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

For Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co. beers:

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/43153/

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Ratings:
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PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
940
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
5.13%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I was excited to finally have a chance to visit Stone on a recent business trip to San Diego. The brewpub is located in a suburb of San Diego called Escondido and is not too far off I-15. There is no signage but the building is pretty obvious. They have a fairly large private lot.

The walk up to the building is amazing, with huge boulders lining the walkway. You can catch glimpses of the massive beer garden that had to have cost a fortune in landscaping alone. The interior is every bit as impressive. Visitors are met with the Stone store in the lobby and then ushered into a gigantic space that looks like a converted warehouse. The entire brewing operation is viewable behind big glass windows. The bar is on the left with seating everywhere else. More stonework adorns the interior, and there is a tree right in the middle of the dining room. All in all the place has a tactile feel, it makes you want to touch everything.

The beer selection is very good. Unfortunately they were out of 2 of their own beers (including a pub-exclusive cask beer) but more than made up for it with the extensive guest list. Brewers like Green Flash, Telegraph, Port and Ballast Point were all represented.

Service was good on a busy weekday evening. Our server had a thorough knowledge of both Stone and guest beers.

The food was honestly a major letdown. While I can appreciate Stone's commitment to local and organic food, I know for a fact that you can make better food with those constraints than what we tasted that evening. Especially for the ridiculously high prices. I had the mac 'n cheese and it was bland and uninteresting, and for $16.50 that is inexcusable. To put into perspective, I had a similarly priced truffle mac n cheese in Vegas since and it was phenomenal. My collegue's duck tacos were similarly unimpressive.

Despite the negatives, I would absolutely come back here again (altough I would probably eat elsewhere first). No craft beer lover should visit San Diego without putting Stone at the top of the list.

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Photo of bnutz
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I think I have to separate out this review into two parts: Bar and Restaurant. I've been to Stone World Bistro & Gardens many times since eagerly awaiting its opening, as I'm a big fan of nearly every beer that comes from the brewery.

As a beer bar, in concept, I think it's one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of drinking in. The architecture and atmosphere is classy, modern and hip, yet still comfortable. The inside is large, spacious and airy, the outside garden tranquil and perfect on a nice day or evening.

The beer list, both draught and bottle, is well-conceived, thorough and does a great job of showcasing Stone's own beers, both year round and special releases, as well as carefully selected guest beers. There is great local representation (Port, Green Flash, AleSmith, even Alpine at times) as well as breweries from around the country and the world. The list also seems to get updated frequently and prices are fair.

In practice, I've experienced some service issues. Even while seated at the bar it can frequently take a while to grab the bartenders' attention when it's busy. I've even been served the wrong beer (which, upon bringing it to the attention of the bartender, was immediately corrected.)

Still, if I lived in Escondido, I'd probably be here every day. It's a very pleasant place to kill a lot of time and the atmosphere both inside and out, and beer selection more than makes up for any service shortcomings.

The restaurant still seems to need some tweaking. When the food is good, it's really good. I'm a particular fan of the duck tacos, which are sweet, spicy, use locally made tortillas and pair great with a hoppy San Diego IPA. My wife, a cheese snob, was even relatively impressed with their "Really Soft & Stinky Cheese Plate", which she said was neither really soft nor really stinky, but still pretty good and "better than you'd expect to find at most restaurants."

However, the food isn't always good, and it's a little too expensive to be inconsistent (when they're on, onion rings are amazing- thick sweet, crispy, but more often than not, I've found them soggy with oil). While some dishes, like the penne with mushrooms are a little bland (and still pretty pricey), others seem a like they're reaching too much, or too complicated; as if they've thrown in so many ingredients in an effort to justify the prices.

Whereas I've had slow and inattentive service at the bar, service while seated in the restaurant has always been prompt, accurate and friendly.

I love the fact that the bistro seems to be going out of its way to showcase local ingredients, and in reality, this is probably the reason for the prices on the menu. I wish more restaurants took this approach. However, the menu needs some streamlining and focus to be worth what they're charging.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I would recommend anyone in the San Diego area, living there or visiting, should stop by this brewery. If you don't like expensive food, just take the tour. Their food is excellent, however it is a bit pricey for me. Their beer is well worth it though. They give a great tour that has an "Arrogant" theme like the message on the Arrogant Bastard bottle. It lasts about 30 minutes, and they walk you through the brewery, ending with their bottling (their machine is the one used in the movie Strange Brew), and distributor. The marketing guy that gave us the tour was good for the average person, but not as enthusiastic about the brewing process as I would have hoped (i.e. instead of talking about an enzyme process in the mash, it was just add the cracked grain to heated water). They did spend some time discussing water filtering and RO, which was great to know.

