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“Weirdness, great beer and very good food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Stone Brewing Company

Stone Brewing Company
1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029
760-471-4999
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Ranked #4 of 264 Restaurants in Escondido
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Californian, Brew Pub, Eclectic
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Catch the Eastbound Sprinter to Stone! Closest stop is Nordahl Road. North County Transit District: Bus Route # 353 NCTD Phone Customer Service = 760.966.6500
Description: At Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, we endeavor to use as much in-season, locally and organically grown produce as possible. It's about much more than freshness and sustainability. Local, organic food--fresh from local growers AND our own farm to your table--simply tastes better and is better for you. Combine those benefits with our expansive gardens, our indoor and outdoor 32-tap beer systems and select wines and you've got a dining experience to satiate your--body, mind and soul.
Boston
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“Weirdness, great beer and very good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

No matter how good the reviews were, we were not expecting a memorable experience. Call us jaded, but a beer pub in an industrial park? In Escondido, California miles from the beach, the Safari Park and Legoland? Who would make the trip?

Well, consider us converted. My family and I were intrigued enough to drive across Escondido – almost as long as it would have taken to get back to Mission Bay! – and we were amply rewarded.

Food: We found a good variety of both meat and vegetarian dishes. Soup and salad (veggie) were up to organic California standards. Succulent quail quarters cooked Korean BBQ style were both unusual and delicious. The main course, duck tacos with rice and beans, was delicious, perfectly prepared and offered just the right amount of food. The veggie soup and a gingery noodle dish made the kids happy.

Beer: This beer drinker was in heaven. The Avery white Belgian ale was even better on draft than it had been in a bottle a couple of days earlier. It was crisp, cold and refreshing even on a chilly night. I tried to switch to an Amber Ale (Rough Draft – great name!) but the server apologized that it was out that night. Not to worry, though – she brought along a taste of Stone’s own amber ale to see if I wanted to substitute it. Nice touch. It was a tad too bitter so I switched to the porter. That was bitter too, appropriately so, and really nice.

Atmosphere: even though we did not take the tour, the view from the beer garden of the fermenters in the brewery was out-of-the-ordinary. The crowd murmured and buzzed pleasantly. The heat lamp made the table comfortable.

Store: What an odd combination: biker vibe, shirts proudly advertising Arrogant B*****d Ale, kegs and sixes for sale and families shopping quietly. It felt like a Harley convention – in heaven.

Weirdness: the owner of the brewery, who has successfully built this cavernlike beer bistro into one of the premier breweries of southern California not to mention a popular restaurant in an industrial park, has a few quirks. A pleasant chat with our server Cory revealed that this owner does not like signs. Ergo we were really not sure we had found the place until we stopped in the parking lot and rolled down the window to ask people. Then, in the store, the clerk apologized that we could not get a shopping bag – of any sort – for my Arrogant B*****d shirts and my Stone Brewing cap because the CEO (same guy) is opposed to bags. Meantime, according to the server, the owner has bought some land nearby to put up a boutique hotel. What will be the attraction there? No doors on the rooms? Ice but no buckets? We’ll have to come back and see. For this quantity and quality of beer alone, not to mention the food and the rest, it will be worth it.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

If looking for world class beer make this a must on your visit to north county. Located in an industrial park, from the outside one would not expect much. One would be wrong. The grounds, particularly the gardens delight and leave one asking, "am I in a brewery?" These same thoughts repeat when one looks at and samples the menu. Schnitzel? Who would have thought?

As for the beer, what can one say but wow! One can sample the whole panoply of Stone (and other craft) selections. However, given the west coast IPA high alcohol content, drinking more than two or three could be detrimental to you equilibrium. The staff, knowledgable, friendly, and helpful, can aid in the decision making process. As they receive a keg a month as part of their "benefits", they kind of know their stuff. Great gift store as well.

Go. Try. Sample. You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Troy, New York
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“Beer Tour/Gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

We did not eat here b/c we were not aware that you could eat here. We thought the location was just to tour beer. We got there a bit early so we had about 20 minutes before the tour started. we walked around the grounds to the garden and it was very nice. Can't believe its actually a brewery. We looked at the food menu, and while it may appeal to some, i didn't care for it, so i'm glad we ate before we arrived. the tour was really good. the beer sampling was okay. If you are into beer with a lot of hops you will love the beer sampling. i prefer my beers to be less hoppy and more malt flavor. It was a very good experience overall and i recommend to all craft beer lovers.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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“stone brewery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

great place extraordinary beer good food selection did i mention the beer also other drinks available friendly servers fire pits outside and inside dining good store for shopping did i mention the great beer selection

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Beer Garden Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

Stone beer awesome! Grab a craft brew and kick it in the garden. Have had several great afternoons there. The food is pricey and wish they had a better selection of things to munch on with their fantastic beer for a reasonable price. Go for the beer! Take a walk through the garden, but don't let your kids climb on the rocks, you'll get yelled at. Too tempting for kids to stay off. Overall, fun place to try a new beer or your favorite! Will be in Point Loma soon....

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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