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Stone Brewing

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BEER AVG
3.97/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States

(760) 471-4999 | map
www.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:
170
Reviews:
18,300
Ratings:
78,752
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
99
Reviews:
315
Ratings:
914
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
5.12%
 
 
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 +5.1%
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 Studfarm69
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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 MickeyHopHead
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of colts9016
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
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 sunrats
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Junichi
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
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 JMHPGH
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of BoredRocks275
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Holopirek
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Mohawkhitchhiker
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dochook
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Jmikepow
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of mwilbur
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
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 rainydays2020
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.13/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Nichols33
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +5.3%
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 philsunset
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Kuzi_86
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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