Very cool overall--I had a blast.

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Photo of ojclark
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The World Bistro and Gardens have come a long way. After a shaky start a couple of years ago, the food and service have seen great improvment and get better with each visit. The beer (Stone and guest selections) has always been excellent, and the food has evolved to become a worthy match. The Bistro is very modern and stylish, definitely a few notches up from most brewpubs and beer-themed places. The view into the giant Stone brewery is awesome. The huge gardens in back are beautiful and a nice place to enjoy some of the best beers made in the USA.

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Photo of koolchas
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

did a recent small san diego county trip w/the family. i initially had reservations for the bistro, but had to cancel as we would not have made it in time on the day i had reservations for. so, on the way down we stopped in so i can at least "see."

i am so gald i did just stopped in. it was a friday late afternoon and my wife and son were with me. the staff was very nice and i was surprised that they said my boy could be with me at the bar areas. we go outside and take a look at the gardens. it was very nice. the whole take on the bistro/gardens is very 'upscale.' we sit at the outside bar and my wife ordered up a 05 barleywine. i saw abyss as a guest brew so; i got that. the draft and bottle list are excellent! my boy had a gourment root beer :-)

we get some appetizers; the spuds, onion rings, and chips. all very tasty. we learned there IS a happy hour here and we got happy hour portions and prices on both the brew and appetizers.

my wife and i enjoyed our brews and our son actually enjoyed the gardens.

on looking at the full dinner menu, we were actually happy we did not end up eating a full dinner there. the prices are expensive and we are more basic fare type of people. so, the couple of brews and appetizers were perfect. we may try a full meal in the future when my parents visit as this is just a nice place overall.

i appreciate what stone has done. the whole bistro/gardens is fact that beer can be upscale although some beer geeks may not like this. this is a pefect a place to bring your beer hating, but wine loving friends to.

since my boy with us, we did not do a tour although i would have love to gone on one. if you love stone, the store is actually awesome with a variety of stone goodies.

again, not sure if i'd eat a full meal here on my own or with my wife, but this is a sure place to grab a brew at the bar and maybe order up an appetizer or two.

cheers.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

A: Went this past weekend which was the Winter Storm event. Everyone that I had the pleasure of meeting was great. It was my first trip to a craft brewery and it was soo nice to be in the company of people who appreciated a damn fine beer. The place was packed to the brim but it was nice not to see your typical So. Cal bar patrons.

Q: Everything there seemed very quality, it appears they might have a drainage issue or two in the gardens, but it is excusable seeing it's here in California and they don't have to deal with it much. Can't wait to go in the spring.

Serv: The hostesses were very friendly and even accommodated us when are number was called whilst we were on tour. The tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Our waitress was very nice and apologetic at having to tell us certain beers were tapped out. Then when she said she drinks the IPA every day I wanted to marry her :) However when we first arrived at the bar inside we sat for about 15 minutes before the bartender would acknowledge us, it was quite frustrating. Now I don't mean to say it was done on purpose, but I don't think that's an excuse.

SEL: My score is reflected on what I got to see during the Winter Storm event....AMAZING selection, stuff I never thought I'd get to see again. They did run out of a few I wanted to try quite quickly but I don't fault them for that at all..

F: I thought the menu was great, quoting Dumb and Dumber was brilliant. Even though I'm not vegetarian or vegan I found it pretty cool that they would make any meal they had (save the meals where meat was the main item) vegetarian friendly. Ok that's the good, now on to the bad points.

1: They ran out of soup and 3 or 4 more items, which severly limited their already small menu. I'm sorry but a good resturant doesn't run out of food, that's just VERY poor planning.

2: I ordered the Mac n Beer Cheese, as it was reccomended to me by a gentleman I met and the waitress who said "It's my personal favorite", and it's not that it was bad at all, it was actually fairly tasty but what confused me was how a medium sized bowl of Macaroni and Cheese with some sliced sausage in it costs 17 plus dollars without any side items included??

