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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 171
Beer Ratings: 89,233
Beer Avg: 3.91

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
100
world-class

414 Ratings
Ratings: 414
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States
phone: (760) 471-4999

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @stonebrewingco

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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zuggy9

California

5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

I had the pleasure of visiting this place, and I will be returning. The atmosphere is exceptional. At first the place looks like nothing special from the outside, but as you come up to rock sided pathway, you realize nothing was overlooked. Brick lines bounce back against the rock walls and plants, with future plant canopies coming. The entrance are giant wooden doors opening to a large foyer, and the stone theme doesn't stop here. Right there on the left is a page from BeerAdvocate's site noting there top placement. Directly ahead is the store, with growler pours, bombers and six-packs of bottles, shirts, hats, glasses and other goodies. To right is a large dining area, with hight ceilings, an internal pond and a large bar. On one wall is a huge carved gargoyles, and high on the wall and over the bar are a number of bottles and tap handles. The tables are rustic, pub style, with large forks and knives. Stone accents are everywhere. The external gardens feature tables, heaters, another larger pond and a grassy area. Must be fun on a warm night. Even the bathrooms were well thought out, with giant granite slabs.

The quality of everything was exemplary and the service friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Food service was prompt, and tap pulls perfect. Even though they are a brewery, then had an excellent selection of beers and even wines. All of there own were available, as well as local AleSmith brewery's selections.

The food is wonderful. This isn't a pub, so don't expect cheap food, but a nice selection of world foods, with vegan and vegetarian selections as prominent as meat dishes. The entres seem reasonable, but there isn't a lot of food. Order an entre and some sides to share. I recommend the Arrogant Bastard onion rings -- the size of doughnuts.

The whole place is excellent, and well worth a visit!

01-16-2007 19:48:33 | More by zuggy9
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Floydster

California

5/5  rDev +9.9%
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

11-15-2007 17:01:13 | More by Floydster
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

A - Unbelievable, the place is incredible. Architecture is amazing, we sat outside on the patio and it was PERFECT!

Q - The beers were served perfectly and the overall feel of Stone is just incredible.

SER - Our waiter was excellent. He told us (all 6 of us) everything about all the food and beers. He told us other breweries to visit in San Diego county and was able to tell us all the great qualities of Stone and non-Stone beers alike.

SEL - Amazing! Not only do they have tons of Stone beers on tap but the other taps and bottles are world class! Love it, I could have thrown a tent up in the corner of the back garden area and lived there for a week.

FOOD - The fried mashed potato balls and onion rings are awesome. I had the macaroni and cheese with local sausage with some Arrogant Bastard hot sauce to boot (be sure to ask for some if its not on the table!).

VALUE - We were on vacation and with friends so it was well worth the little extra you are paying for great beer and food. Both are totally reasonable overall.

The only thing that bummed me out was the hostesses were rude and we could not get on a beer tour to save our lives. It was a Saturday and they do tell you to plan on signing up an hour ahead.

They had the Ballast Point Victory at Sea on tap and I was blown away. Obviously the Stone beers were all incredible as well.

01-28-2008 23:19:20 | More by indiapaleale
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rolandolopez2

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I was on a trip to Coachella Music and Arts festival some time ago. I managed to talk my buddy in to traveling the 2 hours from our Hotel in palm Springs to go here. Being new to the area it took a few extra mintues to find this goldmine. First impression of this place, Are you sure this is it? From the moment I walk in I am amazed on how awesome this place is. Everything follows a stone theme. The floors, bar tops, restrooms, etc. Sat around the bar for a bit and drank some Vertical Epic on tap. Along with Oaked Aged, and Levitation from the hand pump! By the way they have a bar outside! Or you can chill anywhere is the garden as well. Yes, they have a garden. Got a chance to do the tour as well. Our guide Ken was super cool. Also, they have a super stash of beer in that cooler in the back. I believe my mouth started to water when i saw that Smoked w/ Vanilla Bean 1/4bbl chillin on the shelf. Along with all the other great experimental beers that are there. Food was amazing as well. I took my servers suggestion and ate the mac and cheese. Delicious! At the end i had a chance to meet Greg Koch. I praised him on his creation, and managed to squeeze a signed beer menu. What a great experience!

05-19-2008 05:37:48 | More by rolandolopez2
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HowellVillage

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Holy Shit what a brewery, first i would like to address all the people who said that they need a sign on the place, ummmm your dumb, all of you, the brewery is called STONE Brewing the entire building is made of stone, the landscaping is all stone what more of a sign do you need.

took the brewery tour with Kristen, very informative and extremly pleasent to talk to.

after the tour we had a little tasting and a stroll through the beer garden, and again the beer garden was done exceptionaly well, we loved the bamboo and the oriental fish oin the restaurant.

everything was very detailed from the rock in the restaurant lobby to the pebble walls in the bathroom.

A must visit when in the San Diego area.

07-10-2008 16:23:37 | More by HowellVillage
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PatronWizard

California

5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

My trip to Stone is shrouded in mystery and memory lapses. It began at 4am. I got up, got the missus up, woke the one kid that got to go with us, picked up a buddy and his kid, drove 150 miles to the BA Speedway release, drank lots of beer, drank some Grey Goose, rode some more (the wife took over driving responsibilities whilst I took over drinking responsibilities), and eventually ended up at Stone with my wife, our youngest, my buddy and his son, the professor and Mary Ann, Mauerhan and his lovely lady, OlieIPA and the lovely Aimstatus, and, uh, I guess that's all folks.

