Facts and Figures

Stone Brewing Co. has come a long way since opening in 1996. We have grown from a small microbrewery into one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, employing more than 1,000 amazing men and women. From the beginning, our goal has been to brew outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, and the art of brewing. 

That tremendous growth is strictly the result of word-of-mouth demand for our beers, as we have never paid to advertise our beer in print or broadcast media. That’s correct. Never. We have also never discounted our beer. This is quite unusual in the U.S., as advertising and discounting are two of the primary techniques brewers often use to drive the growth of their brands. But not Stone. 

We are also proud that over the years we have grown without compromising our commitment to business ethics. In an industry known for its vigorous—and at times unseemly—competition, we have embraced collaboration, integrity and quality as the hallmarks of our business. 

We pride ourselves on being an asset to our region; as such, our community and philanthropic efforts far exceed what can be presented here. We believe that building a strong business means being a vital component of the economic, social, and environmental life of the community.

  • Stone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in San Marcos, CA. (In the spot where our friends at Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey now call home!)
  • First keg of Stone Pale Ale sold on July 26, 1996, to Vince Marsaglia of Pizza Port fame
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale unleashed upon the world November 7, 1997
  • Moved to our current facility in Escondido, CA, in December 2005
  • Opened the adjacent Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in November 2006
  • In December 2009, we published a formal Request For Proposal to evaluate potential sites for a brewhouse in Europe
  • Stone Farms opens in May 2011
  • September 2011 - The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unbashed Arrogance is released
  • In May 2013, our second farm-to-table restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, opens for service
  • Stone Brewing Co. at Terminal 2 opens for travelers visiting San Diego International Airport
  • February 2014 - We announced our joint distribution venture with Maui Brewing Co., dubbed Maui | Stone Craft Beverages
  • In July 2014, we announced plans to be the 1st American craft brewer to own & operate a brewery in Europe with Stone Brewing - Berlin
  • In October 2014, we announced plans to open a production brewery, packaging hall, destination restaurant, retail store and administrative offices in Richmond, Virginia

Greg Koch, CEO & Co-founder
Steve Wagner, President & Co-founder
Mitch Steele, Brewmaster

  • “Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” list for eleven years (2015)
  • San Diego Business Journal's "Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies" twelve years in a row (2004-2015)
  • Averaging 40% year-over-year annual growth since day one
  • Currently distributed to 41 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico), and a minute amount of our beer is exported internationally
  • 9th largest craft brewery in the United States (2014)
  • 55,000 square feet
  • Two 120-bbl brewing systems built by Rolec in Bavaria, Germany
  • 60,000-square-foot Stone Packaging Hall, which encompasses our bottling and kegging lines


  • 1996: 400 bbls (1st keg sold 07/26/96)
  • 1997: 2100 bbls (118% increase) *
  • 1998: 3926 bbls (87% increase)
  • 1999: 5848 bbls (49% increase)
  • 2000: 9342 bbls (60% increase)
  • 2001: 12,779 bbls (37% increase)
  • 2002: 18,450 bbls (44% increase)
  • 2003: 24,490 bbls (33% increase)
  • 2004: 32,159 bbls (31% increase)
  • 2005: 36,390 bbls (13% increase)**
  • 2006: 49,883 bbls (37% increase)
  • 2007: 67,841 bbls (36% increase)
  • 2008: 83,000 bbls (22% increase)
  • 2009: 98,500 bbls (19% increase)
  • 2010: 115,000 bbls (17% increase)
  • 2011: 148,686 bbls (29% increase)
  • 2012: 177,200 bbls (19% increase)
  • 2013: 213,277 bbls (20% increase)
  • 2014: 287,075 bbls (35% increase)

* Note: 1996 barrelage was for the period of August-December 1996. Annualized barrelage for the year was 960, and that number was used to calculate the percentage increase of 118% between 1996 & 1997.
** We brewed at maximum capacity for our old brewery in 2005, then moved to our new brewery in December 2005.

