Stone Brewing Co.
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4.88/5 rDev +5.6%
I've been to Stone Brewery about 5 times so far and every visit has been great. Every time I have gone it has been with a group of friends and mostly to celebrate someone’s birthday. The atmosphere of Stone is amazing. The stone is nicely stocked with t-shirts, glassware, and they also have the growler fill station there as well. The bistro and beer garden and connected to each other and it is wonderful to grab a beer, some food, and just kick and enjoy it all in the garden area.
If you are looking to take one of the many tours, which are free, throughout the day you want to try and be there and hour to two hours early to ensure you get a spot in it. After that you get a chance to sample four or the Stone top beers they brew.
I have never had a bad time at Stone Brewery and I always look forward to visiting it all the time.
03-06-2012 06:55:59 | More by sicandy63
3.8/5 rDev -17.7%
My friend called Stone the Disneyland of Breweries. I love this place and I try to go every time I in North County . They have about 25-30 taps including Stone Brews. The last time I came I ordered a Pliny the Elder and its was great it didn't taste bad like another bar that serves PtE and it taste awful. The bartenders are friend and willing to strike up a conversation if they aren't too busy. I have never been disappointment when I come here. I have eaten here twice the food is great, the Onion Rings were some of the best I have ever had. The Beer Mac N Cheese was awesome, when I went on 12/30/11 my whole table got the Mac N cheese. I will come back here again and I will tell everyone I know to try this place. It is a Beer Lovers Dreams!
02-16-2012 02:10:03 | More by ProfessorX
3.75/5 rDev -18.8%
We had a really strange and disappointing experience here. We arrived on a Saturday night on the early-ish side, maybe 6:30 on a fairly quiet weekend in the area. The place was crawling with people and the hostesses said it was reservation only, which was disappointing but not surprising. We should have thought of that. But they did point us to the bar, where we were lucky enough to snag an open table. The waiter delivered us the menu and tap list and said he would be right back.
The menu looked great, if somewhat limited because the kitchen is undergoing renovation. The tap list was breathtaking, with all kind so rarities, variants, and old Vertical Epics and Anniversary offerings on tap.
I was really excited.
Then the waiter comes back and explained that, even though the printed tap list was dated that day, they were missing a few beers. Like all of the anniversaries. And all of the Vertical Epics. And all of the variants. And most of the rarities, except for some malt-bomb old and strong. Half the list gone at a stroke.
So fine. We get something to drink at least and begin to think food.
Back comes the waiter. We order. Oh, no, sorry, he explains. I can only serve you the appetizers and the items on the kids menu in the bar - no entrees, even though he had personally handed the menus with the banned items.
We ate a few competent but unexciting appetizers, drank a few brews that we could have gotten at any competent beer bar in the nation and left unsatisfied.
And by the time we left, half the dining room was empty, suggesting that maybe the reservation list was not so packed as the ladies at the door had suggested.
02-15-2012 04:39:46 | More by Seanibus
4.18/5 rDev -9.5%
If Disney build a craft beer restaurant, it would look like this. I like Disney so that's not really a knock. Just an observation that there is a hollow artificiality to this place that I did not really expect.
We arrived soon after opening and (after walking through the extensive gift shop), got a spot at the bar to order a beer and some food. The bartender was very attentive and helpful. The list was outstanding, with great guest taps to complement the extensive Stone selections.
The building that houses the brewery is beautiful as is the bar/dining room, as are the grounds that you can stroll around with your beer. The grounds are fairly large, well landscaped and have plenty of seating and leaning areas. Very nice.
I was massively disappointed with the food, which was both expensive and bland. Fortunately, we were just 5 minutes from an In-n-Out Burger on the way back to San Diego.
Nice to go once but I would not rush back.
02-13-2012 17:18:59 | More by sholland119
4.5/5 rDev -2.6%
The vibe here is absolutely amazing. The masonry is beautiful and it's always nice to grab a beer and take a stroll in the gardens. The quality of everything here is top notch from the architecture, to the beer, to the food.