3: My buddy ordered the duck tacos (which sounded very tasty) but the tortillas were the size of a softball (think diameter) maybe a bit smaller and were piled high, he had trouble just trying to eat them and he was fairly unimpressed as well, simply because of the price.

Bottom line, if you're going to charge boardline elite resturant prices, the food should match the price and that simply wasn't the case here...

Value: Overall the place was a bit pricey with everying but beer oddly enough. Beer prices I think were very fair, and props to Stone guys for that.

I'll definitely be heading back sometime (I'm up in Huntington Beach) and probably on a regular occasion to fill up and pick up growlers. That being said I think I'll skip on the Bistro, it was a let down in an otherwise great day.

EDIT: I can't believe I forgot to include this in the review. One of the best things about the visit was the fact that the guys and gals at Stone didn't ignore other breweries, which I've seen in other places...I think the tour guide mentioned 4 or 5 other breweries in the So. Cal area. They've also got quite the list of other beers on tap and in bottle from other breweries. It was nice to see them recognize a quality brew and not just their own...that's a sign of confidence in their own beer as well as fair play to other fine brewers! A HUGE HUGE HUGE cheers for that.

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Photo of kleffman
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

There's really two parts to review about stone but I'll start with the bistro. This place is a great restaurant if you want an incredible draft and bottle list of both Stone beers and other guest beers. The food is good, but not the most impressive portion sizes for the price you pay. I haven't tried many items however. The atmosphere and beer is definitely the reason to go and for me it's more of an awesome place for appetizers and beers.

Next door is the Stone gift shop and I definitely recommend taking the tour to see their impressive facility and afterwards picking up a growler or two. If you're a homebrewer the tour is very basic, but for anyone else will be very informative. Tons of clothes and glassware etc. in the store so grab some souvenirs!

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

A - Unbelievable, the place is incredible. Architecture is amazing, we sat outside on the patio and it was PERFECT!

Q - The beers were served perfectly and the overall feel of Stone is just incredible.

SER - Our waiter was excellent. He told us (all 6 of us) everything about all the food and beers. He told us other breweries to visit in San Diego county and was able to tell us all the great qualities of Stone and non-Stone beers alike.

SEL - Amazing! Not only do they have tons of Stone beers on tap but the other taps and bottles are world class! Love it, I could have thrown a tent up in the corner of the back garden area and lived there for a week.

FOOD - The fried mashed potato balls and onion rings are awesome. I had the macaroni and cheese with local sausage with some Arrogant Bastard hot sauce to boot (be sure to ask for some if its not on the table!).

VALUE - We were on vacation and with friends so it was well worth the little extra you are paying for great beer and food. Both are totally reasonable overall.

The only thing that bummed me out was the hostesses were rude and we could not get on a beer tour to save our lives. It was a Saturday and they do tell you to plan on signing up an hour ahead.

They had the Ballast Point Victory at Sea on tap and I was blown away. Obviously the Stone beers were all incredible as well.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally got down to Stone for the first time this weekend. The facility is very nice-the garden looks great, the bistro is really nice, and even with the big crowds it doesn't end up getting too crowded.

Decided not to get any food, but it did look good, although quite pricey. It's not clear to me if the taps outside are the same as inside, but the outside tap selection was lacking. None of the Stone seasonals, and the rest of the stuff was ok but nothing too amazing. And if the inside bar and outside bar have different taps, they should make this clear. Bottle list was fairly impressive. Prices were ok, 4-5 bucks for most pours, probably not a whole pint though. I had an Arrogant Bastard and an AleSmith Lil' Devil.

I found the service to be lacking. We had a few hours to kill before our tour so grabbed some drinks at the bar and went to sit down outside. Turns out we were sitting in the tables reserved for diners, although there was no way we could have possibly known since they weren't marked, and nobody told us not to sit there. Later, we were told that we couldn't get a menu to order appetizers since we hadn't gone through the waiting for a table process, and were made to feel like we were keeping other people from being seated, even though there were 10 empty tables right around us. Now, I understand there have to be rules, but tell me upfront, don't get mad after I've already been sitting for an hour.

The tour was a bit put on but informative. The advertised guided tasting of their beer didn't happen.

Only really good deal is the growlers. It's like 10 dollars for a fill and 15 for a 1 liter bottle. But again, there's nothing really special to buy. They had OG 08 and Stone 10 but everything else was just the standards you can get at the store.

