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Stone Brewing, Escondido

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Brewery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
Stone Brewing (formerly Stone Brewing Co.) is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California, USA. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California. Based on 2016 sales volume it is the eighth largest craft brewery in the United States.
The brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale, which was considered to be its flagship ale until it was retired in 2015. The company's best known brand is Arrogant Bastard Ale, which has been described as a "watershed beer" that "put San Diego on the craft brew map." Since 2015 Arrogant Bastard has operated as its own product line, Bastard Brewing, produced at multiple breweries around the country. Most of Stone's beers are characteristic of west-coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Compared to the macro-produced lagers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average, ranging from 4.8% to 13%.
Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."
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  • My friend had told us about this place from a family member that tried it before. Pretty awesome place we did not do a brewery tour we went for dinner only. When on a weeknight it was not very...  more »
  • WOW - WOW - WOW! We were on a little Covid getaway and this place is AMAZING!!! We have never seen such expansive outdoor seating. It was our first time ordering via the QR and it was fun and easy...  more »
  • This place is amazing! We were visiting from Kansas City and trying out multiple breweries. Towards the end of our stay we stopped in here and were treated so well along with having a wonderful experience tasting several amazing beers! Our server was attentive and so engaging! Could not be more impressed with an establishment! Highly recommend!
  • IF a dark brew is your thing, you will love it here! The food is a bit different but try it and see if you like it! I have never done the tour but have heard positive reviews on it. The outside garden area is really nice and they have outdoor movies in the fall.

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