Stone Brewing Co. to be First American Craft Brewer to Own Brewery in Europe Iconic San Diego-Based Company to Open Production Brewery and Destination Restaurant in Berlin

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ESCONDIDO, CA (July 19, 2014) – The 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, Stone Brewing Co.,  today announced plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark Berlin, turning the more than two acres (9,290 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space into a world-class operation that will welcome beer enthusiasts from around the globe. Stone will be the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe. Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin will encompass three components: a brewery and packaging hall, a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a Stone Company Store.
 
“This is a historic moment for Stone. I’ve wanted to say these next words for many years now: We’re coming to Europe. We’re coming to Germany. We are coming to Berlin!” said Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch. “It has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more proud to say that we are finally on our way to being the first American craft brewer to own and operate our own brewery in Europe. Once open, we will bring Germany and the rest of Europe a taste of our craft beer vision, and look forward to sharing the unique beers that we have spent the last 18 years brewing.”
 
“Stone’s future European home will serve as the company’s international hub; a central location promoting goodwill and quality craft beer spanning the globe,” said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “With this expansion comes our commitment to brewing bold, aggressive, hop-forward beers in a country with a long history rooted in the art of brewing.”
 
The company will transform the setting into a one-of-a-kind destination that includes:A spectacular, historic, red brick main hall built in 1901 measuring 43,000-plus square feet (3,994 square meters), featuring a vaulted ceiling that will house a custom-built, stainless steel brewhouse, an eclectic farm-to-table restaurant, and retail store featuring specialty Stone beers and merchandise.  A second 20,775-square-foot (1,930 square meters) building that will be utilized for brewing operations and house fermenters, bright tanks, and packaging equipment and materials. Ultimately, the company’s signature ales will be packaged and distributed throughout Europe from the facility.A third 1,300-square-foot (120 square meters) building, situated in what will be the expansive gardens, to be utilized as event space.The property’s brewhouse will produce year-round and special-release Stone beers to be packaged, kegged and enjoyed on site and eventually distributed. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin will highlight locally grown, organic food that complements the harmonious nature and seasonality of the location’s surroundings. As proud supporters of the international Slow Food movement, Stone will ensure that every dish is made from ingredients adhering to Slow Food’s principles of good, clean, fair food. An ambassador of the craft beer movement, Stone will serve an extensive array of exceptional craft and specialty beers from other breweries in Germany, Europe and across the world, both on tap and in bottles.

Additionally, the company launched an Indiegogo crowd-participation campaign today, so fans can participate in the venture by purchasing special collaboration beers to be brewed with award-winning, renowned craft brewers from around the world at Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin once the 

ESCONDIDO, CA (July 19, 2014) – The 10th largest craft brewer in the United States, Stone Brewing Co.,  today announced plans to open a production brewery and expansive destination restaurant in Berlin, Germany. With an anticipated opening in late 2015 or early 2016, Stone is making an initial investment of more than $25 million to renovate a historic gasworks complex in Marienpark Berlin, turning the more than two acres (9,290 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space into a world-class operation that will welcome beer enthusiasts from around the globe. Stone will be the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe. Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin will encompass three components: a brewery and packaging hall, a Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant and a Stone Company Store.
 
“This is a historic moment for Stone. I’ve wanted to say these next words for many years now: We’re coming to Europe. We’re coming to Germany. We are coming to Berlin!” said Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch. “It has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more proud to say that we are finally on our way to being the first American craft brewer to own and operate our own brewery in Europe. Once open, we will bring Germany and the rest of Europe a taste of our craft beer vision, and look forward to sharing the unique beers that we have spent the last 18 years brewing.”
 
“Stone’s future European home will serve as the company’s international hub; a central location promoting goodwill and quality craft beer spanning the globe,” said Stone President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “With this expansion comes our commitment to brewing bold, aggressive, hop-forward beers in a country with a long history rooted in the art of brewing.”
 