Overall-I'm glad I went, but it's a bit too overdone for a brewery.
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OK, so I went back again Monday to get my growler filled (failed at that, btw...the store closed earlier than I thought. Oh well). They had a few decent growler fill taps-Stone XI, DB 06 and Cali-Belgique, plus Sawer's Triple, Cali-Belgique and the Stone/JP/Nogne-O winter beer in bottles. Personally I enjoyed the atmosphere a lot more on a weekday (a bit less crowded, thus, a bit less pretentious). The beer selection was a little better as well than last time. Had the Mac n' Beer Cheese (best M&C I've ever had) and the spud buds (good idea in theory but I didn't think they were flavorful enough). Beer is a good value, even if it's 4 bucks for an 8 oz pour...nothing is more than that. Food is expensive...15 bucks even for the mac n' cheese...but it's a lot and worth the price (at least what I got). Overall, my experience was much better this time...so I'll bump up my rating a bit.

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Photo of spazaru
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I have been to Stone World Bistro several times and finally decided to review it.

I am a HUGE fan of Stone beers but I have to say the bistro leaves me cold.

The beer prices are on the high side compared to Pizza Port and the quality is no better, if as good.

Also, the service isn't very friendly from my experience. It's fairly insincere. I am from the south so maybe it's just the California attitude, but I find other places in North County are nicer and I've lived here long enough to know the difference.

The beer selection is excellent of course, but some of the strong beers you would get for $5/pint at Pizza Port are $4.50-5 for a half pint at Stone. I'm not a cheapskate, but I don't like being ripped off either.

I haven't tried the food since I'm vegan and options are limited, which is understandable, since they have to cater to the majority.

The tour is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone. Growler prices are excellent as well, as opposed to Pizza Port.

So...go for the tour and definitely get your growler filled, but once in the bistro might be enough. There are better places to drink in San Diego county, and since Stone beers are available almost everywhere in the county, the bistro seems like a grand idea that just missed.

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Photo of bgraney
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Finally had a free weekend so my wife and I made the trek to the Stone Bistro. I should have planned better and made a weekend of it and added other notable stops but as it turned out it was a whirlwind trip for lunch and a tour.
I was expecting the bistro to be something of an afterthought but it was beatiful to look at, the beer list was very impressive and the food was outstanding.
Having to drive home meant I couldn't have much to drink but I enjoyed a Ruination on tap with lunch and after the tour had tasters of the pale ale and smoked porter. I've had all those many times before but I'm a big fan of Stone so I enjoyed having their beers at their brewery.
I was really jacked for the Russian Imperial but they didn't have any. I can't seem to ever get that.
I had the fuego tempeh burger and loved every bite. Much better than I was expecting. My wife had the veggie lasagna and raved about it.
Being a home brewer I really enjoyed the brewery tour.
All in all a great experience.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally made it here on the 4th attempt. It was completely by accident that I ended up here on the 11th anniversary celebration. In any case I was very impressed with this new brewery. We came in through the gift shop and looked through the window into the huge brewery. There were no reservations for the restaraunt so we walked right in and sat outside near the waterfall. The whole place is landscaped nicely. Theres a trail that goes around the artifical lake and waterfall.

The outside bar is almost as impressive as the inside bar. Tons of taps and an impressive beer menu. They had their 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th anniversary ales on tap. They also had a bunch of other goodies. They also have plenty of bottles available.

Now this may not have been a good representation of their service on account of most of their energy was focused outside for the celebration but I think the service was still pretty good. The bartenders were pretty helpful and real nice. They even told me of a wonderful place called the Holiday Wine Cellar right down the street.

Overall, Stone is a great place that makes great beer but you have to pay for it. Definitely worth a try.

