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Stone Brewing, Escondido

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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 2020 sales volume it is the ninth 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." 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."
In June 2022, Stone and Sapporo Breweries announced that they had reached an agreement for Sapporo to purchase Stone Brewing, with the purchase expected to close in August 2022.
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  • Talk about a beer garden, it goes on and on. Very well done. The beer is spectacular and has something for everyone. 
    Talk about a beer garden, it goes on and on. Very well done. The beer is spectacular and has something for everyone.  more »
  • What a relaxing wonderful place to enjoy and experience new beers. My wife and I have been traveling to San Diego frequently and just love to grab a pretzel and a flight of beers. 
    What a relaxing wonderful place to enjoy and experience new beers. My wife and I have been traveling to San Diego frequently and just love to grab a pretzel and a flight of beers.  more »
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  • Such an awesome atmosphere. Inside and outside looked so awesome. Lots of space. Loved all the decor and the layout. Food and beer were good. Ordered the Stone Violetta iris milkshake and Double Crunch Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich. The fried chicken had the perfect crispness and the bun was so soft. My drink of choice was good and the hint of vanilla in it was perfect. Also got the pineapple upside down cake for dessert which was ok. Not a lot of parking but we came when they first opened on a Friday. As we were leaving it started to get busy. So come early!
  • An absolute great vibe here!! My brother and I sat at the bar inside and had amazing service all around. Conor was very welcoming and pick amazing beers for my brother's flight. Adam was very attentive and got us water, and had the extra touch by asking if we wanted lemon in the water and if we wanted a straw. Sampson delivered the food that we ordered. My brother got the Bavarian Pretzel burger (I forgot the actual name) it came with pickles and he hates them. For this instance he said it absolutely completed the whole taste of the burger. I ordered the Korean Fried Chicken and I was absolutely blown away. If it weren't for the fact I had to leave to work I definitely would've spent more time here. Absolutely coming back for a more in depth experience.

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