  • Located in Escondido, CA - adjacent to our main production brewery
  • 8,500 square feet
  • 1-acre garden
  • Seating capacity of 425
  • 36 craft & specialty beers on tap, plus 100+ bottle selections
  • Extensive wine list
  • Steve Robbins (Director of Hospitality), David Vincent (General Manager), Tausha Lopez (Executive Chef) and "Dr." Bill Sysak (Craft Beer Ambassador)
  • Hosts special events like farm-to-table FRESH! Dinners, Beer U educational classes, Stone Late Night Movies, Master Pairings series, as well as beer festivals such as Stone Sour Fest, Stone Oakquinox and Stone Pour It Black
  • Located in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego
  • 55,000 square feet, including indoor and outdoor areas
  • Two bocce ball courts, a movie courtyard, expansive garden patio, private banquet rooms and Stone Company Store - Liberty Station
  • 30,000 square foot garden area seats up to 200 people
  • Seating capacity of 800+
  • 40 craft & specialty beers on tap, plus 100+ bottle selections
  • Extensive wine list, including wine on draft
  • Steve Robbins (Director of Hospitality), Scott Ambrose (General Manager), Thomas Connolly (Executive Chef) and "Dr." Bill Sysak (Craft Beer Ambassador)
  • 10-barrel pilot brewing system for brewing limited, one-off releases, led by Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham

Stroll through our beautiful 19-acre farm, located just a hop, skip and jump away from Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, while sipping a pint of rare or archived Stone beer. You’ll see fields brimming with the organic produce used to create our restaurants’ unique menus, hop vines, goats, quail, ducks, and even peacocks. You can visit the on-site store for Stone Farms merchandise and growler fills of fresh Stone beer to take home.

  • Located in north Escondido
  • 19-acre farm
  • On-site store that offers pints, growler fills, merchandise and fresh organic produce.
  • $50,000 initial investment
  • 8 ongoing jobs

Stone Company Stores offer growler fills, pours, bottles, kegs, and a wide variety of merchandise to help our fans proudly display and communicate their preference for and right to fine craft beer. In many ways, it’s a scaled-down version of the Stone experience, and Stone’s year-round beers are always available along with a plethora of specialty and limited-release beers as well as a selection of rad Stone merchandise.

  • Growler fill station and tastings offered
  • Stone merchandise and gifts available for sale
  • 7 year-round Stone beers available, plus rotating special releases
  • Located in Southern California neighborhoods
  • Malt Advocate magazine's "Brewery of the Year" (2004 and 2005)
  • BeerAdvocate magazine's "All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth. The most popular and highest rated brewery – ever!" (2008 and 2009)
  • CNNMoney.com – "Stone Brewing is one of craft brewing's stars – one of the 10 best breweries in the world"
  • Forbes – "Stone has America's Top Brewery Tour." (2012)
  • Greg Koch is knighted by the Belgian Brewers Federation (2010)
  • Greg Koch named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year(2011)
  • Greg Koch named "Most Admired CEO" by San Diego Business Journal for privately held, large company (2012)
  • Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens achieves certification under SITES (2012)
  • Consumer Reports Magazine names Stone IPA "top-rated ale," receiving a 94 out of 100 score (2013)
  • "San Diego's Stone Brewery is devilishly awesome!" - Forbes (2013)
  • "[Stone] has no interest in going mainstream if that means watering down the product." - Inc. Magazine
  • Our rooftop solar panels on the Escondido brewery produce about 20% of the power for the brewery and our restaurant, preventing approximately 1.5 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere annually
  • Both Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurants are the largest purchasers of local, organic produce in San Diego County
  • Our Meatless Monday menu prevents 110,448 lbs. of CO2 from being released annually
  • "Spent grain" that has been used in the brewing process is then repurposed as a mulching tool in our garden. The rest is used by local farmers as livestock feed, and as ingredients in locally made soaps and dog treats (creatively named Stone Bones)
  • We do compost some of our kitchen waste, some for use in the garden and Stone Farms, and some to be picked up by our local farmers
  • We have two electric car charging stations in the parking lot of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido to accommodate eco-minded drivers (including our CEO, who drives an all-electric vehicle)
  • Our water reclamation system prevents 75,000 gallons of wastewater from entering the sewer system each day
  • Our new centrifuge helps us filter our beer with less waste, and increased our yield by more than 5,000 bbls last year
  • Stone Distributing has one hybrid delivery vehicle as part of its fleet, which includes 55 bio-diesel trucks. The fleet uses a 20/80 blend of biodiesel.
  • More than $3 million donated to charity since day one, with the annual Stone Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival responsible for raising more than $1.5 million of that total
  • In addition to financial donations, our in-kind support of local charities adds up quickly! In 2013 alone, we donated nearly $650,000 to various nonprofit organizations