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

My girlfriend drove me down to Escondido yesterday to finally visit Stone and it was everything I expected

We went to the Bistro first and peeking around the company store

We sat outside and had some appetizers and beer of course, we ate the spud buds, which are garlic mashed potatoes deep fried in Arrogant Bastard batter, they were pretty good, then we had some brown sugar and chiptole potato chips which were not bad either, got my starch in for the week

I had a 2007 Double Bastard, Craftsman Edgar's Ale, Pizza Port Carlsbad Spring Tide IPA, and a Rogue XS Imperial Stout

Prices for all four of the beers were four dollars which was not bad, but three of them were only eight ounce pours

Other beers on the tap menu yesterday were Sierra Nevada Extra Special Pale Ale, 2 Ballast Points, 6 or 7 more Stone brews, Coronado Idiot IPA, Victory Golden Monkey, Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, and many more, I think 24 all together

Some items off of the bottle list were Allagash Interlude, Lost Abbey Avant Garde, Avery Jubilation, Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale, and Port Brewing's Hop 15

The atmosphere was really cool and I enjoyed sitting in the garden and drinking a nice dark beer, they have a miniature waterfall that runs into a small pond

Service was good and only a couple minutes between each beer, even though there was not many people there because it was mid-day on a weekday

Price of entrees was a bit scary, which is why we elected to eat somewhere else

After leaving the bistro, I got a shirt from the store and enjoyed a free glass of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, then we went on a tour by ourselves at 6 pm with a very nice tour guide, she answered the majority of my many questions and seemed enthusiastic about it

The brewery itself is big and they are still expanding, I tasted some dry malts and learned about how much pale malt Stone uses in each batch, saw all the different tanks and went step by step through the process

She showed us a batch of Scotch Ale that they are working on for about the third time, but she does not if it will ever be available at this point in time

My favorite part of the tour was the final refrigeration room with all the kegs and barrels, saw some Bourbon aged Imperial Russian Stout and Brandy aged Smoked Porter, pale ales that were being barrel aged, and several other goodies that they offer on cask from time to time, cannot wait to try some of the things I saw in this room, I am excited to say the least

Had a Ruination IPA before we left and talked with the lady for a couple more minutes, and then got on our way to Pizza Port in Solana Beach

New addition, Sour Fest rules, best festival I have ever been to and will be going annually now, Compunction and Good Mojo were both amazing

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Photo of bkanderson3
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I just returned from an unforgettable trip to the San Diego area. Several friends and I went on a 5 day beer tour of San Diego County. Our first stop was Stone which I was looking forward to for months. It is a bit hard to find but when you drive up, it looks amazing. Walking in it's truly a beautiful site. You can sit in the bar and look at the brewery through the glass. The atmosphere is A+. The tap selection was large but some of Stone's truly arrogant beer was not available. The wait staff was somewhat knowledgeable but as a brewer not as knowledgeable as I hoped when visiting a brewery. The food was disappointing for the prices. We were waiting on an appetizer and missed the start of the brewery tour. We asked if we could join 5 minutes late and explained it was due to waiting for the appetizer but was denied. We saw some beers being offered at the tasting room that were not offered in the bar. We requested some samples but were told no. The beer was only for take out. We indicated, we don't have a fridge or a place to keep a growler but we were ignored. I love Stone's beer thus the reason for driving through 2 hours of traffic to get there but I don't think I will go back. I felt I was a burden instead of a child in a candy store which is the feeling I'm used to feeling when attending breweries as a brewer and beer lover. We also visited, Alesmith, Port Brewing, Carlsbad and Solana Beach Pizza Ports, Green Flash, San Diego Brewing, Coronado, Ballast Point, Liars Club, O'Briens and the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival.

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Photo of dcough
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

This place is beautiful. Loved the interior and the garden and landscaping in the back is something else. I have never been to a more spectacular brewery in my life. The tap selection was good though I had hoped they would have some Stone specialty brews on tap. The food was ok, I think we just happened to get a burnt plate of union rings, since most of the other reviews love them. Service was ok. I will say that it doesn’t have a very warn feeling to it. They are getting bigger and with that the place doesn’t have the personal touch.

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Photo of mobud
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

When I found out that I was going to be in San Diego in late Sept., the first thing I did was plan my trip up to Stone. I was glad I did! I have been a fan of their beers for years and to pair it with some interesting food sounded like a winner. As mentioned in many reviews before, you have to be looking to find this place in an up-and-coming industrial park. Once past the store and the front desk of the rest., you find a wide open seating area with bar at center and a glass wall leading to the outside seating/garden. We went outside because it was a beautiful SoCal afternoon. My son enjoyed walking around the garden and it killed time til he got his food. Some folk did look at us as if we were at church and we were disturbing their worship, but who cares!

