Stone Brewing

BEER AVG
3.99/5
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:
207
Ratings:
88,488
Reviews:
21,544
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
946
Reviews:
326
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
5.13%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Certainly the largest brewing facility I've visited, with a parking lot nearly as large as those provided for sports stadiums. As you enter the immense double-doors you pass through a schwag room where you can also get your growler fills, kegs, etc. Into a second room there are a few reclining chairs where you can sit back and enjoy the view of a large stone placed in the center of the room. This theme continues into the main seating area surrounding a well organized bar with cliff-like outcroppings leading to bathrooms below and a second (private?) seating area above the action.

Behind a seating area you find floor to ceiling glass looking on the brewing operations (free tours are available at scheduled times). Across the large room there is another wall consisting of enormous windows leading into a very large outdoor seating area for larger groups. There are great photos and videos of the space on the stoneworldbistro website. The atmosphere reminded me at times of a beer-centered version of Harris Ranch; the feel is corporate yet there was also an air of a theme park, patroled as it was by armed off-duty police officers in casual clothes.

The rules about ordering food are confusing - you can only order off of the bar menu while seated in certain areas, the appetizer or desert menu in other areas, and lunch or dinner from the main seating areas but only after certain times. That said, the wait-staff went out of their way to accomodate our requests, providing our ravenous group with pretty much whatever food we asked for. Service was friendly but harried, and a little slow overall. The facility is very busy though, so they deserve some slack.

The beer menu is extensive and draught and bottle prices are both reasonable with only a slight mark-up of the former. They were out of all the Evil Twin beers I tried to order, and I'm not sure the Craftsman saison I ordered was what I actually received, but the 16oz pour of Stone Smoked Porter was decent and the 8oz pours of ’t Gaverhopke Koerseklakske and Alesmith Speedway Stout were exceptionaly fresh and flavorful. I didn't inquire, but I expect these are among the cleanest tap-lines (35 in all) in the county.

The food is a bit overpriced, but well prepared. Their fried/stuffed mushrooms were tasty, the cheese plate was unusual (though portions were very small), the lime/chili chips were fresh, and the boar ribs were lovingly prepared and super-tender. Their brownies were among the best I've had. Everything utilized fresh ingredients, and up-scale twists on traditional bar food.

All in all, Stone is very much worth a visit if you are in the area - I cycled there with 30 other people from downtown Los Angeles, so our appetites and thirst were mighty by the time we arrived, and the bistro did not disappoint. Lost Abbey (in Stone Brewing's old space) and Churchill's are just down the road in San Marcos so you could easily make a day of brewery/beer-bar hopping.

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Photo of sohearn
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of HurryItsJacob
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beachops
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mpc175
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

A must visit for beer lovers in San Diego! Basic tour, but be on the look out as we ran into the owners on our tour. Overall fantastic place.

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Photo of rholt12
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Hans_Muecke
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The outdoor beer garden in Escondido is amazing. Whenever I have visitors, this is on the "Best of" San Diego lists to see.

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Photo of epyon396
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chefgirlarde
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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 -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mooskabear
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
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%
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 -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.39/5  rDev -2%
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 tlema1
3.78/5  rDev -15.6%
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 +8.5%
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 -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Jacthwise_O_Sullys
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

Photo of mackz
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of sunsjammer
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
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 -5.4%
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 +0.2%
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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Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA
3.99 out of 5 based on 88,488 ratings.
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