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Beer Available At Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens (arranged by most recent)
Stone Imperial Russian Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels 100, Stone Pale Ale 96, Stone 17th Anniversary GŲtterdšmmerung IPA 98, Stone SprŲcket Bier 93, Stone Mattís Burning Rosids Imperial Cherry Wood Smoked Saison 93, Stone Punishment 22, Stone Arbalest , Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans 97, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (Cali-BelgiŽ) 98, Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale 94, AleSmith Decadence 2010 99, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA 100, Societe The Bachelor - Mosaic , Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 99, Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Unapologetic IPA 98, Stone Enjoy By IPA 100, Stone Go To IPA 97, Stone Spotlight Series: Sour Saison Aged in Blush Wine Barrel , Stone Spotlight Series: Flower Power Unicorn Imperial Lavender Berliner Weisse , Stone Imperial Russian Stout 100
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Travlr (1515) 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 (1341) Do Not Resuscitate, 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.
brokensail (848) 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.
Dogbrick (701) 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.
Rastacouere (664) 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.
BeerandBlues2 (657) 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.
Oakes (649) 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.
Leighton (600) London, England | December 13, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
The facility itself is stunningly attractive (though the lack of any signage out front is surprising). The bar/ restaurant area is large and sprawling. The outdoor patio area is massive and leads right into the gardens, which seem well kept. The tap,list had all the standard Stone beers but only a few specials, one of which was not going to be available until 4pm in the afternoon (I was there before 1pm). S that was a little annoying. They also have a firly impressive bottle menu including beers not made by Stone. There is a well-stocked gift shop with lots of apparel, books, bottled beers (including some specials) and a growler bar. All in all itís definitely worth checking this place out, but I really couldnít see myself spending a long time here.
GT2 (598) San Diego County , California | July 13, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
A massive complex in the middle of nowhere near what seems like a hydroelectric plant and transformer grid. Inside is a massive, upscale lobby, gift shop, giant indoor restaurant with glass walls looking into a very large brewery. Outside is a garden, fountain, coy pond IIRC, bamboo everywhere. Lots of seating outside and inside. Food is pretty pricy and upscale, but very delicious and more exciting than the beer. Tap selection of Stone stuff was pretty good when I was there but nothing that was really "rare" or exclusive to the brewpub. Guest taps were very nice: Ballast Point, Russian River, Lost Abbey. Good selection of non-Stone beer. Very fun place to go, but I think it has more of a family feel or group party feel than beer excursion feel. Definitely worth visiting, but Iíd go in the evenings on a date here or with a group of friends.
NachlamSie (588) 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.
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