The company will transform the setting into a one-of-a-kind destination that includes:A spectacular, historic, red brick main hall built in 1901 measuring 43,000-plus square feet (3,994 square meters), featuring a vaulted ceiling that will house a custom-built, stainless steel brewhouse, an eclectic farm-to-table restaurant, and retail store featuring specialty Stone beers and merchandise.  A second 20,775-square-foot (1,930 square meters) building that will be utilized for brewing operations and house fermenters, bright tanks, and packaging equipment and materials. Ultimately, the company’s signature ales will be packaged and distributed throughout Europe from the facility.A third 1,300-square-foot (120 square meters) building, situated in what will be the expansive gardens, to be utilized as event space.The property’s brewhouse will produce year-round and special-release Stone beers to be packaged, kegged and enjoyed on site and eventually distributed. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin will highlight locally grown, organic food that complements the harmonious nature and seasonality of the location’s surroundings. As proud supporters of the international Slow Food movement, Stone will ensure that every dish is made from ingredients adhering to Slow Food’s principles of good, clean, fair food. An ambassador of the craft beer movement, Stone will serve an extensive array of exceptional craft and specialty beers from other breweries in Germany, Europe and across the world, both on tap and in bottles.

Additionally, the company launched an Indiegogo crowd-participation campaign today, so fans can participate in the venture by purchasing special collaboration beers to be brewed with award-winning, renowned craft brewers from around the world at Stone Brewing Co. – Berlin once the facility is operational.

Downloadable Media Fact Sheet: stonebrewing.com/press/StoneBrewingCo-Berlin-Fact-Sheet-english.pdf

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About Stone Brewing Co.

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list nine times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine, twice. The multi-faceted company will be the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate facilities in Berlin, Germany, and also has plans to open a brewery and restaurant east of the Mississippi. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has built a reputation on brewing outstanding, unique ales while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing Co., please visit stonebrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: TwitterFacebook,InstagramGoogle+YouTube and The Stone Blog.

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Geeking Out²: Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stone w00tstout 2.0, A Collaboration with Wil Wheaton, Drew Curtis and Aisha Tyler…while Stone CEO Greg Koch was Away

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ESCONDIDO, CA (July 14, 2014) – In 2013,Stone Brewing Co. CEO & Co-founder Greg Koch invited long-time friend, actor and overall geek idol Wil Wheaton, along withFark.com creator Drew Curtis, to collaborate on a massive yet seductive imperial stout dubbed Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout. Since the beer was wildly popular with geeks and craft enthusiasts, Stone decided to re-brew it this year, inviting Wheaton and Curtis back to the brewhouse in May. However, with Koch out on sabbatical, Curtis called on longtime friend and multi-talented actress, comedian, podcaster and homebrewer Aisha Tyler to help brew the slightly revamped second iteration, renamed Stone w00tstout 2.0. Starting today, it is available in 22-ounce bottles and kegs at select retailers, restaurants and bars in Southern California, as well as Curtis’ home state of Kentucky.
 
The original recipe for Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout drew on each collaborator’s personal background and included wheat (i.e.: Wil WHEATon), rye and pecans, with a portion of the beer stored in bourbon barrels for two months (honoring Curtis, the Kentucky Southerner) and then blended with the rest of the brew. This year,ChocoVivo Cacao was added to the recipe for a chocolate complexity, enhancing the already deep, roasty chocolaty and coffee notes. The result is a robust, full-bodied beer with pronounced notes of cocoa, coffee, black licorice, oak, nuts, vanilla and bourbon. Damn.
 
Due to its more than 13 percent alcohol-by-volume (ABV), fans may cellar the beer for several months or years to allow the deliciously rich flavors to mature, or enjoy it fresh. If stored at proper cellaring temperatures (~55° or lower), the hop aroma and bitterness will subside and Stone w00tstout 2.0 will develop more prevalent dark cocoa, coffee and nut flavors.
 
“I want to thank Wil and Greg for inviting me on this strange journey, and Aisha for joining us this time around,” said Curtis. “Wil has been a good friend for many years now, and it looks like Aisha will be as well (yeah, fans of bourbon!). Drinkers, beware: If you take down an entire bottle of Stone w00tstout 2.0 by yourself, it will be the last, best thing you remember. Trust the voice of experience here–the beer is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Also, stay off the Internet and don’t vote for anything while partaking.”
 
To give this year’s special edition bottle a pristine flair, famed comic artist and co-creator of the “Watchmen” series Dave Gibbons was commissioned to design the label. The new bottle features illustrations of Wheaton, Curtis and Tyler as superheroes–The Myrcene-ary, Captain Obvious and Lady Temerarious, respectively–equipped with special powers (theoretically), capes and masks. A heroic gargoyle emblem is also included on the bottle neck. At the request of Gibbons, Stone donated the label-design commission fees he would have received to The Hero Initiative, a charitable organization providing retirement funds for golden-age comic book artists.
 
