Visited on a Wednesday afternoon in February 2018. The entrance was anonymous but the bar was nice although the hightlight was the patio. The service was good as was the selection. (but I did prefer the selection at Liberty Station) Not that busy during our visit.
Sunday 14th Jan 2018, my third visit to this impressive and stylish place, ate here for the first time and wasn't disappointed. Lovely gardens with an outside bar compliment the inside bar and growler station areas, large shop offers clothing, beers to go and other Stone goodies like chili sauces and stuff. Busy, friendly and expensive, very Californian. I love it
It’s like heaven on earth, the brewery experience done right. It looks like a nondescript office building on the the outside, but the inside has gardens, 2 bars, and huge water features. the food was tasty, the prices were reasonable,a and they had a shitload of vintage Stone goodness. Definitely a destination location.
I should like this place but I don’t. Their Big Wally World-sized parking lot was completely full at 11:30 am. Surroundings have that unmistakable smack of new cash. As I near the entrace, a Disneyesque horror mounts. I hear screaming kids. I see strollers and white-haired grandmas coming towards me. These are not beer people! Now I’m in and these guys are flush, the house that Arrogant Bastard built, eh. I should attest I’ve never been a fan of their marketing/advertising. At least nobody copies it. I like their beers. They go with Mexican food.
However, I discover there aren’t many beers I can’t get at home. Add to that, Escondido is at least an hour from Metro SD. You’d need to stay overnight in Escondido to do Stone properly. Nicht. Personally, it’s not even worth devoting a day’s detour to, certainly not something to plan around on a vacation or dragging the family to. Save yourself the trip. Didn’t try the "bistro" but at the outside bar, food was shit, and expensive, like microwave JImmy Dean and a dash of stale tortilla chips on a paper plate, not kidding. 99? They’re way overstaffed and yet service is spotted dick. Too popular to care. Total free-for-all. Left a little wiser and closer to the grave.
After visiting Liberty Station on Day 1 of my trip, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take the long drive to Escondido. But I’ve always been impressed with Stone’s quality, and I really wanted to see this place. Trust your maps, cause there is no sign out front. Just a small rock with a gargoyle on it. Huge parking lot. I got there around noon on a Wednesday. Sat at the bar. Same exact menu as Liberty Station. High quality food (priced accordingly). Beer selection is your typical Stone variety that’s available almost anywhere. Some good guest taps too. Friendly staff. The gardens are worth checking out too.
Visited 2008 & 2015. Really liked this place and the beers in 2008, in 2015 not so much. Quite a bit of beers are so-so or over-the-top, and I didn’t care for the general Stone Disneyland vibe. Expensive. Some of the beers are good though, and bottle selection is nice.
Visited 21.4.16 after an extensive day at Pizza Port and Stumblefoot. Stayed for just one round - actual glasses, no tasting flights this time. Picked Liberty Station brews that were far inferior than anything by stone we had tasted previously. Our bad. An extensive menu, a huge place, decent service. Feels like a tourist attraction or perhaps a modern-day tiki bar. As a marketing professional I adored the attention given to the details. As a beergeek, I found the vastness or the place a little intimidating.