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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, California, 92029
United States

(760) 294-7899 | map

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens website & hours:


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

San Diego weather shows itself, at last; a beyewtiful, sunny day. Heading north for a few days, thinking a stop along the way at Stone for a beer or three is well in order this Sunday afternoon. It’s been 9 years since Greg showed his wares at that first Blind Tiger 121212 event. I’m a bit overdue in checking back in. Thinking I’m worthy, is all...

Parked and wandered through the jungle to the entrance, dodged the hostess and worked our way in. Crazy, open, large, cavernous room 2 stories high, with spread panels covering vaulted ceilings disguising much ductwork and rafters. A wall of vertical windows runs the length of the space looking over the brewroom of massive to the front side. To the rear, a wall of angled garage door windows over the garden party. The near wall of concrete, set by wood planks and removed but still showing its grain imprints left behind, with a gigantic gargoyle carved into it smoothly. And the far wall of stone face over crazy bathrooms below, and a stairwell to additional seating there; cutaways along the way up with bottles displayed. Wandered up to the ‘lil balcony up there and looked out over the room, it’s got a great feel. Classical music, a light breeze, it’s really serene and pleasant today.

They’ve got a cool flowing loose change water way with a sprawling tree and large stone in the center of the room, and sectioned seating areas around it and about; 12 booths & tables in a step up area to the near wall, 14 more below along the outside wall, and another dozen tables and bar counter pieces along the brewroom walls. And towards the far end, a rectangularish shaped bar; one side curved like a swinging door open. Wood top, slate base & foot rail, and seating for 2 dozen on brown leather chairs. A 2 sided tower row sits inside with 18 nondescript handles; but they’re shown mounted on a steel framing piece above along with some bottled selections.

6 tables looking over the room from the balcony perch above. Through from there to a back room holding 4 pair of longish tables in rows, a perfect party room space complete with etched gargoyle lampings cut out above. And out to the porch, 6 tables overlooking the garden scene. And downstairs into the mix of it; seating for a dozen on a slab topped bar on the far end, and 6 tables around a fire pit.

Now out in the garden proper, heavily treed, with heat lamps abound. Stone, slab & brick floorings; chunks of stone bordering and rock walls. Nearly 3 dozen tables all around, lots of roundies and large granite slabbings, some in corners or nooks, awnings and secret places. Unfortunately, we can’t get a readily available table like, right there (pointing), due to reservations (can’t we name drop some Stone reps from across the northeast to help this along?), so we opted for the koi pond/fire pit seating 10 on curved slat. Eventually though, we moved to the VIP section (as we have named it); a little corner with (like) a 4’ X 8’ slab table granite piece of rock a foot wide with cushioned benchings and chairs around it, housed beneath a trellis of viney flowery protection from the evil fire ball in the sky.

Wandered the trail wrapping around the lower 100 acre wood along the water, murky and, no, wait, oh, it’s barleywine. No other brewery in the world blends its barleywine by waterfall (But it’s the only way if you want it just right). Nook & secret places, tables & benchings, and random reclining chairs out there. Seems they’re building a wood deck corner piece for band play, perhaps.

Signs riddled about reading, “Our beer cooler is currently undergoing expansion. Please excuse us for having just 16 amazing craft beers on tap until mid-April”, or something like that. Oh, poor us. 10 house beers (Stone Pale Ale, Smoked Porter, IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Ruination, Levitation Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Cali Belgique IPA, Sublimely Self Righteous, Old Guardian Barleywine), and 6 guest taps (Beachwood The Dominator IPA, Craftsman El Prieto Sour Black Ale, LadyFace IPA, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine, Great Divide 18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA, Paulaner Octoberfest-Marzen). I drank the Stone Pale Ale & Levitation (trying to stay on the low end of ABV play, today), and repeated where necessary. There’s also a bottle list with upwards of 120 offerings, roughly 50 of them US craft beer and 40 Belgians (Orval costs a cool $7), with the remainder being a mix of beers of the world. And some 6 dozen wines, too, including dessert wines & sake.

I refrained from foodings this afternoon due to having experienced a breakfast ridiculous, but duck tacos do sound delicious. Don’t know about $22 delicious, but maybe if they did a $12 just kind of tasty version.

Nothing rare or unusual, but a solid tap list just the same, and a kickin’ bottle selections, too. Seriously, one of the single most chill places I’ve ever spent an afternoon. Yep, I’d do that again.

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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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Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of TheBasedElliot
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of krbrevard
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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 PBRandJ
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Studfarm69
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of colts9016
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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 -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Junichi
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
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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5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of BoredRocks275
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Holopirek
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Mohawkhitchhiker
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dochook
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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