As if Wheaton, Curtis, Tyler and Koch (who has since surfaced from his sabbatical) needed another excuse to exchange geeky lingo and beer talk, the collaborators will debut Stone w00tstout 2.0 en masse atHop-Con 2.0: The w00tstout Launch Festival on Wednesday, July 23 at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station in San Diego. All four co-conspirators  will be in attendance to meet, mingle and rub elbows with fans, all while celebrating the debut of Stone w00tstout 2.0. The event is sold out!

Stone w00tstout 2.0 Facts

Name: Stone w00tstout 2.0
URL:StoneBrewing.com/collab/w00tstout/2.0
Stats: 13.5% ABV, 65 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning July 14
Hops Bill: English Target
Distribution: CA and KY

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Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival August 15 and 16

Get you tickets, almost sold out!!

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ESCONDIDO, CA (July 8, 2014) – Stone Brewing Co. is turning the big one-eight! To celebrate this milestone, the company is hosting its largest annual event—the Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival—on August 15 and 16. The merriment will take place at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) in North San Diego County, and promises to be the largest, best edition of this sudsy soiree yet. Per tradition, Stone will proudly contribute one hundred percent of profits from the festival to local Southern California charities, includingSurfrider FoundationThe Boys & Girls Club of San MarcosThe Palomar Family YMCA andFight ALD.
 
During the past 18 years, Stone has grown from a small-scale brewery producing 400 barrels of beer in 1996 to the 10th largest craft brewery in the U.S., with sights set on expanding to the East Coast in the near future. Through it all, brewing forward-thinking and style-defying beers, promoting the craft beer industry and giving back to the community have always remained core principles of Stone’s business philosophy.
 
“Each year, we host an event that celebrates the accomplishments and growth that not only Stone has made, but the entire craft beer industry,” said President and Co-founder Steve Wagner. “We invite more than 50 of our closest brewing comrades and thousands of our fans to come raise a glass to the collective progress made driving awareness for craft beer. We would like to thank all the people that have attended our Anniversary Celebration and Invitational Beer Festivals in the past. Because of them, we’ve been able to raise more than $2 million for charity through the years.”
 
The two-day festivities kick off Friday, August 15 with a Brewers Reception from 6 to 9pm, where guests will be able to mingle with various world-class craft brewers while sampling beers of their devising. Tickets are $80 ($83.79 with tax and service fee) and include a commemorative glass, unlimited samplings of more than 40 special craft brews that will only be available that evening, complimentary gourmet edibles from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, live music and an upper-level cigar lounge. 
 
On Saturday, August 16, the main Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival will commence with two sessions:Session A, from 11am to 2pm, and Session B, from 3 to 6pm. Tickets for each session are $45 ($47.57 with tax and service fee) and include a commemorative tasting glass, 15 three-ounce samples and a selection of more than 100 beers from 50-plus breweries, including unique Stone beers served on cask. Complimentary homebrewed sodas and samples of a local cult favorite, Mike’s Beer Cheese, will also be available.
 
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit stonebrewing.com/annivStone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival
California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
 
Brewers Reception
Friday, August 15 from 6 to 9pm
$80 ($83.79 with tax and service fee) per ticket
Buy tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/634260
 
Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival
Saturday, August 16
Session A: 11am to 2pm
$45 ($47.57 with tax and service fee) per ticket
Buy tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/624337
 
Session B: 3 to 6pm
$45 ($47.57 with tax and service fee) per ticket
Buy tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/624354
 
All Access Pass & Rare Beer Section 
Sold Out

About Stone Brewing Co.

Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone Brewing Co. has been brewing in North County San Diego since 1996. Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States—a position it achieved without paid advertising, discounting or compromising standards. In addition to brewing, Stone owns two eclectic farm-to-table restaurants—Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station—and Stone Farms, an organic farm located near the brewery that grows produce for the restaurants. Stone also operates Stone Distributing Co., which distributes more than 30 craft beer brands throughout Southern California. For more information on Stone Brewing Co., please visit stonebrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: TwitterFacebookInstagram,Google+YouTube and The Stone Blog

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Los Angeles County Brewers Guild take the reins of LA Beer Week 2014

LABG bands together to bring revitalized LABW main event and festivities

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LOS ANGELES — July 7, 2014 — The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild (LABG) has taken the reins of organizing Los Angeles Beer Week to bring you the first-ever LABW hosted by breweries, for beer people. The change comes after LABW’s original committee chairs decided to pass the torch to the fast-growing Guild’s welcoming arms. LABG couldn’t be more thrilled to curate the 10-day event which will launch with a newly revitalized LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-off festival at a new location in Downtown LA on September 20th featuring an invitational-style roster of California breweries and the largest-ever showing of LA beer represented.