Our server (Laura) was cool. My kid's food came quickly and the beers were timed nicely. She was also very honest about her likes/dislike about the menu and she did a great job guiding my unsure wife.
The food menu was well rounded, but a little pricey for the portions we received. The beer menu, on the other hand, was outstanding. I had a Bastard, a Ruination, and a Port Brewing The Twerp. All three were great and I wish I had more time to expore the rest of the draft list. I grabbed a copy of the beer menu because I know that folks would not believe me when I tell them the selection.

I think that it was worth my time and effort to get to this place. The only other knock I had was regarding the event for the evening. I was there on Sept. 30; the night of the nation toast in honor of Michael Jackson. It was mentioned on the beer menu ($1 from each pint sold to the Parkinsons group), but I was there from 4:45pm to 6:45pm and did not hear or see anyone taking part. Granted, I was on the outside deck, but I had a clear shot at the bar and still did not see any activity. If I missed it, sorry but I was worried that the moment was lost on some people.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The brewery is located in an isolated part of Escondido with empty lots and a hint the area will be developed in the next five years. It was tough to point out from the street since it doesn't look like what you might envision at first. I walked in at 8pm last night for dinner and was treated with a large boulder, the company store, and press clipping on the wall at the entryway. Inside the restuarant, glass panels seperate the dining room from the brewery. A larger than life gargoyle, carved into the stone wall, glazes at the beer he just brewed. Back to me, I took a seat the bar, treated myself with a HopDevil and Maudite for the night, consumed along with the sausage platter and Arrogant Bastard onion rings.

The place has a rather upbeat atmosphere with nice music playing, everyone drinking beer from elegant looking glasses, and watching the bartender pour pint after pint. You can expect tasty food from this place; it will cost you, but the draft beers are priced attractively. The service is passionate, and the beer garden is stunning to walk around in. Remember this place is rather isolated, so be patient as you're getting here.

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Photo of ottobon100
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was just out in San Diego/Escondido early September for our annual family visit and stopped by Stone since I had not been to their new location. One word - AWESOME! We went back two more times following our initial visit. Coming from the Virginia Beach area of Virginia we are deprived of microbreweries locally except for a Gordon Biersch which is okay but several of Stone's beers are my favorites. Loved the decor, restaurant, outside, movies, food AND; of course, the beer. I pretty much stuck with Arrogant Bastard but sampled as many of the others as I could. Good thing my wife wasn't drinking! Sober driver! The outside with the boulders, granite, stream, patio, fire pit, etc. is beautiful. We sat outside once early evening and once at night. I think between the six of us we pretty much covered at least a quarter of the menu and a bunch of the beers. Very impressive, first class place! Service was great and so were the Stone employees we dealt with. How about one on the east coast? Maybe Virginia Beach.... Anyway, great job Stone! Can't wait to get back for another visit next year.

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Photo of jgnatek
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

had a bit of a time getting here, but they do explain you need a map on the website. my bad.

no signs. this was hilarious, since i work at a place with no sign, and am constantly being complained to by customers who had to walk back and forth for 20 minutes trying to find us... karma i suppose.
big place, really well done. hard to compare to most things since the budget for this place was huge. just really beautiful stone (go figure), metal and wood. nicely done. i sat outside, despite it being in the high 90s that day.

service was good. didn't seem to know alot about the beer, but not everyone that works in a beer place is a beer geek. good enough.

i saw the owner greg gardening, which totally blew my mind. not because he was the owner of one of the biggest craft breweries in the country, but because he was pulling weeds and plucking trees. its fantastic that he takes the time to do little details like this. he came over and talked to me, bought me a beer for sitting out in the sweltering heat. seemed like a genuinely nice person. i saw him talk to his employees with the same friendliness that he had with me. that is important.

selection was very nice, i wish stone had more beers, but i guess i'll take quality over quantity. having the verticle epic on draft was nice. can't fault their choices. nicely done.

