Stone Brewing

Stone BrewingStone Brewing
Stone BrewingStone Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States

(760) 294-7899 | map
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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http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/43153/
BEER STATS
Average:
4.13
Beers:
190
Reviews:
16,937
Ratings:
71,644
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.59
Reviews:
334
Ratings:
985
pDev:
9.15%
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Photo of cratez
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Tried the following:
Stone Escondido - Moxee Gold IPA (draft)
Stone Pilot Series: Sanctimonious IPA (draft)
Stone Liberty Station - Berubade IPA (sample)

Beers ranged from very good to outstanding. Also had a tasty lunch here. Service was quick and attentive, as we never had an empty glass and our food arrived in reasonable time. Great atmosphere at the bar, and we enjoyed our tour of the gardens. Bought some nice schwag and a sixer of Tangerine Express for our Airbnb, which was drinking lovely. Our overall experience was fantastic, and we would definitely come back.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wow, this place is massive, and I only saw a small portion of it. Huge industrial building with large entrance in the middle of the building that leads into the merch sales area, which meanders into the tour registration area which leads into a gigantic dining room/ tap room. Lots of glass, revealing the spacious patio on one side and the brewery on the other. The vaulted ceiling, the massive blocks of stone jutting out of the floor, and the wall art give the place a cathedral-esque feel. There is a rectangular bar towards the back of the room that seats about 25 and is partitioned off from the much larger dining area by a half wall. I did not go out into the patio area, but it looked a bit like a tropical oasis and my guess is there would be another bar out there also. 20 plus well assorted beers on tap, I had the Ghost Hammer IPA which was very nice. Friendly bartender, although she seemed to have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to old dudes. This place is a must visit for any craft beer enthusiast, even the restrooms are interesting. I can't help feeling like I missed a lot in this description. And, I did not try their food, but that's just another reason to make it back soon.

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Photo of InvasionofColloidialHaze
4.23/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I’ve been to Stone a decent amount of times now, so it’s fair that I should write a small review. Stone has always impressed me with their brewery, the first time I went I had a hard time figuring out what building it was. It’s subtle, but a beautiful location inside. Very spacious and usually get my table (if I having to wait for one), quickly or sooner than my wait time is supposed to be.
Food is always great, and it offers a good selection for beer and food pairings.
Service has been great, have only ever had bad service once out of the two handfulls of times I’ve been there. It’s definitely a must stop for anyone in San Diego for the first time.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The main Stone location in Escondido is, I suppose, like a Disneyland of craft beers. It's a very large and well funded establishment. If you are not careful, it's easy to miss. There was a small sign directing you to the parking lot. Also, most of the brewery is obscured from the street.

From the parking lot, you walk through a tunnel of vegetation (I think bamboo stalks). Once you get to the entrance you check in with the hostess. There's a gift shop right there. It also seems to be the ending place for their brewery tour. There's a large bar area with lots of tables and seating inside. Also, lots of space outside too, with a garden and water features.

It was very crowded and lively. I had a glass of Berliner Weisse and walked the grounds. I had a nice time. Next time, when in the area, I'll visit again and have a meal.

If you like craft beers, Stone in Escondido, is probably a must visit destination if you are in or near San Diego.

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Photo of BeanBump
3.95/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Its pretty much what you'd expect: super modern and well-kept, HUGE, picturesque, giant gift shop/store, extensive menu with seasonal and farm-to-table offerings. Very "Stone," and very well funded. The downsides here are that it can get VERY crowded which leads to long wait times, its pricey (especially for food) and service isnt always the greatest.

Your mileage may vary but overall, I enjoy the place...Ive just walked in to turn around and walk right back out (because of crowds) more than once.

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Photo of sokol_1993
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

An excellent place. Beautiful zen garden with a spring running through. A lot of beers on tap too. I went on a tour, and they show you all the working mechanism of the brewery. Great smell of the wort too!

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.18/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Stone Escondido was an awesome place. I loved the food and garden. My biggest complaint was the vibe. Unlike other breweries it didn't have that laid back, community feel that I love when I visit other establishments. Either way its 100% worth visiting if you're nearby. The peruvian chicken was so good and the beer is well above average.

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Photo of Luckydog91
4.06/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Took the 6pm tour while traveling for business. Tour was pretty basic but it's worth it just to see the awesome facilities. Was a little dissapointed in the tasting glass as opposed to the full size pint glass offered with many tours elsewhere.

Didn't have time to stay and eat but the menu looked good (if a bit pricey). Garden area looks awesome and would definitely go again and make time for lunch/dinner if I'm ever in the area again.