Service is usually pretty good with both waiters and bartenders being quite knowledgeable about the beer and food.
The beer selection here is good. They have PtE on tap here regularly along with many other craft beers.
The food here is absolutely delicious. I would recommend trying the Mac and Cheese or the Bison Burger if it's on the menu. The menu changes, but honestly I've never had anything to eat here that wasn't great.
The draft beer prices here are reasonable, but the bottles and the food are a bit pricey.
02-04-2012 23:54:54 | More by madpentzer
4.22/5 rDev -8.7%
A- Atmosphere is really nice, great in door restaurant and gorgeous outdoor seating with an awesome garden. Brewery is in full view behind glass and it is awesome. The building itself is awesome.
Q- Overall quality of the place is nice, the store is cool to hang out in and has a nice selection of beer accessories and growlers. Food quality is nice, and the beer is always top notch.
S- Service is nice, however the beer knowledge of the servers varies. Also, often the service is slow as they get busier.
S- Beer selection is really where they shine. They always have a huge selection of quality stone brews as well as a surprising list of other awesome local craft brews on tap.
F- Food is where I was not as impressed. The menu is diverse, but often not as delicious as it sounds on the menu. There are select items that are quite good, the sausage plate is good and the pretzel is really good.
Overall definitely a great place to go if you are in the area, great beer and good food. Just beware of "meatless monday"!! (PS-if you ask they will give you a meat menu :)
02-04-2012 02:54:13 | More by vfgccp
5/5 rDev +8.2%
Family Vacation in Escondido? Hell yes, that means Stone is right down the street! Walking into the place takes you right through the store. Arrogant Bastard attire everywhere. The people working the store are beyond helpful and friendly, especially when they found out we were from out of town. Purchased a couple growlers, why not? Took the family through the gardens, the kids absolutely had a ball. Very picturesque. As night fell the fire pits were lit and really present a romantic relaxed vibe, is this a brewery? Dinner was absolutely phenomenal. Best buffalo steak I've ever had. The beer list was ridiculously long. I was in heaven. Service was outstanding especially considering we had 2 young children. They went out of their way to accommodate us. Overall, this was hands down the most impressive brewery I've ever been to. Will be the standard by which all others are compared. If you have the opportunity to visit do yourself a favor and do so. Amazing.
02-01-2012 14:59:00 | More by hopfacebrew
4.36/5 rDev -5.6%
one of the 1% of places to go and have a beer, this place gets buzy come lunchtime. Come early if you want a tour. Beautifully designed, with lots of light coming in, incredible draught selection and bottle selection. Lots of classy stones in subtle places. Though we didn't eat, just about everybody came for the food as much as the drinks. Everything served at the right temperature, state of the art system. taps had changed dramatically from the weekend. Service was excellent, the guys knew their beer at the bar, the girls serving the tables asking them details on every beer. Too cold for anyone to eat outside, but the flame and the pond with japanese fish was a riot. I spent way too much time here, taking up the time I could have used for 3 more pubs, but it was worth it.
01-18-2012 13:49:41 | More by Sammy
4.72/5 rDev +2.2%
While the DW and I were in San Diego for a convention last week, we rented a car and made the haj up to Escondido to visit Stone brewing. Stone is hidden alongside a medical plant, just past a crop of auto dealerships and repair shops at the crest of a hill. We arrived at about 11:45 am last Sunday.
Stone is a large and unassuming building, which you could easily mistake for any modern new office building. There's very little signage, but they're the only building on the street with their own bamboo garden, overflow parking lot and valet parking out front.
Walking down from the parking lot, you can enter from the bamboo garden along a stone pathway, with several natural stones inlaid into the path. Arches and trellises with Japanese bell lamps were a nice touch. They have several man made water features such as a waterfall and pond areas in the garden. It was chilly cold that morning, so we didn't linger in the gardens.