i ordered the tofu stir fry, and it was great. yes it is expensive, but this isn't a place you go every day. i felt that the price was reflective of the environment.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hard to be objective about Stone as I'm such a fan of their work, but here goes.
First off, get a good map and/or directions before you go. Calling the brewery was frustrating as the don't answer their phones and have a very fast, not helpful verbal direction on how to get there. Had to stop for directions.
Once there, the place is brand spanking new and very nice. Heavy on stone (duh) but well set up with a nice sized dining room, tasting room/reception/swag store, and a huge ass brewery. Snagged a couple tickets for a tour and had to scarf down an appetizer as to not miss it.
Tour was impressive, and the tour guide was pleasant, but not really informative, at least to my beer geek ears. The walk in, heck, drive in cooler was really awe inspiring for all the barrels, kegs, cases, etc. of all the different world class beers, not just Stone, but Victory, Germans, Belgians, etc. etc. etc.
After that we sat and split a Buffalo Burger, which was nice but a little dry. The appetizers we had before were much better (Spud Buds - deep fried mashed potatoes; and fried mushrooms).
Service was good, but the place wasn't very busy mid afternoon weekday.
Afterwards we walked around the gardens which were very pleasant. Hops and olives grew freely, water flowed, sun shown.
Beers were nice and selection was good, but not what I expected looking at the sample beer menu online (disappointed at the lack of Pliny which I really wanted to try).
All in all, definitely glad I took the time and trouble to get there from San Diego.
Really guys, fix those directions.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

It was a heck of a lot of effort to get here but worth it. I drove down on a beautiful Sunday afternoon after the post wedding brunch for my high school buddy, who got hitched last week in LA. Obnoxious traffic on the freeway most of the trip and upon arrival there are no signs or hints to where the brewery is actually located. I consider myself lucky to have found it at all. A giant, attractive building with silos and a separate outdoor section, but no sign or indicator or a brewery at all.

Anyway, once inside it was easy enough to pick up a ticket for the next tour and peruse the lobby/gift shop. The attitude that they market themselves with is very apparant everywhere you go in the brewery, which is cool to see as far as dedication to something, even if it is arrogance (somewhat tongue in cheek, I gathered). The tour was very well done, with an informative presentation and witty, likable guide. We got to see the whole floor, check out the bottling machines and the awesome refrigerated room, with tons of hard to find stuff from dozens of top brewers.

Next it was onto the tasting, which was one of the most generous I've ever seen, with 4oz samples of Pale Ale, IPA, Smoked Porter, AB, and Ruination. It goes without saying that they were fresh and delicious. I didn't sample the bistro and food as I was on my own and had to make it back to Anaheim to meet another HS friend for dinner but it certainly looked and smelled top notch. I did pick up a growler, which cost an almost ridiculous eighteen dollars because you have to pick up the empty jug first for eleven bucks. Refills of Smoked Porter were only seven bucks and they threw in a free pint glass but it'll probably be a while before I get back for a refill (my buddy's next marriage maybe?) All in all, a very cool place to visit but pricey for out of state visitors looking for a fresh liquid souvenir.

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Photo of Brewlore
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Finally got a chance to visit this place well down around Escondido/San Diego. The actual brewery/bistro is easy to find albeit a bit out of the way. There's basically nothing around it and there are no signs indicating you're at Stone.

It's honestly such a great place that was very well designed. Stone slabs, wooden tables, hop vines, boulder garden, indoor pond and many other things really add to this place.

The free tour & tasting is great. Long informative tour of the beautiful new brewery that ends with a free tasting of four Stone brews (a good hefty sample too, plus, it seems you can always get the bartender to throw 2 more samples your way).

The food at the bistro was some of the best I've experienced. The waitress was really nice and helpful. My only complaint on this end was that we got our food entirely too fast! We had barely taken a few bites of our beer cheese sampler when our waitress came out with our main course. Outside of that though however, everything was fine. If there's another downside, it'll be the prices. Although their philosophy on food explains a lot, the prices are still a bit high. I didn't mind paying for it though, since this was probably one of the very few times I'll get around to visiting this place.

Overall a fantastic place to eat & drink!

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been drinking Stone since a fateful San Diego Conference back in 1998 where I had my first Stone IPA. It's been love ever since.

Location - From the website I was prepared for this joint to be tough to find. I knew it wasn't in my GPS, and to make it worse I took a wrong turn and lost my bearings. I turned down a road with no streetsign that looked rather new. Cresting a hill I spotted a grain silo, and moments later that unmistakable odor of brwing beer was omnipresent. Still, even after driving through the parking lot, and walking up to the door, I spotted NO signs for Stone. I was sure I had the right place, but it was still a weird experience.

Experience is the right word for this place, it's almost like a theme park for beer. I love the rock canal you traverse to get to the restaurant. Are those hop vines trying to cover the trellis? both the architecture and quality of the build are obvious. Well done!

