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Beer Available At Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens (arranged by most recent)
Arrogant Bastard Ale 99, Stone Whiskey Barrel Double Bastard 98, Arrogant Bastard (Templeton Rye Whisky) , Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout 100, 10 Barrel / Bluejacket / Stone Suede Imperial Porter 96, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 99, Stone Imperial Russian Stout 100, Stone India Pale Ale (IPA) 100, Stone Ruination (Moroccan Mint Green Tea, Cocoa Black Tea, American Oak) , Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale 100, Double Bastard Ale 100, Aleman / Two Brothers / Stone DayMan Coffee IPA 99, Stone Ruination IPA Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels 90, Stone Reason Be Damned 91, Stone Enjoy By IPA 100, Stone Great Bowmanís Beard , Societe The Widow 83, Stone Bite the Bullet , Rip Current Lupulin Lust San Diego-style IPA 87, FiftyFifty Charles On Rye
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Travlr (1255) Washington, Washington DC | January 16, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Shockingly huge place, attached to the massive Stone brewery. Great selection that fortunately reached far beyond Stone. Very good food, big portions, but pricey. Nice garden. Touristy.
t0rin0 (965) Riverslime, California | June 25, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 17/20
Been coming here mostly for festivals but also random stops when in SD since 2007. Actually my first stop here ever was a very short one on 070707 because the power went out shortly before I arrived.
The beer lineup is usually quite good. On anniversary party days if you dont want to spend the money on tickets to the fest you can try half a dozen years of anniversary beers on tap. Winter Storm is a great event for trying a bunch of other vintage stuff (Old Guardian, IRS, Vertical Epic) and the festivals (Sour Fest, Oakquinox, and probably Pour It Black) are a good time as well. At some point recently theyíve expanded the number of taps to a ridiculous number. They also usually have some good guest taps going as well.
Service can be very hit or miss. Actually more like decent or miss. Good service is hard to come by here. Some of the bartenders are friendly but usually the best youíll get is a neutral experience. If you get unlucky or ask the wrong question youíll get ignored or get some asshole response. The food is pretty good but very expensive. I love coming here for the beer but I do my best not to interact with the help.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I find it hard to believe that not everybody is highly satisfied with the food here. I had a great spicy soup and a superb yakisoba, fresh, refined and spicy. The serving was large enough, maybe not even smaller than average and with the average being too large, thatís perfect. Not a top culinary experience of my life, but so far beyond the usual pub fare that for a ratebeer entry, this deserves a solid 9. I amm all too happy to shell out double the usual pub cash to change the pace from greasy burgers. Besides that, they went for a rather upscale place though anybody could feel welcome. The beer selection is just stunning with all the Stone being completed by Dr. Bill hand-picked guest taps, most of them highly desirable at any time. Itís easy to come out with a large bill, but it will be a satisfactory one. It would normally not be the kind of restaurant I enjoy dining in, but the beer drew us in and kept us in through the whole evening. It must be said though that the place in this relatively new industrial area is not very conveniently located. You donít want to drive out of here, but with the staff calling us a taxi, we had a mighty good night.
Dogbrick (637) Columbus, Ohio | October 10, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
(Visited 04/2008): 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 Stoneís 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 ín 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 collegueís 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.
brokensail (624) Orange County, California | February 22, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been here a bunch of times, but somehow never got around to review it. I was there yesterday, so I figured I would review it this time.
This was the first time I have ever just gone straight to the bar as we were not too interested in eating this time. The initial service was decent, nothing outstanding. However, after our second round, the two bartenders completely ignored us. I have ordered a couple drinks from the bar before (after finishing up a meal) and was always served quickly. I could understand if they were extremely busy and no one was being served, but the three of us were the only ones being flat out ignored (we watched the other bar patrons being served constantly).
We finally just got up and headed to a table and grabbed a couple appetizers after sitting with empty glasses at the bar for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
The service at the table in the bistro was excellent as always.
The beer list is always excellent, with an enormous bottle list and 32 taps (and having 07.07.07 on cask is never a bad thing).
Food has been excellent every time I have been here, although it is on the expensive side. Being vegetarian, I generally stick to the tofu stir fry, and it is delicious and you get quite a large portion.
The atmosphere is second to none, especially in the brewery world, and part of the reason why I enjoy going to Stone so much.
The reason that I still give Stone a high rating is because this is the first time I have ever had anything close to a bad experience there. As I said, I have been here several times and the staff in the bistro, the store, and on the tours have been incredible.
Oakes (614) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 27, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Well, itís professional if soulless, with a pretty garden but yet itís all so tacky...like a Disneyland of beer. Nice beer list but not spectacular. Kind of a good but not great sort of place. Worth visiting, mind you, as itís quite unique in the beer world. The food was disappointing, I liked the duck tacos but the tempeh burger was mushy and left a lot to be desired.
BeerandBlues2 (547) Hanover, Maryland | March 21, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice place to visit, though a bit of a haul if your hotel is by the airport. This fact does not detract from the visit in any way, particularly when you convince your boss to drive home. The beer selection is great, and down right excellent if hops are your thing. The food is superbly prepared. Prices are reasonable, though in CA terms. The wait staff are attentive and knowledgeable.
NachlamSie (530) Denver, Colorado | July 6, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
The ambiance of this establishment is stunning. The gardens are vast with bamboo and assorted plantlife eoncompassing walkways and benches. Combine that with perfect 75 degree, sunny California weather and itís a fantastic environment for sipping a beer. The inside is gorgeous as well with its huge ceiling and stone construction. There is also a really cool retail shop inside. Beer is available to go in the form of bottles and growlers. The selection is very strong, aside from the obvious Stone lineup are plenty of high quality guest taps and bottles. The bartender was on the surly side, but still helpful and effecient. I didnít eat on my visit. This would qualify as a must stop if one is in the San Diego area.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
The gardens are absolutely amazing, the beer selection is awesome both on the house side and the guest tap side of things, the food menu is eclectic and flavorful, the place is beautifully decorated, etc. They have created a heavenly bistro for beer lovers in a most drab industrial neighborhood. Very impressive!
JoeMcPhee (501) Toronto, ON, Ontario | October 31, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Wow... just wow! This place was freaking fantastic. I had heard it was nice, but that just doesnít do justice to the actual location. As mentioned in all of the reviews, this place is very upscale. Gorgeous surroundings with a nicely landscaped garden, stone paths leading through them to a bunch of separate semi-private areas where you can lounge on recliners and Adirondack chairs while having a pint. The dining area is equally impressive, intimately lit with detail lighting, candles and space heaters by each table. Inside, the bar area is very nice, low lighting and some soft music that never rises to the point of being obnoxious. Servers were attentive and professional.
The menu is impressive as well... upscale casual is how I would define it. I had the 40 clove garlic chicken served on a bed of roasted summer squash and chesse ravioli while my wife had some tempeh shepherds pie and both were awesome. They were certainly more pricey than typical brewpub fare, but they were priced very competitively for what they were.
There were loads of great beers as well, and they were very reasonably priced. Pints were 4-5 each with about 30 taps being on offer.
You shouldnít go here expecting the typical brewpub... it definitely isnít that, but if youíre looking for a special meal with great beer as well, this place would be very tough to beat.
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