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Stone Brewery and Restaurant
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Jimmy James
post Sep 10 2007, 11:31 PM
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Stone has perhaps elevated the brewpub experience with the opening of their new brewery, pub and restaurant in Escondido. Nothing was spared in the fabrication of Stone's new brewery from the custom German-built brewery, the over-the-top architecture of the restaurant, or the sprawling gardens ripped from the cover of Sunset magazine. Located in the North San Diego County community of Escondido - http://www.stonebrew.com/about_us/maps/storedirections.pdf

Atmosphere: The architecture of the restaurant area is urban-modern with lots of steel, glass and concrete - an impressive setting that the employees are happy to talk about - such as the impressive granite slab bar-top in the tasting room that was a reclaimed throw-away from a local slab yard. The restaurant is open and lively with a large bar. Outside there is additional seating plus another patio and bar area where special tastings are sometimes held. On the way in, chances are you strolled by the gardens which include large lawn chairs and service. In other words you have it all here - indoors, patio and garden.

Service: Friendly but sometimes running slow on busy days. Stone holds a lot of events and lunch and evenings can be busy. The vibe here is definitely about going slow and enjoying yourself as well as the surroundings, so nothing is rushed.

Beer Selection: Very few locations can rival Stone's selection which includes the popular house brews such as the Pale Ale, IPA, Levitation, Ruination and Arrogant Bastard, as well as less common selections which rotate through such as Old Guardian Barleywine, Russian Imperial Stout, Double Dry-Hopped IPA, Vertical Epic and on and on... As if that isn't enough there will also be a large selection of domestic and foreign microbrews that would rival the selection of many high-end pubs on its own. Don't be surprised to find selections from US micros like Lagunitas, Avery and Allagash and imports such as Verhaege, Westmalle, Orval and Rochefort.

Food: Eclectic would be an appropriate description. Not typical pub fare, but crafted to pair with the beers. The Arrogant Bastard Ale Onion Rings are not to be missed, while the Buffalo Burger is solid but not memorable. The food complements the overall experience but is not the star of the show here.

Summary: Stone is the premier "destination" brewpub in the San Diego area. It is easy to spend the better part of an afternoon relaxing on the premises, possibly touring the brewery, and enjoying the great brews and food. The employees are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and eager to assist. Stone is a 30-minute drive from San Diego and easily reached, there is plenty of parking. Take a designated driver along and plan on spending some time. Check their website for listing of events such as nighttime movie screenings in the gardens or festivals: www.stonebrew.com
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post Feb 25 2009, 04:47 PM
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I hit Stone Brewery every time on my California Vacations.
That place ROCKS!
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