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Photo of Bush33186
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stone was first favorite brewery. I loved Stone so much I made a trip out to San Diego just to visit a few of their locations. I thoroughly enjoyed being out in San Diego and checking out their spots. The only thing I didn't like was the beer selection. That part seems so unfortunate. They definitely had good beers at each spot, but were also missing some great ones that I was eager to try. I figured what better place to get their beers than the actual source. With that being said I would still not hesitate to go back to any Stone location in the future.

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Photo of chefgirlarde
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my top favorite breweries!!! I love the selection of great craft beers at the World Bistro in Esco! They have amazing beer festivals and anniversary parties. The food at the Bistro is so good - and pairs with the beers perfectly. I highly recommend enlightening yourselves!!

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Photo of Jortonsbeer
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Cool venue. Nice patio. Been there twice. They have Vegan options! An alternating seasonal menu. Although I had actual stones in my dish, twice, the food was great! Went on a tour which was fun and busy. Not a fan of IPA'd though.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

The outside garden is one of a kind...the kind of place you dream about being while enjoying a beer that you can't get anywhere else. Classic and rare Stone offerings. Food wasn't anything I'd run back for, but the environment and beer is like no place I've ever been. Bottom line...amazing...but a little too expensive.

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.59/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I've been looking forward to coming here since they open. My wife and I had the Cerviche appetizer and ordered the Duck Tacos and Xian Lamb for dinner. Both dishes were very good. And, of course, the beer was awesome. Had the 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial and a Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0. Worth the wait!

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Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
3.83/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

All things considered, this is the strangest brewery we've been to, and we've been to Rogue. There is virtually no signage on exterior of building, like they don't want you to know about their secret garden built of its exotic plants and hand-constructed stone arch bridges hidden within. You enter and there is large dark room with a massive stone in the middle of the floor - clever and conceited. Behind it sits a sprawling merchandise store, complete with growler station and bottles to go.

With reservations we were seated for Friday lunch outside, and waited for a long while before we were greeted. Service was decent and quick enough after the initial lull. Oddly enough, there were only 18 Stone beers on tap, and 90% of them are distributed back home in MN in some form. They have a grand selection of guest taps and bottles though!

Food was the best part, hands down. Unbelievable, globally inspired cuisine. After paying we grabbed more brews from the slick outside bar and walked around the gardens. Very pretty, with astro turf, man-made water features and the aforementioned bridge missing chunks of stone here and there. And like the food here, the gardens were obviously inspired by faraway exotic places like China and Disneyland.

The inside is gorgeous and the merch store is fantastic, but with the small Stone beer selection, hidden signage, poor service and eccentric garden, I have no doubt that we'll never be back here again.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Having recently moved to Los Angeles, I knew it wouldn't be long before I visited Stone down in Escondido. Although a different experience than I had anticipated, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loads of merch to choose from at the store; anything from T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats, to limited and wide-release batch beers, hot sauces, cookbooks, beer soap, and more! The tour itself was fairly uneventful however very informative. For the amount of beer that they brew, Stone has an incredible amount of brew kettles in a comparatively small space. So, while there wasn't a ton of space to walk through, the guide was very informative, funny, and made it worthwhile. In addition to this, for $3.00 (which all goes to charity), you get the tour ticket as well as a 4-beer flight (of 4oz pours). Definitely worth the trip, unfortunately didn't have time to visit the Bistro, but I will definitely be returning!

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Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Wow, what a great place for food and beer! The selection of on-tap Stone beers is a bit limited and disappointing, given the breadth of their offerings, but there’s a long list of world class beers available in bottles in case they are needed. Innovative gourmet food menu. Multi-faceted environments. Friendly service. Excellent venue. Go if you can.

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Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This place has to be at the top of San Diego visitors wish list...awesome shop, brweery tours and of course kitchen and gardens...amazing place....just go

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Wasn't what I was expecting. Not your typical local brewery. Felt like I was in Temecula wine tasting. Nice place nonetheless. Had a Mikkeller on tap and citrusy wit. Good service and decent vibe, if it's your crowd.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The place itself is one of the most beautiful breweries you can go to. Big open hanger doors, even bigger garden with water features, picnic areas, the whole shebang. Gets extremely crowded and difficult to move through the restaurant, and takes some time to order or receive food or drinks occasionally. Nice company store and tasting room. Parking can be miserable too, unless you go valet. Every beer lover should visit this place at least once if possible though. Cheers!