I arrived one day after a smoked porter tasting, and several of the remenants were still on tap. Yum. Also the 07 Vertical Epic, and a great selection of Russian River and other non-Stone taps. A nice touch. There were OUT of he Ruination, which was a tad dissapointing.

The staff was helpful, but busy. Still they did answer beer questions, and seemed to understand that it can take a few minutes to select your next beer. Food FLEW out of the kitchen, almost too fast... but the food was phenomenal. I had the Duck Tacos and the beer-cheese soup, both supurb.

The prices were the only unexpected, unpleasant surprise. The pints were fair, but the dinner menu was a bit higher than I would have guessed - with several appatizers costing in the 10-13 dollar range, and some burgers cresting the $16-$17 dollar mark. It was worthwhile, but they better be careful not to let quality slip!

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Photo of Weedchugger
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Finally, a road trip down to the World Bistro for my friend's birthday. Yes, I gave this joint a lot of 5's and I'll tell you why...

The atmosphere was exceptional, from the brewery itself to the restaurant to the wonderful gardens. It was larger than I had expected, but very inviting and we felt right at home almost immediately. We also took the tour which allowed me to check out all the oak barrels and specialty casks that were waiting to be sent out. I also got to hold a bottle of 11th Anniversary Ale, no beer yet, but the bottle looks sweet.

The quality was of the highest order. Every beer we had was fresh, Stone or not. I got the last pint of Double Dry-hopped Levitation, which was delicious. So was the 7.7.7 on tap. We also had every Stone beer offered, all winners. Plus growler fills of 10th Anniversary.

We had about three or four people helping us, three bartenders inside and one fantastic waitress outside for our dinner. What can I say? Everyone was cool, friendly and attentive. Zero complaints.

Selection equaled about thirty or so taps and a huge bottle selection. I was hoping for at least one Stone tap to be something I can't get in a bottle, and I got the last DDH Levitation, so I just made it - and it was fantastic. I could have used one more (like two weeks ago at Naja''s I had the Smoked Porter w/Chipotle) but their standard beers were so delicious fresh, I didn't mind. Especially the Arrogant Bastard. There were more great beers there than one person would be able to drink without passing out, so it couldn't have been better.

Between the three of us we had the Ruination soup, a couple cheese platters, steamed mussels, beef hand rolls, pork tenderloin, garlic chicken, giant 20oz steak and a few things I'm forgetting. Everything was delicious and fresh. The hit of the meal though was Mike's Beer Cheese. We were blown away by this stuff and were lucky enough to have three different kinds. Now, I gave the food a 4.5 keeping in mind that while we were there, they were out of clams (my favorite) and the deep fryer was busted (no chips, onion rings, spud buds, etc). Also, the jalapeno in the cheesecake was a little chewy, odd. I think I'd go pink peppercorns for spice in that dish. All in all, we had an exceptional meal.

Value is a relative term, so I'll just say that three guys spent about three hundred bucks, but got a tour with four tasters, several t-shirts, glasses, filled growlers, drinks, appetizers, more drinks, more appetizers, drinks, a huge meal, dessert and more drinks. We all three felt like we got more than our money's worth. You could certainly eat here for much cheaper, but it was a special occasion for us and we did it up big. We'll be back.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Met some new friends at Green flash and decided to meet up for lunch at Stone. My wife and I visited last year before the bistro was opened. WOW what a wonderful San Diego beer destination.

You can walk into the bistro via two large wooden doors-when you do enter the bistro you will notice the bar to the left and seating surrounding the bar and if the weather allows you may also sit outside. We opted for a booth inside where we were able to see the brewery.

The beer list is one the best I have seen. They don't have hundreds of beers but what they do have is quality. Other than the Stone beers they offer numerous guest beers from San Diego and the rest of California (Russian River, Ballast Point, and Telegraph) along with a selection of Belgium style beers from Jolly Pumpkin! My wife and I moved from Ann Arbor a few years ago and haven’t been able to get JP here. Stone also offers a nice selection of imported Belgium beers.

The food was good-we split a stinky cheese plate and an order of clams. We were impressed with the food and the prices were reasonable and the service good

Following lunch my wife and I joined our new friends for the 4:00 clock tour. Which was good and we were able to sample four of the brews.

All in all we can’t wait to go back.

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