Walking in, you enter the gift shop and growler fill room with the dining room/bistro off to the right. The gift shop is medium sized and filled with the usual brewing schwag. They have several types of t-shirts, hoodies, hats, glasswear, stickers and other schwag throughout. Their growler bar sells growlers in three different sizes/prices and has their full production line of annual beers. I didn't note anything "tasting room specific" other than oaked arrogant bastard.
The tours on Sunday start on the hour every hour. Tickets were free (bonus!) and we had about fifteen minutes to kill, so we headed for the bar in the bistro and had a look at the menu over brews. The bistro is dutch modern in style and well appointed with lots of bar space, and the brewery itself serves as a glassed backdrop on one side and the gardens illuminating through on the other side.
Their draft last was actually smaller than I'd anticipated, with about 40 regional craft beers on tap. Their bottle list was also likewise modest, but what they offered was quality over quantity. They had several selections of their own brews, collaboration brews, and such notable choices as offerings from Lost Abbey, The Bruery in Placentia and 50/50 to name a few. We didn't try the food, but the prices were reasonable and the choices were plentiful. Think American gastropub fusion food.
About 30 people assembled at noon for our tour, in which we were lead into the brewery past their control room (no penguins) to two stone pedestals in front of their massive mash tun. One pillar supported a stone bible with their words of wisdom etched within, one supported bottles of their annual beers and three snifters of barley, a snifter with whole hops and a tulip of arrogant bastard. All were guarded by a stone gargoyle riding on top of an oak barrel.
The tour itself was basic and meant to explain the brewing process to noobs. We were allowed to sample some cracked roasted barley malt (mmm, grape nuts) and see the wort sparging out of the mash tun (pumping to a fermentation tank). We also saw two worker bees add two five gallon buckets full of centennial pelleted hops into another mash tun. Other worker bees were cleaning out a huge dry hopper into floor drains. Nice and hoppy beer.
At the end of the tour, we were allowed to sample four of their beers (levitation ale, smoked porter, arrogant bastard and double AB), all for free, 2 oz. pours. Definitely go and check out Stone!
01-17-2012 15:30:47 | More by Aiptasia
4.25/5 rDev -8%
Stopped by for lunch and a tour during a recent trip to San Diego. There is no sign anywhere near the place including on or in front of the building indicating that you are at the right place. After driving by once we figured it out and found a parking spot easily. Really big lot with plenty of spaces.
The space is beautiful especially the outdoor garden area but nothing about it reflects the imagery of the brewery. Not arrogant or bastardly. Really clean, family friendly and kind of disneyfied. There is a very large dining area with a huge bar in the middle of it with ample seating. This leads to an outdoor are where the patio and garden area. There is a second bar out there and a balcony that overlooks the gardens. The atmosphere was perfect for having great beers and a good meal in the afternoon sun. Heaters are provided for you thin skinned west coast people.
There is a second room for merch, bottles and growlers fills that had a crazy selection of clothing, glassware, books, etc. it seems like they put their name or logo on just about anything. I left with a growler, t-shirt and two really cool glasses.
You need to reserve the tour two hours in advance so make sure you do so before eating. This way, after your meal you don't have to wait very long. The tour lasts about 50 minutes and is very extensive. Our guide was really personable, funny and seemed to know a lot about beer. Afterward they provide you with samples of their basic lineup. One thing that struck me as odd was that they had beers available for grolwer fills that you couldn't sample or order in the bar/restaurant.
The place was packed so the service was slow but the food and selection were very good. The stuffed mushrooms and pulled pork sandwich that I ordered were both solid. Unfortunately they didn't have any of their more interesting beers like Double Bastard, Old Gaurdian or Imperial Stout on but I did get to drink Ruination as fesh as possible along with some of their collaborations. The guest offerings were extensive and of high quality and the bottle list was very extensive including several rarities. That being said, everything here including the food was a bit pricey.
Originally we planned on having lunch before going to Lost Abbey and Churchill's but we had so much fun and stayed so long that LA was closed and 2/3 of us were drunk. I'll have to check out those other place some other time.
01-17-2012 03:46:30 | More by corby112
Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
100 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.