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Photo of colts9016
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

My trip here was fun, interesting, and too short. I finally found the the brewery, after google sent me to the packaging plant. BTW the Brewery/ Bar is next door. Guess the founder does not care for signs, at least that is what was told to us on the brewery tour. The brewery tour was informative and not much to see. Got to sample 4 beers afterwards, a nice plus, if you ask me. I took a flight at the bar and tried some offering that I cannot get at a local store. I order some food. Now the reason for the lower score on the food is the price point to just a tad high for the quantity of food. I do realize I was in North San Diego and everything is high. But a couple bucks cheaper would have made more sense, at least to me. (I work in and around the food industry and have for almost 20 years). I felt what I got was between an appetizer and entree. The food was good and inventive. The server put crime and punishment hot sauce on the counter, that did add a nice accompaniment to meal. Overall my experience was positive. I will go back, may not for something to eat, but the beer, for sure.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

In an industry full of complete characters, Stone Brewing may well be the most complete and the most full.

My opinion was proven upon visiting their Escondido location (the one on San Diego Bay had not opened, nor, of course, the slow-food gastro-pub in Marienpark Berlin due this summer.) I visited on a Saturday night, so the place was jam-packed and the brewhouse closed. (So how did I get a table and a plant tour? I was the guest of their San Diego distributor, cousin to my wife... she knows the rich and powerful.)

This is an amazing facility; nestled into a suburban rolling hill industrial park, you somehow felt like you were in a beer amusement park; complete with falling water, restaurants and retail stores (no ponies for the kids.) The Vibe and excitement and enjoyment was like no bar I've ever been. Because most everything was on tap, I had a flight of five. Because I had a slight cold, I drank it all myself and didn't drive.

For a brewery whose most outrageous product line was led by an Arrogant Bastard (so ornery that it had to be spun off as a separate corporation), the restaurant's service was relatively good. The menu had strains of the slow-food movement, but burgers were the main fare.

I am amazed on Stone's entrepreneurial flare and passion for its product.
I hope their gastro-pub is open in Berlin when I visit there this coming July.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.09/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We just visited their place in Escondido a couple weeks ago and, overall, it was a very good experience. Loved the architecture of the building and the design of the gardens. Obviously superb brews and the food was very good too. Service was decent, but not outstanding. I would have given the Vibe a 4.75 or 5, except for the 2 areas of old vomit we encountered in the gardens...one of which was on a rock which my wife accidently leaned against. Yeah...not cool.

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Photo of Nichols33
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place is amazing. I'm not a huge fan of Stone's beers, don't hate them just think they are good to try and move on. But I was encouraged to stop here and thank god I did. It's a bit of a hike out of the city, but totally worth it. The beer garden was amazing. Lots of chairs around the grounds to chill out in, some artificial turf to lay on and have a beer. A nice pond throughout with fish, frogs and turtles. Was there on a Saturday afternoon and it was packed but still awesome. Went back on a Sunday night and it was cool with the fireplaces going and the lights on. Also, their experimental Mocha IPA was the best beer I had in San Diego (and I hit Alesmith, Toolbox, Modern Times, Port, Lost Abby, Ballast Point & Alpine).

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Photo of dsshuck
4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Got there when they opened @ 11 am but there is no signage to tell you that you are in the right place. Once inside they have a nice bar and eating area where they serve excellent food to go with some excellent beer. There is also a deck area where you can eat outside. Beyond the outside eating area is a garden area. After an excellent meal and beers we spent time in the garden by the small waterfall and took in some sun while waiting for the 2 pm instead of rushing into the 12pm tour. The tour costs $5 and runs 12,2,4,6pm. We enjoyed seeing and hearing about how Stone operates and has evolved. At the the end was a sampling of four beers: Stone to go, Pale Ale 2.0, Cali-Belgique, and Smoked Porter. We got to keep the sample glass. Worth the effort to get there.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Finally was able to visit during a trip to California and it was totally worth the wait. Its easy to find but there was no giant sign outside like I expected. Showed up for a lunch before a 2pm tour and it was a great decision.

I was able to sit outside and the gardens are absolutely beautiful. Nice stone tables through the eating area with a bar area off to the side. Nice and peaceful outside with a good mix of customers and great customer service.

The food was really good, check out the Crime and Punishment preztels

The bar area is nice with a lot of "other" beers on tap besides there own which is nice to see. They had a few special beers on brewed by the staff and since it was Monday they were all available. All of their beers were spot on. The GoTo IPA was obviously the freshest I have had and was simply off the charts.

The Tour was good, the guide talked about the process and showed us 2 areas of the main building. They bashed Ballast Point a little bit for being sellouts and answered a lot of questions. The tour ended with 4-5 tasters and was definitely worth the time.

I highly recommend visiting Stone Brewery and Gardens, check out everything you can there. Besides there beers being amazing the place is great. Cheers!

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Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA
Brewery rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 71644 ratings