Took the tour. I forget his name (really sorry!) but the guide was a great guy and the tour was awesome. Had Russian River Temptation on tap. Ordered a plate of stinky cheese and crackers. This high class plate of stinky ass cheese will make you pucker like a Stone Ruination.

After the tour, had lunch. I drank a special version of the Pale Ale with some added hops. My buddies Mauerhan and OlieIPA had the '04 Old Gaurdian. Yep, the '04. Right outta the bottle. Mauerhan tried to get one to go but was promptly bitch slapped across the mouth. Don't quite remember what I had for lunch, some non-standard version of a burger. 'Twas excellent.

At the end of this extravaganza, daddy was shitfaced. Just wanted to relax over the long ride home, maybe grab 40 winks. I think during the goodbyes, I may have even given OlieIPA a hug. YUCK! Talk about drunk. To the shower immediately!

Overall: Stone - the happiest place on earth.

11-14-2008 21:22:50 | More by PatronWizard
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Muggins25

California

5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

I had my wedding rehearsal lunch here. Unbelievable afternoon. Great place to throw a special occasion! The food was outstanding and the beer they provided use was top notch. I highly recommend using stone for any upcoming milestones in your life. It really is why we are here. Sure it's costly, however you can't take it with you. -Huff

11-07-2013 04:03:55 | More by Muggins25
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cbanker

California

5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Stone is awesome. Great beer, great food, beautiful scenery and always great people. I've been going on about a weekly basis for the past 6 months and always enjoy it.

Atmosphere: The outside of the build is very unassuming and going along with their policy of not advertising, it is completely unmarked. As soon as you start to walk in, things change as you pass through arches of vegetation and come upon massive boulders. The restaurant is beautiful and it is clear that no expense was spared in building this brewery. They have coi ponds and waterfalls, stone slab tables with flames coming out of the middle and an acre of beautfiul gardens. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor sections with bars both inside and outside.

Always a chill, laid back vibe. The staff and customers are always great and friendly. I'm not the kind of person who usually talks to people I don't know, but I always find myself meeting some new people at stone.

Brewery: The brewery is awesome, truly state of the art. They give a great tour; I've been on 4 and have learned new things each time. I never mind going on another tour if I'm bringing new friends to the brewery, plus the 4-5 free samples at the end are a nice bonus.

Stone makes outstanding beers and is always working on new projects. They are big proponents of craft brewing and use their strong position to do everything they can to advance the industry.

Beer at the Restaurant: Unlike most breweries, Stone carries beers from other breweries as long as their own.
Dr. Bill (the beer manager for the restaurant) knows his beer. Stone only carries beers from breweries they respect and never have mediocre beers on the menu. The beer menu changes daily and every time I'm there I have trouble deciding which few beers I want to have. The bartenders are happy to give you a small taste of beers if you ask, so that you can decide before committing to drinking a whole one. Prices are pretty reasonable for the quality; generally $4-6 for either a pint or 8oz (8oz for beers over ~8%). There are many times when you can get a pint of a beer for $5 that runs $15 a bottle in the store.

The bartenders are a great resource and really know their beer. They can tell you about any of the beers on tap and can recommend great beers based on what you like.

For anyone who likes good beer, this is the best in north county.

Food: The restaurant is a great complement to the brewery. They make great food and have a broad, unique menu. They have a wide range of foods: classics with a fresh twist, seafood, mexican, asian, etc. My standard that I order at least half the time is mac and beer cheese which is awesome and is a huge portion for only about $15. Some of the menu items are a little on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for. The food is great and they make an effort to use high qualiy local, organic ingredients, without sacricing quality to lower the cost.

The restaurant has about 50% reserved seating and 50% bar / cocktail seating. You need reservations well in advance for reserved seating, but I've found I can almost always get seats at the bar or cocktail areas if I show up with a small group. The menu is the same, so I never bother with reservations. However, if you're going with a larger group or want a guaranteed seat right away, definitely make reservations.

Overall: I always have a great time at stone, whether I'm going to grab a couple drinks, get dinner or lunch, attend a special event, or see one of the free late night movies. The beer, food, and service have always been great and I recommend it to people all the time. They have a great operation going and are truly one of the hidden gems of north county. I have been to a lot of breweries and would agree with the best brewery in the world rating.

09-23-2009 00:36:16 | More by cbanker
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

12-23-2009 10:14:57 | More by woodychandler
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

If there was ever a challenge to the Mecca status that is Sierra Nevada . . .

This place was AWESOME! The etchings, the plant life, the 32+ tap handles, I could go on and on (and will). Cool people drinking cool beer, no attitude, family friendly even. The servers don't have an attitude you'll often see. They look and act professional. Only the beer is bitter, not the help. So important.

The selection is amazing, so many varieties (and not just weird for sake of being weird, but actual, AWESOME stuff, I mean double/triple dry hopped varieties, vanilla bean porter?). Servers don't hesitate to let you try a sample. This shit sells itself once you try it.

The food is amazing. Would be a kick ass restaurant if that's all it was, but no, you get one of (if not the) best breweries in the world, wrapped up with it. And in San Diego? Tell you what Kevin Costner, Iowa and the ballfield is pretty cool, but as far as I'm concerned, San Diego, Stone Cali-Belgique or Juxtaposition (or 50 of their other awesome brews) and some of their bomb as food = HEAVEN.

Never change. Only expand.

03-30-2010 21:06:20 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA
100 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.