“The founders of LABW did a great job creating a structure around which the culture of craft beer was able to grow and flourish over the past five years,” LABG President Jeremy Raub said. “The LA Brewers Guild aims to continue building on that strong foundation, adding more interactive and educational components that will engage and energize the LA beer community.”

The LABG consists of over 20 LA breweries that are committed to craft, community, and culture. LA Beer Week will be entering its sixth year and will feature over 100 events around the greater Los Angeles area. This year’s event will be produced by the Guild’s Events Committee spearheaded by El Segundo Brewing’s Tom Kelley.

“The group of passionate advocates that have held the reins all these years has now entrusted them to the Guild, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Kelley. “It’s a natural progression for LA Brewers to take over, and we are certainly up to the task of showcasing all the great beer being made in LA County.”

Further details regarding LA Beer Week’s main event and other LABG official events to follow.

Save the Dates:

September 20-28: LA Beer Week

September 20: LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off event

September 25: Meeting of the Guilds (LA/SF/SD) at Mohawk Bend

Connect with LABG!

Website: www.labg.org | www.labeerweek.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/labrewers

Twitter: www.twitter.com/labrewers

Instagram: www.instagram.com/labrewers

@labrewers | #labeer

@labeerweek | #LABW6

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Happy Fourth Of July!

Remember, use a designated driver. DUI Checkpoints everywhere, here are two links for the first free ride. Be safe and have a great weekend!

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Ska Brewing Co. Announces Southern California Rollout

“Did you see the one, yeah yeah,
The one they wrote in the paper just the other day,
Well, well would you believe it?” – Madness

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DURANGO, Colo., (June 5, 2014) — Ska Brewing Company is announcing the opening of its first new market in five years. The move into Southern California at the end of the month comes with the addition of a new high-speed canning line that has relieved capacity issues for the Southern Colorado brewery.
“We’ve been considering the Southern California market for years. The bar is set high here, but our beers fit right in with the quality of beers available, and the character of our brewery fits well with SoCal culture” said Ska President and former Ocean Beach resident, Dave Thibodeau. “Plus, I really needed a way to write off my travel expenses when a good swell rolls through.”
North County San Diego will be the staging ground in the newest theatre on the war against mediocre beer. Ska is teaming up with California uber allies, Stone Brewing Co., through their distribution arm Stone Distributing Co., to mitigate on-ground operations. Ska’s arsenal is deep and will encompass nearly their entire award-winning portfolio including the flagship Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale, gold medal winner at this year’s AmeriCAN Festival.  There will also be a focus on Ska’s popular canned seasonal beers; Mexican Logger, Euphoria, and the Seasonal Stout Series.
Ska has been distributing Stone’s beers in Southwestern Colorado since 2003, the year Ska first canned their beer. “It had always been our hope that Stone would do the same with Ska’s beers in California” says Thibodeau, indicating that capacity issues and strong growth in existing markets have hampered Ska’s efforts in the past. “We’ve been coming to the Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Fest for years, trying to set the stage but our old canning lines just couldn’t keep up. Now the stage is set and the show is about to begin.”
Starting June 30, Ska beer will be available throughout Southern California in all markets south of Santa Barbara. Numerous kick-off events will take place the weekend preceding the formal release including sneak previews at Hamilton’s on June 27th and Churchill’s on June 28th. Tuesday July 1st  will feature Ska’s Barroom Hero, Arlo Grammatica, as he hosts a guided tasting at Blind Lady Ale House.

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“TAPS & TAPAS” CRAFT BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL-JULY 26, 2014 Whittier Ca.

Taps & Tapas is the newest event from the Whittier Uptown Association (WUA) and its President Rick Gonzales. The event is slated for:

Saturday July 26, 2014.

Rick has assembled a great organizing committee to put on this inaugural event.

Casey Jimenez (Seta), Nick Kiouftis (California Grill) , Roy Chavoya (Beers In Paradise.com), Robert Bell (Zealograf Digital Print and Web Design), Rick Gonzales (Spin Lounge)

*business names are listed for identification purposes only and are acting individually, and a volunteer basis.

Contact The Whittier Uptown Association office for more information (562) 696-2662.

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