visits. Saturday night was a mad house and I felt lucky to get a seat at the bar. The bar on Saturday night was mixed company while the bar on Sunday around 11:30 AM waiting for the noon tour was mostly beer aficionados and some who just liked to drink lots of beer...on Sunday morning before a brewery tour.
All food is local and artisanal and they go as far as to not serve Sprite but rather a similar type soda with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. I could see how someone with basic tastes and a limited budget may not think highly of a place like this. The only food I had was the sausage sampler and it was very good.
The only crisiticism I have is the well-structured tour had a guide who was a bit long winded and 40 minutes turned into an hour with a bit too much of a rambling history of beer. I'm of the school that if you've seen one brewery tour, you've seen them all. I still felt the Stone brewery tour was worth it - get there early to reserve your spot (up to 2 hours in advance I think). You can see most of the brewery from the inside bar which it is adjacent to.
The gift shop/tap room is entirely too small and by 1:40 on Sunday as our tour was sampling and another was tee'ing up, there was no room to move. I still found a way to drop $80 on a cycling jersey and a couple of tasting glasses. Plenty of very nice merchandise.
Overall it's a world-class beer destination that you owe it to yourself to visit.
10-18-2010 01:44:59 | More by Yetiman420
3.73/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I went here for the first time to celebrate my birthday. I was kind of worried because there was going to be a group of about 15 and was worried there might not be enough space for us to all hang out. They had plenty of space down in the garden area so it worked out great.
The service was fairly poor and it took a little too long to get a beer but the atmoshpere and beer selection made up for it for sure. The appitisers we had were very tasty just a little expensive.
The tour was pretty great and at the end you get about 16oz of free beer which is awesome! I will definitely be back to have a beer or two.
09-21-2010 03:10:48 | More by Eriktheipaman
4.55/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have been here a couple times, and to put it simply, it's an amazing experience.
The atmosphere mixes industrial architecture with nature and pulls it off very nicely. Large roll-up windows take up one side of the restaurant allowing the breeze to flow through the building, the other side of the restaurant has huge glass walls allowing guests to take a peak at the brewing operation. The gardens are a great place to find a spot on the grass, under a tree, or by a waterfall and enjoy a beer.
The food i had was incredibly fresh tasting and natural, Greg puts a lot of effort into going local with the ingredients as much as possible, and it shows.
The beer selection is wonderful, in addition to all the current Stone beers, they have a great list of guest brews both on tap and in bottles. You could easily spend a week here and not get bored of the beer selection.
There really is nothing to complain about at this place, and it should be on every beer connoisseurs must visit list.
08-26-2010 17:00:16 | More by tjensen3618
4.7/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I am trying to be as unbiased at possible here, but it has been my dream to visit Stone for the last 8 years! I do find it a bit odd that there is no signage whatsoever outside the building, but hey if you know what your looking for what difference does it really make.
Once inside that all changed, the atmosphere was fantastic, lots of goodies and memorabilia that a fanatic such as myself can purchase. The facility was beautiful, especially the bistro! I got there at 11:30am after an 8 hour drive from the bay area and was able to get right in on the tour at noon. Our tour guide was great, very informative and fun and we got four free samples after the tour! Tasting the beer that I have enjoyed for the last several years fresh from the brewery was an eye opening experience! I was truly blown away with the intense fresh flavors that I was enjoying!
In the bistro my brother and I sat at the bar to enjoy some brews and a meal. The bartender could have used an extra hand, but she managed. I kinda wish there would have been a few more Stone rarities on tap, but at least I was able to try two that I haven't had before. Also, they had quite the selection from Green Flash (great to see the local support) and Tokyo from Brewdog as well, which was quite the treat! In my opinion the menu was a little lacking and I was hoping for a few more upscale selections, but I must say the beer cheese soup I had was the best I have EVER had, and my pulled pork sandwich was delicious as well. I love to enjoy beer infused recipes, and that was exactly what they offered!
Lastly, my only disappointment was that in their bottles for sale they had nothing out of the ordinary besides the Sawyer's Triple. I was hoping that at the Brewing Co. they would at least have some bottles of all the collaboration brews they have been releasing.
If you love beer, this brewing company is an absolute must!
08-15-2010 18:53:50 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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