Stone Brewing

BEER AVG
3.97/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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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BEER STATS
Beers:
197
Reviews:
21,072
Ratings:
86,729
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
940
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.74%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by Aiptasia:
Photo of Aiptasia
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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!

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Photo of epyon396
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chefgirlarde
5/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Gagnonsux
4.46/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mooskabear
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Amazing outdoor biergarten!

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Photo of Jortonsbeer
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
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 fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.46/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | 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 tlema1
3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

L: deep orange color, big thick lacing white head
S: malty and some citrus
T: follows the nose, with pine
F: Great mouthfeel , dry finish
O: very good pale ale, I was hoping for more citrus

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Photo of Mikey440
4.86/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A place fully dedicated to the art of craft brewing with beautiful scenery, friendly employees, and plenty of brew. Take the tour!

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Photo of frasergrove
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Jacthwise_O_Sullys
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

Photo of mackz
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of sunsjammer
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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 daem3384
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
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 warrendietrich2001
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The food choices in the bar were a bit more fancy than I would want from a brewery. Really nice grounds and awesome guest beer selection.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -0.7%
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 BeerForMuscle
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of TheBasedElliot
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of krbrevard
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA
3.97 out of 5 based on 86,729 ratings.
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